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Porcelain Veneers And You

When considering cosmetic dentistry, we usually will look at our most glaring concern and use a procedure that addresses it directly. This works when the concern is general, such as using teeth whitening to address stained teeth, or when a single tooth is cracked or chipped. But what do you do when your teeth are […]

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The Four Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are the least known but effective pieces of restorative devices for people with missing teeth. These bridges can replace three missing teeth and operate as a fully functional, permanent set of teeth that use other structures as support. All dental bridges contain a pontic, or replacement tooth, that provides chewing surfaces for the […]

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How Scaling And Root Planing Can Save Your Teeth

When you’re experiencing periodontitis, your dentist is likely to suggest that you undergo root planing and scaling. The first question you may have to ask is what exactly this procedure is and what’s involved. This procedure is a treatment for periodontitis that helps to clean away the tartar and plaque that form below your gumline. […]

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Types of Dental X-Ray

Dental imaging is an essential part of preventative care, allowing Dr. Heidarian to catch oral health problems before they become serious. It’s common for patients to question their necessity, and the process to receive them is often somewhat uncomfortable. However, receiving a dental x-ray can help save your jaws, teeth, and gums. In some cases, […]

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How Gum Disease is Diagnosed by Your Dentist

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, commonly results from poor dental hygiene and can vary in terms of its severity and condition. Gum disease happens when the gums and tissues surrounding the tooth become swollen and inflamed, causing the gums to bleed easily when teeth are brushed and flossed. Gum disease is caused by plaque […]

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The Benefits of Porcelain Restorations

If you live with missing teeth or are scheduled for an extraction, you probably have considered getting dental restorations done. Dental restorations come in a wide variety of materials, including metal, resin, porcelain, and porcelain bonded metal. Each of these forms of restoration has its own benefits and drawbacks, but porcelain restorations are the most […]

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The Importance of Teaching Your Children About Dental Hygiene

Bridges and crowns are common recommendations made by dentists when restorations are being discussed. While there are multiple materials they can be made of, porcelain is often preferred due to its resemblance to natural tooth enamel. Given the higher cost of porcelain restorations, it’s not surprising that many patients want a clear understanding of the […]

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What is a Partial?

Partials fit into the mouth a combination of metal, acrylic, and porcelain to restore the jaw and replace missing teeth. Partials give a natural look to your smile and keep the structure of your teeth, gums, and jawline intact. Partials are the top choice for those with multiple missing teeth, and partials can help reform […]

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Do You Need A Dental Crown Or Filling?

Crowns and fillings are each used to solve different dental concerns, but there some places where the need for one or the other overlaps. Deciding which of these are the best alternative, and which you need is typically the province of your dentist. Understanding how that decision is made can help you feel more confident […]

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What Is A Zirconia Crown?

The newest material for crowns is Zirconium, a material that is a relative of titanium and is the source of the most recommended forms of crown on the market today. Those who are looking for aesthetic restorative dentistry often choose to go with this style of restoration. If you, like most patients, are curious about […]

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Do You Need A Smile Makeover?

Having dental work done can be one of the most costly cosmetic treatments you ever have performed in terms of finances. Not having it done may be the most expensive thing you’ve ever done socially, however. Your smile has a greater effect on your life than you might suspect, impacting interpersonal relationships, career trajectories, and […]

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5 Things to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning & Consultation

When it comes to dental visits, some people may be quite anxious. For a lot of people, this is simply because they do not know what to expect. However, most dental appointments are relatively quick and easy for the patient.    Still, having an idea of what to expect can help manage the fear of […]

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What is a Denture?

Dentures are prosthetic devices intended to replace any missing teeth. These dentures can exist as a full set, a half-set, or as a customizable set to suit your needs. Dentures are specially designed to fit your mouth so that way you can continue eating, speaking, and feeling like your normal self again. Typically made of […]

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How to Maintain Your Dental Restoration

Did you know that more than 120 million Americans are missing one tooth and as many as 36 million do not have any of their natural teeth? Edentulism is the term to describe the condition of being toothless. Edentulism can be either partial or complete, depending on how many teeth are missing.    Luckily, thanks […]

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5 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Have you been looking at your smile in the mirror and wishing that it was something better and brighter than it appears? Do you recall when you were younger and had a beautiful white smile that you were proud to share? When your adult teeth came in were they misaligned, making you self-conscious about showing […]

