Your dentist has told you that you need a tooth restored either because of a cavity or trauma. You also don’t know what the difference between inlay and onlay is. There are five different types of restorative procedures. They are: Filling: The most basic dental restoration Inlay: Typically used when the cavity is too large…

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What is a Root Canal and Crown Procedure

When a tooth has decay that has reached the pulp chamber, the tooth can no longer be restored with a simple filling. Decay is a progressive bacterial infection that is not self-correcting. The only way to stop decay is to remove the infected part of the tooth. If the decay has only invaded the enamel…

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What are Mouth Guards For

The common denominator of winning athletes is an “ALL IN” attitude. Whether they are training, practicing or competing for the big win; the mindset is “ALL IN”! That kind of attitude takes of razor-sharp focus. The key is eliminating distractions. Providing the best protective gear for the sport, such as mouth guards, is top of…

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when you need a filling

Fillings restore the tooth, prevent further damage, and allow the tooth to function as normal. This is done by removing decay and repairing the affected tooth. Some situations when you need a filling are dental decay, tooth sensitivity, fractured teeth, tooth crazing, and tooth wear.  When You Need a Filling If you have dark spots on…

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Are dental cleanings necessary? The short answer is, yes! The more important question is how often you need to have dental cleanings. How often you should go to the dentist depends on your teeth, gums, health conditions, medications, and your dental homecare. Are Dental Cleanings Necessary? When it comes to frequency, there is no one…

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Higher self-confidence and self-esteem are benefits of a great smile. Patients who have had cosmetic dentistry done by Dr. Schmelter have reported greater success in their work, family life, and social life. These are just a few of the immediate results of transforming discolored, chipped, worn, or teeth with gaps between them with the different…

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When deciding to replace natural teeth, there are some important differences between traditional dentures and implant supported dentures. So, what are implant supported dentures? Having all the facts about both options can help you decide on which option fits best with your individual situation regarding lifestyle and budget.  What Are Implant Supported Dentures? Unlike traditional…

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When considering tooth replacement there are several important factors to understand.  To make the best decision for your individual needs requires asking the following questions for each option: How long will the replacement last? How will the replacement affect your other teeth? What is the cost of the replacement? Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge The…

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Wondering what the reasons for dental bone grafting are? Bone resorption or bone loss of the jawbone can be rebuilt with a surgical procedure known as bone grafting. Bone resorption will affect your oral health and change your facial appearance.  Bone grafts are used in these situations: To build up the jawbone so it can…

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Wondering what are the different types of dental implants? Teeth restored with dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, same as you would to care for a natural tooth. What are the Different Types of Dental Implants The dental implant,…

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