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Dental Implant Recovery Timeline FAQ Sep 29th, 2021

Dental implants are by far the most effective way to replace a missing tooth, but many patients are put off by the very lengthy process described by their dentists when describing the complete procedure that can take as long as 6-8 months to complete.  Here’s a list of dental implant...

How Long Should a Filling Last? Sep 29th, 2021

  Anyone with a dental filling will find themselves having to replace it eventually. While fillings can last up to twenty years, many factors contribute to a dental restoration’s longevity. Fillings have a limited period of use before they start to fail, so it’s essential to know the signs of...

4 Tips To Keep Veneers Looking Brand New Sep 7th, 2021

Veneers provide a quick and long-lasting fix for teeth that are stained, chipped, misaligned, worn, or irregularly shaped. They're an excellent cosmetic dentistry treatment for anyone looking to perfect their smile, and with proper care, veneers will last for a decade or more.  The best way to ensure your veneers...

10 Common Dental Implant Misconceptions Sep 7th, 2021

When you’re missing a tooth, there are a few different options your dentist will present to you when it comes to tooth replacement. If you are leaning towards moving forward with a dental implant for tooth replacement, you want to ensure you have all of the facts before committing, and...

Black Triangles: A Warning Sign of Receding Gums Aug 10th, 2021

Starting to notice black spaces between your teeth when you smile in the mirror can be an alarming discovery. Dentists typically refer to this dental issue as "black triangles. While they're more commonly seen in older patients, black triangles can appear for a few reasons regardless of a person's age. ...

5 Daily Signs You're Grinding Your Teeth In Your Sleep Aug 10th, 2021

Grinding your teeth is a significant health issue that should never be ignored or chalked up to stress. Teeth grinding can lead to many long-term health issues and wreak havoc on your oral health, too. If you think stress, anxiety, or poor alignment create the chronic habit of grinding while...

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last? Jul 20th, 2021

Dental crowns are highly effective for anyone who requires tooth restoration, even when the tooth is severely damaged. These durable dental crowns blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and can last you for many years to come with proper care.  Read on to find out exactly how to best care...

Are Veneers Hard To Maintain? Jul 6th, 2021

Veneers are a great way to restore your confidence in your smile; however, they require an investment of both time and money. Veneers are great for correcting minor imperfections, including cracked, crooked, or chipped teeth, and once you've seen how veneers can transform your smile, you're going to want to...

Making Summer Break Lunches Healthy and Easy Jun 16th, 2021

Getting your kids to eat a healthy balanced diet is no simple task, but what your children eat and drink while they're at home on summer break can significantly impact their oral health. Putting together your children's lunches helps give you control over what nutrients your child eats while they're...

Are You Using The Right Type of Toothpaste For Your Teeth? Jun 13th, 2021

  One specific toothpaste won't save your smile from every possible dental disaster, but using the right toothpaste for your teeth is a critical piece in maintaining excellent oral health. The power of dental products can only be beneficial if you are using them and sticking to a great home...

Fast and Affordable Ways To Improve Your Teeth May 28th, 2021

Braces aren’t always necessary for correcting crooked or imperfect teeth. Often, minor smile imperfections can be easily corrected. Subtle changes to your smile can make a significant impact on your life, especially when an affordable price tag accompanies them.  Read on to learn fast and affordable treatment options to improve...

How To Prevent Gum Disease Before It Starts May 13th, 2021

Periodontal disease can be hazardous to the health of your teeth, gums, and even bone tissue. Once advanced, the disease is pervasive and requires ongoing treatment. While gum disease can effectively be treated and reversed, this is only the case if gingivitis is recognized in the earliest stages of the...

Teeth Prone To Tooth Decay? These Tips Will Help Reduce Cavities Apr 29th, 2021

Your daily lifestyle habits and the foods you eat affect both your overall health and the state of your teeth and gums. If you are someone who avoids going to the dentist because it seems you're always hearing you have one or more cavities, it likely causes you frustration. While...

