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Answers to 6 Questions About Sedation Dentistry

December 18, 2022

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Woman benefiting from nitrous oxide at dentistIf your palms sweat when it’s time to visit the dentist or you need a lengthy procedure, sedation dentistry can keep you comfortable during your appointment. However, there are many myths and rumors about dental sedation. Don’t let misconceptions about sedation dentistry prevent you from seeing your dentist. Here are the answers to 6 common questions to determine if it’s the right option for you.

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Sedation Dentistry: The Benefits (Other than Soothing Dental Anxiety)

October 7, 2022

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woman being sedated

Many people avoid dentists or delay treatments due to their fear of pain. Dental sedation has been a wonderful tool to soothe anxieties so you can take care of your oral health. Oral conscious, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation have paved the way for you to have your most beautiful, healthy smile! But did you know that these dental sedations help more than just anxiety? Here are five ways these calming treatments can benefit you and your smile!

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Do You Still Need a Root Canal if Your Tooth Pain Stops?

September 16, 2022

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person wondering if they still need root canal

Having a toothache can be a real stressor. The discomfort may make it difficult to eat, spend time with loved ones, work, and even fall asleep. Depending on what’s causing the pain, your dentist may recommend getting a root canal to repair the tooth. But if your pain suddenly disappears, this may seem like a welcome break. Though you may think this means you no longer need treatment, is that really the case? Read on to learn if you will still need to get a root canal if your tooth stops hurting.

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Busting 4 Common Myths About Gum Disease!

August 17, 2022

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Person with gum disease

Do you have gums that are sore, red, and bleed easily? Gum disease is very common. In fact, approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 are suffering from gum disease at one severity or another. However, there is all sorts of misinformation floating around online, so it can be difficult to know what is reliable. Continue reading to learn about some of the most common myths out there and why they are incorrect.

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Toothache

August 3, 2022

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Woman suffering from a toothache.

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them; and they often occur when it’s incredibly inconvenient! But sometimes, something like a toothache might not seem very urgent or bothersome—so is it okay to ignore it? Not at all! Here’s more from your emergency dentist about what causes toothaches and how they can lead to some pretty severe consequences if left untreated.

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Can Genetics Cause Gum Disease?

July 3, 2022

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Person having their gums inspected by their dentist.

You inherit many different traits from your parents—virtually everything from your eye color to the length of your pinky toe is determined by genetics. But did you know that your genes can also leave you more vulnerable to certain medical conditions, including gum disease? Believe it or not, this condition isn’t just the result of poor oral habits! Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about how genetics can contribute to gum disease along with some tips for protecting your smile.

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Gingivitis VS Periodontitis: What You Need to Know

June 24, 2022

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Model of advanced gum diseaseDid you know tooth decay isn’t the only cause of tooth loss? Gum disease is equally devastating; however, it doesn’t just affect your oral health. Research has found several connections between the preventable infection and various health issues, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, and Alzheimer’s disease. Although the early signs of the infection (gingivitis) may not seem concerning, if it progresses to periodontitis, you can suffer irreversible damage. Here’s what you need to know to safeguard your health and wellness. 

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Is It Safe to Get Gum Recontouring?

February 17, 2022

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Person with gummy smile

There are numerous people out there who aren’t happy with the appearance of their smile. However, it isn’t necessarily the teeth that are always the issue. Sometimes, cosmetic imperfections can exist within the gums instead of the teeth. Fortunately, gum recontouring is an increasingly popular option to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams – but is the procedure a safe one? Continue reading to learn what gum recontouring entails and whether or not there are any risks.

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A Simple Guide to 3 Common Types of Gum Grafts

January 4, 2022

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model of gum grafting procedure

Has your dentist told you that you need gum surgery to treat your gum disease? If so, you might be nervous, and understandably so. Any form of surgery can be nerve-racking, especially when you have no idea what to expect. When it comes to surgical gum disease treatments, you’ll typically undergo what’s known as a gum graft to restore the tissue that has been lost. The specifics of your procedure will vary, but here’s a general guide to three common types of gum grafts that are used to treat gum disease.

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Interested in Gum Recontouring? Here’s What You Need to Know About the Cost

December 18, 2021

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Closeup of woman's smile before and after gum recontouring

Are you insecure about your smile because you feel it’s too gummy? Fortunately, there is a solution: gum recontouring. In this treatment, a local anesthetic is applied to your gums before the excess tissue is carefully removed, creating a perfectly balanced smile. But what is the cost of gum recontouring? While there isn’t a flat fee, there are some factors that play a role in the price. To learn what they are, read on!

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