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Cosmetic Dentistry: How Long Will Your New Smile Last?

April 10, 2024

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man smiling while sitting in treatment chair

A captivating smile can significantly boost your confidence and leave a lasting impression. Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of options to enhance the appearance of your teeth, but how long can you expect these transformations to last? Read on to learn about the longevity of popular cosmetic dental treatments and some valuable tips to help you maintain a beautiful grin for years to come!


What Should I Avoid Doing After Dental Implant Surgery?

February 13, 2024

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Man breaks cigarette

Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth because they are designed to look and work just like the real thing and they allow patients to enjoy all sorts of foods once they have fully integrated with the jawbone. However, they must be allowed to heal thoroughly to get to the point where they hold their places securely in the mouth. Here’s a brief list of habits to abstain from at least for a while after dental implant surgery.


Getting a Dental Crown Doesn’t Hurt

December 6, 2023

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Mold of mouth and dental crownNo one looks forward to a painful day in the dentist’s chair, but there’s nothing to fear. If your dentist has recommended a dental crown to protect a tooth, you’ll benefit from a pain-free procedure. Here’s what you can expect when getting your restoration.


What Is a Smile? Exploring the 5 Key Traits of a Beautiful Grin

October 13, 2023

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A woman smiling after her smile makeover

What is a smile? Is it just rows of teeth pressed together, or is there something more to it? If you’re the poetic type, you might say that a smile is like a window into a person’s heart. You can see a lot about an individual in their grin, and if you’re unsatisfied with yours, a smile makeover can help you attain peak aesthetics.

But how do you know what makes a smile beautiful? Continue reading to learn five key traits that make smiles aesthetically pleasing according to science.


3 Issues That Can Prevent Dental Implant Candidacy

August 11, 2023

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Dentist pointing pen at model of teeth that's opened wide to woman sitting across desk from them

Although dental implants have a very high success rate, about 5 to 10 percent of dental implants fail. That being said, in terms of tooth replacement, there isn’t an alternative that can capture the durability, functionality, and appearance of natural teeth the way dental implants can. Here are 3 issues that can prevent you from being a candidate and how you can address them.


Is an Electric or Manual Toothbrush Better?

June 5, 2023

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Toothpaste on toothbrushYour toothbrush is the most important tool you have at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, not all toothbrushes are the same. Many types of toothbrushes are on the market, including manual and electric options. Although a traditional toothbrush is a tried and proven method of keeping your teeth clean, electric toothbrushes have their advantages. Here’s what you need to know to determine which toothbrush is right for your smile.


Lost a Dental Filling? Here are 6 Steps to Take Next

April 3, 2023

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a woman clasping her hand over her mouth in shock when her filling fell out

You are enjoying a meal with loved ones when you suddenly feel something come loose as you bite into your food. It’s your dental filling! Having an unexpected dental event, especially when out and about with your friends and family, can cause a bit of panic. However, there is no need to worry. Here are six steps to take so your smile can be restored as soon as possible!


Can Dental Implants Set Off Metal Detectors?

February 3, 2023

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a person walking through an airport metal detector

If you’re an avid traveler, you’re probably already planning your next trip! But before you depart, you might be curious about whether your brand-new dental implants will cause any complications, such as setting off the metal detectors at the airport. Here’s everything you need to know about the composition of dental implants and why you don’t need to worry about them causing any issues that might impede your journey.


New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

December 14, 2022

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writing new years resolutions in journal

The new year will be here soon! Have you started thinking about all the goals you hope to accomplish in 2023? For many people, resolutions revolve around increasing their health and wealth. Well, you can easily accomplish that by prioritizing your oral health next year. Not only can you make your smile healthier and more attractive, but you can save plenty of money simply by taking proper care of your teeth and gums. Read on for a few ideas to get you started!


Why Are People Who Get Dental Implants Thankful for Them?

November 24, 2022

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family enjoying holiday dinner

What better time to reflect on the good aspects of your life than during the holiday season? Not unlike New Year’s resolutions, the holidays provide an excellent opportunity to consider how you can better yourself for the year to come. As far as improvement goes, your teeth can get an upgrade in more ways than one if you choose dental implants as a tooth replacement option. Read on to learn how dental implants in Mt. Pleasant can give you so much to be thankful for during the holidays and year-round.

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