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Is Wisdom Tooth Pain a Dental Emergency?

October 4, 2021

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man suffering from toothache

It feels like a jackhammer is drilling into your jaw. Wisdom tooth pain in Arlington is no joke. But is it a dental emergency?

When wisdom teeth are horizontally aligned or angled, they are known as impacted. They can push on your other teeth or roots, which can be painful and even shift your teeth.

Keep reading to learn potential signs of impacted wisdom teeth, problems that can arise if you don’t remove them, and what to expect during an emergency tooth extraction.


What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Recovery

September 8, 2021

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young man holding ice pack to jaw

Millions of Americans get their wisdom teeth pulled every year. They’re the third set of molars that grow at the very back of the mouth, typically erupting between ages 17 and 25. However, some people may never get them at all! Since there’s not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, most cases require extraction. Although the recovery time can vary from person to person, here’s a basic idea of what you can expect during wisdom tooth recovery.


Deductibles for Dental Insurance: A Basic Guide

July 20, 2021

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“Insurance deductible” key for dental insurance in Arlington

At this time of year, many people are thinking about how they can use their dental insurance in Arlington before it expires at the end of December. Would you like to get as much value as possible out of your insurance? One of the most important steps you can take in order to do that is review and understand your benefits.  As you strive to do so, you might come across some terms that you’re unfamiliar with. In this blog post, we explain everything you need to know about one of those terms — “deductible.”


Cosmetic Dentistry – It’s Not Just for Celebrities!

June 8, 2021

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girl smiling in front of the Hollywood sign

A long time ago, a flawless and brilliantly white set of teeth was something only the rich and famous could achieve. But now, thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry, treatments are more available and affordable than ever before. Whether you simply want teeth whitening or a complete smile makeover, you can get a red-carpet grin in no time – without breaking the bank! Read on to find out which popular cosmetic dental procedures can make you feel like a star.


How Dentists Color-Match Dental Crowns

February 2, 2021

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Shade guide for dental crown in Arlington.If you have a damaged tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown in Arlington. You might be envisioning a dark restoration sticking out like a sore thumb when smiling; however, modern crowns are designed to blend in with your teeth. Your dentist uses an advanced technique to ensure your crown matches the exact color of your enamel. Here are the art and science that goes into creating the perfect shade for your all-ceramic crown.


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!

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