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What Causes an Underbite and How can I Treat It?

8/18/2022

An underbite is a condition where the lower teeth extend out farther than the upper teeth. Some feel like this resembles a bulldog and many are self-conscious about their smile. Unfortunately, there are no devices that can cover an underbite. Underbite cases can be mild or severe, and the good news is this condition is treatable.

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Is Popcorn Bad to Eat if You Have Dental Implants?

5/18/2022

Dental implants are an investment, and after you go through the process and finally have that perfect smile, it is important to care for them properly. Watching what you eat or chew on helps to ensure your implants stay in great condition. There are certain foods patients should avoid with their dental implants to help keep them looking and feeling great.

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How To Choose the Right Dentist for Dental Implants?

5/18/2022

When you decide to invest in dental implants to restore your smile, you want to make sure you find the perfect dentist. Quality dentistry you can count on is important to ensure your implant procedure is successful.

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Can You Get Dental Implants After Having Dentures For Years?

5/18/2022

If you have been using dentures for years and are ready for a change, dental implants may be the perfect solution. You may be wondering if you can switch from dentures to implants, and the good news is that this is an option. Many patients get frustrated with dentures, but in the beginning they were the easier choice. Dentures are easier to get and do not require the recovery time that implants require. Cost is much lower and this attracts patients to dentures.

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Do All on 4 Implants Take a Long Time To Heal?

8/18/2022

If you are looking at dental implants and want the process to be quick, then All-On-4 dental implants may be right for you. All-on-4 implants are also known as Teeth in a Day, and can be placed in a single appointment. All-on-4 implants are a fixed denture that is implant supported typically by 4 dental implants.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

5/18/2022

If you are looking for that perfect smile and want a permanent solution to broken, missing, or cracked teeth, then dental implants may be the perfect choice. Dental implants are built to last, and give patients a permanent solution that restores your smile. Implants can help build confidence, and if taken care of can last upwards of 25 years.

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What is Considered a Dental Restoration?

5/18/2022

If you have teeth that are decayed, injured, or missing you may require a dental restoration. Common types of dental restorations include crowns, fillings, implants, dentures, and bridges. Never hesitate to call the dentist if you have an issue with your tooth. In many cases our team can save your tooth with a restoration before the tooth damage progresses.

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Can You Lose Teeth in Your 30s Due to Periodontitis?

8/3/2022

Periodontitis is also known as gum disease, and is a gum infection that damages soft tissue. This disease can destroy the bone and eventually cause tooth loss if not treated promptly. Periodontitis slowly progresses, and can advance quickly before you may even notice you have an issue.

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Why Would I Need a Gum Biopsy?

5/18/2022

Keeping your gums healthy is important, and issues such as gum disease or oral cancer can affect not only your dental health, but your overall health if left untreated. Attending your regular appointments in our office can help to get in front of any gum issues before they become serious. Our staff will clean and polish your teeth, and we will also evaluate your gum health, and perform an oral cancer screening.

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Does Medicare Cover Oral Surgery?

5/18/2022

Medicare is a common dental coverage option for many patients and may cover oral surgery if the surgery is medically necessary. Surgeries that are medically necessary help to treat a condition, disease, or injury. If your surgery is for cosmetic reasons Medicare typically does not cover this type of procedure. Examples include crowns, dentures, or bridges.

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How Long Do Stitches Last After Oral Surgery?

5/18/2022

If you recently had oral surgery and are recovering, or just found out you need oral surgery, you may wonder how the healing process will go. Many ask how long the stitches will last after the procedure. Whether you had a tooth extracted, or have had another type of oral surgery, taking care of yourself after recovery and following the post-procedure instructions is important.

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What are the Benefits of Mini Dental implants?

5/18/2022

Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants, but they are used for narrow or smaller spaces. This type of implant is perfect for patients that naturally have smaller teeth. Mini dental implants can be used for single tooth restorations or full arch restorations. The procedure for mini dental implants is typically less invasive compared to traditional implants, and is usually a less expensive option.

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Are Dental Implants Noticeable?

5/18/2022

If you have missing, damaged, or broken teeth and are looking for the perfect restoration solution, dental implants may be the right choice for you. Dental Implants are a permanent solution and are durable and long lasting. Implants function like natural teeth, and allow patients to speak and eat normally. Implants are comfortable and do not slip or click like other restorative options.

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How Painful is an Endodontic Treatment?

5/18/2022

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in problems with the pulp or root of your teeth. They are specialists, and in many cases your general dentist will refer you to an endodontist to treat pain or issues with the inside of your tooth. Endodontists can save your teeth if they have been damaged or cracked, and specialize in treating tooth pain.

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Is it Safe to Get Oral Surgery if I’m Pregnant?

5/18/2022

One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

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What is an Emergency Root Canal Treatment?

5/18/2022

If you are dealing with persistent tooth pain you may be in need of a root canal. Root canals are typically needed when your tooth is severely damaged, or there is an infection in the pulp area of the tooth. Common issues can damage the pulp of a tooth including trauma, infections, or decay.

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Should I Call an Emergency Dentist or an Oral Surgeon

5/18/2022

If you have found yourself with a dental emergency you may wonder where to start. Doing research ahead of time to find an emergency dentist is important. This not only helps you to be prepared in an emergency, it also helps make the situation less stressful. Typically, your emergency dentist should be the one to call when you have a dental emergency.

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Is Tooth Sensitivity Permanently Curable?

5/18/2022

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, and many patients encounter pain or discomfort when they eat certain foods that are hot or cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, around 40 million adults suffer from sensitivity. Usually, the pain is temporary and can be treated to improve, but not cure the condition.

