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Dental Procedures

Whether you need a filling, root canal or a tooth removed, learn what you need to know about dental procedures and maintaining your oral health.

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What are the consequences of delaying a root canal?

Delaying a root canal can lead to any number of bigger issues, including losing your tooth and, in the worst cases, even death.


How Can You Avoid That Trip to the Dentist? Regrow Your Teeth

Fifteen million root canals are performed yearly. What if a synthetic biomaterial could repair and regenerate diseased teeth and retire root canals? See more »

Taking Your Mouth Into Your Own Hands: DIY Braces

Amos Dudley, a designer and college student, decided to manufacture his own orthodontia aligner. Learn how he did it at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Wisdom Teeth Can Stay, Says Oral Surgery Organization

The wisdom on wisdom teeth has mostly been to take them out. Read about the newly revised stance for extracting wisdom teeth at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Dental Work and Pericarditis

Dental work can lead to pericarditis, a rare infection. Take a look at the symptoms, treatments and connection between dental work and pericarditis. See more »

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery sounds like a scary and painful procedure. We'll tell you what to really expect if you're preparing for gum surgery. See more »

Cavity Filling

A cavity filling is never fun. Learn what happens during a cavity filling so you know what to expect. See more »

Professional Fluoride Treatment

Professional fluoride treatments are quick and easy ways to protect your teeth. Learn all about professional fluoride treatments. See more »

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can be a better option than whitening at home. Learn about professional teeth whitening risks and expenses. See more »

Remineralization of Teeth

There are natural ways for remineralization of teeth to occur. Learn about saliva and remineralization of teeth. See more »

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common dental procedure, See what's involved in wisdom teeth extraction and possible complications. See more »