6 Facts About Tongue-Ties In Children Apr 9th, 2021

Some parents may think that the need to treat tongue-tie is simply a fad or unnecessary. However, it’s critical to know and understand that tongue-ties have been recognized as an issue for decades, and they should not be left untreated.  Here are six facts that you may not know about...

5 Ways Tooth Contouring Can Reshape Your Teeth Mar 24th, 2021

Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is an incredible cosmetic dentistry treatment that quickly removes minor amounts of tooth enamel to change the shape or length of one or more teeth. This procedure is highly effective for quickly and painlessly altering teeth that are chipped, cracked, or overlapping. In certain situations...

Treatment Options For Fixing a Gap Between Teeth Mar 8th, 2021

Dental alignment issues can not only impact your appearance but, over time, they can also affect a patient's overall health. Patients and parents alike are often unsure about what course of action to take when fixing gaps between the teeth. In addition to braces, several great cosmetic dentistry treatment options...

Debunking the Top 5 Oral Cancer Myths Feb 24th, 2021

Oral cancer is one of the most misunderstood forms of cancer. Patients often think that if they don't use tobacco products, they are safe from getting oral cancer. However, you may be surprised to learn that this disease affects a wide range of people. It's critical to separate fact from...

Teeth Yellow Along The Gum Line? That’s Tartar Buildup! Feb 9th, 2021

Tooth discoloration along the gum line can indicate several dental issues. One of the more common reasons for a yellow coating developing along the gum line is tartar buildup. Failing to maintain regular teeth cleanings can allow for tartar to form, especially in hard-to-reach places.  Read on to learn more...

6 Reasons To Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened In 2021 Jan 30th, 2021

Having your teeth professionally whitened can positively impact your confidence in both your personal and professional life - even while wearing masks and working via zoom! Many cosmetic dentistry treatments boost your confidence in your smile; however, teeth whitening is the most popular.  Here are six reasons why you (and...

How To Create a Healthy Nighttime Routine For Your Kids Jan 14th, 2021

The battle of tooth brushing and oral hygiene is one every parent faces. Teaching your kids the importance of caring for their teeth and gums is part of the learning process all parents and children go through. Regular tooth brushing and flossing require guidance, discipline, and a nightly routine to...

6 Benefits of Dental Sealants (and Why You Need Them!) Dec 29th, 2020

Dental sealants are a great way to add a protective barrier between the surfaces of your teeth and harmful decay-causing bacteria. The biting surfaces of molars have many small grooves where bacteria can conveniently accumulate, leading to decay and destruction. Sealants are a practical way to help protect your smile....

8 Health Risks Detected During Routine Dental Cleanings Dec 13th, 2020

It's likely that you already know routine dental checkups and cleanings can help prevent damaging tooth decay, detect cavities early, and reduce your chances of developing gum disease. You may not realize that dentists are trained to detect certain chronic conditions and potential health risks during your exam.  Dental cleanings...

Vitamins and Supplements For Healthier Teeth and Gums Nov 28th, 2020

Your entire body requires the proper balance of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Vitamins and minerals can be easily incorporated into your daily diet by eating certain foods and taking daily supplements.  Routine visits to your dentist and maintaining excellent oral hygiene at home are essential; however, the foods...

Receding Gums and 6 Other Signs of Gum Disease Nov 14th, 2020

Gum disease begins to affect people once they reach their 30's, and men are more at risk for developing gum disease than women. Early detection of gum-related problems is crucial for effectively treating the condition before it's too late. The initial stages of gum disease are often painless, leaving them...

Managing Chronic Tooth Sensitivity For Under $10 Oct 29th, 2020

Experiencing chronic pain and discomfort from sensitive teeth and gums can make even the simplest daily tasks uncomfortable. Biting into hot foods, sipping a cold beverage, or brushing and flossing can be uncomfortable for anyone with sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by exposed tooth roots, worn tooth enamel,...

