Edmond Dentist-Crowns

See The Dentist, Get Crowns In One Visit!

CEREC: A Single Trip To The Dentist

Have you ever needed a crown? Do you remember the entire lengthy process the last time you visited a dentist? A while ago the procedure would have went something like this:

The old ways of the first dentist appointment for a crown:

  • The dentist would start by preparing the tooth or shaping it to be ready to take the crown.
  • You would have to have a mouth full of goo so that the dentist could take the impression(s).
  • A temporary crown would be put on.
  • The dental impressions would be shipped off to the laboratory for the crown to be fabricated.

By the time of completion and scheduling the next appointment, two or more weeks usually passed. That was how things used to be just a handful of years ago. Luckily, the world of dentistry was changed quite a bit when CEREC was introduced a few years ago. This tooth restoration system allows our dentist to provide you with crowns in one visit!

How does this work so efficiently? Let us explain the magic of this machine. Instead of using the horrible impression gel that makes you gag, we approach the process in an entirely different and modern way.

Here’s how your visit may look now:

  • The dentist shapes your tooth to prepare it to take the crown (ok, so this step is the same as the old days).
  • Here’s the cool part! Next, your tooth gets scanned so that your crown can be made on site!
  • The scan is uploaded into the computer which allows us to digitally shape, size and contour the crown for the best fit.

The benefit to the patient is that, in most cases, no temporary crowns have to be made and within a few short hours they can walk out of the dentist’s office with a completely customized crown.

We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about any of our dentistry procedures. Visit us in Edmond, contact us @ 405-340-0411, or enter your comments online, right here.

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Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Resin Fillings

Differences Between Two Types Of Fillings

There are several different materials that can be used by a dentist to fill your cavities. The severity of your problem can be a factor in how your cavities are addressed. The style of dentistry may also be what determined which material was used to fill your cavities in the past. Today, we’re going to talk about the differences between amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings.

Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. The benefits to having amalgam fillings is that they are strong, they last for many years, and they are one of the least expensive types of restorative material used. The downside to these is that they can become corroded over time. This can cause gaps between the teeth and the fillings and discoloration of the surrounding area. Additionally, cosmetically speaking, the metallic look may be a turn-off for some people.

If your amalgams have, in fact, corroded then they can be removed and replaced quickly, at our Edmond dentist office. If you have fillings on both sides of your mouth, it is recommended to allow amalgam fillings to be removed and replaced on one side at a time, but the option is yours. If you want your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with something else, composite resin is a commonly chosen option.

Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Direct fillings can be placed in and hardened right away using a bright blue light. Within minutes you’ll be ready to go with a brand new filling. The benefits to this option are that the filling will match the color of your tooth (unlike the metal color of amalgam fillings) and they can bond to the tooth making it stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling. Furthermore, there is much less drilling involved as the dentist doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling securely.

Want your amalgam fillings removed? Have new cavities that you need filled? Our staff is up to date with the latest advances in dental technology, procedures, and guidelines. If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-340-0411 or click here.

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers For A Beautiful Spring Smile

Get A Smile Fit For Spring

March 20th was the official first day of spring and as we ease into the warmer weather, people love to get out and about. A lot more activities ensue and inevitably that means more photos of momentous occasions will be snapped. Some people may be afraid to have their picture taken or shy away from showing their full smile due to the embarrassment of having yellow, chipped, or misshapen teeth. Our dentist can help in situations such as these. Perhaps, porcelain veneers are your perfect answer.

What are porcelain veneers?

They are thin, tooth colored pieces cemented over the front of your damaged teeth. They can be shaped and colored whiter than your current tooth color to give a brighter, more perfect appearance.

When should you consider getting veneers?

If you have any of the following dental imperfections, then veneers may be right for you:

  • Discoloration
  • Minor chips or cracks
  • Worn down teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Uneven teeth
  • Abnormally short teeth
  • Overly large teeth

The process to fix all of these issues would start with a dentist visit to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth undergoing treatment to allow room for the veneers to fit. Some teeth, such as larger ones, may need to be gently filed down to an average length. The next step involves getting impressions of the teeth so that your veneers can be crafted for a perfect fit. In a short time, you will then be equipped with a beautiful smile fit for spring!

