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Baby Teeth Basics

Babies obviously can’t take care of themselves, so parents have to handle all aspects of their care. Don’t forget their oral health! Parents need to lay the groundwork for lifelong good dental habits and healthy smiles for their children. Here are some answers to common questions about baby teeth.

Do baby teeth matter?
Primary, or baby, teeth are important. They help children chew naturally and speak clearly. They provide the place for adult teeth to grown in properly later.

Should I brush my baby’s teeth?
You should brush your baby’s teeth without toothpaste, using a small amount of water instead. Use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush at bedtime to remove plaque and bacteria from your baby’s teeth and gums.

When can I start using toothpaste?
Fluoride toothpaste can be implemented after age two, when a child can be trusted not to swallow the toothpaste. Only use a small amount of toothpaste, and watch the child carefully to ensure proper brushing and spitting out the toothpaste.

When should I take my child to the dentist?
Experts recommend taking your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. Your child should be taken for dental visits every six months, or more often if your dentist has concerns.

Do I need a certain type of dentist for my child?
You may choose a pediatric dentist who has been trained specifically to treat children. Their goal is to teach children about oral hygiene and the importance of taking care of their teeth, as well as provide a comfortable experience in visiting the dentist. However, you may also choose a regular dentist to take care of your child’s oral health. It is up to you to decide which kind of dentist is right for your family.

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General dentistry

Making your smile sparkle

Your smile can be one of your strongest assets, or it can be one of your biggest detriments if you don’t take care of it! Studies show that people are more likely to underestimate your age if you are smiling. On the flip side, a smile containing yellow or damaged teeth has the opposite effect of making you appear older. Luckily, there are many options available to help. Here are some tips for achieving an awesome smile.

Don’t forget to floss
Many people are in the habit of brushing their teeth every day, but flossing is often neglected. It’s the best way to get rid of plaque and bacteria in those hard-to-reach areas around your teeth. Otherwise, food particles and bacteria will build up and harm your teeth and gums.

Get your calcium and Vitamin C
Strong teeth and jaw bones are a sure way to a healthy mouth. Calcium, most often found in dairy products and vegetables, will help you develop strong teeth and bones. Vitamin C, often found in citrus fruits and vegetables, also strengthens teeth by repairing tissues and preventing bacteria from accessing your gums.

Avoid food and drink enemies
Some foods and drinks have a negative effect on your oral health. Avoid sugary foods, sodas, and sticky items. Foods high in acid content can weaken your tooth enamel. Also steer away from foods and beverages that commonly stain teeth, like coffee, red wine, and dark berries. If you consume staining foods, perform good dental hygiene afterwards.

Give professional bleaching a try
Teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is effective and provides quick results.

Whiten your teeth at home
A less expensive whitening option is done at home with products you can purchase at your drugstore. Whitening strips and toothpastes can help brighten your smile, although you have to be more patient than with the professional methods.

Learn makeup tricks
Believe it or not, your makeup techniques can help your smile appear brighter. Lipstick shades with a blue undertone and bronzer make ups that darken the skin both provide a greater contrast to your teeth and help them look brighter.

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Symptoms That Indicate You Might Need a Root Canal Procedure

If you have tooth pain or another issue, you might wonder what a visit to the dentist may reveal. You may need a root canal procedure. In order to properly evaluate your issue and to confirm the need for a procedure, a dentist will examine several factors. These typically include the symptoms you are experiencing, the signs observed, and any additional testing required to confirm an initial theory.

You may have noticed:

  • You experience average to severe pain that lingers, during or immediately after drinking hot liquids or food, or very cold liquids or foods.
  • You have pain, swelling, or sensitivity when biting or chewing on a certain tooth.
  • Your tooth pain disrupts your life, preventing you from sleeping through the night or conducting your daily business without taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • You have a “bubble” on your gum, similar to a pimple. When irritated, it may release blood or pus that can smell or taste bad.
  • You have pain that radiates out from one tooth to other areas of your head or jaw. For example, a tooth pain can lead to a pain behind the eye like a headache or to the ear, resulting in earache symptoms.
  • You have a discolored tooth that is darker than the surrounding teeth. A grey tooth can indicate a “dead” tooth.
  • You have a broken or cracked tooth with obvious signs of damage or decay.

