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Abscess

An abscess is a limited set of pus in tissues, organs, or defined spaces usually because of an infection. Abscesses are often lightly to feel by touching. The vast majority of them are caused by infections. Inside, they are full of pus, bacteria and debris.

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Anesthesia

Anesthesia gives you in a long sleep and controls pain during major or minor operations and surgeries. It involves using different medicines and close monitoring during surgical procedures to keep you suitable. Anesthesia can affect many bodily functions such as blood flow, heart rate, and rhythm and blood pressure.

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Bacteria

Bacteria get everywhere in your mouth, including on the teeth and gums. They usually include parts of the cheeks and back of the neck, but they can live in between all the bumps and ridges found on the tongue.

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Bonding

Direct dental bonding is a kind of cosmetic dentistry during which a dentist corrects minor flaws such as chips, cracks, stains, and discoloration. Bonding may be used to close gaps between teeth or improve the structure of a tooth.

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Braces

Dental braces and retainers are used by orthodontists to help to align crooked teeth and correct a misaligned bite in patients as young as 8 or 9.

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Dental Crown

A dental crown replaces a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the noticeable part of your tooth or dental implant. Once it is permanently bonded in place, only a Dentist or Specialist can remove it.

With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years.

If a natural tooth-colored enamel crown is chosen, our CAD/CAM treatment gives patients a completed permanent crown in just one office visit. Other types of crowns require two office visits.

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Dental X-rays

X-rays also called radiographs are a primary part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by serving a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem.

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Orthodontics

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics earlier referred to as orthodontia, is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws.

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Veneers

Composite and dental enamel. A composite veneer may be quickly placed, or indirectly fabricated by a dental specialist in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using resin cement. Usually used for the treatment of adolescent patients who will require a more permanent design once they are fully grown. The lifespan of the composite veneer is approx. 4 years.

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