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Root Canal Therapy vs. Extraction — Which Is Better?

June 10, 2024

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Dental patient explaining her symptoms to her dentist

If you have a severe toothache, you can probably think of nothing but pain relief. Your dentist can help with that! After a thorough examination, they might recommend that you undergo root canal therapy or an extraction. Which of those two treatment options is better? That depends on your circumstances. This blog post aims to help you compare your options.


How Much Does It Cost to Get a Root Canal?

June 5, 2024

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Dentist and patient talking about dental X-ray

Root canal therapy, sometimes simply called a root canal, is one of the most effective ways to end a severe toothache and restore the function of a damaged tooth. If you are experiencing dental pain, this treatment might be just what you need! However, it is understandable if you are a bit reluctant to book your emergency appointment; many patients are concerned about the price of dental care. Just how much does it cost to get a root canal? This blog post explains some important facts that you should keep in mind.


The Role of Vitamin D in Dental Implant Success

June 1, 2024

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Variety of nutrient-rich foods that contain vitamin D

Vitamin D is well-known for its many health benefits; doctors are constantly urging their patients to get more of it! However, it is sometimes overlooked in conversations about dental implants, even though it can play an important role in the treatment’s success. How can vitamin D support dental implants, and how can you increase your intake of this vital nutrient? This blog post provides some practical advice.


The Beauty of Dental Implants: How They Help Improve Your Appearance

May 24, 2024

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an older woman with dental implants

Dental implants offer many great benefits. Millions of people appreciate what they can offer, such as a long lifespan and the ability to eat foods of all types. However, if you are preparing to receive your own permanent prosthetics, you may be more focused on what they’ll do for your overall appearance. Keep reading to discover how beneficial dental implants can be when it comes to creating the youthful look you desire.


Healthy Smile, Healthy Baby: Is It Safe to Receive Dental Work While Pregnant?

May 10, 2024

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pregnant woman

Before the arrival of a new baby, pregnancy can cause a woman to undergo many unique changes. From hormonal fluctuations to physical growth and more, it is the job of healthcare professionals to make sure everyone remains healthy throughout these nine months. But what happens if the mother needs dental care? Is it safe to proceed even if local anesthesia is involved? Read on to find out what dentists will recommend when taking care of a pregnant woman’s smile.


The Art of Flossing: How to Help Your Child Develop Good Habits

May 2, 2024

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young boy flossing

Helping your child adopt good oral hygiene habits at an early age is crucial. It sets them up for success and instills the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, while brushing may not be an issue, getting them to floss the right way can be tricky. To help you navigate this process, a local dentist is here to discuss why cleaning between teeth is essential as well as ways to make flossing an easier and more enjoyable habit.


Can I Wear My Dentures All the Time?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 5:11 pm
woman smiling in the dentist’s chair with dentures

You just received your new dentures, and you look forward to the positive changes and experiences your beautiful smile will provide. Having a complete set of teeth once again can give you a new lease on life, helping you to feel more confident morning, noon, and night. But why then is it that dentists recommend you remove your dentures before going to bed? Why should you not wear your custom prosthetics 24/7? Read on to find out.


It Begins: What Life is Like During Your First Month with Dentures

April 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 5:07 pm
man smiling in the dentist’s chair with dentures

If you have been without a full set of teeth for some time, the reality of receiving customized dentures can feel exciting and also a bit overwhelming. The good news is that your dentist will be by your side to ensure everything fits comfortably and looks completely natural. But what should you expect during the first month of living with your new smile? If you want to avoid feelings of uncertainty when returning home, read on to discover what life will be like with these custom-made prosthetics.


From Beginning to End: What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

April 2, 2024

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a person receiving an oral cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society, as of 2024, there are an estimated 58,450 cases of oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in the United States. These numbers may largely be attributed to risky lifestyle habits and behaviors (i.e., smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, HPV, etc.); however, some basic demographic factors may also be to blame (i.e., men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women). Since early detection is essential for a higher survival rate, read on to discover the importance of oral cancer screenings and how they are performed by a qualified dentist.


What Can You Expect After Undergoing a Root Canal?

March 29, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 7:44 pm
a person undergoing a root canal

A root canal may not be a procedure you want to have, but it is highly effective when it comes to treating a severely decayed tooth that is putting the rest of your oral and overall health at risk. While you may already know what you can expect from the procedure itself, you may be unaware of what the time spent at home will be like. Keep reading to learn more about how you can ensure a successful recovery as well as when you should see your dentist for additional help.