Information about dentistry, dental procedures and oral conditions for consumers.

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Cost estimates for dental procedures.

▲Procedure Costs
Low income help.

The best Sonicare models.

▲Best Sonicares &
Oral-b's | Heads -
Oral-b & Sonicare

How Invisalign works

Details | Methods
● Ortho retainers.

What are porcelain veneers?

▲Porcelain Veneers
● Veneer vs Crown.

What are dental crowns?

▲Crown procedure.
● Crown- Problems
Swallowed | Loose

Causes of tooth discoloration.

▲Stain type|Solution
● Methods- Strips |
Trays | Bleach Light

The Blog

▼Smile Makeovers
● Case categories.
By procedure.

What to expect after your root canal.

▲Root Canal details.
Post | Rebuild tooth
● Treatment failures.

Estimating wisdom tooth extraction difficulty.

▲What to expect.
Nerve damage.
Dry sockets.

Tooth extraction healing time line.

▲ Healing timeline.
● Post-op aftercare.
Bits & fragments.

Dental implant procedure.

▲Procedure steps.
Sinus lift.
● Vs. Root Canal

Causes of halitosis.

▲Halitosis causes.
Self-test / Smelling
Tongue cleaning.

Cold Sore identification and stages.

▲Cold sore stages.
● Breakout triggers.
● Vs. Canker Sores

Dental quizzes for students.

▲ All Quizzes
● Tooth numbering.
● Dental anatomy.



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Update: Solutions for dental problems in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, many people will find their access to dental care severely limited. And that means, when dental mishaps and emergencies occur, knowing what to do can be difficult.

Our pages may be able to help.

We've added information to many of the pages of our website specifically with COVID-19 issues in mind (such as needing to delay treatment or an inability to obtain assistance).

For some conditions, we outline possible DIY solutions or home remedies that may mitigate or resolve the problem. Or explain how a need to delay your treatment could affect your case and can be managed.

For others, we discuss the possibility of seeking help from other types of medical professionals, or explain how even just making telephone contact with your dentist may lead to satisfactory management of your condition until definitive treatment can ultimately be performed.

Here are some of our pages that have been updated or newly created. For other topics, please use our Website Search function.

COVID-19 implications for dentistry.
Managing post-tooth extraction needs and complications.
Dental crown emergencies and mishaps.

Categories breakdown. ▼

Cosmetic Dentistry
A digital smile makeover case.
  • Porcelain Veneers - These are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth so to give them a cosmetic resurfacing. How to handle veneer emergencies.
  • Lumineers® Veneers - Lumineers® are a brand of porcelain veneer that can be made so thin that they can often be placed without having to trim back the tooth first.
  • Dental Crowns - Dentists have been improving the appearance of teeth by way of placing crowns on them for decades.
  • Dental Bonding - While typically not as lasting as other types of restorations, tooth bonding is an important cosmetic dentistry technique.
  • Digital Smile Makeovers - Check out our database of virtual smile makeovers. These before-and-after picture sets illustrate the kinds of cosmetic changes anyone's own dentist should be able to make.
Straightening Teeth
A comparison of Invisalign and metal braces.
  • Types of dental braces. - Old-style "wire" braces aren't the only choice any more. Nowadays you have a number of different orthodontic methods to choose from, with each having their own distinct set of advantages and disadvantages.
  • Invisalign® - This is a revolutionary orthodontic system that utilizes a series of removable clear plastic aligners to realign your teeth. Our pages explain the technique but also insights like what activities you can do when wearing your aligners and how to prevent them from staining.
  • Ceramic (clear) Braces - This aesthetically-pleasing variation of traditional braces involves the use of tooth-colored or clear orthodontic brackets.
  • Lingual Braces - Systems like iBraces® are similar to traditional braces but they are placed on the backside of the patient's teeth where they can't be seen.
  • Traditional Braces - The traditional tin-grin is "out" and a lot of cosmetically-pleasing options are "in," including fashion brackets and gold braces.
  • Orthodontic Retainers - Don't overlook the fact that after having your teeth straightened you'll need to wear dental retainers. Our pages discuss the different kinds, along with each one's advantages and disadvantages.
Whitening Teeth
Topic teeth whitening.
  • Professional ("laser") Whitening - In-office treatments can make the best choice for people who feel they need whiter teeth immediately. We discuss this technique and some of the controversies associated with it including: Which is better, at-home or in-office whitening?
  • Tray Whitening - This at-home technique involves the use of clear plastic "bleaching trays" that are first filled with whitening gel and then placed over your teeth. Individual treatments are performed each day, over some weeks, while the effects of the lightening process take place.
  • Teeth Whitening Strips - Products like Crest Whitestrips® come close to creating the same whitening effect as tray-based systems, with a simpler protocol than wearing bleaching trays.
  • Teeth Whitening Pens - Brush-on products, like "pens", offer a way to lighten teeth without the need for wearing trays or strips.
Basic Procedures
X-ray of a tooth that has received root canal treatment and dental post, core and crown.
  • Root Canal Treatment - Does your tooth require endodontic therapy? No dental procedure has more misconceptions associated with it than this one. Our pages try to put some of them to rest, like what to expect afterward or if your original crown can be reused.
  • Types of Dental Crowns - Have you been told that your tooth needs a crown? Our pages explain the what, when, why and hows of this procedure.
  • Dental Bonding - Tooth bonding is routinely used to create "white" fillings for both front and back teeth.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dental Costs and Insurance
  • Dental Plans and Insurance - If you're looking for dental coverage, we can provide the information you need so you can make an informed choice.
  • Dental procedure costs - Our index of prices for dental procedures can give you an idea of the expense associated with different types of dental work. But besides just cost, we also explain the different types of options and choices you'll need to make with each of them.
Oral Surgery
A panoramic dental x-ray showing wisdom teeth.
  • Pulling Teeth - Having a tooth extracted isn't nearly as scary if you know what to expect beforehand. Our pages explain what takes place.
  • Wisdom Teeth - Scheduled to have a third molar out? Learn about this procedure before you have it done. Along with why your tooth may need to be extracted (like having tooth decay). And the different types of sedation that can be used for your procedure.
  • Dry Sockets - If you're unlucky enough to have a dry socket after your extraction, our pages explain things like treatment your dentist can provide to help you get through it.
  • Dental implants - These "artificial tooth roots" can be used to support a dental crown, bridge or denture.
Bitewing x-ray of teeth with cavities.

More about Cavity Prevention ▼

Xylitol - What if there was a great-tasting, all-natural sugar substitute that could help to prevent cavities by over 60%. Well, there is. It's xylitol. We've outlined everything you need to know on and its FYI facts page.

Oral Conditions
Pictures of cold sores.
  • Cold sores (fever blisters) - We cover it all, stages and identification, causes, risk factors and treatments.
  • Canker sores - We've got identification, causes, risk factors and treatment information for canker sores too.
  • Bad breath - Do you have bad breath? It's easier to cure than you might expect. Our pages explain how.
Topic: Dental Infographics
Dental Activities
  • Dental quizzes for students - We've put together a number of dental-related quizzes (both free-to-use and advertising-free), intended for students of all age groups and educational levels.
  • Dental Infographics - Infographics that students can use when making online reports or presentations.