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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...

How to Remove Invisalign Without Pain
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How to Remove Invisalign Without Pain

Invisalign uses a series of clear trays to gradually straighten crooked teeth over time. Because teeth are being moved, there may be some mild pain involved with the treatment, especially when patients switch to a new set of trays. Many patients report that discomfort is most noticeable when removing the trays. Luckily, there are a...

8 Things You Can Do for Whiter Teeth
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8 Things You Can Do for Whiter Teeth

Even someone with perfectly straight teeth might be unhappy with their smile. Tooth stains and discoloration can make them embarrassed to grin or show their teeth. Indeed, whiter teeth can boost self-confidence, and often give a healthier, more youthful appearance. There are quite a few teeth whitening options for dull, dingy, discolored teeth. The choices...

Are There Any Braces That Are Clear?
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Are There Any Braces That Are Clear?

The desire for straight teeth is nearly universal. For many years, the only option for correcting crooked teeth was metal braces. While braces are very effective, they are also very noticeable. These days, with new options available for straightening teeth, patients may wonder: are there any braces that are clear?  Whether for an image-conscious teenager...