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Oral Cancer Screening

Regular dental checkups are not just beneficial to your smile. They are also essential for oral cancer screening. What is oral cancer screening? Oral cancer screening is an exam where your dentist looks for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in the mouth. During the exam, your dentist will check all areas of your mouth and your throat. If you wear dentures, your dentist will take them out to check the tissue...

Dental Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures used to restore the functionality and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth. Inlays and outlays are an example of indirect dental restorations. Indirect restorations are fabricated in the dental lab to fit the specific shape and size of the cavity and then bonded to the tooth. What is the difference between inlays and onlays? Inlays fit in the grooves within the...

Dental Filling

If you have a cavity, your dentist may recommend a dental fillings procedure. This treatment involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth and then filling the area using a dental filling. What is a dental filling? A dental filling is used to restore the function, structure, integrity, and appearance of a decayed tooth. Dental fillings can also repair broken or cracked teeth and teeth worn due to grinding or nail-biting. What materials...

Dentures and Partial Dentures

A healthy smile can improve your confidence and positively impact your health. One way to improve your smile is through the use of dentures. Dentures are oral prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. Types of dentures Dentures fall into two categoriesꓼ full or partial. Both types of dentures are made in a lab using synthetic material and a mould of your mouth. Full dentures Full or complete dentures are designed to replace all your...

Endodontic Treatment

If you have a severely damaged tooth, your dentist may refer you to a specialist known as an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in saving natural teeth and maintaining smiles. Endodontists have advanced dental training, which they use to diagnose and treat issues related to the inner tooth. Types of endodontic treatment The following are a few of the dental procedures endodontists perform: Root canal procedures A tooth’s pulp can sometimes get...

Root Canals

Root canals are a dental treatment performed to repair and restore a tooth that has been infected or severely decayed. A root canal procedure is designed to remove bacteria from the infected root chamber to prevent reinfection and save the tooth. What happens during a root canal procedure? A tooth infection affects the central part of the tooth, known as the pulp. The pulp is made up of blood vessels, connective tissues...

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars that most people develop between the ages of 17 and 25. These teeth often do not fully emerge due to insufficient space in the mouth. When this happens, wisdom teeth are said to be impacted. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common surgical procedure as impacted wisdom teeth can lead to serious oral health issues. When is wisdom teeth removal necessary? Here are some...

Dental Extractions

No one wants to hear that they will lose a tooth or two, but there are cases in which tooth extractions are the only remedy for dental issues. You may require dental extraction if: You are getting braces and need room to realign or reposition your teeth. You were born with extra teeth that are causing your other teeth to be misaligned. You have wisdom teeth that are causing problems. A...

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are two popular types of restorative dentistry. Dental crowns A dental crown is a cap used to support a badly decayed tooth, restore a tooth after a root canal, hold a severely cracked or broken tooth in place, or protect a worn tooth. A crown can also serve a cosmetic purpose to improve a tooth’s appearance. Dental crowns are used as well to anchor dental bridges or as...

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium root that is surgically inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth. Once the titanium root has been implanted, a crown, typically made from porcelain, is added to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. Dental implants help a patient preserve their remaining teeth as there is no need to shave any of them as would be necessary to support conventional bridges. Dental...