Your dentist may have noticed:

  • A tooth problem revealed by x-rays
  • A recurring or persistent gum pimple (also called “fistulous tracts”)
  • A tooth that has changed color

Additional testing:

  • X-ray examination – if x-rays did not reveal the problem, they can provide an extremely clear picture of tooth health
  • Percussion testing – a gentle tapping on the teeth to evaluate pain response
  • Thermal testing – a careful application of a hot or cold stimulus to evaluate sensitivity

Sometimes, teeth needing to undergo a root canal procedure have no symptoms discernible to the patient. It is important to visit your dentist regularly to ensure the proper diagnosis and treatment needed to maintain life-long oral health.

If you need root canal treatment in the Newport Beach area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Dental implants Newport Beach

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants

Did you know that 69 percent of adults have lost at least one tooth? Missing teeth don’t just damage your smile. They can limit your diet, inhibit your speech, and compromise your oral health. Studies show that when one tooth is loss, 20 percent of adjacent teeth may be lost in the next several years if you don’t replace the missing tooth. Dental implants offer patients a solid, attractive way to restore their smiles.

Constructed from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are permanent replacements for lost teeth. With implants, you can replace one or more missing teeth. One implant is surgically positioned in the gum line for each empty socket. Usually, your mouth will need three to six month to recover. During this time, the bone will fuse to the posts, creating a solid foundation for the dental crowns your dentist will place on the implants.

Dental implants offer several benefits, including

Designed to look and feel like natural teeth, dental implants are the closest prosthetic to nature. Your implants will blend in with remaining teeth, giving you a full, attractive smile.

Because implants aren’t removable, you don’t have to hassle with the messy adhesives or worry about the embarrassing slippage associated with dentures. After implant therapy, patients can smile confidently and enjoy active lifestyles.

With proper care, implants will last for years. Treat your dental implants like your original teeth. Brush twice daily, floss frequently, and schedule routine checkups so that your smile will stay healthy and strong.

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The Benefits and Risks Associated with Dental Implants

As with any surgery, there are benefits and risks that come with getting dental implants. This procedure to replace missing teeth is becoming increasingly popular, so here are some things to know if you are considering this type of treatment.

What are the benefits?

  • Appearance – implants blend in with your smile and look very natural.
  • Comfort – they function and feel like natural teeth.
  • Support – implants support your jaw and avoid a “caved in” look to your face, preserving your youthful appearance.
  • Sensitivity – many patients have less tooth and gum sensitivity after getting implants.
  • Adjacent teeth – neighboring teeth are not affected.
  • Durability – implants are usually there for life, not needing surgical replacement. Even if the artificial tooth needs replacing, it can be done without surgery.
  • Speech – dental implants allow you to speak clearly, as you would with your real teeth.
  • TMJ – replacing missing teeth helps prevent jaw disorders
  • Bone loss – titanium posts implanted into your jaw can help prevent bone loss and gum recession.

What are the risks?

  • Infection – gums and tissue may become infected without proper oral hygiene. It’s important to follow all recovery and maintenance instructions carefully.
  • Failed integration – sometimes implants do not integrate properly with the bone. If the implants do not fuse, they can be uncomfortable or loose. When this happens, implants must be removed and can be redone after the area has healed.
  • Sinus problems – your sinuses can be affected when implants are placed in the very back of your jaw, sometimes requiring sinus augmentation surgery.
  • Nerve or tissue damage – rarely, implants damage nerves or blood vessels. This can cause pain, tingling, swelling, or numbness. This typically is not a risk when a qualified dentist or oral surgeon performs your implant procedure.


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What You Should Know About Porcelain Veneers

If you are unhappy with your smile, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry option that can provide you with flawless teeth. Veneers are a very popular way to improve your appearance without a major, invasive procedure. Here are some things you should know about porcelain veneers if you are considering them as a solution for an imperfect smile.

Difference between veneers and crowns
The purpose of veneers is to restore your smile, and your original teeth are not removed or altered. However, a large part of the original tooth structure is removed with crowns in the process of building a new tooth. If you’re seeking a minimally invasive option, veneers may be your answer.

Natural appearance
Veneers are customized just for you, so your smile can be personalized to meet your desires. Your teeth will look natural and healthy. Porcelain is translucent and provides a realistic look to your smile. Also, stains do not stick to porcelain and even if there is any small staining, it can be easily polished off during a dental cleaning.

Permanent solution
Veneers are a permanent tooth restoration, so make sure you are happy with the color and shape before they are placed using dental cement. Alterations cannot be made once the veneers are in place.

Requires healthy teeth
A thorough examination by your dentist is required to determine if veneers are right for you. Some oral conditions do not work well with veneers, so your dentist will make sure your teeth and mouth are healthy enough to work successfully with veneers.

