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How Long Does It Take to Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal?

June 10, 2020

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Wisdom teeth removal

Are you needing to have your wisdom teeth removed in the near future? You aren’t alone. Many people don’t have enough room in their jaws for their wisdom teeth without causing issues. The most common age for wisdom teeth removal is between the ages of 17-21, but it can be earlier or later depending on your individual situation. Like any procedure, wisdom teeth removal requires a period of recovery time. But how many days should you take off from your busy schedule? Continue reading to learn the recommended amount of time to reserve and more about the recovery process.

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Importance of Going to an Emergency Dentist Instead of the ER During COVID-19

March 24, 2020

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During COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to minimize trips to the hospital as much as possible. This helps you avoid being exposed to the virus, reduces the strain on overworked hospital staff, and also saves critical medical supplies. In addition, don’t forget that dental offices are still open for emergency care and are often better-equipped to handle dental emergencies anyway! With that said, there are a small number of exceptions that may require medical care. Keep reading below for information on different types of dental emergencies and why you should always call an emergency dentist before going to the ER. You’ll also get some great tips for preventing dental emergencies altogether!

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4 Easy Steps for Preventing Dry Socket

December 16, 2019

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After your wisdom teeth are removed, their empty sockets are left behind. To protect the bone and nerve endings underneath, your body will form a blood clot that’s meant to stay in place until the gums have healed. But if this clot is dislodged, recovery will take longer – and you’ll experience a lot of pain and swelling! To prevent dry socket in Asheville, read on to learn 4 simple tips for keeping your blood clot safe.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction: When Is It Worth the Risk?

November 20, 2019

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Wisdom tooth extractions are extremely common; every year, 5 million people have their wisdom teeth removed. But even routine procedures carry some level of risk. An improper extraction could lead to infection, cavitation (a hole in the jaw surrounded by decaying tissue), and permanent numbness in your lips and tongue due to nerve damage. Is a wisdom tooth extraction worth these potential complications? Here’s what you need to know before committing to the surgery.   

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Will Your Jaw’s Bone Density Stop You from Getting Implants?

October 14, 2019

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For patients who are missing some of their teeth, getting dental implants can be an excellent, life-changing solution; your new smile will look and feel natural, and you can comfortably eat whatever you want. However, if you have already done some research online, you may think that you won’t be a candidate if you’re already suffering from decreased bone density in your jaw. Fortunately, recent research shows that isn’t necessarily true.  Keep reading to learn about the link between bone density and dental implant success – and how it could make all the difference when getting new teeth.

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4 Reasons to Get an Oral Cancer Screening in Asheville

April 13, 2019

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You take your health seriously. You try to eat right, drink plenty of water, stay active, and get lots of quality sleep. Maybe you even make it a point to see your doctor for checkups every year. Well, did you know that your dentist can play an important role in your health as well? At each dental checkup and cleaning, they perform an oral cancer screening to make sure you’re cancer free. But, you might be thinking, if you don’t smoke or drink heavily, do you really need this screening? This April, which is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, read this post to learn four reasons why you should get an oral cancer screening in Asheville.

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How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants in Asheville Replace?

February 12, 2019

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implant-supported bridgeNow, new innovations in dentistry give you a variety of options to replace your missing teeth. Besides traditional treatments, you can also enjoy dental implants in Asheville. They allow you to invest in your smile because they can last for several decades while also closely mimicking your natural teeth. Contrary to what you may have heard, they can replace more than a single tooth. In fact, they can treat all cases of tooth loss. No matter if you are missing one tooth, multiple, teeth, or an entire arch, dental implants can help.

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New Year, New Benefits from Your Dental Insurance in Asheville

December 1, 2018

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The new year can bring on a lot of fun and change, but it can also be a time of planning. Do you have dental insurance? Did you know that each year, billions of dollars in insurance benefits are wasted because they aren’t used by December 31st? The best way of utilizing all of your benefits is to plan out your year of dental care in January. Keep reading to learn some easy tips to get the most out of your dental insurance in Asheville for the New Year.

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Why You May Need a Root Canal in Asheville for Dental Trauma

November 21, 2018

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One of the more unfortunate situations to find yourself in is to be suffering from a dental emergency. It can be brought on by several factors, including sudden trauma to the face, a bad fall or a broken filling. Either scenario can cause severe pain and can leave your tooth vulnerable to bacterial infection. One of the ways to restore your oral health is to have a root canal in Asheville performed. Find out why this form of therapy may be the best solution for certain dental emergencies.

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Severe Tooth Decay? Root Canal Therapy in Asheville Can Help

September 4, 2018

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Older woman smiling.No one likes to hear that phrase, “You have a cavity.” Even people who maintain a good oral healthcare routine can suffer from tooth decay. It’s easy to put off the follow up appointment you need to fill in your cavity, especially when there’s no pain or discomfort you feel. If you leave your cavity untreated, your tooth will decay even further and possibly get infected. Once the tooth is infected, you will need root canal therapy in Ashville or the tooth must be extracted altogether. Keep reading to learn the signs of tooth decay and how to treat and prevent it.

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