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Why is There a Black Line Forming Near My Dental Crown?

March 14, 2024

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Gloved hands holding crown and dental moldA dental crown is a long-lasting solution to protect a compromised tooth, but it can also be used along with other procedures, like root canal therapy. They can last for many years with the correct care. However, over time, you may notice a dark line forming near your restoration where your crown meets your gum line. The blemish can be caused by many factors, like gum recession. Your dentist will determine what’s causing the imperfection and what can be done to improve its appearance.

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Foul Fragrance: 3 Reasons Your Dentures Aren’t Smelling Fresh

January 5, 2024

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Hand holding glass of water with dentures

Dentures are a great way to rebuild your smile after tooth loss because they restore so much of your ability to eat and speak normally, again. It saves you the embarrassment of being unable to share meals with loved ones or struggling through conversations. If your dentures are giving off an unpleasant smell, though, you’re bound to feel self-conscious! Continue reading to learn 3 reasons this happens and what you can do about it!

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Will a Chipped Tooth Heal on its Own?

November 8, 2023

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Model of a chipped front toothYour teeth are protected by your enamel, which is technically hardest substance in your body. Your enamel is even stronger than some metals, but it can still break if you aren’t careful. Teeth can chip for many reasons and it’s not something you should ignore. A chipped tooth is more than an aesthetic issue. It can lead to the loss of your tooth with no treatment. A chipped tooth won’t grow back. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to contact an emergency dentist.

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What Could Cause a Dental Bridge to Fail?

September 13, 2023

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person whose dental bridge fell out at dentist covering mouth

Dental bridges are valuable solutions for replacing one or more consecutive missing teeth. They are typically secured in place by dental crowns on adjacent teeth or supported by dental implants. While dental bridges are designed to be durable, various factors can contribute to their failure or dislodgment. In this article, we’ll explore common reasons behind dental bridge issues and offer guidance on what to do if your bridge falls out.

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Everyone’s Doing It: Why More People Are Turning to Cosmetic Dentistry 

July 20, 2023

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a young woman after having cosmetic dentistry

It doesn’t take much to see how technology has evolved over the years. What was once just a television set and landline phone is now pocket-sized cell phones, flat-screen TVs, and immediate information through social media. There are now “influencers” and work-from-home jobs that allow for video conferencing. With this change in the economic and societal landscape, it should come as no surprise that more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to look their best. Read on to discover more about this increased fascination and how you can get your own revitalized smile.

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3 Dental Emergencies that Cause Facial Pain

May 23, 2023

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a man experiencing face pain due to a dental emergency

Are you experiencing pain near your forehead, cheeks, or mouth? While many people think of things such as a knocked-out tooth when it comes to dental emergencies,  major discomfort near your mouth is a sign you need help, too! If you are experiencing pain in a part of your face, you may have an oral health issue that needs to be treated right away. Facial pain that is related to your teeth is not only hard to deal with during your everyday activities, but it could also be putting you at risk for more serious health issues. Read on to learn about three dental emergencies that cause facial discomfort.

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Should You Rinse After Brushing?

March 23, 2023

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Woman looking in mirror to brush her teethYou have probably had the same brushing routine from a young age: brush, rinse, and spit. Countless Americans have the same routine for healthy teeth and gums, but is it really the best method? Believe it or not, dentists don’t always recommend rinsing after brushing, and here’s why.

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4 Tips to Make Your Dental Checkup Go Well

January 17, 2023

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patient smiling while talking to dentist

Along with practicing good oral hygiene at home, visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy smile. During these visits, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, X-rays will be taken, and a dental exam will be performed to ensure that no oral health issues are developing. To make your next dental checkup go as smoothly as possible, continue reading to learn four helpful tips.

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Evolution of Teeth Whitening

December 12, 2022

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Before and after teeth whiteningTeeth come in a variety of colors and shades naturally. Not to mention, they change color over the years from wear and tear and lifestyle factors. You can turn back the clock with professional teeth whitening, but did you know a bright smile isn’t a new trend? Believe it or not, teeth whitening dates back to 3000 B.C. Thankfully, you don’t have to chew on sticks or brush with urine to keep your teeth white. Here’s how teeth whitening has evolved throughout time to deliver the stunning results you see today.

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3 Reasons You Need to Soak Your Dentures Each Night

November 8, 2022

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Dentures soaking in a glass of water

When you’re already tired, it can be difficult to prioritize the things you need to do before you go to bed. That’s why many people with dentures leave them while sleeping. However, this isn’t the best habit to get into. There are several reasons why you should have your dentures soak overnight — here are just a few.

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