Why Do Dry Sockets Hurt More at Night?

One of the most common and painful complications of tooth extraction surgery are dry sockets. They arise when the tooth socket does not form a blood clot or the clot disintegrates or becomes dislodged. When this happens, healing is delayed. Although dry sockets can happen to just about anyone, they... Read more »

When Will Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are pleased to offer Invisalign to patients who are in search of a comfortable, discreet way to achieve the smiles of their dreams. If you are a busy student, parent, or professional and turned off by the ideal of traditional metal braces,... Read more »

When Do Invisalign Attachments Come Off?

Most patients that visit our office have heard of Invisalign. They know it involves clear aligner trays that can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Patients often prefer Invisalign to traditional metal braces so they can straighten their teeth and achieve attractive smiles in a discreet and comfortable... Read more »

What to Do When General Anesthesia Wears Off After Tooth Removal

After tooth removal, you should expect to experience some pain. The good news is that the pain can be well managed with pain medication and should slowly improve each day. In the event your pain does not improve, we encourage you to contact our office right way. What Causes Pain?... Read more »

What is the Teeth Whitening System that Looks Like It Lights Up Your Mouth?

Products for whitening your teeth have been in advertisements all over recently. Influencers on all social media platforms have been seen posing with their glowing mouth guard, raving about how white their teeth are now because of it, and how much they love their new product! But what is this... Read more »

What is the Best Product for Cracked or Chapped Lips?

Chapped or cracked lips are common and typically caused by the weather, excessive lip licking, or certain medications. If you have chapped lips, you like face dryness, flaking, scales, swelling, cracks, or bleeding on or around your lips. Fortunately, chapped lips are typically no big deal and can be easily... Read more »

What Happens if I Burn My Tongue? Should I Go to the Dentist?

Tongue burns are a frequent occurrence. They typically occur after you eat or drink something hot such as coffee or soup. Tongue burns may also be the result of dry mouth, dentures, vitamin deficiencies, allergic reactions, diabetes, hormone imbalance, injury to the mouth, or grinding of the teeth. Fortunately, a... Read more »

What Do People Do When They Travel With Sleep Apnea?

If you are living with sleep apnea, you may wonder how you are supposed to travel with the condition. While many people believe they should just leave their continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machine at home, this is far from the truth. You should pack your CPAP machine in... Read more »

What Causes A Gummy Smile – Can I Fix It?

When a smile has an excessive amount of gum tissue that shows above the top teeth it is considered a gummy smile. Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we meet many patients who are bothered by their gummy smile. They are not pleased with the appearance of their smile... Read more »

What are the Teeth Colored Buttons with Invisalign?

If you choose to undergo Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist may recommend buttons. Commonly referred to as attachments, buttons can expedite the Invisalign process and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. These tiny buttons are the same color as your teeth and can be shaped in a circle or... Read more »