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Peter A. Pate, DDS Dental Blog

September 7, 2021

Questions You Should Ask at Your Dental Implant Consultation

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 10:45 am
talking during dental implant consultation

If you have missing teeth, you’re probably researching your solutions to replace them. Dental implants are an excellent option to consider! It’s one of the best methods for tooth replacement, giving patients a smile that looks, feels, and acts just like their old one. However, it’s a major treatment that requires surgery – so the decision to get them should not be made lightly. At your dental implant consultation, ask your dentist these questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.  


June 29, 2021

3 Summer Foods to Eat Carefully if You Have Dental Implants

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 4:33 pm
a happy family hanging out at a grillout

If you’re like most folks, summertime is all about enjoying yourself and gorging on the most satisfying seasonal foods at backyard barbecues with friends and family. Even though you have a sturdy and strong set of dental implant restorations, it’s still important to be mindful of what you eat and how you eat it. Read on to learn about three summer foods to eat with caution and how you can protect your dental implants during each of your seasonal outings.


February 18, 2021

5 Reasons to Schedule a Dental Cleaning Early

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 5:39 pm
Woman having a dental cleaning.

Believe it or not, 2021 is already here. As you pack up your holiday decorations, your life is about to get busy as you resume your daily responsibilities. Although your schedule might be a little more hectic, take the time to visit your dentist for a dental cleaning. While it may not seem like a priority, there are 5 benefits of visiting your dentist early in the year.


December 3, 2020

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 1:05 pm
Set of teeth next to pink piggy bank

Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you extremely nervous or stressed? You are not alone. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, an estimated 40 million Americans skip trips to the dentist out of fear. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help eliminate your anxiety and ensure you get the dental care you need. Worried about how much this peace of mind will cost? Keep reading to learn more about the cost of sedation dentistry and why it’s a great deal for those who need it.


October 27, 2020

5 Signs That Oral Conscious Sedation Is Right for You

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 5:29 pm
young woman in dental chair giving thumbs up before receiving oral conscious sedation

For most people, going to the dentist isn’t exactly in their top ten favorite activities, but they can usually tolerate routine checkups and cleanings. However, some people become so anxious at the thought of getting dental work done that they avoid seeing their dentist at all. If this sounds like you, know that you’re not alone. In fact, dental anxiety is so common that many dentists offer a few sedation options to soothe your nerves. With oral conscious sedation, for example, taking a pill before your procedure can leave you relaxed and calm enough to make your treatment a breeze. Here are five signs that you’re a good candidate for oral conscious sedation.


August 17, 2020

What to Do If Your Temporary Crown Falls Out

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 2:42 pm
three dental crowns in Buckhead against black background

If one of your teeth is severely broken, decayed, or even just cosmetically imperfect, you may have chosen to receive a dental crown in Buckhead to restore the tooth back to normal. Getting a crown usually takes two appointments: one to reshape the tooth and take impressions, and another to place the crown once it’s done being crafted in a dental lab. In the meantime, your dentist will place a temporary crown, which is not as sturdy as your permanent restoration. As a result, it may fall out before your next appointment. What should you do in this situation? Keep reading below to find out.


June 3, 2020

5 Bad Dental Habits That Can Damage Your Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_pate @ 4:32 pm
Woman biting her nails

You only have 30 minutes left. Despite your best efforts, you find yourself running late due to standstill traffic on the freeway. As the minutes tick away, you realize you’ve been mindlessly biting your nails for the better part of an hour. “What’s the harm?” you think to yourself, “Nothing bad has ever happened before.” Just as the thought enters your head, you feel a surge of pain and notice a deep crack in your tooth.

Biting your nails is one of many behaviors that can harm your teeth. To keep your teeth strong and avoid an emergency dentist visit, watch out for these five bad dental habits.

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