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10/03/2012 - 08:41


When considering cosmetic dentistry, your choice of dentist will play a significant role in your final results. But there are a number of cosmetic dentists in the Fresno area and knowing how to choose one may seem impossibly difficult. However, choosing the best cosmetic dentist for your needs is relatively simple when you know what to look for.

What to Look for in a Cosmetic Dentist

The first thing to consider is your cosmetic dentist’s training and experience. Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Miyake received his cosmetic training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has over three decades of experience helping men and women in our area perfect their smiles.

In addition to training and experience, your dentist should offer a before and after gallery that gives you a visual idea of the types of results he offers. Dr. Miyake is pleased to provide before and after galleries of a number of his procedures.

Lastly, take time to schedule an initial consultation with your prospective cosmetic dentist. This will give you an opportunity to gauge your comfort, ask any questions you may have, and determine if he is the right dentist for you.

Dr. Miyake believes that every smile is unique and deserves personalized solutions. During your initial consultation he will be happy to listen to your concerns, assess your smile, and help you determine what will best provide you with the smile of your dreams.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in or around Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

10/03/2012 - 08:40

The causes of sleep apnea vary depending on the type of apnea you have. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals from your brain fail to reach your breathing muscles. This form of sleep apnea is more common in men over the age of 65 who have a preexisting medical condition such as heart disease or a brain tumor.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the muscles in the back of your throat relax to such an extent that they block proper oxygen flow. This type of sleep apnea is more common in males who are over the age of 60, but can occur much earlier in life when other risk factors are present.

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Age, genetics, sex, and race play a role in both types of sleep apnea. However, obstructive sleep apnea may be more likely in people who:

  • Use sedatives or narcotics
  • Smoke
  • Consume large amounts of alcohol
  • Are overweight

If you have any of these risk factors and have begun to notice symptoms such as daytime fatigue, irritability, or frequent waking during the night, Fresno sleep apnea dentist Dr. Greg Miyake can work with your doctor to determine if a dental solution can help restore a full night’s sleep.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea in the Fresno, Clovis, or Madera areas of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

10/03/2012 - 08:39


While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, it is one of the most common symptoms of this disorder. Sleep apnea occurs when oxygen flow is disrupted during your sleep cycle. This may be the result of narrowed airways or due to an interruption of signals between the brain and the breathing muscles. The former cause, known as obstructive sleep apnea, can often be treated with a simple dental device provided by Fresno sleep apnea dentist Dr. Greg Miyake.

Treating Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA is a condition caused by the narrowing of the airways during sleep. This can result in snoring, choking, and gasping for air at frequent intervals while sleeping. Treating this condition may be possible with a mouthguard that repositions your jaw, holds your tongue in place, and opens the throat to facilitate optimal oxygen flow. This can help eliminate snoring while also restoring a restful night’s sleep.

Using neuromuscular principles, Dr. Miyake can work with your sleep doctor to customize a mouthguard that meets your exact needs.

If you live in or around Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or would like a solution for snoring, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

10/03/2012 - 08:47


If tooth stains or discoloration are detracting from the appearance of your smile, a professional teeth whitening solution from Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Miyake may be just the solution you have been looking for. Unlike store-bought teeth whitening kits that provide inconsistent results while increasing your risk for sensitivity, the professional solutions offered at our office are safe and effective, and can produce results that exceed your expectations.

Teeth Whitening Options

For patients who want immediate results, Dr. Miyake offers the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening System. With in-office ZOOM!, Dr. Miyake can safely whiten your teeth up to eight shades in one short office visit. Penetrating deep into your enamel to remove even the most stubborn stains, ZOOM! in-office whitening is considered one of the most effective teeth whitening solutions available today.

If you prefer the comfort and convenience of teeth whitening at home, Dr. Miyake also offers ZOOM! Teeth Whitening kits. These kits come with customized application trays that evenly apply the bleaching solution to every tooth while minimizing contact with your gums. The customized trays and professional strength bleaching solution make ZOOM! Teeth Whitening kits vastly superior to store-bought kits, and the follow-up appointments with Dr. Miyake can help ensure your ultimate comfort and satisfaction.

To learn more about your teeth whitening options in the Fresno, Clovis, or Madera areas of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

09/19/2012 - 08:40


Dental implants are inserted directly into your jawbone. After placement, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration in which the bone in your jaw accepts them as a new tooth root. Once accepted by your jawbone, your dental implants have the potential of becoming a permanent part of your smile. However, the length of time your implants last will depend on how well you take care of them.

Caring for Dental Implants

After your initial Clovis dental implant placement, you will need to closely follow all of Dr. Miyake’s postsurgical advice to help reduce your risks for implant failure. The period in which your implants are being accepted is crucial to their success.

Once your implants have been accepted, which will take several months, taking care of them is just as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once daily. Also make sure you compliment your at-home routine with twice yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations. Taking these simple steps can help ensure your dental implants last for a lifetime.

For more information on the benefits of dental implants in the areas Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an implant dentistry consultation.

