Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

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

03/20/2014 - 13:46

Tooth discoloration is one of the most common cosmetic dental problems addressed in our Fresno, California office. Surface staining caused by foods and beverages, lifestyle choices, and aging can often be eliminated with teeth whitening options such as in-office treatment or a take-home solution. However, deeper stains or discoloration caused by things such as medications or fluoridation in water are often impervious to topical solutions.

When you are suffering from theses stains, Dr. Miyake can examine your teeth to determine which cosmetic solution will best whiten your smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be placed over the front of teeth with deep stains, serving to completely eliminate all discoloration. Veneers are incredibly thin, which allows them to fit flawlessly into your smile while perfecting nearly all cosmetic issues. Although they are thin, porcelain veneers are thick enough to cover even the deepest and darkest stains, making them the best option for addressing this particular problem.

Our Fresno cosmetic dentist offers a number of solutions for perfecting smiles. During your initial consultation he can discuss all of your options and help you choose which ones will best meet your specific needs.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Miyake serves patients in Clovis, Tulare, Madera, Fresno, and surrounding areas of California.

02/28/2014 - 09:26

Tooth infection is a serious issue that can result in tooth sensitivity, pain, and eventual tooth loss. When symptoms of tooth infection occur they should be brought to the attention of Tulare dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake as soon as possible. The sooner Dr. Miyake can examine your tooth for infection, the faster he can perform deep tooth cleaning to help prevent future problems.

Identifying an Infected Tooth

Initial signs of tooth infection may be minor such as a tolerable toothache. However, if a toothache, even a minor one, lasts for more than a few days, it should be brought to the attention of our Tulare dentist.

Other symptoms of tooth infection include:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Swelling or redness in the gums around a single tooth
  • A pimple or sore on the gums
  • Changes in tooth color
  • Persistent bad breath

Any of these issues should prompt a call to Dr. Miyake for a thorough examination. Infected teeth can often be saved, but preserving them requires swift action.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule a thorough examination. Dr. Miyake provides comprehensive dental services for men and women living in Tulare from our conveniently located Fresno, California office.

02/25/2014 - 09:25

Your daily oral hygiene routine is an essential part of maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining peak oral hygiene requires brushing and flossing every day. Brushing should be completed after every meal and snack or, at the least, morning and night. Flossing should be done once a day, but twice is a better way to avoid issues such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Your daily routine is important, but not enough to prevent all oral health and beauty problems. To compliment your at-home routine and ensure a beautiful smile for years to come, you should visit Clovis dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake every six months for cleanings and examinations.

Biannual Clovis Dentistry Visits

Your biannual visits with our Clovis dentist will include a professional cleaning from one of our knowledgeable hygienists. X-rays will be taken once a year for thorough diagnostics, but every visit will include a hands-on examination with Dr. Miyake. These examinations allow our Clovis dentist to check for early signs of oral health issues and to provide swift treatment when problems arise. While the goal of regular visits is preventive, addressing oral health issues quickly enables Dr. Miyake to choose minimally invasive treatments that preserve more of your natural tooth.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced Clovis dentist, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves men and women living in Clovis from our comfortable office in Fresno.

01/14/2014 - 13:36

Gum disease is a common, but very serious oral health issue. Left untreated, gum disease can result in pain and tooth loss. It has also been linked to health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes.

Symptoms of gum disease that should be brought to the attention of our Clovis dentist include:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or bad breath that will not respond to brushing
  • Loose teeth or shifts in bite
  • Gum tissue pulling away from tooth roots

Bringing these symptoms to the attention of Dr. Miyake allows him to provide swift treatment and help prevent serious oral and systemic health issues.

Deep Gum Cleaning

Our Clovis dentist provides deep gum cleaning for the treatment of gum disease. This option allows Dr. Miyake to remove tartar and bacteria from below the gum line, eliminating infection and helping prevent additional problems.

Deep gum cleaning may need to be supplemented by more frequent general dentistry visits to our Fresno office along with a more rigorous at-home routine. Combined, these efforts can help protect your smile from the consequences of gum disease and keep your natural teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serve Clovis and surrounding communities from our office in Fresno, California.

01/13/2014 - 13:39

There are a number of problems with metal dental fillings. Most obviously, metal fillings detract from the natural look of your smile. More worrisome, metal fillings expand and contract with temperature changes in your mouth. Over time this allows metal fillings to crack or break teeth, or to come loose and fall out.

Clovis dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake is pleased to offer our patients the option of replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored alternatives. This is something that can be discussed in more detail during your regularly scheduled appointments at our comfortable dental office.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings can be shaded to match teeth in color, allowing them to fit unnoticeably into your smile. What’s more, these fillings are bonded to the surface of the tooth and do not expand or contract with temperature changes in the mouth. This allows tooth-colored fillings to stay in place and eliminates the risk of further damaging a tooth.

Our Clovis dentist uses tooth-colored fillings to address initial decay on a tooth, but can also remove metal fillings and replace them with this stronger, more appealing solution.

To discuss removing and replacing your metal fillings, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Clovis and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Fresno, California office.

12/14/2013 - 14:11

Dental implants are the strongest, most reliable, and longest-lasting method of tooth replacement. During your Fresno dental implants consultation with Dr. Miyake it can best be determined if this solution is right for you.

