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Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

“You’re going to have to have your wisdom teeth removed.”

Those aren’t the words you really want to hear. And it’s natural to have questions. “Why?” is the biggest one, especially if you haven’t had any problems with them… yet.

Be sure to ask every single question you have when a dentist tells you that you need a major procedure like wisdom teeth removal. The most important part of your relationship with your dentist is that you feel comfortable with everything.

In case you haven’t had the chance to ask your dentist, or you are just preparing for the future, here are some reasons we recommend wisdom teeth removal surgery.

Your Wisdom Teeth are ...

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The Benefits of Invisalign, Beyond Straight Teeth

The main reason someone would choose Invisalign? Straight teeth of course! But the benefits of Invisalign go way beyond just aesthetics.

Confidence

This one is sort of a no-brainer. When you look better (and you know it), you feel more confident. There is even a 2013 study that proves that people with a full set of straight teeth can significantly improve quality of life by boosting self-esteem.

It’s Easier to Clean Your Teeth

When your teeth are crowded and crooked, it’s harder to clean all of their surfaces. If the bacteria isn’t washed away somehow, it turns into tartar and will eventually cause significant tooth decay. When you straighten your teeth with Invisalign, you’ll ...

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Causes and Consequences of Bruxism and How to Treat It

Your stress level could be affecting your nutrition, by way of your teeth and bruxism.
 
Ever have a pain in your jaw joint? It’s one of the most intrusive joint issues you can have because it affects how and what you eat. You may avoid foods that are difficult for you to chew, or not eat as much as you need to because of the pain. Obviously, this is not a good thing. Altering your diet because of pain will not solve the problem, and can cause a lot more harm than good.

The pain in your jaw joint could be TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, or it could be caused ...

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Crowns in One Appointment With CEREC

We recently invested in a technology that will allow us to do restorations, like crowns and veneers, in one appointment. The tech is called CEREC, and it stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or Ceramic REConstruction.
 
The machine itself uses 3D CAD/CAM technology. CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided technology. So, with the help of a computer, we can make a crown in a single visit. We used to do restorations in 2 appointments. We would prepare the tooth, place a temporary crown and set a second appointment to place the permanent crown. This was because we would always have to send out to get the ...

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Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

While dental implants are an excellent option for many patients, there are some who are not candidates for this procedure. Your dentist and physician will work together to determine if implants are a safe choice for you. Here are a few things they will take into account when deciphering if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Health Considerations

Since implants are inserted through a surgical procedure, you must be in good general health to be a candidate. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, hemophilia or significant immune deficiencies are often not eligible. Following implant surgery, a process known as Osseointegration occurs in which the jaw bone fuses to the implant. Your gums ...

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Dr. Mann Joins Charity Mission, Performs Multiple Advanced Implant Procedures

Around the world, from places near and far, the holiday season is in full swing. For many, it’s a time of giving back, of saying thanks and reflecting on the year that was. It’s also a time of year where we all strive to become better people. That’s the spirit that embodies Fundación Dr. Garg in the Dominican Republic.

With less than three weeks until Christmas, a group of over 30 dentists joined the island nation’s premier dental surgery training facility and free-of-charge clinic and treated some 400 patients with a variety of maxillofacial needs. Dr. Mann personally performed multiple advanced implant procedures in three days of surgery.

The clinic, founded by ...

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Why a Dentist Might Take an X-Ray

Simply put, a dentist will take an x-ray to see what we cannot see in an oral exam. But what are a few scenarios in which a dentist might take an x-ray?

If you are a new patient at a practice, the dentist may want a clear full picture of your oral health. They’ll also review your dental and medical history and give a full oral exam. They are looking for anything that may need to be addressed right away or down the line concerning your oral health. The x-ray not only helps them see possible decay, but with it they can also check for bone fractures, tumors, cysts and even sinus ...

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Even Without Sugar, Diet Soda Is Bad for Teeth Too

Just because soda is sugar-free, that doesn’t mean that it’s not bad for your teeth. A new study has been released that states that sugar-free drinks, like diet soda, can cause dental erosion. The authors argue that there should be labeling on these products that tell the consumers this so they can make more informed decisions about their dental and overall health.

It’s widely understood that sugar is bad for teeth. So it would be logical to believe that a diet sugar-free can of soda is the better choice for your pearly whites. The problem is that these diet sodas are often highly acidic. And the acid they contain can soften ...

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First Cavity? What You Need to Know About Getting Your First Filling

If you’ve never had one before, hearing you have a cavity can be a dreadful feeling.

How did it happen? Is it serious? What happens next? Will it hurt? Is it expensive?

Here are a few answers to those questions that might prepare you for your first cavity, so you don’t panic when you hear the news.

How Did it Happen?

Put simply; a cavity is a hole in your tooth. It’s caused by demineralization. When you eat food, any particles that are left on your teeth are digested by the bacteria that is in your mouth. The byproduct of that digestion is acid. That acid attacks your enamel and erodes your teeth, causing ...

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

A Range of How Much Dental Implants Cost

Costs vary according to your location and the type of dental implants you need. A single implant may cost anywhere from $1,500 to $7,500. Implant bridges range from about $3,500 to $25,000. Your dentist should be able to give you an estimate of the cost of your implant surgery when you go in for an evaluation. When considering dental implants, keep in mind that while the initial cost may seem high, you may actually save money in the long run since implants can last a lifetime and eliminate the need for replacement dentures, additional bridges, and treatment of additional tooth issues that arise ...

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