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Do Cavities Hurt? What Happens, and Why They Should Get Filled
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Do Cavities Hurt? What Happens, and Why They Should Get Filled

Most people think that toothaches and cavities go together. While they often do, some cavities hurt very little or not at all—at first. Likewise, a tooth can experience pain without a cavity.  Any cavity, whether it hurts a little, a lot, or not at all, should be taken seriously and fixed as soon as possible....

What to Do When Permanent Teeth are Coming in Crooked
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What to Do When Permanent Teeth are Coming in Crooked

Kids start to lose their baby teeth around the age of 5. The last ones fall out by about age 12. Parents sometimes worry if they see their kids’ permanent teeth coming in crooked. And while some teeth might need straightening, it is important to remember that children in this age range are still growing....

How Much Do Lingual Braces Cost? What are the Alternatives?
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How Much Do Lingual Braces Cost? What are the Alternatives?

When deciding how to straighten teeth, dental patients often weigh the pros and cons of traditional braces and plastic aligners. Braces tend to work better on extremely crooked teeth, but aligners like Invisalign are less noticeable. There is a third option that offers the best of both worlds. Lingual braces are hidden from view, and...

See a Dentist Immediately for These Top 8 Dental Emergencies
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See a Dentist Immediately for These Top 8 Dental Emergencies

Emergencies, by definition, are unexpected events. Dental emergencies are no different. Even people who take good care of their oral health can suffer accidents, trauma, or the sudden worsening of a dental problem. Some issues call for immediate emergency dental care and should not wait until the next checkup. What types of things can wait...

Can Adults Get Dental Sealants?
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Can Adults Get Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to prevent cavities for kids. But are they just for kids? After all, tooth decay can still happen at any age. Why shouldn’t adults get dental sealants, too?  Instead of asking “can adults get sealants?” (the short answer: They can), a more relevant question is whether the...

Why Crown a Tooth After a Root Canal?
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Why Crown a Tooth After a Root Canal?

Most people assume that they have no choice but to get a crown after a root canal. But patients who are concerned about the time, discomfort, and cost of a crown might wonder if they can skip this part of a tooth restoration. While placing a crown is the typical final stage in almost all...

Keeping Invisalign Clean—How to Do it and Why It’s Important
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Keeping Invisalign Clean—How to Do it and Why It’s Important

People love the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable. It allows patients to eat whatever they want or just take a short break for things like a photo or job interview. It also allows wearers to keep the alignment trays—and their teeth—sparkling clean.  Some might think that because Invisalign trays are disposable (they are swapped...

What Are Temporary Dental Fillings? Why Might You Need One?
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What Are Temporary Dental Fillings? Why Might You Need One?

Dental fillings are the go-to solution for a cavity. They offer a safe, effective fix that can be completed in a single visit to the dentist.  While placing a filling is a quick and routine procedure, there are times when a dentist might choose to do a short-term repair with a temporary filling, sometimes called...

Finding the Best Dentist for Kids Near You
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Finding the Best Dentist for Kids Near You

Finding the best dentist for kids and teens can sometimes be tough. Obviously, internet searches and word of mouth are good tools, but what else should parents do if they want to find the best dentist for their kids?  This can be especially challenging for parents of young children who have recently moved to a...