Spokane Dental Blog

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Dental Implant Recovery: What You Need To Know

Karissa Barker

Dental Implant RecoveryDental implants are an excellent option for patients with gaps in their smile, or who need teeth extracted (pulled). Dr. Smith places implants using the most up to date and effective technology and materials. At Spokane Dental, we know that a dental implant can make a huge impact on a patient’s quality of life, whether it is to replace a tooth, secure a partial denture or bridge, or seat a full denture. One of the most frequent questions we are asked when a patient is considering dental implants is “What’s the recovery like?”


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What Can Dental Crowns Be Made Of?

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Dental CrownsIf you have a damaged tooth, your dentist may suggest that a crown be used to restore the look and function of that tooth. Quite simply, a crown is nothing more than a cap that is used to cover a natural tooth that has suffered some type of damage. Rather than just living with the damaged tooth and its decreased function, you can turn to a crown for a quick and easy way to address the issue.


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What Causes Gum Disease?

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Gum Disease TreatmentGum disease is a term commonly used in reference to a condition called periodontitis. This is an inflammation of the area around your tooth, and it can cause significant problems if allowed to go untreated. Specifically, you may end up losing a tooth or multiple teeth if you have significant gum disease.


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Gum Health Basics

Karissa Barker

Gum HealthIn the dental and medical fields, oral health used to be completely separate from whole body health. Now we know different, and acknowledge just how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums for the whole body. Just as bad oral health affects the body and quality of life negatively, good oral health makes a positive impact on whole body health. Here are some gum health basics:


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Four Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Karissa Barker

Root Canal TreatmentA root canal is not only a procedure in a dental office, but an actual part of the anatomy of a tooth. The root canal is the cavity inside the tooth that houses the nerve. A root canal procedure as most know it is the cleaning out of that space in an infected tooth. When a cavity or infection reaches the nerve of a tooth, it can be very painful for a patient. Dr. Smith performs root canals in the office, and with certain cases requiring more extensive treatment he refers to an endodontist that specializes in root canal therapy. Wondering if that sore tooth or gum area may need a root canal? Here are the four signs you may need one:


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Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canal TreatmentLet’s be honest – root canal treatments don’t have the best reputation in terms of patient comfort. In fact, some people will even use a root canal as a comparison to something else uncomfortable or undesirable, saying sarcastically that something is about as fun as a root canal. But here’s the thing – it’s not that bad! Early root canal treatments may have been rather unpleasant, but in the world of modern dentistry, this is a procedure that will provide minimal discomfort to the patient and can lead to significant pain relief in the end.


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What to Expect with Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Wisdom Teeth RemovalIf you are getting ready for an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction, or you believe one may be in your future, this article will hopefully calm your nerves a bit. By knowing what you can expect, you can prepare yourself mentally to go through with the procedure with little drama or fuss. In the end, you’ll be happy you had the work done, as your oral health should be greatly improved over the long run.


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Spokane Dental’s Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Karissa Barker

Spokane DentistThis time of the year is so delicious: pumpkin spice donuts from Greenbluff, caramel apples, fall pies, and ALL the candy. Your Spokane Dental team is right alongside you joining in the fall celebrations, and have some simple tips to keep teeth healthy as we head into Halloween.


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Professional Teeth Whitening Compared to OTC Teeth Whitening

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Professional Teeth WhiteningAre you one of the many people who would love to look in the mirror and see whiter teeth? If you’ve dreamed of having a brighter smile, there is good news – these days, you have plenty of options to make it happen. Basically, the options available to you can be divided into two categories – professional teeth whitening and over the counter teeth whitening. There are pros and cons with each, and we’d like to use this article to help you decide which is best for your needs.


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How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Karissa Barker

Spokane DentistWe all know brushing our teeth is a must, but how often do we really need to? Should we use the dreaded floss? What about mouth rinse? An oral homecare routine can seem daunting, but is vital for a healthy smile. Your Spokane Dental team is here to take the guess work out of taking care of your teeth at home.


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