7 Simple Ways To Make Saliva More Alkaline and Less Acidic Oct 14th, 2020

Sugar isn't the only dietary factor that can have damaging effects on your smile. Consuming foods and beverages high in acids wear away the protective layer of enamel from your teeth. This process, commonly known as tooth erosion, can quickly change your teeth' appearance and can cause cavities and tooth...

6 Tips For Eating Healthy While Working From Home Sep 27th, 2020

Working from home can be accompanied by many distractions, and staying focused can be a challenge. This can be especially true if your new co-worker, the refrigerator, keeps calling you over for a quick snack before your next zoom call. Don't let frequent snacking and unhealthy meals wreck your overall...

What To Know About IV Conscious Sedation Before Your Appointment Sep 5th, 2020

Patients suffering from dental anxiety, low pain tolerance, or extreme tooth sensitivity can benefit significantly from sedation dentistry. Many dentists are now using various dental sedation techniques that aim to help patients through necessary dental care without experiencing any pain or anxiety. Read on to learn more about IV conscious...

How Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Recurring Ear Pain and Sore Throats Aug 25th, 2020

Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, making them the last permanent teeth to emerge in your mouth. As a result, they're also the most common teeth to become wedged-in or impacted because there's not enough room in the jaw for them. Wisdom teeth that come...

Is Your Child Grinding Their Teeth at Night? A Mouthguard May Be The Solution Aug 13th, 2020

Teeth grinding, also commonly known as Bruxism, is a relatively common pediatric dental concern. It has been estimated that up to 35% of children experience Bruxism at some point during childhood. Children are often entirely unaware that they are clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth at night, so as...

The Benefits of Anti-Aging Dentistry Treatments Jul 22nd, 2020

Many older patients are enthralled to learn that the effects of aging on their smile can be easily corrected without invasive facelifts or surgery. Working directly on the teeth and building them back up can restore a more youthful appearance.  Your smile can be restored with several anti-aging dentistry options....

Improving Your Child's Oral Health With Myofunctional Therapy Jul 13th, 2020

The position of a child's tongue while swallowing, speaking, and resting can be an important indication of their health. Abnormal tongue positions can be successfully treated and corrected with myofunctional therapy, a specialized training process that ensures a future of good health for a child struggling.  Oral myofunctional disorder can...

Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer To Watch For Jun 19th, 2020

Thousands of Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer, yet few patients are familiar with the common signs, symptoms, and preventative measures that should be taken. When diagnosed early, the prognosis of oral cancers improves significantly, so early detection is essential.  Keep yourself informed with the facts and symptoms...

What Should a Healthy Tongue Look Like? Jun 12th, 2020

Your tongue is a small muscular organ, and a healthy tongue can range in color. It is not uncommon for a tongue to turn red, yellow, purple, or another hue due to certain underlying health conditions. While it is not unusual for your tongue to vary in color, any significant...

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions May 24th, 2020

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions Occasionally, dental issues can arise that leave your entire smile threatened unless dealt with quickly. In these scenarios, tooth extraction may be necessary. At Tompkins Dental, our focus is always to preserve your smile by providing our patients with exceptional preventive dentistry treatments...

When To Call Your Dentist About a Toothache (and When to Wait it Out) May 13th, 2020

Experiencing an aching tooth or persistent discomfort in your mouth should be your first warning sign that you need to contact your dentist. Often, persistent pain in our smile could mean the presence of a cavity or a dental infection.  The American Dental Association recommends having any troubling toothache evaluated...

6 Exercises To Do While Brushing Your Teeth Apr 24th, 2020

On average, each person spends 38 days standing in the bathroom, brushing their teeth throughout their lifetime. The American Dental Association recommends adults brush for at least two minutes or more per session, making it the perfect time to multitask with some quick and easy exercises.  There are several toning...

Are Cavities Contagious? Apr 13th, 2020

There are many concerns over contagious illnesses surrounding us today. From the Coronavirus to chickenpox, there are many valid concerns over passing bacteria along to others. Cavities can be considered contagious, especially to young children and babies. Bacteria mutans streptococcus feeds on sugars in the mouth and creates an acid...

