Lake Forest Dental Blog

What Could Be Causing Your Facial Pain?

February 9, 2023

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Portrait of someone wincing in pain

When someone is experiencing a lot of pain, it can be hard to put into words exactly what it is that they’re feeling. That can be a little bit of a problem when they try to get the care they’re looking for and can’t explain what they’re feeling.

If you’re experiencing facial pain, it may be a little difficult to describe exactly what it is that you’re dealing with. If you’re stuck, here are some of the most common reasons your face could be hurting, and what you can do about it.


Can I Still Get Dental Implants If I Smoke?

January 4, 2023

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a person breaking a cigarette in half

Often considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have completely revolutionized modern dentistry; in fact, it’s estimated that roughly half a million implants are placed each year! If you’re dealing with gaps in your smile that you’d like addressed, you might be wondering if implants are a viable option for you. But if you’re a smoker, could the habit potentially influence your candidacy? Continue reading below to learn more about how smoking can actually prevent the lasting success of dental implants, along with some tips from your dentist for preventing implant failure.


4 Tips to Protect Your Child’s Teeth This Cold & Flu Season

December 14, 2022

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child brushing teeth during cold and flu season

When it comes to cold and flu season, many people focus on purchasing the medicines they’ll need if they get sick and taking preventive measures. One thing that called in flu season effects that you may not consider is your smile. This is especially true for growing smiles. To help you and your child keep their smile healthy this cold and flu season, keep reading to learn four helpful tips.


Why Is There a Bad Taste In My Mouth?

November 14, 2022

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woman with a bad taste in her mouth in McKinney

You’ve spent some time munching on a hefty meal packed with foods containing garlic and onions. Once you’re finished, it’s natural to experience a bitter taste in your mouth. But what if the same symptom occurs out of nowhere or for an extended period? This could be an indication of a more serious oral health issue. Keep reading to learn about the common causes of a bad taste in the mouth and several ways you can prevent complications in your smile!


How Long Can I Expect Dental Crowns to Last?

October 13, 2022

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tooth representing the dental crown lifespan in McKinney

If you have a moderately to severely decayed or damaged tooth, then a dental crown may be the best option to restore your smile. These durable restorations can protect your pearly whites from future damage as well as improve their appearance in the long run. While you can expect them to last many years, you may be wondering when you should expect to replace them. Read on to learn more about the dental crown lifespan and how to prolong it!


What Are Tips to Care for ClearCorrect Aligners?

August 4, 2022

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These days, traditional braces are not the only solution to align your teeth. ClearCorrect is a modern orthodontic treatment that can quickly and discreetly straighten your smile. Each removable, clear, plastic tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, gradually shifting your teeth. Although you will only wear each set for a short period, you need to care for them properly to assure optimal results. Read on for tips from your dentist in McKinney on how to maintain your clear aligners.


Why You Should Replace Your Metal Crown with a Metal-Free One

July 13, 2022

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patient smiling after getting metal-free crown in McKinney

Back in the day, metal crowns were used to repair the structure and function of damaged teeth. While they’re certainly effective, modern dentistry has produced a much better option. Nowadays, most dentists offer metal-free restorations as a healthier and more natural-looking alternative. So, if you have any metal crowns in your mouth, you should consider replacing them with metal-free ones. Continue reading to learn a few reasons why!


6 Tips for Your Next Dental Checkup

June 8, 2022

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Woman smiling at the dentist

To keep your smile in good shape, you should attend regular cleanings and checkups twice a year. However, if you haven’t been for a while, you’ve moved to a new place, or you’ve switched dentists for one reason or another, you might not know what steps to take to prepare for your visit. We’re here to help! Here are some tips that you may want to consider so you can be prepared for your upcoming visit.


Dangers of the “Veneers Check” TikTok Trend

May 10, 2022

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person watching TikTok featuring dangerous dental trends

Since 2016, the popular social media app TikTok has been taking the internet by storm with its inventive dances, recipes, and life hacks. Many people turn to TikTok for recommendations on anything from restaurants to try in their city to ways to improve their smiles. Unfortunately, the latter doesn’t always give you the results you’re looking for. In fact, some of these dental recommendations can do more harm than good. Read on to learn about the “Veneers Check” TikTok trend and how it can harm your oral health.


4 Benefits of an iTero Digital Scanner Over Traditional Dental Impressions

April 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — mylakeforest @ 4:37 pm
iTero scanner scanning teeth

You know you need a new dental crown for your dental implant, but you dread the thought of having to go through putty impressions. Perhaps you’ve had a bad experience in the past or you simply don’t like how it feels in your mouth. Then, your dentist takes out the iTero digital scanner.

If your dentist uses this technology, you can consider yourself fortunate! They obviously have invested in some of the industry’s most cutting-edge technology to give you a better experience and better product. But what benefits does the iTero scanner really offer? Keep reading to find out!

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