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Spokane Family Smiles Dental Blog

Stay up on the latest trends in the dental industry and get tips and tricks to maintaining your optimal health.

Importance of an Emergency Dentist

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Emergency Dental CareExperiencing a dental emergency is never pleasant, and often it can be frightening and very distressing. At the very least, a dental emergency is inconvenient, as you can guarantee it will always happen at what seems to be the worst possible time! If you or a loved one are in pain or distress because of an injury or infection, you want the comfort of knowing help is at hand. This is where Spokane Family Smiles can assist you!


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What are Dental Implants?

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Dental ImplantsTooth loss is, unfortunately a widespread problem, and dental implants are regarded as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. If you have teeth that are failing or have already lost one or more teeth, our dentist Dr. Scott Shumway might well suggest you consider dental implants.


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Benefits of Invisalign Compared to Traditional Braces

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InvisalignHave you always dreamed of having straight and perfectly aligned teeth? A straighter smile can truly be a thing of beauty, automatically enhancing the appearance of teeth in a way that is healthy and conservative. But, it is rare for someone to be born with teeth that are immaculately straight, and not everybody had the opportunity to wear braces during childhood. Then there is the potential problem of orthodontic relapses, which can occur when someone fails to wear their retainers after completion of treatment.


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How to Treat Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea TreatmentDo you or your sleeping partner snore occasionally? Most people do, perhaps because they have a cold or allergies. However, persistent snoring could be an indication of a more serious problem which is called sleep apnea.


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Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canal TreatmentNobody wants to hear that they need a root canal treatment, but this procedure does have an undeservedly bad reputation. If you actually speak to anyone who has received root canal therapy, you’ll most likely be hugely reassured by their positive response because the truth is that a root canal shouldn’t feel any worse than having a filling, although it will probably take longer to complete.


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What A Cosmetic Dentist Can Do For Your Smile

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Cosmetic DentistRightly or wrongly, we place a significant emphasis on appearance, often forming an opinion of someone within just a few moments of meeting them for the very first time. One of the most important features people look for is a healthy and attractive smile. When you have a great smile, it automatically conveys a sense of youthfulness and attractiveness, and it makes you look warm, friendly and approachable too. These are all valuable attributes that help you achieve the very best out of life, personally and professionally.


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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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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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