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Keep Your Dentures a Pretty Sight: Soak Them Overnight!

November 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 12:09 am

Modern dentures look just like real teeth and are so comfortable that you’ll probably forget that they’re there. Unfortunately, this comfort can make it tempting to fall asleep without removing them. While dentures are incredibly comfortable, it is necessary to remove them for eight hours every day for the sake of your dental health. Here’s why it is so important to soak your dentures overnight.


My Toothache is Gone. Do I Still Need to See a Dentist?

October 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 4:51 pm
woman with toothache

It’s not uncommon to call your dentist’s office to ask for help when pain radiates throughout your mouth. You want something to ease the discomfort quickly, which is why seeing a dental expert is the smartest thing to do. But what if your toothache is no longer causing you any pain? What if it suddenly disappears, and you feel somewhat “normal” again? Should you still go to the dentist? Learn why it’s worth your time to seek out professional help even when the pain is no longer an issue.


What Does an Emergency Dental Visit Involve?

October 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 3:43 pm
woman visiting the emergency dentist

You’re out enjoying an evening walk with your family when you suddenly stumble and fall to the ground. Immediately, you feel a sharp pain and realize that you’ve cracked one of your teeth. Trying to stay calm, you call the dentist to find out how to handle this type of situation and when you can be seen for immediate treatment. A situation like this is not uncommon, and dentists prepare for sudden injuries like this all of the time. But what happens during an emergency dental visit? Keep reading to find out what you can expect before arriving for your appointment.


Root Canal Vs. Dental Implant: How to Choose the Best for Your Smile

September 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 6:18 pm
Dentist smiling at patient while taking notes on clipboard

You can’t bear the pain any longer—your tooth has a deep cavity, and you need it treated right away! After examining you, your dentist presents two procedure options. You can either have root canal treatment and keep the tooth or have it extracted and replaced with a dental implant.

Before you make a rash, spur-of-the-moment decision, you should think about the pros and cons of each one. Do you really understand these treatments? Which one would be the best choice for your smile? Here is a comprehensive guide to help you select the right one for you!


I’ve Just Gotten My Teeth Extracted—When Can I Get My Dentures?

September 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 9:37 am
denture sitting next to a clock

Dentures are sometimes used for patients who have been missing teeth for a long time, but it’s just as common for patients to need a tooth extraction before getting their dentures. Removing and replacing teeth is common in restorative dentistry, but patients who are in this situation are often presented with a problem: how soon after the tooth extraction can they get their prosthetic?

There are a couple of options available to you, and picking between them often comes down to personal preference. Here’s some information that can help you to make that evaluation.


What Foods Should You Avoid with Dentures?

September 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 2:06 pm
Senior woman laughing while enjoying a meal

Modern dentures are made out of materials that give them a lifelike appearance. However, just because they look natural doesn’t mean they’re exactly the same as new teeth, particularly when it comes to meals. There are several kinds of foods that can cause trouble for denture-wearers. If you want to take care of your new smile, it’s important to be aware of the foods that you’ll need to stay away from.


3 Ways to Boost the Appearance of Your Smile Without Extensive Treatment

August 29, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 9:49 pm
young woman with a healthy smile

It’s one thing to choose a more complex treatment when it comes to improving your oral and overall health; however, when it comes to addressing cosmetic flaws, you may prefer a less invasive option. With so many services to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones don’t require countless hours spent in a chair or trips driving back and forth to the dentist’s office. As you do your research to find a solution that aligns with your needs, here are 3 minimally invasive ways to improve your smile and save you time.


Invisalign vs. SureSmile: Which One is Best for Straightening Teeth?  

August 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 3:45 pm
woman holding clear aligners

Achieving a straighter smile doesn’t have to just happen with metal brackets and wires. Instead, clear aligner systems are quickly becoming the preferred choice for patients. With options like Invisalign and SureSmile, you can address your overcrowding, spacial gaps, and even bite misalignment without compromising your appearance. Before deciding how you want to improve the health and look of your smile, read on to learn which orthodontic solution is right for you.  


What to Know for Tooth Fairy Day

August 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 7:38 am
A closeup of a felt tooth fairy pillow

Like most, you’ve probably heard of the tooth fairy. The stories say this figure offers money for kids’ baby teeth. That said, did you know there’s a National Tooth Fairy Day? Indeed, the holiday – a time to honor childhood oral health – is a few weeks away. You ought to mark the occasion by learning more about it. Luckily, your Jonesboro dentist can give you the details. Here are four things you should know for the upcoming National Tooth Fairy Day.


Why (& How) Should You Take Care of Your Mouth?

July 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shane Smith @ 12:43 pm
father and daughter brushing teeth

The health of our mouth plays a large role in maintaining overall well-being and quality of life. The importance of dental health cannot be overstated, as it directly affects various aspects of our daily functioning. A healthy mouth allows us to chew our food effectively, promoting proper digestion and nutrient absorption. A healthy mouth allows us to speak clearly and effectively, influencing our communication with others and boosting self-confidence. In addition, good dental hygiene contributes to preventing severe issues like gum disease(periodontitis) and cavities. By creating a consistent oral care routine, individuals can minimize the risk of infections and painful conditions, preserving their natural teeth for a lifetime.

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