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What Has Changed about Root Canals?

Root Canal Treatment in Moon Valley, Phoenix AZ

Do you panic at the thought of getting a root canal? Are you fearful until the last moment when you're tempted to reach for the phone and cancel your appointment?

You're not alone.

Root canals are the most universally feared dental treatment, and even though many of the reasons for the procedure's negative reputation no longer apply, the myths persist. However, it's time to set the record straight once and for all. 

The primary reason many people fear root canals is because they equate it with discomfort. It's true that when you arrive for your appointment, you are probably in a great deal of pain. This is the result of trauma or infection ...

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3 Ways Dental Implants Outperform Bridges

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Losing a tooth can take its toll, not just on your oral health, but also on your self-image. It can be a challenge to act confidently around others when you don't even want to open your mouth.

So, the first step is to decide (with the help of your dentist) which type of tooth replacement best suits you. You know that bridges replace missing teeth, but you've also heard that dental implants are another option. The question is, which is right for you?

Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Bridges

It will help you to understand the difference between the two; they ...

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5 Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

The goal of dentistry is to provide preventive exams and cleanings to keep your smile healthy and restorative treatments if something goes wrong. It’s essential for your oral health to retain as much tooth structure for as long as possible, so extraction is not something we take lightly.

Before we recommend removing a tooth, we will exhaust every other option available. But in some cases, the only sensible treatment approach is extraction.

If extraction becomes necessary, you can be sure that we will explain why the procedure is required and how it will benefit your long-term oral health. We use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays so you can see for yourself why ...

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Study Links Periodontal Disease to Stomach Cancer

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Did you know that numerous studies indicate your periodontal health can have a significant impact on your general health? Research in this area continues, and as it does, our understanding of the role that chronic gum infections play in your overall health grows.

Gum Health and Gastric Cancer

Another of these studies was published recently in the Journal of Periodontology and it investigates the connection between gum disease and gastric cancer. It is believed that the presence of certain types of bacteria causes gum infections and chronic inflammations, which in turn can contribute to the development of gastric cancers.

To gather their results, the researchers tested 35 patients who were recently diagnosed with gastric ...

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Double Check Your Facts before Making a Decision about Dental Implants

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It’s easy to take our teeth for granted when they are healthy and functioning correctly. But nothing can make you appreciate a healthy smile like losing a tooth.

This can be a devastating moment in your life; you may feel sad or depressed, it hurts when you eat, and you are so self-conscious about your smile that you don’t want to be around people.

Dental Implant Facts

We understand how disconcerting this can be, so our first objective is to help you find a solution for tooth replacement that best fits all your needs. You may have heard a lot about dental implants, but how much do you really know about them compared ...

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5 Tips for Getting The Most out of Your Flossing Routine

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Do you brush every day as instructed by your dentist or hygienist? If so, we congratulate you, because a survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that about 70% of Americans don’t!

Those few minutes you spend flossing every day are an investment in your oral health. We aren’t talking about a long, drawn-out process either – brushing and flossing together should not take any more than ten minutes a day.

Dental Flossing 101

But the key is how you spend those minutes. If you aren’t practicing proper flossing techniques, you aren’t going to see the results you are hoping for. The key is to make sure you are following proper ...

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Considering Dental Implants? What You Need to Know if You Smoke

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If you have lost a tooth, there is a lot more to worry about than a gap in your smile. Addressing tooth loss is crucial for good oral health, and one very effective solution is dental implants.

How Dental Implants Work

Implants are unique because they replace the entire tooth, including the root. A small titanium post is surgically placed in your jaw and allowed to heal. Over a period of several months, the post forms a firm bond with surrounding bone and gum tissue in a process called osseointegration.

The Problem with Smoking

As a smoker, however, you face potential problems with implants because heavy tobacco use is related to severe gum disease ...

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