5 Things to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants

5 Things to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants

Currently, dental implants are one of the most popular restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. Capable of replacing a single or multiple missing teeth, dental implants can support a variety of dental prostheses and offer patients options when it comes to smile makeovers. They are also the longest-lasting restoration method and are extremely durable. However, there […]

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Why Do I Need A Whitening?

If you’ve ever considered your teeth whitening or had someone suggest it to you, you may be wondering what would make it necessary. You brush your teeth regularly, floss habitually, and always use mouthwash, why would your teeth need whitening? With all these practices your teeth can still become stained for numerous reasons, and in […]

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3 Common reasons for a tooth extraction

3 Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are dental procedures that remove teeth from the mouth that are severely decayed or damaged. Although this may sound like a nightmare to many, dental anesthetics and sedation are often used so that the patient will not feel or remember anything. In most cases, the patient will feel better than they did before […]

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The Top 5 Cosmetic Dental Treatments

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, you may be wondering what treatments are available. While there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments available, some tend to be more popular than others. Usually this is because they can fix a range of cosmetic concerns and have good treatment outcomes for most people. Currently, here are […]

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3 Ways Your General Dentist Protects Your Teeth

3 Ways Your General Dentist Protects Your Teeth

General dentistry is the practice of preventing, identifying, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect the teeth, gums, and jaw. To practice general dentistry, dentist must complete dental school and pass state licensing exams. This education enables them to have a broad knowledge about the oral and maxillofacial region.  Much of general dentistry is devoted to […]

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5 Steps to Find the Best Dentist

5 Steps to Find the Best Dentist

There are many reasons to look for a new dentist. Maybe you or your old dentist has recently moved. Perhaps they have retired. Or maybe you’re just not too thrilled with them and want to try someone else. Whatever the reason, the important thing is that you have now found yourself in search of a […]

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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease refers to infections in the structures around your teeth, such as the gums, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone. The earliest stage of this disease is gingivitis, an infection of the gums, which is known to be treatable through consistent brushing and flossing. However, if let untreated, periodontal disease can form, affecting all of […]

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10 Facts About Dental Implants Part II

Last week, we started with the first five facts about dental implants. Here is part II of “10 Facts About Dental Implants”: Can Support a Variety of Dental Prosthesis One great thing about dental implants is that they can support a variety of dental prosthesis depending on the patient’s needs. Dental implants can easily support […]

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10 Facts About Dental Implants Part I

Did you know that a single implant-supported dental crown is the most commonly restorative procedure performed? In fact, according to the American College of Prosthodontics, around 2.3 million implant-supported crowns are fabricated every year. With such a large number of Americans optioning for implant-supported crowns, it makes one wonder what the appeal is.  Recently, there […]

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2 Types of Dental X Rays

2 Types of Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays are important diagnostic tools general dentists use to evaluate your underlying bone structure, plan for dental implants or extractions, and detect cavities. Part of your semi-annual dental checkup will most likely consist of having dental x-rays performed. Dental x-rays don’t hurt, only take a few minutes to complete, and use extremely low amounts […]

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Teeth Sensitivity To Whitening

Thanks to the efforts of Hollywood there’s nothing Americans love better than a beautiful white smile. Being able to fearlessly whip out your pearly whites and give someone a winning smile can give you an incredible sense of confidence. This obsession with the whitest of smiles has led to an entire industry of whitening products […]

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The Preventative Dental Services

The Top 5 Preventative Dental Services

Did you know that the field of general dentistry is largely concerned with preventative care? Preventative dental care is any activity that aims to maintain good oral health by preventing cavities, gum disease, or enamel wear. Preventative care minimizes your risk of developing serious dental issues that may require restorative care such as fillings or […]

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Understanding Cavities and How They Affect Your Oral Health

As of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 31.6% of American adults from the ages of 20-44 and 18.6% of American children ages 5-19 had untreated dental cavities. Out of the various dental issues that can occur, dental cavities are one of the most common dental ailments.  In fact, most people […]

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Types of Implants

Having a damaged or missing tooth can be annoying and potentially detrimental to your health. However, dental implants have been helping people regain their smiles for decades through the most advanced technology. Here’s an overview of what dental implants are, what types of implants exist, and how to prepare for a procedure. What are Dental […]

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What is a Crown? Why is a Crown Needed?

