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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

December 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 2:11 am

Impacted wisdom toothThe average adult has 32 teeth, with each tooth serving a specific purpose. The incisors in the front of your mouth tear food into small pieces to make them easier to chew. Your molars grind the food to make it small enough to swallow. Adults have 3 sets of molars on the top and bottom; however, the third set doesn’t appear until the late teen years. Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, but many people need to have them removed. 5 million people annually have them extracted. With so many extractions each year, why do we even have wisdom teeth? Believe it or not, they once served an important purpose, but nowadays they are more of a nuisance, and here’s why.


3 Tips for Sleeping After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

November 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 1:05 pm
patient peacefully sleeping after wisdom tooth extraction

Everyone wants to recover as quickly as possible after a wisdom tooth extraction, and one of the simplest ways to ensure this happens is to get enough sleep in the weeks after the procedure. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But with these 3 tips for sleeping after a wisdom tooth extraction, you’ll be sawing logs and feeling like yourself before you know it.


The Ways That Exercise Can Harm Oral Health

September 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 8:35 am
Smiling woman doing an exercise

In most peoples’ minds, physical exercise is a near-absolute good. Unless you’re sick or injured, it only benefits you and has no downsides. However, did you know exercise could hurt your oral health if you’re not careful? The truth is that workouts and the like can sometimes damage teeth and gums. That said, you’ll want to take steps to ensure your physical fitness doesn’t risk your smile. Here’s a summary of how exercise can harm oral health and what you can do to avoid such outcomes.


Eat a “White Diet” After Teeth Whitening

September 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 7:26 pm
A bowl of white rice, one of the foods that whiten teeth

You probably feel pretty happy if you’ve just had a teeth whitening procedure. After all, your smile is back to its original, gleaming white color! Still, you’ll need to be careful if you want your treatment results to last. Depending on your eating, your teeth could get yellow and brown stains that undo the bleaching process. That said, you should try to eat a “white diet” of smile-friendly meals that keep your whitened smile around. Luckily, your Allen dentist can help you do so. Read on to learn why whitened tooth enamel can stain and four foods that whiten teeth.


How Will My Dentist Treat My Dental Emergency?

August 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 4:13 am
Woman with toothache, requires treatment for dental emergency

When you experience significant dental pain, you might hesitate to schedule an appointment, particularly if you are nervous about undergoing treatment. But there is no need to worry. While addressing a dental emergency, your dentist will strive to use the most conservative and comfortable means possible to get your oral health back on track. Here is a brief description of some procedures that are commonly used to get patients out of pain and on the road to recovery:


Can You Drink Coffee with Veneers?

August 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 4:15 am
Woman with dark hair and veneers enjoying a cup of coffee

Around the world, millions of people rely on their morning cup of coffee to help them ease into the day. If you are among them, you may have questions about how cosmetic dentistry might affect your daily cup of Joe. Specifically, you may wonder, can you drink coffee with veneers? Yes, you can! Here is some practical guidance to help you enjoy your favorite morning beverage without endangering your veneers:


4 Signs That You Need New Dentures Right Away

July 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 5:37 pm

Dentures let people who have lost one or both arches of teeth continue to eat, speak, and smile comfortably every day. But while dentures are made to be durable, they do typically need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years or so – possibly sooner if they’re damaged in some way. How will you know when it’s time for new dentures?  Below are 4 key warning signs that you should watch out for; any one of them could be a clue that you need to call your dentist in the near future to talk about having your dentures replaced.


Can Gum Disease Be Cured?

June 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 7:10 pm
Image of oral bacteria along the gum line.

Gum disease is more common than you think; in fact, the CDC estimates that one in every two US adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease! However, this condition can cause serious problems if left untreated, including heart disease and diabetes in serious cases. That said, if you’re concerned about gum disease, you should know it can be reversed if it’s caught early enough—but waiting too long to address it could result in permanent damage. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about the different stages of periodontal disease and what you need to do to keep your smile healthy.


Do You Choose Dentures or Implants for Jawbone Preservation?

May 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 9:38 pm
illustration of dental implant

Among the 326 million people who live in the United States, a whopping 178 million of them are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). There are an estimated 40 million Americans who are missing all their teeth. Those are startling figures, but the truth is that nobody must live that way with several tooth replacement options available to them, including dental implants and dentures. Dentures are a popular option and tough to beat when the cost is factored in, but do they check all the boxes? One issue related to tooth loss is the bone reduction in your jaw. Keep reading to learn from your dentist in Allen if dentures or implants can address jawbone preservation.


5 Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants

April 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — adcallen @ 3:55 pm

Calculator and cash on table500,000 people per year are investing in dental implants to replace their missing teeth permanently. However, dental implants are often associated with a large price tag. Although you may pay more upfront than traditional methods, they are the most cost-effective option. There’s not a flat rate for the procedure because every situation differs. Various factors affect dental implant cost. Here are 5 things to consider when budgeting for your new smile.


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