Devlin Dental Blog

Are Root Canals Painful?

June 8, 2023

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person wondering if root canals are painful

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure aimed at eliminating infected or damaged pulp from a tooth’s root to alleviate pain and prevent infection. Despite being surrounded by misconceptions, the truth about root canals is far from these myths. Many patients worry about the potential pain associated with this complex dental treatment. To discover whether root canal therapy is truly painful, keep reading.


Why Won’t Your Lower Dentures Stay in Place?

April 8, 2023

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a dentist in front of a pair of dentures

Dentures have helped millions of people return to a complete smile once again. They not only boost your confidence with a full set of pearly whites but allow you to speak and eat with ease. However, if your lower dentures begin to slip out of place on a regular basis, it can take the joy away from wearing your prosthetic. Read on to learn why they may be loose and tips on how to secure them.


How Long Do Fillings Last? 

February 8, 2023

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person with dental fillings smiling

Cavities are small areas of decay that often form as the result of poor oral hygiene or a diet that’s too high in sugar, carbs, and acidic foods and drinks. A dental filling is commonly used to fix small cavities after the decay has been removed. Though you can expect your dental filling to give you long-lasting relief from decay discomfort and an improved appearance, how long will it last? Continue reading to learn about three factors that affect how long your dental fillings last.


How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

November 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 8:31 pm
Dental crowns made of all kinds of materials, laid out on a table.

Dental crowns can work miracles for people who’ve experienced significant tooth decay. If you’ve just gotten one, or are looking into them, you might wonder how long they’re expected to last. The answer depends on a few factors, including the type of material you select. If you’re curious, here’s a guide that can give you some information.


Missing Back Tooth: 5 Reasons to Replace Them

October 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 12:24 am
person talking to dentist about missing back tooth

Whether you are missing a tooth due to trauma, an accident, or getting it pulled, the gap left in your smile can make you feel self-conscious about your beam. But, if you’re missing a back tooth, you may not feel the same way. Since you can’t see it, what’s the point of having it replaced? So you understand the importance of a full smile, read on to learn a few reasons why a missing back tooth should be replaced as soon as possible.


3 Common Dental Emergencies Among Athletes

August 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 4:58 pm
A 3D illustration of a cracked tooth, which is a common dental emergency for athletes

Overall, being an athlete is a pretty great gig. It strengthens physical health, improves body image, and raises self-confidence. What’s not to love? Still, that doesn’t mean athleticism doesn’t have downsides. In particular, it puts you at high risk of having a dental emergency — due to falls, player collisions, etc. Luckily, your State College Dentist is here to prevent such a thing. Here are the three most common dental emergencies for athletes and how best to avoid them.


4 Great Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

April 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 3:33 pm
Young woman having checkup with dentist

So, let’s say you want to find a good cosmetic dentist who can give you the bright, white smile you’ve always imagined. Do you have a good idea of which one is ideal? Do you know what to look for when choosing the best?

If you don’t, that’s ok: Listed below are four excellent tips for finding a cosmetic dentist who’ll give you the best treatment possible!


Waterpik or Dental Floss: Which Is Better for My Teeth?

February 28, 2022

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Waterpik versus dental floss.

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror while you were flossing and noticed an annoyed expression on your face, you aren’t alone—many people run into a little difficulty when they’re flossing. Working that tiny piece of fiber between all your teeth can be tedious, but there’s no reason to get angry; there are alternatives to traditional dental floss, like a Waterpik. But you might be wondering: which method is the best option for your teeth? Here’s a side-by-side comparison of traditional dental floss and the Waterpik.


Tips for Keeping Your Dentures White and Bright

January 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 6:21 pm
Dentures soaking.

Dentures are revolutionary in the dental world; not only do they replace your missing, damaged, or imperfect teeth, but they give your smile an incredible overhaul that looks good and has you feeling great. But just like your natural teeth, they need proper cleaning and care; dentures are very susceptible to staining and discoloration as time passes. If you want your dentures to stay beautiful, here are a few things you can do, as well as some things you should avoid.


Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?

December 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 5:57 pm
Dental crown cartoon.

You’re at the dentist’s office and your appointment is wrapping up; you’ll be picking out a new toothbrush and heading out the door any moment now! But before you go, your dentist informs you that you’re going to need a dental crown. You’ve heard of crowns but your unfamiliarity with the process makes you feel a little uneasy, and the first thought that comes to mind is: “Is this going to hurt?” Here’s what you need to know about dental crowns and why you don’t need to worry.

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