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Back to School: Time for Your Child's Annual Dental Exam Sep 7th, 2020

As summer turns the corner into fall, all sorts of routines start up again. Children go back to school, jackets and sweaters start coming out in the evening, and it's also time for back-to-school dental checkups. Dental problems like cavities affect millions of kids around the United States. With an...

Bleeding Gums: Could It Be Gum Disease? Aug 2nd, 2020

Do your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss? That usually means you're not taking proper care of your teeth and gums. If your gums bleed easily despite your thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine, there’s a chance gum disease is the culprit. A quick visit with Wedgewood Dental, can...

Speak, Smile, and Chew Confidently With Dental Implants Jul 16th, 2020

Are you self-conscious about a missing tooth? If so, you aren’t alone. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that nearly 120 million adults are missing at least one tooth. No matter which tooth is missing, its absence can cause problems. Missing teeth can cause low self-esteem (especially if a front tooth...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Broken Crown Jun 24th, 2020

When you realize something is wrong with one or more of your teeth, it’s natural to feel worried or afraid. This is especially true if what is supposed to be a permanent crown is broken, revealing the damaged tooth below.   At Wedgewood Dental with offices in Rolla and Salem, Missouri,...

What Smile Flaws Can Invisalign Correct? May 21st, 2020

Traditional metal braces have been correcting dental flaws for a long time, and they do a good job.  If you're an adult, you probably remember spending a few years in your teens with a mouth full of metal and wires to get the straight smile you have now. It was...

How to Prevent Dry Sockets Apr 7th, 2020

Dry socket can happen after having a tooth extraction. When you have a tooth removed, a blood clot forms at the extraction site to help heal and protect the underlying bone and nerves. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot doesn’t develop or gets dislodged. Without a protective layer, food,...

How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth Mar 13th, 2020

If you have an infected tooth that’s causing a lot of pain, you might want to just pull the tooth out and be done with it. But, if possible, you should always try to save your tooth with a root canal.   Although root canals often get a bad rap,...

Are Your Dentures Slipping? Not with an Implant Support Feb 1st, 2020

Get all the support you need with implant-supported dentures. Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, can help you smile with confidence at her Wedgewood Dental offices in Rolla and Salem, Missouri. How do implant-supported dentures work? Traditional dentures rest above the gum. Dr. Westmoreland employs another layer of protection with dental implants...

How Dental Implants Protect Your Jawbone Jan 5th, 2020

The increased use of dental implants is due to the numerous benefits they offer. They’re a cosmetic solution to a gap between your teeth, they support speech and chewing, they‘re permanent, and they strengthen your overall facial architecture. One of the most important benefits of getting an implant, however, is...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Dec 4th, 2019

Many people think of straight teeth as something you need to feel good about yourself. The truth is, straight teeth and practicing good oral health, are incredibly crucial. Here, at Wedgewood Dental, we know straight teeth aren’t just a cosmetic necessity. Misaligned, chipped, and stained teeth can actually wreak havoc...

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy After Wisdom Teeth Extraction Nov 14th, 2019

Though the name may imply a certain air of importance, wisdom teeth aren’t always good for oral health. Your third set of molars, which usually appear between ages 17-21, don’t always grow incorrectly because there’s simply not enough room in your mouth. And even if your wisdom teeth do come...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Oct 1st, 2019

Being told you need dentures may seem like a difficult moment. But, with a little time and practice, you can easily adjust to life with your new dentures. Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, at Wedgewood Dental wants to make the process of getting dentures as easy as possible for you. And...

Chronic Bad Breath? It May Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease Sep 1st, 2019

If you notice people moving away when you talk, could it be because of bad breath? Often the offender is the last to know.  Halitosis — the medical term for chronic bad breath — is more often an indicator of an underlying issue than simply having a surplus of raw...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Missing Tooth Aug 1st, 2019

The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can be a result of a host of things, from cumulative decay to lack of dental hygiene to a one-time occurrence, like biting into a sticky caramel and the tooth coming with...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays Jul 1st, 2019

You might be wondering what Invisalign® aligners are. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses clear and durable plastic aligners instead of cumbersome metal wires. The aligners are custom molded to your teeth to provide you with the perfect smile.  The trays can be made to fit your top, bottom, or both...

How Professional Teeth Whitening at the Dentist Compares to Over-the-Counter Products Jun 1st, 2019

Whitening your teeth is the easiest, most painless, and least expensive way to quickly improve the appearance of your smile. Dr. Linda Westmoreland at Wedgewood Dental can expertly remove stains and splotches from your teeth in just one visit to our Rolla, Missouri, office. But you may be wondering if...

Veneers Can Give You That Celebrity-Level Smile You've Always Wanted May 1st, 2019

A smile is a calling card, speaking volumes about you before you even utter a word. And celebrities know this better than most, which is why they make every effort to ensure that the smile that greets their large world is one for the ages. But if you think that...

Why Would I Need a Root Canal? Apr 4th, 2019

There are three reasons you need a root canal. For starters, you definitely need a root canal to relieve your pain. You also need a root canal to save your tooth. But when it comes right down to it, there’s one primary reason to have a root canal, and that’s...

Periodontal Disease Can Cause Serious Health Issues Mar 1st, 2019

Straight, white teeth are only a part of a healthy smile. Your gums create an important foundation to hold these teeth, and when your gum health is compromised, so is the integrity of your teeth. Your teeth, however, are not the only thing at risk of complication due to gum...

Learn About Dental Implants: The Best Option for Replacing Teeth Feb 1st, 2019

The next best thing to your real teeth. That pretty much says it all about why dental implants are your best option for replacing missing teeth. Here at Wedgewood Dental in Rolla, Missouri, we love nothing more than giving you back your smile and your confidence. If you’re missing a...

Getting Straight Teeth Has Never Been Simpler, Thanks to Invisalign Jan 9th, 2019

Getting braces often feels like trading one evil for another, at least temporarily. Sure, you want to get rid of crooked, misaligned teeth, but the price you pay in discomfort and having to wear unsightly metal braces is steep. Here at Wedgewood Dental, under the guidance of Linda K. Westmoreland,...

Forget the Temps: We Offer Same-Day Dental Crowns Dec 19th, 2018

No matter how much you love your dentist and your smile, the multiple office visits and several weeks of waiting while a traditional dental crown is manufactured at an off-site lab can get frustrating. That’s why we love CEREC® same-day crowns here at Wedgewood Dental in Rolla, Missouri. Short for...