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what is sedation dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry and Is It Right For You?

What is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry offers an alternative for patients who otherwise find dentistry very painful or distressing. With the help of medication, the patient relaxes while the dentist performs the procedure.

Patients seek sedation for a variety of dental procedures ranging from preventative care to oral surgery. Some patients cannot otherwise tolerate essential preventative treatments like an exam or cleaning without medication. For them, sedation allows them to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Other patients need more complicated painful procedures that require some anesthetic. Each situation is different, but a skilled dentist understands the nuances involved.

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mouthguard for tmj

Choosing a Mouth Guard for TMJ Pain Relief  

Do you suffer from jaw pain, headaches, or facial pain? It may be a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and or your jaw muscles. Often a mouth guard provides relief for people suffering from TMJ and muscle discomfort.  

Before we describe specific treatments, it helps if you understand some basic information about TMJ. Keep in mind, this information is for educational purposes. Regular dental care and exams are always the first line of defense against TMJ problems as well as other dental health concerns.

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most common dental emergencies

Most Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Have you suffered from tooth pain or a dental emergency? If so, you want to get help fast. Start by contacting your local dentist for an appointment. Next, use home remedies that are dentist approved for emergency situations. These treatments help to save your teeth if you have a broken or chipped tooth. You can also reduce dental pain and oral irritation before your appointment. Here are five of the most common dental emergencies we see at Southview Dentistry, and home treatments our dentists recommend.

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A Case Study: Same Day Crowns Versus Traditional Crowns

Imagine you are enjoying a nice dinner when you feel your tooth chip. You feel a hard, gritty piece of tooth in your mouth. Maybe you also feel pain. You may dread the inconvenience, expense and month-long wait involved in getting a new crown for your tooth.

You may be debating on same day crowns versus traditional crowns, but relief may be one dental visit away if your dentist offers same-day crowns. Otherwise, you may have to wait a month for a new crown. It is bad enough to suffer discomfort from a broken, chipped or a cracked tooth for even one day!

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best electric toothbrushes

What Are the Best Electric Toothbrushes?

Electric toothbrushes provide many benefits for your dental health, leading to dentists recommending them to their patients. The first benefit is that they beat regular toothbrushes for removing plaque from the teeth. They also provide a more thorough clean for hard-to-reach spots. Plus, they clean the teeth faster while still helping you brush longer. By giving you a better tooth and gum cleaning, electric toothbrushes can help you keep a clean, fresh mouth and reduce your chance of developing gum disease and cavities. Despite the benefits, eventually you have to choose the best electric toothbrush for you. So what are the best electric toothbrushes on the market?

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how stress affects oral health

How to Navigate Stress and Dental Health

Not only can stress wear you down both emotionally and physically, it also has a drastic effect on your health and well-being. Surprisingly enough, this includes your oral health. From teeth grinding to canker sores, stress can be the culprit for a long list of dental issues. Furthermore, your diet during stress also takes its toll on your smile. A poor diet can lead to faster tooth decay and additional oral health problems. Not sure if stress is causing your tooth problems? Preventive dentistry solutions could be the answer! If you’re unsure about a dental issue, we will always recommend getting a checkup. Being preventive and seeking preventative dental care can save thousands of dollars down the road.

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when to take child to dentist

When Should You Start Taking Your Child to the Dentist?

When should you start taking your child to the dentist? While every child and situation may be different, it is best that children as young as one-year-old have their teeth evaluated and to catch any early concerns.

We know that one-year-olds do not have much patience, so we keep these visits relatively short with little treatment. Our goal for these first visit is education, which in turn can save you time and money of having to be referred to a pediatric specialist or pediatric surgeon later on. In most cases when the children are calm, we can patiently treat, explain and work with each child in a fun, interactive way.

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dentist or oral surgeon for tooth extraction

Go with a dentist or oral surgeon for tooth extraction?

No one likes to have a tooth extracted, and the saving grace about that procedure is that it’s usually quick. Sometimes, though, special circumstances require special work, which means your dentist might send you to an oral surgeon. If you’re confused about why you might have to go to to someone other than your dentist to have a tooth removed, read on; depending on how the tooth presents before or during a typical extraction, it may need extra help in getting out of your mouth.

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What is Diastema?

What is diastema?

Diastema refers to a gap or space between the teeth. This gap is caused because of an unequal relationship between the jaw and the size of patients teeth. These spaces can form anywhere in the mouth, but are most common between the upper two front teeth. This condition affects both adults and children. In fact, this condition is more common in children, but gaps may disappear once their permanent teeth grow in. In adults however, diastema will not resolve itself on its own.

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