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Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?

January 11, 2021

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Dental crown

Did you go to the dental office only to discover that you’re in need of a dental crown? Why would you need one? What even is a dental crown? What can you expect during your treatment at the dental office? This tooth-shape cap is used in a variety of different situations in order to protect a compromised tooth. Continue reading to learn more about dental crowns, why you may need one, and what the process looks like.


Four Common Conscious Sedation Drugs Used by Dentists

December 16, 2020

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cartoon of tooth sleeping

If the thought of visiting the dentist or having dental work done makes you feel extremely uncomfortable, you’re alone! Dental anxiety is a very common condition that affects more than 30% of the population. Thankfully, oral conscious sedation in Arlington can make your experience with your dentist much more pleasant. Most people know about nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” but did you know there are other sedatives that dentists often use to help calm patients? Even if you’re just there for a regular check-up. Keep reading to learn about the most common types.


3 Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed

October 28, 2020

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Model of patient needing wisdom tooth removal. Between the age of 13 and 25, the third set of molars erupts in the back of the mouth called the wisdom teeth. Although they once helped us grind and chew foods, they no longer serve a purpose. In fact, most people need to have them extracted. Research shows 75% of the population will need wisdom tooth removal but is an extraction really necessary? Here are the top 3 reasons people need to have their wisdom teeth taken out.


What Can Cause Dental Bridges to Fail?

September 24, 2020

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Dental bridge

These days, with modern dental technology, there are many different options out there in order to replace missing teeth. One popular option is a dental bridge. This is a replacement tooth, also called a pontic, that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. They are generally made from porcelain but can be created out of several different materials. Many people like dental bridges because they prevent other teeth from shifting, maintain the face shape, and restore the ability to chew and speak. However, alike any other replacement options, they aren’t indestructible and don’t last forever. Here are some things that can cause a dental bridge failure if you aren’t careful.


Restorative vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

August 13, 2020

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Dentist showing model of teeth to patient

Did you know that roughly 33% of Americans are unhappy with their smile? Plus, a whopping 22% of U.S. adults think a better smile would improve their love life! So, if your misaligned, missing, or discolored teeth have you feeling insecure, then you are not alone. Fortunately, patients can lighten their smile, remove their wisdom teeth, and correct their gumlines with restorative and cosmetic treatment options. Although each of these two areas of dentistry can improve your oral health and emotional wellbeing, it is important to know the difference. That way, you are left with the beautiful results you desire!


Need Oral Surgery? 5 Reasons Summer is a Good Time to Get it Done

June 1, 2020

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Woman having surgery for dental implants in Arlington.Have you been putting off having a tooth extracted? Maybe you’ve been waiting to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Arlington? If you’ve been delaying an oral surgery because you’re just too busy, there’s no better time than now to make your oral health a priority. Although you might not look forward to the procedure, summer is the ideal time to invest in your smile. Here are 5 reasons you should schedule your oral surgery during the next few weeks.


4 Signs of True Dental Emergencies That Need to Be Treated Right Away

March 17, 2020

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Blonde woman visiting dentist for a dental emergency

If you’re worried about taking time off work or factoring in an extra dental appointment into your budget, you might start to second guess whether or not the pain you’ve noticed in your mouth actually counts as an actual emergency. However, ignoring a truly urgent dental issue will only lead to bigger problems later (not to mention more costly treatments). Take the time to familiarize yourself with these 4 symptoms that are often connected to dental emergencies.


Should I be Feeling Tooth Sensitivity in My Dental Implant?

February 2, 2020

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older man experiencing dental implant sensitivity in Arlington

If you’ve had a dental implant placed, then you’re probably excited about being able to once again lead a normal life, and that you don’t have to worry about the way your smile appears to the world. However, if you’ve been experiencing some tooth discomfort, it can cloud your enthusiasm. Should it be expected to have dental implant tooth sensitivity in Arlington? Read on to find out the answer and discover whether you’ll need to undergo any further treatment.


5 Tips to Prevent Dental Implant Infections

January 7, 2020

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dental implantIf you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years, dental implants offer the next best thing to your real teeth. They are the only dental prosthetic to replace the entire structure of a tooth, creating a close replica to what you lost. Not only will you enjoy a solution that looks and feels natural but also one that can last for a lifetime with the right care. The biggest threat to the long-term success of your new smile is infection. Thankfully, preventing dental implant infections in Arlington is easy using a few simple tips.


Do You Know What to Do During a Holiday Dental Emergency?

December 23, 2019

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parent helping their child decorate a tree

Holiday dental emergencies are among the most stressful situations to handle. Unfortunately, they’re not completely avoidable, so it’s important to know how to deal with them if they occur. Acting quickly and effectively could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth, which would be a mess to deal with while your family is in town. Here are some first-aid tips and tricks to help reduce the risk of damage and ease your pain in a holiday crisis. 

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