How Do You Know if Your Root Canal is Infected? The words “root canal” may sound scary, but it really doesn’t need to. The more informed you become, the less scary they are. Did you know the phrase “root canal” actually has two meanings? First, it refers to the hollow space within the root of the tooth that’s filled with soft tissue and nerves (also called pulp). Second, it’s a very common and relatively simple procedure for removing inflamed [...]
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Switching from Dentures to Dental Implants: What You Need to Know Dentures are one of the most common and affordable solutions to replace missing teeth, but they do have their drawbacks as well. Dentures can become ill-fitting over time and begin to irritate the gums. And while they offer a somewhat natural look, they do not function as well as a natural teeth or other tooth replacement remedies. Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth, so [...]
What is the Best Option for Replacing Missing Teeth? Portrait of smiling senior woman relaxing on couch at home. Happy mature woman sitting on sofa and looking at camera. Closeup of lady relaxing at home. A full, bright smile is one of your greatest assets. If you’re missing a tooth due to injury or decay, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. Even if you’re not concerned about cosmetics, having a full set of teeth [...]
How long does it take to get dentures? If you have missing, damaged, or decayed teeth, getting a set of dentures can actually help improve your overall health. Without the ability to break down food properly with functional teeth, you may not be getting the full nutrition you need. Plus, dentures can improve your appearance and boost your confidence with a bright new smile. Most dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, which means the fit and look must [...]
Best Dental Crowns for Front and Back Teeth When you need a dental crown to restore a damaged or decayed tooth, you have more options than you might realize. Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials that offer different aesthetic appearances and functionalities, and certain types of crown materials are better suited for specific areas of the mouth. If you think you may need a dental crown, read on for more information about which are best for [...]
What happens during a root canal? If there are two words that strike the most fear into the hearts of dental patients, it’s these: root canal. But while you may have heard rumors about how terrifying they are, root canals are relatively painless and extremely effective procedures – not to mention, completely commonplace. According to the American Dental Association Survey of Dental Services Rendered, over 15 million root canal treatments are performed annually in the United States. To ease [...]
How does Invisalign work? For a long time, the only way to straighten your teeth was to wear traditional metal braces. But all those brackets and wires in your mouth can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Braces require special care, including restrictions on the foods you can eat while you’re wearing them. Nowadays, your options go beyond traditional braces. If you’re looking for a more visually appealing – and popcorn-friendly – way to straighten your teeth, you may want to consider [...]
Can You Fix Crooked Teeth With Veneers? Did you know some studies show that one-third of adults in the U.S. are unhappy with their smile? That’s a surprising statistic, especially considering the variety of dental options available to brighten smiles and fix crooked, damaged, or missing teeth. Dental veneers are one of the most popular and time saving options for improving the appearance of teeth. Dental veneers consist of a fingernail-thin porcelain or composite shell that is bonded to [...]
Does Scaling and Root Planing Hurt? As part of your oral health regimen, it’s important to see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. The cleaning portion of the appointment typically involves removal of plaque and tartar, plus polishing to remove stains and smooth the surface of your teeth. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a more complex cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. What is scaling and root [...]
4 Popular Teeth Straightening Options One of the first things people notice about others is their smile, but if you’re too self-conscious about your teeth to smile with confidence, you might not be offering the best first impression possible. Fortunately, there are many dental options available for revitalizing your smile. Whether you choose to straighten your teeth over time or invest in cosmetic procedures that offer immediate improvement, your orthodontist can help you select the right solution based on [...]