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Root Canal Therapy vs. Extraction

Brunette woman smiles in a dental chair before her tooth is saved by root canal therapy

Typically, it’s best to save a tooth when you can. Toot canal treatment is usually chosen over extraction, though there are sometimes valid and necessary reasons for tooth extraction.

A Tooth-Saving Procedure

Unfortunately, root canal treatment has a bad reputation that is rooted in myth and outdated information. It is in fact an incredibly important dental procedure that preserves the integrity of your natural tooth and relieves pain! If you have decay or damage to your tooth that affects the pulp within the tooth, that tooth may be in trouble. That’s where root canal therapy comes in.

Inside Root Canal Therapy

When you get a root canal procedure, Dr. Bailey will numb ...

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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Brunette man clenching his teeth struggles with chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism

Chronic teeth grinding and teeth clenching, or bruxism, can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, stress and anxiety are common contributing factors. Effects of teeth grinding include jaw pain, headaches, damaged teeth, and an increased risk of discoloration, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Not all hope is lost, however — there are simple ways that you can combat teeth grinding and save your teeth.

1. Cut Back on Caffeine

Caffeine can make some patients more anxious or resistant to healthy sleep, so if you consume a lot of caffeine, try to curb your consumption to help ease your teeth grinding and improve your sleep quality. Whenever possible, drink water instead. ...

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Does Preventive Dental Care Reduce the Risk of Cavities?

Wondering if preventive dental care really is that necessary? Well as Benjamin Franklin famously once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It may seem easy to get a little loose with your at-home dental regimen and to skip out on your annual dental visits when you don’t think you have any issues. The problem is, that could be costing your health even more in the long run. A little bit of preventive care can keep more serious problems (that are also more expensive to treat) at bay.

The Power of Daily Brushing & Flossing

Preventive dental care isn’t just a service you get at the ...

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How to Protect Yourself From COVID-19

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We all want to protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19. While nothing is guaranteed to prevent infection, there are some simple precautions you can take to reduce your risk of being infected and prevent the virus from spreading in our Fredericksburg community.

Wash Your Hands

Scrubbing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways to remove and destroy virus particles that may have attached themselves to your hands. You can sing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing your hands to ensure that you are washing them long enough to kill all of the viruses that may be present. You should also make sure ...

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Coronavirus Resources

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It’s not always easy to know where you can turn to find credible information about COVID-19, which is why we have put together a list of online resources that you and your family can use to stay up-to-date on COVID-19. Staying informed is essential during this time, so we recommend visiting these websites for new information frequently.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has information that covers just about any topic related to COVID-19, and a wealth of knowledge on avoiding COVID-19 and what to do if you think you have the virus. They also have updated information about activities like visiting beaches and pools and traveling ...

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Emergency Dentistry in Fredericksburg, VA

Man in a white shirt cringes because of a dental emergency and touches his cheek due to mouth pain

North River Dental Care is open for both routine dental care and dental emergencies in Fredericksburg, VA! If you find yourself experiencing unbearable pain, swelling, bleeding, or have a damaged or knocked-out tooth, please call our office right away for an urgent appointment with our emergency dentist, Dr. Bailey.

In this blog post, we talk about some common emergency services that we provide. You can also check out our emergency page for more information.

Emergency Root Canal Therapy

If your tooth is hurting unbearably, you may need root canal therapy to treat and clean out an infected pulp, the inner layer of your tooth. Please call our office and set up ...

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We Are Open for Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

Announcement to say North River Dental Care is temporarily closed to non-emergency dental care

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, our Fredericksburg dental office is operating under limited hours for dental emergencies only. The safety and health of our patients, our employees, and our community are our top priorities. We will let you know when we are once again able to provide our patients with the quality care and the safe environment that is a hallmark of our practice.

North River Dental Care adheres to the strict safety standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have always been extremely mindful of our patients' health and ...

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5 Tips for Preserving Your Dental Veneers

Man with dental veneers smiles at North River Dental Care, cosmetic dentist in Fredericksburg, VA

Whether you’re looking to mask stains, chips, or other imperfections, few treatments provide an instant upgrade to your smile like dental veneers. While veneers deliver a smile that’s ready for the red carpet, it’s up to you whether your veneers go the distance. With proper care and diligence, veneers can last upwards of 12 to 25 years. Today, Dr. Bailey and our team share five tips that will extend the longevity of your dental veneers.

1. Maintain Daily Oral Hygiene Routine at Home

Dental veneers require the same oral hygiene standard as teeth without veneers. A good oral hygiene routine has several elements: brushing, flossing, good technique, and consistency. You ...

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Are Root Canals Painful?

Brunette woman sits in a dental chair before root canal therapy in Fredericksburg, VA

For many patients, root canals are the scariest dental treatment they can think of. Movies and TV shows depict the procedure as painful and intimidating. Thankfully, modern root canals are not something to worry about! In fact, you’ll feel much more comfortable after your treatment since it will eliminate the cause of your pain.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Inside each tooth, there’s a soft center full of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This soft bundle is called the pulp. Root canal therapy is a treatment for when a tooth’s pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to injury or tooth decay. Pulp inflammation and infection can cause pain, sensitivity, and ...

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What Is the Dental Crown Procedure?

A dental crown procedure is a simple and easy way to address a variety of dental issues, from repairing a broken tooth to restoring function after root canal therapy. In this blog post, we’ll let you know what a crown is and why you might need one. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is also known as a “cap”. It is a restoration that entirely covers an existing tooth or tops a dental implant. The crown itself is custom-made to blend right in with the rest of your teeth. It not only allows you to have a natural-looking smile, but you'll be able to eat ...

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