15 Jul

What Is StemSave, and How Does It Benefit You?

Stem cells have been found to assist in healing, combating chronic illness, regenerating tissues and joints, and much, much more. Healthcare providers are very excited about the research coming out of universities and hospitals as more is learned about stem cells and how they can be effectively and ethically used.

One of the ways that researchers and doctors have eliminated the question of ethics is by treating patients with their own stem cells. Stem cells can be collected from both children and adults from bone marrow, fat cells, and other tissues. One of the places that your body stores stem cells is in the teeth. That is where StemSave comes into the picture. Read More

20 Jun

Dentures or Implants? Weighing the Options

There are more options now than ever before for people with missing teeth. Most people with missing teeth have traditionally restored their smile with a partial or full denture, yet more and more people are opting for dental implants. What is the difference, and how do you choose?

Convenience

Having dental implants is much more convenient than having dentures. With dental implants, you never have to worry about a change in fit that can occur over time, leaving your mouth uncomfortable or even in pain. Yet with dentures, you can simply take them out when they need to be cleaned instead of the more complex care routine for dental implants. Both have their points of convenience, although dental implants take longer to complete. Read More

10 Jun

Your First Dentures: What You Need to Know

Getting dentures for the first time can give you some mixed feelings. While it never feels good to know that your teeth could not be kept, it can be exciting to know that you will be able to eat more normally and enjoy some of your favorite foods once more. But wearing dentures isn’t as easy as being able to eat whatever you want. Here are some things you need to know about wearing dentures for the first time.

Gums Take Time to Heal

Your gums will take a lot of time to fully heal and shrink. Over the first year after getting your dentures, your gums will continue to shrink. As this happens, your dentures will become loose fitting. It is important to get regular adjustments and new soft-liners as your gums change, so that you will be able to comfortably wear and eat with your dentures. Read More

20 May

3 Things to Look for in a Dentist

You may think that all dentists are the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. When you place your trust in a dentist, you want to be certain that you are getting the best care possible. Here are three things you should consider when looking for your new dentist.

References or Referrals

The best way to choose a new dentist is to check reviews, references and referrals. Make sure that your dentist is completely trustworthy. Unfortunately, some dentists perform unnecessary work in an attempt to earn more money. You want to be certain that the dentist you choose will perform only the procedures that are absolutely necessary. You also want to know that your dental issues will be resolved appropriately. Reading reviews and getting references can help ensure that they are trustworthy. Read More

10 May

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health

There are many instances in which you might have missing teeth. You may have had an injury that broke the tooth, or you may have had a dental issue that resulted in extraction. Whatever the reason for your missing teeth, it is very important that you replace them with a dental appliance, such as a denture or partial. Missing teeth affect your health in a number of ways.

Diet and Nutrition

Your diet and nutrition is greatly affected when you have missing teeth. The more teeth that are missing, the more likely it is that you are not getting the nutrition that your body needs to function properly. You may be extremely limited in the foods you can eat. This can cause you to go through weight fluctuations, as well as rapid weight loss. Read More

20 Apr

Weighing the Cost: Dental Appointments or the Alternative?

Dental appointments can be daunting when you consider the financial implications – especially if you don’t have dental insurance. The bills can pile up even more when you need expensive dental work to fix budding cavities or get teeth pulled. Many people put off a trip to the dentist because of the cost. But there are some very good reasons not to put off that appointment. In short, ignoring your dental needs now could lead to even more expensive procedures in the future.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Dental exams and cleanings are actually relatively inexpensive, and they can save you a lot of money in the long run. These routine dental exams often turn up issues with your teeth you may have overlooked. Early detection means early treatment, which usually results in cheaper treatment. Having a routine cleaning can also greatly boost the health of your mouth, which can result in less dental work overall. Read More

10 Apr

The Importance of Routine Dental Exams

Many people think they only need to go to the dentist when they have a problem. Some people may go in for occasional cleanings, but many people do not have routine dental exams. However, it is important to get your teeth cleaned and examined every six months to one year. Dental hygiene can change rapidly, and the sooner problems are detected, the easier they are to correct. Here are some excellent reasons to schedule your annual dental exam.

