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How to Take Care of Dental Implants After Surgery

August 17, 2020

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Dental implant illustration

Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile if you’re missing teeth. They are becoming increasingly popular because of their many benefits. They restore almost all of your chewing power and preserve the integrity of your jawbone. However, you can’t just walk right out of surgery and start consuming everything you want. Before you can experience all the wonderful benefits of implants, you must allow them to heal. Here is everything you need to know about dental implant aftercare.


How to Correctly Wear a Face Mask

June 17, 2020

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Woman properly wearing a face mask as instructed by Belchertown dentist

As more studies about the current COVID-19 pandemic are conducted, researchers are discovering that many cases present very few or no symptoms. This means that you may be sick and contagious with the coronavirus while still feeling healthy. Wearing a face mask can help stop the rampant spread of germs from asymptomatic carriers, but only if worn correctly. Your Belchertown dentist shares how to properly wear a face mask and keep those around you safe in the COVID-19 pandemic.


How Your Dental Team Keeps Their Hands Clean During COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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Belchertown dentist washing their hands and practices excellent hand hygiene in COVID-19

Keeping your hands clean is an important part of protecting yourself from COVID-19. Excellent hand hygiene has always been especially important in a dentist’s line of work since their hands come in such close proximity to all their patients’ mouths. Now more than ever, dental professionals are taking numerous steps to clean their hands thoroughly throughout the day to keep themselves and their patients safe. Here’s how your Belchertown dentist and his team keep their hands germ-free so you can get the treatment you need safely during COVID-19.


Call the Doctor! – How to Tell If You Are Having a Dental Emergency

April 12, 2020

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Person with emergency dentist

You’ve gone all day with a painful throbbing in your teeth. Though it hurts, you’re trying to power through and wait it out. Due to COVID-19, most dental practices aren’t open for their regular hours and you’re hoping that the pain will just go away. Since you can’t often see the cause of tooth pain, it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist.

Even though most dental practices are currently not seeing patients for regular appointments, they are still available and eager to help those having dental emergencies. Many emergency dentists are available for same-day appointments and will get you out of pain as quickly as possible. The following advice from an emergency dentist will help you to gauge when you should pick up the phone and make an appointment. 


Crown or Bridge: Do You Know the Difference?

February 27, 2020

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dental crown
ceramic crown in dental laboratory

You’re sitting in the dentist chair as your dentist inspects your teeth during your checkup. After looking at your X-rays, they mention that your tooth is severely decayed and will need to be removed. Then, they say you need a dental bridge to replace it after the tooth has been extracted. You’re confused—is a bridge like a crown? How are they different? In this blog post, you’ll learn more information about bridges and dental crowns in Belchertown, so you can make the right choice for your smile.


How Long Will Your Dental Crown Last?

December 30, 2019

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dental crowns on a model of a mouth

Dental crowns in Belchertown are custom-crafted caps that are built to comfortably fit over damaged teeth to repair their structure and function. You’ll be glad that you restored your tooth when you’re able to chew your food and speak without experiencing any discomfort. With the proper care and maintenance, you’ll be able to enjoy your restoration for longer, keeping you from needing to schedule any unexpected or additional visits with your emergency dentist. Read on for some tips and tricks on how to take the best care of your dental crown.


Discover How Avoiding Gum Disease Can Protect Your Heart Health

November 9, 2019

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a person having their teeth and gums checked

Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from gum disease and don’t even know it? It’s highly possible considering it is one of the most common dental problems dentists see. If you think it is only negatively affecting your oral health, guess again. Your overall well-being is at risk, especially, your heart. Find out how periodontal therapy in Belchertown can help restore your gum health and ways to avoid developing gum issues in the first place.


5 Ways to Protect Your Dental Crowns After You’ve Had Them Placed

October 11, 2019

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a dental crown

You just received your dental crowns, and you couldn’t be happier with the results. The investment you’ve made has you so overjoyed that you can now walk around with greater confidence knowing your smile is complete. But what can you do to better protect your new prosthetics? Read on to find out how these 5 simple tips can keep you out of the dentist’s chair for repairs and instead, enjoying life with a healthier, more beautiful smile.


Chipped Tooth? No Need to Panic with These Tips

September 17, 2019

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Woman with tooth pain

Have you ever chipped or cracked a tooth? If so, you can understand the immediate panic that is felt, especially if it occurs in the visible part of your smile. However, chipped teeth don’t always cause pain, but it’s important to receive treatment for it, nonetheless. Chips and fractures can lead to even more severe dental problems if they aren’t handled properly. Keep reading to learn the best next steps to take after chipping a tooth from an emergency dentist.


Why a Dental Visit Should be on Your Back-to-School To-Do List!

August 15, 2019

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mother and child smiling at dentist

The weeks before a new school year starts are hectic times for parents, as they dash to-and-fro to fulfill any last-minute requirements, and to purchase clothes and supplies. In the midst of making any final preparations, your dentist in Belchertown says don’t forget to visit for a cleaning and checkup. As you read on, you’ll learn why this is so important and how to get the most out of your time before the new school year starts!

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