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Cheek and Jaw Implants

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Dental Implants

Cheek and jaw implants are done to enhance or save certain areas of your face for either cosmetic or dental reasons, but are usually done because of an injury or other facial damages which needconstruction work. For example, you may need a cheek implant if you had an injury which completely shattered your cheekbones to the point of no return, or a jaw implant because you need to have a dental implant placed.

Before you decide whether or not you need cheek or jaw implants, you must speak with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate. Keep in mind that these implants will not make you look like a different person, but are for the purpose of enhancing or restoring these specific facial features.

The Surgeries

For the lower jaw implant surgery, the implant will be placed ...

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How S’mores Affect Teeth

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camp-fireIt is summertime, which means it is time for camping and campfires — and what would a campfire be without s’mores?

S’mores are that delectable, must-have, summer fun treat that have been around for decades. The Girl Scouts started making them in the 1920s. The name “s’mores” came about because, after tasting just one bite, campers started begging for “s’more”.

Campers make s’mores by sandwiching a campfire-roasted marshmallow and chocolate in between graham crackers. A delicious snack as you tell ghost stories around the fire, but what would your dentist say? Read on for the low-down of how s’mores can affect teeth, compliments of Dr. Pat Crawford!

Marshmallows

A large marshmallow typically used in s’mores has about 4 grams of sugar — that’s a lot for one treat.

Even worse is that, for s’mores, you ...

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How Can Dentists Promote Healthy Living in the Community?

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Dentists are able to provide not only a change to oral health of a community, but also positively impact the general health of the community. Through environmentally friendly practices done within the dental office to lifestyle recommendations to patients that help their teeth and their community, dentists are able to promote general healthy living.

Using digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are thought to be a safer and healthier alternative to traditional dental X-rays. Digital X-rays use about 90 percent less radiation when scanning the mouth, which reduces the risks associated with radiation and radiation poisoning. Additionally, traditionally X-rays require that the photograph of the inside of the patient’s mouth by printed out and then cured using a blend of chemicals. Digital X-rays use no chemicals, as the images of the teeth and jaw are developed digitally on a computer.

Utilizing fewer chemicals

Opting to ...

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What Are the Advantages to Porcelain Crowns?

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Crowns are quite popular in modern dentistry, and they are used to restore damaged teeth. The great thing about crowns is that you don’t need to get your tooth extracted to have the crown installed, so you still keep part of your natural tooth. If you are planning on getting a crown restoration, porcelain is the best choice of material that you should use.

Porcelain and Other Crown Types

Porcelain is just one of the materials available for creating crowns. Other materials that can be used include composite resin, gold, silver and porcelain infused with metal. The material used for the crown varies mainly for the purpose that it will be used. Most dentists recommend porcelain but if the patient has teeth grinding problems, the best material to use would be gold crowns.

What Makes Porcelain Crowns a Better Choice?

Porcelain is the number one material of choice because of the following:

  1. Appearance. Porcelain ...

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Do Colds Affect Teeth?

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Cold weather teeth

Dental professionals often state a correlation between the number of visits they receive and the time of the year. When it is increasingly cold and the weather is changing, people have a tendency to get sick and have colds. Those who have a cold may notice that they’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or pain and visit their dentist in distress that it may be a serious problem. Tooth discomfort caused by sickness and colds is usually temporary but can be startling if unfamiliar with what it is and how it is caused.

Tooth Pain

The most common side effect of a cold on teeth is pain in the upper teeth and gums. When one is sick, their sinuses tend to become inflamed and expand. The sinuses are located above the teeth on either side of the nose, and when they ...

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