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Digital Technology Can Improve Complex Dental Procedures

3-D printing is an exciting and quickly evolving tool. There are numerous innovative applications for 3-D digital technology in dentistry. As your family dentist, we understand the importance of implementing new technologies as they arise.  Currently, most dental health professionals utilize both digital and traditional treatment methods, depending on the individual circumstances of each patient….

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How 3D Printing Technology is Applied in Dentistry

3D printing is an emerging technology that has ground-breaking applications in the field of dentistry. There are 3D printers and materials manufactured specifically for dentists. 3D printers produce highly accurate orthodontic models, restorations, dentures, aligners, retainers, crowns, bridges, as well as surgical guides. The source material used in the printing process varies, depending on which…

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How Does COVID-19 Affect Oral Health?

COVID-19 negatively impacts the oral health of many patients — even those patients who have not contracted the disease. A consequence of this unprecedented pandemic is that dentists are seeing a significant spike in cavities, cracked teeth, and gum disease. Dentists in some areas have reported a 120% increase in patients with these issues, compared…

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How Contracting the Coronavirus Affects the Mouth

The mouth provides an ideal environment to harbor the virus. The coronavirus latches onto a part of the cells called the ACE2 receptors. ACE2 receptors are especially prevalent in the lungs, which is why COVID-19 inflicts so much respiratory damage. The mouth also has a great many ACE2 receptors, which therefore provides an environment that…

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Letter to Our Patients

What We Are Doing to Keep You and Our Team Safe.   We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back! Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the CDC guidelines, however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure…

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Same Day Crowns

The technology now exists to offer patients single-visit dental restorations. It’s no longer necessary to wait months for restorations and undergo multiple appointments. Same day crowns were unheard of just a few years ago. However, this cutting edge technology is changing the way crowns are installed, and how metal crowns can quickly be replaced. To…

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full-mouth reconstruction or a “full mouth rehabilitation” refers to a complex, comprehensive restoration procedure that involves replacing all of the teeth — both upper and lower — and may even require reconstruction of the structure of the mouth such as gums and jawbone, in addition to creating new teeth. The ultimate result of a full…

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The link between oral health & overall health

Good Oral Health = Good Overall Health   Oral health is essential to overall health. Your dental care provider may focus primarily on teeth and gums, but the truth is, your family dentist does not treat oral health in isolation from other health issues. In fact, dental health professionals play a key role in your…

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Differences between All-on-4 dental implants and traditional implants

Your family dentist offers a number of options for replacing lost and damaged teeth. There are some advantages of the All-on-4 dental implants over traditional dental implants. For example: • All-on-4 dental implants use only four implants per arch, (meaning 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom) while traditional implants may require six…

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Temporary Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. Temporary crowns can be made in your family dentist’s office, whereas most permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory.   Temporary crowns are utilized in several situations: Typically, temporary crowns are made of an acrylic-based material or stainless…

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