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What To Do with a Broken Tooth

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience for many people, but when a tooth breaks there are additional complications. No one wants to have a gap in their smile, but a having a tooth stump or a jagged root is even worse than that. Made of multiple [...]

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What Is A Dental Crown And Should I Get One?

Many dental procedures seem somewhat mysterious to patients even when they are common within the population. Few people manage to leave childhood without getting a cavity, but today, within a population of people with overall good health, access to [...]

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The Truth About Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can be traumatic for people, particularly over time. One of the first effects tooth loss can have is social: people with missing teeth often feel embarrassed or judged and are less likely to smile during social interactions or interact with [...]

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Root Canals vs. Tooth Removal

Even if you are careful with your teeth, some day you may be faced with a dental issue that may require a root canal treatment or even an emergency root canal. Even when a dentist Grand Rapids patients trust recommends a root canal procedure, patients [...]

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Bite Guard vs. Sports Guard

At Dental Associates of West MI, we are often asked about different types of mouth guards. Typically the conversation comes up during a routine dental visit, or in a phone call to schedule an appointment before the beginning of a sport’s season. [...]

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Teeth Whitening Options

When that reunion is fast approaching, many patients at Dental Associates of West MI ask if there is a simple, quick way to achieve a fresher, younger smile. Does this qualify as an emergency dental issue? Well, not exactly, but for many people a [...]

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How to Avoid an Emergency Root Canal

If you need an emergency root canal, you will probably suspect it. The symptoms include intense pain and inflammation, and often an abscess. An x-ray of the mouth will generally reveal whether a root canal is necessary. But is there anything that can be [...]

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The Importance of Dental X-rays

For many people in Grand Rapids, dental x-rays are a just another part of the annual dental routine, never given a second thought. Have you ever wondered how x-rays help prevent emergency dental issues, and how dental x-rays became such a necessary part [...]

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Why Do People Fear the Dentist?

For people who live with fear of the dentist Grand Rapids can be a difficult place. Think about it – Midwesterners in general are a cordial and happy bunch, and friendly smiles are everywhere. But even in West Michigan, 5-8% of the population suffers [...]