Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

08/23/2016 - 13:40

If you suspect you have TMJ, call <a href=559-224-0103 to schedule an evaluation with Fresno neuromuscular dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake" src="/sites/" style="width: 300px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" />Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can refer to any condition that causes the jaw to come out of alignment. Minor misalignment is common and poses little to no risk of serious consequences. Pronounced misalignment however is something else entirely. If you live in or around Fresno and suspect you are suffering from TMJ, neuromuscular dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can help. Call 559-224-0103 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

TMJ can exhibit a number of symptoms – some of which may not seem at all related to the jaw. Some of the most common TMJ symptoms are:

  • Popping or clicking noises in the jaw
  • Swelling around the jaw joint
  • Pain when opening and shutting the mouth
  • Lockjaw

If you have one or more of these symptoms for longer than five days, it is best to have your jaw evaluated by an experienced neuromuscular dentist. Dr. Miyake studied neuromuscular dentistry at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has over three decades of experience helping patients suffering from this disorder find lasting relief.

It is also a good idea to visit our Fresno dental office if you struggle with less common TMJ symptoms for a period longer than five days. These include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Generalized facial pain
  • Ear ringing or pain without the presence of infection
  • Pressure or pain behind the eyes or in the sinus cavity
  • Neck, shoulder, and backache

While these symptoms may not seem to be related to TMJ they often are. Having them evaluated by a trained neuromuscular dentist can help determine if TMJ treatment will solve the problem.

If you believe you are suffering from TMJ, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an evaluation. Dr. Miyake serves patients living in Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.

08/05/2016 - 05:56

August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day. To learn how you can keep your breath fresh and teeth healthy year round, call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103" src="/sites/" style="line-height: 23.8px; width: 300px; height: 198px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: left;" />

August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day. What better time to think about your daily oral hygiene routine and make adjustments that serve to prevent, rather than simply cover bad breath?

Dental health issues such as tooth decay and infection, and gum disease can produce chronic bad breath. If you struggle with bad breath that does not respond well to brushing and flossing, it’s time to call 559-224-0103 and schedule an examination at our comfortable Fresno dental office.

Maintaining Fresh Breath

The most effective way to keep your breath fresh is to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. This should include:

During these visits, Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake will be able to detect any problems currently causing bad breath and provide swift treatment to address the issue.

You can further help keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh by:

  • Keeping hydrated
  • Reducing your intake of sugary and starchy foods
  • Refraining from tobacco use

During your next visit to our office, Dr. Miyake can provide you with personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and lifestyle choices. Please contact us online or call 559-224-0103 to schedule your appointment and let us help you keep your breath fresh and your teeth and gums healthy for years to come.

Dr. Miyake is a general and cosmetic dentist serving Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding areas from our conveniently located office in Fresno, CA.

07/19/2016 - 07:23

How long do porcelain veneers last?

There is no specific lifespan for porcelain veneers. The longevity of your veneers will depend most significantly on how well they are placed, and how well you care for them. In most cases, porcelain veneers that have been correctly bonded can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but well-cared-for veneers have been known to last even longer.

Dr. Miyake is careful to place porcelain veneers with precision, taking the current state of your bite into account to ensure the veneers will not be worn down irregularly or prematurely by your other teeth. The rest will be up to you. Just like your natural tooth structure, the integrity of your veneers can be compromised by habits like nail biting or chewing on hard substances. Scheduling regular check-ups with Dr. Miyake will also help you identify and quickly treat any cavities that develop under the surface of the veneers. Please click here for more information about caring for porcelain veneers.

What’s the difference between a porcelain veneer and a dental crown?

Porcelain veneers only cover the front side of your tooth – the area that shows when you smile. In contrast, dental crowns cover and encase your entire tooth. Veneers and crowns also differ in thickness; a typical porcelain veneer measures around 1 millimeter or less, whereas a dental crown is usually 2 millimeters or more.

Additionally, since porcelain veneers cover less of your tooth’s surface, they require less of your tooth to be re-shaped before placement. Dental crowns generally sacrifice more of your natural tooth structure.

Are there any risks involved with porcelain veneers?

Whenever enamel is worn down on the surface of a tooth, some sensitivity can occur for a short period of time. Temporary tooth sensitivity tends to be the only complication associated with porcelain veneers. Dr. Miyake will refine your tooth as little as possible to minimize this issue. 

Can I get Lumineers®?

Lumineers® are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers, and have enjoyed some popularity because they require almost no preparation of your tooth before being placed. However, this also limits their usefulness and limits the amount of people who are good candidates for Lumineers®. In many cases, your teeth will need preparation in order for veneers to be placed securely and with the best possible aesthetic result.