You may be a good candidate for dental implants in Fresno if you are:

  • Missing one or more teeth
  • In generally good physical health
  • Free of oral health issues such as gum disease
  • Prepared to restore full strength, function, and beauty to your smile

Jaw Structure

Dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone where they become accepted as a replacement tooth root. In order for this process to work, you must have sufficient jawbone structure to support the implant. If you have lost bone density due to tooth loss, bone grafting may be necessary before you are a good candidate for dental implants.

There are a number of different dental implant options offered by Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake, some of which do not require as much bone density. During your implant dentistry consultation Dr. Miyake will examine your jaw and discuss all of your options to help you decide if dental implants are the best choice for your smile.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and would like to know if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule your initial consultation today.

12/09/2013 - 14:12

A tooth’s root serves a multitude of functions. It is responsible for sensation to the tooth. It holds the tooth in place. It even sends signals to your body that bone is necessary in specific areas of your jaw.

When you lose a tooth, its root goes as well, ending signals to the jaw and causing your body to reabsorb the bone surrounding the area. The loss of bone in the jaw following tooth loss is an issue only addressed by dental implants, and it is the process of osseointegration that enables implants to prevent changes to your jaw and provide a lifetime of support for your dental restorations.

Integrating into Bone

Osseointegration is the process in which your Fresno dental implants are integrated into your jawbone. The dental implants placed by our Fresno dentist are made of a biocompatible material and contain dozens of microscopic holes along their surface. The porous surface of dental implants provide osteoblasts and connective tissue a place to hold firm, securing the implants into your jawbone and replacing missing tooth roots. It is the process of osseointegration that provides many of the advantages dental implants enjoy over other forms of tooth replacement.

If you are missing one or more teeth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule your Fresno dental implant consultation.

11/15/2013 - 09:39

Taking care of your teeth at home is an essential part of maintaining optimal oral hygiene, but alone is not enough to prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Brush after every meal and snack, and floss at least once a day. This is necessary for the removal plaque and food particles from on, and in between, teeth. These at-home steps can also help prevent tooth and periodontal infection, but unless they are complimented by regular visits to Clovis dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake, they may fail to keep your teeth and gums at peak health.

Professional Cleanings

Professional cleanings and examinations are a necessary part of your oral hygiene routine. You should plan on visiting our Fresno office every six months for the complete removal or plaque and tartar and a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw. These examinations allow Dr. Miyake to detect small issues such as tooth decay and gingivitis, treating them before they become serious problems. This can help prevent more invasive treatments such as dental fillings and root canal, while also keeping your teeth their brightest year round.

If you live in Clovis or surrounding areas of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, D.D.S. or call 559-224-0103 today to schedule your next dental cleaning and examination.

11/08/2013 - 09:44

If you have cavities, dental fillings are necessary to prevent further damage to your teeth. Ironically, metal fillings can actually weaken your teeth and lead to additional damage, which is just one reason Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake chooses to only offer tooth colored fillings.

The metal used in fillings must be packed into teeth, which requires a significant amount of your natural tooth enamel be removed before they are placed. Once tooth enamel is removed, metal fillings are packed into the cavity, but not secured to the tooth itself. This results in a structurally weakened tooth without a bonded restoration.

Over time, temperature changes, friction, and daily use causes the metal in fillings to wear down or come loose and fall out. These things combine to make metal restorations far less than an ideal choice.

Why Choose White Fillings?

White fillings are made from nontoxic porcelain or composite resins that can be shaded to match your tooth in color. These fillings do not require much tooth preparation, and are bonded to the tooth to cover the cavity and bolster the strength of the impacted tooth.

Tooth colored fillings are not affected by temperature changes and are generally stronger than metal restorations. For these reasons and more, Dr. Miyake is pleased to offer tooth colored fillings to all of our patients.

If you have cavities that need filled or would like to remove and replace old metal fillings, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, D.D.S. or call 559-224-0103 today to schedule an appointment at our Fresno, California dental office.

10/23/2013 - 11:10

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile and effective solutions for addressing common cosmetic dental problems. With porcelain veneers, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can address things including:

  • Structural issues – Chips, cracks, and crooked presentation
  • Bite irregularities – Gaps, and uneven shapes and sizes
  • Cosmetic problems – Stains underneath the enamel and significant discoloration

To learn how porcelain veneers can perfect your smile, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS or call 559-224-0103 today to schedule an appointment with our Fresno, California cosmetic dentist.

Why Choose Veneers

One of the primary benefits of porcelain veneers is that they are a minimally invasive and nearly instantaneous way of addressing mild malocclusion. In fact, because porcelain veneers can accomplish in a few weeks what may take braces up to 36 months, veneers are often called “instant orthodontics.”

Porcelain veneers are strong and stain resistant, yet look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. Because they can be colored, shaped, and sized to perfectly compliment your smile, the only thing others will notice is how flawless your smile has become.

Veneers are easy to care for. Once placed, you simply need to care for them in the same manner as your natural teeth by brushing, flossing, and visiting our Fresno office twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

If you are interested in learning if porcelain veneers are right for you, please contact our experienced Fresno cosmetic dentist today.

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