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root canal treatment

The Truth About Root Canal Therapy

Most people would rather do anything than have a root canal. Unfortunately, this procedure receives a bad rap. A root canal is generally performed to clean out an infected tooth and prevent future problems. Usually, patients feel better after root canal therapy.

Knowing the truth about root canals may help you feel less apprehensive if your dentist recommends this procedure.

  • A root canal hurts.
    Actually, the pain you feel is caused by the swelling and pressure in your tooth. When a tooth sustains severe trauma, the pulp, or soft nerve center, may die. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the damaged tissue, disinfect the tooth, and seal off the inside. Most people only experience mild soreness afterwards, if they feel any discomfort at all.
  • Root canal therapy takes many appointments.
    Although this timing depends on the severity of the case, most root canals are completed in one to two appointments. Once your dentist finishes the root canal, you will probably need at least one more visit for restoration of the tooth, usually with an inlay, onlay, or crown.
  • I only need a root canal if my tooth hurts.
    Pain often lets you know you have a problem with a tooth, but if your tooth root dies you may have no symptoms. The dentist can perform tests to determine the health of a tooth, including temperature and percussion testing.
  • The root canal won’t last.
    Once the tooth is cleaned and sealed, you should have no further problems with the tooth. Sometimes the restoration of the tooth fails, which can causes the tooth to crack or break. This usually occurs if you wait too long to have a crown or adequate filling placed.

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Dental Bridges

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are made to last. With proper care, you can enjoy the restorative benefits of your crowns and bridges for a lifetime. However, if not treated properly, they can become loose or fall out completely. The following tips can help you care for your restorative dental work and prevent complications that can cause them to fail:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal to prevent the plaque and calcium buildup that breeds bacteria.
  • Floss around your teeth, crowns and bridges daily. Although cleaning around dental bridges can be difficult, it’s important to clean between the teeth that anchor the bridge. To make this task easier, look for specialized floss tools or an oral water irrigator. Water-based flossing aides can easily clean under and around the bridge work, as well as between teeth and gums.
  • Sonic toothbrushes are another good idea to help easily remove and break down plague between teeth, and under and around the gum line.
  • Utilize antibacterial mouthwash to further attack damaging bacteria.
  • Refrain from eating sticky or hard foods. Chewing gum, ice, and hard candies can do irreversible damage to your bridgework.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of dental checkups and professional cleanings.
  • Follow a balanced, nutritious diet to help your teeth and gums stay healthy and able to support your crowns and bridges.

By following these simple and effective guidelines, you should be able to enjoy many years of improved aesthetics and function from your crowns and bridges. Consult with your dentist for any additional care instructions, and enjoy your healthy smile for a lifetime.

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Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

One of the most commonly used methods of relieving a patient’s dental anxiety is nitrous oxide sedation dentistry, also known as inhalation sedation. Over one-third of dental professionals utilize nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, to effectively treat patients with dental fears and phobias.

Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of dental sedation where patients retain their reflexes and can respond normally to stimulation and verbal commands. Nitrous oxide is used in sedation dentistry because of its combined benefits as both a sedative and anti-anxiety agent. Nitrous oxide has a very rapid effect, usually taking effect within several minutes after it is inhaled.

Nitrous oxide also raises your pain tolerance by suppressing the signals to the brain. It is often termed “laughing gas” because it produces a euphoric feeling that alleviates anxiety and fears and often makes you want to laugh. Nitrous oxide sedation works well for patients with mild to moderate anxiety who are undergoing light procedures or routine visits to the dentist. This method of sedation has very few side effects, recovery time is quick, and you will be able to resume normal activities immediately.

Nitrous oxide sedation is considered the safest method of sedation dentistry for most people. Patients who benefit from inhalation sedation include anyone with mild dental anxiety, children who are uncooperative or fearful of the dentist, or patients with special needs or hyperactive gag reflexes. Virtually any patient who wants to feel more relaxed and comfortable during dental treatments would enjoy the advantages of inhalation sedation.

If you suffer from fear of visiting the dentist for necessary oral care and treatment, nitrous oxide sedation may be a viable option for you to consider. Talk to your dental professional about how inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide can alleviate your fears and get you back on the road to a healthy smile.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Your Upcoming Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

Cosmetic dentistry offers many types of procedures, from porcelain veneers to teeth whitening or bleaching. Whether you are doing something more involved, like a restorative dental bridge and crown treatment, or something more straightforward, such as veneers, you should know what lies in store for you as you pursue your smile goals.

