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What Kind Of Dental Treatment Can I Have When I’m Pregnant?

What Kind of Dental Treatment Can I Have When I’m Pregnant?

Complex biological events occur in the mouth during pregnancy as they do all over the body. Hormonal changes increase the potential for inflammation, make the mouth more susceptible to infection, and can sensitize the gag reflex. As a result, it may be difficult for some women to brush their teeth properly during the first trimester of pregnancy. An old adage…

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Do I Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

The third set of molars are often called "wisdom teeth" because they are fully developed around what used to be called "the age of wisdom," which is around 18. They have absolutely nothing to do with intelligence. In fact, quite the opposite...most wisdom teeth can't even figure out how to get into the mouth headfirst! There have been many theories…

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Why It Can’t Wait…

Why It Can’t Wait…

It is simply human nature to procrastinate dental work. There are multiple known reasons for this, including fear of discomfort, time constraints, and fear of the unknown.  Modern dental techniques that make dental care much more comfortable than in days past; technology that makes dental appointments much shorter, and a plethora of free information about dentistry that can be found on the…

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Lasers Have A Place In Dentistry

Lasers Have a Place in Dentistry

Lasers have been reported to work wonders in all aspects of modern medicine, including dentistry. While lasers offer a different twist to doing routine dental procedures and give the aura of "state-of-the-art technology," they do not replace the traditional dental handpiece ("drill") currently. Lasers can be used to perform soft tissue surgeries very well, and they can remove decay from…

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Why Have My Gums Around My New Crown Been Sensitive And Bleed Easily Since It Was Put On?

Why Have My Gums Around My New Crown Been Sensitive and Bleed Easily Since It Was Put On?

Assuming that you have been examined and treated appropriately for gum disease, there are basically two reasons for sensitivity of the gum tissues around the necks of crowns. The type of metal that the crown was made of may be problematic. More often, where the edge of the crown is placed may be infringing on what is called the biologic…

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Why Don’t You Want Me To Leave My Dentures In At Night?

Why Don’t You Want Me to Leave My Dentures in at Night?

A commonly accepted recommendation in years past was that denture wearers should wear their dentures 24/7. In theory, dentures would fit better in this way. However, today we know that this probably is no longer the correct approach--with few exceptions. Dentures are prosthetics that are usually made of plastic. This is a foreign material in the mouth, and the skin…

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What Do I Do If My Child’s Teeth Get Knocked Out?

What Do I Do If My Child’s Teeth Get Knocked Out?

Dental injuries, especially to the upper central incisors, are extremely common in both young children and in athletes, both adolescent, and adult.  Most of the time, the teeth get chipped or cracked and can be repaired by routine dental techniques like fillings or crowns.  Unfortunately, if a properly fitted mouthguard is not worn, more severe injuries can occur like bone…

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Witch’s Chins Only For Halloween

Witch’s Chins Only for Halloween

Chances are, you can spot denture wearers all around you—even without going to dental school.  You know what I’m talking about…. The older gentleman in church who has huge bright, white, straight teeth on the upper arch with what appears to be nothing on the lower arch; the little old lady in the garden club who doesn’t smile and looks…

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