5 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Braces

You will likely be told you need braces at an annual checkup with your dentist.  You may be referred to an orthodontist as their primary focus is the preventing and correcting of misaligned teeth and jaws. At your initial appointment, your teeth and jawline will be checked to figure out what corrective action needs to be taken and to develop a treatment plan.  This consultation is the perfect time to prepare to ask any and all questions, such as the ones below, so that you may fully understand what is involved in getting braces. Why do I need braces? There are many reasons why
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Why are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of the teeth to erupt. They emerge from the gum line of individuals as late as 17 to 25 years of age. Wisdom teeth may be recommended for removal by a dentist or oral surgeon. Healthy wisdom teeth do not require removal. Learn about the reasons for wisdom teeth removal. Conventional Wisdom In decades past, wisdom tooth removal was standard protocol for many late teens and young adults. Whether the tooth and surrounding gum tissue were healthy was a moot point as many considered wisdom teeth as potentially problematic over the long-term.
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Dental procedures during pregnancy: What you need to know

It’s important to take good care of your oral health, even when routine dental care is not recommended while you are pregnant. When it is necessary to get emergency dental treatment, let your dentist know right away if you are pregnant so that they can take any precautions that are possible. If you are planning to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to get a full dental checkup before you become pregant if that is possible. Gum Disease During Pregnancy Regular gum exams are important during your pregnancy. While you should wait until the second trimester of your pregnancy for
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What happens when the dentist gives you a filling?

Just about everyone will have a tooth filled at some point. Yet most people have no idea of what is actually going on inside of their mouth while the tooth is being filled. Let’s take a look at what is really happening when a dentist performs a filling. Preparing for the Filling Dentists ensure patient comfort throughout the filling process by applying a local anesthetic before the procedure occurs. It functions to temporarily block pain messages sent from the tooth’s nerves to the brain. The dentist then “preps” the mouth by placing a rubber dam along the tooth that will
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What Is A Root Canal?

A root canal describes both the anatomy of a tooth and a procedure the dentist uses to treat its inner soft pulp when the latter becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the hollow root area, or canal, which extends from the top–or crown–of the tooth to the tip of the roots deep in the gum. The pulp, in turn, contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue and helps to create the surrounding hard tissue important for a tooth’s early growth and development. Once the tooth matures, however, it can survive without the pulp, because the
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Veneers: Are They Right for You?

The choice of whether or not to get dental veneers can be a difficult one. It’s a decision worth spending some time to do research. Dental veneers should only be considered for those suffering significant dental problems. A veneer is just that, a covering, not a fix for a pre-existing condition. If there’s an underlying problem that can be treated in another way, it’s probably best to explore those options first. Here are some things to consider while ruminating over your choices. What are Veneers? Porcelain veneers are made from thin pieces of medical ceramic. They are adhered to the
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The Truth about Fluoride

Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment for your children during their regular preventative appointment. Many parents wonder why fluoride is necessary and whether there are any risks involved in fluoride treatment. To understand the dental benefits of fluoride, we must first understand the process of tooth decay. Acids are produced by plaque and sugars in the mouth. When acid comes in contact with tooth enamel, it results in demineralization, or a breakdown and compromising of the protective enamel coating of the tooth. When minerals like calcium and fluoride are deposited, the enamel is remineralized, or restored. Minerals like fluoride
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4 Home Remedies for a Toothache

Anyone who has experienced a sudden toothache knows how debilitating the pain can be. A severe toothache can be caused by a variety of conditions including gum disease, tooth decay or an infection called an abscess. All of these conditions worsen over time without treatment, potentially causing further complications. While home remedies will not address the underlying problem, many natural home remedies using items you have around the house will temporarily relieve pain. Home remedies for dental pain are often a viable solution for temporary relief while out of town or on the weekend. If you develop a sudden toothache,
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3D Dental Image

Viewing an object in three dimensions provides a vastly different picture than a two dimensional view. This is especially true with dental x rays. Technology has been advancing rapidly over the past several years to produce a machine that would capture images that are extremely precise. Dental cone beam images are similar to the medical CAT scan images but require only about a tenth of the radiation. The cost is only a fraction of what a CAT scan image would cost. These machines are still quite expensive and consequently not found in most dental offices. They are available to anyone
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Best way to replace a missing tooth…implant.

These devices provide a great option for missing teeth. Not too long ago the only practical way to replace a missing tooth was with a removable appliance or a fixed bridge. These procedures provide a reasonable service and in some cases they still may be the best option. Removable partial or full dentures often are hard to get used to. Some patients never get used to them. Fixed bridges work well except they require the adjacent teeth to be prepared for a crown covering them and the missing tooth and the adjacent crowns are made in one piece. The disadvantage
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