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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered


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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

Is It Ever Necessary to Replace an Extracted Wisdom Tooth?

You might have heard that the loss of a tooth (whether it was extracted, succumbed to decay, or was knocked out due to an accident) sets off a slow domino effect in your mouth. Other teeth have to pick up the slack, accelerating wear and tear, with teeth on either side of the empty dental socket even tilting slightly into the gap (which misaligns your bite). Ignoring a missing tooth is extremely unwise, and replacing it (typically with a dental implant) is a win-win situation for your ongoing dental health. Read More 

4 Common Dental Health Complications

Maintaining your oral health should be your priority and a routine. Your oral health determines how you speak, your digestion and your overall wellness. Many people believe they have nothing to worry about as long as they are brushing their teeth regularly. Sadly, dental health complications creep on them, and by the time they realise there is a problem, the damage is almost beyond repair. Here are four dental health complications and how to manage them. Read More 

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Mouthwash

Alongside giving you minty-fresh breath, mouthwash plays an important role in your oral hygiene routine. Although it's difficult to get mouthwash wrong, failing to maximise its use could see you miss out on its health benefits. Here's what your dentist may want you to know about using mouthwash. Finding the Right Type Just like everyone else, you may have specific needs when it comes to choosing oral hygiene products. While some people prefer prioritising whiter teeth, others like to reduce sensitive sensations or achieve minty breath. Read More 

Are Cosmetic Dental Procedures Painful?

Many people fear dental treatment because of the pain involved with some dental procedures, such as root canal surgery. This can leave patients feeling nervous about going to the dentist. Some people even avoid dental treatment because of their fear of pain, even when they need urgent treatment. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry isn't as invasive or painful as surgical or general dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry can give you a more beautiful smile while minimizing the pain and discomfort you feel during your treatment. Read More 

What to Do When You Lose a Filling

Does a lost dental filling call for an immediate trip to the dentist? For some people, a lost filling can trigger immediate discomfort, whereas others will be largely unaffected. Still, it's not something that should be put off. But does it mean that there's a greater problem than the cavity that resulted in the filling in the first place? Temporary Solutions Firstly, it's important to discuss ways to manage any discomfort, which is also a helpful indication of the severity of the problem. Read More