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

01/12/2015 - 09:21

Common symptoms of TMJ include clicking and popping in the jaw, pain or swelling around the jaw joint, and frequent headaches. This neuromuscular disorder can also cause pain and pressure in the eyes, nose, and ears. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Fresno neuromuscular dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at 559-224-0103 to schedule an evaluation today.

Trigeminal Nerve

The trigeminal nerve is the largest nerve in your head and responsible for supplying most of your facial sensations. TMJ impacts the trigeminal nerve, allowing for pain sensation and loss of function throughout all of its branches. Because one of these branches feeds sensation to your eyes, pressure placed on the nerve by a misaligned jaw can result in ocular pressure and pain. When this pain is caused by TMJ, one of the most effective solutions is neuromuscular dental treatment.

Dr. Miyake is an experienced neuromuscular dentist who offers a number of customizable TMJ treatment options. If you are suffering from TMJ symptoms, Dr. Miyake can diagnose your disorder and begin creating a treatment plan that helps produce both immediate and lasting relief.

To schedule your neuromuscular dentistry consultation at our Fresno, California office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today.

12/22/2014 - 14:04

Are you looking for a New Year’s Resolution? How about strengthening your commitment to your smile? Why not resolve, this year, to take the steps necessary to protect your teeth and ensure a bright and beautiful smile for a lifetime?

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake encourages you to evaluate your daily oral hygiene routine and determine where it could be improved. Some suggestions include:

  • Brushing teeth after every meal and snack, not just morning and night
  • Flossing two to three times a day
  • Reducing your intake of sugary and starchy foods

These steps, combined with routine visits to our office for cleanings and examinations are often all it takes to keep your natural teeth healthy, strong, and flawlessly beautiful for a lifetime.

We’re Here to Help

Dr. Miyake has over three decades of experience helping men and women in the Fresno area obtain and maintain optimal oral health and beauty. During your next visit to our office he would be happy to listen to all of your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and personalize treatment options that provide you the ideal foundation for strengthening your commitment to your smile.

To schedule your next appointment, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Fresno, Clovis, and surrounding areas of California.

12/12/2014 - 06:23

With New Year’s Eve closing in, chances for face-to-face social interactions increase. If you lack confidence in your smile, these interactions can be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, with in-office teeth whitening from Dr. Gregory Miyake, there’s still time to improve the appearance of your smile before the biggest gatherings of the year begin.

Dr. Miyake offers advanced in-office treatments that can brighten your smile up to ten shades in as little as one hour. This teeth whitening technique can even lighten deep stains or discoloration caused by aging to produce a brighter, healthier look. And, because in-office whitening is applied and overseen by our experienced cosmetic dentistry team, consistently beautiful results are easily achieved, while risks of sensitivity and irritation are lowered.

In-office teeth whitening offers the fastest results, but it may not be right for everyone. If you prefer to whiten at home, Dr. Miyake would be happy to discuss professional-strength solutions that can be used as you see fit. Our take-home kits come with customized application trays that help whiten every tooth evenly and reduce the risk of over application.

To learn more about your teeth whitening options in Fresno, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS and schedule your consultation today.

11/21/2014 - 11:36

The American Dental Association has recently released a list of some common myths about gum disease. Debunking common misconceptions becomes increasingly important this time of year, when the extra intake of sugary and starchy foods can increase risks of oral health concerns. Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake would like to remind our patients to take time to care for teeth and gums this Holiday Season for optimal oral health throughout the year.

Myths about gum disease covered by the ADA include:

  • Gum disease is not that common – to the contrary, the CDC reports that half of all American adults have some form of gum disease
  • If I don’t have cavities, I can’t get gum disease – wrong again, cavities are caused by acids and bacteria on the surface of the tooth, gum disease is caused by bacteria below the gum line
  • Bleeding gums during pregnancy are normal – bleeding gums are a clear sign of gum disease. Gum disease is linked to complications with pregnancy. If you are pregnant and your gums are bleeding you need to contact Dr. Miyake right away

There are of course, several myths surrounding oral health and significant misinformation about how to avoid common dental problems. During your routine visits with Dr. Miyake we can answer any questions you have about oral health and help ensure your teeth stay strong and beautiful for years to come.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Miyake, please contact us today. At Gregory G. Miyake, DDS, we serve patients living in Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, and surrounding areas of California.

11/11/2014 - 12:43

Broken teeth may constitute a dental emergency and should be brought to the attention of Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake as soon as possible. In some cases, trauma extends below the visible break, which may necessitate extraction or other emergency services. The best way to determine what is needed for the preservation of your smile is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Miyake as soon as the break occurs.

Depending on the extent of damage, solutions Dr. Miyake may suggest include:

  • Dental bonding – for smaller breaks, bonding can be built up over the surface of a tooth and used to restore strength and function
  • Dental crowns – when trauma cannot be addressed topically, a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to both restore the smile and prevent additional problems

When an extraction is necessary, Dr. Miyake may suggest either a bridge or a dental implant. Which one of these options is best for your smile will be determined during your examination.

