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The Fascinating History of Dental Crowns

May 28, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 7:07 pm
A man holding a dental crown on his fingertip

Throughout history, medical science has made many advancements that are still used today. Though they have changed somewhat over time, treatments for cataracts, plastic surgery procedures, and even dental prosthetics like crowns all date back centuries.


What Kinds of Tooth Replacement Prevent Bone Loss?

May 13, 2024

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3D render of a dental implant

When people are interested in replacing teeth that they’ve lost, dentures are typically one of the first treatments that they’ll pursue. These prosthetics are convenient, inexpensive, and are capable of replacing any number of teeth all at once, all of which has made them exceedingly popular.

As effective as they are, there are things that dentures can’t do that some other methods of tooth replacement (like dental implants) can. Bone loss is an excellent example; here’s what you should know about this issue, its causes, and what kinds of tooth replacement can deal with it.


Smile With Confidence with Implant Secured Dentures

May 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 7:00 pm
A smiling older man sitting on a couch

Your dentures are great for helping you eat and speak properly, all the while looking like you have a complete set of natural teeth. But despite their many benefits, dentures can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Occasionally, they can cause gum irritation or jaw pain. They can also shift or slide in your mouth if they’re not adhered securely.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with these common denture dilemmas. An implant denture offers the convenience of dentures with the security of dental implants.


When Can I Fly After Dental Implant Surgery?

April 29, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 8:09 pm
Airliner flies

Dental implants can be a wonderful way to replace missing teeth with lifelike and functional restorations, but you may wonder how soon you can safely travel after having them surgically placed. While you shouldn’t have any problems with flying after receiving a single or a few implants, it’s probably best to wait a while before flying after getting many implants, a sinus lift, or significant bone grafting. Here’s a quick guide to flying after dental implants including a few tips for keeping your voyage more pleasant.


How Can I Make Wearing My New Clear Aligners More Comfortable?

April 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 8:06 pm
Lady wears clear aligners

Since many people with dental alignment issues are reluctant to commit to traditional metal braces, clear aligners can be a great way to straighten their smiles without pointy and conspicuous metal parts or bothersome dietary restrictions. While many patients report that clear aligner treatment is much more comfortable than traditional braces, wearing a new set can cause some temporary discomfort. Here’s a brief list of ways to make wearing a new set of clear aligners more comfortable.


What Does Getting Dental Implants Feel Like?

April 23, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 7:25 pm
Model of implant bridge

Dental implants are the best solution to tooth loss available. They look and work just like real teeth, creating a lifelike restoration that allows patients to eat whatever they want while going completely unnoticed by casual observers. They also provide a variety of oral health benefits such as preventing bone loss in the jaw and the teeth from shifting out of alignment. However, many people may be anxious about the surgery required to place them. Here’s what you can expect from this painless procedure.


What Do I Need to Know About Clear Aligners?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 8:04 pm
Teen marvels at clear aligners

While millions of people have used orthodontics to realign their smiles into more beautiful and functional states, many are reluctant to commit to traditional metal braces that are irremovable, are quite conspicuous, and involve irksome dietary restrictions. Thankfully, clear aligners have given many a virtually invisible way to straighten their smiles without foregoing any of their favorite foods. Here’s a few commonly asked questions about clear aligners along with their answers to help you make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment.


How Far Have Dental Veneers Come Since 1928?

March 21, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 7:20 pm
Dental veneer

Cosmetic dentistry offers a range of treatments to help people enjoy more beautiful smiles. One of the most effective of these treatments is porcelain veneers. These thin porcelain shells are designed to be cemented over teeth with extensive chips, cracks, or stains, covering flaws and reshaping them to create a gorgeous new smile. Believe it or not, veneers were first used as part of a costume on a Hollywood film set. Here’s how they have evolved over the decades into the reliable cosmetic treatment we know today.


What’s the Difference Between DURAthin and Porcelain Veneers?

March 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 7:17 pm
Lady receives veneer

Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but many people live with troublesome dental defects like chips, cracks, and stains that can make them nervous about showing their grins off. Luckily, cosmetic dental treatments have allowed millions of patients to have prettier teeth that they can be proud of. While you’ll need to have a consultation with your dentist to find out which cosmetic treatments may be right for you, it’s a good idea to be educated about what options are out there. Here’s a brief overview of the differences between porcelain veneers and DURAthin.


Coronation Day: How Are Teeth Prepared for Dental Crowns?

February 27, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 7:31 pm

Dental crowns are like helmets for troubled teeth. They are cemented on top of them for protection and to restore them to their original size, appearance, and function after injury, severe decay, or a dental treatment such as a root canal, and they can usually be placed in as few as two appointments. If you’ve never had a dental crown before, you may be wondering what you can expect during the procedure. Here’s an outline of the dental crown process from start to finish to help you be ready for the big day.

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