The Garrison Family Dentistry team loves each and every one of our patients—getting to know you, helping you with dental challenges, and sharing a smile or two. Another thing we like sharing is our knowledge (and believe me, we’re always learning from you, too!). Because we’re always learning—and teaching—we post blog articles twice each month about interesting topics pertaining to dental and overall health. Subjects may include different dental procedures, natural remedies, or the latest topics of global conversation in all things teeth. We hope our blog gets you thinking, asking questions, and incorporating anything useful you learn into your everyday life!
Having a great smile is a privilege that everyone should enjoy. The confidence that comes from having genuine pride in your pearly whites is irreplaceable. However, many of us struggle with imperfections in our teeth. Broken, chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth can really put a damper on your smile. At Garrison Family Dentistry, we… (Read More)
Cracked, broken, and decayed teeth require restoration or they will break down further until they become infected and/or require extraction. At Garrison Family Dentistry, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, we will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown…. (Read More)
When it comes to dental insurance, it seems like there can be as many (or more) questions as there are answers. Even when you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance, navigating its use can still be very confusing. Many people don’t give their dental insurance a second thought – until the day comes when… (Read More)
Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a… (Read More)
When to Straighten Your Teeth There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential… (Read More)
According to the American Dental Association, at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Garrison and Dr. Klamer would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep… (Read More)
How old is too old for braces? It’s an interesting question—and the answer may surprise you! Garrison Family Dentistry in Smithville would like to share some information with readers today regarding patient age as it relates to orthodontic treatment.
Today’s dental implants boast a long-term success rate of near 97%. Because implants support surrounding teeth, encourage new tissue growth and continued bone formation, and give patients back their chewing ability and full smile, they have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. Today, Dr. Garrison and Dr. Klamer at Garrison Family Dentistry would like… (Read More)
The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Garrison and Dr. Klamer remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important… (Read More)
Pulp is found in the center of each tooth and consists of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, which work together to provide oxygen and nutrients that keep them healthy and strong. If one or more teeth suffer a traumatic injury or decay, the pulp can become inflamed or infected. When this happens in a child’s… (Read More)