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Preparing for a Dental Crown: How a Tooth Gets Ready for Restoration

February 15, 2024

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diagram of a dental crown going over a tooth

At first, the dental crown process can appear to be simple. After all, they are commonly called caps, so getting one should be as easy as putting the prosthetic over the tooth, right? It turns out that the process is a little more complicated.

Before a crown can be placed onto a tooth, certain preparation needs to happen. Keep reading to learn what this preparation looks like and how it leads to a perfectly fitted crown.

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What to Do: 5 Steps to Take If You Lose a Dental Crown

January 15, 2024

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finger holding a dental crown

When you got your dental crown several years ago, you may have thought about it as a permanent restoration. Then, while eating something hard, you feel your crown come off the tooth! Your mind and pulse start racing, and you realize that your smile is incomplete now.

What should you do? How can you get your whole, confident smile back? Here is your quick guide to handle the situation and come out of it with your beautiful smile intact.

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3 Steps to Using Your Dental Insurance Benefits to Your Advantage

October 13, 2023

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woman smiling with the dentist in the background

When you watch what every dollar pays for, you probably don’t want to make room in your budget for dental problems. You have dental insurance, but maybe it doesn’t seem to be saving you as much as you think it should. Perhaps you aren’t using it properly!

When you take full advantage of your dental insurance policy, you could save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, but you have to have the right approach. Learn these three steps to utilizing dental insurance the way it’s intended to be utilized.

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Understanding Root Canal Retreatment: Common Causes and Solutions

September 8, 2023

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A woman talking to her dentist about a root canal retreatment

Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure designed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. While most root canals are successful, there are cases where the treatment may need to be revisited.

Continue reading to learn why root canal retreatment may be necessary, and how it can help preserve your oral health.

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5 Must-Try At-Home Remedies for Gingivitis

August 18, 2023

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toothbrush and floss

Pink and firm—that’s how your gums should be. But when you notice them becoming red, puffy, and sensitive, it means you’ve got the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. Although continuing to see the dentist regularly is important to stop gingivitis, you can do quite a bit from home to stop this infection from getting worse.

Here are some home remedies for gingivitis that can help you last until your next dental visit.

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No Cavities with Dental Implants: Why and How You Still Need Maintenance

July 17, 2023

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implant dentures that won’t get cavities

Growing up as a kid and into adulthood, you may have struggled with cavities in your natural teeth. Even if you didn’t experience excruciating tooth pain, fillings, root canals, and crowns aren’t exactly fun to get. But all of that is behind you. Now that you have dental implants, you no longer have to worry about cavities!

Although cavities specifically aren’t an issue you need to be concerned about anymore, it doesn’t necessarily mean your days of caring for your smile are over. Keep reading to learn why maintaining healthy oral habits are important when you have implants and how to make sure your implants last as long as possible.

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Myths About Root Canal Therapy You Shouldn’t Believe

June 16, 2023

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shoes with facts and myths written in chalk on the ground

Anciently, civilizations created myths to make sense of mysterious events they didn’t understand. In general, people now have a firmer grasp on reality, but unfortunately, other myths have surfaced in modern times. Root canal therapy is one of these areas where myths still cloud understanding of the facts. What are these myths, and what is the truth behind them? Keep reading to find out!

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Is Pain Required for Root Canal Therapy?

May 15, 2023

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woman about to chew ice

You know you shouldn’t, but you do it anyway. You’ve chewed on ice for years without incident, but this time is different. You bite down and crack! You don’t feel any tooth pain, but you decide to see your dentist anyway. They explain that you must undergo a root canal, but, you think, you aren’t in pain! Isn’t that treatment just for people who have a toothache?

The truth is that tooth pain isn’t a required symptom to get root canal therapy. Keep reading to learn when this procedure is necessary and how it can help save your damaged tooth from extraction.

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Can Braces Fix TMJ Disorder?

February 16, 2023

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person with jaw pain who may need braces

You walk into your dental appointment prepared to talk to your dentist about your jaw pain. Perhaps it has been bothering you for a while now, and it has made daily functions more difficult. Maybe you’ve even taken over-the-counter pain medications to try to ease your problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Then, when you explain your trouble, much to your surprise, your dentist talks about braces. Your dentist isn’t ignoring your problem—they are suggesting a way to treat it! Keep reading to learn more about the causes of TMJ discomfort and how braces can be utilized to address it.

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What Does Wisdom Tooth Extraction Feel Like?

October 17, 2022

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smiling teen who knows what wisdom tooth extraction feels like

At your teen’s checkup appointment, the dentist reveals that wisdom teeth are growing in and will disturb other teeth if they are not removed. Your child starts to worry—what does tooth extraction feel like? What can be expected from this experience? To help you prepare them for the procedure and calm their concerns, here is a breakdown of the treatment process and an idea of what lies ahead for them.

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