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11/06/2015 - 06:38

If you have questions about porcelain veneers, please call Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-22235 to schedule a consultation todayPorcelain veneers are incredibly durable, allowing this cosmetic dentistry restoration to be among the most reliable and longest lasting. However, veneers can be scratched and, once damaged, will need to be replaced to ensure continued aesthetic perfection. During your initial consultation with Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake, how long you can expect your porcelain veneers to last will be discussed in greater detail.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Fresno office, please call (559) 478-2235 today. Dr. Miyake welcomes patients from Clovis, Tulare, and all surrounding California communities.

You can help prevent scratching your porcelain veneers by following some very basic care instructions:

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Do not use an abrasive toothpaste
  • Refrain from chewing on hard candy or ice

These steps can help prevent damage to your porcelain veneers, but cannot guarantee a lifetime of perfection. During your routine visits to our office for cleanings and examinations Dr. Miyake will assess the state of your veneers to help you determine when it would be best to have them replaced.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry in the Fresno area of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. 

10/27/2015 - 08:15

Are you experiencing symptoms of gum disease? Call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an appointment todayA newly published study suggests polyphenols found in the wild lowland blueberry bush could help prevent the formation of plaque that leads to gum disease. This study adds to the growing body of research into alternatives to antibiotics and other more invasive treatments typically used to deal with this common oral health problem.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

While research into alternative treatments for gum disease provide hope, many of these modalities focus on prevention more than treatment. Probiotics, polyphenols, and other natural options have shown to help prevent gum disease, but may not be as useful once the problem has manifested. Dr. Miyake offers safe and effective deep gum cleaning to deal with gingivitis and early-stage periodontitis. If you are experiencing symptoms such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums, Dr. Miyake would be happy to meet with you to discuss treatment options and future prevention methods.

To schedule your next appointment at our Fresno office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. We welcome patients from Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding communities.

10/06/2015 - 09:30

With Halloween comes candy. Lots and lots of candy. And with candy comes increase tooth sensitivity and a higher risk for tooth decay. This makes it very important to discuss proper oral care with your children and to put into practice your own daily routine to help prevent cavities and keep your natural teeth strong and attractive for years to come.

This Halloween, take time to care for your teeth – lest you wind up looking like a jack-o-lantern. Call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a cleaning today

Your daily routine should consist of:

  • Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after every meal
  • Flossing both morning and night
  • Limiting your intake of sugary foods

Around Halloween, when more candy may be consumed than normal, it is a good idea to brush after every snack as well. This helps keep bacteria under control and serves to minimize oral health complications.

In addition to your at-home routine, you should plan on visiting Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at least every six months for routine cleanings and examinations. These visits allow Dr. Miyake to inspect your teeth and gums, and provide you with the most effective ways to optimize your daily routine.

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning, please contact Gregory Miyake, DDS today. We serve Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Fresno office. 

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09/29/2015 - 08:13

If your jaw has started to pop while you eat or speak, call Fresno neuromuscular dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a TMJ evaluation todayIf you are experiencing popping in your jaw, chances are you are suffering from TMJ – a common condition related to improper alignment. Fresno neuromuscular dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake utilizes advanced diagnostic tools to detect TMJ and, when it is the cause of jaw popping, can provide customized treatments that help restore both alignment and comfort.

If you are experiencing popping noises in the jaw, please call our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation today.

In addition to jaw pops, symptoms of TMJ may include:

  • Clicking or grinding noises in the jaw
  • Pain or swelling around the jaw joint
  • Frequent headaches
  • Eye and ear pain
  • Difficulties opening and shutting the mouth

These symptoms in combination almost certainly point to TMJ, but even a single one may indicate some level of jaw misalignment. Dr. Miyake offers nonsurgical TMJ treatment options that have been proven effective at restoring alignment, helping ensure lasting comfort and preventing additional problems from arising.

If your jaw has been popping, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule a neuromuscular dental evaluation. Located in Fresno, we welcome patients from Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding California communities.

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09/03/2015 - 11:06

Dental veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics,” due to their ability to address cosmetic malocclusion in less than a month. Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake may recommend porcelain veneers if your bite issues are primarily aesthetic such as:

  • Small gaps or spaces
  • Crooked presentation
  • Uneven shapes
  • Irregular sizes

If you are looking for the best solution for straightening your smile, call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 and schedule a consultation today.The best way to learn if dental veneers are the right choice for your smile is by calling (559) 478-2235 and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Miyake.

Invisalign® is the ideal treatment for adults who require a more traditional orthodontic option, but are not interested in braces. Dr. Miyake often recommends Invisalign® for pronounced bite issues that cannot be treated through cosmetic services.

Invisalign treatment is fast and can often fully straighten teeth in as little as 12 months. What’s more, this treatment does not require dietary restrictions or other inconveniences associated with braces, making it the perfect choice for many of our adult patients.

To learn if Invisalign is the best choice for your smile, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS and schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Visalia, Madera, and surrounding communities at our comfortable Fresno office.

08/25/2015 - 10:19

A tongue scraper is an oral health implement that is used to scrape bacteria and food particles from the tongue. Made of plastic or metal, tongue scrapers are specially designed to conform to the contours of the tongue and are purported to help reduce bad breath.

