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How Can You Benefit from Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry?

March 22, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 8:48 pm
Close-up of hand holding a soft tissue laser

The technology that your dentist uses affects the quality of the care that you receive. A prime example of this is soft tissue lasers, which are being adopted by more and more dental offices in order to perform a wide variety of procedures. Does your dentist use a soft tissue laser? If so, your smile could end up benefiting in a number of ways. Below is a brief look at soft tissue laser dentistry and the advantages it offers.


How are TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea Connected?

February 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 9:45 pm
Woman with sleep apnea sleeping on her back

TMJ disorder is an issue with the joints connecting the lower jaw to the skull. Meanwhile, sleep apnea is when your breathing is repeatedly interrupted while you slumber. On the surface, these may seem like two completely unrelated problems – but they can sometimes be linked more closely than you realize. Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between TMJ disorder and sleep apnea.


5 Serious Oral Health Problems That Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause

January 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 11:29 pm
Illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth

In many cases, when the wisdom teeth try to erupt, they run into a serious problem: not enough space in the mouth. Consequently, they can become impacted, meaning they are partially or completely trapped under the gums. If your impacted wisdom teeth aren’t removed, they can have a significantly detrimental effect on your oral health. Here are 5 examples of complications that impacted wisdom teeth can ultimately cause.


What Causes Wisdom Teeth to Grow Horizontally?

December 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 10:12 pm
Illustration of a wisdom tooth growing sideways

You recently had your emergency dentist take an X-ray of your jaw in order to determine the current state of your wisdom teeth. After the necessary images were captured, a surprising discovery was made: your wisdom teeth are currently growing sideways. How exactly did this happen? And what does it mean for your oral health? The answers to both questions can be found below.


Can You Reline Your Dentures on Your Own?

November 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 1:06 am
Close-up of holding dentures for lower jaw

At some point, you may realize that your dentures no longer fit properly. Typically, the solution is to have the prosthesis relined by a dental expert. However, some people attempt to make the necessary adjustments to their dentures on their own in an effort to save money. Is this truly a good idea, or should you stick to seeing a professional? Here’s what you need to know if you have been struggling with ill-fitting dentures recently.


5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Dentures

October 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 9:17 pm
Close-up of a natural-looking, removable full denture

Once you get dentures to re-complete your smile, how long can you expect them to last? The answer is different for every patient, although some individuals are able to keep their dentures for around 10 years. If you want to maximize the lifespan of your dental prosthesis, then you need to be able to take proper care of it. Below are 5 tips you can follow to make sure your dentures stay in good shape for as long as possible.


How Long Can You Wear Your Dentures Every Day?

September 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 9:07 pm
Senior woman with glasses standing and smiling outside

Thanks to the materials that they’re made of, modern dentures tend to be very comfortable when worn. However, it’s never a good idea to wear your prosthesis for too long; as tempting as the idea might be, dentures are not meant to be worn 24/7. Why is periodically taking your dentures out important? And how many hours a day can you keep them in your mouth? Your dentist is here with the answers you’re looking for.


How Much Enamel Needs to Be Removed Before You Can Get Veneers?

August 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 10:35 pm
Single veneer being placed on a tooth

Veneers let you dramatically change your smile for the better by covering cracks, stains, and other imperfections simultaneously. But did you realize that when you commit to getting veneers, your teeth need to be prepared first? Specifically, a small bit of enamel needs to be taken off each tooth receiving a veneer. Your dentist is here to explain why this step is necessary as well as how much enamel needs to be removed.


How Can Your Dentist Help Treat Small Teeth?

July 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 12:18 am
Female patient visiting the dentist’s office

Do your teeth look unusually short? If so, then chances are that you’re not happy with the impression your smile gives off. It may not be immediately obvious how short teeth can be fixed – but rest assured your cosmetic dentist does have a few solutions that are worth considering. Below, you can learn more about what can cause short teeth and how they can be addressed.


5 Ways to Help Veneers Last Longer

June 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 9:12 pm
Close-up of a hand holding a single veneer

Plenty of celebrities use veneers to enhance their smiles, and you can do the same. From misshapen teeth to minor chips in the enamel, veneers can be used to solve all kinds of cosmetic issues. However, once they are in place, you need to take proper care of them to ensure that they last as long as possible. Fortunately, this is simpler than you might think – especially if you follow these 5 helpful tips from your knowledgeable dentist.

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