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A Whole New World: Transitioning from Dentures to Dental Implants

May 6, 2024

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Man looking at model dental implants with raised eyebrow

You made the transition to dentures some time ago. Whether you opted for a full set or partials, that definitely made a world of difference. Both you and your gums had to make some adjustments. Now you’ve been looking into dental implants. You’re curious, but hesitant. How much of a hassle is that change going to be?

For some concrete details about what it will be like going from dentures to dental implants, keep reading. We’ll pull back the curtain on the difference.


How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

March 13, 2024

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Dental crowns

Dental crowns serve to cover and protect damaged teeth while restoring them to their original size, strength, appearance, and function. While crowns can last for up to fifteen years or more with excellent care, certain bad habits can dramatically diminish their life expectancy. Here’s a brief overview of what can cause a dental crown to fail along with a few tips for making them last longer.


Dental Filling Fiasco: What to Do If Yours Falls Out

January 8, 2024

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3D rendering of 3 teeth with different dental fillings

It’s easy to forget that you have a dental filling until something happens, and it comes loose. Whether you were eating sticky candy that yanked it out of place or regularly grind your teeth, it’s important to get to your emergency dentist quickly to replace it. It was protecting a wounded tooth, and you don’t want to risk additional injury now that it’s dislodged. It’s normal to feel anxious in a situation like this, so keep reading to learn about 4 proactive steps you can take to help yourself if your filling falls out!


Dental Implants Through the Ages

November 14, 2023

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Two dental implants in a transparent model jaw

Today, dental implants are touted as the golden standard of tooth restoration. They have an incredibly high success rate and can last 20+ years with the right care making them a reliable, long-term solution. That said, dental implants have a long history and weren’t always as effective as they are in our current era. Keep reading to learn about their evolution, and why there’s no better time than now to move forward with treatment!


Your Attention Please for Some Interesting Facts About Gum Disease

September 13, 2023

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Lady shows inflamed gums

Nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty have gum disease. The most tragic thing about the situation is that this uncomfortable, gross, and destructive condition can usually be completely avoided with proper dental care. In honor of Gum Care Month this September, here are a few interesting facts about gum disease to help you understand the risks and keep up the important work of preventing it.


What Hydration Can Do for Your Oral Health

July 6, 2023

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Water filling a glass on a white countertop

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and using mouthwash daily are probably what come to mind when you think about your oral hygiene routine. However, there’s a hidden third step that has major benefits to your oral health! Drinking plenty of water ensures you are looking after your body and can prevent many dental issues. Here’s what hydration can do for your oral health.


Can I Brush My Dentures While They’re in My Mouth?

May 13, 2023

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a closeup of dentures

Dentures are among the most tried-and-true tooth replacement solutions, capable of restoring several lost teeth in a row or even one or both arches! Several patients turn toward dentures due to their accessibility, ease of use, and relative cost-effectiveness; however, when it comes to maintenance and upkeep, it’s normal to have questions and concerns. Some even wonder if it’s okay to brush them while they’re being worn; here’s more information from your dentist, along with some tips for properly cleaning your dentures.


Social Media Influencers Choose Veneers

March 26, 2023

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Woman taking a selfie with a cellphoneA beautiful smile is attributed to youth, confidence, and success; however, few people have perfect teeth without a little help from a cosmetic dentist. Veneers are a popular solution to create million-dollar smiles. You don’t have to be rich or famous to revamp your pearly whites. People from all walks of life are transforming their teeth with veneers, like many of your favorite social media influencers. Huda Kattan, Tana Mongeau, and Gigi Gorgeous have shared their experiences with their online followers, showcasing the benefits of veneers. Here’s how you can get your smile ready for the spotlight. 


Does Your Dentist Use a Cavity Detection System?

January 12, 2023

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Model of a tooth with a cavityTeeth can last for a lifetime, but cavities are a leading cause of tooth loss. Although they are 100% preventable, 92% of adults have had at least one cavity. Even with the best brushing and flossing habits, tooth decay can occur, but it doesn’t have to lead to missing teeth. Early detection is vital for treating cavities while they are small. Advanced technology allows your dentist to spot the earliest signs of decay using a cavity detection system. 


Holiday Foods to Avoid Eating with Dentures

December 19, 2022

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Thanksgiving meal set out on dining room table

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That means that people around the world are getting ready to celebrate with loved ones through food, fun, and presents. It also means that things may look a little different for people who have false teeth. Dentures fill in the gaps in your smile, but eating with them is pretty different from doing so with your normal teeth. Since the holidays often consist of a lot of eating, it’s important to know the proper way to do it with dentures. Continue reading to learn what foods you can’t eat with these restorations and what you should eat instead.

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