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Why Root Canal Therapy Is a Good Thing

September 8, 2021

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illustration showing process of root canal in Plano

According to the American Association of Endodontists, approximately 41,000 root canals are performed each day. As one of the most widely feared dental procedures, root canal therapy often gets a bad rap. This procedure is designed to quickly relieve pain and stop infection in its tracks while preserving your natural smile. So, not only are root canals virtually painless, but they’re actually a good thing! Here’s why root canals aren’t as scary as you think as well as some benefits of root canals for your oral health.

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How Painful is Root Canal Therapy?

August 17, 2021

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Model of root canal treating infected toothEvery tooth is essential to a healthy smile; however, it’s not uncommon for a tooth to become compromised over the years, such as from decay, infection, or trauma. Your dentist can rehabilitate a severely damaged tooth with root canal therapy. Although the treatment is only used as a last resort, the American Association of Endodontics reports over 25 million root canals are performed annually because it has a 97% success rate. If your dentist has recommended the procedure, it’s best to get it right away to save your tooth, but there’s probably one question on your mind – are root canals painful? Despite their bad reputation, the treatment is virtually pain-free thanks to innovations in dentistry.

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Can You Whiten Teeth with Dental Bonding?

July 15, 2021

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Woman smiling after teeth whitening

Discoloration can happen for numerous different reasons, including the use of tobacco products, drinking pigmented beverages, and aging. While it’s natural, staining is still something that we consider unsightly and become self-conscious of. Fortunately, teeth whitening is available to help patients get the beautiful pearly whites that they have always dreamed of. But what if you have had dental bonding in the past? Can you still have your teeth whitened? Here’s what you need to know.

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What Causes Teeth to Shift?

June 22, 2021

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Woman covering her mouth

Your body continues to change over time, and your teeth are not excluded. However, tooth movement can be a sign of trouble and can even lead to great complications if you don’t have the issues addressed. If you notice that your teeth are shifting, this is definitely something to bring up to your dentist. Read on to learn about the causes of this issue as well as possible solutions.

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Celebrities and Invisalign – They Use It Too!

May 7, 2021

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No one is born with a perfect set of teeth—not even celebrities. They are regular people with oral health problems who need cosmetic work on their teeth too.

For most people, having a mouth full of braces can feel more embarrassing than having crooked teeth, especially when you’re an older teen or adult. Invisalign is a great option for people to secretly straighten their teeth without having their treatment stick out like a sore thumb. It’s a popular choice among celebrities because not only is it discreet, but it’s effective too.

Here are five celebrities who have used Invisalign to achieve their ‘million-dollar smiles’.

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Can I Get Invisalign on Just My Top Teeth?

April 30, 2021

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teen girl putting Invisalign on just her top teeth

Is your smile crooked, but only partially? If so, you may have been wondering, “Can I get Invisalign on just my top teeth?” After all, Invisalign clear aligners are much more convenient and comfortable than bracket-and-wire braces. The good news is that it is possible to only wear the aligners on either your top or bottom teeth. This is known as single-arch Invisalign treatment. However, there are certain risks that come with this solution. Read on as a Plano dentist explains what you need to know about getting Invisalign on just your top or bottom teeth.

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Smile-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 4, 2021

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Valentine’s Day gift envelope

Growing up, you probably enjoyed your fair share of candy conversation hearts and other sweet treats on Valentine’s Day. While a box of chocolates or assorted sweets can be delicious, their high sugar contents can also wreak havoc on your teeth. How would you like to be able to give your loved one something unique and different this Valentine’s Day that won’t pose a risk to their oral health, but still communicate how much you care for them? Keep reading to learn some smile-friendly gifts that your Plano dentist suggests you give your Valentine this year so that you can keep both their heart and their teeth happy.

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5 Benefits of Getting a Smile Makeover

October 23, 2020

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Woman after smile makeover in Plano

Everyone loves to laugh and smile, and doing so even has some helpful health benefits. But do you know what would make you show off your teeth even more? The results of a smile makeover in Plano! Every patient is unique, and each person has their own dream smile in mind. It is your dentist’s job to help you reach your goals. Continue reading to learn about the many benefits of getting a smile makeover.

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2 Popular Drinks Can Fight Cavities

September 24, 2020

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Cup of green tea to fight cavities in Plano. Teeth are meant to last for a lifetime. The biggest threat to their longevity is tooth decay. Although you can avoid cavities, 92% of adults have had at least one in a permanent tooth. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to combat cavities in Plano. Besides maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup, recent studies have found coffee and green tea can also help fight dental caries. Here’s how your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon tea can neutralize harmful bacteria in your mouth.

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5 Concerns of At-Risk Patients, Answered

July 7, 2020

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At-risk patient with mask listens to recommendations from Plano dentist

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are shortness of breath, dry cough, and fever. While anyone can get sick, some people can develop severe, life-threatening complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several factors that can put you at a higher risk of getting seriously ill from the novel coronavirus, including older age, weakened immune system, and underlying health conditions. Your Plano dentist answers five common questions from at-risk patients about staying healthy during everyday life in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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