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How Long Does It Take For a Tooth Infection to Spread?

5/18/2022

Infections can be serious, and it is always important for patients to know when to call their dentist. Infections should always be treated right away to avoid complications, or other issues from developing. If you have a toothache and throbbing pain that does not go away, the infection could spread to other places in the body.

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What Should I do About My Periodontal Pockets?

5/18/2022

If you notice your gums are inflamed or receding, you may be wondering what procedures are available to help shrink periodontal pockets. When gums are loose and no longer fit snug around your teeth, this can cause bacteria and plaque to collect underneath the gums. This can cause severe damage to your gums and teeth, and if not treated can result in unstable teeth, or even tooth loss.

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Can Gum Disease Cause Heart Disease?

5/18/2022

Gum disease or periodontal disease is when you have inflammation of the gums. Gum disease breaks down the tissue around our teeth and gums, and if not treated can lead to tooth loss. In recent studies doctors have looked at the correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Heart disease is when the blood vessels around the heart are narrow or blocked.

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Is Gum Disease Over if the Bleeding Stops?

5/18/2022

Staying on top of your general health is also important. This includes avoiding alcohol or smoking, and staying away from sugary drinks. Taking care of both your oral and general health is imperative, to ensure your teeth and gums will last you a lifetime.

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What are All-on-4 Teeth Implants in Dentistry?

5/18/2022

All-on-4 implants provide patients with dental implants in just one appointment. These implants can be placed by our skilled team while the patient is comfortably sedated. This type of implant process is also known as Teeth in a Day, and is a fixed denture that is typically supported by 4 implants.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

5/18/2022

Taking care of your oral and overall health must be a priority. Knowing when you need to call your dentist is important. Practicing good oral hygiene habits help to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and many other issues. Cavities are one of the most common issues patients face, and about 30 percent of Americans have untreated dental cavities.

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How Do I Help with Tooth Pain?

5/18/2022

If you think you may have a dental emergency it is important to know what to do to ensure your issue is addressed as soon as possible. Our office provides same day or next day appointments to accommodate our patients that need immediate treatment.

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Is Oral Surgery Worth It?

5/18/2022

You may have been recommended to have oral surgery, and are concerned if you should go through with it or not. Oral surgery has many benefits, and patients need to weigh their options. Our staff will only recommend oral surgery if it is absolutely necessary, or if the patient is unhappy with their mouth, jaw, or smile.

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What are the Types of Dental Implants?

5/18/2022

If you have been recommended for dental implants you may be overwhelmed with all of the implant choices available. Our team can help you choose which implant works best for you and discuss what your options are.

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How Can I Reduce My Costs for Dental Care?

5/18/2022

Dental care can be costly, and simple procedures can even run up your bill. Caring for your teeth is necessary to keep your oral and general health in check. Many people have no dental benefits at all, or if they retire their benefits are lost.

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Are There any Differences Between Mouth Washes?

5/18/2022

Mouthwash is used to help rinse away bacteria or food particles after you brush and floss each day. Using mouthwash is an additional way to help protect your teeth and gums. Knowing the differences between mouthwashes can help you choose the right one to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine.

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Why is it Necessary to Perform Underbite Surgery?

5/18/2022

A normal bite is when both the upper and lower jaws align perfectly. The upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, and the jaw functions normally. If alignment is off this causes a malocclusion or issue with your bite. With an underbite the lower jaw protrudes further out than the upper jaw.

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What is an Apicoectomy and Why Do I Need it?

5/18/2022

Root canals are a common procedure and have a success rate of 95%. There are procedures in place that can help your root canal last such as placing the crown immediately following the root canal. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene habits after your root canal at home.

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Is it Better to Get A Dental Implant or a Bridge?

5/18/2022

When deciding on a restorative solution it is important to look at all of your options to help you decide on the best option that works for you. A common question patients face is if they should choose a dental bridge or dental implants when they are looking for a tooth replacement solution.

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When Should a Person Switch Dentists?

5/18/2022

Switching dentists can be a hard decision, but patients need to make a change if they notice things aren’t working out with the current practice. Knowing when to make the move can be hard, but there are some tips you can follow to help you find your new dental office or dental clinic in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, or in Lake Forest, CA.

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How Often do Dental Implants Need to Be Replaced?

5/18/2022

If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may wonder if they will ever have to be replaced. Implants are a permanent restorative solution for patients seeking that perfect smile. Dental implants look and feel natural in the mouth, and last upwards of 25 years if they are cared for properly.

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How Many Days Should I Not Smoke After Oral Surgery?

5/18/2022

Oral surgery requires healing time depending on the type of oral surgery and severity of the issue. Some common oral surgeries at Orange County Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Lake Forest, CA consist of tooth removal, repair from injury, jaw surgery, palate repair, biopsies, or dental implants.

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Milk Teeth: How To Take Care Of Them?

5/18/2022

From the age of six months appear the first teeth of milk. Their daily maintenance is essential to prevent the teeth from decaying teeth and unsightly stains.

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A Commitment To Modern Dental Implantology

5/18/2022

In recent years, dental implantology has become one of the specialties most demanded by patients to replace lost teeth. They help to recover the full functionality of the teeth and have a finish that does not differentiate them from natural parts. Thanks to this new innovative approach, patients recover their smile easily.

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How To Choose A Toothbrush?

5/18/2022

To take good care of your teeth, it is advisable to brush your teeth two times a day within 2 minutes. The manual toothbrush is sufficient if you know how to brush your teeth. The choice of the toothbrush is not so easy considering many models available on the market: manual toothbrush, electric, cross-bristle, swivel head.

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