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Watch Out for These Signs of Dental Implant Failure!

January 19, 2024

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diagram of failing dental implant

When you get dental implants, you can expect them to be successful. In fact, 95 percent of the time, they work perfectly and stay in good condition even 10 years after placement. But that does leave a 5 percent chance of implant failure.

Although rare, dental implant failure does occur, but it usually doesn’t pop up out of the blue; it often develops over time, and there are symptoms and signs that failure is coming. What are the signs that you should watch for? How can you prevent implant failure from sabotaging your smile? Keep reading! 

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Happy 2024! Why You Should Get Your Dental Checkup Done Early

January 5, 2024

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The ball has dropped, the confetti has been cleaned up, and a new year has started. Although the holidays are over, you have a whole year ahead of you. It can feel like you have all the time in the world to get everything done.

However, one important thing you should try to do early in the year is to visit the dentist. If you want to make 2024 a great year full of smiles, you should think about having a dental checkup and cleaning scheduled sooner than later.

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Finding Dr. Right: How to Find the Perfect Cosmetic Dentist for You

December 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamsburg_dental @ 12:40 pm
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When buying some things like groceries, you can get by without doing much research; however, when it’s an important investment, such as which college to attend, a car, or perfecting your smile, you should probably put a little more effort than usual. In the case of your teeth, they are one of the first features people notice about you, after all.

Just as not every car dealership is the same, every dental practice is unique. You should find the perfect one to get your cosmetic procedure. How can you find the right cosmetic dentist? Check out these five helpful tips.

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Feel the Burn! How Exercise Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

November 14, 2023

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older man stretching with a group getting ready to exercise

If you are concerned about your weight, heart health, and just overall wellness, you know that regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that it may help prevent one of the most common conditions in the world? Affecting nearly half of American adults over the age of 30, gum disease can seem inevitable, but the truth is that prevention is feasible!

With a daily hygiene routine, regular visits to the dentist, and exercise, you can keep your smile and your body in the best condition possible.

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Will Nitrous Oxide Knock Me Out?

October 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamsburg_dental @ 5:25 pm
smiling man with a nasal mask on his face

When you hear the word sedative, what comes to mind? You may think about being knocked out for a medical procedure or becoming comatose or delirious with medication. But not all sedatives have this kind of effect on you.

For dental care, nitrous oxide doesn’t make you unconscious—you stay awake the entire time you receive it. It is a gentler sedative, which means it will not put you to sleep. However, that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. Keep reading to learn how nitrous oxide works and why you should seriously think about getting it for your next dental appointment.

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Oh No! Problems That Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause

September 18, 2023

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young woman holding her jaw in pain

As a young adult, you may think you’re invincible, that nothing bad can touch you—until you get to the dentist’s office. The team tells you that your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are impacted, which means they are at an angle, instead of being vertically straight. Your dentist strongly recommends removing them before they cause problems.

But what kinds of bad things can impacted wisdom teeth lead to? What kinds of issues will extraction prevent? Learn the answers in the post below.

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Make Them Last: Aftercare for Dental Crowns

August 18, 2023

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young man brushing his teeth

After having a severe toothache, you’re more than ready to be done with treatment and get back to normal life. Your dentist has put a crown on your tooth, but that’s not necessarily the end of the story! It doesn’t mean you can do anything with that crown right away. To learn more about the aftercare for dental crowns, keep reading the information below.

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Lipstick: How to Create the Illusion of a Brighter Smile

July 17, 2023

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smiling woman with purple-based lipstick

Did you know that human eyes can perceive over one million colors? Your eyes are undoubtedly remarkable, but they can sometimes trick you. Optical illusions can make something look one way even if reality is quite different. Companies regularly manipulate images or videos to do this all the time, but even everyday people can use certain tricks to improve their appearance.

For example, most people want to give the impression that they have white teeth because this color implies that teeth are clean, young, and vibrant. But there is a sneaky way to make your pearly whites appear even brighter! If you wear lipstick, you can put on certain shades either to give the illusion of a perfectly white grin or to put it on full display.

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Not Just for Seniors: How Adults Can Need Dentures at Any Age

May 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamsburg_dental @ 5:45 pm
smiling young man with dentures

If you go onto TikTok, you can find people from all walks of life sharing their stories in short clips. Among these endless videos are attractive adults in their 30s or 40s taking out their dentures and showing off toothless smiles. It isn’t every day that you see someone young with dentures, right? Isn’t tooth loss an “old people thing”?

The truth is that about 120 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million have no natural teeth left at all—and not all of them are seniors! Modern dentures are much more subtle, comfortable, and lifelike than they used to be. Adults of any age could be wearing dentures without your knowledge. Keep reading to learn how this stigma can affect younger adults and why tooth loss really happens.

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Do I Really Need to Remove My Dentures Every Day?

April 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamsburg_dental @ 2:54 pm
dentures sitting in a glass of water

After waiting for several weeks and a few fittings, you finally receive your new dentures! They’re beautiful and fit really well, and you love that you now have a complete smile again. In your excitement, you don’t ever want to take them out!

However, you will need to remove them. In fact, they should be out of your mouth for between six and eight hours per day. Usually patients take them out right before bed, put them in a glass or cup of water, and put them back in the next morning. But why is this time important? Here are three reasons you must take this step every day.

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