The best part? Porcelain veneers are known to be durable with proper care and they can last several years.

Our Edmond dentist is here to help. If you would like to make an appointment to see our dentist, or you have any questions, please click here.

Teeth

Get Stronger Teeth By Doing This

About The Strengthener For Teeth

Candy, ice, citrus, coffee and sticky foods are the stuff of nightmares for teeth. Chomping down on these types of foods will certainly increase the chance for more damage to be done and possibly cause your bright smile to diminish. Of course, brushing and flossing are always recommended as the fluoride in the toothpaste will help to fight off nasty cavity causing bacterias, but there is something even more protective that you can do. This “miracle” treatment will require a trip to the dentist, but isn’t your smile worth it?

So what is this “miracle” treatment we speak of? Fluoride varnishes, of course! When you visit the dentist you can request the fluoride varnish protection to be used so as to prevent tooth decay. Here’s how it works.

The fluoride varnish gel is typically a pale yellow color that is softly brushed on. It sets on the teeth quickly and starts working right away. The fluoride is important, because it enters the tooth enamel and makes the tooth hard. It prevents any new cavities form forming while also stopping current decay from getting any worse. If tooth decay is at the beginning stages, the fluoride is powerful enough to actually go in and repair the tooth.

Don’t you hate when you get some dental work done and almost immediately you get hungry or thirsty, but you’re too afraid to eat or drink anything? Well, the fabulous part about most fluoride varnish treatments is that you don’t have to wait to eat, but foods should be softer for the first day.

It’s important to note that some brands of fluoride varnish may cause some teeth to look even more dull than before the application, but this is only temporary. In these cases, after a full day of wearing the varnish (without brushing or flossing it away) you’ll be able to wake up, brush your teeth and reveal a brighter, shiny smile.

Are you ready to strengthen your teeth with fluoride varnish?

At the writing of this post, adult prices are currently set at $25! If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-340-0411 or click here.

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It’s National Children’s Dental Month!

Dental Awareness Health Month

You know something is deemed important when there is a day, week or month dedicated to awareness for it. With that being said, it just so happens that February has been deemed National Children’s Dental Month and a campaign is brought to you by the American Dental Association. This month-long observance is brought to light for the purpose of helping the public understand the benefits of good dental health to children and the adults in their lives.

National Children's Dental Health observances began with a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio and a one-week event in Akron, Ohio during February 1941. The ADA held the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. By 1955 it became a week-long event. Later, in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children's Dental Health Month. For 2016, the campaign slogan brought by the ADA is called “Sugar Wars”. The idea is to bring awareness about the damage of sugar on teeth.

Today, we’re going to give you a little information, based on medical data, about how sugar plays a vicious role in dental decay and what you can do to prevent it.

How Cavities Develop: According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a persons mouth has hundreds of bacteria living inside, some helpful and others harmful. The harmful bacterias can feed on sugars you eat to create acids that destroy tooth enamel (the protective barrier on the outside of your teeth). Without the protection needed, teeth are left vulnerable to cavities.

How To Battle Cavities: Fight off the bacteria can be done using good, daily oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, using mouthwash and flossing regularly can help in the fight against cavities, however; cutting down on your sugar intake is also a key factor. Eating more fibrous vegetables, chewing sugar free gum and drinking fluoride water are also good ways to keep your teeth cleaner.

Finally, visiting the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings is recommended. Our Edmond dentist is here to help in this regard. If you would like to make an appointment or you have any questions, please click here.

Oklahoma Mission of Mercy

Why I Participate with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy

OKMOM: Oklahoma Mission of Mercy

First you may be asking yourself what the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy is, right? Good question! OKMOM is a two day event held near the start of each year somewhere in Oklahoma where anyone, and I do mean anyone, can come get free teeth cleanings, extractions, fillings, and other dental services. OKMOM focuses on treating patients who are uninsured or wouldn't otherwise have access to dental care and that's why I participate with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.

