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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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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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