If you have more questions about porcelain veneers, please contact our Fresno office today to schedule a personal smile consultation with Dr. Miyake. We can help you decide on the treatment option that is right for you.

07/06/2016 - 13:14

Beer is, for some, an inextricable part of summer. At BBQs, in the mountains, on many of the patios in our Tower District and beyond, beer is inseparable from summertime fun. But is this love affair with beer good or bad for your teeth? In truth, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

Craft brews high in hops barley are also high in silicon and calcium, both of which are essential for strong healthy teeth. The trade off? The acid content of carbonated drinks like beer can actually cause demineralization of the teeth, weakening enamel and increasing risks for cavities. What’s more, the darker the beer, the more likely it is to stain or discolor teeth, allowing those super malty or stout choices to gradually darken the smile. However, before you forswear darker suds for something paler, remember that dark beers typically contain a lower ABV, which may help minimize erosion damage to teeth.

Beer can be simultaneously good and bad for oral health. Moderation and a good oral hygiene routine are the best ways to prevent the bad from causing tooth loss and other serious problems

In the end, the same goes for beer as anything else: use your best judgement and take steps to protect your teeth against staining and decay. If you maintain a healthy daily oral hygiene routine complete with brushing and flossing, even daily consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol will likely have only a negligible effect on the teeth. Combine responsible consumption and daily care with biannual visits to our Fresno office to help ensure any problems that have occurred – alcohol related or no – are addressed early on, before they become serious oral health problems.

If you are overdue for a visit to the dentist, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome men and women from Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and all surrounding areas.

06/30/2016 - 23:00

Tooth Whitening and Veneers | Visalia teeth whiteningThere are a number of reasons why teeth darken and not all of them can be addressed through a simple teeth whitening solution. If your teeth have been impacted by surface stains such as those caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Miyake can significantly improve their appearance with an in-office or take-home bleaching solution. However, for teeth that appear dingy, discolored, or stained due to factors such as aging, genetics, medication, or mineralization, a different approach will be required.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells placed over the front of your teeth. Dr. Miyake can customize your veers to match adjacent teeth in shape, size, and color, allowing them to fit nicely into your smile. Veneers are translucent enough to look and feel like natural tooth enamel, but thick enough to completely eliminate the appearance of even the darkest stains.

Porcelain veneers can be placed on targeted teeth to address problems in specific areas. They can also be placed on multiple teeth to address a number of common cosmetic dental problems including chips, cracks, gaps, other imperfections with your teeth.

Keeping Veneers White

Porcelain is stain resistant which can extend the results of your teeth whitening procedure. However, there is no way to whiten veneers without replacing them. To help your veneers stay bright and beautiful, you will need to commit to a good oral hygiene routine.

Veneers are cared for in the same manner as your natural teeth. Brushing your veneers after every meal and flossing at least once a day will help keep your veneers white. So too will limiting your intake of dark foods and beverages and refraining from the use of tobacco products.

Do not forget to visit Dr. Miyake every six months for professional cleanings and evaluations. During these visits, Dr. Miyake can inspect your veneers and also schedule whitening procedures for adjacent teeth to help ensure your smile remains brilliantly white for years to come.

For more information on teeth whitening and porcelain veneers in the Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California areas, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an appointment today.

06/17/2016 - 05:35

Dental bonding offers a quick and cost-effective way to address both functional and cosmetic issues with the teeth. Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can use dental bonding to repair teeth that are chipped or cracked, misshapen, gapped, discolored, or decayed. Bonding also offers a wonderful solution for covering roots exposed by receding gums.

dental bonding may last for several years when properly cared for. To learn more, call Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103 today" src="/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" />When cared for properly, a single dental bonding treatment should last for several years before requiring a touch up. Maintaining the strength of your bonding will, however, require some effort on your part.

To help ensure your bonding materials last as long as possible, it is important that you:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and snack with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste
  • Floss both morning and night
  • Refrain from biting on ice, hard candy, or nonedible items like pens
  • Visit our Fresno office every six months for cleanings and examinations

Unlike tooth enamel, dental bonding cannot be whitened. This makes it important that you keep teeth clean through brushing, but also that you limit your intake of dark foods and beverages. During your routine visits, Dr. Miyake can remove some surface staining from your restorations, but deeper stains will permanently impact the brightness of dental bonding. Fortunately, restoring dental bonding is just as quick and effective as placing it initially, and can easily be completed in a single office visit. Dr. Miyake will recommend this service as needed to help keep your smile bright and strong.

To schedule a dental bonding consultation, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 today. Our cosmetic dentist serves Fresno, Clovis, and all surrounding areas of California. 

