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Are Teenagers Good Dental Implant Candidates?

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 10:04 pm
Teenager holds face

Dental implants are considered the single best way to replace missing teeth, but they require that the mouth be adequately mature to be placed properly. While missing teeth can be especially devastating for a teenager, dental implants are probably not the best way to restore them. Here’s why teenagers don’t generally make good implant candidates and why waiting a few years might be favorable.


If It’s Not That Sweet Dream Taking Your Breath Away, It Might Be Sleep Apnea

July 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 9:54 pm
Woman with questioning expression

Sometimes snoring is more than a nuisance; it can be the result of a sleep apnea! This is a dangerous condition that can obstruct a patient’s airway during sleep, causing them to stop and start breathing many times while sleeping. People with this condition can feel exhausted throughout the day without knowing why. Treatments are available, and taking care of the condition can reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Here are some facts about what sleep apnea is and what can be done about it.


4 Habits That Could Be Causing Your Gum Irritation

June 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 4:47 pm
Elderly man putting his hand on his right cheek wincing at a toothache

Do you have sore or swollen gums? If so, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, nearly half (46%) of all adults 30 or older show signs of gum disease, so inflamed or painful gums are more common than you might think. There are many causes of gum irritation, but there are just as many ways to avoid gum injuries and better your oral health. Here’s what you need to know about changing your habits to prevent gum irritation.


Invisalign FAQ: Can I Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

May 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 7:09 pm
Woman smiling while enjoying a cup of coffee outside

Did you know that a 2022 study found that 74% of Americans drink coffee every day? So, whether you enjoy starting your morning with a warm cup of coffee or indulging in an iced café in the afternoon, you’re certainly not alone. But what if you’re about to start your Invisalign treatment? Do you have to refrain from this delicious, energizing beverage because of your clear aligners? If you’re curious, then keep reading for the answer to the common question, “Can you drink coffee with Invisalign?”


Why Is There a Black Line Around Your Dental Crown?

April 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 2:19 am
dentist explaining black line around dental crown to patient

Dental crowns are protective caps that are placed over damaged or decayed teeth to restore their strength, shape, and appearance. If you have a crown and have noticed a black line around it, it’s important to understand its causes and the available solutions provided by your dentist. Keep reading to learn about the common reasons for the appearance of a black line around your dental crown and discuss the potential treatment options to restore the natural look and beauty of your smile.


How Can You Get Rid of Denture Sores?

March 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 1:36 pm
Woman in white shirt rubbing jaw in concern

Dentures are designed to be as comfortable as possible so that you can use them to bite, chew, speak, and smile without issue on a daily basis. However, under certain circumstances, your restoration might cause sores to form on your gums. Fortunately, you can put a stop to this kind of discomfort; to do so, you need to be familiar with what causes denture sores to form and what remedies are available for getting rid of them.


What Can Cause Dental Implant Sensitivity?

February 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 10:59 pm
a patient experiencing dental implant sensitivity

Dental implants are considered the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth; these handy little posts can completely replicate lost pearly whites in terms of look, feel, and functionality and can last for virtually a lifetime. However, sometimes patients can experience increased and abnormal sensitivity around their implants. Keep reading to learn a little more about why this can happen and how you can alleviate your discomfort.


Tooth Loss Changes the Shape of Your Face

January 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 12:47 am

Older woman smilingEvery tooth is important for a healthy, functional smile. Unfortunately, tooth loss is a common problem. Losing even a single tooth can have detrimental consequences for your oral and general health. Not to mention, you may not feel as confident about your appearance. Besides a gap in your smile, your face may look different. You’re not imagining the changes. Tooth loss can affect the shape of your face, making you look years older. Thankfully, you can turn back the clock by replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant.


5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

December 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 2:49 am

List of New Year’s resolutionsThe holiday season is coming to an end, and the new year is right around the corner. As you put away your decorations and plan for the year ahead, you probably have a few resolutions in mind. Besides eating out less often or adding to your savings account, don’t forget to give your smile the attention it deserves in 2023. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for healthier teeth and gums.


The Lifespan of Dental Implants: What You Should Know

November 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlisk @ 10:27 pm
woman smiling after getting dental implants in Raleigh

These days, dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, they’re an excellent way to rebuild your smile. Of course, you likely want to know how long they’ll last before moving forward with the process. After all, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth! Read on to learn more about the exact lifespan of dental implants in Raleigh and which steps you can take to make them last as long as possible.

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