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Understanding for the Long Run

We're committed to helping you understand all of the issues related to your oral health. So we provide information on a variety of topics to help you make wise lifetime choices for a beautiful, healthy smile.

  1. Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

    Source: American Dental Association Recent news reports have alarmed and confused many patients who receive oral bisphosphonates. That’s because uncommon complications are linked to these drugs. The drugs have been associated with osteonecrosis (os-tee-oh-ne-kro-sis) of the jaws (ONJ), a rare but potentially serious condition that can cause severe destruction of the jawbone(s). Most cases of ONJ have been seen in…

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  2. Mouth Guard

    What Is Bruxism? Source: American Dental Association “Keep a stiff upper lip” or “get a grip!” That’s often the advice we get-and give-on how to cope with stress. If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It’s called bruxism, and often it happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and…

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  3. Halitosis/Bad Breath

    Source: American Dental Association Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. If you’re concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan…

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  4. Sealants

    A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth-premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and…

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  5. Composites (White) Fillings

    Source: American Dental Association Composite or tooth-colored fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed…

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  6. Dentures and Partials

    Source: American Dental Association If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak-things…

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  7. Crown and Bridge

    Crown Source: American Dental Association If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left.…

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  8. Root Canal Therapy

    Source: American Dental Association Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the…

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  9. Porcelain Veneers

    Source: American Dental Association There’s no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. Today a veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct nature’s mistake or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials…

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  10. Dental Implants

    Source: American Dental Association Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or…

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