Tooth Extraction FAQ

Terrified of the forceps? Learning more about your extraction will settle your nerves. 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, […]

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

Bite down on a jawbreaker, only to find everything isn’t where it should be? Here’s how to avoid that disaster! Nobody wants to deal with a dental emergency. These dental dramas always seem to strike at the worst possible time. You have to drop everything and run to the dentist’s office (or, depending on the […]

How Much Sugar is Too Much?

Sugar intake impacts almost everything about your body – from your weight to your skin to your teeth. But for many of us, it’s tough to cut consumption down to healthy levels. If you’re able to limit the sweet stuff, you have a better chance of avoiding cavities (not to mention weight gain). Below, we […]

How Hi-Tech Dentistry Boosts Treatment

Dentistry is constantly evolving as a field, with an ongoing focus on improving patient comfort. Your needs as a dental patient are the most important aspect of your time in our office. Tompkins Dental embraces contemporary technology to provide patients with the most pleasant possible experiences in the dental chair. Between CT scans for dental […]

Scary Side Effects of Gum Disease

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 from gum disease can just […]

When “Healthy” Food Harms Teeth

If you’re on a diet, you’re spending a huge part of every day thinking about what you eat. But are your priorities where they should be? Many diets and restrictive eating habits can lead to damaged, decayed, or worn teeth. We want you to be able to pursue a healthier body without seeing the effects […]

Does Teeth Whitening Actually Make a Difference?

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 whitening yourself, but have spent years […]

How Stress is Sapping Your Oral Health

Been feeling a little anxious lately? Find yourself biting your nails, or fidgeting during the day? Struggling to fall asleep at night, with the day’s events and responsibilities filling your mind?   You’re not alone. We, as adults, as a nation, and even as a planet are pretty stressed out. And stress is inextricably tied […]

Is It Time for Periodontal Treatment?

While we see you in the office every six months (at least, that’s how often we should see you!), that’s not always enough. Problems can creep up in the time between your appointments. Gum disease is an especially nasty offender. The first stage of disease, called gingivitis, often presents without clear symptoms. So how do […]

5 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

If you’re missing a tooth, know that you’re not limited. Rather, not limited in the way that you replace that tooth – the fact that it’s missing has a definite limiting effect on your daily life. But it’s time to regain the full function and confidence that come along with a healthy, whole smile. With […]