Do You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth? 3 Signs to Look For

May 11, 2024

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Illustration of fully impacted wisdom tooth

Many adolescents and young adults undergo wisdom tooth extractions. Why? Very often, between the ages of 15 and 25, the third molars at the back of the mouth start to cause problems. Without timely extractions, your oral health could suffer significant damage, particularly if the wisdom teeth are impacted (stuck fully or partially beneath the gumline). Do you have impacted wisdom teeth? This blog post explains a few warning signs that you should look for.

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How Does Arestin Treat Gum Disease?

April 27, 2024

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Comparison of healthy and unhealthy gumsCavities aren’t the only threat to dental health. Gum disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss and it can affect your overall wellness negatively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports at least 50% of adults have a form of the infection. Traditionally, scaling and root planing are used to treat gum disease, also known as a “deep cleaning.” However, Arestin is often used along with scaling and root planing to stop the infection in its tracks. Here’s how it can restore your gum health.

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Am I Too Old for Cosmetic Dentistry?

March 5, 2024

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elderly patient smiling while speaking with cosmetic dentist

Cosmetic dentistry has the power to rejuvenate your smile, creating a more harmonious and vibrant look. Beyond enhancing your teeth and gums, these treatments can also elevate your confidence and self-worth. If you’re on the mature side and thinking about cosmetic dentistry, you might be curious about whether it’s a suitable option. Fortunately, age is not a barrier when it comes to benefiting from these procedures. Let’s explore three key ways that older patients can reap the rewards of cosmetic dental treatments.

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Dappled Dilemma: How Do I Correct White Spots on My Teeth?

February 12, 2024

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Closeup of teeth with pen pointing to white spots

If you’re feeling anxious about white spots on your teeth, you’re not alone. Whether you’re wondering if it’s harmful or are more concerned about your appearance, it’s natural to have questions. Several things can contribute to this dental dilemma, and fortunately, your dentist has cosmetic solutions that can help. Keep reading to learn more about 4 reasons why you may have developed this condition and what you can do about it.

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The Best Results with Invisalign: Dos and Don’ts for Success

January 12, 2024

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Woman smiling as she's about to use Invisalign for the first time

Invisalign treatment offers a convenient and discreet way to straighten your teeth and achieve a beautiful smile. However, like any orthodontic treatment, it requires careful attention and sticking to the guidelines for the best results. If you want to achieve a winning smile through Invisalign, here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

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Do I Need a Dental Bridge or a Partial Denture?

December 13, 2023

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Tooth loss is a common problem, and modern dentistry has a variety of methods that can treat it. Dental bridges and partial dentures are both excellent ways for many people to restore their compromised smiles, but some curious individuals may not be quite sure about the differences between these two appliances. Here’s some information about dental bridges and partial dentures to help you understand if one of them might be right for you.

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Missing Back Tooth: 5 Reasons to Replace Them

November 3, 2023

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person talking to dentist about missing back tooth

Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to an incident or extraction, the gap in your smile can impact your confidence. However, when it comes to a missing back tooth, you might question the need for replacement since it’s not visible. To grasp the importance of a full smile, read on to discover why replacing a missing back tooth is crucial.

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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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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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