Parker Dental & Orthodontics Blog

June 4, 2022

Why Your Dentist Has Recommended a Tooth Extraction

Cartoon illustration of tooth being removed by forceps.

You’re visiting the dentist for a checkup and things are going well—that is, until your dentist informs you that you’re going to need a tooth extracted soon! A small knot forms in your stomach as you picture a pair of forceps being guided towards your mouth. But you have absolutely nothing to worry about; your dentist won’t remove any of your teeth without a good reason. That said, here’s what you need to know about tooth extraction, why it’s sometimes necessary, and why it’s no reason to panic!


April 6, 2022

5 Things To Know When Getting Braces as an Adult

woman smiling with braces

Are you unhappy with your smile? Most people wish they can have perfectly straight teeth to show off a confident grin. Fortunately, you can always consider getting braces to achieve the look you want. And you don’t have to be a teenager to undergo orthodontic treatment. Read on to learn five things to know when getting traditional braces as an adult!


March 4, 2022

Why Should I Replace Metal Fillings?

metal fillings

Science-fiction fans realize that Terminators seem to do just fine being made of metal, but that doesn’t work out so well for humans. Did you know if you have too many metal fillings, it can raise the level of mercury in your blood? According to a 2009 position paper from the American Dental Association (ADA), this mercury exposure may be associated with neurological diseases, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s. Keep reading to learn about the risks of dental amalgam fillings, which contain various metals including mercury, as well as a great option to replace metal fillings in Mobile.


January 4, 2022

Interested in Invisalign? Here’s What You Should Know

person with Invisalign in West Mobile

Are you looking to achieve your dream of having a beautifully straightened smile? If so, then you may be considering all the alignment treatments that are available. Aside from traditional braces, you’re probably considering going with Invisalign in West Mobile due to its clear appearance. Although Invisalign may seem like the perfect orthodontic option, it’s important to know what to expect before jumping straight into the process. Here are a few things to consider before choosing Invisalign.


December 15, 2021

5 Reasons Why Invisalign Is Better Than DIY Clear Aligners

person smiling with their Invisalign

Companies like SmileDirectClub that offer DIY clear aligners allow patients to achieve straighter smiles at home for a smaller upfront cost than Invisalign. While it may seem like these companies are a great way to perfect your pearly whites on a budget, they may not be as good as they seem. Read on to learn why Invisalign is likely the better choice for your smile.


August 25, 2021

Invisalign vs. Braces: What’s the Best Way to Straighten Your Smile?

person comparing Invisalign vs. braces by holding models of both

Straight teeth do a whole lot more than make you feel confident and attractive. They also make your teeth healthier in the long run, leading to lower dental bills later on. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, you might feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available these days. Metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners are two of the most popular solutions, but how can you choose which one is right for you? Read on as we compare Invisalign vs. braces to help you make that choice!


July 11, 2021

3 Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Model of wisdom tooth painBetween the ages of 15 to 25, most people have a third set of molars erupt, known as wisdom teeth. In the past, humans needed the extra molars to properly chew their food. Nowadays, they don’t serve much purpose. As a result, the human jawbone has narrowed throughout time, which means few people have enough room in their mouths to accommodate more teeth. This can lead to wisdom tooth pain. Although you might hope it will resolve on its own, it’s often a symptom of an impaction. Here are 3 signs you need to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation.


June 20, 2021

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

Man paying for the cost of root canalsIf your dentist recommends root canal therapy to save a damaged or infected tooth, one of the first concerns that might come to mind is a large bill. The cost of root canals varies because everyone’s treatment plan is unique, but don’t let that stop you from saving your tooth. You have various options to keep the procedure affordable, so you can restore a healthy smile without draining your wallet.


May 24, 2021

Want a Brighter Smile? Here’s Why Summer Is the Perfect Time for Teeth Whitening!

woman with sunglasses smiling after teeth whitening

If you’re like most people, you couldn’t be more excited that summer is just about here. Or, at least, you would be if you didn’t feel self-conscious about the stains on your teeth. It can be hard to enjoy lazy days by the pool and backyard barbecues with friends and family when you’re worried about what others think of your smile. That’s where your cosmetic dentist can help with professional teeth whitening. Plus, summer is the best time of year to get your teeth whitened. Here are four reasons why.


April 5, 2021

Sensitive Teeth? Here’s How to Know if It’s Serious!

Woman drinking cup of coffee in pain with hand on cheek

Ice cream is one of the most popular desserts worldwide, and now that it’s warming up outside, this treat turns into a true favorite. However, not for those with tooth sensitivity. Do you bite into your ice cream cone only to be greeted by discomfort? Tooth sensitivity usually occurs due to extra hot or cold temperatures. But why does this happen? Is it a true dental emergency? Read on to learn the answers!

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