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How To Steer Clear of Dental Emergencies

May 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 11:49 pm
Tooth on a stretcher

“Dental emergency” is the term dentists use to describe the most serious and pressing oral health problems. Broken teeth, painful toothaches, and damaged oral appliances all fall under this category.

Most patients would prefer to do whatever they can to avoid these issues from coming to a head. While these conditions are sometimes unavoidable, there are usually steps you can take to ensure that your teeth aren’t damaged. Here’s are a few key tips for avoiding dental emergencies.


Unexpected Urgency: What’s Involved in Dental Emergency Visits?

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 6:31 pm
Injured tooth next to red emergency kit

Although we might wish otherwise, no one can predict when a dental emergency will occur. The unfortunate nature of unpleasant surprises is that they can happen at any time. If you’ve lost or broken a tooth or restoration, you’re likely feeling frustrated by the pain and anxious about what to do next.

The first thing you should do is call your emergency dentist and let them know what happened so they can schedule you for a same-day appointment. If you’re not sure what to expect once you arrive at your designated time, keep reading to learn more about it so you can set your mind at ease!


Straightening Things Out at the Office: How to Wear Braces at Work

February 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 6:01 pm
Dentist smiles

Traditional metal braces are a tried and proven method of realigning a smile, and they can be successful even in complex cases. Most people would probably say they associate braces with awkward teenagers, so it might seem daunting to have to go to work with them as an adult. Here’s a brief guide to surviving wearing braces at work so your treatment can be as effective, hygienic, and brief as possible.


5 Dangers of Using Mail-In Clear Aligners

January 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 3:18 pm
person holding Invisalign aligner and smiling

In today’s culture of instant results, many seek a convenient way to achieve straighter teeth without orthodontist visits. Enter mail-in aligners, a popular solution. While their simplicity is enticing, studies and experts caution they’re often ineffective and risky. Professional organizations have openly advised against them. Here are five key dangers to consider if you’re thinking about using mail-in clear aligners.


Broke Your Braces? Here’s How to Handle the Situation

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 10:14 pm
Close-up of braces with detached bracket

Traditional braces are made of durable materials. They are designed to stay functional through all the rigors of normal activities. However, they are not invincible. Due to an accident or injury, they can become damaged. What should you do if you end up breaking your braces? Do not panic. This blog post provides practical tips to help you handle the situation and get your treatment back on track ASAP.


Orthodontic Options: Can I Get Braces on Only One Arch?

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 6:38 pm
Illustration of 3 teeth with braces and a wire installed

Braces are the tried-and-true method of straightening your smile or repairing a misaligned bite. That said, some patients who have crooked teeth on only the top or bottom may feel that having them installed on all their pearly whites isn’t necessary. Why get them placed on both your upper and lower sets if you only need to straighten one or the other? If you’re wondering whether you can treat only one arch, keep reading to find the answer!


Get the Most Out of Your Insurance Benefits with These Three Tips

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 10:53 pm
Woman has curious expression

Many employers offer their employees dental insurance, but a great many of these hardworking people don’t know how to get the most out of the benefits they’re paying for. Every year, Americans leave billions of dollars in insurance benefits unused, and that money does not carry over into the next year. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your insurance at your dentist’s office before your benefits reset in January.


Can TMJ Disorder Be Addressed with Braces?

September 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 6:16 pm
patient visiting their orthodontist

The temporomandibular joint, often known as the TMJ, is a sophisticated joint with intricate connections to numerous facial muscles and nerves. It essentially serves as a hinge linking your jawbone to your skull. Consequently, when issues arise with this joint, they can result in significant discomfort and complications. So, how are these “TMJ disorders” treated? Surprisingly, orthodontics can be considered as a potential solution. Continue reading to gain a deeper understanding.


My Dental Implant Failed; What Now?

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 9:45 pm
Dental implant

Dental implants have gained much popularity in the dental field due to their impressive ability to restore missing teeth, but the healing process after placing them does not always go as planned. Additionally, sometimes they might seem fine at first, but over time take a turn for the worse or an accident may occur. A failed dental implant must be removed, and the process of doing so is typically a safe and relatively simple process. Read on to learn about why dental implants might fail and what to expect when getting them removed.


How Tooth Loss Can Reshape Your Face

July 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcnewdental @ 3:26 pm
Woman with questioning expression.

The jaw is a fine feature of the face, but just like the arms and legs, it needs exercise and stimulation to stay healthy and strong. This stimulation normally comes from the row of teeth it hosts, but it will soon begin to atrophy and recede after tooth loss. If allowed to continue, this can reshape the face in an undesirable manner. Thankfully, dental implants can restore this stimulation to the jaw and prevent or even reverse its recession. Read on to find out how dental implants can restore that youthful look after tooth loss.

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