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What are the different types of Digital Dental X-rays?

October 24, 2019

What are the different types of Digital Dental X-rays? Overview X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventive by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. What are the different types of Digital Dental X-rays? Bite-wing X-rays. Highlight the crowns of the back teeth. Dentists take one or two bite-wing X-rays on each side of the mouth. Each X-ray shows the upper and lower molars (back teeth) and bicuspids (teeth in front of…

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Why on Earth Do Implants Cost So Much?

June 7, 2018

Why on Earth Do Implants Cost So Much? Dental implants are the top-of-the-line when it comes to natural and functional replacements for missing teeth, but that excellence can come with a hefty price tag. Replacing missing teeth can have a positive effect on your health, appearance, and self-confidence for years to come, so we think it’s a worthwhile investment no matter what, but here’s a breakdown of the costs. So why are implants so expensive? For one thing, comparing pricing for dental implants isn’t like comparing pricing for a new car. Dental implants are not simply objects, they’re also service in…

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Understanding Tooth Sensitivity

December 4, 2017

Many millions of people suffer from tooth sensitivity at some point in their life, usually in the form of tooth pain in reaction to heat or cold. Tooth sensitivity has many causes, some more easily fixed than others. However, it’s important to know that tooth sensitivity is sometimes a sign of a more serious dental problem or condition. What follows are the basics of what you should know about having sensitive teeth. First, we need to have an understanding of how teeth are constructed. The hard, shiny outer layer of your teeth is called enamel. This layer protects the softer, porous…

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To Crown or not to Crown?

November 8, 2017

Crowns are tooth-shaped “Caps” that go over your teeth to restore their shape and size. They are usually made in a special Laboratory by a technician, and sometimes on CAD systems. Crowns are like custom jewellery, made of precious metals and ceramic, they need to fit perfectly to give strength and longevity. Crowns should restore function and esthetics, maintain the integrity of the tooth and the arch. It is recommended to Crown your tooth if it is heavily restored or has cracks in the enamel or if the tooth is root filled. We also use Crowns to improve esthetics, improving…

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