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What is a Root Canal?

Never ignore a toothache. If a cavity is deep enough to penetrate the inner chamber of your tooth, you’ll need emergency dental care or risk dental extraction. Our dentists will do everything in their power to save your tooth, including root canal therapy. During a root canal, we remove the infected tooth pulp and later strengthen your tooth with a crown...

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How Does Pregnancy Affect Dental Care?

Pregnancy hormones and morning sickness can affect oral health, which is why it’s important to continue seeing your dentist. While we understand being concerned for the health of your unborn child, skipping your appointment or ignoring tooth pain can do more harm than good. Continue reading to learn why a trip to the dentist is perfectly safe during pregnancy...

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Do I Need a Dental Crown or Filling?

Don’t ignore a toothache. If you’ve been feeling persistent tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist. Depending on the extent of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend either a cavity filling or dental crown. Continue reading to learn the differences between these dental services so you can make an informed decision regarding your oral health...

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3 Reasons to Get Dental Implants

If you recently lost one or more teeth, our dentists may recommend dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium rod our dentists surgically insert into the jawbone. Over several months, the implant fuses with your jaw and acts much like a natural tooth root would to later support a crown...

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How to Remove Plaque and Tartar from Teeth

Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that sticks to teeth. Not only does dental plaque feed on sugar, but it erodes tooth enamel and increases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. The best way to avoid plaque buildup is to practice good oral hygiene and schedule a dentist appointment every 6 months...

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3 Reasons to Try Zoom Teeth Whitening

If you have ever felt self-conscious about tooth discoloration, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with a teeth whitening dentist. If you haven’t been able to whiten teeth enough with toothpaste and strips, you may want to consider Zoom teeth whitening. Zoom noticeably whitens teeth in one appointment so you can smile with confidence...

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5 Health Problems Your Teeth Can Predict

Did you know that your Grandville dentist may be able to predict heart disease or diabetes during your next teeth cleaning? It is important to understand that your oral health is connected to your overall health, which is why dentists look for...

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How Do I Benefit From a Dental Bridge

Have you recently lost a tooth? Tooth loss affects more than just the appearance of your smile. It can also affect your oral health and quality of life. For example, losing a tooth can make it difficult to eat your favorite...

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What to Expect during the Veneers Procedure

Your smile is often the first thing people notice, which is why you might want to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to discuss porcelain veneers. Veneers are...

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Why You Should Consider Teeth Bonding

If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to ask your cosmetic dentist about teeth bonding. Through teeth bonding...

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What to Expect After a Root Canal

After the root canal, your tooth should feel much better. Root canal therapy treats an abscess tooth so you don’t have to deal with tooth extraction. However, you’ll still want to take the necessary precautions so your tooth heals correctly...

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How Night Guards Prevent Teeth Grinding

Do you wake up with terrible headaches and a sore jaw? Are your teeth flattened and worn down? If so, you may be in the habit of grinding or clenching teeth while you sleep. Bruxism (also called teeth grinding) is when you unconsciously grind your...

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Implementing Technology To Enhance the Patient Experience

It doesn’t take an industry veteran to know that going to the dentist just isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. The anxiety and fear created at the simple thought of making an appointment causes many people to go years without seeing a dentist...

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Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Children?

If your child has dental anxiety, you may want to consider the benefits of dental nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas). During the procedure, your child will be asked to breathe in nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen through a mask. The mask is gently...

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How to Cope with Dental Fear & Anxiety

If you have dental fear or anxiety, you’re not alone. According to WebMD, between 9% and 20% of Americans have dental anxiety that prevents them from getting the dental care they need. It’s not uncommon for people with dental anxiety to avoid going...

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5 Reasons to Schedule Dental Exams

A teeth cleaning every six months can help your dentist catch small oral health issues before they compromise your smile. A clean mouth not only reduces cavities, but can also greatly improve the health of your entire body. Our Grandville dentists believe that...

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Common Reasons For Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction dentist will be able to examine the affected tooth and take dental x-rays to determine the extent of tooth decay or dental injury. In this blog post, we will explain some of the most common reasons for pulling a tooth. If you are unsure whether...

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How to Prevent Cavities from Dental Plaque Buildup

While plaque is nearly invisible, it doesn’t stop being a threat to your teeth and gums. In this blog post, we will teach you how to prevent cavities caused by plaque so you can maintain a healthy smile long after the squirrels have finished eating the...

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What to Expect During ZOOM! Teeth Whitening

Did you know you can achieve a noticeably whiter smile in less than an hour? If you have unsuccessfully tried to whiten your smile with over-the-counter products, you may want to consider the benefits of professional teeth whitening. Like the name suggests, ZOOM! teeth whitening...

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Our Grandville dentists, Sarah Palmer DDS and Amy Harmon DDS, are dedicated to helping patients develop good oral health habits that will last them a lifetime. If you are interested in scheduling a dentist appointment, call our dentist office in Grandville at (616) 534-0080.