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How Long Is the Dental Implants Process?

December 30, 2018

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implants illustrationDental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They are natural-looking and natural-feeling, they can last for a lifetime, and they provide an extremely strong bite. They can even help to preserve bone mass in the jaw. Would you like to regain your lost smile via dental implants? Here is a look at the treatment process ahead of you and a general timeline of the steps along your upcoming journey.


Do You Have a TMJ Disorder? Watch Out for These Symptoms

December 15, 2018

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woman with jaw painYou may have heard people say that they “have TMJ.” When your own jaw started to ache, perhaps you began to wonder if you also have this problem. But what exactly is a TMJ disorder, and what symptoms are associated with it? Let’s discuss these important questions and talk about how your dentist may be able to help you find relief from a painful jaw.


When Is Bone Grafting Necessary for Dental Implants?

November 30, 2018

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man giving the thumbs up in the dental chairDental implants are a highly successful method for replacing any number of missing teeth. Patients who are eligible for this procedure are highly encouraged to select this route. Even those who do not currently have sufficient bone structure present for dental implants may still benefit with the help of a bone graft. Keep reading to learn more about why your dentist may recommend a bone graft before dental implants, and what it means for you if you need one.


A Dentist on Why It’s Best to Try to Save a Tooth

November 11, 2018

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woman with a toothacheIt may be tempting to have an aching or damaged tooth pulled, but it is always best to keep the teeth you were born with for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of interventions available which can help you do just that. Keep reading to learn more about how your restorative dentist can help you rescue a problem tooth, and why a dental implant can be a wonderful solution when that is just not possible.


Family Dentist on How Sugars Affect Your Teeth

October 31, 2018

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candy overflowing in halloween bucketFall is finally here, and more sugar is consumed during October than any other month. Collectively, Americans spend billions of dollars on this holiday each year — and a big portion of that goes to candy. Your family dentist knows this increased consumption can spell trouble for smiles of all ages. Keep reading to learn more about how sugars affect your teeth, and steps you can take to protect your smile this month and all year round.


Your Restorative Dentist Knows Where to Start with Your Smile

October 7, 2018

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woman smiling and pointing at cheeksYour dentist’s #1 goal is to help you enjoy a complete, healthy, and beautiful smile for life. However, many adults reach a point where imperfect oral health and hygiene catch up to them — and usually, the appearance of their teeth is the first thing they will notice. But your restorative dentist knows starting with the cosmetic usually is not the right move. Keep reading to learn the order of operations for complex treatment plans. It is a process, but with a little dedication, you will be smiling bright before you know it.


Why Continuing Education Matters for Your Dentist

September 30, 2018

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dental office interiorLike most things these days, the field of dentistry is rapidly changing with continual advances in technology. Procedures that used to take weeks or months can now be completed in a single appointment. Sometimes that’s a good idea, sometimes it’s not. With so much going on in the dental field, it is important that you choose a dentist who stays up-to-date through continuing education (CE) opportunities. CE helps ensure that you are always receiving the latest and greatest care — keep reading to find out why!


Visit Your Dentist to Use Up Your End-of-Year Benefits!

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portrait of an older coupleWe are coming to the end of 2018, and that means your to-do list may already be filling up with holiday plans and special events. Before things get too busy, patients with dental insurance may want to consider scheduling an appointment with the dentist. Taking the time to come in now is the best way to make sure that unused benefits do not slip away before the new year begins. Keep reading to find out more about how dental insurance works, and why scheduling an appointment this month can help you save on a healthy smile.


How Your Dentist Knows If You Have Healthy Gums

August 31, 2018

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woman brushing her teethYou may not think about them all that often, but having healthy gums is crucial for enjoying a healthy, lasting smile. During a checkup and cleaning, your dentist and/or hygienist will check to make sure you aren’t experiencing gum disease — and if you are, an appropriate treatment will be recommended right away. Keep reading to find out how periodontal health is evaluated, and why it’s crucial for your lasting smile.


Your Dentist Offers Truly Comprehensive Dentistry

Filed under: Uncategorized — cowlitz @ 4:21 pm

couple taking a selfieAre you on a search for a new dentist? Visiting a team that offers comprehensive services is a great place to start. You’ll find that maintaining excellent oral health is simple when you can have all of your needs met under one roof — from general checkups and cleanings to restorative services that bring your smile back to health after a cavity or tooth loss. At Cowlitz River Dental, we are pleased to provide just that: excellent dental care for smiles of all ages and stages of life. Keep reading to learn more about our truly comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic services!


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