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E4D Crowns: metal-free restoration in a day

Dental crowns provide strength and durability for weakened or fractured teeth. Typically made from porcelain and shaped and contoured to blend in with your natural teeth, crowns are beautiful restorative solutions. Until now, two full dental appointments have been required to restore a single tooth. The first visit involved preparing the tooth, making gooey impressions and models, and preparing a ...

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Dental Implants: A Great Alternative to Bridges, Partials, or Full Dentures

Dental implants are rapidly gaining popularity as a means of replacing teeth, whether that consists of a single tooth or multiple teeth. In contrast to bridges, partial dentures or full dentures, implants are permanent, stationary and replace the entire tooth, including the tooth root. Other tooth replacement options replace only the visible portion of the tooth,and must be removed for ...

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Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder, sometimes referred to as TMJ or TMD, is a common problem among American adults. It produces a wide variety of symptoms, often making it difficult to diagnose. Once it has been diagnosed, however, a variety of treatments can be employed to eliminate the discomfort of TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint becomes misaligned. This ...

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Dr. Dickson honored for work coordinating free dental care for needy kids

Did you know that the top reason for school absenteeism is cavities? Unfortunately, though, some children in Plano and elsewhere in North Texas don't have regular access to a dentist who might treat oral health issues that can interfere with an education. Fortunately, the annual Give Kids a Smile initiative offers disadvantaged children between ages 3 and 13 an opportunity to receive dental care ...

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Widely Spaced Teeth: Is Invisalign an Option?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional orthodontics that appeals to many adults because of its overall comfort, convenience, and attractiveness. Invisalign treatment uses clear plastic aligner trays rather than metal braces to move the teeth into proper position to improve the bite and the overall alignment of the teeth. Invisalign provides the best results when misalignment or spaces ...

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Can I get dental implants if I’m on a blood thinner?

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, but patients who are on blood thinners, which are also known as anticoagulants, may wonder if they are eligible candidates for this technology. In fact, this is a common question in Plano implant dentistry practices. The short answer is yes, but these patients may have different experiences as they recover from the implant ...

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Root canal therapy: When is it necessary?

Among dental procedures performed by Plano dentists, the root canal may be the one most likely to induce apprehension among patients. So, here's some information about root canals that clarifies when and why they are necessary and dispels any myths that you may have heard. A core of nerves is contained in the pulp found in the tooth's interior, and if those nerves are damaged, by a traumatic ...

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Sedation dentistry: Will I remember anything?

Dentists recognize that many of their patients have deep fears that may deter them from making and keeping regular check-ups, as well as appointments for other, more complex issues. For patients who have significant anxiety surrounding a visit to the dentist, the fear of a pending appointment may be exacerbated by negative memories of past procedures. Fortunately, patients who take advantage of ...

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Tooth discoloration: What are my options?

Teeth whitening is one of the most common treatments requested by cosmetic dentistry patients. Patients regularly encounter substances like red wine and coffee that can leave stains on their teeth. Other patients' teeth may have been discolored by a course of antibiotics, and some people have slightly yellowed smiles simply due to genetics. Patients seeking whiter teeth have a wide variety of ...

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The benefits of choosing Invisalign

The end result of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile with perfectly straight teeth. Unfortunately, though, traditional orthodontics, or braces can make patients feel self-conscious of smiling if they have to unveil a mouthful of metal, or even ceramic brackets during the 18-24 month course of treatment. A new orthodontic technology called Invisalign can ensure that your smile is as ...

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