Tag: Partial Dentures

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Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

A chipped or missing tooth can not only effect the function of your smile but it can also impact your self-confidence. If you visited a dentist in North Myrtle Beach recently, they may have told you that you can repair your smile with a crown, bridge, or denture. There is another option! Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates offers dental implant solutions for the North Myrtle Beach community. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant solutions.

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Dental Procedures for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can make it hard to smile, bite, chew, and speak. Missing teeth can even lower your self-confidence! The truth is, you don’t have to live this way. Whether you lost a tooth from trauma or from decay, Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, South Carolina can help you improve the look and function of your smile. There are many different ways that we can replace missing teeth. Here are a few options Dr. Hortman may present to you.

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Can a Dentist Pull an Infected Tooth?

Many patients ask us if Dr. Hortman or Dr. Woolston can pull an infected tooth. The answer is yes! Actually, a majority of teeth that are pulled, also called extracted, have an infection. A deep cavity or a cracked tooth can allow bacteria to build up in the cavities of the tooth. A large number of bacteria inside the tooth can cause an infection. So, yes, you should pull an infected tooth. 

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Your Dentist in North Myrtle Beach Encourages Real Smiles

Have you ever heard of a “Duchenne smile?” While conducting a study on facial expressions, it was discovered that there are literally two distinct types of smiles: the real smile (formally known as Duchenne smile) and the fake smile. A Duchenne smile involves a multitude of facial muscles to participate in order to show your pearly whites including the zygomatic major muscle (corners of your mouth) and the orbicularis oculi muscles (the cheeks and muscles around your eyes). Whereas a fake smile, the opposite of a Duchenne smile, only requires the muscles right around your mouth and sometimes not even all of those if you smile with your mouth closed. When’s the last time you felt confident enough to show off your Duchenne smile? If

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