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What happens if I lose a tooth?

Dental Implants in Doylestown PA

You or a loved one may lose a permanent tooth (not including wisdom teeth) at some point. Losing just one tooth can set off a cascade of events in your mouth.  The first thing people tend to notice is the physical appearance of missing a tooth.  Within the first month of losing that tooth, you will lose 25% of the bone in that area! This is why a lot of dentists will consider placing a dental implant or place a bone graft to prevent further bone loss.  Even with just a bone graft, after six months the bone will continue to be lost slowly over time if ...

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Tips for preventing gum disease

Gum disease prevention Doylestown PA

One of the most common dental issues people have is gum disease. Bad oral hygiene or skipping cleanings can lead to gum disease and because gum disease won’t cause many symptoms in its early stages, it is often left untreated until it has progressed to periodontal disease. Dr. Richard Cavanaugh and Dr. Elyce Link-Bindo are dedicated to preventative care so gum disease can be caught and reversed before it causes permanent damage.

Gum Disease

Gum disease happens when the bacteria and plaque are not removed properly and is able to grow and push its way in between teeth and gums. As it spreads it can lead to ...

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What are the most common misconceptions about dentures?

Dentures in Doylestown, PA

Dentures or “plates” are one of the most commonly misunderstood treatment options.  Dentures can be a great treatment for some, and nightmare for others, but what makes the difference?  How can you tell if dentures are a good alternative for you or your loved one?

Difficulties and Advantages of Dentures

Why are dentures difficult?  Poorly made dentures, will not fit well and can be miserable. Every person is different.  Dentures can be difficult to adapt to and cover the roof of the mouth.  They also need to be taken out every night.  For a select group of patients, the upper denture triggers the gag reflex.  The analogy I always tell my ...

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Onlays and Crowns -- What's the difference?

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What is the difference between an onlay, and a crown? 

Onlays, and crowns are different ways to replace missing or broken tooth structure. How a dentist chooses between which restoration depends on how many teeth you are trying to replace.  An onlay covers only portion of a tooth, and removes minimal tooth structure. Onlays are generally a more conservative approach.   The ceramic onlay fits similarly to a puzzle piece and can blend in so well that often times you can't see where the tooth starts and the onlay stops. They are often used as alternatives to large fillings.  When a white filling it too large, it often fails ...

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Should I get a dental implant?

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If you are someone who is missing a tooth, or may need a tooth removed in the future, dental implants are something you may want to consider.  Dental implants are titanium roots that are placed into your jawbone.  An intermediate piece called an abutment is then used to anchor a tooth or crown to the titanium root. Two of the biggest questions I am often asked are: how long does it take, and will it hurt? The length of time it takes for a dental implant relies on several factors. These factors include whether the implant can be placed right away and whether a bone graft will be needed before ...

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What do I do if my temporary crown (cap) or bridge comes off?

dental crowns and bridges doylestown pa

One of the biggest fears patients have when they choose crowns or bridges is: “what do I do if my temporary crown falls off while I am waiting for the final crown to be finished?” 

Temporary Crowns

Unless the final crowns are made in the dental chair, there is a period of 2-3 weeks where a temporary crown is necessary to cover and protect a tooth while the final crown is being made in the lab.  These temporaries are cemented with temporary cement that can become loose when eating something sticky or hard.  In the event that your temporary comes out, it is important to

  • Contact your dentist right away as the teeth ...

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What type of floss should I use?

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With all of the different types of floss on the market, it can get confusing which type of floss you should use.  Should you use waxed or unwaxed floss?  According to the scientific literature, there is no superior type of floss.  However, choosing the right floss for you is a matter of what is comfortable for you to use and what fits best between your teeth.  If you are someone that has spaces in between your teeth, unwaxed woven floss is ideal because it is rope-like and has a large enough surface area to clean in bigger spaces.  If your teeth fit tightly together, dental tape or Oral-B glide floss ...

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