09/19/2012 - 08:37


The primary advantage of dental implants is that they provide a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Once placed, dental implants become a part of your jaw, enabling them to provide a lifetime of support.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures and Dental Bridges

Further advantages of dental implants can be realized when you compare them to other forms of tooth replacement. Dentures sit on top of your gums and are most often secured with adhesives which can allow them to slip or fall out. Dental bridges are attached to adjacent teeth, eliminating slippage, but potentially damaging the teeth they are attached to. Both dentures and dental bridges are incapable of preventing jaw shrinkage, a natural consequence of missing teeth.

Dental implants are inserted into your jawbone, preventing slippage and reducing damage to adjacent teeth. Accepted as a new tooth root, dental implants also prevent bone loss in the jaw, ensuring your facial structure is not impacted by missing teeth. In addition, the restorations used with dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. For these reasons, Clovis dentist Dr. Greg Miyake often suggests dental implants for our patients.

If you live in or around Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California and would like to learn more about the advantages of dental implants, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

08/16/2012 - 08:29


Dental implants are small titanium screws inserted into your jawbone to hold a dental restoration in place. The placement of dental implants along with the material they are made of is what enables them to become a permanent part of your smile.

Osseointegration and Titanium

When you lose a tooth, you also lose its root. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that actually replaces your tooth root, enabling them to prevent changes to the structure of your jaw.

Once placed by Fresno dentist Dr. Greg Miyake, your dental implants undergo a process known as osseointegration. This is the process in which your jawbone grows around the implant, providing a solid foundation and accepting it as part of your jaw.

Titanium is a biocompatible metal, meaning it is very unlikely that your body will reject it. This makes dental implants ideal for osseointegration. Nearly as strong as steel, titanium is also able to withstand tremendous pressure and provide a functionally superior base for your dental restoration.

Dental implants serve the dual purpose of acting as a new tooth root and providing a solid foundation for dental restorations. More information about how dental implants may work in your smile will be provided during your initial consultation with Dr. Miyake.

If you live in Fresno, Clovis, or Madera areas of California and would like to learn if dental implants are right for you, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an implant dentistry consultation today.

08/16/2012 - 08:28


Dental implants are the only permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. While ideal for many men and women in the Fresno area, dental implants are not suited to everyone. During your initial consultation with implant dentist, Dr. Greg Miyake, your candidacy for this procedure can best be determined.

Dental Implant Candidates

To be a good candidate for dental implants you need to be in generally good health and free of significant oral health issues such as periodontal disease. You should also be prepared for a surgical procedure and willing to follow all of Dr. Miyake’s postsurgical advice.

Dental implants require sufficient jawbone structure for support. If you lack jawbone density or width, Dr. Miyake may need to discuss your options for bone grafting. If bone grafting is not an option, you may need to consider an alternative to implants such as dentures or a dental bridge.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Miyake will examine your jaw and decide on the tooth replacement option most suited to meet your needs.

If you would like to learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants in the Fresno, Clovis, and Madera areas of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an evaluation today.

08/03/2012 - 08:39

Porcelain veneers are one of the more common cosmetic dentistry treatments of today. Just about every cosmetic dentist you come across will offer porcelain veneers, and it's important to find a dentist who is right for you. In Fresno, California, Gregory G. Miyake, DDS, has the experience and personalized dental care to create a beautiful, healthy smile for you using porcelain veneers.

When choosing a dentist for porcelain veneers, some aspects to consider include:

  • Porcelain veneers experience
  • History of achieving high-quality results
  • Has your oral health in mind
  • Provides personalized, attentive care

Dr. Miyake has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years, during which time he has used porcelain veneers to create stunning smiles for countless patients. Dr. Miyake believes in providing dentistry that is equally attentive to both the appearance and health of your smile. To this end, Dr. Miyake will only suggest those treatments benefitting you most.

At our practice, each of our patients becomes a member of our family. As you consider how to choose a dentist, we'd like to take the opportunity to express our commitment to the optimum aesthetics and function of your smile. Using porcelain veneers, Dr. Miyake can create the smile you have always wanted.

For porcelain veneers in California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS, to schedule a consultation with our experienced Fresno cosmetic dentist. We also serve the areas of Clovis and Madera.

07/30/2012 - 08:37

At the cosmetic dentistry practice of Gregory G. Miyake, DDS, many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have a number of questions about porcelain veneers. This popular dentistry treatment has improved the smiles of millions of people, and you may be wondering if porcelain veneers can benefit your smile.

Dr. Miyake and his dentistry team want you to choose the best treatment for you. As part of this objective, we invite you to ask us all of your questions about porcelain veneers during a consultation. Some of the common questions we hear are:

  • What problems do porcelain veneers fix?
  • How long do porcelain veneers last?
  • What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?
  • Are porcelain veneers the right way to improve my smile?

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in your smile. Porcelain veneers can improve a smile in several different ways, and we want you to be confident you are choosing the right cosmetic dentistry treatment. By scheduling a consultation with us, you can learn more about porcelain veneers and the results you can expect.

In Fresno, California, porcelain veneers questions can be addressed by our experienced dentist and staff. Please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS, to schedule a consultation. We also serve patients in the Clovis and Madera areas.

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