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The Last Line of Defense Against Tooth Decay: Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canal TreatmentIt might sound dramatic, but the title of this blog sums up root canal treatment perfectly, and it really is the last treatment available which can save a severely decayed and infected tooth from extraction. Contrary to what you may have heard about root canal therapy, it truly isn’t any worse than having an ordinary filling. Although your tooth may need a while to settle down afterward, this is because it was so badly infected. The severe pain caused by a tooth infection is resolved with root canal treatment, and you will soon feel much more comfortable.


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What Problems Occur with Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom Teeth RemovalYour wisdom teeth or third molars are located right at the back of your mouth and are the very last adult teeth to put in an appearance, usually during your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth will push through without causing any problems and are correctly aligned and perfectly healthy. However, all too frequently wisdom teeth will struggle to erupt normally and are misaligned or impacted. Unfortunately, when this happens, it’s often necessary to remove wisdom teeth.


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The Importance of Having an Emergency Dentist

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Emergency DentistryDental emergencies can be inconvenient at best and extremely painful or even life-threatening at worst. When you or a loved one needs emergency dental care, then it’s comforting to know that your local dental office is there to help you. Certainly, here at Spokane Family Smiles, we always do everything we can to see people in pain or discomfort as quickly as possible, usually on the same day. Our dentist Dr. Scott Shumway will provide emergency care to diagnose and treat a problem, relieving discomfort and pain. When you have an emergency dental care appointment, you will also be provided with a treatment plan detailing any further treatment may be needed. Often, it’s necessary to properly restore a badly damaged tooth later on with a more permanent restoration than can be provided at your emergency appointment.


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Professional vs Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

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Teeth WhiteningA beautifully white smile undoubtedly looks attractive, youthful and healthy, but it’s rare to be blessed with naturally white teeth. Teeth can stain thanks to lifestyle habits, acid erosion, your choice of foods and beverages, or even because of brushing teeth too hard, wearing away tooth enamel. Teeth may also darken due to root canal treatment or will stain because of dental fluorosis or tetracycline use. Whatever the reason for tooth discoloration, it’s a look that can be prematurely aging. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available today, and it’s extremely affordable. Options include over-the-counter teeth whitening products or professional teeth whitening carried out by a properly trained dental professional.


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How Veneers Can Help Your Smile

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Dental VeneersHave you ever admired the smile of a celebrity or film star? There is a good chance they have used cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth and most likely dental veneers. Made from extremely thin pieces of porcelain, dental veneers are custom fabricated to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth and are an extremely versatile treatment which is minimally invasive.


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Tips for After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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After Wisdom Teeth Removal TipsIn the past, wisdom teeth were sometimes automatically removed as a preventative measure, but these days dentists will generally wait-and-see if wisdom teeth will most likely cause problems. Wisdom tooth removal is still a very common procedure because, by the time they come through, there is often insufficient room in the jaw to comfortably accommodate them.


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Sedation Dentistry VS Dental Care Anxiety

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Sedation DentistryIf you shudder at the thought of seeing the dentist and actively avoid essential dental care until absolutely necessary, then sedation dentistry is for you! Here at Spokane Family Smiles, we have extensive experience in treating and helping people who feel particularly nervous when seeing a dentist.


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TMJ Disorder and Your Dental Health

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TMJ Disorder TreatmentEvery time you talk, yawn, laugh and chew food, you use your temporomandibular joints. These are the joints that hinge or connect your lower jaw to your skull and which are operated by facial muscles. If you develop problems with your temporomandibular joints then these are known as temporomandibular joint disorders, called TMJ disorder or TMD for short.


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Oral Health Problems As You Get Older

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Oral Health Problems As You Get OlderYour dental health will change throughout your lifetime, but whereas complete tooth loss used to be a given for adults approaching old age, nowadays this is far from the case. Today around three-quarters of adults over the age of 65 will have at least some of the natural teeth. Despite this, problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, mouth infections and oral cancer are still more prevalent in older people. Although it’s impossible to hold back the years, there’s a lot you can do to ensure your mouth remains healthy throughout your lifetime.


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Differences Between oral Health of Men and Women

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Oral Health Difference of Men and WomenMen and women may be equal in many ways but when it comes to oral health there are still some very clear differences, especially when it comes to looking after your teeth. Researchers discovered that generally women are more proactive than men when it comes to caring for their dental health.


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