If you have broken a tooth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule an examination. Our dentist serves Clovis, Tulare, and surrounding communities from our conveniently located Fresno office.

10/27/2014 - 12:51

Placed over the front of teeth, porcelain veneers are used to address a number of common cosmetic dental concerns. Sized, shaped, and colored to fit seamlessly into your smile, porcelain veneers are commonly used to perfect teeth marred by:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Uneven spacing or gaps
  • Irregular sizing
  • Crooked presentation
  • Severe discoloration

If your smile is impacted by any of these issues, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake would be happy to meet with you to assess your needs and help you determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.

Instant Orthodontics

Porcelain veneers are sometimes called instant orthodontics due to their ability to correct cosmetic bite issues over the course of just a few weeks. While not exactly “instant,” compared to the years it can take braces to close gaps and restore alignment, the two to three weeks necessary for the creation and placement of veneers is negligible.

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful solution for minor malocclusion, but are not always right for more pronounced alignment issues. During your initial consultation Dr. Miyake will examine your teeth and discuss all of your options to ensure you are choosing the solution ideal for your smile.

To schedule your consultation, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Fresno and surrounding areas of California.

10/20/2014 - 09:43

SSRIs are a commonly prescribed class of anti-depressants. These medications are known to cause some issues with bone regeneration and have been linked to risks for fracture, but their impact on dental implants has only recently been discovered.

In a six-year study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, it was found that patients taking SSRIs experienced implant failure at twice the rate of those who were not on anti-depressants. Researchers assume this may be caused by interference with the osseointegration process caused by the SSRIs, which would be consistent with other bone-related side effects of these medications. However, the rate of failure was still under 11 percent, even for this higher-risk group.

Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake would never suggest you discontinue taking an SSRI or any other medication unless directed to by your physician. If medications make you a poor candidate for dental implants, Dr. Miyake will happily discuss alternatives such as dental bridges that do not rely on bone growth to restore strength and beauty to your smile.

If you are missing one or more teeth and looking for the most effective solution, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Miyake serves Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, and surrounding California communities. 

09/29/2014 - 23:00

A new study has found that hollow-headed electric toothbrushes can carry up to 3,000 times the bacteria as their solid-headed counterparts, even when stored away from common bathroom contaminants. Unfortunately, most manufacturers do not distinguish between solid and hollow heads on toothbrush packaging, which can make it difficult to know which type you have.

To help keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake recommends:

  • Storing your toothbrush in an upright position
  • Storing your toothbrush away from trashcans and toilets
  • Allowing your toothbrush to dry completely in between uses
  • Changing heads every two to three months

You can also disinfect your toothbrush by soaking the head in antiseptic mouthwash or a homemade mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. However, these steps should not be seen as an alternative to changing heads every few months.

While as many as 10 million bacteria have been found on some toothbrushes, most of these will not harm your oral health. Some of the bacteria discovered in this latest study are linked to systemic illness, though a direct link between bacteria on toothbrushes and larger health problems has not been established.

To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and surrounding areas of California from our comfortable office in Fresno.

09/22/2014 - 11:02

Yogurt contains calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, all of which have been identified as being beneficial to oral health. These minerals, also found in a variety of other dairy products, are typically hailed for their ability to strengthen teeth, but this is not the only potential oral health benefit of yogurt.

Yogurt, like all cultured foods, contains bacteria known as probiotics. These helpful bacteria are essential for proper digestive functioning and are naturally found in the human gut. Now, studies conducted on patients with chronic periodontists have found that certain probiotic strains can actually increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by as much as 53 percent.

In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers found probiotics just as effective as antibiotics at treating gum disease. Because probiotics are naturally present in the body and do not come with any of the negative side-effects of antibiotics, this may allow people who suffer from chronic gum disease to improve treatment success without further placing their bodies at risk. During your treatment consultation, Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can discuss this with you in greater detail to help you determine if probiotics could be beneficial to your oral health.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule a treatment consultation at our Fresno dental office today.

Gum Disease
08/27/2014 - 10:43

Pain medications containing acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, and similar drugs can be very effective at treating headache pain. They can also lead to internal damages including liver failure, stomach ulcers, and hypertension when taken in excess. This means that using them to treat chronic headaches may not be the safest idea.

Chronic headaches are often caused by TMJAccording to the American Academy of Craniofacial pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is one of the most common causes of chronic and debilitating headaches. If your headaches are caused by TMJ, no amount of pain medication will be effective at long-term relief. Realignment of the jaw is necessary for lasting relief from TMJ, and accomplishing that requires neuromuscular dentistry.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake is pleased to offer a number of neuromuscular treatments that can restore alignment and eliminate the symptoms of TMJ. Your treatment may include immediate relief through TENS therapy along with sustained treatments such as oral appliances or splints. Which solutions are best for you can be determined during your TMJ evaluation with Dr. Miyake.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMJ, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Fresno and surrounding areas of California. 

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