Will it hurt?

Most often, when discussing treatment options the first question we get asked is - will it hurt? All of our procedures are meant to help you and we want you to be at ease and comfortable while getting your dental care. We offer multiple options to help your dental experience go smoothly. Procedures and materials continue to improve over time and newer methods help us to achieve efficient and gentle care. The dental treatment procedures that are done at our office are done with local anesthetic. There is no need to worry about being “put to sleep." Local anesthetics are given by an injection. To make that go smoothly we apply a topical gel to your gum that will help...

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Is Flossing Really Important?

Is flossing really important? It’s a question that I hear from my patients at least one to two times daily. Remember this phrase: "Floss only the teeth that you wish to keep." On a daily basis, I see the results of proper flossing and I also see the results in patients that choose not to floss at all. It’s important to be proactive in taking steps toward a healthy mouth for life. Once you suffer through the consequences of deciding not to adequately care for your teeth, its hard sometimes to reverse to damage created. There are a few different reasons that we should all take the time to floss at least once a day, EVERYDAY! Flossing can help prevent...

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Should I Keep It Or Replace It?

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A very common discussion with patients in our office is whether to keep a damaged tooth (whether by decay, fracture or trauma) and restore it or to replace the tooth with an implant or bridge after extraction. My main focus in this discussion is to guide our patients in to choosing the right option for them. There are a few factors to consider that effect the outcome of the chosen goal. The condition of the tooth is the first thing to consider. A tooth with operable damage is always best to restore in my opinion.  Extensive damage to a tooth sometimes requires a root canal in addition to a build up and a crown. The patients health history and dental...

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Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities?

Probably the most common problem encountered in dental practice is caries, or tooth decay. Caries is a bacterial disease process and the result is a "cavity" that requires a filling. The good news is that the process of tooth decay is very well understood among dental researchers and dentists, so the trouble only lies in the wide dispersion of the necessary facts and the subsequent compliance to any necessary changes in habits. This can be hard. Believe me I know. Many people struggle with it. The enemy to all of our teeth may not be what you think it is. Let's start with some general biology and then we can cover the caries process and what to do about it....

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