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What Is Dry Socket? How Can You Prevent It?

March 9, 2023

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“Dry socket” written on laptop screen

Most people are well-recovered from a tooth extraction within a week or two of their procedure. Unfortunately, a rare condition known as dry socket can significantly slow down the healing process and cause a lot of pain. What exactly is dry socket? Can it be prevented? If it does occur, how is it treated? This blog post provides the answers.


What Does a Tooth Extraction Feel Like?

February 28, 2023

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Happy dental patient looking over her shoulder

Will you soon need to get one or more teeth removed? Understandably, you may feel a little intimidated by your upcoming procedure. There is no need to worry. In fact, most patients find that their treatment is much easier than they expected. What does a tooth extraction feel like? This blog post offers a general overview of what you may experience during and after your appointment.


Do Tooth Extractions Cure Gum Disease?

January 27, 2023

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Dental team member showing extracted tooth to patient

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, starts out as a mild infection of the gum tissue. As it advances, however, it can cause significant damage. If you have this condition, it is vital that you seek treatment in a timely manner. Your dentist might urge you to undergo tooth extractions as part of your journey toward a healthier mouth.

But do tooth extractions actually cure gum disease, or is there another reason why they are often included in a periodontal treatment plan? Continue reading this blog post to find out.


6 Tips to Help Your Child Heal after a Tooth Extraction

December 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — torringtondental @ 4:11 pm
Happy child with missing front teeth

Undergoing a tooth extraction can be a challenging experience for anyone. It might be particularly difficult for young children, who tend to be sensitive to discomfort. If your little one is soon going to have this procedure, you should take steps to make their recovery as easy as possible. Here are six practical tips to help your child heal:


Why Do I Need Root Canal Retreatment?

November 30, 2022

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Cross-section of tooth, showing pulp and root canal in Torrington

If you have ever undergone a root canal in Torrington, hopefully you had a pleasant treatment experience. Still, if your dentist tells you that the procedure has to be redone, you may be reluctant to consent. Understanding why root canals sometimes need to be repeated may help you feel more comfortable with your dentist’s recommendation. Below, learn about some common reasons for endodontic (root canal) retreatment. You will also learn what the basics of what happens during the procedure.


How Visiting the Dentist and Using Your Insurance Can Save You Money

October 26, 2022

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Female dental patient smiling in chair

If you’re looking for a way to try and save money, you might have thought about skipping your dental appointments in favor of simply brushing and flossing more thoroughly. However, this is often a mistake from both a financial and oral health perspective. The truth is that visiting the dentist regularly will ultimately help you save money, especially if you use your dental insurance benefits. Here’s how your biannual appointments can be good for your bank account.


Should You Correct Your Overbite? Learn Why the Answer Is Yes!

September 18, 2022

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Woman with confident smile after correcting her overbite in Torrington

If you have an overbite in Torrington or other orthodontic issues, you may hesitate to get them corrected. After all, you may not want to invest time and money in treatment, particularly if you believe your overbite is not severe. However, there are solid reasons why you should think about visiting a dentist or orthodontist to correct your occlusion (bite). This blog post explains how you can benefit from doing so.


Tips for Preventing and Managing Mouth Sores with Braces

August 30, 2022

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Frowning woman suffering from mouth sores with braces in Torrington

Thanks to advancements in orthodontic techniques and technology, modern braces are much more comfortable than those of past generations. However, they can still cause problems from time to time. For example, some patients develop mouth sores with braces in Torrington. How can you prevent this issue, and if you do notice a sore, what can you do to help it heal as quickly as possible? This blog post discusses the answers to those important questions.


Brighten Up Your Smile This Summer with FREE Teeth Whitening

May 9, 2022

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Close-up of woman’s smile after free teeth whitening treatment

There are many products out there that claim to remove stains from teeth. Unfortunately, some are much less effective than others. If you want truly outstanding results, you should visit a cosmetic dentist for assistance. Normally, professional teeth whitening costs hundreds of dollars — but if you act quickly, you can get a FREE teeth whitening kit when you join our practice as a new patient. Read on below to learn more about this limited-time offer.


Can I Use Invisalign to Fix My TMJ?

April 11, 2022

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Holding aligner, fixing TMJ with Invisalign in Torrington

While some people regard Invisalign as a purely cosmetic treatment, it is actually much more than that. Not only can it enhance the appearance of teeth, but it can also reduce the risk of numerous oral health problems. In some cases, fixing TMJ with Invisalign in Torrington is even a possibility. This blog post discusses what causes TMJ problems and how clear aligners may be able to help.

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