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Bluff Creek Dental Blog

How Do Dentists Color-Match Dental Crowns?

October 10, 2023

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dentist speaking to patient about color-matching dental crowns

Cavities, initially treatable with dental fillings, may progress to the point where a dental crown becomes necessary. This tooth-shaped cap not only enhances the appearance and structure of a compromised tooth but is also utilized for small, discolored, or misshapen teeth. To ensure the dental crown seamlessly blends with the surrounding teeth, color-matching techniques are employed by dentists. Read on to discover the methods your dentist utilizes to achieve a close match, ensuring your crown harmonizes with the rest of your smile.


What Causes Dental Bridges to Fail?

September 29, 2023

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All-ceramic bridge on blue backgroundIf you’ve lost a tooth or two, a dental bridge is an effective solution to fill the gap. Dental bridges are meant to provide long-lasting results, but they will need to be replaced eventually. Here are the most common causes of dental bridge failure and what you can do to get the most from your restoration.


Is Root Canal Aftercare Painful?

August 11, 2023

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Patient holding their cheek in pain

Root canals are one of the most common methods of dealing with a toothache, especially one that has advanced too far to be adequately dealt with by a filling or dental crown. Many people are intimidated by root canals because of a fear of pain, but the truth is that the procedure is completely painless.

Powerful local anesthetics mean that you’ll be comfortable for the duration of the treatment. However, you may still wonder about what aftercare could look like. Here’s what you should know.


You Asked, We Answered: Do You Need a Root Canal If Your Tooth Stops Hurting?

July 20, 2023

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Female dentist pointing to X-ray and explaining it to patient

Since root canals are one of the most feared treatments, it’s not surprising that patients try to avoid it at all costs. If you struggle with the same anxiety, then you may be wondering, “Do you need a root canal if your tooth stops hurting?” Here’s the answer (and why root canal treatment is actually good news!).


5 Things That Can Lead to Jaw Pain on One Side

April 17, 2023

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person with jaw pain holding their cheek

Dealing with jaw discomfort can be both frustrating and disruptive to your daily life. It can make it hard for you to sleep through the night, to go to work, or to complete assignments at school. Understanding these potential causes can help you identify the underlying issue and seek appropriate treatment. Whether it’s related to dental issues or other factors, read on to gain insights into the possible sources of your jaw pain and find ways to alleviate it effectively.


What’s Interproximal Reduction & Why Do I Need It?

September 19, 2022

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woman thinking about an interproximal reduction in Edmond

If you’re getting ready to undergo orthodontic treatment, then you’ll likely hear certain terms from “fixed appliances” to “elastics” during your initial consultation. One phrase that might catch your attention is “interproximal reduction.” While this method has been used since the 1940s, most patients aren’t familiar with the process. Read on to learn what interproximal reduction means and why it may be necessary for your orthodontic treatment!


3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Dental Insurance Benefits

September 5, 2022

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patient maximizing their dental insurance benefits in Edmond

By prioritizing your oral health, you’ll be able to ensure your teeth remain healthy while showing off a pain-free and confident smile. There’s also the relationship between the condition of your pearly whites and your overall well-being to consider. And if you have dental insurance, you can be sure to appreciate more budget-friendly treatments—as long as you use it properly. But what’s the best way to make the most of your plan? Read on to learn three tips to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits!


A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

August 22, 2022

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Invisalign trays in case next to cleaning crystals

Invisalign revolutionized the field of orthodontics when they debuted their clear, virtually undetectable aligners. Since then, they’ve helped more than 12 million patients straighten their teeth and achieve the smiles of their dreams. While the discreet appearance continues to be a big draw, it’s important to note that the trays can stain. Don’t worry – that’s where Invisalign cleaning crystals come in! Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to use them properly.


Invisalign Versus Braces: What’s Right for Your Smile?

August 4, 2022

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girl deciding between Invisalign and braces

When you are dealing with misaligned teeth, orthodontic treatment is the answer. Decades ago, traditional braces were the easy call. Now that Invisalign is available, it can be challenging to make the best decision for you. They’re both effective treatments but have distinct differences and benefits. Read on as your dentist in Edmond compares Invisalign versus braces to help you determine the optimal option for your grin.


Can Teenagers Receive Dental Implants?

July 2, 2022

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A teenage boy smiling.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are considered the premier option for several reasons, the main one being their incredible ability to perfectly replicate your lost pearly whites. But are they a viable option for everyone with missing teeth, regardless of age? If your teenager has suffered a missing tooth, you might be scrambling to figure out a safe and effective way to replace it—however, you might be surprised to hear that dental implants usually aren’t a good option for teens. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist.

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