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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Evaluating Orthodontic Options

How to Choose between Invisalign and Traditional Braces When it comes to straightening your teeth, you have orthodontic options to choose from. The two of the most predictable and successful options are Invisalign, which straightens the teeth using clear aligners, and traditional braces, which use brackets and wires. Of course, each option has considerable pros and cons. In

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Cone beam CT (CBCT) is part of our dental technology suite

Cone Beam Technology

What is a Cone Beam, and Why Do I Need it for a Root Canal? Advances in technology make dentistry better.  One of the important advances in imaging is the use of cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT. We also call it a “cone beam” image.  CBCT images provide great advantages during a root canal treatment,

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Sinus infections and tooth infections

Can a Tooth Extraction Cause Sinus Problems?

People suffering from chronic sinus infections or inflammation are surprised to hear from a doctor or dentist that it could be related to their teeth.  Both dental infections and dental treatments can affect the sinus cavities on certain teeth.  We’ll explain that relationship here. How are the Teeth Related to the Sinuses? In general, the

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Learn about crown lengthening

Crown Lengthening: What is it, and Do I Really Need it?

Many patients find it difficult or frustrating to hear that they need more than just a crown to “fix” a tooth.  One of the dental procedures that often accompanies a crown is a periodontal surgery known as crown lengthening.  This procedure may be necessary even for teeth without dental crowns.  We’ll explain below. What is

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Dental implants replace missing teeth

Tooth Loss from Gum Disease

I’ve Lost Teeth Due to Gum Disease.  Can I Still Get Dental Implants? This is a great question to ask when you consider the treatment options to replace missing teeth.  At Empire Dental Specialty Group, we love replacing missing teeth and restoring the ability to chew.  One of the best and most predictable ways we

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Crowns and root canals

Crowns & Root Canals

Why Does a Tooth with a Root Canal also Need a Crown? This question sometimes follows surprise expressed by patients who have recently undergone root canal treatment on a tooth.  This is especially common when one doctor, a specialist called an endodontist, performs the root canal, and the patient returns to the general dentist for

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Keeping braces clean for good oral health

Oral Hygiene for Braces

What are the Best Tools to Use for Cleaning Teeth with Braces? The day you get your braces off is an exciting one! You finally get to see your beautiful, straight smile after months or years of wearing unsightly metal brackets and wires. There is one thing that can ruin this day, and that is removing the

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Options for Infected Tooth

Options for Tooth Infections

Can I Have an Infected Tooth Extracted, or Do I Have to Take Antibiotics First? When it comes to tooth infections, the appropriate treatment can literally save your life.  In rare cases, tooth infections spread into the airway, bloodstream or brain and cause death.  Tooth infections are bacterial in origin, and taking prescription antibiotics is

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What to know about a Periodontic referral

What to Know About A Periodontic Referral

Why Did My Dentist Refer Me to a Periodontist? I Just Want a Regular Cleaning. We hear this question quite frequently.  It can be confusing to understand the different types of dental cleanings and why one is necessary for some people and not for others.  If your dentist refers you to see a periodontist (a gum

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