Shinkawa Dental Blog

Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?

January 17, 2023

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Illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth in the lower arch

If you’re between the ages of 17 and 24, you may be expecting to get your wisdom teeth soon. Indeed, it’s so common for people in this age range to have their wisdom teeth removed that it’s often considered part of becoming an adult. But is it really true that everyone will have wisdom teeth or that they always have to be extracted? Here are the facts that you should know.


Visiting an Emergency Dentist without Dental Insurance

December 29, 2022

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dentist treating patient

In the United States, one in six people requires some form of urgent dental care every year. Encountering a dental emergency is never a fun situation to be in. Fortunately, having dental insurance can relieve some of the stress of the situation. But what if you don’t have dental insurance? Continue reading to learn what happens when you don’t have dental insurance and need to make an unplanned visit to your emergency dentist.


4 Invisalign Tips for the Holidays

December 14, 2022

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patient with Invisalign during the holidays

For years, braces were the only treatment available to straighten crooked teeth and crooker bite issues. That all changed when Invisalign was used in 1997. Since then, it has helped millions of people achieve more uniform smiles. As beneficial as Invisalign is, patients often struggle to stay on track with treatment during the holiday season. Keep reading to learn about four tips that should help you stick to your Invisalign plan during the holidays.


Can You Get Dental Implants if You Have Bruxism?

September 27, 2022

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Woman with bruxism and dental implants lying in bed

For many people, dental implants are the ideal solution for replacing any number of teeth. But while implant surgery does have an extremely high rate of success, you do need to be aware of risk factors that could lead to failure. One of the biggest threats to your new teeth is bruxism, which is when you involuntarily grind and clench your teeth at night. But does that mean you can’t get implants at all if you already have bruxism? Here’s what you need to know to keep your restored smile safe.


Could Rheumatoid Arthritis Stop You from Getting Dental Implants?

September 22, 2022

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Before you can get dental implants, you need to be aware of any health issues that could put your new teeth at risk. While this obviously includes gum disease and other problems in your mouth, you may be surprised to learn that conditions in other parts of your body could interfere with the implant process. In particular, rheumatoid arthritis may threaten your smile in a couple of different ways. Read on to learn more about how it can affect your mouth – and whether it will stop you from getting implant surgery.


How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?

July 15, 2022

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Illustration of a dental bridge for the lower arch

When it comes to replacing teeth, dental bridges remain a reliable option. They are made to be highly durable so that they can handle all the biting and chewing that the teeth are subjected to daily. However, just like other dental restorations, dental bridges can become worn down over time, and eventually, they will need to be replaced. How long can you expect a dental bridge to last before you’ll need to get a new one? Here’s what you can expect.


Veneers and Teeth Sensitivity: What You Really Need to Know

April 14, 2022

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Man looking at his teeth in a mirror

If you’ve wondered about how veneers could affect your tooth sensitivity, you’re not alone. One of the most common questions from those considering the procedure is whether they will experience discomfort afterwards. Here’s what you can expect in the days and weeks to follow and why you shouldn’t be worried about having sensitive teeth.


5 Reasons Invisalign is Better Than Mail-Order Aligners

March 29, 2022

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Bottom Invisalign aligner on dental moldAchieving a straight smile is more accessible than ever because of countless treatment options. Metal braces aren’t the only method of correcting bite and alignment problems. Clear aligners are a preferred choice because you can achieve the results you want using a solution that’s virtually invisible. While clear aligners used to only be available through a dental office, the popularity of mail-order braces is on the rise. Although they may seem like the affordable, convenient option; however, there are risks of cutting out the middleman. Here are 5 reasons you should visit a professional for Invisalign.


4 Tips to Prepare for Invisalign Treatment

February 3, 2022

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Invisalign in blue case

Your Invisalign appointment is rapidly approaching, and that means that you are probably eager to see exactly how much it can transform your smile. By following your dentist’s instructions as directed, you will have perfectly aligned pearly whites in just a matter of time. Until you get your first set of aligners, there are some steps that you can take to prepare for your treatment. Continue reading for some helpful tips.


Can You Get Invisalign If You’ve Already Had Braces?

January 18, 2022

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person holding Invisalign, giving thumbs-up, and smiling

Many people wore traditional braces when they were younger to correct issues with their smiles. Though your orthodontist at the time likely stressed the importance of wearing your retainer to keep your teeth from moving back into their previous positions, the results of one study showed that 25% of patients stopped wearing their retainers within 24 months of finishing orthodontic treatment. If you’re a part of that group, your teeth may have shifted back to their previous position. Now that you’re older, you may be considering getting Invisalign to correct this issue, but is that even possible? Read on to learn about getting Invisalign after braces.

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