To be able to treat patients who would otherwise be forced to go without is one of the greatest rewards to being a dentist. Each year thousands of Oklahomans in need receive dental care - my colleagues and I work nonstop throughout the event seeing, quite literally, thousands of patients. It is an absolute blast for us to be able to give something back especially when we want to give so much away in our private practices, but unfortunately - running a business costs money. I have done 5 of these events in the past and I will continue to do them as long as I am physically able.

I strongly encourage anyone who is in need of some dental treatment to go to visit the OKMOM website for more information. Not all dental services are offered, so make sure to take a look at the site to see what can and cannot be done. My staff and I will be there working away from 4am - 5pm! All services are first come first serve. There are no eligibility, income or insurance requirements. Get there early! The event this year will be held Friday, February 5, 2016 - Saturday, February 6, 2016 starting at 5:00 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Come and see for yourself why I participate with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.

Teeth Whitening- Dentist

Want A Whiter Smile? This Dentist Has A Deal For You!

New Year’s Resolutions: Stop smoking and have whiter teeth

January is many things to many people, but more than anything it represents the opportunity to start fresh. Every year resolutions are made to improve upon ways of the past. Seeing the dentist isn’t a resolution many people think about, but having whiter teeth, on the other hand, is something many people do think about. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a beautiful, white smile or your teeth have turned yellow over time. No matter what your reason for wanting a brighter, whiter smile, you’re not alone.

Your tooth color can be affected by many regular habits. A few of them include:

  • Drinking coffee, tea and red wine.
  • Eating foods that cause stains (blueberries, tomato sauce and candy are example).
  • Accumulation of plaque and tartar.
  • Smoking tobacco.

Limiting your intake of food and beverages that cause stains is your best bet if you want whiter teeth. Regular teeth cleanings, at the dentist office, can also help decrease the accumulation of plaque and tartar. At home, teeth brushing and flossing will help you maintain a healthy smile. Overall, one of the most important steps you can take to getting whiter teeth is the elimination of tobacco usage. Smoking isn’t just bad for your health, but it creates long-lasting stains on your teeth.

To become “smoke-free” is also one of the most difficult resolutions to keep. Perhaps, you just need a little bit more incentive.

For this reason, our dentist office is offering you a deal! If you can stop smoking for 3 months (yes, the dental hygienist will be able to tell) then we will give you free, custom bleach trays for your teeth and you get to take them home with you for multiple uses! This is a $340 dollar value that we would be willing to simply give to you.

Want whiter teeth? Want to stop smoking? Now you have a little incentive to stop smoking and get whiter teeth! It’s a win-win.

Call us @ 405-340-0411 to learn more or schedule your visit to the dentist.

dentures

Give The Gift Of Dentures Retained By Implants

See the difference of dentures retained by implants

Thanksgiving just ended and a lot of loved ones enjoyed spending time with each other. In addition, a lot of people had a great time indulging in tasty, culinary delights of the season, but what you may not realize is that some of the elderly crowd may not have had as much fun trying to eat for fear of their dentures falling out. If you have ever had to cut up the meat for your elderly mom or dad, then you know the struggle they deal with on a regular basis.

Have they tried many types of denture adhesives, but they just don’t do the trick? The real issue is that over time, shrinkage in the bone structure in the mouth causes standard dentures to gradually become loose and the glue doesn’t always offer relief. Grandchildren might be stuck with a mental image of grandma pushing her “teeth” out while attempting to remove stuck-on food. It’s an uncomfortable, embarrassing situation for grandma who has to take her teeth out and for guests who have to witness the experience.

There is a better solution; Dentures retained by implants!

Unlike regular dentures that slip out involuntarily, dentures retained by implants give the wearer the ability to choose removal or not! They don’t have to be placed in a glass on the night stand to get clean as they are easily removed for just for cleaning. Easy removal doesn’t mean that they aren’t strongly bonded, however; because the dentures are supported by implants placed in the jaw. The dentures sort of “snap” into place using the anchors for support and they stay put. A person wearing dentures retained by implants can actually talk and eat without their teeth moving!

