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Is It Okay to Drink Alcohol After a Tooth Extraction?

March 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — firstlinedental @ 12:06 pm
Two glasses of beer on countertop

Most of the time, it is perfectly fine to enjoy a beer or another adult beverage. However, things are different for individuals who have recently undergone certain emergency dental procedures. Is it okay to drink alcohol after a tooth extraction? Learn why it would be best to wait at least a week before you incorporate it back into your routine.


Root Canal vs. Extraction: Which Should You Choose?

February 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — firstlinedental @ 12:10 pm
Dental patient talking to dental team, learning about treatment options

A severe toothache can be one of the most distracting and debilitating ailments there is. If you are suffering from this issue, you may be willing to do almost anything to end the pain. Thankfully, your dentist offers comfortable treatment options that can put a stop to the problem and get you back on the road to sound oral health. But which treatment is best? This blog post discusses some of the pros and cons of root canals vs. extractions.


How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

January 9, 2023

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Close-up of four-unit dental bridge

A fixed dental bridge is an excellent way to replace a lost tooth. It can be sturdy, natural-looking, and highly functional. But how long do dental bridges last? Are they worth the initial investment? You can expect your restoration to stand the test of time. Continue reading to learn about the average lifespan of dental bridges and the steps you can take to help yours endure for as long as possible.


Can I Get Braces on Just My Top or Bottom Teeth?

November 23, 2022

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Close-up of woman’s smile with traditional braces in Manchester

When you meet people with traditional braces in Manchester, you may notice that they usually have brackets and wires on both their top and bottom teeth. That might make you wonder if it is possible to get braces on just one dental arch or the other. In most cases, single-arch treatment is not recommended. This blog post talks about why some people are interested in top- or bottom-only braces and delves into why full-mouth treatment is usually the better option.


5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Braces

September 5, 2022

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Smiling female teenager with traditional braces in Manchester

In recent times, clear aligners, such as Invisalign, and other innovative orthodontic options have become more and more popular. While such treatments have many advantages, they are not going to make traditional braces in Manchester obsolete. In fact, there are multiple reasons why a person might choose traditional braces over the alternatives. In this blog post, we discuss a few of those reasons.


Learn the Basics about Rubber Bands on Braces

August 31, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — firstlinedental @ 4:38 pm
Smiling person with rubber bands on braces holding orthodontic elastic

After you have been wearing traditional braces for between 4 and 6 months, your dentist or orthodontist may tell you that it is time to start using rubber bands, which are also called elastics. You might feel a little frustrated because now you have another component of treatment to think about — but you can be sure that your care provider would not advise you to use them unless absolutely necessary. This blog post discusses the important role of rubber bands on braces in Manchester, and it provides some pointers on what you can expect while wearing them.


A Practical Guide to Brushing and Flossing with Braces

August 24, 2022

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Young woman flossing teeth while wearing braces in Manchester

A thorough oral hygiene routine is always important, but it is especially so for individuals with traditional metal braces. Missteps while cleaning your mouth significantly increase the risk that plaque and food particles will accumulate around your orthodontic appliances. Gum inflammation and infection, tooth decay, dental discoloration, and other problems could easily result. Fortunately, brushing and flossing with braces in Manchester is fairly simple. Below, you will find practical and simple guidance to help you adapt your oral hygiene routine.


What Does a Tooth Extraction Feel Like?

June 20, 2022

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Dentist and dental patient talking about tooth extraction in Manchester

Your dentist wants to help you retain your natural teeth throughout your lifetime. However, there are a number of circumstances that can necessitate a tooth extraction in Manchester. If your dental team has informed you that you should have a tooth removed, it is normal if you feel a bit apprehensive about your upcoming procedure. The following information may put your mind at ease; it provides a play-by-play of what you can expect before, during, and after your extraction.


I Am Not in Pain — Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

June 10, 2022

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Dentist and patient discussing the need for root canal in Manchester

A persistent, throbbing toothache is a common sign that a root canal in Manchester is necessary. However, the need for this treatment is not always preceded by pain. In fact, many patients are surprised to learn that they need root canal therapy because, before their dentist informed them of the situation, they thought their teeth were perfectly fine! This blog post discusses why a root canal can be necessary in such a situation and lists some common indications for this treatment that do not involve pain.


Want a Brighter Smile? Visit Us for FREE Teeth Whitening!

May 20, 2022

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Beautiful smile with glossy lips after free teeth whitening treatment

Would you like to say goodbye to dental stains? You could purchase over-the-counter whitening products, but they usually do not offer the dramatic results that most people are looking for. Professional systems are much more powerful — and they may be easier to afford than you think. In fact, for a limited time, our practice is offering FREE teeth whitening kits to new patients. Read on below to learn more about this special promotion.

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First Line Dental is a 42 North Dental Care, PLLC practice and is owned and operated by dentists Dr. Samuel Shames, DDM. and Dr. Ronald Weissman, DDM. First Line Dental is supported by 42 North Dental, LLC, a dental support organization that provides non-clinical administrative and business support services to the practice. 42 North Dental, LLC does not own or operate the dental practice or employ dentists to provide dental services. Find more information about 42NorthDental, LLC and the dental practices it supports at