How Do You Know If You Need A Crown?

How Do You Know If You Need A Crown?

Are you experiencing discomfort in your teeth? Do you have a chipped or broken tooth? Are you worried about the appearance of your teeth?  If so, it’s time to consider a dental crown. Dental crowns are a great way to protect, restore, and enhance the look of your teeth. They improve the function and appearance of your teeth and provide …

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the reasons dental implants are deemed the best restoration available for missing teeth is their durability. Dental implants for single teeth last at least 20 years, but with excellent care and hygiene may last much longer, and even a lifetime. Implant-supported dental bridges and implant-supported dentures can also be expected to last decades. Read on for what to …

How Much Does A Composite Filling Cost in Holyoke, MA?

How Much Does A Composite Filling Cost in Holyoke, MA?

Composite fillings, also known as white tooth fillings or tooth-colored fillings, are the most natural in appearance when it comes to choosing a material to fill cavities. Given that dental fillings are the most common type of restorative dental treatment, it is understandable that patients would want an option that most closely resembles the look and feel of their original …

How Long Does A Dental Crown Last?

A dental crown is a tooth replacement that restores the function, feel, and look of your smile. Dentists can use crowns to restore and save a tooth that has significant damage. In this procedure, they remove all of the decay and infection, then use a crown to restore the original shape of the tooth.  Dentists also use crowns as part …

How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

Porcelain veneers are a non-surgical cosmetic dentistry option for improving the look of your smile. Veneers can correct issues such as stained, crooked, or damaged teeth and can be an excellent option for adults and teens alike. What Are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. …

How To Clean A Mouth Guard?

Investing in a mouth guard means you are taking strides toward better oral health. Most often they are recommended by dentists if there are some signs of bruxism – clenching or grinding – which can be dangerous for your teeth in the long run. By regularly using a mouth guard, sometimes referred to as a night guard since it is …

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Your smile is powerful and you want it to look good. So, you do what everyone is doing these days and call your dentist to inquire about porcelain veneers. After all, they can turn even the most aesthetically flawed teeth into perfection. The question is, how long can you count on them for a beautiful smile?  Let’s take a look …

How to Find a Qualified Cosmetic Dentist Near You

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in your smile and your confidence, so it’s important to spend time doing the research to find the most qualified cosmetic dentist near you. Unfortunately, because cosmetic dentistry is not recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental speciality like orthodontics or endodontics, you might have trouble knowing what to look for. Here’s how …

Do I Have a Cavity? How to Tell and What It Feels Like

From your first visit to the dentist, you learn about cavities and how not having a cavity is cause for celebration. Many of us strive to care for our teeth between dentist visits just so we can hear those words, no cavities! But what exactly is a cavity? What does it feel like? And how do you know if you …

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Holyoke, MA?

As a provider of dental implants in Holyoke, we hear a number of questions from patients about the cost involved in getting implant-supported restorations. Although most people understand that dental implants are the ideal solution for missing teeth, it’s common for patients to have reservations about the price. Below, we answer some of the most common questions people have about …

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dental treatments at our practice. Why is it so popular? It’s simple: most people experience stained or discolored teeth at some point in their lives, whether it’s from a coffee habit, aging, or a medication they’re taking. Before committing to teeth whitening, patients usually want to know how long their …

When Do You Need a Root Canal?

Root canal treatments are recommended whenever the pulp tissue inside a tooth is infected or inflamed. Although a tooth can also be extracted in these circumstances, a root canal allows us to save your natural tooth, which is the best possible outcome for your oral health. During a root canal procedure, the pulp is removed, the chamber and root canals …

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost in Holyoke, MA?

Do you want whiter teeth? Maybe you’ve noticed when you look in the mirror or see pictures of yourself that your teeth are looking a little dull or discolored. This is completely normal. Teeth yellow over time due to the things we eat and drink or other habits like smoking.  There are a variety of teeth whitening products available in …

3 Tips for Getting Used to Dentures

Getting dentures for the first time takes some adjustment. Anytime you introduce something foreign to the soft tissues of the mouth, such as getting braces, it can take some time to get used to. There may be some soreness and general discomfort. But once your mouth gets accustomed to the dentures you’ll likely find that you can eat and talk …

The Long-Term Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

Everyone knows that regular dental visits are important, but their benefits go far beyond simply preventing cavities. Here are some of the reasons you should make your routine dental visits a priority. Your Oral Health Is Linked to Your Overall HealthWhen your mouth is unhealthy, it impacts your entire body. In particular, research has shown that gum disease is closely …

Traditional vs Implant Supported Dentures

Are you in need of full mouth teeth replacement? A complete arch or row of artificial teeth is called a denture (also known as a prosthesis). There are two basic types of dentures: traditional and implant supported dentures. Both options have their pros and cons. If you’re trying to decide which option would be better for you, consider this comparison. …

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3 Key Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

Do you brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush? Brushing is important to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, and a manual toothbrush can do a pretty good job. Unfortunately it leaves a lot of room for error. It’s easy to miss spots and brush too hard or not hard enough.  These days dentists are recommending brushing with …

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4 Tips to Protect Your Teeth As You Get Older

Oral care can sometimes become more difficult as you age. What may have been sufficient in the past may not be enough to keep your teeth and mouth healthy throughout your lifetime. Aging brings about changes, such as a higher risk of health issues, an increase in medications you may take, and lifestyle changes. As a result, you’ll need to …

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Top 10 Causes of Bad Breath and How to Prevent It

Are you worried about having bad breath? It’s a common fear, because it is difficult to tell when your own breath is less than fresh. Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, can be caused by many different factors. But there are ways to prevent it and correct it.  Consider the top 10 causes of bad breath and learn what you can …

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5 Foods & Drinks Notorious for Tooth Discoloration

Do you want a bright white smile? Whitening treatments are some of the most commonly purchased dental products. Over the counter whitening treatments can help, but professional whitening treatments tend to give you better results.  But before you spend money on whitening products, you may want to consider what is causing your tooth discoloration in the first place. Here are …

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How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

From an early age, we are told how you should take care of our teeth, but are you supplied with the knowledge and techniques on how to properly take care of them?  Many people learn ineffective or damaging habits over time.  Without properly addressing your at home oral care, not only can these bad habits inflict a variety of problems …

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Root Canal Myths

The term “root canal” has become synonymous with “painful” and “unpleasant”. However, that is not really accurate. With advancements in modern dentistry, a root canal is no more painful than a routine cavity filling or any other basic dental procedure. Along with this myth, there are many others that deserve to be debunked. If you need a root canal, don’t …

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Financing Dental Work: What You Should Know

Are you in need of dental work and wondering how you’re going to pay for it? Dental procedures can be pricey and even if you have dental insurance, it doesn’t typically cover the full cost. But don’t worry, there are many ways to finance dental work in order to make it affordable.  Call Oakdale Dental Associates PC at (413) 536-1782 …

A Step by Step Guide to Dental Implants

A Step by Step Guide to Dental Implants

Until quite recently, dentures and dental bridges were the best solutions to replace teeth that were missing or failing. Today, though, dental implants have become the gold standard. They replace tooth roots, reversing jawbone loss and providing a strong, durable foundation for top-quality replacement teeth. A single dental implant with a crown is the right choice for one missing tooth, while …

4 Myths About Dental Implants

4 Myths About Dental Implants

Archeological records show that primitive dental implants may have been used since prehistoric times, and they were surprisingly common by 600 AD. Modern dental implants were developed in Switzerland in the 1970s, and they grew rapidly in popularity throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Today, dental implants are considered the gold standard to replace missing or failing teeth. Yet there are …