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No More Scares: How to Manage a Fear of Tooth Extractions

May 16, 2024

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A woman receiving a tooth extraction

A tooth removal treatment can seem scary at first, especially if it’s your first one. That’s only natural – having your adult teeth removed sounds like a forceful process. However, you don’t need to let your anxiety hold you back from crucial dental care. The truth is that there are many ways to conquer this dental fear. If you want, your Midlothian dentist will happily outline them. Just read on to discover four great ways to manage a fear of tooth extractions.

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Dental Implant Excellence: What Makes Them So Successful?

April 12, 2024

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Dentist performing dental implant surgery

Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry, offering a durable and lifelike solution for replacing missing teeth. They also happen to be one of the most successful treatments available with a staggering 95 percent integration rate. But what makes them so good? Continue reading to learn why dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement.

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Post-Op Prevention: How to Avoid Dry Socket

March 4, 2024

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Nose to chin view of forceps grasping patient's tooth for extraction

Many patients get anxious about tooth extractions because they worry that the procedure will be long and agonizing. Fortunately, that’s not usually the case. During your appointment, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic so you don’t experience any discomfort and can offer sedation options for those who are overly anxious. That means you’re not likely to feel much during the removal itself. Afterward, however, it’s important to care for your mouth properly to avoid a painful complication known as dry socket. Keep reading to learn more about this condition and how you can prevent it!

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Timely Root Canals: How Long Do They Take?

February 5, 2024

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Dentist performing root canal on patient

It’s natural to feel nervous if you’ve just learned that you need a root canal. Many patients get overly anxious because they have questions or aren’t sure what to expect. One common inquiry is about how long the procedure will last. It’s often assumed that this is a long and painful process, but that’s fortunately not the case. Keep reading to learn more about how long it typically takes to get a root canal!

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4 Reasons to Schedule Dental Checkups Early in the Year

January 3, 2024

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calendar with reminder to visit dentist and toothbrush

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many individuals find themselves with a moment to unwind. While this period is perfect for catching up on shows, diving into a good book, or simply enjoying some relaxation after months of hosting gatherings, cleaning, and cooking, it’s also an ideal time to book an appointment with your dentist. Keep reading to discover four compelling reasons why scheduling your dental checkup early in the year is beneficial.

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The Four Go-To IV Sedation Medications for Dentists

December 13, 2023

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a dentist smiling and holding up four fingers

Most people have heard about nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” for helping them relax while receiving dental care. However, your dentist might be able to offer you something a little stronger if necessary. With more options available today, you may be eligible for solutions such as IV sedation, which can be provided through many forms. Read on to learn about four of the most commonly used drugs for this medication and when it’s best to use them during your dental visit.

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How Aging Affects the Appearance of Your Smile

November 18, 2023

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Happy older woman smilingYou expect to see wrinkles and white hairs as you age, but you may not have expected your smile to show the passing of time. Stains, cracks, and other issues can make you look years older than your true age. You can revitalize your smile with cosmetic dentistry. It is never too late to invest in a youthful smile.

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Do You Still Need a Root Canal When the Pain Subsides?

October 13, 2023

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A woman with a tooth ache who needs a root canal treatment

Toothaches are as disruptive to your daily life as they are painful. After hours or even days of pain, when the ache suddenly subsides you may feel like it’s time to celebrate. While it’s understandable to feel joy in relief, now is the time to see a dentist. You may need a root canal treatment.

If you want to learn why sudden pain relief may be a sign of something much more serious, continue reading.

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What Happens If You Put Off a Root Canal?

September 11, 2023

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Model of tooth after a root canalLet’s face it, root canals have a bad reputation. Although much of what you’ve heard isn’t true, no one wants to undergo dental work. However, if your dentist recommends root canal therapy, don’t put the procedure off for too long. According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information, 97% of root canals are successful, but if you wait, it may be too late to save your tooth from needing to be removed.

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What is Fluoride, and Why Do People Need It?

August 4, 2023

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Someone brushing their teeth

Fluoride, for better or for worse, is one of the most famous aspects of protecting oral health. It plays an important role in supporting enamel, and therefore in staving off tooth decay.

However, lots of people aren’t fully aware of what fluoride actually does, or why it’s in toothpaste, mouthwash, and even drinking water. If you want to learn a little bit more about the role that fluoride plays in your oral health, here’s some information you might find useful.

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