06/08/2016 - 07:08

Are you considering porcelain veneers? Call Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103 to schedule a consultation and learn about your options" src="/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" />If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, there is a good chance you could benefit from porcelain veneers. Incredibly thin and expertly crafted to fit seamlessly into your smile, porcelain veneers are capable of correcting a number of cosmetic imperfections including:

  • Unevenly shaped or sized teeth
  • Gaps and crooked tooth presentation
  • Chipped or cracked tooth enamel
  • Severe discoloration

Alone or in combination with other restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments, porcelain veneers can vastly improve the appearance of nearly any smile. If you are interested in learning more, call our Fresno cosmetic dentist at 559-224-0103 and schedule your initial consultation today.

How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?

When cared for properly, porcelain veneers can produce exceptional results for a number of years. Dr. Miyake works directly with our trusted dental lab partners to ensure that each veneer is created to our exacting standards for optimal appearance and lasting strength. While veneers are not permanent, you can help ensure yours stay brilliant and attractive by following simple care instructions provided by Dr. Miyake before and after your treatment. Any additional questions can be addressed during your routine office visits, where Dr. Miyake can also check to ensure your veneers are continuing to produce the look you deserve.

If you are considering porcelain veneers in or around Fresno, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today.

05/17/2016 - 13:18

Cigarette smoke alters the oral microbiota, increasing risks for gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and tooth loss. You already know that cigarettes are a primary cause of tooth discoloration and chronic – near untreatable – halitosis. You may also know that tobacco smoking is linked to an increased risk for oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Unknown to this point was that cigarette smoke actually alters the oral microbiota as well – which may be a key reason it causes all of these serious oral health problems.

Researchers from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) recently looked into the bacterial makeup in the mouths of smokers, former smokers, and lifelong nonsmokers and found that smokers had much higher levels of 150 potentially harmful bacteria and much lower levels of 70 helpful bacterial strains. How this impacts oral health overall is as of yet unknown, but a simple look at the host of problems linked to smoking may give some idea.

If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. Every day we learn more about the harmful impact of this habit on ourselves, those around us, and the environment. If you have long struggled with smoking, increased attention to your daily oral hygiene routine and a commitment to routine visits with Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake are essential. While nothing can be done to prevent the damage caused by smoking if you continue to use tobacco, there are treatments that can be effective at addressing these issues once they occur.

If you are a smoker who is overdue for a dental visit, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule a cleaning and examination today.

05/05/2016 - 08:06

To learn how probiotics can bolster your daily oral hygiene routine, call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103 today" src="/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" />In 2013, researchers found that specific probiotic strains – strains of helpful bacteria – were just as effective as antibiotics in the treatment of chronic periodontitis. Now, new studies into probiotics have found that a newly identified strain – currently known as A12 – is highly effective at killing Streptococcus mutans, the bacterial strain most commonly related to dental cavities.

A12 is very effective at breaking down arginine, one of two compounds secreted by the mouth that have been linked to cavity formation. Perhaps most exciting, studies conducted into A12 have found that simply taking a pill is enough to increase levels of this helpful bacteria and aid in the prevention of cavities. Much like you may take a probiotic pill to assist with digestion and immune response, you may soon be able to take one that works with your daily oral hygiene routine to help prevent harmful bacteria from destroying tooth enamel.

Of course, there is no magic pill for fighting cavities. To help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy, you still need to brush after every meal, floss daily, and visits Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake every six months for cleanings and examinations. However, if you are prone to cavities despite your best efforts or if you are simply looking for a safe and effective way to boost your oral hygiene routine, probiotics may hold the key.

If you are overdue for a cleaning and examination, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Miyake serves men and women living in and around Fresno, California.

04/28/2016 - 08:22

A broken tooth may seem like a small issue – particularly if it is out of sight – but even a tiny bit of missing enamel can result in serious problems. Broken teeth are more vulnerable to infection and decay, and those teeth that are hard to see are equally hard to clean, making them even more likely to develop serious issues. The best way to prevent unnecessary complications is to seek treatment as soon as a tooth is damaged.

Depending on the location and extent of the damage, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake will likely recommend a dental crown for the restoration of a broken tooth. The dental crowns offered at our office are made of high quality porcelain and shaped, shaded, and contoured to match adjacent teeth precisely. This enables your dental crown to complement your smile while serving to protect weakened teeth from further damage.

If your break is small and not on a tooth that performs chewing or biting functions, dental bonding may be a suitable alternative to a dental crown. Dental bonding is durable and resilient, but may not be strong enough to restore full function to bicuspids and molars. During your tooth repair consultation Dr. Miyake will discuss all of your options to ensure you are choosing the solution best suited to restore strength and beauty to your smile.

If you have one or more broken teeth and live in the Fresno area, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule an appointment today. Our cosmetic dentist serves Clovis, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.

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