Among our patients, a common complaint is dry mouth. Saliva is slippery and forms a buffer against decay which is sticky. Dry mouth compromises that buffer and sets you up for many problems.
Do my teeth move? Absolutely, they can move anytime in any direction.
With orthodontics, we control how they move. Here are some reasons why they move on their own:
Here are some of the consequences:
Here are the remedies:
In our practice, we like to be proactive, advising patients to take care of issues before they require aggressive remedies.
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Call your dentist, of course. One of us is always on call in case of emergency.
Here's how we determine if your problem is urgent or whether it can wait until the next day.
We ask you to describe your pain to determine if it is a tooth, gum, or nerve problem.
For swelling, we typically call in an antibiotic. For pain, we prescribe the combination of over the counter Aleve and Tylenol, or a combination of over the counter Advil and Tylenol.
These have been shown to work as well as super controlled narcotic pain relievers, which require a written not a called in...
When choosing a dentist, most people ask someone they know. Understand that what is right for that person may not be right for you.
Patients should understand that a crown is not a commodity. It is a custom prosthetic device fabricated specifically for that one tooth in your mouth. A lot needs to go into its creation order for it to:
Managing the process has both structural and biological components. Both are factors in how long and how stable the crown restoration is. And, of course, how comfortable it feels in your mouth.
Structural components can be observed and analyzed with X-rays to determine the condition of the tooth. Often, however, structural issues reveal themselves in the process of shaping the tooth to receive the crown. Whether there is enough tooth structure to support the crown must be determined.
Pain comprises the biological components. Is it from a fracture, decay...
Sharon made the docs' day when she stopped by to tell them her dental story and how it changed her life for the better.
"I was always cautious about my smile." My teeth had Tetracycline stains at a young age.
But somehow, I couldn't convince myself to invest in an elective procedure. I did try bleaching my teeth.
Encouraged, I went for teeth straightening with Invisalign. I had some crowding. Boy did they look good all nice and straight.
During Invisalign treatment, I couldn't decide whether to go for porcelain veneers as the final step. I did research online. I went back and forth.
Finally, with encouragement from my husband and friends, I took the plunge. WOW.
I now have so much more confidence when I smile. And when photographed with my husband with his beautiful teeth I no longer feel upstaged.
I definitely feel my new smile affects the way people view me - as more open and more...
We are excited to announce our third location. We acquired a practice at 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, sandwiched between the White House and Executive Offices.
Former patients of this practice will be pleased to know that Akeeloe Beckford, the vibrant, friendly and efficient office manager, will be staying.
To our existing patients who find this location more convenient, the only difference is the location.
We will be updating you as we move forward.
While we were working, Gary escaped to Yakutat, Alaska with his older brother Dave, his oldest son Cameron, and his friend Greg Wong.
Here's what the boys had to say about their deep fishing catch:
Gary and Son Cameron
They also went fly fishing on a nearby river. Gary says his Double Haul casting technique, good for windy casting, needs work. But he did catch some Salmon.
Ben said this story sounds like A River Runs Through It with Brad Pitt. Gary says he could have played that role.
They cooled on river fishing when Gary saw a Grizzly about 100 yards away....
Drs. Ben and Gary discuss how one bad dental experience can easily deter one from regularly visiting the dental office.
Dr. Kaihara recently saw a new patient who had not seen a dentist in 10 years due to his dental fears! Dr. Kaihara empathized with the patient and made sure he and his team made the patient to feel as comfortable as possible!
While there was room for improvement in regards to his dental hygiene, the patient realized after seeing Dr. Kaihara that his teeth were in far better shape than he imagined!
Ways To Reduce Dental Anxiety
It is not uncommon to be anxious before dental visits. Modern dentistry offers several options for patients to help ease their dental anxiety , such as:
The Doctors emphasize that it is in your best interest to see a dentist regularly. So they encourage patients and listeners to take...
In some cultures showing a lot of gum when smiling is considered attractive.
If that's not you and you want to fix your gummy smile, in this video the docs talk about the causes and solutions.
There are many causes of a gummy smile. Most are listed here.
Depending on the cause, solutions can be quite serious or simple. These are listed below.
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