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How Long Will Numbness Last After my Dental Appointment?

June 20, 2018

Woman holding cold compress to face following dental treatmentIn order to ensure patient comfort, the dentist will likely use Novocain as a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Following dental care using Novocain, patients typically remain numb for 30 to 60 minutes. However, depending on the extent of numbing, your individual response, and a number of other factors, you may remain numb for much longer. In this post, we’ll review some of the factors that influence the amount of time patients remain numb following treatment with Novocain local anesthetic.
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Why Should I Choose Dental Implants if Insurance Doesn’t Cover It?

June 12, 2018

Older man and woman reviewing dental implant costsMany patients know that dental insurance covers treatments deemed necessary for oral health, so if insurance doesn’t cover dental implants, that must mean this advanced tooth replacement technique isn’t necessary, right? Actually, dental insurance agencies are notoriously behind the times. Until the 1990s, most insurers considered orthodontic treatment a purely cosmetic service. Additionally, most benefit plans have had the same annual maximums ($1000 to $1500) since the 1960s. Though more dentists than ever before are recommending implant supported tooth replacement as the ideal solution, dental insurance providers are still not offering coverage, but dentists hope they will be soon. In the meantime, your dentist will likely recommend implant supported tooth replacement for its many benefits, and there are many ways dentists can help you offset the costs of dental implants.
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Are There Different Dental Implant Tooth Replacement Techniques?

June 2, 2018

Dentist and patient looking at dental implant modelMany patients think there is just one type of dental implant post. Actually, there are many kinds of dental implants placed in a variety of ways, made from numerous materials, and specially designed to meet unique needs. If you’re considering dental implant supported tooth replacement, this post can help you better understand what types of dental implants are available and which could best meet your needs.
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Fast facts: differences between crowns and porcelain veneers

January 19, 2016

crownsIf you’ve got damaged teeth, you’ve probably learned one thing by now — there are a lot of options for restoring your smile. But how can you keep your choices straight? Dr. Boyd and the team at West 7th Smiles are here to help. One common question our patients have is about the difference between crowns and porcelain veneers, two of the wonderful treatments offered at our office. Keep reading to learn about these procedures, how they differ from each other and which may be the best option for you and your smile!

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