If you have general dentistry questions and live in the Fresno area, please call Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an appointment today.

Do Tongue Scrapers Work?

Do you have general dentistry questions in Fresno? Call Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 for answersSeveral studies have shown that tongue scrapers, when used as a part of a thorough daily oral hygiene routine, are very effective at reducing bad breath. Some evidence suggests this simple addition to your oral care can help reduce risks for tooth decay and gum disease as well, but the most significant evidence shows a reduction in volatile sulfuric compounds (VSCs) – the leading cause of halitosis.

A recent study found that people who used tongue scrapers saw a 75% reduction in VSCs compared to a 45% reduction when brushing alone. This is a fairly clear indication that, when used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, tongue scraping is an effective way to reduce and control bad breath.

To learn more about general dentistry and oral health in Fresno, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today and schedule your next appointment.

08/19/2015 - 06:37

To learn about our advanced dentistry services, call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 todayFresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake is pleased to offer a complete range of dentistry services to meet the comprehensive needs of each member of your household. The best way to learn which services can be combined to enhance, protect, and perfect your smile is by calling Dr. Miyake at (559) 478-2235 and scheduling your initial consultation today.

General Dentistry

Dr. Miyake provides general dentistry services including:

  • Routine cleanings and examinations
  • Cavity prevention and treatment
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Dental crowns

Restorative services such as crowns and fillings are completed with tooth-colored options to help ensure a seamless fit into your smile. Dr. Miyake also offers neuromuscular dentistry treatments for TMJ along with various tooth replacement options such as dental implants and bridges.

Cosmetic Dentistry

In addition to general dentistry services, we offer a wide selection of cosmetic treatments to beautify and perfect your smile. Popular cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding

Used alone or combined for a complete smile makeover, these treatments can help restore confidence in your appearance and give you a smile you’re proud to show the world.

To learn more about our dentistry services, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. We serve Fresno and all surrounding California communities.

07/30/2015 - 07:47

Metal fillings have long been the go-to solution for treating tooth decay. However, these restorations are not only unsightly, they are functionally inferior to tooth colored alternatives. If you have metal fillings you would like to have replaced, Tulare cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake would be happy to meet with you to assess your current fillings and help you determine the best way to protect and perfect your smile.

Tooth colored fillings are:

  • Bonded to the surface of teeth – unlike metal fillings which are packed into a tooth, composite fillings are bonded to the tooth’s surface to help ensure complete protection
  • Immune to temperature changes – metal fillings expand and contract with temperature changes in the mouth, which can allow them to crack and break teeth or fall out completely. Tooth colored fillings do not change shape or size and will not damage teeth or fall out
  • Shaded to match your natural tooth color – metal fillings are obvious and detract from the quality of your smile. Composite fillings look like tooth enamel
  • Free of toxic materials – amalgam fillings contain mercury and other toxic metals. Tooth-colored fillings are made of nontoxic materials that are safe even for expecting mothers and young children

If you would like more information about tooth colored fillings, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. We welcome patients from Clovis, Tulare, and surrounding areas at our Fresno, California office.

07/14/2015 - 04:55

Porcelain veneers offer a natural-looking and incredibly effective way to address a number of cosmetic dental problems. Veneers can last for several years with proper care, but may need to be replaced over time for continuous results. Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can discuss this with you in more detail during your porcelain veneers consultation.

While not permanent, veneers can be maintained for lasting results. The best way to maintain your porcelain veneers is by:

  • Using a nonabrasive toothpaste – abrasives can scratch veneers
  • Using a soft bristled toothbrush – like abrasive toothpaste, hard and medium bristles can damage veneers
  • Avoiding mouthwash with alcohol and astringents – astringents can weaken the bonding that holds veneers to teeth
  • Avoiding hard candy and biting ice – hard candies and ice can break, chip, and crack veneers

You can further help maintain your veneers by brushing after every meal and flossing at least once daily to help prevent decay underneath your restorations. Biannual visits with Dr. Miyake are also a good idea for both oral health and aesthetic maintenance.

If you live in or around Fresno and have questions about porcelain veneers, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule a consultation today.

06/23/2015 - 10:30

The cost of cosmetic dentistry can range widely depending on the services required to perfect your smile. However, cosmetic dentistry costs should not be a deterrent in seeking services that can increase self-confidence while restoring strength and beauty. During your initial consultation with Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake we will discuss payment options along with our many treatments to help you choose combinations that work best – both for your aesthetic desires and wallet.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Miyake, please call (559) 478-2235 today.

Financing Your Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure

Dr. Miyake is pleased to offer a range of financing options that can help nearly everyone achieve their cosmetic dentistry goals. In addition to cash and most major credit cards, Dr. Miyake accepts cosmetic dentistry financing from CareCredit® one of the nation’s largest and most trusted healthcare financing companies.

CareCredit offers plans with 0% APR and low-fixed monthly payments depending on terms. More information can be found on the CareCredit website or by picking up an application form from our Fresno office.

If you would like to learn more about financing your cosmetic dentistry procedure, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake strives to make cosmetic dentistry affordable for people in Fresno, Visalia, and surrounding California communities.

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