You should begin by talking to your cosmetic dentist. This is the time for you to be honest with your dentist about any changes you’d like to see in your smile. Don’t be embarrassed to discuss your true feelings; your cosmetic dentist is here to help you achieve your dream smile. If you are healthy overall, virtually nothing can stand in the way of you and your ideal look if you are in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist.

If you are getting your teeth whitened or are receiving veneers, you will need to clean your teeth beforehand. Removing the plaque and bacteria from the surface of the tooth is extremely important toward achieving even whitening results. Veneers that trap bacteria beneath them are perfect environments for infection. Having a thorough cleaning ensures that your veneers will be properly bonded to the tooth surface and you can enjoy your new look with confidence.

Many cosmetic dentistry therapies are achieved through some kind of oral surgery. In order to have the best possible experience, follow all of the instructions given to you by your surgeon. Make arrangements for someone to take you home following surgery, as you will not be able to drive safely. Have your medications ready and begin taking them as soon as recommended. Eat only foods recommended by your surgeon as your mouth heals.

Braces also require a full check-up and thorough cleaning. After the braces are applied or following any adjustments, your mouth may be sore. Have ibuprofen on hand to help with the swelling and specialized orthodontic wax to protect your sensitive soft tissues.

Talk to your cosmetic dentist about your procedure to see what recommendations are best for you and your treatment.

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Root Canal Dentist

Saving Teeth Through Root Canals

No one is thrilled about getting a root canal, but having this dental procedure is better than losing the tooth completely. If tooth decay is not treated, it advances inside the tooth and infects the pulp. A root canal is performed to replace the infected pulp with a filling, before the condition gets so bad that the tooth is lost. Let’s find out how root canals can save your teeth.

If you have advanced tooth decay, infected material and pus develops in the area where your tooth pulp should be located. This leads to pain and swelling, and can damage your bone structure and cause an abscessed tooth. The best solution is to have a root canal to get rid of the infected pulp and put a filling in its place.

A root canal is performed by your dentist in two or more visits, and antibiotics may be prescribed to help with pain and infection. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to make you as comfortable as possible. The visits require cleaning the pulp chamber, placing a temporary filling, and finally sealing the tooth with a crown. After the root canal is complete, you are instructed to initially avoid hard foods. Then suggested care is the same for all of your teeth, including good dental hygiene and regular dental checkups. With proper care, your tooth has been saved and can last forever.

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Root Canal Therapy

The Reality of Root Canal Therapy

No one wants to have a root canal, but this conservative dental treatment often gets a bad rap. Root canals are used to repair damaged teeth and prevent the need for extraction. Many people don’t realize that missing teeth can have serious oral health consequences, such as alignment problems, chewing difficulties, and additional tooth loss. With a root canal, your dentist can relieve your pain, protect your smile, and save you money.

What is a root canal?

During this procedure, your dentist will remove diseased tissue, disinfect the area, and seal off the tooth. Your doctor will also place a dental crown to complete the restoration.

Why would I need a root canal?

If your tooth sustains severe trauma or you have deep decay, a root canal maybe the only option to save the tooth. Your teeth contain an inner nerve core called pulp, which provides nutrients and blood supply to the teeth. If that area is injured, the pulp may die, causing infection to build inside a tooth.

Will it hurt?

Advances in dentistry allow your doctor to keep you comfortable during the procedure. The dentist will numb the area before beginning the root canal. If you are particularly concerned, talk with your dentist about sedation options such as nitrous oxide gas or oral sedation. Most people don’t find the procedure any worse than a dental filling.

What if I don’t have a root canal?

The infection inside your tooth won’t disappear without treatment. You risk nerve damage, an abscess, or even tooth loss if you don’t address the problem.

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Sedation Dentist

Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

One of the most common fears shared by people is a fear of the dentist. Patients can postpone necessary dental work due to fear of pain or needles. Just the sights, sounds and smells of a dentist’s office can lead to anxiety and increased heart rate for many people. Often, patients will tolerate tooth pain or other oral discomfort due to apprehension about what the dentist will find upon examination. These patients are perfect candidates for sedation dentistry, allowing them to benefit from general and cosmetic dentistry procedures free from anxiety and fear.

Patients are often concerned about the safety of sedation dentistry. Because you are monitored at all times by your dentist, it is very safe. In fact, due to the patient’s deep relaxation, more can be accomplished per visit when the patient is under sedation.

Sedation dentistry allows for positive experiences each time in the dentist’s office. Due to these positive experiences, patients who have undergone sedation dentistry treatments may find that their anxieties and fears abate as time passes. These patients may find themselves able to continue treatments with little to no sedation at all.

