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David M. Fisher, JS., DDS Blog

How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?

November 20, 2022

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Digital image of fixed dental bridgeTeeth are meant to last for a lifetime, but 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. A dental bridge is a tried and proven method of treating tooth loss that has been used for generations. If you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years, you can have a complete smile again using a natural-looking solution, but how long will a dental bridge last? Several things affect a dental bridge’s lifespan, but here’s how you can get the most from your investment. 


A Day in the Life of Your Dental Hygienist

October 24, 2022

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Smiling dental assistant adjusting light

If you don’t go often, getting oriented at the dentist’s office can be a little bit of a challenge. You’ll be given a lot of information about how to take care of your teeth, what your issue might be, and how to prevent problems from cropping up in the future. These things don’t always come from your dentist – your dental hygienist plays an equally important role in your oral health! If you’re curious about what to expect at an upcoming appointment, or you’re wondering about becoming a hygienist, here’s a quick guide that will tell you everything you need to know about what they might do during a typical day.


Top 5 Things That Can Cause Dental Bridge Failure

October 7, 2022

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illustration of dental bridge failure in Greensboro

Are you struggling with missing one or several teeth in a row? While there are various tooth replacement options to choose from, a dental bridge may be the most ideal solution for you. Not only is this restoration durable and long-lasting, but it’ll also provide a lifelike result that’ll match the rest of your smile. Even so, they aren’t immune to damage. Read on to learn five common causes of dental bridge failure and how you can make them last!


How Dentists Pick the Perfect Color for Dental Crowns

September 22, 2022

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dentist using a shade guide to select the perfect dental crown color

When you think of your dentist, “artist” is probably not one of the first words you’d use to describe them. However, even though dentistry is primarily about oral health, it also requires a certain level of artistry. Otherwise, your teeth wouldn’t look nearly as good as they feel after being repaired with a dental crown, filling, or other restoration. Your dentist needs an artistic eye and a keen eye for detail to make your dental work look like a natural part of your smile. Read on to learn how this fascinating process works!


Should You Get Your Metal Fillings Replaced?

September 5, 2022

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man seeing his smile after replacing his metal fillings

For more than 150 years, dentists have treated tooth decay with fillings made from amalgam. This material contains a mixture of various metals, most notably mercury. You may have heard about the controversy over whether metal fillings are even safe. If you still have amalgam fillings, you might be wondering whether you should replace them with tooth-colored fillings that contain no metal. Keep reading to learn why replacing your metal fillings might be the safest choice for your smile!


Tips for Flossing with Dental Implants

August 11, 2022

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Closeup of a man flossing his dental implants.

Dental implants are in a tier of their own when it comes to replacing missing teeth! These awesome little implants can fully restore the look, feel, and functionality of your lost pearly whites—and can even last for decades with proper care! But one huge component of caring for your dental implants is flossing regularly! Here’s more from your dentist about the importance of flossing and how dental implants can influence the habit, along with some tips for doing it correctly.


Busting 4 Common Myths about Tooth Extractions

August 4, 2022

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Dentist performing a tooth extraction on a patient.

Your teeth are the best tools at your disposal for biting, chewing, eating and more; meaning that you should take good care of them all! However, in some situations a tooth extraction is necessary for the overall well-being of your mouth, whether it’s wisdom teeth that need to be removed or a badly damaged or infected tooth that needs extraction. That said, there are many myths floating around about tooth extraction that deter people from going through with it! Keep reading as your dentist debunks four of these myths.


Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Root Canal Treatment

July 14, 2022

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person holding their cheek in pain

During a recent visit to your dentist to have a painful tooth looked at, they determined that it was infected and you’ll need a root canal to treat it. Due to years of seeing TV shows, movies, and other forms of media depict root canals as being excruciatingly painful, you’re nervous about moving forward with the procedure. Fortunately, root canals aren’t nearly as bad as you may think. In fact, they’re often virtually painless! Read on to learn more about root canals and why you shouldn’t put of treatment.


Should I Rinse My Mouth After Brushing My Teeth?

June 22, 2022

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man practicing good dental hygiene in Greensboro

Brushing and flossing your teeth are some of the most important ways to preserve your dental health. You’ll also want to rinse your mouth out to help wash away debris and bacteria. But should you do this immediately after brushing your pearly whites? Keep reading to learn why you might need to wait before rinsing your smile!


How to Avoid Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

June 10, 2022

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Dental patient with whitened smile

If you’re dealing with stained teeth, you’ve at least considered professional teeth whitening. Your dentist could make your “pearly whites” live up to their name in just a single appointment. However, you may be holding back due to a fear of teeth sensitivity. After all, replacing one dental issue with another wouldn’t do much good. That said, what should you do?

Prevent it, of course! To that end, here’s a summary of teeth whitening sensitivity — its nature, its causes, and tips for avoiding it in the future.

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