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Missing a Front Tooth? Find Out If Dental Implants Are a Good Option

February 21, 2020

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Image of a dental implant replacing a front tooth Dental implants stand out from other replacement options for one important reason: they restore the entire tooth structure, including both the root and crown. This key feature accounts for the many benefits they provide, including an incredibly natural look and feel, unmatched strength and stability, and the potential to last a lifetime. But while you may have heard that implants are often the ideal choice for replacing back teeth, what about the front teeth? In this blog, you’ll get the answer to that question and find out who’s a good candidate for the procedure. Learn more below!


Trouble With Your Dentures? Find Out How Dental Implants Can Help

February 1, 2020

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Lower denture supported by dental implants An estimated 40 million Americans are fully edentulous, or without teeth. And while traditional dentures are a welcome solution, they often come with their own set of challenges (including becoming loose or ill-fitting over time). Fortunately, however, dental implants can change that! An implant-retained denture functions a lot more like natural teeth and can improve your oral health in many ways. Keep reading below to learn about the issues people face with their dentures and how dental implants can help.


What Are Dental Crowns Made Out Of?

January 24, 2020

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PFM crown illustrationDental crowns are an essential part of modern dentistry. They can save damaged teeth from extraction and help patients regain full dental function. They can even play a role in replacing missing teeth altogether. But all crowns are not created equal. These types of restorations can be made out of various materials, each of which has its own unique advantages. Let’s discuss some of these materials so you can make an informed decision about the construction of your next crown.


What Do Unhealthy Gums Look Like?

January 14, 2020

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woman showing red gumsMost people don’t think too much about their gums — until something goes wrong with them. Even if you think your gums are in perfectly good shape it is wise to be aware of subtle signs that indicate a problem is developing. Then, you will be able to seek professional help before the issue worsens to the point where extensive treatment is necessary. Let’s discuss how you can tell if your gums are healthy and what you can do if you suspect that they are not.


New Year, New Smile: How Cosmetic Treatments Can Improve Your Look and Oral Health

December 12, 2019

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a dentist using a shade guide on a young woman’s smileDo you want 2020 to be the year you embrace a new and improved smile? Maybe you’re tired of the stains, discoloration, chips, or cracks and are ready to take the next step in your oral health journey. If so, hear from a cosmetic dentist who shares which treatments are available that can fully transform the aesthetic of your smile, giving you the look you desire as you start the new year.


Have You Used Your Dental Insurance Benefits Yet?

November 22, 2019

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Teeth and coinsSince it’s November, now is a good time to start thinking about your dental insurance benefits. Does your carrier’s plan run on the calendar year? If it does, then you are running out of time to utilize those benefits to the fullest – and both your wallet and your smile could end up paying a hefty price for it! Read on to learn why you should make an appointment with your dentist in Salem and start putting your dental insurance to good use.


Why It’s Important to Maximize Your Insurance Benefits Before They Expire

October 18, 2019

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a man having his teeth checked by a dental hygienistWhen it comes to scheduling dental procedures of any kind, many people tend to put it off until it’s absolutely necessary. While the reasons for this are many, some individuals point to fear, anxiety, or even time or financial constraints as to why they wait. With the end of the year quickly approaching, getting the most out of your dental insurance benefits is crucial to minimizing your costs at the dentist’s office. If you’re contemplating whether you should move forward with your procedure or wait, find out why your dentist recommends taking care of it now instead of waiting for your benefits to expire.


How Do Dental Fillings Work and Do They Ever Need To Be Replaced?

September 14, 2019

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Digtital image of a tooth-colored dental fillingAt one time (not that long ago), dentists almost always pulled teeth that had cavities or other problems. Fortunately, modern dentists focus on prevention and restoration and only recommend extractions as a last resort. One of the main procedures used to repair a damaged tooth is a dental filling. Nearly everyone has gotten one at some point, but it’s still quite common for patients to be unsure of how fillings work. Another common question is, “Do they ever need to be replaced?” Keep reading to find out how fillings improve your oral health and how to tell when they need to be replaced.


Dentist Shares the Importance of Healthy Gums and Their Impact on Your Body

August 5, 2019

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a woman holding her cheek in painEach year, dentists treat more and more patients suffering from gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, more than 65 million people in the United States have some form it, many of whom don’t even realize they have symptoms. If you think your teeth are the only aspects of your smile you need to keep healthy, you’ll be surprised to learn just how crucial this soft tissue is to your overall well-being. Read on to discover what your dentist in Salem has to say about what you can do to regain optimal gum health.


Discover Which Foods You Should Avoid with Porcelain Veneers

July 17, 2019

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a young woman smilingYou just received your new porcelain veneers, and you couldn’t be happier with the results. Their sleek and natural look have other talking about how beautiful your smile is, which makes you grin bigger and bigger. But suddenly, while enjoying a nice glass of ice cold water, you start to chew and before you know it, you’ve chipped your brand new veneers. Although porcelain veneers are made to withstand much of the normal wear and tear we put on our teeth, there are some foods and drinks you should avoid keeping them lasting longer. Read on to find out which ones.


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