- Cleanings And Exams
- Root Canals
- Porcelain Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- 2 Hour Same Day Crowns
- Periodontal Disease Maintenance
- Preventative Pediatric Dentistry
Cleanings And Exams
Having a dental practice perform a checkup and regular cleaning gives a preventive approach to dental care. These general dentistry treatments help prevent problems with your teeth, gums and jaw bones, or they catch and manage problems before they worsen. During your visit, our doctors will take a picture of the current standing of your dental health and what would be needed to keep your oral hygiene in its best state.
Composite fillings act as a dentistry solution for problems such as tooth decay or cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth.
Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.
Getting porcelain crowns is the best way to have a very natural looking smile. They are used when simply filling in a tooth is not an option. There are times when they decay is so bad that we just have to use a porcelain crown. We also use them with severely damaged teeth or teeth that have already had multiple fillings. Porcelain crowns are attached right to your teeth so that they can function, even when you bite something really hard! There are several types of porcelain crowns so it is important to discuss which type is best for you with your dentist.
Millions of American suffer tooth loss despite improvements in dental care. Tooth loss mainly occurs from tooth decay, gingivitis, or injury. Bridges and dentures use to be the only options available, but today there are dental implants. Dental implants are replaced tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
This may result in less overall dental visits, eliminates the need for dental office hopping, and provides consistent care and comfort.
- Improved Appearance: Implants look and feel like your own teeth. They are designed to fuse with the bone so that they become permanent.
- Improved Speech: Implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip cause you to mumble or slur words.
- Improved Comfort: Implants become permanent and eliminate the discomfort of removal
- Easier Eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Implants allow you to eat with confidence and without discomfort.
- Improved Self-Esteem: Dental implants give you back your smile!
- Improved Oral Health: This procedure does not require reducing other teeth as a bridge requires, leaving more of your own teeth in tact. It also allows for easier more natural cleaning in between teeth.
- Durability: They are very durable and with proper care will last a lifetime.
- Convenience: There is no need to remove the implants to clean or use special adhesives to make sure they remain in place.
So what is involved in getting dental implants? The first step is to create an individualized treatment plan with an oral surgery or restorative dentistry team. Once a plan is in place, a tooth root implant (a small post made from titanium) is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grown around the implanted metal post, securing it to the jaw. Healing takes from six to twelve weeks. Once the tooth root implant has bonded, a small connector post is attached to hold the new tooth and a replacement tooth called a crown is then attached. The crown will match the other teeth in your mouth. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and produces little discomfort.
With proper care, dental implants have a 98% success rate.
Signs You Need Extra Fluoride
Some people need extra fluoride to help battle tooth decay. Others seem to get enough in their daily routine. How can you tell which you are? The easiest way to tell is if you are regularly getting cavities. Fluoride protects against cavity formation. If you notice a regular pattern of new, tiny cavities, more fluoride could be the secret to helping protect your mouth. We can give you a fluoride treatment, put sealants on your teeth, or even recommend new products to help improve your oral health all around. A simple change in the products you use could mean a large improvement in how healthy your teeth and gums are.
When your teeth are missing, it greatly affects your smile. At the same time, the missing tooth has the potential to negatively affect your oral hygiene because of unprotected gum exposure. Dental bridges are one of many options aimed at improving the appearance and function of your teeth by replacing the missing tooth or teeth. During your exam, we will discuss whether or not dental bridges are right for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Does the idea of having your teeth cleaned cause your heart to pound and your body to tense? Would you rather endure a toothache than make an appointment to have it fixed? If yes, you are not alone. Nine to fifteen percent of Americans experience dental phobia (anxiety or fear) that prevents them from going to the dentist and seeking treatment. If you experience fear or anxiety, have sensitive teeth, a low pain tolerance can't sit still in the chair, have a bad gag reflex, or need a lot of dental works done, then sedation dentistry might be the solution.
You will should be confident in knowing Devin Lindstrom DMD has extensive training in Sedation Dentistry. He is also the only dentist in Enumclaw that performs sedation, which allows for continual adjustment of sedation level as needed for the patient and procedure.
What is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is sometimes also referred to as "sleep dentistry", although patients are usually awake.
