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Posted by on 9:13 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cracked Tooth? Know Your Three Options For Fixing It

When you accidentally crack a tooth, your first instinct will be to head to the dentist to get it fixed. You may not be thinking of what method should be used to actually fix the tooth. There are three different options for dealing with a cracked tooth, and by understanding the differences, you can decide on which one is best for you. Tooth Extractions Dental procedures can be expensive, and it’s a possibility that you do not have the cash to fix your tooth in an ideal way. If money is tight, you can always have the tooth completely extracted. Expect to pay around $174 for a basic tooth extraction. This is not an ideal option if you have a front tooth that is cracked, but may be viable if it is a rear molar. Nobody will be able to see the gap, and your smile will still look great. Dental Crowns Getting a dental crown will preserve as much of your chipped tooth as possible. The part of the tooth that remains will be filed down, and a crown attached on top of it. A crown is designed to feel and look like a natural tooth, so nobody will be able to tell that you have one. A dental crown will be more expensive than getting the tooth extracted, falling between the $600-$2,000 price range. The problem with dental crowns is that they will not last forever. Expect your dental crown to last between 5-10 years on the low side, and 20-30 years on the high side. It’s typical for dental insurance providers to pay for crown replacement after 5 years though. Dental Implants When you are unable to save enough of the tooth to attach a crown, a dental implant is your best option. It will require extracting the cracked tooth, and putting a dental implant in its place. An implant can potentially last your entire life if you take good care of it over the years. When you factor the implant, abutment, and crown, an implant will have an average cost of $4,250. The total cost can increase when you factor in x-rays, the bone graft, and tooth extraction costs. You do not need to live with your cracked tooth forever. Now that you know of three options for fixing a cracked tooth, you can pick the method that is best for your smile and budget. Contact a local dentist, such as one from Milan Simanek, D.D.S. & Associates, for further...

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Posted by on 12:37 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Trends In Pediatric Dentistry That Help Your Child Have A Pain-Free Dental Experience

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children make their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday.  However, you may have reservations about taking your children to the dentist because you are concerned that they will have to deal with oral pain.  Don’t let fear stop you from doing what’s best for your children:  Use this information to learn more about the latest trends in pediatric dentistry that make the dental chair as pain-free as possible. Laser Fill-Ins One of the greatest trends in pediatric dentistry that can help make your child’s dental experience more enjoyable is the use of lasers to complete fill-ins.  Because approximately 40 percent of all children between the ages of 2 and 5 have cavities, there’s a relatively strong chance that one or more of your children will need to have a cavity filled in at some point. Some parents don’t like traditional cavity fill-in methods because it involves the use of local anesthesia, which is sometimes found to be toxic to infants and children.  Laser fill-ins eliminate the need for anesthesia, and reduce the amount of time that your child will have to wait to eat or drink after surgery.  Combine this with the fact the laser fill-ins are virtually pain-free and it should be relatively easy for you to feel comfortable letting a pediatric dentist take care of your child’s cavities. Advanced Injection Methods Another technological advance in pediatric dentistry that you’ll be happy to hear about involves the syringes that dentists use to inject the mouth of your child.  Pediatric dentistry innovators have listened to concerned parents who hated to see their children in pain because they had to receive an oral shot.  As a result, they’ve created a tool that is designed to make the dental experience much easier for the smallest of patients. Pediatric dentists now use a “wand” when they are administering shots to the mouths of small children.  Because the wand works by attaching to a single tooth without having to pierce the gums, your child won’t feel any pain or discomfort.  This should give you a great deal of peace of mind, and make you even more committed to maintaining regular visits with a pediatric dentist. The field of pediatric dentistry has come a very long way.  Capitalize on the latest improvements by taking your child in to see a dental professional as soon as possible To learn more, speak with someone like Mark Stapleton DMD MSD...

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