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How to Get Through The First Week With Braces

July 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 7:39 am
smiling woman with braces

You’re probably pretty familiar with what braces can do, but if you haven’t seen a set of them since you were a kid, you may be happy to know that modern braces are sleeker than they’ve ever been. For the most part, it’s more comfortable to straighten your teeth now than ever.

However, it’s common for the first week or so of wearing braces to be a little bit uncomfortable. The teeth will still be adjusting to the oral appliance, which takes time. Here’s how to make the first few weeks of wearing braces as easy as possible.


Is Pain Normal After Undergoing Root Canal Therapy?

June 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 4:34 pm
a woman experiencing discomfort after root canal therapy

If you’ve heard about root canal therapy, then you’re likely aware of the bad reputation it has. Many people assume the procedure is painful, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Due to modern technology and techniques, you can expect to undergo a completely comfortable process for saving a tooth. But what about any pain after your treatment? Read on to learn what the procedure involves, what you can expect from recovery, and when you should notify your dentist of an issue.


6 Common Causes for Bumps on Gums

May 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 6:18 pm
a patient pointing to his gums

Most people experience gum pain or irritation at some point in their lifetime. Often, the culprit is plaque and bacteria, and the resulting discomfort can be accompanied by bleeding, swelling, and redness. But sometimes, bumps can form on the gum tissue; and if you’ve noticed one on your gums, your first instinct might be to panic. However, you should instead contact your dentist and allow them to get to the bottom of the issue; they’ll be able to quickly identify and treat the problem! In the meantime, here’s more information about some of the common causes of bumps on gums.


Why Getting Dental Implants Shouldn’t Be Anything to be Ashamed About

April 8, 2023

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smiling person with a dental implant

Dental implants are often recommended to patients by their dentists as one of the best options for people who are missing teeth, and when you talk to any dentist about what they can do, it’s easy to see why.

However, just like with any dental treatment, there are some people who forgo getting the care they need because they worry about what people will think. Thankfully, dental implants are nothing to be embarrassed about! Here are three reasons why that’s the case.


March Holidays and Oral Health

March 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 8:50 pm
green beer on a table

March has a lot to celebrate, which may be why there are so many official—and unofficial—holidays this month. Any time there are festivities, people tend to cut loose, which can have some pretty serious consequences for their oral health.

That said, having fun shouldn’t have to get in the way of caring for your teeth. If you want to know what you can do to enjoy yourself and keep your smile in good shape, here are some tips that may be able to help you.


How Do You Floss Around a Dental Implant?

February 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 6:56 am
3-D Diagram of a dental implant

Dental implants can give people who are missing teeth a completely new lease on life. They can provide a renewed confidence when eating, smiling, or doing anything else that makes use of your teeth. They also prevent the bone loss that is often associated with wearing dentures or bridges.

Dental implants are secured to the jaw, meaning that you can care for them fairly easily along with the rest of your teeth. That said, you’ll need to use a little bit of care when you floss them. Here’s a guide to the proper way to floss a dental implant.


What to Do if you’ve Broken, Chipped, or Cracked a Tooth

January 31, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 5:39 pm
3-D Model of a chipped tooth

If you’ve chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth it’s easy to be disoriented. In a moment you can go from having fun with friends or enjoying a meal to panicking about what to do next.

In situations like this, it’s important to stay calm. That’s easier said than done, but knowing how to handle the situation can make it more feasible. With that in mind, here’s what you should do if you’ve recently damaged a tooth.


Invest in Invisalign Before Your Insurance Expires

November 8, 2022

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Dental insurance underlined in blueIf your teeth have shifted a little over the years, or you missed your chance for braces as a child, there isn’t any better time than now to invest in a straight smile. You’re never too old to fix your bite and alignment. 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, thanks to less noticeable treatments, like Invisalign. While clear aligners are attributed with a hefty price tag, you can keep them affordable using your dental insurance, but time is running out to use your coverage. Here’s why you don’t want to wait to start your journey to an attractive smile. 


The Types of Tooth Stains & How to Remove Them

October 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 7:28 am
A close-up of extrinsic stains, one of the types of tooth stains

So, let’s say your teeth are starting to discolor and lose their whiteness. In that case, you probably want to treat them as soon as possible. Even so, however, it’s essential that you know about the types of tooth stains first. Otherwise, you may not get the most effective cosmetic dentistry. Fortunately enough, your Forest dentist can help you with this issue. Read on to learn about the three kinds of tooth stains and how best to treat them.


Five Things You Might Not Know About Same-Day Dental Crowns

September 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — crossroads_family_dentistry_va @ 6:49 pm
Cartoon image of a tooth receiving a dental crown.

When it comes to restoring damaged teeth, dental crowns are one of the most commonly utilized solutions. They’re able to provide an exceptional amount of added protection for a compromised tooth—yet sadly, receiving dental crowns isn’t always quick or easy. But thanks to advancements in dental technology, crowns are now easier than ever to place and can even be placed in a single appointment! But is this newer and expedited option just as reliable and effective as the traditional route?  Keep reading to learn more.

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