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How Much Discomfort Can I Expect When Getting a Dental Crown?

January 12, 2024

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Repairing damaged teeth is one of the key services dentists provide, and sometimes an injured or infected tooth needs more than a normal filling to be fixed. Dental crowns serve to restore damaged teeth to their original size, shape, and function after they are compromised by trauma, decay, or dental treatments like root canals, and they are usually placed in two appointments. If you’ve never had one before, you may wonder what getting a dental crown is like. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect when getting a dental crown and how to keep yourself comfortable afterward.


Does Your Child Need Braces? Here’s How to Tell

December 13, 2023

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Nearly 75% of all children will need orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives, meaning that wearing braces is an incredibly common experience. You may first wonder if your child will need braces when their adult teeth start coming in. Thankfully, advances in the field have made orthodontic treatments more comfortable and effective than they ever have been before. Here are a few signs to help you determine whether your child needs braces or not.


How Important Is Early Detection for Children’s Oral Health?

November 10, 2023

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A child’s oral health begins developing long before their first tooth erupts. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first see a dentist by their first birthday or within six months of that first tooth coming in. These infant oral health visits provide a wealth of benefits for a child’s current and future oral health. Here’s why early detection of oral health issues is so important for children’s oral health.


4 Essential Things You Should Know About Nitrous Oxide

October 16, 2023

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As your semi-annual dental checkup approaches, it’s natural to feel some apprehension. However, there’s no need to worry because sedation dentistry can significantly enhance your experience, ensuring your comfort and relaxation during your dental visit. One option available to you is nitrous oxide sedation, commonly known as “laughing gas.” Here are four crucial details to understand how it facilitates patients in receiving necessary dental care in a more serene and pleasant environment.


3 Ways Dental Implants Can Save You Money

September 12, 2023

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A dental implant is a great way to replace your missing tooth because it offers unique advantages that other methods don’t. It includes a rod that is inserted into your jawbone, which eventually fuses around it. Then it’s capped with a tooth-shaped cover customized to look like your other pearly whites. The result is a replacement that looks and feels just like the one you lost with no one the wiser! Not only that, but this also provides the necessary stimulation for your jawbone to stay strong and healthy once your tooth goes missing.

Despite this, many patients opt for other methods, like dentures or dental bridges, which seem like more affordable choices. You might not spend as much in the moment if you decide on one of these alternatives, but in the long run, you may actually end up spending more! Keep reading to learn 3 ways dental implants save money down the road.


Do Wisdom Tooth Stitches Dissolve?

August 24, 2023

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If you’ve never had oral surgery before, you’re likely wondering about what life will look like after your wisdom tooth extraction, like the healing time, what you’ll be able to eat, and whether your stitches will dissolve on their own. Although sometimes, answers for these concerns can depend on your individual dentist’s recommendations and practices, there are some baseline expectations you can set for recovery. Read on to learn more about wisdom tooth stitches and your recovery period.


Can Cheek Biting Harm Your Oral Health?

July 20, 2023

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If you sometimes bite the inside of your cheek, you’re not alone. Many people worldwide indulge in this seemingly harmless tic. However, you’d actually do well to avoid it – cheek biting harms your oral health. In other words, maintaining the habit will damage your mouth. Thankfully, though, it’s possible to resist cheek-biting behavior. Your McKinney dentist can even show you how. To that end, here’s a summary of cheek biting, how it affects oral health, and tips on how to stop it.


Will I Experience Pain After a Root Canal?

May 3, 2023

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a patient visiting their dentist for a root canal

Root canals have an unfair reputation! Despite what you’ve maybe heard through the grapevine or seen on television about the procedure, root canal therapy isn’t scary or incredibly painful at all. In fact, it actually gives your compromised tooth the best possible odds of remaining inside of your mouth, where it belongs. That said, many patients who are set to undergo the procedure still have concerns about pain afterward. Here’s what your dentist wants you to know about this process and some of the possible causes for discomfort following it, as well as when you seek professional assistance.


Procedures You Might Need Before Getting Dental Implants

April 6, 2023

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If you lack some pearly whites, you may be eager for dental implants. That’s only natural – these prosthetic teeth are great at restoring smiles! Still, good implant candidates must meet specific criteria; treatment will fail otherwise. Before getting dental implants, then, you might need some preliminary work. Luckily, your McKinney dentist can tell you all about it. That said, here are three dental services you may need prior to implant treatment.


What You Need to Know About IV Sedation Dentistry

March 3, 2023

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a patient receiving IV sedation dentistry

If you’d rather be anywhere else in the world than seated in your dentist’s chair, you aren’t alone—in fact, it’s estimated that roughly 22% of all people skip their dental appointments simply because they’re afraid of dental work! Thankfully, modern dentistry continues to evolve, and there are now several available options for assisting patients with peacefully undergoing treatment. Here’s more about one of these options, IV sedation, and how it can make your next visit a pleasant experience.

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