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Veneer Variety: The Diverse Materials of Dental Veneers

December 15, 2023

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A woman smiling with her new dental veneers

When it comes to enhancing your smile with dental veneers, porcelain is often the go-to material. This is an excellent material known for its durability and natural appearance. However, did you know that there are alternative materials available that may better fit your needs or your budget?

Continue reading to learn more about dental veneers and the various materials they can be crafted from.

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This Halloween, Don’t Let the Thought of Visiting the Dentist Scare You

October 12, 2023

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Being scared is part of the fun of Halloween, but a fear of the dentist is decidedly less enjoyable. Over three-quarters of adults have some form of dental fear or anxiety, and as a result, many of them don’t visit the dentist’s office nearly as often as they should. Below is a quick look at the reasons why you should get your dental fears under control – as well as why visiting the dentist isn’t as frightening as you might think it is!

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When Can You Get Dentures After Having Teeth Pulled?

August 9, 2023

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person with dentures smiling

Are you currently recovering from a tooth extraction or planning for one? Various factors such as decay, trauma, or overcrowding can necessitate this procedure. If you’re experiencing gaps in your smile due to missing teeth, the concept of rejuvenating it with dentures could be quite appealing. Given that dentures are a widely used solution, you may be curious about the timeline for obtaining them after your teeth have been extracted. Continue reading to explore the timing for acquiring dentures following a tooth extraction.

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A Closer Look at the Lifespan of Dental Bridges

June 2, 2023

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a closeup of a dental bridge

Did you know that roughly 170 million Americans have at least one missing tooth? This makes tooth loss a pretty widespread issue—but no one should have to live without a complete set of beautiful and functional pearly whites! This is where tooth replacement solutions such as dental bridges come into play—they’re quite capable of restoring lost teeth, but are they considered a permanent solution? Keep reading to learn more from your trusted dentist about dental bridges and their expected lifespans, along with some tips for keeping your bridge intact for as long as possible.

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What to Expect If You Haven’t Visited Your Dentist in a While

April 1, 2023

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a patient attending their dental appointment

If you’re a busy person, at times it might seem impossible to keep track of everything going on in your life, and there’s a good chance that despite your best efforts, things might slip through the cracks and become afterthoughts or forgotten about entirely! Unfortunately, something that people often neglect is routine dental care—and though it might not always seem like a huge deal, skipping out on these routine visits can spell bad news for your oral health. But you also shouldn’t fret about visiting your dentist if you haven’t gone in a while; at the end of the day, they still want to help your smile to look and feel its best! With that said, here’s what you should keep in mind if you find yourself finally heading back to your dentist’s office after an extended hiatus.

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6 Questions to Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Appointment

February 6, 2023

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person asking dentist questions

Every six months, you should visit your dentist for preventive care. During these visits, your smile will be thoroughly cleaned to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Additionally, your dentist will perform a thorough checkup to ensure that you don’t have any oral health problems developing. These biannual visits offer the perfect opportunity to ask your dentist questions regarding your grin. Read on to learn six questions to ask your dentist at your next appointment.

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Mouth During the Winter

December 16, 2022

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Woman in sweater smiling during the winter

As the weather gets colder, it’s not uncommon to experience oral health issues such as tooth sensitivity, chapped lips, and dry mouth. Do you often struggle with these problems during the winter? If so, being proactive about taking care of your smile can help. Below are 5 useful tips from your dentist that can help you protect your mouth while you’re waiting for spring to arrive.

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4 Tips to Help You Prepare for Invisalign

October 5, 2022

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Man at dentist for Invisalign

After many years of dealing with crooked teeth and misalignment, you’re thinking about choosing Invisalign to straighten your smile! By closely following the instructions of your dentist, you will have beautifully aligned teeth in a short period of time. Until you’re able to get your first set of aligners, there are some steps that you can take to prepare for your treatment. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips to set yourself up for success.

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So, Just How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

August 18, 2022

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A dental patient enjoying the benefits of cosmetic dentistry

If you want to beautify your smile, chances are you’ve considered cosmetic dentistry. The field has the power to give you pearly whites that really live up to their name! Still, you may wonder, “How long does cosmetic dentistry last in Petaluma?” You wouldn’t want to buy an expensive service that doesn’t stick around for a while. Lucky for you, your local dentist is here to answer your concern. Read on to learn the average lifespan of three cosmetic dental treatments and tips for making them last.

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Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

May 13, 2022

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Model of veneer in front of toothYou can’t put a price on the benefits associated with a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, not everyone wins the genetic lottery. Whether from your family genes, trauma, or neglect, veneers can give you a picture-perfect smile. However, they are a big commitment because your cosmetic dentist will need to shave off some enamel, which won’t grow back. How much enamel needs to be removed for veneers in Petaluma? Not enough for you to worry about damaging your teeth. 

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