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Why You Might Need a Root Canal If Your Tooth Stops Hurting

January 3, 2024

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If you’ve been suffering from a toothache that has suddenly seemed to vanish, you might be feeling pretty relieved; however, you should hold off on celebrating, as you may not be out of the woods just yet! Instead, you should contact your dentist quickly, as this odd reversal of symptoms might be a sign of something worse. Here’s more about this situation and why you could end up needing a root canal if your tooth’s pulp has become damaged or infected.


3 Reasons Why You Won’t Regret Getting a Root Canal

January 2, 2024

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a patient visiting their dentist and smiling

If your dentist has recently informed you that you’re going to need a root canal to address an issue with one of your teeth, you might be feeling a little nervous about the procedure. But you have nothing to fear; with over 15 million root canals performed in the US annually, the treatment is remarkably common and undeniably useful! Here are three reasons from your dentist that should have you feeling confident heading into a root canal.


5 Incredible Benefits of Seeing a Family Dentist

December 13, 2023

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patient talking to a family dentist

Are you tired of coordinating multiple dental appointments for each family member? The hassle of managing various providers can be overwhelming, and that’s where a family dentist comes to the rescue. Continue reading to learn about the numerous benefits of having a family dentist, making oral care for your loved ones convenient and stress-free.


Navigating Dental Care During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

December 8, 2023

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pregnant woman visiting dentist

Anticipating the arrival of a little one or already on the journey of parenthood? If you’re wondering about the safety of dental work during pregnancy, rest assured—it’s not only safe but also crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. Regular dental checkups are recommended for everyone, pregnant or not. However, for expectant mothers, the hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to gum issues, making dental care even more essential. Read on to learn about the safety and considerations associated with dental work during pregnancy below.


Just Got Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Here’s How to Get Good Sleep

November 14, 2023

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a man sleeping after undergoing wisdom tooth extractions

Most people start to grow in their wisdom teeth around ages 18 and 24. However, these final molars aren’t typically necessary and they can sometimes lead to oral health issues in the long run, so it’s normal for most patients to get them removed. Once you’ve finished your procedure, you’ll need to get plenty of rest for the best possible recovery. That said, this can be quite challenging for some patients. Keep reading to learn a few tips to rest well after undergoing wisdom tooth extractions.


3 Dental Statistics You May Find a Bit Frightening

October 27, 2023

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Are you aware that cavities are not the only common oral health problem these days? Did you know that gum disease can do more than just harm your smile? You might think you know a lot about the health of your teeth and gums, but you may be surprised by what you don’t know; in fact, it might even scare you to learn the truth about some of the most common dental stats available. Keep reading to expand your knowledge and find out what you can do to better safeguard your and your family’s smiles.


Debunking 6 Common Root Canal Myths

October 11, 2023

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patient smiling at dentist during checkup

Root canal treatment unfortunately has the reputation of being a painful and dreaded dental procedure. However, the truth is far from the myths that surround it! In this blog post, you’ll learn about the facts of root canals, shedding light on why they’re a reliable and virtually painless solution to restore your dental health.


Should You Be Worried about Popping or Clicking in Your Jaw?

September 25, 2023

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Woman with hands on her TMJ, wearing concerned expression

Have you noticed lately that your jaw seems to pop and click when you open and close your mouth? Perhaps you have tried to ignore the issue, but you may wonder if something is wrong with your jaw joint (also called the TMJ). Should you be worried about popping or clicking in your jaw? Well, maybe. This blog post explains what the sound might mean and what you should do.


Can TMJ Disorder Affect Your Speech?

September 16, 2023

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Two professional women engaged in conversation

Whether you are chatting with family members or making presentations in the workplace, your speech is important! Unfortunately, millions of people struggle with a condition that can negatively impact their ability to communicate: TMJ disorder. Just how exactly can TMJ disorder affect your speech? This blog post provides an explanation, and it gives tips on what you can do to reclaim your ability to speak clearly.


Is There an Age Limit for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

August 15, 2023

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a mature man thinking about wisdom teeth removal

 Many people tend to get their wisdom teeth removed as young adults, typically around ages 17 and 25. In doing so, they’re able to avoid a variety of oral health issues that tend to arise from impacted final molars. However, if you’re around your 30s or older, you might be wondering if you still have time to undergo an extraction procedure. Read on to learn why there’s no age limit for removing your wisdom teeth.

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