How Long Does It Take For a Cavity To Develop? Mar 23rd, 2020

Cavities don't just form overnight. It can take months, or possibly even years, before the decay process advances to the point where a tooth requires attention. The entire process of tooth demineralization takes place whenever an acidic oral environment exists, and fortunately, this environment isn't the norm for a person's...

Tips To Help Make Your Veneers Last Longer Than 10 Years | Tompkins Dental Mar 23rd, 2020

Tips To Help Make Your Veneers Last Longer Than 10 Years Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile’s appearance by addressing imperfections in your smile and making dental flaws a distant memory. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last well over a decade before they need to be...

Teeth Whitening Solutions For Sensitive Teeth Mar 9th, 2020

Tooth sensitivity affects the majority of patients who choose to whiten their teeth to some degree. For most, the sensation is mild and subsides quickly, but for others, it can be more intense and last for days.  Teeth whitening for those with sensitive teeth may appear impossible, but there are...

Proven Treatments For Reducing Tooth Sensitivity Feb 26th, 2020

Roughly 1 in 8 people suffer from sensitive teeth, according to the Journal of American Dentistry. If you’ve always assumed that your teeth are sensitive either due to bad luck or bad genetics, think again! Your sensitivity could be triggered by controllable variables like improper brushing or too many sugary...

Full Mouth Dental Restoration FAQ Feb 13th, 2020

Due to the scope of the procedure, a full-mouth reconstruction requires extensive planning and multiple visits to the dentist. Restoring comfort and functionality to your smile can be achieved with a wide range of treatments, including porcelain crowns, veneers, dental implants, fillings, and other restorative dentistry treatments.  The benefits of...

Never Stop Flossing Again With These Simple Tricks Jan 25th, 2020

It’s a reality that most adults don’t floss their teeth daily, or even regularly. If one of your resolutions for the year is to stick with flossing to improve your oral health, you’ve come to the right place! While it can be tough to get started, regular flossing can significantly...

10 Healthy Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep Jan 14th, 2020

The best advice for setting New Year’s resolutions is to be realistic. Setting yourself up for failure from the start isn’t the best way to start the year. If you’re in search of some resolution inspiration, Tompkins Dental is here to help! These ten healthy resolutions are both realistic and...

5 Reasons Your Entire Family Should Be Using Mouthwash Dec 19th, 2019

Mouthwash lovers rejoice at the fact that mouthwash leaves them with a pleasant minty sensation that evokes a fresh feeling in their mouth. However, mouthwash is also an essential daily practice to maintain great oral hygiene. Incorporating mouthwash into your entire family’s daily routine offers many significant benefits.    Here...

5 Ways to Get Rid of Numbness After a Dental Procedure Dec 19th, 2019

  A trip to the dentist for a routine filling, root canal, or other procedure will likely require a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent you from feeling pain during your treatment. In most situations, the anesthesia your dentist uses will numb the tooth for 1 to 2...

Adult Invisalign After Having Braces as a Teen – What To Expect Dec 11th, 2019

Orthodontic treatment is something many of us have gone through as teenagers. If you had braces as a teen, you already know there is nothing quite like the unbridled joy that comes when your braces are finally removed. However, what happens after wearing braces can be almost as challenging for...

How to Avoid Common Causes of Jaw Pain Dec 11th, 2019

The last thing you want to deal with during a busy workday, a vacation, or really any activity is pain radiating from your jaw. But for all too many adults, TMJ pain is a relatively common occurrence. Jaw dysfunction and discomfort can strike when you least expect it. The usual...

If Our Ancestors Didn’t Need to Brush Their Teeth, Why Do We? Dec 11th, 2019

We’re always looking for ways to take shortcuts. Life is hectic – and brushing and flossing aren’t always your top priorities. What if you could find a way to get around them? This is the kind of question that’s usually someone’s mind when they start wondering about the history of...

Is Gum Recession Permanent? Dec 11th, 2019

If you’ve been told at a recent dental appointment that your gum line is receding, don’t panic. With today’s technology, there are ways to rebuild your gum tissue and get your gum recession under control. Leaving your tooth roots bare puts them at a heightened risk of decay, and advanced...

