Be Brave, Maybe. Be Smart, Always.

When you were little and fell, your parents wouldn’t make an issue of it. You were encouraged to be brave and get right up and keep playing. That habit helps you build some resilience to small injuries. But sports injuries to the mouth shouldn’t be brushed off or ignored. “When you receive an injury to the mouth, … [Read more...]

When Is a Toothache an Emergency?

Your tooth hurts and it’s Friday evening. You don’t want to bother your dentist, but if it gets worse, you’ll be calling at midnight. Should you call or not? “Emergencies depend on pain, and everyone experiences pain differently,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix dental office. “One of the ways I handle client’s … [Read more...]

Tongue Piercings Cause Dental Problems

They may be trendy, but having piercings in your tongue, lips, or cheek may cause more problems than the popular body modification is worth.  “Almost every teen wants to be unique and different,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office, “but parents shouldn’t go along with the idea without … [Read more...]

Inlay or Onlay—What’s the Difference?

You may have heard the terms “inlay” and “onlay” and think they are different methods of repairing damaged or decayed teeth. And they are. But they are also different procedures. Both inlays and onlays repair damage to the chewing surface of the back teeth, or molars. Because they are both repairs to a tooth that … [Read more...]

The Facts on Dental Sedation

Sedation allows dentists to create a state of relaxation and thus manage the fear and pain patients may experience during dental procedures. There are several different types of sedation in dentistry. Local anesthesia is administered by injecting medication into tissue or by applying a medication topically to an … [Read more...]

How To Prepare for Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery: Part II Last week we discussed some preparation steps for your cosmetic dentistry or restorative oral surgery. Today, we are adding some tips to make your procedure and recovery comfortable. Ask a friend to drive you to and from your oral surgery appointment. No matter what kind of anesthetic you and … [Read more...]