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When Emergency Dentistry Is Necessary Sep 1st, 2021

You always hope it won’t ever come to it, but sometimes an emergency dental appointment is essential. Virginia H. Ellis, DDS, of Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, is a qualified emergency dentist who can help resolve a wide range of serious and time-sensitive dental problems. Here’s...

How Can a Night Guard Help Me? Aug 8th, 2021

If you wake up in the morning with sore teeth and an aching jaw, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. Not only does this cause pain, but it can also lead to tooth wear and degeneration of the jaw joint. Fortunately, there’s a solution to...

The Many Uses for Dental Caps Jul 14th, 2021

Dental caps and dental crowns are synonymous terms. Both are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over the entire visible portion of the tooth. If a tooth gets a chip or crack, for example, a dental cap can reinforce the tooth and improve its appearance. Virginia H. Ellis, DDS, of Virginia H....

How Scaling and Root Planing Can Save Your Teeth Jun 16th, 2021

When brushing and flossing, many people tend to think that the health of their teeth equals their oral health. However, the truth is your gums are just as important to your oral health, if not more so. Your gums are part of a larger tissue system called the periodontium, and...

Your Tooth Is Knocked Out, and Your Next Steps Matter May 24th, 2021

It’s common — not just for kids, but also for active adults — to get hurt playing sports, particularly contact sports. A primary area of damage is the face, with sports-related dental injuries ranging anywhere from minor chips to a completely knocked-out tooth. Each year, children and adults suffer an...

Dental Bonding: The Quick-and-Easy Way to Improve Your Smile Apr 12th, 2021

So, you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth — what now? You could get a veneer or crown, but they can get expensive. That’s where dental bonding comes in. Dental bonding can repair damage quickly without draining your wallet. At the office of Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda,...

How to Whiten Your Teeth and Keep Them That Way Mar 9th, 2021

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, close to 90% of dental patients request teeth whitening treatments from their providers. At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, we also get many questions about how to whiten teeth and keep them white.  Dr. Ellis and our team offer...

Changing the Look of Your Smile With Veneers Feb 11th, 2021

When you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, it can affect how you interact with friends and colleagues, and it can lower your self-confidence. If you’re part of the majority of Americans — more than half — who feel insecure about their teeth, consider custom veneers.  At Virginia H....

My Jaw Pops: Do I Have a TMJ Disorder? Jan 13th, 2021

Earaches, neck pain, and a jaw that pops, clicks, or gets stuck are all signs of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, Dr. Ellis specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ problems. In this blog, she explains what TMJ disorders are along...

Why a Night Guard Might Be Right For You Dec 2nd, 2020

Do you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache most mornings? These could be signs that you may benefit from a custom-fit night guard.  At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, Dr. Ellis, a skilled general and cosmetic dentist, recommends night guards to her patients...

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Replace a Missing Tooth Nov 1st, 2020

According to the American Dental Association, adults ages 20-64 have three or more decayed or missing teeth. And having missing teeth can lead to a variety of oral and overall health problems.  Here at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. in Orinda, California, Dr. Ellis makes it her mission to...

When a Bridge Provides the Perfect Solution Oct 15th, 2020

A dental bridge does just what it sounds like it does: It bridges the gap between missing teeth. There are a few options for replacing missing teeth, so how do you know when a bridge is the right solution? Take a few minutes to read what Dr. Ellis of Virginia...

How Professional Teeth Whitening Delivers Dramatic Results Sep 11th, 2020

We’ve all seen the ads for at-home teeth whitening kits that promise amazing results. But, can whitening strips, pens, and gels deliver equal or better results than a professional whitening? Most of the time, the answer is no. If you want predictable and dramatic whitening results using safe products, a...

Top Signs Your Gums Are in Trouble Aug 2nd, 2020

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some level of gum disease. And gum disease doesn't just affect your oral health. Gum disease, which starts out as gingivitis, and, if not treated, turns into periodontal disease, can lead to serious consequences for your overall health as well....

Versatile Veneers Can Transform Your Smile Jul 1st, 2020

When you think about transforming your smile from dull to dazzling, you may think the only way to do that is through extensive dental work. However, that may not be necessary. Veneers are a relatively simple, yet highly effective way to correct a variety of common dental flaws.  Here at...

Why A Dental Implant Excels in Both Form and Function Mar 9th, 2020

Losing one or more teeth can leave you feeling stressed and self-conscious, and it can make it difficult to eat the foods you love. While there are several solutions for replacing missing teeth, dental implants top all others in both form and function:  If you have missing teeth, our highly...

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? Feb 3rd, 2020

Imagine these scenarios:  You’re at your son’s baseball game, and he knocks a tooth loose while sliding into home plate.  You have pain in your jaw that begins to throb and cause ear pain.  You bite down too hard on a piece of candy and chip a tooth or loosen...

Resolve to Have Whiter Teeth This Year Jan 9th, 2020

It’s that time of year again — the time when we all make resolutions to be better versions of ourselves in the coming year. But, how often do those resolutions fall by the wayside after a month or two? Do you want a resolution you can actually accomplish? How about...

What Does It Mean If You Hear Your Jaw Pop When You Chew? Dec 17th, 2019

The lower jaw is connected to the skull by a hinge joint known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Like any joint in the body, the TMJ is vulnerable to injury and wear and tear over time, putting you at risk for a condition known as TMJ syndrome (also known as...

Holiday Parties and Photos: Just Two of the Many Reasons to Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened Nov 20th, 2019

The holidays are a time when family and friends gather to celebrate and, thanks to cellphones-turned-cameras, everyone is a potential photographer. If you want your smile to light up your holiday photos, professional teeth whitening is just the ticket. At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp, our team offers a...

Remedy Gum Disease With The Help of Our Perio Protect Trays Oct 1st, 2019

When gum disease gets serious, so do the treatments. The problem is that the damage occurs below the gum line, out of the reach of brushing and flossing. Typically, this means some aggressive scaling and root planing at the dentist’s office, and even full-on dental surgery that can cause an...

The Importance of Biannual Dental Cleanings Sep 27th, 2019

We get it — going to the dentist is rarely exciting. It’s probably fair to say that most people dread the thought. But these visits are necessary to maintain both your oral health and your overall health.  It’s no surprise, then, that researchers have found a clear connection between oral...

Do You Grind Your Teeth While Sleeping? If So, You Need a Custom Night Guard Aug 22nd, 2019

If you unconsciously grind, gnash, or clench your teeth, you might have a condition called bruxism. While it may not seem serious, bruxism can trigger a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including: Flattened or damaged teeth Enamel loss Increased tooth sensitivity and sore gums Soft tissue damage to the inside of...