Joshua Hong, DDS Blog

The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Dental Implants

October 16, 2023

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person with dental implants smiling

Embarking on the journey to replace missing teeth through dental implant surgery is a significant step toward a restored smile and improved quality of life. Dental implants stand out as a highly effective and reliable solution, closely mimicking the look and function of natural teeth. However, their long-term success hinges on proper care and maintenance. In this guide, we’ll delve into the dos and don’ts that play a pivotal role in ensuring the longevity and vitality of your dental implants post-surgery.


5 Common Myths About Dental Sedation Debunked

September 15, 2023

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A woman receiving sedation dentistry

Dental sedation is a valuable tool that helps millions of people receive the dental care they need, especially those with dental anxiety. Unfortunately, many misconceptions and myths surround sedation dentistry. This can deter patients who need the service to be comfortable.

If you’ve been interested in sedation dentistry but have been put off by things you’ve heard from others, continue reading. This guide aims to debunk the more egregious misconceptions.


Is Teeth Whitening Still an Option Even After Dental Implants?

August 18, 2023

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Close-up of a bright white smile

Not too long ago, you got a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. While you’re happy with the results, you have noticed lately that your grin as a whole isn’t as dazzling as you would like. You’re thinking about having teeth whitening performed to get rid of stains and discolored spots – but is that still an option even after receiving dental implants? Here is what you need to know when pursuing your smile goals.


Three Lies That Aren’t Fooling Your Dentist

July 5, 2023

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Patient talking to the dentist

The reason people visit the dentist is to get the benefit of someone’s clinical expertise, getting advice from someone who has devoted themselves to studying teeth. But funnily enough, when they actually show up at the dentist’s office, they wind up being less than honest about what they actually do for their oral health.

The fact is that if you’re dishonest about your teeth, you probably aren’t fooling anyone. Here are a few things you might be tempted to tell your dentist that they’re unlikely to believe if they aren’t true.


Does My Dental Crown Need to Be Replaced?

June 6, 2023

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person at dentist having dental crown placed

Dental crowns are highly favored in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, providing excellent solutions for decayed, damaged, or compromised teeth. Despite their durability, crowns can experience wear and tear over time, necessitating replacement. While your dentist will guide you through this process, being aware of the signs of crown deterioration is helpful. Here are four key indicators to watch out for, ensuring that your crown is replaced at the appropriate time.


Can You Get Dentures for Persistent Tooth Loss?

May 11, 2023

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A closeup of a denture sitting on a table near a dentist

You’ve probably considered dentures if you’re missing some of your teeth. After all, these dental prosthetics can easily restore smiles! Still, perhaps you’ve lacked pearly whites for a long time. You may fear treatment won’t work in that case. However, there’s no reason to worry: getting dentures for persistent tooth loss is possible. As for why that’s the case, let your local dentist explain. Here’s a summary of how you can get dentures when tooth loss erodes your jaw.


Is There a Risk of Cavities With Dental Implants?

April 11, 2023

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a dentist showing a model of a dental implant

Now that you’ve renewed your missing pearly whites with dental implants, it’s natural to wonder if you could end up struggling with the same oral health issues as your natural teeth. Since decay and gum disease are still potential problems you could face with your tooth replacements, can cavities also be problematic for your metal posts? Read on to learn if your dental implants can be susceptible to this issue and what you can do to maintain your newly rebuilt smile.


3 Conditions That Could Get In The Way of Getting Dental Implants

March 12, 2023

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dentist holding a model of a dental implant

Dental implants are often recommended by dentists for patients who are interested in replacing teeth that they’ve lost. Not only are they incredibly realistic looking, but they’re the only tooth replacement option that adequately addresses the bone loss that comes with missing teeth.

However, dental implants aren’t for everyone. Dental implants require surgery to place, which means that people with select health conditions may have to consult carefully with their dentist regarding the risks of surgery. Here are some examples.


Foods That You Should Avoid After Whitening Your Teeth

February 16, 2023

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person showing off teeth after professional whitening treatment

Many people have discolored beams due to years of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages. For this reason, they may seek out teeth whitening services. Professional whitening is a better option than store-bought products since it provides safe, uniform, and long-lasting results. After getting your pearly whites brightened, you’ll want to make your results last as long as possible. Here are some foods and beverages that you should avoid for a few days after treatment to accomplish that as well as what to eat and drink instead.


Why Should I Replace a Missing Back Tooth?

August 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — joshuahong @ 3:20 pm
A patient with a missing back tooth

If you lost a front tooth, you’d naturally have a dentist replace it. The resulting gap would hurt your smile’s appearance! On the other hand, you may not feel the same way about a missing back tooth. If and when you experienced the latter, you might even consider leaving the matter alone. However, such an attitude is a mistake. If you don’t seek proper treatment, your tooth problem will only worsen. Read on to learn the risks of a lost back tooth and why switching to a dental implant is better.

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