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Sensitive Teeth: Why and How to Fix Them

It’s a warm summer day and you just can’t wait to dig into that strawberry ice cream cone you just bought. Eagerly you take a bite of the cool, drippy sweetness and BAM! A dull, aching pain appears out of nowhere and instantly robs your satisfaction of your ice cream cone. What’s more, each bite […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

Did you know that The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that as of this year, 53,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed? In fact, the foundation also estimates that the number of cases diagnosed each year will continue to grow because of the disease’s risk factors and the fact that there is no national […]

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Foods That Brighten Tooth Enamel

While it’s true that one of the best ways to maintain beautiful white teeth is a regular routine of mouthwash, flossing, and brushing, there are extra (and delicious) steps you can take to help keep your teeth free from stains. While these remedies aren’t going to help you if the staining on your teeth becomes […]

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Alzheimers and Oral Health: Is There A Connection?

Poor oral health has been being shown to have far further reaching implications than just a few cavities and missing teeth, with connections with heart disease being suspected for many years. As research continues to discover just how much of an affect your dental health has on the rest of your body, research has suggested […]

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What Periodontists Do For Patients?

A periodontist is a dentist who has gone beyond general dentistry to specialist in a certain type of medical care. They specialize in the care and treatment of the structures in your mouth that support your teeth and surround them. Gums, tongue, cheeks, everything in your mouth that isn’t your teeth is the area of […]

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Getting Ready For Your Next Dental Visit

When you’re preparing to visit your dentist it can be frustrating if you don’t know exactly what you need to ensure you everything goes smoothly. A trip to the dentist usually doesn’t require much more than for you to show up, but just in case we suggest using the following tips to prepare so that […]

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How To Know If You Have Gum Disease

Gum disease is the much-touted specter of the dental health care industry, talked about on every ad and pamphlet you can find for dental hygiene products. While we’ve all heard of it and are sold products to prevent it, how many of us actually know what gum disease actually is? There are serious consequences for […]

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How to Pick The Right Style Of Sedation Dentistry

Certain types of dental work require some level of sedation, and selecting the right one can be challenging if you’ve never experienced it before. Whether it’s a simple root canal or something more invasive like receiving dental implants, choosing the right sedation is an important part of planning your procedure. There are several types of […]

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How To Win The Battle With Bruxism

Do you wake up in the morning with your jaw hurting? Does your sleeping partner complain of the squeaking sound of your grinding your teeth in your sleep? Do you occasionally wake up and discover that you have chipped your teeth or that the surfaces of your teeth are becoming increasingly smoothed/flattened? You may be […]

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Is Clinical Dry Mouth Impacting Your Dental Health?

Do you feel like your mouth is always dry, and it seems to say that way no matter how much water your drink? You may be experiencing xerostomia, a condition that derives from your mouth being dry from an insufficient amount of saliva being produced by your glands. Most often the result of medications or […]

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What Are Cavities And How Do They Form?

Tooth decay is the boogeyman that lives in everyone’s mouths, and that causes us to fret and worry whenever we have the slightest lapse in our oral health routine. Within this specter of dental hygiene lives cavities, gingivitis, and other forms of tooth decay and gum disease that our dentists and parents have warned us […]

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What Are The Symptoms Of Gingivitis?

There’s a specter that lives in our bathrooms, our dental offices, our brushing kit, and its name is gingivitis. When we go to our twice-yearly visits it’s inevitable that the term is going to come up as we get checked for evidence of it forming on our gums, when we hear advertisements about toothpaste, brushes, […]

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Dental Health Connection with Diabetes

When you’re experiencing problems with oral health, your primary concern is probably the pain your experiencing and potential cosmetic problems that tend to come with it.  What you may not be thinking about is how poor oral health can result in complications on a wider scale. Diabetes has been shown to be both a potential […]

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What is a Porcelain Crown?

A dental crown is essentially a prosthetic cap cemented over a damaged tooth to restore appearance and functionality. One type of dental crown are porcelain crowns, which are considered to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing types of dental crowns due to their translucent color. Because of this translucent color, porcelain crowns are most […]

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How Can I Get My Toddler to Brush Their Teeth?

Convincing your toddler to brush their teeth in order to maintain their dental health is no easy feat. Oftentimes, explaining the importance of good dental habits goes in one ear and out the other. However, there are things that you can try to entice your toddler and get them more excited about brushing their teeth. […]

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