Other patients may have issues beyond fear or anxiety that can be addressed with sedation dentistry. Patients with an acute gag reflex, patients with highly sensitive gums and teeth, or patients with jaw pain or tenderness can benefit from sedation dentistry. Also benefitting are any patients who have trouble getting “numb” with standard anesthesia.

General dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures can be performed on a patient in conjunction with sedation dentistry. Teeth whitening treatments, dental implants, composite bonding, fillings, crowns, porcelain veneers and even orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign can be performed with the help of sedation dentistry. Routine cleanings can be made more comfortable and relaxing when sedation dentistry is utilized.

Many factors determine your eligibility and suitability for treatment with sedation dentistry. Age, general health, and the details of the procedure you wish to undergo are all taken into account. Talk to your dentist today to see what advantages sedation dentistry can bring to your dental care.

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Sedation Dentistry

Options in Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is designed to ensure your ease and comfort during or immediately before your dental procedure. Several levels of sedation dentistry are available, including IV sedation, inhaled sedation and conscious oral sedation.

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is also known as “sleep dentistry”. It provides the most relaxed sedation available during a dental treatment. IV sedation doesn’t cause you to lose complete consciousness, but instead puts you into a deeply relaxed state. IV sedation acts quickly and is controlled by your trained dentist, who will monitor the levels during the course of your procedure.

Never drive after you receive IV sedation, as you will feel groggy and may not be fully alert for many hours. A side effect of the drugs used for IV sedation is full or partial memory loss while the drug is active in your body. It is because of this side effect that patients don’t remember things that happen during their procedures.

Inhaled sedation is also known as “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. Levels are controlled by the dentist. It allows you to be fully comfortable and relaxed, but to still be responsive to requests and instruction by your dentist. Inhaled sedation wears off quickly, and enables you to drive yourself home following your treatment.

Conscious oral sedation accomplishes minimal to moderate sedation using oral sedatives in the form of a pill. They are typically taken within an hour of beginning your dental procedure. Some dentists allow a mild oral sedative to be taken the night before your procedure to ease your anxiety and allow you to get a good night’s sleep.

An oral sedative can sometimes cause you to “drift off” but you will never be fully unconscious and will awaken easily. Despite not being fully unconscious during conscious oral sedation, you should not drive yourself home from treatment, as you will not be fully alert.

Your dentist will have all of the answers you need to your sedation dentistry questions. Don’t let anxiety and fear hold you back; talk to your dentist today and have a comfortable, fear-free visit using sedation dentistry.

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Dental Implants

Why More People are Turning to Dental Implants

Dental implants are the state-of-the-art restorative solution for missing teeth. They provide a stable base that is the next best thing to a natural tooth root. Because of this and other qualities, dental implants are rising in popularity each year as more and more people discover their convenience and stability.

Dental implants are replacement teeth, typically made of porcelain or a similar material, mounted on top of a titanium screw that is embedded into a patient’s jawbone. Over time, this screw will fuse directly with the bone in a process known as ossification. This fusion creates a tooth base that is so stable, it’s as good as a tooth’s natural roots.

Dental bridges can become dislodged and food may collect under the bridge, leading to discomfort and bacteria build-up. A dental implant goes all the way down, so there’s no “under” underneath to collect food and cause problems.

Most tooth restorations necessitate special ways of cleaning or flossing, and you have to be careful you’re doing all the right things to maintain your teeth properly. You care for a dental implant the same way you do for a natural tooth, by brushing and flossing, so you don’t even have to think about it when you’re cleaning your mouth.

The bones in your jaw are only healthy as long as you have healthy tooth roots in them. The tooth roots stimulate the bone, signaling it to stay full and healthy. Without the stimulation of the roots, the bone begins to shrink away. Dental implants preserve bone by acting as artificial tooth roots. The jawbone can’t tell the difference, and the bone stays strong and robust.

These factors and more are leading patients to turn to dental implants to address their missing teeth. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to see why dental  implants are the perfect choice for you.

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Family Dentist

Reasons to Consider a Family Dentist

There are various specialties within in dentistry, and one of them is family dentistry. You may not be familiar with this term and the reasons to consider finding this type of dentist for your own family. Here are some advantages to family dentistry.

Simplified dental visits

Having the entire family going to the same dental office makes things easy. Kids and parents alike go to the same location, and you’ll also be able to get most of your dental services all at one place. One provider usually offers the work you need, from cleanings to fillings to extractions.