When you speak to your dentist about possible treatments for decay and damage to your teeth, you’re likely to hear the term ‘crown’ a lot. Like a crown that sits on the head, a dental crown is placed over your tooth to protect it, often after the decayed tooth has been reshaped to accept it. […]

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Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Once you’ve made it through your teen years you might believe you’ve had all the teeth come in you’re ever going to get. For over half of all people this isn’t actually the case as wisdom teeth can come as late as your early adult years. Understanding when and how your wisdom teeth can come […]

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Detailed Picture on how Gum Disease And Heart Disease are related with each other

How Gum Disease And Heart Disease Are Related

It’s important to remember that the body isn’t compartmentalized into isolated systems, but that your health is the result of multiple parts of your body working in tandem. Continuing research has been revealing just how much your oral health is part of this connection, with recent data showing that an increased risk of heart disease […]

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Am I Candidate For Dentures?

Life without a complete set of teeth can be a real challenge, especially if you like foods that require a decent amount of chewing to enjoy. Dentures are a great way to restore your ability to enjoy delicious foods without having to mush them up or use alternative preparations, and they help to preserve your […]

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When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

As we enter our 20th year we need to begin being concerned about the presence of wisdom teeth for the first time. Over half of all dental patients experience complications that involve impaction due to wisdom teeth, and have to undergo surgery to have them removed. In some patients who get wisdom teeth there are […]

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When Should My Child See A Dentist?

We don’t often consider our newborns dental health when they first come home, a fact that is unsurprising given that they don’t have any teeth yet! It won’t be long before they get their first tooth, and most parents don’t know that getting them into the dentist as soon as possible is vital to their […]

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Why Professional Dental Cleaning Is Essential To Your Health

A steady routine of traditional oral health care practices including flossing, regular use of mouthwash, and the all-important brushing can go a long way to helping you retain your teeth throughout your whole life. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only key to good oral health, these excellent practices must be combined with regular visits to your […]

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Understanding Gum Disease

It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “gum diseases like gingivitis” in ads for toothpaste and floss on TV, but have you ever heard them discuss the various types of gum disease? For most patients, gingivitis is the only term they’re aware of, and in many cases, they’re unaware of any other forms existing. The […]

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Clearing Up The Mystery of Dental Implants!

Dental Implants have been touted as a sort of promised land for those who are looking for a way to replace their missing teeth. While they’re currently big news, they’re hardly a new concept, given that Ancient Egyptian mummies have been found with implants made of gold-wire in their jawbones. While Americans under 50 have […]

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How To Prepare For The Dental Implant Procedure

You’ve been hearing about dental implants, and the idea of having a beautiful set of teeth that will return your favorite foods and a confident smile to you is tempting you to take the plunge. It’s understandable that there would be some trepidation, it’s a big step and most people don’t clearly understand what goes […]

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Dental anxiety is a common concern among patients, and for those who suffer from it, the idea of being unconscious during the procedure sounds like heaven. Sedation dentistry is used in those situations where the surgery doesn’t qualify for the use of local anesthesia due to its severity, or where the patient has elected to […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing at Your Checkup

Approximately every six months you should visit Southwest Family Dentistry for your regular dental check-up. While these check-ups may seem simple, Dr. Batlle and his team are doing a number of things that you may or may not realize. All these things being done during your dental check up are what makes these semi-annual check […]

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What is a Root Canal?

Two words are capable of striking fear in any dental patient—root canal.  The anticipated pain of the procedure and being misinformed about the subject is often the source of dread for many patients.  However, excruciatingly painful dental procedures are now a thing of the past. With numerous advancements made in the dental industry and anesthetics […]

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What You Don’t Know About Dental Insurance

Dental insurance can be tricky. There are many things about dental insurance that individuals may not know and this can cause major confusion and financial struggle. Understanding how dental insurance operates is essential in deciding whether or not acquiring dental insurance is the right decision for you. Listed below are some common things that you […]

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Dental Financing Options

It is no secret that dental work can be costly. Depending on the type of procedure you may desire, these costs can range from just over affordable to quite expensive. Sometimes you may be able to put treatment on hold in order to save the desired amount of money. Most times, however, you will need […]

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3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Dental Routine

When it comes to dental health, most of us know that we are supposed to brush our teeth, floss, and visit Southwest Family Dentistry. Although this is common knowledge, many of us still could do more to improve our daily dental routine. Improving your daily dental routine is important because just changing a few small […]

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