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Get your crown done in just one visit!

Get your crown done in just one visit!

Crowns are an integral part of many dental restoration treatments including implants, root canals, or simply covering and strengthening a tooth that’s damaged by trauma or decay, but getting a crown done has traditionally been very inconvenient! Before now, placing a...

How Can I Get Whiter Teeth?

  Feel like your smile is looking a little yellow or missing some sparkle? You aren’t alone! When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile the most common response was whiter teeth. Whiter teeth...

What are Dental Sealants?

Although thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, sometimes toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves of other teeth to extract food and plaque. Dental sealants are a...

Why Do I Have To Wear A Mouthguard?

Why Do I Have To Wear A Mouthguard?

Approximately 15 million children participate in organized sports in the United States, and each season there is a 10% chance that they will receive an injury to the mouth or teeth. For any athlete playing a sport, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear...

10 Ways to Fight Bad Breath

More than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, or bad breath. In most cases it originates from the gums and tongue. Bad breath can be very embarrassing, but it is a common condition and there are numerous ways to fight it. Following these tips can help you...

Can my baby get cavities?

Even though they are temporary, your child’s baby teeth are important to helping him or her develop a healthy smile both now and in the future. Children need strong and healthy teeth to chew their food, speak, and help their permanent teeth come in correctly. So it’s...

I Have a Dental Emergency!

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. For any dental emergencies, it’s important to visit the dentist as soon as possible. If the emergency happens when our office is closed, call anyway! We...

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is when your gums are inflamed, sore, puffy, or mildly irritated. It signifies a risk for gum disease and should be taken seriously, but is generally easy to treat when diagnosed early and managed correctly. Every day a thin film of bacteria, called plaque,...

Will soda and sports drinks ruin my teeth?

Your teeth are encased in enamel which protects them from the acidity in everyday food and drinks. However, when your teeth are frequently attacked by drinks with a lot of acid (like soda) the enamel can wear down and that can lead to dental erosion. So if you are...

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Crowns are an integral part of many dental restoration treatments including implants, root canals, or simply covering and strengthening a tooth that’s damaged by trauma or decay, but getting a crown done has traditionally been very inconvenient! Before now, placing a crown took at least three steps: 1) You needed an appointment to prepare the […]

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