January 24, 2017
Are you experiencing a damaged or broken tooth? You may need to consider visiting our Smile by Design office and looking into dental crowns in Virginia Beach, VA. Our office offers CEREC, a new technology that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. This gives our team the ability to create same-day dental crowns, accommodating busy schedules and providing a solution to various oral health issues.
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November 28, 2016
Intense dental sensitivity and swollen gums frequently indicate infected tooth pulp. Root canal therapy in Virginia Beach is a comfortable alternative to tooth extraction. Also called endodontics or “ a root canal,” this restorative treatment extracts diseased inner pulp and crowns remaining tooth structure to protect it for years of additional service. Dr. Stephanie L. Santos and Dr. Vinita John Volck of Smile by Design perform endodontics to restore smiles to health, function and great aesthetics.
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January 14, 2016
As your trusted family dentistry practice in Virginia Beach, we hate seeing patients use up all their dental insurance benefits at the end of the year before completing the oral care they need. We firmly believe that excellent dental care shouldn’t be limited by a list of rules and requirements. But when January rolls around, we love to bring the good news that most dental insurance plans have reset their benefits for the year! If you’re in need of dental care, take advantage of the new year and your new benefits and schedule your appointment at Smile by Design today!
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December 15, 2015
If there’s one thing we know from our years of experience in dentistry, it’s this: you actually can plan for the unexpected — at least when it comes to dental emergencies. And with the holiday season upon us, we think it’s a good time to help you be a little more prepared for all the things that could go awry with teeth when the family comes together — playing football outside, chomping down on peanut brittle and everything else that puts our healthy smiles in harm’s way. Help prepare for the unplanned by keeping these tips from the emergency dentist in Virginia Beach in mind.
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November 30, 2015
If you’ve got a cavity, there’s no question about it — it has to be filled. A cavity that remains unfilled for a long period of time can cause real problems. Soon that once small cavity is a severely aching tooth that needs root canal therapy or, at worst, extraction. You must have cavities filled, but you don’t have to have them filled with that noticeable, unattractive silver substance. These days you can choose tooth colored fillings in Virginia Beach for a discreet tooth restoration you won’t even remember you had. Keep reading to learn more about this cosmetic restorative option at Smile By Design!
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November 16, 2015
If you’ve ever had a crown, inlay, onlay, or other dental restoration you’re likely aware that traditional dental restorations require at least two appointments. During the first visit, patients’ teeth are prepared, and impressions taken that are used by a lab to create a custom smile restoration. In the meantime, patients wear a temporary restoration. During a subsequent appointment several weeks later, patients receive their final dental restoration. At Smile by Design, we offer patients CEREC, the single-visit smile restoration alternative.
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October 26, 2015
Gum disease therapy in Virginia Beach helps patients retain their natural teeth and experience less tenderness, bleeding, bad breath, gum and bone recession and infection common to plaque accumulation beneath the gums. While Stephanie L. Santos DDS and Vinita John Folck DDS, Virginia Beach dentists at Smile by Design, advocate disciplined dental hygiene at home and in the dental chair, they understand some people are more prone to periodontitis than others.
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September 24, 2015
However it happens, losing teeth is always a traumatizing experience. Gaps in your smile negatively affect more than your confidence — they can also interfere with the way you speak, eat and chew. The key to avoiding tooth loss is knowing why it happens, and what you can do to stop it. Keep reading to learn about the top four causes of tooth loss from the Virginia Beach dentist you trust at Smile By Design.
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September 4, 2015
Missing teeth happen for a number of reasons. It could be genes — maybe your mother gave you her knack for tennis, but she could have also given you a few gaps in your mouth. Or perhaps your missing teeth were the result of a traumatic accident, like a car wreck. Whatever caused those gaps in your smile, one thing is for sure — you’ve got to get them fixed. Did you know that nothing comes closer to a natural tooth replacement than dental implants? Today, learn how your Virginia Beach dentist can help you complete your smile with dental implants.
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August 24, 2015
Everyone knows that smoking isn’t good for you. It’s been told to us by our family, friends, politicians, celebrities…you name it. There are even television advertisements warning us about the dangers of smoking and other uses for tobacco. Your lungs aren’t the only organs in your body that can suffer from repeated tobacco use. People who use smokeless tobacco, or “dip” as it’s more commonly known, are putting themselves in danger of developing big oral health problems. Our office in Virginia Beach, VA wants you to steer clear of tobacco in any way that you can. For those of you who don’t smoke or use tobacco for any reason; good for you! For the others who do smoke or use smokeless tobacco, it’s time to kick the habit.
Dr. Stephanie Santos and Dr. Vinita Folck want you to come to our office if you notice anything out of the ordinary in your mouth. They are the dentists in Virginia Beach that you can trust. Gum disease is typically a major concern with patients that smoke. We want your oral health to be in the greatest shape it can possibly be, but smoking will only hinder the progress we want to make.
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