The Only Recourse for Repairing a Badly Decayed Tooth is to Install a Crown

Left unresolved an area of tooth decay on one of your teeth can continue to spread. Severe tooth decay problems and some large cavities might not leave enough healthy enamel for the tooth to be repaired with an ordinary filling. In a situation like Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin... Read more »

Facts on Dry Socket

Getting a tooth removed is never an enjoyable experience, but unfortunately, it is one that most Americans have to go through eventually—especially since most people have their wisdom teeth removed. Unfortunately, if a tooth is removed, you could ultimately have to deal with a painful dry socket. The first thing... Read more »

Restoring an Extracted Tooth With a Dental Bridge

Severe tooth decay, cracked teeth, and extreme fractures can sometimes cause so much damage to a tooth that it simply cannot be saved. When this happens, Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek will often recommend that the tooth be completely extracted before it is restored by a dental... Read more »

What is Gingivitis?

You’ve probably heard about gingivitis but do you really know what it is? Do you know what causes it or what it does to your teeth? Do we know how to treat the problem, or even better, know how to prevent it? If you’re interested in learning more about this... Read more »

How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

Do you ever get worried about the millions of germs that live on your toothbrush? If so, our Dakota Ridge Dental team has some tips for you! There are many things you can do to keep your toothbrush in tip-top shape, and those things are: -Wash your hands with soap... Read more »

Removing a Foreign Object that is Stuck in Your Gums

It’s a rather common occurrence for a small piece of food to accidentally get stuck between two teeth or stubbornly lodged in your gums. Worse still is if you have a bad habit of chewing on objects like pens and pencils and a small piece of the foreign objects gets... Read more »

How to Treat a Dental Crown Emergency

A broken or dislodged dental crown can occur for different reasons: hard food like popcorn kernels, too much pressure, natural wear and tear, and so on. When something happens to your dental crown, you may not be able to see your dentist immediately. If this is the case, we urge... Read more »

What to Expect When You Have a Cavity Filled

If you are diligent about brushing and flossing your pearly whites every day, limiting your intake of sugary and starchy foods, and coming in for regular dental checkups and cleanings, your teeth and gums will generally reward you with a healthy smile! But sometimes, despite your hard work and daily... Read more »

Do You Want a Healthy Smile? If So, Chew Gum

Chewing gum is more beneficial for your smile than you might realize—but only if you chew the right kind of gum. If you’re interested in improving your oral health by chewing gum, our Dakota Ridge Dental team is happy to give you the tips you need! When choosing gum at... Read more »

Key Components of an Effective Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

There are several components to an effective oral hygiene routine. It begins by selecting quality products that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for safety and effectiveness. You should also brush your teeth twice each day to remove food particles and plaque from the surface of your... Read more »