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Wisdom Teeth Extractions | Post-Op Instructions | LADD Dental Group

After Wisdom Tooth Removal
"The removal of impacted teeth is a serious surgical procedure. Post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully. 

Immediately Following SurgeryThe gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for a half hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded.Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the local anesthetic becoming diminished.Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.Place ice packs on the side of your face where surgery was performed. Refer to the section on swelling for explanation.Bleeding A certain …

10 Benefits of Braces | LADD Orthodontics

Top 10 Benefits of Braces1. Braces Prevent Gum Disease "Gum disease can spell out trouble for your mouth if you’re not taking care of your teeth and gums properly. Fortunately, braces can help space teeth out properly so you can have an easier time brushing and flossing in between your teeth. Without the straightening power of braces, food will be more easily lodged in between teeth, causing way more problems than Gum Disease. 2. Braces Prevent Tooth DecayTooth decay is another major problem caused by not properly cleaning your teeth. Furthermore, it’s because bacteria accumulate in these tiny crevices causing acid to build up. This acid build-up eventually causes the enamel of your teeth to wear down. The enamel is like a barrier that protects your teeth, and without it, even more serious issues can arise beside tooth decay. 3. Braces Prevent Cavities If caught early, cavities are easy to treat. But if you leave it alone to grow and flourish, the cavity will need further treatment…

What Characteristics Make-Up a Good Dentist | Signs to Look For | LADD Dental Group

What Characteristics Make-Up a Good Dentist?

"You probably don’t think about how good your dentist is, but you should. Dental care is an important part of your health, and untreated oral problems can lead to acute symptoms, such as pain, infection or even the loss of teeth. Even if you do take preventative measures and regularly get your teeth checked, you want to make sure the dentist you’re going to is a good dentist. We share some qualities to look for in a dentist and how to find one quickly and easily. 

Characteristics of a good dentist:
Your dentist takes your concerns and fears seriously and is willing to work with you to reassure you or, if needed, give you medication to handle anxiety. Your dentist takes any complaint of pain seriously.Your dentist doesn’t dictate. Instead your dentist lays out your options, tells you the potential consequences of each choice and lets you decide. Your dentist never gets upset if you don’t choose his or her preferred option.Your dentist asks…

Dental Implants | Game Changing Dental Treatment | LADD Dental Group

Dental Implants | Game Changing Dental Treatment Option
"Dental Implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years. What are dental implants? What is the history of dental implants? And how are they used to replace missing teeth? This section will give you an overview of the topic of dental implants, to be followed by more detail in additional sections. 
As with most treatment procedures in dentistry today, dental implants not only involve scientific discovery, research and understanding, but also application in clinical practice. The practice of implant dentistry requires expertise in planning, surgery and tooth restoration; it is as much about art and experience as it is about science. This site will help provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed choices in consultation with your dental health professionals.
Let’s start from the beginning: A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants…

Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat Cold Things | LADD Dental Group

Why are My Teeth Sensitive to the Cold?
"If eating ice cream and drinking cold drinks make your teeth hurt, you are probably suffering from cold-sensitive teeth. Cold-sensitive teeth are not uncommon, but it’s important to understand the difference between cold-sensitive teeth and tooth decay or gum disease. Cold-sensitive teeth occur when the nerves within the tooth are exposed due to receding gums or worn tooth enamel.  What Causes Teeth to be Sensitive to the Cold? Have you ever wondered why you have teeth sensitive to cold? Causes of cold-sensitive teeth fall into several categories: Tooth Decay or Gum Disease: If your cold-sensitive teeth also hurt when you aren’t eating or drinking something cold, you could be in the early stages of tooth decay or gum disease. Plaque buildup on the teeth and gums can contribute to cold-sensitive teeth by eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease.Overzealous Product Use: External factors that could cause cold-sensitive teeth include br…

Dentures Vs. Dental Implants | Multiple Options | LADD Dental Group

Should I get Dental Implants of Dentures

"According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, statistics show that nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years in the United States have at least one missing tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. Dental Implants or Dentures? But there’s no need to go through life with missing teeth. These days, many good alternatives are available. Dental implants and dentures are the most common options. Dentures are false teeth, and although their quality has improved, they’re not ideal for everyone. If not secured with denture adhesive, dentures might slip out of place while eating or speaking, which could be embarrassing, and partial dentures might promote infection and decay in other teeth if they aren’t fitted properly, which may increase the risk that you would need a tooth filling on the abutment (adjoining) tooth. That said, dentures may be the best choice for people whose gums and jaw …

Family Dentist Verse General Dentist | What's the difference | LADD Dental Group

Family Dentist vs. General Dentist: What’s the Difference? 
In the dental space, there are a variety of specialists and differentiation based on the provider's education and training. So this bring us to today's blog! You may be thinking, “Wait, there’s a difference?” While the terms “general dentist” and “family dentist” are often used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference between the two. To help you decide on the right dentist for you and your family, we’re discussing the defining characteristics of both types of dentists: 
What’s a General Dentist?General dentists receive an extensive education before practicing. Typically, 3 or more years of undergraduate education is required as well as 4 years of dental school before an individual can graduate and become a general dentist. General dentists have one primary goal: to help you maintain a healthy smile. While this is the objective of all dentists, general dentists may restrict their patients to a specific age group. I…