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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.


5 Practical Tips for Jaw Surgery Recovery

July 5, 2020

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woman resting at home while recovering from jaw surgery

Orthognathic surgery, also commonly called jaw surgery, is a major procedure that can bring many benefits to patients. However, it does come with a significant recovery period. It is important that you take steps before and after your surgery to support your body’s healing process. Here are five practical tips for jaw surgery recovery that will help you to do just that.


How Your Dental Team Prepares for Your Visits During COVID-19

June 29, 2020

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disinfecting countertop as part of dental safety protocol

Before COVID-19 posed a threat, your dental team had a fairly simple procedure for preparing to treat you. They would thoroughly wash their hands, don appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure that they had sterile instruments available. Now, however, things have changed. Additional measures are necessary to promote the health and safety of both you and your dental team. In this blog post, we will discuss a portion of the dental safety protocol in Auburn that is being used to protect you during your appointments.


Keeping Up with Dental Hygiene Through the Quarantine

March 25, 2020

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woman in white shirt brushing teeth at home

Not long ago, Covid-19 may have seemed like nothing more than a news item affecting other parts of the world. Now, however, it has hit close to home, and people across the United States are experiencing unprecedented changes in their daily lives. One such change is the need to delay non-emergency dental treatment as part of recommended social distancing protocols. If one of your dental appointments has been canceled, it is important that you make efforts to continue keeping up with your dental hygiene through the quarantine. In this blog post, we provide practical tips to help you do just that.


Dental Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers — Which Is Better?

November 5, 2019

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perfect teeth close-up

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your teeth? Modern dentistry offers several ways to enhance the way your smile looks. Many patients choose either dental bonding or porcelain veneers to disguise flaws in their teeth. Both treatments can produce stunning results, but you may wonder which is better. In this blog post, we discuss the pros and cons of each. Then, you will be in a better position to choose the treatment that is the best fit for your circumstances and preferences.

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Willow Run Dental Association is a 42 North Dental Care, PLLC practice and is owned and operated by dentists Dr. Samuel Shames, DDM. and Dr. Ronald Weissman, DDM. Gentle Dental is supported by 42 North Dental, LLC, a dental support organization that provides non-clinical administrative and business support services to the practice. 42 North Dental, LLC does not own or operate the dental practice or employ dentists to provide dental services. Find more information about 42NorthDental, LLC and the dental practices it supports at