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April 7, 2022

5 Key Dental Implant Facts

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 9:52 am
Cartoon tooth with light-bulb indicating an idea

Just what advantages do dental implants offer patients? You may know that they replace missing teeth, but their other benefits may not be apparent. How do they differ from dentures? How well do they work on a day-to-day basis?

To help answer these questions, here’s a summary of five key facts about dental implants. Hopefully, it’ll help you see that implants are a great treatment that you might pursue in the future.

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March 17, 2022

The Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

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Woman using DIY teeth whitening tray

With the rise of DIY projects, people are really taking to heart an old, famous saying: If you want something done right, do it yourself. This even applies to dentistry, with some of us trying methods to whiten our teeth ourselves.  DIY projects are possible for all sorts of things, the thinking goes, so why not whitening?  It’s cheaper, faster, and more convenient than visiting a cosmetic dentist!

As great as the promises of self-whitening sound, however, they’re generally false advertising. Contrary to popular belief, DIY whitening is quite dangerous, and can have negative effects on your teeth. To avoid hurting your smile in an attempt to help it, listed below is a guide to DIY whitening dangers and why dentists are the better option.

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February 4, 2022

What Are Tips to Take Care of My Invisalign Aligners?

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smiling woman holding Invisalign

Gone are the days of traditional braces being the only solution to align your teeth. Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that can quickly and discreetly straighten your smile. Each removable, clear, plastic tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, gradually shifting your teeth. Although you will only wear each set for a short period, you need to care for them properly to assure optimal results. Read on for tips from your dentist in Farmington on how to maintain your clear aligners.

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January 5, 2022

How Do Dentists Color-Match Dental Crowns?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 7:32 pm
dentist speaking to patient about color-matching dental crowns

When you picture a dentist, the image your brain comes up with me be that of an expert of all things related to the oral cavity. If that’s the case, it may surprise you to learn that dentists think of themselves as artists as much as dental health professionals. The field of dentistry is a perfect blend of art and science, especially where repairing decayed or broken teeth with a dental crown is concerned. Picking the right shade for your restoration requires the use of several techniques and a keen eye to ensure that your smile looks healthy and uniform. Read on to learn why teeth are different colors and about the science behind the process of color-matching your dental crowns.

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December 4, 2021

What’s the Difference Between Store-Bought and Take-Home Teeth Whitening Products?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 7:30 pm
teeth whitening kit

Discoloration of your teeth can have many culprits – tobacco products, pigmented beverages, aging, and more. It’s natural in some cases and something you can control in other instances, but the good news is that there are teeth whitening products to help you.

Should you seek out a take-home whitening kit from your dentist or just go to the pharmacy for a store-bought kit? Well, the American Dental Association (ADA) believes there is a clear choice. Keep reading to learn more on the matter from your dentist in Farmington.

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November 4, 2021

Can I Use Turmeric for Teeth Whitening at Home?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 8:59 pm
woman holding spoonful of turmeric

When you go online looking for a solution to a problem, there will always be some options for you to try at home. Everyone wants to have a white, healthy smile, so there are plenty of do-it-yourself teeth whitening remedies to be found on the web.

A recently popular one involves using turmeric for teeth whitening. Whether you are going to seriously consider it or not, using a spice to whiten teeth sounds interesting. Is this legit? Keep reading to find out more about this spice, if it can whiten your teeth, if it has any other benefits for oral health, and other teeth whitening options you can consider.

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September 14, 2021

Foods to Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery

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man pointing to dental implants in Farmington

With a 98% success rate, dental implants are a common and reliable way to replace one or more missing teeth. After implant surgery, you will need to temporarily cut out certain foods that can interfere with the healing process. By preparing the right meals after your dental implant surgery, you’ll be setting yourself up for a successful recovery. Here’s a list of foods you should avoid, what to eat instead, and what side-effects to expect from the procedure.

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August 29, 2021

Are Bruxism and Dental Implants a Bad Mix?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 8:41 pm

Hand holding “stop bruxism” signDespite constant innovations in dentistry, at least 120 million people have one or more missing teeth. Thankfully, you have more options than ever to treat tooth loss, but only one method stands out among all others. A dental implant is unlike any other prosthetic because it recreates both the root and crown. It is a nearly perfect replica of your natural teeth with over a 95% success rate. Although dental implants are the most reliable option for tooth loss, a few things can compromise their lifespan, like bruxism. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, here’s what you need to know to safeguard your smile.

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July 18, 2021

Can Teens Benefit from Dental Implants?

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Teenage girl with folder and backpackTeeth are designed to last for a lifetime, but that’s not a reality for many people. Despite the latest advancements in dentistry, tooth loss is still common. Typically, it’s an issue that’s believed to only affect adults; however, teens can also lose a permanent tooth. Whether from decay, disease, or trauma, you want to restore the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve using a dental implant. Although you’re never too old to benefit from them, can teenagers get dental implants? Here’s what you need to know to make the best decision for their smile.

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June 19, 2021

What Type of Denture Adhesive Works Best?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 3:29 am

Woman using denture adhesive holding an appleModern advancements in dentistry allow dentures to feel more comfortable than ever. If they fit properly, you shouldn’t experience any slipping or irritation; however, they may not feel as snug as time passes. A denture adhesive can be the ideal solution to stabilize your smile. Although an adhesive isn’t always necessary, here’s how to choose the best one for your specific needs.

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