Washington Dental Care Blog

Help! I’m Worried My Root Canal Recovery Will Hurt

September 12, 2023

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Woman with brown hair getting a root canal done by a dentist wearing blue gloves

While no one wants to have a toothache that leads to an emergency visit to your dentist, it’s not uncommon. If you suddenly find yourself with a horrible toothache, it could be that your tooth has decay or infection and will require a root canal. Many patients in these cases worry about pain during and after the procedure, but try to set your mind at ease. Thankfully, it’s been reported that it actually doesn’t hurt any more than getting a cavity filled. That’s great news if you’ve been feeling anxious!

Now, you can set your concern aside and instead focus on what happens after your root canal. After all, taking care of yourself is essential so that the affected tooth can heal effectively. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect during recovery!

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The Causes & Treatments for Sore & Inflamed Gums

August 23, 2023

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a person holding up their lip to show their gums

Waiting until signs of oral health problems get worse to address them, like sore and inflamed gums, can lead to the need for more extensive treatments as well as risk the function and health of your smile. While the bearable discomfort of irritated gums may seem like something you can put on the backburner, with a checkup from your dentist, you can have your issue diagnosed and treated, preserving your healthy smile. Read on to learn how sore and inflamed gums can develop and what your dentist may recommend treatment-wise.

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Why You Should Get a Tooth-Colored Filling Instead of an Amalgam Filling

July 13, 2023

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Smiling dentist

Many people will get a cavity at some point in their lifetime, but why not get the best available option when they happen to you? Since cavities do not go away on their own and in fact get worse over time, fillings are necessary to save teeth. Dentists have used fillings to save literally billions of teeth from infection in the past century, and the technology continues to improve. While traditional amalgam fillings made from metals like copper, mercury, silver, and zinc have served well for quite a long time, they tend to stand out in a smile because of their dark grey color and can also pose other potential problems. Read on to learn about the benefits of opting for tooth-colored fillings instead.

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What You Should Know About Recovering From a Full Mouth Reconstruction

June 3, 2023

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someone resting in a chair

For the most part, modern dentistry is capable of addressing simple issues relatively quickly, and with relatively little aftercare. Your run-of-the-mill cavity or gum disease can even be remedied within just one appointment, and with virtually no discomfort after the fact.

However, if you have serious oral health problems, you may need a full mouth reconstruction. This entails using several reconstructive techniques one after another to completely revitalize your smile. While aftercare is still perfectly manageable, it will require a little bit more work than usual on your part to stay comfortable. Here is what you should know about how long that aftercare may take, and what you can do to make it a bit easier to deal with.

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What Can I Expect After Receiving a Dental Crown?

May 11, 2023

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a dental crown

Dental crowns are considered to be some of the most reliable and trustworthy restorative solutions available. Used to protect vulnerable teeth from future decay and damage, they can be made from all types of materials, including those that maintain a more natural appearance (i.e., porcelain, ceramic). When learning you need one to safeguard your smile, you may wonder what to expect after receiving a dental crown. A dentist is here to share a few helpful tips so that you can take better care of your new tooth.

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How To: Make Your Next Dental Checkup Smooth and Seamless

April 13, 2023

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Dentist smiling at patient while reviewing his X-ray

Even if you love your dentist, you want your biannual visit to be as smooth and seamless as possible. Whether your appointment is first thing in the morning, over lunch, or on your drive home, there are several steps you can take so it’s as efficient, quick, and comfortable as possible. To learn four proactive measures you can take to make your next dental checkup easier, read on!

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My Dental Implant Is Loose! What Should I Do?

March 4, 2023

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dental implants against a blue background

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing teeth; they can easily restore lost pearly whites in terms of look, feel, and functionality. And better yet, they boast an impressive success rate of over 95%, even several years post-placement! That said, we live in an imperfect world, and there are unfortunately all sorts of things that pose a threat to your implants once they’ve been placed—they might even become loose and fail if you aren’t careful! Here’s more from your dentist about a few possible explanations for dental implant looseness and how the issue can be remedied.

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How Losing a Tooth Could Change the Shape of Your Face

February 11, 2023

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Bearded man smiling with a missing tooth

A missing tooth can leave an unattractive gap in your smile, making you feel less than confident about showing off your grin. But did you know that lost teeth can affect your appearance in other ways as well? If the space isn’t filled with reliable replacement teeth, the shape of your face might change, causing you to look much older than you are. Why does this happen, and what can you do about it? Here are the facts you need to know.

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6 Helpful Tips for Easing New Aligner Discomfort

December 3, 2022

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a closeup of a patient smiling with their Invisalign

It’s not uncommon to experience some minor discomfort when undergoing clear aligner therapy; after all, your teeth are being moved and shuffled around your mouth! However, that doesn’t mean you have to needlessly suffer to obtain your new smile—there are several things you can do to minimize your discomfort throughout the process. Here are some tips from your dentist in Chicago for effectively coping with Invisalign discomfort so that you can keep your treatment’s progress right on track.

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Have You Lost Your Invisalign Aligners?

November 4, 2022

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Invisalign aligners are spread out on a blank surface

At one time, getting straighter, more aligned teeth meant wearing bulky metal braces. Now, people have the option of a more discreet, flexible orthodontic: Invisalign. Removable clear aligners are used to move your teeth to their desired position over time. Although one of the major appeals of Invisalign is the ease of taking them out (versus the stuck-in-place traditional braces), you also risk losing them and possibly delaying your treatment progress. Here is what you can do if your aligners go missing so you can stay on track to your picture-perfect smile!

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