Quality care

When you find a family dentist who you like and trust, you will be confident that you are receiving quality care all in one place. There won’t be a need to change from one professional to another, not knowing the level of care you’ll be getting at each type of provider. Find one qualified family dental practice you like and stick with it for your whole family.

Flexible service

Many family dentists take into account the busy schedules of their patients. These practices often provide expanded office hours, and sometimes even appointments on weekends. It is not uncommon for family dentists to offer 24-hour emergency service too. When you have an accident at an inconvenient time of day, or a severe toothache that sneaks up during the night, some family dentists are available to help right away.

Dentistry for all ages

Seeing a dentist who treats patients of all ages means that young children can go for even their first checkup, teens can be evaluated for orthodontic needs, and adults can seek cosmetic treatment such as teeth whitening. Older family members can be seen for dentures or other restorations, and root canals are an option as well. It is a great benefit of family dentistry to be able to go to one location and dentist for the needs of every family member.

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Sedation Dentist

Overcoming Dental Phobia with Sedation Dentistry

While most people do not relish the thought of a trip to the dentist, a percentage of the population may avoid seeking necessary dental treatment entirely due to dental phobia. As many as 14% of people skip or delay visits to the dentist due to anxiety or fear. Anxiety about visiting the dentist can develop for many different reasons, including the following:

  • Fear of pain is the most commonly reported reason for dental phobia in adults.
  • The feeling of not having control or of helplessness can trigger anxiety.
  • People may be embarrassed or ashamed of the condition of their oral health or the way their teeth look.
  • Having a dentist or hygienist inches away from their face may make some people anxious or uncomfortable.
  • Patients who have experienced pain or discomfort during previous dental procedures may be nervous about additional dental treatments.
  • Fear of needles, strong gag reflex, and mouth sensitivity may also cause anxiety in dental patients.

Severe dental phobia can lead some patients to go years without visiting a dentist. Neglecting your oral health in this manner can result in serious dental problems which may also affect your overall health.

With today’s advances in sedation dentistry, you no longer have to avoid needed treatment due to your fears and phobias about visiting the dentist. Oral, intravenous, and nitrous oxide sedation are safe and allow you to relax and enjoy a pain and anxiety free dental experience. Many dental professionals offer a variety of sedation dentistry options which can be utilized during most dental procedures from routine cleanings to root canal treatments. Contact your dentist today to find out how sedation dentistry can help calm your fears and get you back to optimum dental health.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Ensure You Choose the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Do you want to make some changes to your smile? If so, you may be in search of a cosmetic dentist. Not all cosmetic dentists are the same, however, and it will behoove you to seek out the best cosmetic dentist in your area to work on your smile.

Begin your search for a cosmetic dentist by going online. Check the major business review sites for complaints – and compliments – to the cosmetic dentists in your area. Make notes about what patients did and didn’t like about their treatment.

Talk to your friends, family and coworkers to see if you can get a personal recommendation. Nothing can tell you more about a potential cosmetic dentist than by conversing directly with one of his or her patients.

Once you have narrowed the field, visit the dental offices of three or four final candidates. Look around. This is where you’ll be spending time when you’re having treatment. Are the offices comfortable? Are basic amenities in place? How do the patients seem content as they wait in the lobby? Does the staff look happy? These observations can tell you a lot about the dentist in charge.

Ask to see photographs that show “before” and “after” patient results. Be sure to inquire about whether or not these photos represent actual work done by the dentist, or are merely sample photographs of the types of services that are available. You want to see actual work done by the dentist, or you won’t be able to make an informed decision.

These steps are a perfect start toward your finding the cosmetic dentist who can best service you and your smile needs. Find the cosmetic dentist that’s right for you.

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Family Dentist

Are You Looking For a Family Dentist?

Do you have children? Are you exhausted from driving all over town for clubs and meetings and appointments for your family? If you are finding yourself occasionally overwhelmed by the needs of your family, a family dentist can help you simplify one area of your life. A family dentist can see each member of your family, from the youngest to the oldest, sometimes on the same day in the same block of time!

