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What to Do First When You Wake Up with Pain and Swelling

You first noticed a little stab of pain while you were enjoying an ice cream cone with your family yesterday, then the pain worsened overnight, and now you just woke up with the worst toothache you’ve ever had. This common scenario has a million different variations, but the results are always the same; you’re in pain and you need relief.

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Pain of any kind is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. While you may be able to ignore a pain in your arm or leg for a while, pain in your tooth is non-negotiable; you need relief and you need it now.

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3 Signs That Might Mean It's Time to Extract That Troubled Tooth

Woman with Tooth Pain | Garden Springs Dental

No one wants to think about losing a tooth. Your dentist does everything they can to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you because they know the significant role that every healthy tooth plays. But even a professional who’s in the business of saving teeth knows that in some cases removing a tooth is the last best option left to protect your oral health.

3 Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are several cases where removing a tooth is the only option; here are three of the most common:

  • Decay has so severely damaged the tooth that a crown or filling can’t save it.
  • A root canal infection or abscess has compromised the tooth
  • A tooth ...

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Want to Floss Like a Pro? 3 Mistakes You Might be Making and How to Correct Them

Woman Flossing | Garden Springs Dental

Do you brush and floss routinely and still get cavities?

Anyone who is conscientious about oral hygiene should be congratulated. But if you aren’t flossing correctly, you’re not going to get the results you want – a completely clean, healthy smile.

Why You Need to Floss

Have you ever run your tongue along your teeth at the end of the day and noticed a fuzzy feeling? What you’re feeling is a film of bacteria-filled plaque that builds up on your teeth throughout the day. Brushing twice a day removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, but you need floss to remove plaque that builds up between teeth where your brush can’t reach.

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3 Reasons Not to Put Off Root Canal Treatment

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You go to your dentist for your six-month exam, and you’re told that you need a root canal. But you aren’t in pain, and your busy schedule doesn’t leave you a lot of extra time for a dental procedure like a root canal, so you decide to postpone your appointment.

This is a bad idea for many reasons. First, dentists don’t just go around willy-nilly recommending root canals; if your dentist has told you that you need treatment, there’s an excellent reason for it! This is one reason why developing a trusting relationship with your dentist is so crucial for your oral health!

You need a root canal because an infection is ...

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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Woman Getting Teeth Whitened | Garden Springs Dental

Few people wouldn’t benefit from a teeth whitening treatment, and no wonder; it’s an easy procedure that produces stunning results in a relatively short amount of time.

What to Expect from Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is also one of the most affordable ways to dramatically improve your smile. But the procedure is an investment, and once your teeth are sparkling and bright, you may wonder how long you can expect those results to last.

In theory, whitening results can last indefinitely. But studies indicate that, on average, the whitening level that most patients consider “satisfactory,” lasts between one and three years.

Of course, many factors come into play in determining the longevity of your ...

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Why Partial Dentures Are Still a Reliable Choice

Partial Dentures | Garden Springs Dental

You have several options for replacing missing teeth, and each has their pros and cons. Dental implants have received a lot of attention, but for many people, a removable partial denture is still the right choice.

How Does a Partial Denture Work?

If you are missing a single tooth, or several teeth in different areas of your mouth, partial dentures are designed to fit in and around existing teeth like a jigsaw puzzle. A partial denture may be set on a metal or plastic base and are often secured to adjacent teeth with clasps to hold them in place.

When Is a Partial Denture the Right Choice?

There are several cases where your dentist ...

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Have You Ever Considered These 3 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Services?

White Smile | Garden Springs Dental

Do you like your smile when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror? It’s not vanity to want to look your best; if your smile isn’t quite living up to your standards, you owe it to yourself to consider cosmetic dentistry.

If you hear “cosmetic dentistry” and envision extensive (and expensive) treatments, you should know that you have many options. You can choose one treatment or you and your dentist may decide that combining several will best help you achieve your smile goals.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Any procedure that improves the esthetics of your smile can be considered cosmetic. If you think about what quality draws you to people with a ...

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