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Understanding Basic Dental Terms

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Do you remember the last time you visited the dentist? As you sat their patiently in the dental chair, you probably heard a stream of terms and references that you think had something to do with your teeth. But what does it all mean?

Remember, whatever you hear, it’s all about you and your oral health. At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we believe that knowledge is power because it allows you to be an informed, active participant in your dental care.

So here’s a mini-glossary to provide a bit of information about some of the dental terms you’re most likely to hear in your dentist’s office.

Dental Glossary

Abscess:  Hopefully, you haven’t heard this ...

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Are You Wondering About the Process of Getting Dentures?

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Let’s walk through the process of getting dentures so that you can understand every step, from scheduling the appointment to taking your new smile home. You should feel completely informed and comfortable with the process, and knowing what to expect makes everything easier.

First, you'll call our Gasport dental office to schedule a consultation. We will do a thorough examination of your teeth and discuss your specific needs. We will want to determine whether dentures are right for you, and if so, what kind. There are different types of dentures:

  • Partial dentures: for those with only some missing teeth. Partial dentures are designed to fit in between the remaining teeth. We will ...

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Help Your Child Enjoy their First Dental Visit

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As parents ourselves, we know that children need a positive start to encourage a lifetime of good oral health habits.Your child’s first dental visit is a big event, and it takes a caring, compassionate team of professionals to help your little one feel comfortable and safe during this exciting step in their development.

Your Attitude Makes All the Difference

Of course, you have to do your part, and half the battle is just getting them to the dentist. It’s understandable if you feel apprehensive about this all-important first visit. If you’re like most of us, you may even be more anxious than your child.

Basically, we just want to protect our kids. Many ...

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Opening the Door to Your Optimal Oral Health

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At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we emphasize the importance of maintaining optimal oral health because it contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle. We believe that we can help you create the foundation for a healthy smile with a sound preventive approach and proper personal oral hygiene.

We have identified eight key elements that ensure good dental health. By making these a part of your everyday routine, you can do a lot to keep your teeth healthy and strong:

Be aware of your own oral health needs:  We don’t expect you to be a dental expert, so regular dental visits with Dr. Kaplansky can alert you to potential conditions and problems you should ...

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Do You Know How to Avoid Gum Disease?

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Are you suffering from gum disease? You may already have the disease and not even realize it! If you have red and swollen gums that often bleed after you brush or eat crunchy or tough foods, you most likely have gum disease.

Depending on the severity of infection and the amount of damage to the gum tissue, bones, and teeth, we can treat gum disease in some of the following ways:

Professional Dental Cleanings

The first step to combating gum disease is almost always a professional cleaning with a dentist. Only a dentist can remove tartar buildup on the teeth.

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we may recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing ...

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Defeat Dental Anxiety for Good!

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Dental anxiety, dental phobia, fear of dentists – whatever you call it, you know how overwhelming it can be when that feeling takes control, even when common sense tells you that it’s time to get dental care. If dental fear has a hold on you, don’t be embarrassed - millions of people just like you experience some level of dental anxiety.

Putting off any dental treatment – even routine cleanings and checkups – can play havoc with your oral health. We want you to feel confident about managing your own oral health, so we’ve listed some of the more common dental fears and solutions for dealing with them. In each case, ...

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Replace your Missing Teeth!

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You have lots of options when it comes to improving the health, comfort, and beauty of your teeth, so it is important to know which procedures and materials are best for your specific needs. Let’s talk about what it would mean to replace one, several, or all of your natural teeth with dentures or dental implants.

Complete Dentures

When people talk about "having dentures," they are most likely referring to complete, conventional, or immediate dentures. All of these terms are used to describe dentures that replace all of your teeth.

If you've lost all or most of your natural teeth and need to have them replaced with artificial teeth, it makes the most ...

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