There are three levels of sedation at Enumclaw Dental Center:
• Minimal sedation where you are awake but relaxed • Moderate sedation where you won't remember much of the procedure and may slur your words (formerly referred to as conscious sedation) • Deep sedation where you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened
Dentist offices may use three different sedation methods for people who experience dental phobias.
1. Inhaled Minimum Sedation: The patient breaths nitrous oxide, "laughing gas" combined with oxygen through a mask placed over the nose. This combination of gases relaxes you. Your dentist controls the amount received and the effects wear off quickly when the procedure is complete. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself safely home.
2. Oral Sedation: For minimal oral sedation, you are given a pill (usually halcion which is from the same family as valium), an hour before the procedure. You will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment. This is the most common form of anesthesia associated with sedation dentistry. Depending on the dose, it can range from minimal sedation or moderate sedation for a longer procedure. Some people become groggy enough to fall asleep but can easily awakened with a gentle touch.
3. IV Sedation: This type of sedation is administered through a vein which causes it to go to work quickly. The IV allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation as the procedure progresses.
Deep Sedation: This level of sedation dentistry is the receiving of medication through an IV that make you almost unconscious during the procedure. You cannot easily be awakened until the effects wear off. You will still need a local anesthetic (numbing medication) at the site to relieve pain if the procedure produces discomfort. This type of sedation can only be administered by a dentist with a CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) program completion in deep sedation. Typically this is done by oral surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons and dental anesthesiologists.
Sedation Dentistry is proven to be safe and effective. It allows you to consolidate several appointments into one if you are in need of extensive work, or it allows you to relax during standard procedures.
What Should Your Oral Hygiene Routine Include?
There are always questions about how to set up an oral hygiene routine when we have patients come in. Some want to know about how often to brush or floss, while others want to know about things like mouthwash. Here is a simple breakdown of what you need to make sure you are taking the best care of your oral health as possible.
Daily Oral Hygiene Routine
Each day, you need to make sure you brush. This should be done once in the morning and one more time at night. You should make sure you brush for a full two minutes each time, timing it out if necessary. One of the times that you brush, you also need to floss. You want to drag the floss along the insides of your teeth, not saw it back and forth, to get the most debris out from between your teeth. You should then rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to ensure the areas between your teeth get thoroughly clean.
Routine Outside of the Daily Grind
You also need to make sure you come in every six months for a cleaning. This is very important when it comes to caring for your teeth. We clean differently and more thoroughly than your toothbrush can. If we find any issues, you want to also have them treated as early as possible. Otherwise, it can lead to bigger problems that can ruin your oral health.
If you want more ideas on how to care for your mouth, call us. We are here, ready and waiting to help with anything you may need. Taking care of your oral health is something that helps take care of the rest of your body, too, so make sure you never let your oral health slide!
Many people lose a tooth or two as they age. Accidents happen and your tooth may fall out because of an injury. Teeth also get broken because of injuries. Some people grind their teeth so much that it damages them.
Nobody likes to have a smile they don’t want to show off to everyone. Nobody deserves to feel like that. You deserve to have a smile you can be proud of.
Typically when we need to replace teeth, we use crowns. Crowns are artificial teeth. They can be placed right over your broken teeth. They will also fit in the space where your teeth are missing.
The bad thing about getting crowns is that it takes time. If your teeth are missing, we will have to place implants in, which will act like new roots for your crown. There are times when we place a temporary crown in your mouth while we wait for your crown and implants to be made. This can be quite painful.
Lucky for you, we offer CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
CEREC is wonderful because in only one visit you can get a smile you will be proud of! The process uses the latest technologies, allowing us to make artificial teeth right in our office.
After a thorough examination with x-rays, we can determine if the procedure will work for you. We will go through all of your options with you so that you can be sure you’re choosing the one that will work best for you.
If you decide to use CEREC, we will scan your teeth using the latest technology. Then our dentists will design teeth that are the perfect size and shape for your mouth. Once the teeth are ready, we can place them in your mouth, and you will be ready to go.
Just think, in one visit you can have the smile that you’ve always wanted! All of your broken teeth will look fixed. The empty spaces where you are missing teeth will be filled with new teeth. You won’t have to worry about the shape of your face changing, which can happen when you start losing teeth.
Can you even imagine how much better you will feel if you are completely confident to smile in public? Call us today to start your journey to a new and better smile!