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Canker Sores...Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

by Smile Design SI

Posted on April 09, 2017 at 11:59:56 AM

A canker sore is a small, painful sore that develops inside the mouth. Also known as aphthous ulcers, these shallow sores can be found on or under the tongue, inside your cheek or lip, at the base of the gums or on the soft palate. Canker sores can appear on their own or in groups and are recurrent. Although canker sores can be painful, they will usually clear on their own within one to two weeks. Although often confused, canker sores are not like cold sores, which are caused by the herpes virus. Unlike a cold sore, canker sores do not appear on the lips and are not contagious. What causes canker sores? Although the exact cause of this type of mouth ulcer is unknown, hereditary factors, stress or tissue injury are the likely causes of canker sores on the gum, tongue or soft palate. Acidic or citrus foods can also trigger a canker sore, as can sharp teeth, braces or ill-fitting dentures. Cigarette smoking and allergies may also increase the likelihood of canker sores. Some cases...

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Do Wisdom Teeth have to be removed?

by Smile Design SI

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 07:04:02 AM

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop in the mouth, usually in our late teens or early twenties. Often times, wisdom teeth become trapped in the jawbone and don't break through the gum tissue. Not everyone has wisdom teeth and if they do not crowd other teeth, they can stay and act like other molars for chewing food. Sometimes wisdom teeth are crooked and cause cavities or gum disease. If wisdom teeth are crooked, blocked by other teeth or have a flap of gum tissue on top, plaque and food can enter around the tooth and cause cavities, gum disease or wisdom tooth infection. In many cases, it is a good idea that trapped wisdom teeth be extracted. Depending on the location of the tooth, taking out the wisdom tooth can be done in your dentist's office or in an oral surgeon’s office. Angular, bony impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth)  ...

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Dental Implant Facts

by Smile Design SI

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 08:42:25 AM

It has been estimated that 69 percent of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and one in four over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth. Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD, when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. Thank goodness for contemporary dentistry! Teeth restored with dental implants can't get cavities! An replacement tooth, or crown, doesn't decay like a natural tooth, but you still must brush, floss and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth and gums in the same manner as natural teeth. Regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups also are essential. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. Contemporary dental implants, which have been in use for many decades, have been proven safe and effective. ...

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