If a Front Tooth is Loose, Will a Dentist Suggest to Pull It?

If you have a loose adult tooth, remain calm and know that this is a common occurrence. It is often the result of a sports injury, gum disease, or tooth grinding. Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend you refrain from wiggling the loose tooth around as doing... Read more »

How to Prevent Dry Sockets After Wisdom Tooth Removal

A dry socket is a condition that may occur after an extraction if the blood clot that usually fills the socket is lost. You likely have a dry socket if you notice a dry-looking opening where the tooth was pulled and experience pain that becomes more severe over time and... Read more »

How to Prevent Dry Sockets – Home Remedies vs Dentist’s Office

A painful condition that may occur after a tooth has been extracted is known as a dry socket. Once a tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms where the tooth was and protects the underlying bones and tissues while the site heals. When a dry socket arises, the... Read more »

How to Get Rid of a Gummy Smile Without Surgery

A beautiful, moviestar smile reveals minimal gum tissues and features a smile line with balanced contours that are in harmony with the upper lip. Some patients that come to Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have a gummy smile that takes away from their self confidence and prevents them from enjoying... Read more »

How Long is a Dental Implant Procedure?

For those that have not heard about “dental implants” or are looking for information, a “dental implant” is an artificial tooth, typically made out of a titanium screw that serves as a substitute for the root of a tooth. A titanium abutment connects to the titanium screw and a crown... Read more »

How Long Does Invisalign Hurt?

Since its debut, Invisalign has become the preferred way for patients to straighten their teeth and achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning patients can take them out every time they eat, drink, brush, and floss. They can continue to eat their favorite foods and don’t have to... Read more »

How Do I Properly Take Care of My Dental Implants?

When considering dental implants, good health, healthy gums and substantial bone support is essential. These factors directly contribute to the start of success for an implant. Post-operative success of an implant is determined by practicing good oral hygiene. Dental implants come in parts. They have a crown that may be... Read more »

Dry Socket Dressings Coming Out – What Should I Do?

The partial or total loss of a blood clot after a tooth extraction causes a dry socket. Usually, a blood clot will form after a tooth is extracted. The role of the blood clot is to cover and protect the underlying jawbone. In the event the blood clot does not... Read more »

Does Smoking Damage Your Teeth?

When most people think of the harmful effects of smoking, lung cancer comes to mind. While lung cancer is a common consequence of smoking, smoking can also cause significant damage to the teeth. The American Dental Association explains that smoking can lead to stained teeth, bad breath, and a poor... Read more »

Does Smoking Cause Dry Sockets After Tooth Extraction?

One of the major reasons smokers require tooth extractions is periodontal diseases such as gingivitis. When you smoke cigarette, you increase your risk of gum inflammation, which may eventually lead to periodontal diseases. If you are a smoker and undergo a tooth extraction, be sure to wait at least 72... Read more »