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What is Scaling and Root Planing?

About 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontitis, which is a serious gum infection. Unlike gingivitis (gum inflammation), you can’t reverse periodontitis by practicing good oral hygiene. Instead, you’ll only be able to mitigate your symptoms. If this describes your situation, our dentists may recommend scaling and root planing. In the meantime, here’s [...]

What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction

Our dentists will do everything in their power to save your tooth. But they may recommend extraction as a last resort if the tooth is beyond repair. Under these circumstances, tooth extraction would prevent further harm to your oral health. For example, we may need to extract an abscessed tooth before the infection spreads to [...]

How to Avoid a Dental Emergency

There’s never a good time to experience a dental emergency. That’s why it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene at home and avoid any bad habits that could compromise your health. Likewise, seeing your dentist at least every 6 months will help you maintain a healthy smile in the long run. Here’s how to [...]

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

Many people dread needing a root canal. But the truth is that root canal therapy can actually provide a lot of relief. It means getting rid of the dental pain and saving your tooth from needing extraction. Also, keep in mind that we’ll do everything in our power to keep you comfortable during the procedure. [...]

Should I Get Porcelain Veneers?

Do you have front teeth with small chips, cracks, or stains? Are your front teeth slightly misshapen or gapped? If so, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers. A veneer is a wafer-thin slice of porcelain that we bond to the front of the tooth. As a cosmetic procedure, it's designed to improve the [...]

3 Harmful Myths About Natural Teeth Whitening

There’s a lot of misinformation on the internet about what is natural, healthy, and safe for teeth whitening. For example, you may have seen some of your favorite social media influencers try charcoal teeth whitening. But before you rush to place an online order, always consult with your dentist before trying any teeth whitening trends. [...]

What Happens During the Dental Bridge Procedure?

Have you recently lost a tooth? If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. During your visit, they’ll be able to determine if you’re a candidate for the dental bridge procedure. They can also help you learn about your other tooth replacement options. If you do decide to get a [...]

Is Laughing Gas Safe?

Yes, laughing gas is safe for both children and adults. Unlike other types of sedation dentistry, laughing gas is quick to wear off. You’ll also be able to drive home after your procedure. This is different from IV and pill sedation, which would require you to arrange a ride home. Here’s what you need to [...]

Dental Implants FAQ

Do you ever hide your smile in public? Do you catch yourself covering your mouth when you laugh? Feeling self-conscious about missing teeth can have lasting consequences on your self-esteem. The good news is that our dentists offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including dental implants. Here’s what you need to know. What are [...]

What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown

Do you have a tooth that’s badly decayed, cracked, or stained? If so, one of our dentists may recommend that you get a dental crown to restore your smile. A dental crown restores a fragile tooth to its natural strength and appearance. Here’s what you can expect during the tooth crown procedure. You’ll Request a [...]

How to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

No one can predict the future. But even if cancer runs in your family, there’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk of oral cancer. The first step is to recognize how much power you have over your lifestyle and daily habits. The next step is to decide that you’re going to take [...]

Does My Child Need Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants fall under the umbrella of preventive care. While dental sealants are often presented as optional, they can help prevent cavities in the long run. If your child has deep grooves or divots in their back teeth, one of our dentists may recommend dental sealants. Here’s what you need to know about tooth sealants [...]

Do I Need a Custom Night Guard?

Do you ever wake up with a toothache or jaw pain? If so, you may have bruxism and not even know it. Bruxism is a condition that causes a patient to grind their teeth while sleeping. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to worn enamel, sensitive teeth, and other oral health issues. Here are some [...]

Why Does My Toothache Hurt Worse at Night?

Your toothache may hurt worse at night because you have fewer distractions from the pain or you’re unconsciously grinding your teeth. There are also other reasons why you’re experiencing pain—all of which you should discuss with your dentist. Here’s why your toothache could be hurting worse at night. Fewer Distractions A toothache is your body’s [...]

Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth When it’s Cold Outside?

Do pumpkin spice lattes, hot cocoa, and chilly weather make your teeth hurt? If so, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, which happens when the protective outer layer of your teeth (enamel) is compromised. The good news is that our dentists can determine the cause of your sensitive teeth and recommend a course of treatment [...]

How to Celebrate Halloween (Without Cavities)

Halloween will be different this year. While trick-or-treating might be out of the question due to the Coronavirus, the craving for candy is still strong. No matter how you plan to celebrate, we want to give you some helpful tips for keeping your child’s smile healthy and free of cavities long past October. Here’s what [...]

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

While dental implants last longer and help prevent bone loss in the jaw, dentures are the more affordable choice for many of our patients. If you’re interested in replacing teeth, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists. During your consultation, they’ll be able to help you explore the [...]

How to Cure Gingivitis

You have a limited window of opportunity to cure gingivitis. The good news is that you can usually reverse gum disease within 10 to 14 days by practicing good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily to remove plaque. About 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have [...]

What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning

Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist out of fear or anxiety, according to WebMD. But teeth cleanings don’t have to be scary when you know what to expect. Our dental practice prioritizes your safety and comfort during your appointment so you can feel peace of mind. Here’s what you can [...]

What Happens During the Veneers Procedure?

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that we can bond to the fronts of your teeth. Our dentists may recommend the veneers procedure to restore front teeth that have minor cosmetic damage. For example, veneers are great for covering teeth with small chips, cracks, or stains. The veneers process usually takes two trips to our office. [...]

The Main Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth? If so, ask our dentists if you’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots made of titanium alloy that are placed in the jaw. Later, our dentists add an abutment and crown to give the appearance and function of a natural tooth. Here are [...]

How to Get Healthy Teeth and Gums

There’s no quick fix to regaining your oral health. But seeing our dentists at least every 6 months for preventive dental care is a good place to start. In this blog post, we’ll also offer our tips on how to build good oral hygiene habits at home that will help you back on the path [...]

Do I Really Need Teeth Cleanings Twice a Year?

Yes! It’s important that you get teeth cleanings at least every 6 months so we can remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is an invisible, sticky film of bacteria that lives inside your mouth. As you eat sugary foods, these bacteria eat the particles left behind and produce an acid that erodes enamel and attacks your [...]

Dental Crowns vs. Fillings

Dentists use both dental crowns and fillings to repair damage to teeth. What procedure they recommend will depend on the extent of damage. For example, a filling can restore a tooth with a small cavity. But our dentists may recommend a dental crown if you have a tooth that’s badly decayed. Since each patient is [...]

5 Tips for First-Time Denture Wearers

Dentures replace missing teeth so you can eat, smile, and talk with confidence. But it does take some time to get used to wearing dentures. During your appointment, our dentists will discuss what you can expect and how you can make this process as smooth as possible. Here are our tips that will help you [...]