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Post-Op Care for Tooth Extractions
After a tooth extraction, good post-operative care by the patient at home is crucial to a successful recovery. While the extraction procedure is simple and often very quick, it is still a major oral surgery, requiring attention and care to heal properly and avoid any unpleasant complications. The good news is that with the right […]
How Long Does Treatment with Invisalign Take?
When you’re trying to determine if Invisalign might be the right choice for straightening your teeth, a lot of questions may come to mind. A very common one is: How long does it really take for Invisalign to straighten my teeth? Invisalign aligners, an alternative to traditional braces, are nearly invisible, removable, and typically considered […]
What Are The Symptoms of Dry Socket?
If you’ve ever been around anyone who has had a tooth extracted, you have no doubt heard the phrase “dry socket”. The condition, also known as alveolar osteitis, sometimes happens when a patient has one of their permanent adult teeth extracted via dental procedure. It is the most common complication following a dental extraction. If […]
Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Prevent You From Getting Implants
Dental anxiety troubles many patients -- both children and adults -- and often, the more involved the procedure, the higher the anxiety. However, having more information about the procedure helps assuage patient fears and concerns.
Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club
It’s not uncommon to look in the mirror while you’re getting ready in the morning and find yourself being less than enthused about any crooked teeth you may see reflecting back at you. The desire to have straight teeth and a beautiful smile is shared by a large portion of the American public, as has […]
How Are Invisalign Aligners Made?
If you’re looking at Invisalign as an option for straightening your teeth, you may be wondering just what exactly it is you’d be wearing in your mouth for months to come. Invisalign aligners are made individually for each patient based on digital scans taken from their own teeth and bite. The teeth-straightening system works by […]
Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Is Best For You?
If you have orthodontic issues like gapped teeth, an overbite or underbite, crooked teeth, an open bite and other irregularities in your smile, you may be considering braces or Invisalign to fix them. At Monterey Peninsula Dental Group, we’re a preferred provider for Invisalign in the Monterey Peninsula, with lots of experience helping our patients […]
What to Expect with Dental Sedation
Dental sedation doesn’t need to be a fearful or worrisome experience for patients — It’s a very common procedure that makes many dental treatments easier to perform, and helps patients relax and get through the treatment pain-free. There are a variety of drugs used in dental sedation, and which ones your dentist will use depends […]
How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?
While it may seem being sedated during a dental visit could be risky, that impression couldn’t be farther from the truth. One misconception that leads to worries about sedation dentistry is that it’s like undergoing anesthesia before surgery. In reality, it’s more like taking a prescription sedative for most patients. For patients who have fears […]
What to Expect After Dental Implants
Getting dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth can be a long process from start to finish. A common question from patients who may benefit from the procedure is what the recovery time and post-operative care will be like. We’ll answer that in this blog, along with explaining the procedures that make up dental […]
Dental Implants: What Are The Alternatives?
When facing a missing tooth, there are several alternatives for replacement, but the most advanced and often-recommended solution is a dental implant. As with every dental issue, the details of what that might mean for you is highly individual, with each patient being different. At Monterey Peninsula Dental Group, we have several experienced implant dentists […]
Veneers Vs. Crowns
Among the many restorative dentistry technologies available to improve your smile and correct dental problems, it’s easy to get lost in comparing treatments and trying to figure out what the right approach for you personally might be. Here, we’ll talk about two of the more versatile options to restore good dental health and appearance: veneers […]
Your Options for Dental Veneers
When you’re considering dental veneers, whether that’s for restorative or cosmetic reasons, it’s important to know what your choices are. Veneers are often used to improve the appearance of your smile, and can be used on discolored teeth, broken or chipped teeth, misshapen teeth or teeth with large gaps between them. They can be made […]
Are Veneers Permanent?
Considering veneers as a solution to fix unsightly, discolored, cracked or crooked teeth? A common concern is how long the veneers will last. Every patient is different, and some smiles may have more longevity than others, depending on the extent of the veneers needed, other dental problems, and how well you take care of your […]
MPDG Voted Best Dentist In Monterey for Seven Years Running!
We have great news for Monterey Peninsula Dental Group patients! You’ve chosen the best dentist in Monterey, according to the 2023 “Best of Monterey County” awards from the Monterey County Weekly. MPDG was honored with the “Best Dental Practice” award from the readers of the Weekly, who voted for their local favorites in dozens of […]
How Effective is LANAP Laser Gum Surgery?
For our patients with gum disease, we get a lot of questions about the LANAP technology we use, and how it compares to more traditional treatments. How effective is it? How does it work? These are good questions, and some of the answers are actually in the name of the procedure, LANAP. It stands for […]
Osseous Surgery vs. Laser Gum Disease Treatment
In the array of treatments dentists use to help patients with periodontitis or advanced gum disease, osseous surgery is one of the options. It’s typically used to treat severe or advanced gum disease, when other treatments haven’t worked to get rid of the problem. Patients with advanced gingivitis or periodontitis at Monterey Peninsula Dental Group […]
Can Charcoal Teeth Whitening Damage Your Smile?
Charcoal Teeth Whitening is Popular On Social Media. But What Do Dentists Think? You may have seen people on social media using various kinds of charcoal to either clean their teeth or to achieve whiter teeth. While charcoal isn’t an innately harmful substance, there are lots of good reasons why you should use other methods […]
Professional vs. At-Home Whitening: What are the Advantages of Each?
Teeth Whitening Options: Having whiter teeth is a goal for many people, whether they’re trying to address cosmetic issues resulting from dental problems or just age or diet-related yellowing. Whiter teeth can help you make a better first impression in your work and social life, and help you feel confident. For most people, discoloration or […]
What is Gingivitis & How is It Treated?
What is gingivitis? Gingivitis, otherwise known as periodontal disease, is when your gums are irritated, red, swollen and often bleed when you brush. This is caused by a lack of oral hygiene which causes plaque build-up. If ignored, the plaque turns to tartar and results in inflammation of the gums. Plaque forms on your teeth […]
Why Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?
Why should wisdom teeth be removed? Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth furthest from the back and also your last set of adult teeth to come in. Most of the time there isn’t enough room for them to grow in all the way, causing the tooth to grow in abnormally […]
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