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What’s The Difference Between a Dentist and an Oral Surgeon?

Dentists and oral surgeons both work on teeth. But most people see their dentist twice a year and only see an oral surgeon if your dentist recommended one. Dentists and oral surgeons do different things, but often collaborate: A dentist extracts teeth easily pulled, but...

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Tips For Overcoming Dental Anxiety

No one looks forward to seeing the dentist. But serious anxiety prevents 15 percent of Americans from seeking regular preventive care. That’s a problem, because gum disease is a serious infection that can affect the whole body. Studies now link gum disease to heart disease,...

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Dental Implant FAQs

What is a dental implant? Dental implants have three parts: 1.) the post, usually titanium, that takes the place of your missing tooth’s root; 2.) the abutment, built into the post to connect it to your replacement tooth; and 3.) the replacement (false) tooth, custom-made...

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What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, can fracture, swell and/or become sore, limiting movement of the lower jaw and causing pain in the head, ear, jaw or neck. If you have trouble opening and closing your mouth, ear or facial pain, pain while chewing, clicking or...

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The History of Dental Implants

Dental implants (artificial tooth roots permanently embedded in the jawbone with a false tooth attached) have an interesting history. Wood, copper, iron, gold, jade, platinum, porcelain, sea shells, and animal and human teeth were all tried — without much success — before an orthopedic surgeon...

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Tooth Extraction: What to Expect

So you’ve been told you need a tooth extraction. Your tooth is damaged or decayed, your mouth is too crowded, or you have an infection. Knowing what to expect can improve the experience before, during and after the procedure. Before Before the day of your...

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Am I A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants (artificial tooth roots permanently embedded in the jawbone with a false tooth attached) are an excellent solution to a number of oral health challenges: missing teeth, unstable dentures, speech/smile/eating problems caused by dentures, lack of back teeth on which to attach a bridge,...

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What Jaw Surgery Can Achieve

When your jaws do not line up properly, you may not like the way you look. It can be hard to smile, eat, swallow, or even rest your mouth comfortably. Even more concerning, misaligned jaws can cause health problems such as chronic joint pain (TMJ),...

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Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. While the causes of this infection are many–hormonal changes, illnesses, medications, smoking, family history and poor oral hygiene–it can often be prevented, or stopped before it progresses from gum inflammation (gingivitis) to gum disease...

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Bone Grafting (Not as Scary as it Sounds)

Bone grafting, or the transplanting of bone tissue, is a common procedure in our practice. It can help correct misaligned jawbones, allow more effective tooth replacement, and help maintain facial structure when numerous teeth have been lost. With modern bone grafting, lost bone can be...

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