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Here’s How to Relax at the Dentist

Recent studies estimate that between nine percent and fifteen percent of Americans avoid the dentist out of fear. That’s about 30-40 million people who are not getting the dental care that they need. Telling someone to get over it and just get to the dentist because it’s good for them doesn’t work. A fear of […]

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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are a more streamlined way of taking dental radiographs. Like traditional x-rays, digital versions provide an in-depth view of the structures of the mouth, helping dentists detect complications and develop effective modes of treatment. Digital x-rays are capable of revealing hidden caries, bone erosion, and even tooth decay hiding beneath restorations. Requiring less […]

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root canal treatment

Root Canals

Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove […]

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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

In many cases, the chewing surface of teeth can have tiny groves, also known as fissures. Tooth decay easily starts from these fissures when food gets stuck and becomes difficult to clean. These areas are too hard for the bristles of toothbrushes to get in to clean effectively. In the long run, your teeth become […]

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Inlay and onlay

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than caps and crowns. They are typically formed in a dental lab and are made of gold, porcelain or resin depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. An inlay refers to a restoration that is formed to fit […]

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Dentures

Dentures

Dentures simply restore and replace your missing teeth after you have encountered damage to your teeth. This can be due to decay or an injury suffered. They give a first-hand natural looking solution which clearly enhances your appearance as well as improving your health. Need a dentures? Contact us today to have yourself sorted out […]

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Self-conscious about a few missing teeth or having to wear dentures? Simply regain your smile and self-confidence with dental implants.  They are ideal for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth. They are also a great substitute for dentures. Dental implants are the most natural looking restoration option that a Tigard dentist can recommend. Dental implants […]

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Bite Guard

Bite Guards

There is a number of people who either clench or grind their teeth when they sleep. Surprising enough, most of these people are not aware of these destructive habit when it happens. However, a Tigard dentist is able to see evidence of this wear and tear pattern that is caused by the grinding of teeth. […]

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Removable Dentures

Removable Dentures

The loss of a tooth or all causes a significant impact on someone. If this scenario is left untreated, it generally affects a person’s self-image as well as his spirit. In addition, it increases the risk of nutritional issues as well as other systematic health disorders. However, there is a way in which all this […]

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Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures

In case you don’t have teeth, you probably have a hard time smiling, eating and so much more. A huge gap in your smile is not really what you want and this can be demoralizing to your self-esteem. This makes you avoid social meetings and reduces the chances of you enjoying life. In addition, missing […]

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Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

At times, crowns and bridge may turn out to be the best dental solutions to solve your ongoing crisis. They are both prosthetic devices that go a long way in assisting with various important functions such as speech, eating, and the general facial look. Crowns and bridges are expertly cemented onto the existing teeth or […]

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PFM Crowns

PFM Restorations

Porcelain fused to metal also known as PFM, is a standard dentistry restoration procedure that entails bringing back your beautiful smile. The procedure has been around for almost 3 decades. PFM’s can be simply be explained as a hybrid between all-metal and all-ceramic dental crowns. This is because they are made out of both materials. […]

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Dentistry Post-Op Questions

Dentistry Post-Op Questions

If you are undergoing a dental procedure or operation, you will be given a set of post-operative instructions to abide by in the hours, days, and weeks after your treatment. Following these instructions is essential to preventing infections in surgical sites, protecting restorations, and minimizing the possibility of experiencing complications. Post-operative instructions vary from procedure […]

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Provisional Restorations

Provisional Restorations

Provisional restorations are often used during complex restorative dental procedures to serve as temporary prosthetic replacements while patients wait for a permanent restoration. Provisional restorations offer patients to try-out the look and feel of the final prosthetic and make any necessary changes before the final fabrication and fitting. Unlike temporary prosthetics of the past, modern […]

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Fluoride and Decay Prevention

Fluoride and Decay Prevention

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that has been shown to help strengthen teeth in children and also prevent decay in people of all ages. Topical fluoride, in particular is helpful for promoting oral health. The American Dental Association has publicly endorsed the use of fluoride for the prevention of dental caries, as has the […]

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Dental X-Rays

For years, dental x-rays have been used to diagnose oral health complications and detect decaying or damaged teeth. X-rays provide a unique view of the mouth that isn’t possible with a visual exam alone. When x-rays are taken, the teeth and bones absorb the majority of the ray, making them highly visible on film or […]

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How to Floss Your Teeth

How to Floss Your Teeth

Flossing is an important part of an oral hygiene routine, but research suggests that fewer than half of Americans do so daily. Flossing is simple and only takes an extra couple of minutes per day. Developing a healthy habit of flossing can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it may allow you to keep […]

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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be […]

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Electric Brush vs. Manual Brushes

Electric Brush vs. Manual Brushes

Preventative dentistry is about more than just visiting your dentist twice yearly for an exam and thorough cleaning. In fact, the majority of your preventative care is done at-home as a part of your normal hygienic routine. Many residents use manual toothbrushes to remove debris and plaque from their teeth. However, electric brushes have become […]

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Sports Mouth Guard

Sports Mouth Guard

Dental mouth guards have long been used to protect the teeth, gums and supporting tissues from damage, injury and trauma. There are two types of sports mouth guards – over the counter and custom. While OTC guards are helpful for occasional use, many dental patients require the benefit of a customized dental mouth guard fitted […]

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Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings

This is a dental procedure that is aimed at making your teeth or tooth to appear more natural and to be unassuming. They merge greatly with the teeth. In addition, they look more ordinary than amalgam fillings which are shadier and easily noticeable by other people. The composite fillings come from ceramic as well as […]

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Dental Cleaning & Consultation

Dental Cleaning & Consultation

Preventative care is a foundation of dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly – usually about twice yearly – for full cleanings, examinations, and consultations for potential treatment. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing. Often, dentists are also capable of identifying potential […]

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How to Brush Your Teeth

How to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is probably a standard part of your daily routine, but chances are you aren’t following the American Dental Association’s guidelines for cleaning your teeth properly. The ADA currently recommends that you brush your teeth at minimum of two times each day – preferably morning and night or anytime you eat foods that […]

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so it makes sense that you would want it to be bright, white and healthy. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, more than 99 percent of all American adults believe that a smile is an important asset for social situations. Perhaps that […]

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Bad Breath

Bad Breath

Having bad breath can be an embarrassing problem – especially if you are regularly face to face with other people. Known professionally as halitosis, bad breath plagues many people every day. Most cases of bad breath can be remedied by efficiently brushing the teeth. However, some types of bad breath are chronic or recurring, which […]

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General Dentistry

General Dentistry

General dentistry encompasses a broad range of diseases and disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region. Everyone should see a general dentist for routine oral health examinations, twice-yearly cleanings, and treatment of routine oral health complications, such as minor tooth decay. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Patients who […]

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Dental Health and Your Diet

Dental Health and Your Diet

Your body works hard to convert the foods you eat into energy. You may not think twice about what you are eating – especially when it comes to grabbing an afternoon snack or sipping on a vanilla latte on your commute. But the food you put in your mouth affects more than just your waistline. […]

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including. Professional teeth whitening […]

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Veneers

Veneers and Laminates

Dental veneers – also known as laminates – are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well […]

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tmj

TMJ Treatment

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking […]

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