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Can Invisalign Fix TMJ Disorder?

March 13, 2022

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Smiling woman, fixing TMJ with Invisalign in Auburn

Have you been struggling with jaw pain, sore facial muscles, and/or frequent headaches? It is possible that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not as healthy as it should be. This complex part of the body, which connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull, can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms when it is not functioning properly. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of treatments for TMJ disorder. In some cases, fixing TMJ with Invisalign in Auburn is even a possibility.


My Toothache Disappeared — What Does That Mean?

February 13, 2022

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Infected tooth, may cause major toothache in Auburn

A toothache in Auburn can be one of the most annoying and distracting problems you could experience. Not only can it make it difficult for you to eat, but it can also distract you from work, make you irritable, and prevent you from sleeping. Therefore, if a monstrous toothache suddenly disappears, your first inclination might be to celebrate. However, you could be on the fast track to a future dental emergency! This blog post discusses why a disappearing toothache usually signals a big problem.


I Have Veneers — Can I Still Get Cavities?

October 29, 2021

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Portrait of man against green background, wondering about maintaining veneers

Veneers have many aesthetic benefits for teeth. In fact, they are one of the most powerful ways to disguise the appearance of chips, cracks, discoloration, and more. But you might wonder, “How will they affect my oral health? Can the teeth with veneers still get cavities?” This blog post discusses how your cosmetic treatment may affect your oral health and provides tips on maintaining your veneers and your teeth.


Why Do I Need Temporary Veneers?

October 17, 2021

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Confident young woman smiling after having temporary veneers

Veneers are one of the most powerful ways to transform your smile. If you decide to invest in them, it is understandable if you want to achieve your final results as quickly as possible. However, before you reach that point, you will need to wear temporary veneers for a while. They are an important part of your cosmetic journey! This blog post discusses some of the purposes they serve and what you can expect while you are wearing them.


True or False: Tooth Pain Is a Dental Emergency

September 27, 2021

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Illustration of a cavity that could cause tooth pain

Tooth pain is a common symptom. Many people dismiss it as a mere annoyance until it becomes so severe that it is impossible to ignore. But is a toothache actually a dental emergency that requires immediate attention? In many cases, yes. This blog post discusses why you should seek treatment as soon as possible for tooth pain and shares some tips for minimizing damage to your oral health.


Use These 5 Tips to Maximize Your 2020 Dental Benefits

October 5, 2020

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Man at appointment to maximize dental insurance benefits

Do you have dental insurance? Many people with a dental policy view it as a backup plan to help them out financially if they ever face an oral health emergency. However, that perspective robs you of the opportunity to get the greatest possible value out of your coverage. How can you maximize your dental insurance benefits? A dentist in Auburn is here to share five useful and simple tips.


PPO vs HMO Dental Insurance — Which Is Better?

September 22, 2020

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PPO vs HMO question — types of dental insurance

Are you shopping for next year’s dental insurance? Perhaps you are dissatisfied with your current plan, or maybe this will be the first time that you have had dental insurance in a few years. One of the biggest decisions you must make is whether you want a PPO or HMO plan. In this article, we will define what these two types of dental insurance and help you assess which one might be a better fit for your circumstances.


3 Common Oral Health Problems and How to Reduce Your Risk

September 7, 2020

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Man carefully flossing teeth to prevent oral health problems

Your oral health can have a profound impact on both your overall health and your quality of life. It can even affect your confidence in everyday situations. Therefore, taking care of your teeth and gums should be a high priority. How can you do that? In this blog post, we will discuss three of the most common oral health problems and how you can reduce your risk of developing them.


Avoid These Foods After Dental Implant Surgery

August 14, 2020

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woman saying no thanks to treats after dental implant surgery

Dental implants can restore your ability to eat virtually any food, from raw fruits and veggies to juicy steaks and everything in between.  Before that wonderful time, however, you will need to go through a complex treatment process. Part of that process is a dental implant surgery in Auburn, wherein your prosthetic tooth roots will be placed in your jaw. Following your surgery, it is important that you avoid the following types of foods. Doing so will contribute to a comfortable and complication-free recovery.


3 Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

August 4, 2020

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X-ray of impacted teeth, causing wisdom tooth pain

The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars at the very back of the mouth. For some individuals, these teeth cause no problems and serve as a healthy, functional part of a person’s oral anatomy. For other people, however, they can lead to serious complications if they are not extracted. This often occurs when the wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted (stuck beneath the gumline). Do you need to get your wisdom teeth taken out? In this blog post, we will discuss three signs that you should visit a dentist to discuss the possibility.

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