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Posts by Philip Gray DDS

When do dentists put you to sleep?

Going to the dentist is something that inspires fear in many people. It’s a trip that’s accompanied with anxiety and worry. Many people hate the idea of others working on their mouth or just despise the sound of the dentist’s drill. They associate the dentist with pain.

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Can dentures be whitened?

You’ve probably seen stained teeth—coffee, nicotine, wine, cola and even just regular daily wear and tear can slowly change the color of your regular teeth. Even as you age, your teeth will begin to darken. That’s why people go to the dentist to get tooth whitening treatments or try to apply home whitening solutions.

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Are root canals safe?

If you’ve done any research into any endodontic procedures (commonly called “root canals”), you’ve probably come across people claiming that root canals will trap bacteria in teeth. In those teeth, this belief holds, bacteria will populate and breed to cause health complications that can last for years. Some even hold it will include higher risk of heart disease!

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Can dentists whiten yellow teeth?

There are several things we are able to do in our office that helps remove discoloration—or yellowing—on a patient’s teeth. A combination of ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling, and polishing will help remove stains on the outside of the tooth, otherwise known as extrinsic stain.

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How to properly care for dentures

For people with dentures, it’s important to know and follow the proper steps for caring for dentures. If they’re not cared for properly or you don’t have the necessary tools to clean them, it can lead to problems down the road. Dentures also fit better and last longer when properly cared for.

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Titanium dental implants

When it comes to dental implants, titanium has long been the preferred material to use. In fact, titanium implants have been in use for decades and have been extensively studied during that time. It’s estimated that around 3 million people in the United States have a dental implant, and that number continues to increase each year, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

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