What is Dental Botox®?

As specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic. Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. When the muscles contract away from the skin, this is what causes wrinkles. This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments. What most patients don’t know is this same function can relax other muscles in the jaw and face for pain relief [...]

The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Shelby teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Marissa Miller is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Discovery Dental can do to help. Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot! Actually, they are [...]

Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

We at Discovery Dental understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Marissa Miller wants every Shelby resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call! Dental Insurance Dental insurance is an excellent investment that helps Shelby residents ensure a lifetime of healthy [...]

How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Shelby during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Marissa Miller has helped tons of Shelby residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Discovery Dental invite you to come visit us today to find out more. Night Guards for Bruxism [...]

The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Marissa Miller wants everyone in Shelby to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Discovery Dental a call with any questions [...]

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth…But If You Do – The Importance of Mouth Guards in Sports Safety

It’s no secret that residents of Shelby love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Marissa Miller wants you to know how keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile. It’s About More than Mouth Guards We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards [...]

If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist. Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we [...]

Professional Dental Cleanings Make a Big Difference

You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Miller twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at Discovery Dental would like to take this opportunity to let Shelby residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or find that you are suddenly inspired to visit Dr. Miller for a cleaning, feel free to give us a call! Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned [...]

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Get Your Smile Back with Dental Implants

Don’t let dentures or gaps in your teeth take away your confidence! Talk to Dr. Miller about dental implants and get started on a path to reclaiming your smile! Discovery Dental offers the best dental implant technology available and we love to help our Shelby patients regain their confidence with a beautiful, healthy mouth. What are Dental Implants for? The best way to explain dental implants is to describe exactly what they do. If you have a missing tooth, Dr. Miller will put an implant in its place. This implant will take root in the jawbone (just a like a real tooth), protect the [...]

Are Your Teeth Safe From Coffee Stains?

First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at Discovery Dental, we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them. It’s no secret how Shelby residents feel about their coffee, and we’re not about to get in the way of that love. However, we will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful with tips that won’t drastically affect your lifestyle. Dr. [...]