5 Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

May 9, 2022

5 Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

With so many preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry options, tooth extraction is often the last resort for dentists. In many cases, a tooth can undergo root canal therapy, have a crown placed over it, or be restored with dental bonding or veneers. However, there are instances when an extraction is necessary to improve the patient’s oral and overall health. Five of the most common reasons dentists recommend a tooth extraction include: Tooth decay Gum ...

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Dental Implants

April 7, 2022

5 Mistakes to Avoid with Dental Implants

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million people in the United States have implants, and that number grows by 500,000 each year. If you’re a candidate for dental implants, educating yourself on what to expect and how to ensure a successful outcome is key. Below, we’ve listed five common mistakes that can derail your dental implants. 1) Being unaware of your options The dental implant journey is lengthy yet ...

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Why Smiling is Good for You

March 8, 2022

Why Smiling is Good for You

Turn that frown upside down! You know smiling is an outward sign of happiness, but did you know that the simple act of smiling can also create tangible physical changes? In case you needed another reason to flash your pearly whites, we’re sharing a list of benefits below: Elevate Your Mood Some sayings are more wishful thinking than hard fact (i.e., an apple a day keeps the doctor away), but it turns out ...

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Anatomy of a Dental Implant

February 11, 2022

Anatomy of a Dental Implant

The only permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants have gained favor as the preferred method for tooth replacement. Not only do today's implants restore function, but, just as importantly, they also fulfill patients' esthetic expectations. What exactly are dental implants? Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that create a strong foundation for artificial teeth known as crowns. Crowns are custom-made to fit a patient's mouth and match their natural teeth. Many ...

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Can Gum Disease Run in the Family?

January 8, 2022

Can Gum Disease Run in the Family?

There are a lot of things you can blame on your genes – never got that growth spurt you were expecting? Clearly the fault of your 5' mother. Premature balding? Thanks, Dad. However, what about oral health? We know learning good oral hygiene at an early age (and practicing it) is the key to healthy teeth and gums, but could you be predisposed to periodontal disease? The answer might surprise you. What is Gum Disease? Gum ...

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Holiday Foods that are Good for your Teeth

December 7, 2021

Holiday Foods that are Good for your Teeth

The holidays are here, and with them come all the joys of the season – lights and decorations, time with friends and family, and those special treats we only get this time of year. The best way to enjoy the holiday festivities and keep your oral health intact is to balance those sticky, sugary foods with some that actually benefit your teeth and gums. We promise it’s not as hard as you might think! Fruit ...

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How Do Dentists Screen for Oral Cancer?

November 1, 2021

How Do Dentists Screen for Oral Cancer?

While oral cancer (i.e., oral cavity and oropharynx cancers collectively) accounts for almost 3% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, it is responsible for 1.8% of all cancer deaths.  The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high because it is generally not discovered until late in its development. Early-stage symptoms of oral cancer are often painless, such as a white or red patches of tissue or a lesion ...

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3 Ways Dental Technology Can Alleviate Anxiety in Patients

October 4, 2021

3 Ways Dental Technology Can Alleviate Anxiety in Patients

If you’re one of the estimated 50-80% of adults with dental anxiety, chances are you’ve avoided or delayed dental care at some point in your life. Whether it be a routine cleaning or a more in-depth procedure, such as a root canal or filling, putting off dental visits often results in more significant issues down the road. In the majority of cases, dental anxiety is a result of a prior traumatic dental experience ...

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How Do Teeth Become Stained?

August 30, 2021

How Do Teeth Become Stained?

There’s no shortage of teeth whitening solutions. From in-office lasers to at-home whitening kits and snap-on veneers, there have never been more ways to achieve a white smile! But, before you order a custom kit or hit up the drugstore for whitening strips, there’s more you should know about teeth discoloration. Not all stains are created equal, and the cause of yours needs to be taken into consideration when selecting a whitening solution ...

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Are There Options for Repairing Severely Damaged Teeth?

July 29, 2021

Are There Options for Repairing Severely Damaged Teeth?

Anyone who has ever experienced the agony of a toothache knows that poor oral health is more than an inconvenience; it negatively impacts your quality of life. Not only can damaged teeth cause physical pain, but they can also create extreme self-consciousness and pose significant health risks if left untreated. Damage occurs to teeth for a variety of reasons, from disease and facial trauma to years of teeth grinding or a misaligned bite. Fortunately, dental ...

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