Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Auburn, AL Dentist
... It is our mission to educate and provide our patients with the best dental care in Auburn...

Patient Education
Online Dental Education Library Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums...

Office
... Broken appointments raise the cost of treatment for the entire office, and the broken appointment fee is only in place to keep costs down for all of our patients...

New Patients
... For patients who present with good dental health and have attended regular six month checkups, we can usually complete a cleaning at this time...

Dental Staff
...Our patients always have the final say in how their teeth are saved or restored...

Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Bone Grafting, to help prevent bone loss after extractions Botox, to help reduce appearance signs of aging as well as offer TMJ pain relief Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Laser Assisted Esthetic Gingival (Gum) Recontouring, to remove swollen gum tissue and help you smile appear larger and brighter Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile and chew again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay Sleep Apnea Treatment, for patients with sleep apnea who can't tolerate or are looking for an alternative option to CPAP Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Tooth Extractions, when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed Emergency Dental Treatment If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room...

Free Bleaching
O’Brien Dental is pleased to offer one FREE TAKE-HOME Whitening Kit for all patients who have regular check-ups, cleaning, and necessary x-rays! This program is designed to help you obtain a better smile and keep your dental health in optimal condition...

Welcome to Our Blog
...With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice...

Sleep Apnea
... Trying to sleep with a mask over the face causes claustrophobia in some patients...

insurance and finance
...As a service to our patients, our staff will file your insurance claim for you at no additional charge...

Composite Resins are a Viable Restoration Option for Mildly Defective Teeth
...They’re also an ideal choice for younger patients whose dental arches are still in development — restorations that require extensive tooth preparation might compromise the tooth’s long-term health...

Herbal Remedy Helps Alleviate Pain and Swelling After Dental Procedures
... Many dentists are now prescribing Arnica to patients following invasive procedures like gum surgery, root canal treatment, implant surgery or wisdom teeth extraction to help reduce swelling and bruising...

Baseball and Braces: Joe Girardi's Bargain
...In fact, about one out of five orthodontic patients today is an adult...

Lamar Odom Rebounds From Dental Anxiety
...With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need...

Crowns can now be made In-Office with the CAD/CAM System
...As it continues to innovate, you’ll see more and more dentists investing in the new technology for their patients...

Customized Temporary Crowns let you 'Rehearse' Your Future Smile
... Temporary crowns are typically manufactured to fit a wide range of patients, similar to an “off-the-rack” suit from a clothing store...

With Proper Management, Dental Implants can be a Reality for Diabetics
... Recent studies, though, are encouraging especially for patients who have their diabetes under control through medication, diet and exercise...

Keep an Eye on Your Oral Health during Cancer Treatment
...It's not uncommon for cancer patients to develop mouth sores or see an increase in tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease...

There are Good Reasons to Check Your Blood Pressure During Dental Visits
... One study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association, for example, followed a group of dental patients with no previous risk factors of CVD, and who had not seen a doctor in the previous twelve months...

Antibiotics Before Implant Surgery Could Lower Infection Risk in Some People
... But infection risk is quite low for most healthy patients...

Besides Your Health, Shingles Could Affect Your Dental Care
...But later in life, usually after age 50, about a quarter to a third of chicken pox patients will develop shingles...

You'll Experience Little to No Discomfort During and After Implant Surgery
...Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward...

Adolescent Orthodontic Care
...Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations...

Adult Orthodontic Treatment
...In fact, nowadays about one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult...

Invisalign for Adults
...There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...They aren't recommended for patients with certain conditions, like teeth grinding...

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)
...The benefits they offer some orthodontic patients could even be called groundbreaking...

Orthodontic FAQs
...In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary...

Crowns & Bridgework
...Removable Bridgework For those patients who have lost all their teeth, but have not lost significant bone, a fixed bridge (permanent non-removable teeth) may be the treatment of choice...

Nitrous Oxide
...In fact, many patients report a feeling of well-being during this type of sedation...

Oral Systemic Connection
...Numerous studies have shown that patients with severe periodontal disease are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease...

Ultrasonic Cleanings
...Many patients prefer ultrasonics to other types of scaling, possibly because it requires the clinician to use less force than a hand scaler to get the same effect...

Oral Cancer Screening
...But today, younger people form the fastest-growing segment among oral cancer patients...

Wisdom Teeth
...The extraction (removal) of one or more third molars is a relatively common procedure, performed on some 5 million patients every year...

Oral Cancer
... While most oral cancer patients are smokers, the fastest-growing segment of newly diagnosed cases is young, non-smoking adults...

Air Abrasion
...Will routine dental procedures be performed with patients noticing no vibration or pressure...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
...While CBCT delivers a smaller dose of radiation (X-rays) than many other diagnostic tests, it still carries a small risk — particularly for younger patients, or those with other health problems...

Intra-Oral Camera
...Prior to the development of this technology, some patients found it challenging to understand problems such as dental decay and periodontal disease...

Laser Dentistry
...Not only are they more exact in the amount of material they remove, but they eliminate the noise and vibration of the dental drill, which is uncomfortable for some patients...

Fixed Dentures
...Doctors and patients alike prefer fixed over removable dentures because they: Look, feel and function just like natural teeth Don't slip when you eat or talk Prevent bone loss in the jaw Last a lifetime How It Works Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the replacement teeth to your jawbone...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
...The reality is that most patients experience no pain during the surgery and very little discomfort afterward...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred by doctors and patients alike...

Root Canal Treatment
...For many patients, the worst is already over...

Endodontics
...Here's what to expect: First, you will receive anesthesia (usually a numbing shot) — and for many patients, the worst is now over...

Orthodontics
...In fact, about one in five of today's orthodontic patients is an adult...

Periodontal Therapy
...That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice...

Technology
...Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients...