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All About Extractions

Tooth extractions are a routine practice for dentists. They are a quite simple procedure for a doctor to take on, that generally cause patients a lot of stress when thinking about the occurrence.

When you undergo a wisdom tooth extraction, your doctor will be given an IV sedative, and a numbing anesthetic for your mouth. If your extraction is just a pulling of a tooth, you will be given the numbing anesthetic as well as nitrous oxide, if needed. After your surgery, your mouth will remain numb for a few hours, which will allow you to feel limited pain. When your numbness subsides, you should take your prescribed medication. Along with these medications, your doctor will give you antibiotics, as this will help fight any infection.

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A Dental Emergency

Have you ever experienced breaking or chipping a tooth? Maybe you were playing hockey or baseball when the puck or ball came unexpectedly to your mouth. Whatever your case may be, the most important thing to do after such an accident is to find an emergency dentist, that will alleviate your pain and ensure you did not cause damage to any other part of the mouth.

Emergency dentists are available almost always, or at least are more readily available than regular dentists. Emergency dentists provide care so that people can get the dental work they need performed when they need it and not have to wait.

Of course if you’re looking for a routine cleaning, go ahead and wait to see your general dentist. But, when your mouth is bleeding from a hit or you have a chipped tooth, you should not wait for help. These types of situations should be dealt with right away, as an emergency dentist can make sure you did not harm other teeth, soft tissue, or bone.

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Partial Dentures

Are you in need of fixing a few teeth? Partial dentures may be just the thing for you. Partials are typically used by those who have lost only a few teeth due to a jaw related accident, tooth decay, or malnutrition. Having gaps in the teeth can result in food and bacteria forming in the empty spaces. Partials are useful for filling these in, thus preventing tooth and gum decay. In addition to this, partial dentures are useful for hiding prominent tooth gaps, such as the ones in the front of the mouth.

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Are You a Candidate for Six Month Smiles?

What’s a Fast Way to Straighten Teeth?
Through most people’s lives, orthodontics will be a necessity to align their teeth. A typical timeline for an orthodontic treatment takes around two to three years for results, and sometimes longer in certain cases. Most patients don’t want to wait that long to see results. That is why when you visit Southern Smiles Dental PC, you should talk to Dr. Van Horn about getting Six Month Smiles.

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A Closer Look at Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a medical condition which results in inflamed gums surrounding the teeth.  Gingivitis affects the tissue around the teeth, along with the gums, soft tissues and bone (the periodontium). Gingivitis occurs when bacteria gets trapped in these areas and starts attacking the periodontium. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of gingivitis. This condition is not very painful to start with so it may be hard to spot, but if left unattended could lead to a severe infection and drastic consequences.

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Can Dental Implants Have a Negative Impact on Other Teeth?

Dental implants can be placed right alongside natural teeth to serve as a replacement for a tooth, or teeth, that is either missing or has been damaged so badly that it needs to be pulled. But can dental implants have a negative impact on natural teeth? Take a look at how well dental implants fit in with natural teeth and what you can do to be sure that minor risks don’t grow into bigger issues.

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Clear Braces: What a Difference Six Months Can Make

The stigma of wearing braces continues losing its grip. Yet, there are still so many people who can’t come to terms with wearing traditional braces. That’s where clear braces come in. ClearCorrect clear braces are transparent trays that fit around each row of teeth to slowly, over the course of months, move all of your teeth into their optimal alignment.

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What Can My Dentist Do For Me?

Understanding what general dentistry offers can help patients better understand how to invest in their oral health whether they are insured or not, as well as the risks associated with skipping regular cleanings. 

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3 Influential Women in Dentistry

March is National Women’s Month. It is a time to look back on history and appreciate all of the great things women have done for society over the years. In fact, if it was not for women, then dentistry would not be where it is today. Here are some of the incredible women who have influenced the dental field over the centuries.

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Straws: Not Just Bad for the Environment

 There has been a raging debate of late over the use of plastic straws in restaurants around the U.S. It is clear that plastic straws are bad for the environment, but there are other reasons to get rid of them – including the fact that they are bad for your teeth and your overall oral health.

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