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When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Generally, the dentist will recommend treatments that will save teeth; but when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, a dental extraction is the best choice. Dental extraction might be the best solution for: Teeth tha...
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Ten Reasons to Keep Smiling

Your smile is the ultimate expression of you. It dictates how you feel about yourself and your emotions in any situation. One slight flaw in your smile can adversely affect your self-confidence and prevent you from looking and feeling your best. An experienced cosmetic dentist can help create an amazing smile for you. Below are some re...
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7 Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be difficult to deal with, especially when something as simple as drinking water can aggravate it. Teeth sensitivity has many causes, so it’s important to know what could be causing your sensitivity. Read over the list below to figure out what may be causing your ...
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Dental Implants | Health Effects of Missing Teeth

When you lose a tooth, it damages more than just your smile. Missing teeth force you to alter your lifestyle to accommodate the change in your mouth. Your dentist knows that a healthy mouth depends on a full set of teeth — not just for chewing, but for maintaining healthy gums and strengthening your jawbone. How Dental Implants Help ...
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Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding

Since one of the first things someone notices about your appearance is your smile, you want to make sure that your teeth are in the best condition possible. Having chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth can be uncomfortable for anyone to have to deal with. Fortunately, Cosmetic Bonding is one of the best ways to solve these is...
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6 Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

As more and more research about gum disease is surfacing, the need for prevention is more urgent than ever. Gum disease is when your gum tissue and surrounding bones become infected. Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that only affects the gums. ...
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TMJ Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Diagnosis

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull, allowing your mouth to move up and down as you chew or talk. When issues occur with the jaw joint or with the muscles involved with movement of the jaw, a temporom...
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Regain Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you feel self conscious about laughing or smiling in front of other people? Do you try to hide your mouth’s problem areas from others? If you have stained, crooked, gapped, decaying or missing teeth, it’s easy to lose your confidence. The side effects of poor dental health have negative consequences beyond an unattractive smile. Fortunatel...
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The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Most of us consider smiling, talking and eating to be simple tasks. However, when you have missing, cracked or gapped teeth, these simple everyday things become embarrassing, frustrating and burdensome. Thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. Porcelain Veneers provide you with an effective option for rejuvenating your smile and ...
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Does Missing Teeth Mean Missing Nutrition?

It’s a fact — if you are missing teeth, you cannot chew food efficiently, inhibiting digestion and the absorption of important vitamins and nutrients. In addition, chewing breaks down food into easily digestible pieces — and bigger pieces entering the digestive tract hurts the normal digestion process. Most dentists...
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The Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist regularly and having your teeth professionally cleaned makes a drastic difference in your overall health. A clean mouth not only reduces cavities, but also can greatly improve the health of your entire body. Healthy teeth allow you to eat the food you need, while also reducing the amount of harmful bacteria you swallow. While...
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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about dental implants.  Am I a good candidate?  Is it painful?  What are the costs?  The following information on dental implants will help you answer some of these questions. What are dental implants?...
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Create A Dynamic Smile with Dental Bonding

Are your teeth discolored, cracked or decayed? Some dentists use traditional dental restoration procedures used to address these issues are slow and costly. If you want to improve your smile effectively and affordably, dental bonds may be just what you need to create a dynamic smile. Unlike other restoration procedures such as ...
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Benefits of Dental Bridges

If you have gaps in your mouth created by missing teeth, you know what a hassle it can be to perform even the simplest tasks. Even the most basic mouth movements allowing you to talk and chew food can be difficult and painful. Thankfully, dental bridges provide a solution. Dental bridges simply fill in your mouth’s empty sp...
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Benefits of CEREC Technology

Dental x-rays at the office can be lengthy and tedious. Add the time it takes to get a crown or filling, and you’ll be stuck at the dentist’s office for awhile. Thankfully, dental technology has taken great strides forward, eliminating the need for x-rays and ...
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Three Signs You Need Dental Implants

Anyone missing a tooth or several teeth is a strong candidate for dental implants, which can offer a permanent solution to the problems of tooth decay and missing teeth — as well as provide structural support for the entire mouth. Most importantly — you will be able to chew your food normally, reg...
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Avoiding Time in the Dentist Chair

There are many people who don't like the dentist and yet, take such little care of their oral health that they end up having to make frequent trips to the dentist to repair damage to their teeth. So the very thing they fear becomes something that is now part of their life — for a very long time. Since teeth ...
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Can Brushing Your Teeth Ward Off Heart Disease?

We all know what to do — and what not to do — to prevent heart disease. Don't overeat salty or fatty foods. Get exercise and rest. Eat your vegetables. Take medications to prevent worsening of an existing condition. In addition, your dentist will tell you that heart disease can also be managed if you remember one very important part of...
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How to Avoid Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum (or periodontal) disease can strike the best of us. It only takes a small amount of plaque on the surface of your teeth to set it off. As with most dental problems, however, the best way to avoid gum disease involves daily brushing and flossing. Symptoms of Gum Disease: Sore gums Bleeding...
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The Effects of Tobacco Use on Your Oral Health

Tobacco use does not only increase lung cancer, it also causes many diseases like oral cancer and periodontal disease. Among adults, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes (including hookah) and chewing tobacco. ...
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Smiling Can Improve Your Quality of Life

As the song goes: When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. Dentists know that this verse still rings true today. When you smile — that is, when you’re not afraid to open your mouth and show your teeth —you convey a sense of well-being and confidence. And, indeed, everyone wants to smile with ...
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