The Four Periodontal Disease Stages

 

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Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss. It is estimated that 50% or more of adults 30 years old or older have some level of gum disease. Periodontitis, or gum disease, does not happen overnight; there are prolonged periodontal disease stages that usually occur over many years before there is significant bone…

What Are Soft Foods to Eat After Tooth Extraction?

 

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When recovering from a tooth extraction, it is important to allow the gum tissue to heal during the days after the procedure. One of the recommendations for recovering from tooth removal or oral surgery is avoiding crunchy, chewy or hard foods. If you are having a tooth removal surgery, you should plan to only eat…

When Can You Eat After a Filling?

 

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Dental fillings are the most common procedure for replacing lost tooth material from decay or damage. Tooth-colored composite fillings are the most popular for restoring teeth, but metal or amalgam fillings are also still used. In most cases, a dental filling procedure can be performed in a single visit and little to no downtime is…

How Long Does a Filling Take to Complete?

 

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Cavities or caries are small pockets of tooth decay. Children are especially prone to cavities, but anyone can experience tooth decay. To stop the damage to the tooth, cavities need to be removed, then filled to seal the tooth surface and protect it from further decay or damage. If you have a cavity that needs…

How to Straighten Teeth Without Braces

 

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Braces have been the go-to option in orthodontic treatment for many decades. Attaching brackets to the teeth that are connected by wires can accurately shift teeth into the desired position over one or more years of treatment, but there are drawbacks to wearing braces. Many people with crooked teeth or bite problems wonder if there…

Why Is Proper Bite Alignment Important?

 

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A proper bite alignment is a vital part of achieving a healthy smile. It is not only about proper teeth alignment for aesthetics – a misaligned bite can affect teeth longevity, speech, overall health and more. Why is proper bite alignment so important? Here is what you need to know about achieving a proper bite…

What Is a Dental Crown and How Long Do Crowns Last?

 

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Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but most people experience tooth damage or loss. The good news is that there are advanced methods that can be used to restore damaged teeth or even replace single teeth that have been lost. Dental crowns are a key component in restoring severely damaged teeth and also…

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

 

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The most natural-appearing option in tooth restoration for missing teeth is a dental implant. The design is similar to a tooth, with a titanium “root” that is connected to the jawbone. While dental implants can look and function like natural teeth, many people wonder whether they are worth the investment. How long do dental implants…

What Are the Pros and Cons of Clear Choice Dental Implants?

 

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Losing all or most of your teeth can be devastating to your mental, physical and emotional health. Your teeth are important for so many reasons, from chewing nutritious food and enunciating words to the appearance of your face and smile. If you are considering dentures or full mouth reconstruction to restore your smile, Clear Choice…

What if My Dental Crown Feels Too Big?

 

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It happens on occasion that a new crown doesn’t feel like it’s fitting as it should. If you run into the problem of feeling that your crown is too big, what can you do about it? Definitely don’t wait too long! A poorly fitting crown can lead to problems down the road. What If You…