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5 Little-Known Facts About Dental Implants

March 11, 2024

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Dental implant on gray backgroundBridges and dentures aren’t the only treatments for tooth loss anymore. 500,000 Americans every year are investing in dental implants to replace their missing teeth. The revolutionary procedure provides the next best thing to your real teeth. Here are 5 little-known facts about dental implants you should know.


Teeth Whitening or Veneers? That is the Question

February 2, 2024

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Woman in pink shirt smiling.

Having perfectly white, shining teeth has become an essential part of today’s beauty standards and can be seen everywhere from models to movie stars. If your smile is stained, it can leave you feeling self-conscious or like you don’t quite measure up. Fortunately, your dentist can help with cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. How do you know, though, which treatment is best for you? Keep reading to learn more about each option so you can make an informed decision!


Trending Topic: Can Turmeric Whiten Teeth?

January 8, 2024

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Turmeric leaf, root, and powder on a table

Stains on your teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. While it’s easy to find whitening kits and toothpaste at your local grocery store or pharmacy, you’ve heard that the bleaching ingredients can be abrasive. They’ve been known to erode your enamel and cause tooth sensitivity, so you want to avoid them.

One currently popular at-home alternative to brighten your grin is by using turmeric. It’s believed that this spice can lighten your teeth to enhance your appearance as well as your oral health. Is there any truth behind this theory, though? Keep reading to find out!


How Long Will the Lifespan of Your Dental Crown Be?

December 16, 2023

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Illustration of dental crown being placed on repaired tooth

Dental crowns are made out of highly durable materials that can withstand the forces of biting and chewing that they will be exposed to on a daily basis. However, it’s important to remember that dental crowns do have finite lifespans, and some may last longer than others. Your dentist is here to explain how long you can expect your dental crown to last and give you some tips that can help you keep it for as long as possible.


Can I Enjoy Coffee After Having a Tooth Extraction?

November 10, 2023

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While nobody really wants to have a tooth extraction, they can be necessary to preserve a patient’s oral and overall health. While the surgery itself is rendered painless by anesthesia, the recovery process isn’t known for being terribly comfortable, and many patients may be eager to get back to their old habits so they can have some normalcy. While coffee is a beloved beverage across the world and a daily pleasure for many people, you should take care to avoid it for a few days after having an extraction. Here’s how coffee can lead to complications during the recovery process and a few alternatives to enjoy.


The Causes & Solutions for Sore, Inflamed Gums

October 18, 2023

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person showing inflamed gums

When it comes to oral health, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, the focus is put on their teeth, but the gums are equally as important if you want to keep your smile strong and healthy. Sore and inflamed gums can be concerning and require prompt treatment. but what causes them in the first place? Read on to discover the causes of inflamed gums and some effective solutions.


From Start to Finish: The Average Duration of a Root Canal

September 8, 2023

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An X-ray of the pulp chamber of a tooth that needs a root canal

Root canals often carry an air of mystery and dread due to their (unfounded) reputation. This can leave many patients curious about what to expect during the treatment. One question that frequently arises is, “How long does a root canal take?”

If you’re concerned with the time the treatment will take out of your day, continue reading to learn more about root canal treatments and the time investment involved with the process.


4 Reasons You May Need an Extraction Even if Your Tooth Doesn’t Hurt

August 9, 2023

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Dental tool holding tooth

A tooth extraction might sound like more pain than it’s worth, especially if you’re not already experiencing discomfort. However, getting ahead of further dental trouble can save your future self a lot of grief. Typically, tooth extractions are regarded as a last resort, so if your dentist is recommending one, they may have noticed an underlying issue that can only be resolved by removal. Treating a problem at its source can prevent spreading and worsening, protecting your smile for years to come. Here are 4 reasons you may need an extraction even if your tooth doesn’t hurt.


What to Expect During Your First Month with Dentures

June 9, 2023

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woman smiling after getting dentures

You might be over the moon that you’ve restored your smile with dentures. While they’re certainly a quality solution to tooth loss, they’re not your natural teeth, and they’ll take some time to get used to – especially if it’s the first set you’ve ever worn. Although it can take up to a number of weeks before you are completely comfortable with them, there are ways to speed up the adjustment process. Read on to learn what you can expect from your first month with your new smile!


How Many Hours a Day Can You Wear Dentures? 

May 5, 2023

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older person with dentures smiling

Dentures have a long history, dating back to ancient civilizations, and they remain a popular choice for replacing missing teeth. They restore functionality and aesthetics, giving individuals the confidence to smile, speak, and eat comfortably. If you are new to wearing dentures, you may be wondering how long you can wear them without running into any issues. Continue reading as we delve into the considerations regarding denture wear time and uncover why wearing them 24/7 may not be the optimal choice.

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