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How Long is a Retainer Worn After Invisalign Treatment?

March 15, 2021

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woman cleaning her Invisalign aligner

Once you’ve completed treatment with your Invisalign aligners, there is still yet another step to complete: wearing the retainer. Its purpose is to help the teeth maintain their position while the bone and connective tissue grow around the base to solidify your results. How long will you have to wear the retainers, though? As you continue reading, get the answer and discover why it’s so important to follow the Invisalign post-treatment instructions.

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Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

December 18, 2020

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an older woman wearing a blue blouse and eating grapes outside and smiling

If dentures have been a part of your life for many years now, you may be wondering if dental implants in Harrisonburg are a viable option. After wearing prosthetics that require frequent replacements and stricter maintenance, the idea of receiving permanent teeth may sound more appealing, but is it possible? A local dentist explains that you’re never too old to enjoy the benefits of dental implants and what you can do about making the switch.

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Discover the Importance of a Cone Beam Scanner When Preparing to Receive Dental Implants

December 7, 2020

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a young woman with her head situated in a Cone Beam Scanner

Dental technology has come a long way. In recent years, dentists have turned to a new kind of device that produces higher quality images and a greater opportunity to formulate more accurate and precise treatment plans, especially as it pertains to dental implants in Harrisonburg. What is it? The answer is the Galileos® Cone Beam Imaging system. But what is so great about this piece of technology? How can it make a difference in restoring your smile? Read on to discover the benefits of this equipment and why it’s important you find an implant dentist who uses one to plan your restorative procedure.

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Debunking 4 Myths About Dental Implants

November 29, 2020

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an up-close image of a woman’s mouth and where a dental implant is located

When it comes to deciphering the truth about dental implants, you may find it is more difficult than you think. Experts have various opinions, and some patients may exaggerate or assume before knowing the real facts. If you’re trying to decide how you want to replace your missing teeth, let a dentist debunk these 4 dental implant myths so you can make the right choice for your dental health.

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The Key to Finding Affordable Dentures

October 28, 2020

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Smiling piggy bank next to dental model, illustrating affordable dentures

Dentures are one of the most popular ways to address extensive tooth loss. A well-made prosthetic looks good, restores a degree of chewing function, and has the potential to serve you well for years. However, some patients hesitate to get dentures because they are concerned about cost. Indeed, tooth replacement is a significant investment. But finding affordable dentures might be easier than you think! Choosing a small, local dental practice rather than a large chain could be the key to rebuilding your smile at a reasonable price. Let’s discuss why that is the case.

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Oral Health and Your Immune System: Why They Go Hand-in-Hand

August 5, 2020

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An up-close image of a person’s smile while a dentist uses a dental mirror to examine their oral cavity

Want to avoid contracting COVID-19 or another harmful bacterium? Want to see a healthy, beautiful smile when you look in the mirror? Surprisingly, one of the best ways to keep your body’s immune system running at optimal speed is to maintain better oral health. How is this possible? Because the mouth and body are closely connected, when problems develop in one area, you can expect to experience symptoms in the other. Read on to learn more about this link and what you can do to improve your health and wellbeing.

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COVID-19 and Your Next Visit: What Your Dentist is Doing to Prepare

June 17, 2020

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a dentist wearing proper personal protective equipment while treating a female patientIf you have yet to visit your dentist since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, you will find that more than a few things have changed since your last appointment. Before, we put on a mask and gloves and started your checkup but now, there are new protocols to keep you safe in a post-COVID-19 world. So, what exactly are we doing to prepare for your upcoming visit? Read on to find out.

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Keeping you safe in a post COVID-19 world

June 8, 2020

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As we all prepare to come back to some semblance of normalcy, we at Harrisonburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, wanted to take a few moments to outline what we do to keep you, our patients safe. Some of these items are precautions we have always taken; some are new to keep you safe in a post COVID-19 world. Regardless, the safety of both you and our team are of the utmost priority. Should you have any questions or concerns during your visit you are all welcome to contact me directly at the email address below.

We have always taken infection control extremely seriously. We abide by the American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Dental Board and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommendations to use Standard Precautions.

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4 Major Ways Your Dentist is Taking Extra Precautions to Keep Everyone Safe

May 2, 2020

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a dentist wearing a face mask and shield while performing treatment on a patientDue to the recent global outbreak of COVID-19, dentists throughout the country have adopted protocols to keep both staff and patients safe. Because dentistry requires close proximity between the team member and the individual receiving treatment, it is necessary for a dental practice to make sure the highest standards of cleanliness, personal hygiene, and safety are observed. So what is your dentist doing to ensure better protection? Read on to learn about the 4 major precautions that are designed to keep dental offices virus-free.

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Maintain a Healthy Smile While Your Dentist’s Office Is Closed

April 12, 2020

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smiling woman in background holding toothbrush with toothpaste in foregroundThroughout the years, you may have gotten into the habit of visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. That is an excellent practice! These regular appointments play a key role in helping you maintain a fresh and healthy smile. But what if your local dental office is currently closed and you are worried about missing your next preventive dentistry appointment? There is no need to worry. Let’s discuss why many dental practices are currently closed. Then, we’ll talk about some practical steps you can take to safeguard your oral health until your dentist resumes normal operations.

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