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Please, No...Not a Root Canal!

Tooth Pain | Root Canal Gasport NY

It shouldn’t come as any surprise to you that root canals are the most feared dental procedure. What would we do without root canals and the mileage they provide for making a point about any unpleasant experience?

But are root canals really that bad? Dentistry has come a long way and we’ve seen a lot of clever and innovative advances in the last couple decades. So is it possible that root canals are the only procedure that is still in the dark ages?

Common Root Canal Myths

Myth #1:  Root Canals are Painful

No, no, no! Root canals have definitely benefitted from all the great new advances in dental treatment and techniques. If you’ve ...

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So What are Dental Implants, Anyway?

Dental Implants Lockport NY

You may have heard a lot about dental implants, and wonder what they are, how they work, and why they’re preferable to other tooth replacement methods. Since we love to keep you informed and educated about the latest goings-on, we’re going to give you the nickel tour of dental implants.

Interesting Facts about Dental Implants

It may seem like dental implants are a recent innovation, but you might be surprised to learn that an early version of dental implants were actually in use way back in ancient Egyptian times. Just in case you think that dental implants are a passing fad:

  • Dental implants have been around since the mid 1880’s, but became most ...

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What is that annoying pain in my neck?

Neck Pain | TMJ Therapy Gasport NY

If your immediate reaction was, "My boss," you're looking for a different blog post. What we’re referring to is a chronic pain or soreness in your jaw, neck, or shoulders, particularly when you wake up.

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, may be the culprit. Your teeth routinely withstand an enormous amount of pressure, and that’s what they’re designed to do. But chronic grinding and clenching creates excess stress on your teeth and can lead to abnormal wear and fracturing, among other unpleasant symptoms.

Tell Your Dentist

You are not alone - the majority of Americans grind their teeth, so don’t be surprised if your dentist knows exactly what you’re talking about. But you may ...

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“My gums bleed when I brush…is that bad?”

Bleeding gums | lockport ny dentist

You know it’s not normal for your gums to bleed when you brush, but there’s just so much going on in your life that you’ll think about it tomorrow. Of course, tomorrow never comes, and things just get worse.

Periodontal disease does not go away on its own – in fact, it is an insidious little bugger that will continue to ravage your teeth and gums until you pay attention to it. At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we subscribe to the ageless dental theory that a head-in-the-sand approach is never, ever effective.

Gum Disease - Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Because we know that you really do want to enjoy excellent oral ...

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My Crown is Loose - What's Going On?

fixing a loose crown | dental crowns lockport ny

 

Dental crowns are an indispensable part of the restorative services we offer at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky. Crowns are versatile and can be used to provide strength and protection for your teeth or correct certain cosmetic flaws.

While properly placed dental crowns are quite durable and can last for as long as ten to twenty years with proper care, certain problems can develop over time. Crowns can become loose or even fall off for a number of reasons. If you have a crown that looks worn or is coming loose, you may wonder what’s going on. Here’s a list of common reasons why your crown may be failing:

Old, Worn ...

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How to Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

A child brushes their teeth | Preventive dentist gasport NY

Do you bottle-feed your baby or toddler? If so, you may be unaware that certain practices can lead to oral health problems for your child. Don’t worry - many parents at our Gasport dental office are surprised to learn that this is even a concern. But the good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize your child’s chances of developing decay resulting from bottle-feeding.

How does using a bottle lead to tooth decay?

Tooth decay due to bottle-feeding occurs when a young child, usually between one year and three years of age, develops multiple cavities in their primary teeth. Decay results when the child’s teeth are exposed to sugary ...

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Tips for Handling a Dental Emergency

A man holds his jaw | emergency dentist gasport

At some point in our lives, it is likely that we will all experience a dental emergency. If you have active children, there’s a good possibility that you have already made a mad dash to the dentist for immediate treatment.

While we’re talking about kids and dental emergencies, we want to take a moment to stress the importance of wearing mouth guards while playing sports like baseball, football, and soccer. Consider this - dentists estimate that nearly 40% of dental injuries occur while playing sports, and of these injuries, 80% affect the front teeth.

In the years that Dr. Kaplansky has been practicing dentistry, we’ve seen just about every type of dental ...

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