Because of the rising popularity of family dental practices, you have more choices than ever to address the oral health needs of your entire family. Choosing the right one can be difficult and confusing. If you’re looking for a new family dentist, here are some factors you can consider when you’re choosing which family dental practice in your area is for you:

  • How much training does this dentist have? How long has he or she been in business? All dentists must graduate from dental college, but a truly exceptional dentist will pursue continuing education courses in an effort to stay abreast of the latest methods and technology in their field. Ask what current certifications the dentist holds. How experienced is their staff?
  • Are the employees and the dentist good with children? When you visit their offices, do you see an environment that’s inviting and warm? Are there games or activities for children of all ages? Are the magazines you see appropriate for all ages? Do the patients in the waiting area seem comfortable and relaxed? Does everyone you see seem happy? Did the front office staff greet you in a friendly manner? If any of the answers is no, then you should look at the practice more closely before you make an appointment.
  • How modern is the office? A good family dentist will have current technology and sedation dentistry options to ensure a pleasant visit for all.

Choosing a family dentist is an important step. Don’t rush into it; do some research before you decide, and you can ensure that you make the best choice for your family.

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Sedation Dentistry

Oral Sedation Dentistry

Has anyone ever told you to “take a chill pill?” With oral sedation dentistry, relieving your fears and anxiety of dental procedures is just that easy. Many people put off dental visits out of fear or anxiety, but with current sedation dental options, that is no longer necessary.

Oral sedation is a type of conscious sedation. Typically your dentist will prescribe benzodiazepine, which is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. Your dentist will have you take the medication approximately one hour prior to the procedure in order for the drugs to take full effect and put you in a relaxed state during the treatment. Oral sedation drugs also have agents that reduce anxiety.

Oral sedation can have from light to moderate effects. With light sedation, you will stay awake but feel very relaxed. With heavier sedation, you will remain conscious but may feel sleepy and have some slowing of your motor skills. Both levels of sedation contain anti-anxiety properties. Your sedation dentist will be able to determine what type of oral sedation is best for your situation.

Oral sedation medications do not contain pain-killers, so you will likely need a local anesthetic. If you have a fear of needles, your dentist will wait until the oral sedation has taken effect before administering any injections. Once your procedure is complete, you will feel groggy and will need to make arrangements for someone to transport you home.

Side effects are rare, and most patients are fully recovered within 24 hours.

Oral sedation is the most popular form of sedation dentistry, and is a safe and effective solution for dental anxiety when undergoing most any dental procedure.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implant Care Guidelines

Once you have had dental implants surgically placed, you will want to follow some important care tips to ensure their long-term success. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, so it’s exceptionally important to adhere to the instructions provided by your dentist and guidelines like these:

  • Follow a vigilant routine of brushing and flossing thoroughly at least twice per day to eliminate the plaque that can cause periodontal disease, which is a leading cause of implant failure.
  • Consult with your dentist about the type and use of special toothbrushes or oral irrigation devices that can help with the additional removal of food debris or plaque that builds up around the implant areas.
  • Visit your dentist approximately every three months for the first year after implant surgery, and then every six months for the duration of your implants.
  • If you are also wearing an implant supported denture, seek additional guidance from your dentist about the placement and removal of your denture to prevent damage to the implant.
  • Refrain from applying excessive pressure or chewing on hard foods that could cause damage to the implant area. Patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) should consider being fitted for a night guard to protect the implants

While the success rate of dental implants is high, implant failure can happen and normally results from infection, fracture, or damage to the nerves, teeth or blood vessels surrounding the implant. A successful implant patient who takes vigilant care of their teeth, gums, and implants can expect a full recovery and complication-free lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.

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Invisalign Teen

How to Prepare Your Teen for Invisalign

Being a teenager can be difficult, and being a teen whose smile could use some improvement can be even more difficult. If your teen suffers from gapped, crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, you may be looking into Invisalign with your teen’s orthodontist as a smile solution.

In the past, metal braces were the standard for teens, leading to “metal mouth” smiles and the worry that food is caught there during lunch or after snacks. Metal braces can lead to even more self-consciousness for your teen. Using Invisalign will lead to the same results as traditional metal braces. While metal braces use wires and brackets to straighten teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, allowing your teen’s process of tooth straightening to be less obvious.

The Invisalign process begins with impressions and x-rays, providing valuable information regarding the current condition of your teen’s teeth. The mold made from the impressions serves as the reference for creating the custom-made Invisalign trays. A series of trays are used, gradually altering the teeth, leading to a more comfortable straightening process.

Invisalign trays are removed before eating, eliminating the trepidation associated with eating in public with traditional metal braces. Because there is no hardware to dislodge, there are no food restrictions, and your teen may continue to enjoy whatever foods desired.

Your teen will need to have good oral hygiene habits. Flossing once a day and brushing after mealtimes or at least twice a day is best. Invisalign trays are removed prior to these activities, allowing for an ease of oral care not provided by traditional braces.

