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Sectioning Teeth During Extractions

America's Dental Expert Sectioning Teeth During Extractions Extracting a tooth is never a simple procedure. The most unpredictable teeth to extract have multiple roots. Molars usually have three roots. Depending on the anatomy of each molar root, how the roots...

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What Happens with Bone Loss and Sinus Drops?

America's Dental Expert Bone Loss and Sinus Drops / Sinus Pneumatization One of the serious consequences or side effects of losing a tooth is the jaw bone erodes over time. In the lower jaw, bone melts away and develops into a curved area where the tooth once was. In...

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Consequences of Losing a Tooth

America's Dental Expert Consequences of Losing a Tooth Sometimes, a patient comes into my office in so much pain that the only thing they want is for me to extract their tooth. It's hard to evaluate your options clearly if you're in severe pain. There are lots of...

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3D Printing in the Dental Office

America's Dental Expert 3D Printing in the Dental Office A lot has changed in dentistry, in just the past couple years even. One area that is quickly evolving is laboratory work. Traditionally, impressions are poured up in stone, making for a messy, contaminated,...

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Snoring and Grinding in Kids

America's Dental Expert Snoring and Tooth Grinding in Kids Snoring is not good, and it's especially bad when it occurs in kids. Snoring in patients under 14 years old should never happen. Snoring is a sign of a sometimes severe condition; sleep apnea. In this episode...

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Night Guards

America's Dental Expert Bite Splints and Night Guards Some dentists think half of Americans should be wearing a night guard when they sleep, and America's Dental Expert is no different. Night guards, also known as bite splints, are acrylic appliances that protect your...

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Root Canals and Crowns

America's Dental Expert Root Canals and Crowns You know it as the worst procedure to get done at the dental office. Even worse than pulling teeth! It's the dreaded root canal. I don't think I've come across a single patient who has had a GOOD root canal experience....

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Deep Cleanings for Life

America's Dental Expert Deep Cleanings for Life The term "deep cleaning" is an unfortunate description for what dentists and dental hygienists call periodontal maintenance. Periodontal maintenance is a dental cleaning AFTER treatment. A "regular" dental cleaning...

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All Zirconia Implants

America's Dental Expert All Zirconia Implants With dental implants becoming more popular and prevalent, and implant education readily available on the internet, patients can do their own research and hear from friends and family how their implant treatment went. One...

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Tongue Scraping

Why You Should Clean Your Tongue Some of my patients complain of bad breath even when they brush their teeth two, sometimes three, times a day. So what's the cause of their bad breath? One possibility is they have dirty tongues. There are hundreds of tiny hairs on the...

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Tongue Scraping

Why You Should Clean Your Tongue Some of my patients complain of bad breath even when they brush their teeth two, sometimes three, times a day. So what's the...

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How to Floss Correctly

Let's Be Brutally Honest Look, let's be honest with one another. You're not flossing every day, are you? If you're skipping the flossing portion of your morning routine you're missing out. I mean, you're missing out on actually cleaning your teeth. The crowns of your...

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How to Floss Correctly

Let's Be Brutally Honest Look, let's be honest with one another. You're not flossing every day, are you? If you're skipping the flossing portion of your morning routine...

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Teeth Whitening Options

America's Dental Expert, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver of Great Lakes Dentistry, discusses the options for teeth whitening to give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Please send any questions you have directly to Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver at Great Lakes Dentistry at...

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