March 31, 2015
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Kirksville Dental Group is happy to announce Dr. Matthew Harden will be joining our team!

After graduating Summa cum Laude from University of Missouri and cum Laude from UMKC School of Dentistry, Dr. Harden joined Plaza Dental Group in Columbia, Missouri in 2012. As a native to the area, he is excited to serve the communites in Northeast Missouri with Kirksville Dental Group.

Dr. Harden will be taking new and emergency patients and have late appointments available. Please call our office at 660-665-1901 to schedule your appointment today.

November 20, 2014
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Kirksville Dental Group 2014 Holiday Hours:

Thursday, November 27th: Closed
Friday, November 28th: Closed

Wednesday, December 24th: 8am-1pm
Thursday, December 25th: Closed
Friday, December 26th: Closed

Wednesday, December 31st: 8am-1pm

December 23, 2013
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Holiday Hours for Kirksville Dental Group:

Tuesday, December 24th 12-1
Closed Christmas Day
Thursday, December 26th 12-5
Friday, December 27th 8-2
Monday, December 30th 8-5
Tuesday, December 31st 8-1
Closed New Years Day

October 02, 2013
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Kirksville Dental Group is happy to announce we now are an authorized dealer for Under Armour Performance Mouthguards. We currently offer three:

Armourbite Mouthpiece: Designed to increase performance for non contact sports. Great for a variety of sports from basketball to golf.

Armourbite Mouthguard: Designed to increase performance for contact sports.

Under Armour Mouthguard: Designed for contact sports. The classic "boil and bite" style.

Currently they are available in youth (11 and under) and adult (12 and older) sizes.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Under Armour Performance Mouthwear?
Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is a completely new category of fear designed for all athletes looking to perform better in their chosen sport.

How does ArmourBite differ from mouthguards?
Mouthguards provide protection. The ArmourBite Mouthpiece and the ArmourBite Mouthguard do more: They enhance performance. Not only are they backed by some of the biggest names in pro sports, they're also recommended by dentist, pro trainers, strength coaches and wellness experts.

How does it work?

Whenever you train or compete, the natural reaction is to clench your jaw. It's all part of the "fight or flight" hard-wiring in your brain. Multi-patented ArmourBite Power Wedges are uniquely shaped to help maintain optimal spacing and counteract the negative effects of clenching. ArmourBite helps our body help itself by unlocking the power of the jaw. Now you can unleash your full potential and perform better across all sports.

June 26, 2013
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It is that time of year when students are headed to the oral surgeon to have their wisdom teeth extracted which means an increase in dry socket cases for our office. While having an extraction is not a comfortable experience it should not be an extremely painful. If you start to experience intense pain that does not go away after a few days, chances are you have a dry socket.  Only a very small percentage develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. Fortunately, it's easily treatable.

The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for 5 or 6 days.


What are the symptoms of dry socket?

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you'll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.

How Is Dry Socket Treated?

You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as aspirin  or ibuprofen, to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these over-the-counter medications aren't enough to relieve the pain. When that's the case, your doctor may prescribe a stronger drug or will anesthetize the area.

Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing or a special paste to promote healing. You'll probably have to come back to the dentist's office every day for a dressing change until the socket starts to heal and your pain lessens.

Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent the socket from becoming infected. To care for the dry socket at home, your dentist may recommend that you rinse with salt water or a special mouthwash every day. 




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