Do You Really Need an Emergency Dentist?

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Dental emergencies can happen anytime, day or night. And not everything is a result of sudden trauma — even something so innocuous as nighttime teeth grinding can sometimes lead to an after-hours dental crisis, if years of grinding have finally resulted in a chipped or fractured tooth. Unfortunately, 24 hour dentists can be few and far between.

Your first inclination may be to drive (or be driven) to the emergency room of your local hospital. But try to remain calm and decide if that’s really the best course of action. Emergency rooms are rarely staffed with dentists. The main function of any ER is to perform life-saving procedures. A chipped tooth — even a missing tooth — is very rarely life-threatening. Unless the broken tooth is blocking your airway or won’t stop bleeding, it may be best to wai Continue reading

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The Most Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

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Most people think that the cosmetic dental implant is a new procedure that’s only been around for the past couple decades, or so. Even though the tools and methods were considerably cruder than today’s dental implants procedures, humans have been trying to replace missing teeth for centuries.

Long before the myth of George Washington’s wooden teeth began making the rounds, between 600 and 900 A.D. the ancient Mayans were one of the first known cultures to attempt cosmetic dental surgery in an effort to replace teeth. Before going into the details of the procedure, be forewarned that it might make your cringe. In fact, folks with weak stomachs might Continue reading

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