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Nitrous Oxide – Laughing Gas

Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that promotes a stress-free experience. Patients inhale nitrous oxide through a face mask. The doctor will control the amount of nitrous oxide you receive to ensure your comfort and safety. You will begin to relax and not recognize pain, so the doctors can perform treatments

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Analgesia, Intravenous Sedation – Each Additional 15 Minutes

Drugs used in this procedure are non-narcotic, so they are not responsible for blocking pain; however, they are effective in reducing fear and calming patients prior to and during procedures. Drugs used in IV conscious sedation are members of the benzodiazepine (benzos) family. Intravenous conscious sedation/analgesia aims to: Reduce or eliminate anxiety Minimize movement during

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Implant Dentistry

People are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life, all thanks to dental implants. Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. A properly placed implant (or implants) can give you the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile

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7 Oral Health Concerns for Those Over 50

When they say, “age is all in your head,” they’re probably right. But then again, your teeth are in your head, so you likely can’t escape having to pay a little more attention to them after 50. Although some oral health concerns are fairly common at that age, if you adopt a proactive mindset and

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7 New Tips to Prevent Gum Disease

To avoid gum disease, a solid oral care regime is imperative – brush twice a day, floss at night, and use mouthwash. This is the familiar refrain, so let’s step away from that simple 3-step plan and look at other ways to prevent gum disease. Gingivitis and its advanced cousin, Periodontal disease, are silent offenders.

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Veneer – Labial Veneer (Porcelain Laminate)

A “veneer” is a wafer-thin layer of material molded to the surface of a tooth to correct a chip or crack, or to enhance its cosmetic appearance. They are made of either porcelain, or a composite synthetic resin, such as acrylic polymer or polymethyl methacrylate. These synthetic resins are liquid materials that can be converted

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Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease—literally, disease “around the tooth” – affects the gums and the bone to which a tooth is attached. It is a bacterial infection that causes tooth loss and gum recession, and its main culprit is the bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, or S. mutans. These tiny purple bacterium live in your mouth with upwards of 25,000

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Onlay – Porcelain/Ceramic, Three Surfaces

An “onlay” is a form of dental restoration used to repair a decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth. An onlay corrects damage extending to a “cusp” (the raised points on the biting surface), in contrast to an inlay, which is used to repair only that portion of the tooth between these cusps. Generally speaking,

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Occlusal Guard, By Report

This dental procedure code is used when your dentist prescribes a mouth guard to help counteract the effects of bruxism: the excessive grinding and clenching of teeth. Such occlusal (or, biting surface) mouthguards are typically made in a dental laboratory, although modern technology can even sometimes allow doctors to create them in-house. The reasons for

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Are My Gums Receding? And Why?

Progressive change can be difficult to notice, especially when it occurs to us and not someone else. Changes occurring along our gum line certainly fall into this category, and since recession is measured in millimeters it’s especially easy to miss. So, how much gum erosion is normal, and what causes it? Let’s take a look. Is

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