3 Signs You Need a Root Canal

For one reason or another, root canals have acquired a bad reputation over the years – though they are much more common and routine than you may think. See, when decay is left to make its way through the enamel and to the inside pulp-area of the tooth, a root canal is needed to rid it of the infection. And …

Natural Remedies for White Teeth

While professional teeth whitening from your dental office is a terrific, easy way to brighten your smile, there are a variety of natural remedies you can also employ to make and keep your smile looking its best. Most people will experience stains and yellowing of teeth over time, and teeth whitening is the best way to improve the look of …

Sports Mouthguards: What You Need to Know

Although playing sports is a fun activity, losing a tooth during the course of a game is not fun at all. In fact, it can lead to lasting problems. For that reason, many coaches and sports teams recommend the use of mouthguards for all players. While any mouthguard offers protection, over-the-counter products are simply not as protective and effective as …

What is the Typical Cost of a Dental Crown?

When a tooth has significant decay or damage that cannot be repaired with a filling, dental crowns are the most commonly used option for restoration. Getting a dental crown involves removing the damaged or decayed parts of the tooth, designing and fabricating a custom-made crown, and then bonding this crown to the prepared tooth. There are a number of variables …

My Dental Implant Feels Loose – What Should I Do?

Although designed to last a lifetime, dental implants can become loose on rare occasions—a potentially anxiety-inducing experience. Dental implants are inserted into the jaw to replace missing teeth. They include an artificial tooth, a metal fixture, and a screw anchor—usually delivered as one unit.  So, what happens if this metal screw anchor becomes loose? Or if something else occurs to …

What to Expect at a Pediatric Dental Appointment

A pediatric dental appointment is not all that different from your own appointments as an adult. As with all routine dental exams, these visits provide important preventive care that not only benefits your child’s oral health, but their overall wellness. Here’s what happens during a pediatric dental appointment. Depending on the age of your child, we may have you hold …

Dental Implants vs Dentures: What You Should Know

A missing tooth, whether it’s just one or several, affects how well you can chew and how comfortable it is for you to bite down. At first, that empty space might not seem like a problem, but over time, you’ll feel the effects and wish you had done something about it earlier. Your choices for filling that space are usually …

Does It Pay to Go on a Dental Implant Vacation Overseas?

As Americans search for cheaper ways to get the dental work they need, so-called “dental vacations” have grown in popularity. Dental implants, in particular, are one of the most sought-after dental procedures abroad because of their expense and the fact that dental insurance rarely covers the full costs involved. Before you book a dental implant vacation for yourself, here’s what …

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How a Happy Visit Can Make Young Children More Comfortable

How do you feel when you learn you have to go to the DMV? Do you have positive or negative associations with the emergency room? We’re willing to bet you don’t feel enthused about either of these places because your experiences there weren’t positive. This is why many children don’t like going to the dentist if they don’t visit regularly …

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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which is Right for You?

Many of our patients wonder: when it comes to Invisalign vs. traditional braces, which is the better? The answer is different for everyone because you must decide what’s best for you—your preferences, lifestyle, and, of course, your orthodontic needs. At Dental Associates of Lodi, we offer Invisalign treatment, but if we feel it’s not a fit for you, we can …