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Must-Know Tips to Avoid a Dental Emergency

March 21, 2023

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Dentist appointment and toothbrush on calendarYou may never expect it to happen to you, but dental emergencies are quite common. 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency every year. Accidents can happen with no warning, but trauma isn’t the only culprit of emergency dental problems. Believe it or not, many result from preventable issues, like untreated decay. Here are 5 ways you can safeguard your smile to lessen your risk of needing an emergency dentist.


4 Ways Smiling Benefits Your Overall Health

January 12, 2023

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group of people smiling at work

Smiling is something that a lot of us don’t put much thought into. We do it when we’re happy, when we want to communicate with others, and when we want to come off a certain way. Believe it or not, there are also several ways that smiling can positively impact your well-being. Continue reading to learn about four ways that smiling benefits your overall health.


7 Tips for a Quick All-on-4 Surgery Recovery

November 10, 2022

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All-on-4 dental implants

It can be difficult to complete daily tasks when you’ve suffered from tooth loss. Things like chewing your food, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence certainly become challenging. The good news is that there are numerous different tooth replacement options out there for patients with a wide array of needs. All-on-4 implants are a cost-effective, long-term solution for patients who are missing most of or all of their teeth. However, they do require a surgical procedure. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to your recovery process.


Shade Guides: How Dental Crowns Get Their Natural Appearance

September 12, 2022

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dentist using a shade guide

You just learned you need a customized dental crown to fix your broken or decayed tooth. While it doesn’t sound like an ideal situation, it seems to be a better option than removing the structure and attempting to replace it with a costlier artificial tooth. But how will your dentist get your new crown to match so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb? Discover the secret professionals use to help patients see a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile.


Dental Implant Surgery: When Can I Return to Work?

July 12, 2022

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person who had dental implant surgery smiling

If you’re missing one or more teeth, having them replaced is key to preventing oral health issues. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are an incredibly popular replacement option since they’re the only one that replaces the roots and crown of the tooth. Since dental implant surgery involves inserting them through the gums and into the jawbone, you will need time to recover. So you can make the necessary arrangements, read on to learn how long you will need to wait to go back to work after having implants placed.


8 Health Problems That Could Be Caused by Poor Oral Health

April 12, 2022

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Upset woman covering her mouth

You’ve probably considered how a lack of proper dental hygiene can affect your mouth. Most of us know the importance of regular flossing and brushing to prevent plaque buildup and cavities. But, did you know that poor oral health has been associated with several far more serious health conditions? Here are 8 medical issues that are more common in those with unhealthy gums and teeth.


5 Things Not to Do After Dental Implant Surgery

February 8, 2022

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patient smiling after getting dental implant surgery

Missing teeth can make it difficult for you to feel confident in your smile. Taking photos with friends, spending time with family, and going on dates can become a source of anxiety. Fortunately, there is a range of tooth replacement options available, including dental implants. These titanium posts are inserted directly into the jawbone where they fuse with it through a process called osseointegration. This makes them incredibly stable and the only permanent solution to missing teeth. If you decided to get dental implant surgery, there are several things that you’ll need to avoid afterward to ensure that you heal correctly. Read on to learn about five things you shouldn’t do after having implants placed. 


Here’s How You Can Benefit From Cosmetic Dentistry

December 14, 2021

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woman smiling after getting cosmetic dentistry in Rockville

Are you unhappy with the way your teeth look in the mirror? You aren’t the only one. Many people wish they could have a celebrity-type smile to feel their best. With cosmetic dentistry, you can enhance your teeth for a more aesthetic appearance! But which treatment options are right for you? Read on to learn about cosmetic dentistry and how you can benefit from it.


4 Ways to Make Your Dental Treatment More Affordable

November 10, 2021

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Dentist talking to patient about dental financing options

If you happen to skip going to the dentist because of the cost, you certainly aren’t alone. In fact, it’s estimated that roughly 13% of adults forgo dental appointments simply because they cannot afford them. Additionally, cost is the main impediment to dental care even for adults who hold private insurance. Fortunately, there are simple ways to make your dental care more budget-friendly, and they don’t’ all involve insurance. Learn more about alternative dental financing options from a team that’s used to helping patients pay for care!


Is a Toothache an Emergency? 4 Signs You Need Urgent Dental Care

March 23, 2020

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Decayed tooth and medical kit representing dental emergencies

You probably don’t want to spend time and money visiting the dentist for every little pain or injury that occurs in your mouth, but the fact is that there are many symptoms that you simply can’t afford to ignore. Slight discomfort in your tooth could very quickly turn into a full-blown toothache, and bleeding gums could eventually become severely infected. Any of the following 4 symptoms could be warning you of dental emergencies; learn them well so that you don’t second-guess yourself out of calling the dentist when you have to!

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