Early Warning Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth Dec 11th, 2019

Feeling something uncomfortable at the back of your mouth? Oral pain has such a wide variety of causes that we definitely can’t give you the answer in a blog post – you’ll need to see your dentist to get to the root of the problem. But if you have wisdom...

Is My Night Guard Still Effective With a Hole In It? Dec 11th, 2019

A night guard is an extremely common dental device that helps to protect the teeth from teeth grinding or Bruxism. Whether your teeth grinding is due to a specific circumstance such as stress, or it is a chronic condition, a night guard can prevent further damage and protect your smile....

Does Teeth Whitening Actually Make a Difference? Dec 11th, 2019

Confused by the whole teeth whitening craze? As the simplest cosmetic dental treatment available, teeth whitening has gotten its fair share of attention. And the versatility of treatment make it a prime candidate for home use, boosting the number of home whitening kits on the market. If you’ve never tried...

Oral Hygiene After Tooth Extraction: What to Do Dec 11th, 2019

Whether you’ve just had a tooth extraction, or you’re preparing to have the procedure, there are a few good practices to follow for after you have oral surgery. Every surgery and each patient is different. It will be up to you and your surgeon to determine where you fall on...

Tooth Extraction FAQ Dec 11th, 2019

No matter the reason for your tooth extraction, we understand if you’re experiencing anxiety. One way to ease your nerves is to learn more about exactly what you can expect from the process – from the procedure to your healing period. Below, we’ve gathered a few of the most common...

Invisalign Secrets: How to Sail Through Treatment Dec 11th, 2019

If this is your first time trying orthodontic treatment, it may feel like an intimidating prospect. But Invisalign is different from traditional brackets and wires. This treatment puts patient needs first, doing everything possible to keep you comfortable and in control of your straightening. Because Invisalign is so unique, there...

Fix Chipped Teeth Without Waiting Dec 11th, 2019

Most of us have had the terrible feeling of passing tongue over tooth, and suddenly realizing that tooth was missing something. Whether dental work chipped or natural enamel gave way, the common reaction is to seek immediate treatment. Repairing a chipped tooth doesn’t necessarily require complex treatment or waiting time....

When it’s Possible to Reverse Tooth Decay Dec 11th, 2019

If you’re frequently learning about small cavities at your dental exams, it’s time to make a few changes to your oral hygiene routine. Depending on the size of the cavity, you may even be able to send it running and reverse tooth decay through updated diet, oral hygiene and daily...

Surprisingly Dangerous Snacks for Your Teeth Dec 11th, 2019

How healthy are your regular snacks? More importantly – how healthy are your children’s? February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re celebrating by promoting healthy eating awareness for kids everywhere. While you know that soda and candy are terrible for your teeth, there are quite a few seemingly “healthy”...

8 Origins of Tooth Pain That Don’t Involve a Cavity Dec 11th, 2019

From a cavity to infected gums, a tooth can have a lot of (sometimes surprising) causes. Whether your toothache feels dull and achy or sharp and throbbing, a toothache can make it hard to maintain your daily routine. This general guide will outline some of the possible reasons you are...

How Much do Dental Implants Cost? Dec 11th, 2019

Cost is a big factor in any treatment – and especially significant with a complex procedure like dental implant placement. Planning ahead will help you avoid unpleasant surprises and pay for your implants at a comfortable pace. Will My Insurance Cover Tooth Implants? Most dental insurance companies design plans to...

What Does a Porcelain Veneers Smile Makeover Look Like? Dec 11th, 2019

If you’re ready to find a transformation for your smile, you’ve probably been considering your options. While you won’t know what’s best for your unique teeth until you meet with a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, doing some research ahead of time is a great plan. You’ll be better-informed and...

Health Conditions Linked to Your Mouth Dec 11th, 2019

Your mouth is not isolated from the rest of your body. While you know that the food and drinks you consume will travel elsewhere in your body, there are other oral components that can impact other components of your health. Oral bacteria is diverse – some is healthy and important...

