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Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing. The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called... Read More
What Is a Root Canal? Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to... Read More
Whitening Procedures Restore Smiles! Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker tissue of your teeth is known as the dentin. The dentin can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or... Read More
What is TMJ? People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums, and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint... Read More
General Procedure When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted. If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, extraction may be needed to prevent infection. Tooth extraction procedures today are far... Read More
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped, or crooked may be improved by cosmetic dentistry with veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. What Are Veneers? Veneers are thin pieces of dental porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers... Read More

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