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What Is A Tooth Abscess? And Is It Serious?
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What Is A Tooth Abscess? And Is It Serious?

If you have severe, throbbing tooth pain along with a pocket of pus near the base of your tooth, you should call a dentist right away. These are warning signs of a tooth abscess, which is a dangerous bacterial infection at the root of a tooth. If left untreated, an abscess could cause permanent damage...

What Should Dental Implants Cost in 2023
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What Should Dental Implants Cost in 2023

When dental implants first became widely available, the costs were so extraordinarily high that most dental surgeons did not offer them. However, as the raw costs of materials have decreased, and the equipment to produce dental implants requires far less of an upfront investment, prices have become much more competitive.  Dental implants, once thought out...

How Long Does it Take Lingual Braces to Work?
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How Long Does it Take Lingual Braces to Work?

Lingual braces have the power of traditional braces without the obvious “metal mouth” look. They work with the same type of brackets and wires as braces, but they are hidden behind the teeth, making them even less noticeable than clear aligner trays like Invisalign.  With any kind of straightening treatment, patients want quick results. How...

Can You Get Dental X-Rays While Pregnant?
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Can You Get Dental X-Rays While Pregnant?

Dental x-rays are an important part of every dentist’s toolkit for detecting cavities and other issues in a patient’s mouth. While x-rays are considered very safe for most patients, what about for pregnant people? Pregnant women are often told a list of things to avoid during this important time to keep them and their baby...

How to Fill a Tooth Gap–and What You’ll Have to Pay for It
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How to Fill a Tooth Gap–and What You’ll Have to Pay for It

Some people don’t mind having a gap between teeth. In fact, some celebrities—Michael Strahan and Anna Paquin are two examples—are known for their distinctive tooth gap. But for those who do not see the space as charming or attractive, there are several different ways to fill it.  Options for gap tooth fillings cost anywhere from...

Missing Teeth? What to Do About the Cost of Implants
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Missing Teeth? What to Do About the Cost of Implants

Some 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. And dental implants have become the preferred choice for restorations. But what do you do if you are missing teeth, and can’t afford implants? Many people go without, but this is a bad idea. Missing teeth should be...

Teeth Bonding: Before and After
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Teeth Bonding: Before and After

Dental bonding is a restoration technique that can fix some common cosmetic issues and improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth. The materials used in teeth bonding are similar to those used for tooth-colored fillings. However, unlike fillings, dental bonding is not used to repair tooth decay: tooth bonding treatments fix imperfections on the surface...

What are Dental Veneers, and Are They Worth the Money?
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What are Dental Veneers, and Are They Worth the Money?

For anyone who has ever wanted to hide their teeth, there is a way to permanently improve a smile. Dental veneers help conceal the imperfections or damage a natural tooth might have. They can cover chips, stains, gaps, and even some alignment problems. Dental veneers cost quite a bit, and getting them is moderately invasive....

What is a Composite Dental Filling?
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What is a Composite Dental Filling?

When the dentist finds a cavity and recommends a filling, the patient will probably have some questions. What will the filling look like? How much will it cost? The answer to these questions depends on the type of material used in the filling, and for that there are a few options.  Amalgam fillings, which are...

Can Missing Teeth Cause Health Problems?
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Can Missing Teeth Cause Health Problems?

When it comes to ruining a smile, a missing tooth is about as bad as it can get. But the problems with missing teeth go way beyond how a person looks or the embarrassment they might feel. The situation can lead to other significant dental problems. Those, in turn, can cause health issues.  A gaping...