Gingivitis and Cavities

Did you know that more than 60 percent of adults suffer from some form of gingivitis or cavities? These periodontal diseases can occur long before you experience any pain or discomfort. Even though you might not have any symptoms, early gingivitis is easy to treat and can be detected by a dentist. You may also have the beginnings of cavities or a weakening of the teeth that can be resolved before you experience any pain or risk losing the tooth. Read More

15 Mar

Why Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Just About Your Smile

You may be self-conscious about your smile or the fact that you are lacking teeth, but you may not fully understand how it affects you and your overall health. Cosmetic dentistry is designed to restore your smile. While dentures, implants, or bridges can be expensive, they are a wise investment for both your appearance and your health.

Teeth Are Important to Your Health

Your ability to chew properly and nourish your body is directly related to the state of your mouth. If you are missing several or all of your teeth, you are likely not chewing effectively. If you are only missing a few teeth, the rest of your mouth is working overtime to compensate for those missing teeth. This can cause a number of problems, including issues with the structure of the mouth and putting undue stress on particular remaining teeth or the jaw.

If you don’t have enough teeth to chew effectively, your body cannot get the nourishment it needs. You may find yourself avoiding foods because they are too hard to eat, such as red meat. The food that you do eat will not be chewed efficiently, which makes the stomach work harder to break down the food so that it can be utilized by the body. Read More

20 Feb

The Best Relaxation Techniques for Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is much more common than you might think. Many people who are normally calm in the face of stress have dental anxiety. If you have a good dentist, it is easy to get through this ordeal unscathed. In addition to some techniques your dentist may use, try these methods for relaxation before and during your procedure.

Meditation

It can be very difficult to meditate while someone is prodding your teeth, but the very act of attempting a meditative state can help keep you calm during your dental procedure. You can try traditional meditation, or you can try methods of visualization. Picturing yourself in your favorite calm place instead of the dental chair can help tremendously.

Breathing Exercises

Your breathing is important in any situation where you are feeling stress or anxiety. The shorter your breaths, the more anxious you are likely to become. Focusing on deep breathing can help you feel calmer. Breathe slowly and deeply, counting to three on the exhale and three on the exhale. Don’t count too fast.

Music

If you are able to listen to music during your dental procedure, it can certainly help calm you and take your mind away from what is happening. Create a playlist of your most favorite songs that you can get lost in, and take along your iPod and headphones. Most dentists will allow you to use headphones during the procedure so long as they do not interfere with what they are trying to do.

Talk to Your Dentist

If you have tried these methods in the past and are still experiencing a high level of dental anxiety, talk to your dentist. Our offices are very sensitive to dental anxiety, and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

10 Feb

You Are Never Too Old for Straight Teeth

It is no secret that braces are expensive. Many teens who need braces go without them simply due to their parents’ inability to afford their installation and upkeep. That means there are a lot of adults out there who have less than straight teeth.

You might think that you have to get braces as a teenager or live with misaligned teeth for the rest of your life. But you would be wrong. There is actually no age limit on fixing your smile and aligning your teeth perfectly. You may not want to have metal in your mouth as an adult, but there are other options.

Invisalign Has No Age Limit

Invisalign is a type of clear plastic retainer used to straighten teeth over time. Most teens and adults who use Invisalign find they achieve the desired results within six to twelve months of starting treatment. Some people who have more crooked teeth or an overbite may need treatment for a longer period.

Thousands of adults have discovered what they look like with a straight and great-looking smile using Invisalign retainers. It doesn’t matter if you are 20, 30, 40, or even 50-something. If your teeth are otherwise healthy and you want straight teeth for yourself, you can use Invisalign to successfully align your teeth to where they were meant to be.

Invisalign Doesn’t Break the Bank

Invisalign retainers are not horribly expensive. You can get the exam and cleaning you need to get started with our experienced dental office. Then, we will order your first Invisalign retainer. As your teeth straighten, you will need to purchase additional retainers to keep the process going. How many retainers you need depends on how misaligned your teeth are at the beginning of treatment.

If you are interested in having a straight and true smile, contact us today for an exam and consultation. We will be happy to assist you and explain your options.