Should You Get A Filling?

shutterstock_144113650If you’ve never had a cavity, chances are you haven’t had a filling either. Knowing when you have a cavity can be difficult because sometimes, you won’t even experience any symptoms. This is a great reason why you should visit your dentist throughout the year, otherwise, you may have dental issues that you are unaware of. Should you get a filling? If left untreated, you could lose your tooth (or teeth). Cavities are caused from bacteria (known as plaque) attacks the layers of your tooth. With a cavity, you may feel tooth sensitivity or you may be able to visibly see pits or holes in your teeth. (more…)

What Are The Benefits Of Using Your Dental Insurance Before The End Of The Year?

shutterstock_331734899As the year nears its end, you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to use your dental benefits before the new year. While some dental insurance companies may run on a fiscal year, most of them run on the calendar year. What are the benefits of using your dental insurance before the end of the year? You’d be surprised – there are actually several benefits including the potential to save you a decent amount of money. Schedule your appointment before it’s too late! (more…)

When Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

shutterstock_225006544Chances are you’ve heard of a root canal – but, do you know why you may need root canal therapy? The procedure is performed when the tooth nerve becomes infected or the center of the tooth (called the pulp) becomes damaged. Root canal therapy is used to clean out the inside of the tooth, ensuring that no bacteria will be able to further damage the nerve, and then sealing the clean tooth. When do you need root canal therapy? Sometimes, a tooth in need of a root canal may not be painful, but your dentist will be able to determine whether your tooth is healthy or not. (more…)

Could You Benefit From Dental Implants?

shutterstock_107498657If you’ve dealt with gum disease or decay, you may have lost a tooth or a couple teeth to it, unfortunately. While this is fairly common when we have too much bacteria in our mouths, it’s still unhealthy to go without replacing these teeth. Your other teeth could become susceptible to further damage without restoring your mouth back to its previous functionality. Dental work has become so advanced these days that your options for restoration are becoming increasingly more comfortable, in addition to natural looking and feeling. Could you benefit from dental implants? If you have missing teeth, visit your dentist to find out if you would be a good candidate for this restoration method. (more…)

5 Ways To Avoid Cavities

flynncavityNo one enjoys a cavity and unfortunately, nearly all of us are susceptible to them. However, there are ways to avoid cavities. With the right steps you can significantly reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. Doing so helps you avoid unnecessary discomfort, as well as the risk of infection or possibly even tooth loss.

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What Counts as a Serious Dental Emergency?

Emergency Sign Symbolizes Issues with Dental EmergenciesWhen you’re experiencing mouth pain or something in your mouth feels just feels plain wrong, it’s hard to know what qualifies as a serious dental emergency. Regardless of the issue, your first course of action should be to call your dentist and schedule an appointment; the patient coordinator will be able to let you know whether you need to come in for an emergency appointment. Understanding how to assess the situation calmly when a dental emergency happens will help you make the right decision for the health of your smile. (more…)

3 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Damaged Smiles

Surprised Woman Happy with How Dental Crowns Can Restore her SmileFashion changes all the time, but certain things remain the same. Take, for instance, dental crowns. For at least a few thousand years, dental crowns were made of solid gold (or a gold alloy) and were as much a flashy display of one’s wealth as they were a dental restoration. These days, ceramic, zirconia, or ceramic-metal mixed crowns are more popular because they have an extremely life-like appearance that’s indistinguishable from natural teeth. Even though the materials used to create dental crowns may have changed, these handy little dental restorations can have a big impact on the look and health of your smile. (more…)