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Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

August 3, 2022

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Woman with toothache

When your dentist tells you that you need a root canal to save your tooth, you may be overwhelmed with dread and fear. You’ve heard that root canals are painful. Is this truly your only option? The truth is that you shouldn’t be worried about the procedure. With modern dental technology and anesthetics, you shouldn’t experience any pain. Usually, a root canal is no worse than getting a deep filling. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about what you can expect for your root canal.


Teeth Whitening or Veneers: Which One to Get for Staining

July 26, 2022

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person wondering how to whiten their smile

In the United States, 80% of people wish that they had whiter teeth. Since you are likely part of this statistic, you may be wondering how to achieve your smile goals. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist can help. There are several ways to make your smile whiter, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening treatments. Read on to learn what can cause discoloration, how these procedures work, and how to determine which one is the best option for you.


6 Subtle Signs of Dehydration & How to Prevent It

July 11, 2022

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person drinking water

During the summer, spending time outside is a common way to enjoy the season. Whether that means sunbathing, swimming, or going for a stroll, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. While sunscreen is an obvious way to limit the damage the sun’s rays can cause, staying hydrated is also key. Signs of dehydration aren’t always as obvious as you might think, so read on to learn about six sneaky symptoms and how to avoid them.


3 Causes of Small Teeth and How to Fix Them

February 10, 2022

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person smiling after having small teeth fixed

Recently, when looking through old photos, you realized that your smile looked different than that of your friends. After racking your brain to determine what differentiated you from them, you figured it out: your teeth look smaller than theirs. Several things can cause small teeth. Though you don’t have to have them fixed, many people find that the short look they give their smiles isn’t what they want. If you’re interested in having your small teeth fixed, read on to learn about three potential causes as well as three ways that your dentist can fix them.


Can You Whiten Bonded Teeth?

January 12, 2022

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Dentist holding composite resin

So, you’ve decided to get teeth whitening from your local dentist. After just one appointment, your pearly whites will live up to their name again! However, you remember you have a tooth that received dental bonding in the past. Thus, you find yourself wondering: Is it possible to whiten bonded teeth? This issue matters since it’ll affect whether you can fix tooth stains in the future.

To answer your question, bonded teeth can be whitened — but the process can get complicated. Learn more about their unique whitening approach below.


Do You Want to Turn Back the Clock on Your Smile?

September 4, 2021

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mature man smiling

In 1974, the Rolling Stones released the song “Time Waits For No One.” While the sentiment of that song title is true, Mick Jagger and crew are still out there touring and rocking in their late 70s!

Thanks to the advances in cosmetic dentistry, your smile can keep on rocking no matter how many years go by. If you want to look younger, teeth that are white and aligned are a great place to start.

Keep reading to learn about some ways that aging can take a toll on your smile, as well as options your dentist can provide to help you stay forever young.


4 Ways Dental Implants Can Extend Your Lifespan

August 19, 2021

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woman with dental implants smiling

Are you familiar with the potential health problems that can develop as a result of tooth loss? You may not realize it, but osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other issues can become a reality for individuals who forgo treatment for missing teeth. However, choosing to seek help with dental implants will not only improve the aesthetics of your smile but also your oral and overall health. Here are 4 ways these permanent prosthetics can work to extend your lifespan and help you embrace a better quality of life.


5 Steps to Take When You Knock Out a Tooth

August 10, 2021

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Person with knocked-out tooth

So, let’s say you’ve just had an accident that caused you to lose a tooth. Should you panic? Give up on ever having a nice smile again? The answer to both questions is “No!” Instead, it’s best to do what you can to save your pearly white and have it re-placed. However, that can be easier said than done. Just how exactly do you fix this issue? Well, your local dentist happens to know the answer. Here are the five essential steps to save your lost tooth.


4 Facts About Veneers to Help You Make the Right Decision

July 21, 2021

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woman receiving veneers

Ready to see a noticeable change in your smile? Tired of the stains, discoloration, chips, and cracks that make you self-conscious and unwilling to take advantage of personal and professional opportunities? If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry to transform your appearance, there are many different options available. However, if you’re leaning toward customized cosmetic restorations that permanently improve your smile, here are 4 facts about veneers you should know before investing in this type of treatment.


What Do Dental Implants Feel Like?

May 10, 2021

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Woman with dental implants holding an appleIf you’ve tried traditional tooth replacement treatments before, like a bridge or denture, you know they have their limitations. Although they’ve been improved over the years to look and feel more natural, they will always have their disadvantages, like needing to be replaced often. As an alternative to conventional prosthetics, you can enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth with dental implants. It’s normal to be a bit skeptical, but there isn’t any reason to fret. Here’s what you can expect with your new smile to feel confident about the road ahead.


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