Would your parents like to avoid repeating the embarrassing teeth-removing process at Christmas dinner? With Christmas right around the corner, a great gift to give your elderly loved ones would be the gift of new teeth and with that you’ll be giving them a reason to smile and so much more.

Call us @ 405-340-0411 if you’d like to know more or to schedule an appointment with the dentist.

 

 

Edmond Dentist- year end benefits

3 Reasons To Visit The Dentist And Use Year End Benefits

See the dentist and take advantage of your dental benefits

This year is speeding to a rapid close and many people will be losing out on their dental benefits. Are you one of them? Imagine for a second that you took a wad of cash out of your bank account for the sole purpose of lighting it on fire. You wouldn’t ever want to do that, of course. So why would you want to waste benefits that you paid for? Here are 3 reasons to visit a dentist and use your year end benefits.

1.) No new deductible: If you have already paid off your insurance deductible for 2015, any additional dental work that you have completed will not require a new deductible payment. It’s important that you take advantage of this benefit and visit the dentist before the new year rolls around, because with the new year a new deductible payment will be needed.

2.) No wasted benefits: Dental services like screenings, x-rays, cleanings and more can all be covered by your dental insurance if you pay premiums. If you’ve done so, then why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of the dental services that are offered and that you have earned? Not only does it make financial sense to avoid wasting money, but you can maintain optimal dental health.

3.) No roll-over: Most dental insurance plans allow for a yearly maximum benefit amount to be used per person. If you haven’t used all of your allotted benefit, it isn’t going to roll-over into the next year. So in a sense, having unused benefits is the equivalent of putting those dollar bills of yours into a large bon fire. Silly, right?

By delaying dental treatment you could create the risk of needing more extensive and more expensive treatments later. To help you maximize your insurance benefits, we would love to schedule an appointment for you to see the dentist. The appointment slots will fill up quickly as many patients try to use up their benefits, so don’t wait too long to schedule your appointment.

Give us a call @ 405-340-0411 to book your dentist appointment, today.

The Impact of Oral Cancer Screening

It has been beaten into your brain, you have heard it so many times you could scream... The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups. One of the reasons it is recommended to have regular check up's for your mouth, much like for the rest of your body, is to screen for any abnormalities. The impact of oral cancer screening is just as vital as screening for cancers anywhere else. According to The American Dental Association, 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64% therefore, when cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced. Oral Cancer can range from your lips all the way to back of your throat and everywhere in between. Look inside your mouth and think about all that surface area. As your dentist, I make it a point to look for any signs or symptoms of anything abnormal in your mouth, this does not just include decay in or on your teeth. I am looking for any redness, lumps, lesions and your bite. When I ask you questions about how your mouth is feeling, I am wanting to know if you are having any soreness, tenderness, and swelling. What you may think something that is not that big of a deal, it may be. When I am asking about your family history - though it may seem strange that I am a dentist, as you know, having an idea of what the family's history of illness is can be an indicator in your own body.

 

I encourage that if between your regular visits to your dentist's office you notice anything that seems off, do not hesitate to give your doctor a call. I am sure he/she will be more than happy to schedule an appointment even just to put your mind at ease. Keep in mind there are many things that can stick out to indicate something may be abnormal. According to The American Dental Association, the symptoms of mouth or throat can include:

 

  • A sore or irritation that does not go away
  • Red or white patches
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

 

Patients over the age of 40 tend to be more at risk of these factors, it has however been found in patients younger than that. Contributing factors can include tobacco/nicotine users of all kinds, HPV has even been associated with certain types of oral cancer. Keeping your mouth healthy with brushing, flossing, fluoride use, regular dental visits, a good diet, and keeping your mouth moist will not only assist in presentation of tooth decay but oral cancers as well.

 

For more information about oral cancers please visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-cancer or http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/