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Orthodontics provides more than just cosmetic benefits

Orthodontics is More Than a Cosmetic Treatment

Is Orthodontic Treatment Purely Cosmetic? We hear these types of questions from patients and patients’ parents all the time.  Many people think straightening the teeth is unnecessary because it is “just cosmetic”.  Make no mistake: orthodontic treatment does improve the cosmetic appearance of a smile.  But that is not all it does. Orthodontic treatment provides

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The benefits outweigh Root Canal risks

Do Root Canals Really Cause Cancer?

Is There Any Truth to Root Canals Causing Cancer? In the age of the internet, you can find misinformation everywhere.  One of the topics with some popularity online is the claim that root canals can cause cancer.  This is a dangerous myth because it could lead some people to put off essential endodontic dental care,

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Pain after a root canal

Pain After a Root Canal

Why Does My Tooth Hurt After a Root Canal? One of the most important factors in having a great dental experience is having the appropriate expectations.  That’s why, at Empire Dental Specialty Group, we are committed to providing you with accurate, helpful information about your procedure! There are many myths surrounding the dental procedure known

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Mouth ulcers from braces

When Braces Cause Ulcers

My Braces are Causing Ulcers in my Mouth.  What Can I Do? Many people who undergo traditional orthodontic treatment with braces experience some uncomfortable side effects during treatment.  Some notice headaches or tension in the facial muscles.  Others experience pain in the teeth as they are moving.  More rare, but still possible, are symptoms associated

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Keeping Your Child’s Spacer Clean

How to Help Your Child Clean His Space Maintainer In order to promote proper growth patterns in the upper and lower jaws, allowing the permanent teeth to come into the correct position, orthodontists often use “fixed” appliances.  These are appliances, usually made of metal, that the orthodontist cements into place so that the appliance stays

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Learn about Root Fracture

What to Know About a Root Fracture

One of the worst “surprises” a patient can receive during a root canal is the diagnosis of a root fracture. What is a Root Fracture? There are different types of root fractures, and they are all bad news.  A crack or fracture of the root of a tooth can occur as the result of an

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Understanding Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting Procedure

What to Know about Healing from Gum Grafting? Gum grafting is an important periodontal surgery that improves the stability and appearance of your teeth.  It can also alleviate pain and sensitivity from gum recession.  It is a moderately invasive surgery, and the healing phase is extremely important. The Skill of Your Surgeon Affects Healing Gum

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Oral surgery complications

Preventing Dry Socket

How Do I Prevent Dry Socket After a Tooth Extraction? We understand that many patients fear the potential complications from a tooth extraction as much as the extraction itself.  The one that seems to incite the most fear is dry socket.  That’s because it is quite common, and it causes a lot of pain. What

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The Risk of Peri-Implantitis With Dental Implants

If You Have Dental Implants, You May Need to Keep an Eye Out for Peri-Implantitis If you have had a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you are in good company. Dental implants are a popular choice for those seeking an effective tooth replacement option. Since dental implants handily replace one or more lost

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