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Alanna Heflin

Dentist | General Practice

<p>Dr. Alanna Heflin is a Dentist practicing in Corinth and Iuka, MS.</p>
<p>Dr. Heflin is a General Dentist and focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth. Dr. Heflin's goal is to help her patients achieve and maintain a state of overall dental health. DDr. Heflin is trained to carry out such treatment as performing examinations, professional cleaning, direct restorative procedures, complete dentures, removable partial dentures, extractions, and other general dentistry needs.</p>
3 years Experience
Alanna Heflin
  • UMMC School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Are you sedated when you get braces on?

Usually you are not sedated.

How do I know if my toothache is serious?

Usually, pain indicates a problem. If the pain persists any length of time, it could be serious.

Can I use Listerine after tooth extraction?

Best to wait until the day after extraction. Also best to rinse gently for the first few days post extraction.

Can you sleep with dentures?

It is best to take your dentures out when you sleep. Sleeping in your dentures can cause fungal growth and/or other oral pathological issues.

What is cheaper a root canal or extraction?

It depends on if you plan to replace the tooth after the extraction, and what tooth replacement option you choose. Extraction itself is cheaper than the root canal. The replacement READ MORE
It depends on if you plan to replace the tooth after the extraction, and what tooth replacement option you choose. Extraction itself is cheaper than the root canal. The replacement of the extracted tooth can then become more expensive than the root canal if you choose implants or crown and bridge.

Can you rinse with mouthwash with dentures in?

Yes, you can, but you still need to remove your dentures daily to clean them and your oral tissues.

How long does it take to get dentures after teeth are pulled?

It depends on how fast you heal. Most healing is completed enough to make an impression for a denture 4-6 weeks after extractions. It can take longer if your healing is delayed. READ MORE
It depends on how fast you heal. Most healing is completed enough to make an impression for a denture 4-6 weeks after extractions. It can take longer if your healing is delayed.

How should I deal with the pain of a wisdom tooth?

Have your wisdom teeth extracted.

Do gums recede with dentures?

Yes, bone and oral tissues can change or continue to shrink even after you get dentures.

What's the best thing for wisdom tooth pain?

Have your wisdom teeth extracted.

What happens if you wait too long to get wisdom teeth out?

The extractions can become more risky as you get older. The wisdom teeth can also make it harder to clean your second molars, which will increase your risk of getting decay on READ MORE
The extractions can become more risky as you get older. The wisdom teeth can also make it harder to clean your second molars, which will increase your risk of getting decay on your second molars.

Can dentures cause lisp speech?

Yes, they can. Getting your denture adjusted may help you.

How often should dental implants be checked?

Your routine 6-month dental cleaning should be often enough, unless you feel like there is an issue.

How long does it take for partial dentures to stop hurting?

You may need several adjustments before the partial denture doesn't cause a sore spot. They should stop hurting within the first week. If needed, adjustments have been made.

What should I do to permanently resolve my TMJ issues?

Most treatment of TMD is treating the symptoms. Most patients can find relief by wearing a splint that your dentist can make to allow proper position and movement of the joint. READ MORE
Most treatment of TMD is treating the symptoms. Most patients can find relief by wearing a splint that your dentist can make to allow proper position and movement of the joint. Chiropractic care and physical therapy are also very helpful. If the symptoms become severe enough, an oral surgeon may be needed to clean the joint. Oral surgeons can also use botox injections to treat muscles that may be over triggered and causing joint pain.