Canker Sores

Top of the page Canker Sores Topic Overview What is a canker sore? A canker sore is a shallow sore shaped like a crater (ulcer) on your tongue or on the inside of your lip or cheek. Canker sores have a red border and a white or yellow center. They may be painful and...

Dental Implants

Top of the page Dental Implants Topic Overview A dental implant is an artificial tooth. Your dentist may suggest it if a permanent tooth fell out from an injury or was taken out because of bad tooth decay. Implants are natural-looking, can provide support for...

Fillings (Restorations)

Top of the page Fillings (Restorations) Treatment Overview A filling is a material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after he or she removes any tooth decay. To fill a tooth, your dentist will: Numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding skin. Your dentist...

Crowns

Top of the page Crowns Treatment Overview A crown (often called a cap) fits over and replaces the entire part of a decayed tooth above the gum line. It encases the tooth and becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. You may need two or more visits to your dentist...

Tooth Development in Children

Top of the page Tooth Development in Children Topic Overview Your child’s primary teeth usually begin to break through the gums (erupt) at about 6 months of age. This is called teething. Teeth break through the gums in a certain order, typically from the front...
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