Scary Side Effects of Gum Disease Dec 11th, 2019

You’ve heard about what happens to your gums when plaque is allowed to build up. Your gums become tender and puffy, the gum tissue starts to pull away from the teeth, and the area becomes infected. With a deep cleaning, the problem can usually be resolved. But the problems stemming...

How to Love Teeth Whitening Dec 11th, 2019

Trying to talk yourself into cosmetic dentistry? If you have a history of dental anxiety, it can be extremely difficult to take the first step. But whitening your teeth is worth it. With a brighter smile, you can feel more confident, make better impressions, and put your best face forward....

Traditional Dental Floss Vs. Water Flossers Dec 11th, 2019

Many of our patients wonder just how vital it is to make an additional investment into electronic cleaning devices. With the advent of new technologies comes higher price tags, and it may leave you wondering if they actually clean better than their manual counterparts. When it comes to the health...

Real-Life Benefits of Whiter Teeth Dec 11th, 2019

You know that white teeth look great – but what are the underlying associations that make us find them so enviable? Unpacking some of our human instincts relating to appearance and perceived personality traits takes a lot of work. But studies of bright smiles and personal responses to such tell...

Why Your Dental Health is More Important Than You Think Dec 11th, 2019

We’re constantly begging you to brush, floss, and maintain a tooth-friendly diet. While some patients are happy to engage with their oral health, others find the frequent cleaning and low-sugar considerations frustrating. Just why are your teeth so important? Why do they demand such deliberate care? Your oral health isn’t...

What to Expect From a Free Consultation Dec 11th, 2019

So your smile’s missing something. Whether you’re not unhappy with its appearance, function, or overall health, there’s a path forward. The first step? A free consultation with our team. Consultations make some patients nervous, but there’s really nothing to fear. If you’re stressing about this appointment, being prepared to talk...

Transforming Your Smile With the Power of Porcelain Veneers Dec 11th, 2019

Going through life with teeth that make you feel self-conscious in social situations is no way to live your life. If your teeth are chipped, stained, or simply unattractive, porcelain dental veneers are the best way to reshape your teeth and give you the confidence you deserve every time you...

Ithaca Tooth Extraction Dec 11th, 2019

Feeling anxious about an upcoming tooth extraction? We understand – getting a tooth pulled is inherently stressful. You’re not only losing a part of yourself, but also undergoing an invasive procedure. Those factors are bound to bother even the calmest dental patient. And if you struggle with dental anxiety, you’re...

The Best Treatment for Receding Gums Dec 4th, 2019

Gums going into hiding? If you notice your gum line on a retreat, and more and more of your teeth being exposed, it’s time to take action. Leaving your tooth roots bare puts them at a heightened risk of decay, and advanced gum recession can put your teeth in danger....

Tooth Extraction 101: What to Expect Dec 4th, 2019

Shaking in your boots at the thought of an upcoming extraction? You’re not alone – most dental patients dread oral surgery. But those who approach it the right way will find the experience turns out to be a pleasant one. You’re not a slave to your dental anxiety, and learning more...

What Happens at a Dental Consultation? Dec 4th, 2019

Shaking in your boots at the thought of an upcoming extraction? You’re not alone – most dental patients dread oral surgery. But those who approach it the right way will find the experience turns out to be a pleasant one. You’re not a slave to your dental anxiety, and learning more...

Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Are Causing Problems Dec 4th, 2019

Tooth pain can mean so many different things. How can you tell whether the soreness at the back of your mouth is due to something casual, or something serious like an impacted wisdom tooth? When you’ve got an ache in your jaw, there are a few things to look for to...

How to Manage Post-Filling Numbness Dec 4th, 2019

One of the worst parts about having dental work done for most patients is the dreaded numbness that lingers long after your appointment is over. Novocaine is a local anesthetic drug that many dentists use for minor procedures and works by blocking the nerves in your body from sending pain...