Be sure your teen wears the Invisalign trays as recommend by his or her orthodontist. In order to maximize Invisalign effectiveness, your teen must wear the trays at all times, except during mealtimes or when brushing or flossing.

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Cosmetic Dentist

Why You Need a Smile Makeover

Have you ever felt the need to hide your smile when meeting new people or taking pictures? Do you often cover your mouth when talking or laughing? Your smile is the first impression you make on the world, and if you are embarrassed to share it you may be missing out on many opportunities afforded to people with bright, confident smiles.

A smile makeover could be the solution you are seeking to improve your smile and build your confidence. In as little as one dental visit, cosmetic dental treatments can improve both the quality and appearance of your smile. If you suffer from any of the following, a smile makeover may be the answer for you:

  • You have teeth that appear yellow, stained or discolored.
  • Your teeth are crooked or misaligned.
  • You have large gaps between your teeth, or have teeth that are completely missing.
  • Your teeth are marred by cracks, chips, or other damage caused by decay.
  • You suffer from a “gummy smile” as a result of teeth that appear too short, revealing excessive gum line.
  • Your teeth have become dingy or worn down with age and wear.

All of the problems listed can be corrected with a smile makeover. Teeth whitening, bonding, dental veneers, dental implants, or orthodontia can be used to address your specific dental needs. Based on the recommendations of your dentist, you may opt for just one or two treatments, or a total mouth restoration.

If you dream of a day when you no longer cringe when asked to “say cheese” for the camera, it’s time to contact a cosmetic dentist to learn more about the benefits of a smile makeover. A qualified dental professional can perform a total mouth evaluation and recommend a combination of treatments to achieve the results you desire. Once completed, your smile makeover will give you a beautiful smile you will be proud to share with the world.

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Smile Makeover

Smile Makeovers: The Non-Invasive Face Lift

If you feel your face is making you look older than you feel, but the thought of cosmetic surgery doesn’t appeal to you, there is another option to consider. If your smile is dark, dingy, crooked, gapped or haggard, it is adding years to your appearance. Cosmetic dentistry offers many non-invasive treatments and procedures to turn the clock back on your smile and subtract years from your look.

As you age, teeth can shift, darken, become chipped and even fall out. These problems cause the volume in your face to decrease, your lips to thin, and your bite to change. Because your teeth support the lower portion of your face, all of these issues combine to cause your appearance to look much older than your years. A smile makeover performed by a qualified cosmetic dentist can correct these problems and put the youthful glow back in your face.

Smile makeovers offer a variety of procedures to “lift” your face in a non-invasive way, including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Mini dental implants
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Composite bonding
  •  Invisalign

Anti-aging dentistry in the form of a smile makeover offers patients an attractive alternative to costly and complicated cosmetic surgery. There is no shortage of ways a qualified cosmetic dentist can combine treatments to create a smile makeover plan to meet your specific goals. It’s not possible to stop aging, but it is possible to keep your smile from aging you. If you are looking for ways to feel and look younger, consider a consultation with a cosmetic dentist to find out more about ways a smile makeover can restore and refresh your youthful appearance.

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Invislaign Clear Braces

Why Choose Invisalign Over Braces?

When considering options for straighter teeth, you may want to look at the benefits of Invisalign versus traditional braces. Answering the question of which treatment is right for you requires consideration of several factors, including your specific dental issues, requirements, and treatment goals. Both braces and Invisalign are designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Here are some contrasts and comparisons you may want to consider when making a decision about the best option for straightening your teeth.

  • Invisalign is removable while braces are bonded to your teeth.
  • Braces are typically metal, although there are enamel color options. Invisalign is clear, or virtually invisible as the name suggests.
  • Braces can be difficult to clean, requiring you to work around brackets and wires. Invisalign trays are easily removed to be rinsed and cleaned.
  • Upon completion of treatment, both braces and Invisalign are likely to need an ongoing positioner or retainer.
  • Braces can treat more complex orthodontia cases while Invisalign has more limited treatment abilities.
  • Treatment with braces includes many food restrictions to keep from damaging the brackets and wires. Because you remove the Invisalign trays when eating, there are no restrictions to what you can eat or drink.
  • For maximum treatment success, with Invisalign you must be vigilant about wearing the trays a minimum of 22 hours per day. Braces are bonded to your teeth so there is no need to worry you may forget to wear your appliance.

In comparing braces to Invisalign, it is important to determine your particular needs and consult with your orthodontist to decide which will meet those needs in the best way to achieve your treatment goals.

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