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Same Great Service, Brand New Address!

January 21, 2021

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 10:17 pm

When we first launched this blog in 2009, we set out to create a space dedicated to discussing the latest in dentistry, current trends in the field, and updates on what is going on at our office. Over the last decade, we’ve done just that by covering everything from the importance of wearing a mouthguard and the origins of BOTOX to what to expect at your dental appointments during COVID-19. Today, we are continuing to live out our initial intention for this blog by sharing some exciting news: we have a new location! Keep reading to learn more or contact our office for step-by-step instructions to our new practice.


5 Signs That You May Need to Replace Your Dentures

December 10, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 6:15 am
Dentures soaking

If you’re missing teeth, the good news is that you have multiple options to replace them. One of the most common options to choose from is dentures. They can be lifechanging for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth. However, they aren’t created to last forever. After a while, you may need to take them in to have repairs done or replace them. But how do you know when it’s time. Read on to learn a few signs that you should be taking your dentures in Louisville in to be replaced.


4 Common Reasons People Have Dental Fear (and Not Just During Halloween!)

October 30, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 7:34 pm
person with dental fear sitting in a treatment chair

There are plenty of reasons to be scared this October, especially if you’ve been watching spooky Halloween movies in the dark to celebrate the season. However, there’s one fear that many people have that isn’t confined to October, and that’s dental fear. If you feel clammy, nervous, and anxious at the thought of visiting them for a checkup and cleaning or treatment, it could be the one thing that stands in the way of you and a healthy smile. Read on to learn four of the most common reasons people are scared of visiting their dentist.


The Origin & History of BOTOX

September 10, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 5:44 pm
person receiving a BOTOX injection in their forehead

Today, many people associate BOTOX strictly with cosmetic enhancements, like getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. However, it hasn’t always been used in that way. When you visit your dentist for injections to minimize signs of aging, know that the small syringe of diluted botulinum toxin is capable of improving people’s lives in a variety of other ways as well. You can learn more about the history of this treatment and how far it has come since scientists first tried to isolate the bacteria in the 1920s by reading on.


BOTOX: More Than A Cosmetic Solution

July 20, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 9:03 pm

person getting BOTOX in Louisville for TMJ therapyCosmetic BOTOX was accidentally discovered in 1987 by two doctors in Vancouver. Since then, its use has evolved to treat not just pesky facial wrinkles and lines, but medical conditions as well. Many people aren’t aware of all of the neat ways dentists and other professionals utilize this treatment to solve life-altering problems, like chronic pain caused by TMJ/TMD. Read on to learn more about how BOTOX in Louisville is so much more than a simple cosmetic procedure. (more…)

New Standards: What to Expect from Dental Appointments During COVID-19

May 13, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 6:42 am

Patient receiving care from dentist during COVID-19You’ve spent weeks quarantining and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety and distancing are paramount for slowing the spread of the virus. Now that dental practices are beginning to reopen, they understand just how important it is to remain safe and have put many measures in place to keep patients healthy during their appointments. Learn what new protocols have been put into place before, during, and after your appointment by your dentist during COVID-19.

Stay Away From These Foods To Prevent Dental Emergencies

April 15, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 7:30 am

Chewing ice in soda may require a visit to an emergency dentist in Louisville.With COVID-19 going on, the last thing you need is a sudden dental emergency. But did you know that what you eat can increase your chances of having one? Certain foods have properties that can damage the outer layers of your teeth. Because most dental offices are only open for emergency cases, you won’t be able to go in for your regular cleanings to reduce the damage these foods do over time. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to what you’re eating to keep your teeth healthy. Try minimizing the consumption of the following foods to protect your teeth from dental emergencies. 

How to Be Prepared with a Dental Emergency Kit

March 3, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 11:56 pm

decayed tooth with first aid kit

Dental emergencies can occur anywhere, at any time. Attending sports practices, going on vacation, or even just walking outside can result in an unexpected injury to your teeth. You can’t always prevent these situations which warrant visiting your emergency dentist in Louisville, but what you can do is be prepared in case one strikes. Here are a few examples of items to include in a dental emergency kit so you can handle your emergency before you reach your dentist’s office.


Are You a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

February 14, 2020

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 12:31 am

man smiling after smile reconstruction in Louisville

When you look in the mirror, are your eyes drawn to you smile for all the wrong reasons? Maybe you can’t figure out how to get rid of those stubborn stains on your front teeth, or your pearly whites are crooked, or you’re missing a few teeth altogether. Whatever the case may be, it sounds like you might need a smile reconstruction in Louisville. But how do you figure out whether a smile makeover is right for you? Read this guide on determining whether you’re a candidate.


Have a Toothache? Try These Dentist-Approved Pain Remedies

November 27, 2019

Filed under: UncategorizedPatrick Carroll @ 12:21 am

woman with mouth pain in dental chair

You’ve had a toothache for a few days now. It started out as sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, but now the pain extends beyond mealtime into your daily life. The throbbing pain never seems to go away and it interferes with your ability to sleep. Should you call your emergency dentist in Louisville? Yes, but there are a few home remedies you can use until your appointment. Continue reading below to learn some of them.


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