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We’ve put together this online patient library to provide more information about certain dental topics. If you have additional questions—or if you’d like to know more about topics that you don’t see here—please call 972.717.0077 or email us for more information.

Composite Resins: Strengthen Your Smile – If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins.

Dental Crowns – If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns.

Causes & Relief – Dental Pain – Find out what causes dental pain, how to avoid it and how to solve this aching problem.

Dental Teeth Sealants – Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth or do not brush properly, which previously meant cavity trouble at each dental visit. Dental sealants now offer a means of successfully protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay.

Do Women Need More Dental Attention? – Growing evidence shows women may be significantly more susceptible to serious health consequences unless they maintain a tremendously vigilant home hygiene campaign against tooth decay and gum disease.

Do Your Teeth Care What You Eat? – Are your teeth as picky of an eater as you are? Find out with they like to eat in order to remain beautiful.

Fighting Plaque – How to fight back against plaque simply with a well-known method called flossing.

Fixed Dental Bridge – If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent ‘bridge’ appliance to replace the missing teeth.

Correct Teeth Brushing – Although most people are aware of the reasons behind proper, daily tooth brushing, few people realize that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect against a wide variety of other general, even life-threatening, health problems!

Gum Disease: Serious But Treatable – Although gum disease is terribly pervasive, it’s also preventable. Conservative estimates report that up to 80% of people unknowingly have some amount of chronic gum disease.

Healthy Mouth, Happy Life? – If you think about it, it makes perfect sense: poor oral health is linked to poor physical health. How so?

Getting the Bite on Mouthguards – Before you step on a field or into the court, you should know that there’s one piece of equipment no athlete should be without – the mouthguard.

Implants – Permanent, Secure Tooth Replacements – When people lose permanent teeth due to accident, injury, disease or extraction, dental implants can be a secure, functional replacement option.

Invisalign® – As an Invisalign® trained and certified provider, Dr. Erickson can help you get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted without braces!

Onlays and Inlays – Strong, attractive and safe alternatives to metal fillings.

Opalescence Teeth Whitening – Opalescence offers a diverse selection of products to brighten your smile. With take home and in-office options, Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems accommodate all lifestyles and budgets..

Oral Cancer – Oral cancer, which has a high mortality rate unless caught in the very early stages, is painless, sneaky and often undetected until it’s advanced far beyond what’s successfully treatable.

Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers can often provide people who have chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or even slightly crooked front teeth with a completely new-looking smile in just a few simple appointments.

Soda and Sports Drinks – While these beverages may quench your thirst, new research indicates that they may also increase your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.

The Dangers of Tongue Piercing – If you’re thinking about getting your tongue pierced, you should know the problems associated with this piercing.

TMJ Disorder – TMJ disorder or TMD can cause a wide variety of mild to severe symptoms, from jaw clicking and minor discomfort to sharp pain in your temple, ear, jaw and teeth; it can also “lock” your jaw open or shut, or dislocate the jaw altogether.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease – Your mouth is constantly under attack from two serious enemies: tooth decay and gum disease. The key culprits behind these conditions are naturally occurring oral bacteria, and the acids they produce.

Whiter, Brighter TeethTeeth whitening is a safe, effective and lasting way to lighten most people’s smiles, available in a wide variety of methods and concentrations for various kinds of teeth.