Overcoming Dental Anxiety

There’s a reason “It’s like having teeth pulled” is the phrase used to describe a miserable experience: many people absolutely dread going to the dentist. In fact, 36% of people are estimated to have some form of dental anxiety, and 12% struggle with extreme dental fear. Going to the dentist may not be your idea […]

What Are Composite Fillings?

When you need a filling, you’re likely to have a lot of concerns. Is it going to hurt? How much is it going to cost? How long will it be before I start feeling relief? These questions and more plague many dental patients, but there’s another filling-related question that is common as well: how is […]

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure in which healthy bone tissue is transferred to a site where there is significant bone loss. The body uses this healthy tissue to help repair or rebuild the bone in that area. Bone grafts can actually be performed virtually anywhere in the body, but they’re common in dental […]

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?   Wisdom teeth received their name because they typically come in much later than other adult teeth—perhaps when you’re older and “wiser.” Unfortunately, however, wisdom teeth don’t really make you feel wise at all; in fact, all they typically make you feel is pain. What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom […]

How Smiling Affects Your Health

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”   That may be true, but besides completing your look, smiling has other benefits, too. In fact, smiling can actually impact your health! Here’s how: Smiling lowers stress, heart rate, and blood pressure.   Smiling releases certain chemicals into the bloodstream—like dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin—that can have a […]

Why Replacing Lost Teeth Is Important

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience—and an embarrassing one. Especially if the gap in your smile is conspicuous, you might feel self-conscious about your missing tooth and about your appearance in general.   If you lose a permanent tooth, your first thought is probably “How can I fix this as soon as possible?” […]