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. Dental Cleaning Depending on the age of your child, we may have …

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 …

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Dental Phobia: What You Need to Know

Dental anxiety and phobia are more common than most people think. One bad experience in the dentist’s chair may be enough to develop a lifelong aversion to going to the dentist. A fear of needles or medical procedures can also trigger anxiety while getting dental care.  Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone: 36% of Americans …

Diabetes and Gum Disease: What You Should Know

Time and time again, research has shown how oral health and overall health are closely linked. We know that when there is disease in the mouth, it can impact your body—and that the reverse is true as well. One example of this in action is the connection between diabetes and gum disease. How Diabetes Sets the Stage for Gum Disease …

How to Prevent Cavities: What You Should Know

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to tooth decay. It’s much easier to take measures to prevent cavities from developing rather than treating cavities once they’ve occurred. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent tooth decay, and when you use a few of them, you can optimize your oral …