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Who Specializes in TMJ Treatment?
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Who Specializes in TMJ Treatment?

Jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or a clicking or locking of the jaw joint are all signs that there might be a problem with the temporomandibular (tem-per-oh-man-DI-byoo-ler) joint, or TMJ. This is the joint that connects the lower jaw, or mandible, to the skull; it can be found in front of the ears on both sides...

What to do About Cavities Under a Dental Crown
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What to do About Cavities Under a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are an effective tool in restoring damaged or decayed teeth. Even though crowns are not expected to last forever, patients might assume they no longer need to worry about getting a cavity in the crowned tooth. Unfortunately, it is possible to get cavities under a dental crown. And just like cavities anywhere else...

What Kinds of Dentists Do Implants?
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What Kinds of Dentists Do Implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace missing ones. Getting implants involves surgery that is moderately invasive, and not all dentists can perform it. It is important for patients considering implant surgery to understand what kinds of dentists do implants. General dentists, oral surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists may all have the necessary qualifications. ...

Should You Put Sealants on Baby Teeth?
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Should You Put Sealants on Baby Teeth?

It is natural for parents to want what is best for their kids, and that includes their dental health. To prevent cavities, some parents invest in dental sealants for their children. How young is too young to get sealants? Can a dentist put sealants on baby teeth? While sealants are typically applied to permanent teeth,...

Making Dental Crowns More Affordable
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Making Dental Crowns More Affordable

Dental crowns are a safe and effective method of fixing teeth with certain problems. In some cases, they might be necessary to save the tooth. Like many dental restorative dental procedures, however, crowns can cost a lot. If the dentist recommends one, how can patients find affordable dental crowns?  What Is a Crown and Why...

Does My Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening? What Are the Options?
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Does My Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening? What Are the Options?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure. This means that it is an elective procedure, rather than something that is necessary for the person’s health. Unfortunately most  insurance, even dental insurance, does not cover cosmetic dentistry.  A lack of insurance coverage does not have to rule out whiter teeth. There are things that you can do...

What is Carbamide Peroxide Teeth Whitening?
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What is Carbamide Peroxide Teeth Whitening?

Most people are familiar with hydrogen peroxide and might even have that familiar brown bottle in their medicine cabinet. In addition to its disinfectant properties, it is also a main ingredient in teeth whitening products. People may be less aware of carbamide peroxide, but it, too, can whiten teeth.  Whether going to the dentist for...

Root Canal or Tooth Extraction?
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Root Canal or Tooth Extraction?

No one likes the idea of getting a root canal or a tooth extraction. Unfortunately, the dentist might recommend one of these procedures at some point. It is important to note that while they both address the problem of a severely decayed or damaged tooth, they are not interchangeable.  A root canal can save a...

Do Dental Implants Hurt? On Dental Implant Pain
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Do Dental Implants Hurt? On Dental Implant Pain

Dental implants have become increasingly popular because of their durability in comparison to alternatives such as a bridge or dentures. Plus they look and feel like real teeth! But implants require surgery, and surgeries usually involve pain. How much do dental implants hurt, and for how long? And when should patients consult their surgeon about...