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Implants vs. Bridges: Which One Is Right For You?

Implants Vs. Bridges | Hillsboro Dentist

If you have one or more missing teeth, you probably already know how it can affect your self-esteem. Embarrassing gaps left behind by extracted teeth can make you reluctant to talk or smile around other people. But did you know that it can cause other health problems, too? 

Restoring a missing tooth is important to your overall oral health. Over time, your other teeth may shift into the gap left behind from an extraction, causing misalignment of your teeth. This can create bite problems and put undue stress on your remaining teeth, leading to further tooth loss. The jawbone itself can also start to reabsorb, causing a sunken appearance to your ...

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Tips for Preparing for Tooth Extractions

Preparing for Tooth Extractions

Many of us will, at some point in our lives, have a tooth pulled. Whether it's due to overcrowding, impacted wisdom teeth, trauma, or decay, it can be a frightening prospect. Your Hillsboro, OR dentist Dr. Smith wants to offer some advice on how to prepare for an extraction: what to do before, during, and after having a tooth pulled to make your life easier and make sure you heal quickly and well.

Before Having a Tooth Pulled

It's important to prepare ahead of time if you're having one or more teeth extracted. Having everything you need before your appointment will save you time and discomfort later.

Make sure you have plenty of ...

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"Root Canals Are Painful" And Other Myths About Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Myths | Hillsboro Dentist

Root canals are one of the most dreaded procedures in the dental industry. There's really no reason for it, but many myths from early dentistry practices still linger today. We want to address some of these myths and give you the facts if you're facing root canal therapy.

1: Root Canals Are Painful

FALSE: This myth is likely a combination of factors. First, in the early days of modern dentistry, they didn't have access to the tools and technology that we have now that make root canal therapy a painless and much easier process. The truth is that with modern anesthesia and a range of state-of-the-art tools and materials, today’s root canals ...

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Amalgam Fillings vs. Composite Fillings: Which Is Better?

Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Fillings | Hillsboro OR Dentist

For many years, silver amalgam was the only option available to dentists for fillings. This is no longer the case, as advances in dental technology have brought options such as tooth-colored composite and porcelain inlays into a more affordable range. Because of this, we are often asked by patients with amalgam fillings whether they should replace their fillings with other materials. Today, our Hillsboro dental office is taking a look at some of the pros and cons of both of the most popular filling materials: amalgam and composite.

Are Amalgam Fillings Dangerous?

Amalgam fillings contain elemental mercury. While it is true that high amounts of mercury can be harmful, even ...

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Can a Dentist Really Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea | Hillsboro OR Dentist

Many people suffer from sleep apnea and aren't even aware of it. If you or your loved ones have complaints such as snoring, tiredness, morning headaches, or difficulty sleeping through the night, you may have sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes the sufferer to stop breathing briefly during sleep. This can happen dozens of times per night, leading to poor concentration, exhaustion, snoring, headaches, and other detrimental side effects. If left untreated, it can also contribute to other serious health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, and strokes.

If you believe you may have sleep apnea, please consult your physician. The only way to diagnose ...

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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Products: Is It Worth the Extra Cost?

Professional Teeth Whitening | Hillsboro OR Dentist

Stained or yellowed teeth can be embarrassing. They may make you reluctant to smile or eat in front of others and can affect your overall self-esteem. Many people turn to teeth whitening products for the remedy.

We are often asked if it's really worth it to opt for the professional teeth whitening offered at our Hillsboro dental office or if you can get the same results from over-the-counter whitening products.

Over-the-Counter Products: So Many Choices, So Many Questions

These days a quick walk down the oral and dental products aisle at your local supermarket or drugstore will reveal a vast array of whitening products available for home use. There are toothpastes, mouthwashes, whitening ...

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Help! My Child Is Afraid of the Dentist!

Children's Dentistry | Hillsboro OR Dentist

Starting good dental habits early is important to your child's oral health. With regular visits to the dentist, your kids will learn how to keep their teeth clean and healthy, how to make good choices when it comes to after-school snacks, and how to be a part of “team healthy teeth.”

Getting your child to go to the dentist willingly isn't always easy. It can be made even more difficult if your child suffers from dental fear or anxiety. Dental anxiety in children can come from many sources. Your child may have had a traumatic experience with another dentist. If they have not had regular dental visits, the unfamiliar noises, dental ...

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