Does Sedation Dentistry Put You to Sleep?

Sleepy guy isn't under sedation dentistryToward the end of the 20th century, the trend in dentistry shifted toward a more patient-focused approach to treatment. As a result, dentists refined their chairside manner, dental offices began boasting ergonomic exam chairs and gourmet coffee, and more practices began offering a variety of dental sedation options. Sedation dentistry reaches out to people who are afraid of the dentist, those who have a sensitive gag reflex, and people with neurological or physical impairments, allowing them to receive much needed dental care. Today, we’re discussing the commonly held misconception that dental sedation puts you to sleep. (more…)

Two Diseases Your Dentist Might Notice First

Older man considering his oral healthAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 90% of all pathologies have symptoms that show in the oral cavity. Whether it’s gum inflammation, dry mouth, or bone loss, your dentist has a privileged view of your overall health via the “window” of your mouth. Today, we’re taking a look at two diseases with initial symptoms that could show up during a routine checkup. (more…)

Diet or Hygiene: Which is More Important for Oral Health?

Woman celebrating good diet and healthy teethWhen it comes to a vibrantly healthy smile, which is more important: diet or hygiene habits? Can a healthy diet make up for skipping the floss? Can good brushing practices make up for a sugar-laden diet? Today, we’re taking a closer look at how diet and dental care affect oral health and whether one is better at promoting a healthy smile than the other.   (more…)

How Do We Love Crowns? Let Us Count the Ways.

Nerdy guy in love with ceramic crownsAs Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to romance. But while the search for love can often lead to disappointment and heartbreak, finding the dental restoration of your dreams is as easy as talking to your dentist about ceramic crowns. Seem like a stretch? In today’s blog, we’re discussing how dental crowns are like (and, in some cases, better than) your romantic partner. (more…)

Three Restorations that Toe the Cosmetic Line

Woman counting three cosmetic dentistry servicesFor most of human history, esthetics took a backseat to functionality when it came to dental restorations. From the earliest beeswax fillings to the gold and platinum metal crowns still used today, dental restorations looked like, well, dental restorations. Today’s patients prefer a more natural esthetic and the industry has responded by developing different types of dental ceramic that boast exceptional strength and good looks. Today, we’re shining a light on three restorative techniques that cross over into cosmetic territory. (more…)

Gum Disease Step-By-Step

Typographic image of gum diseaseWe get it. When compared to life-threatening illnesses, gum disease just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Perhaps it’s the fact that gum disease doesn’t have any painful or gruesome symptoms until it reaches a later stage. Maybe it’s that we don’t rank our gums high on the list of “very important body parts.” However, over half of the American population has gum disease and in addition to holding the top-spot for causes of adult tooth loss, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and respiratory illness. Today, we’re taking a brief tour of how gum disease progresses and touching on some common treatment options. (more…)

Three Groups of People Who Benefit from Sedation Dentistry

Woman relaxed after learning about sedation dentistryHave you ever wondered who goes in for sedation dentistry? This practice, sometimes inaccurately referred to as sleep dentistry, has helped dentists manage their patients’ discomfort during a procedure since nitrous oxide was first introduced in the mid-1800s. Since that time, the field has expanded to include oral conscious (pill) sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation techniques. Today, we’re taking a closer look at three groups of people who benefit greatly from dental sedation. (more…)

Look, Feel, Checkup: Identifying the Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Warning SignsIdeally, we should all perform an oral cancer self-check every few months. Like breast and testicular self-checks, and oral cancer self-check consists of a careful visual and manual (touch-based) scan of your head, neck, and the inside of your mouth. Your chances of surviving oral cancer in the long term depend on early detection, and early detection depends on self-awareness and regular preventive dental care appointments. Follow a Look, Feel, and Checkup protocol to stay on top of your oral health. (more…)

Frequently Asked Questions about Oral Biopsies

Older woman seriously considering oral biopsiesYour dentist has located a patch of cells, a lesion, or a small bump that needs to be analyzed so an accurate diagnosis can be made and treatment plan developed. To achieve these goals, you will need an oral biopsy, a procedure during which your dentist or oral surgeon removes a small section of the abnormal area for analysis. Oral biopsies are generally associated with oral cancer. However, they are useful in diagnosing a wide range of oral pathologies (diseases of the mouth). Today, we’re answering a few frequently asked questions about this vital procedure. (more…)

Understanding Your Oral Cancer Treatment Options

Man seriously considering his oral cancer treatment optionsAlthough oral cancer is not one of the more common or well-known types of cancer, it has a relatively low survival rate because it is often not treated until it has already reached a late stage. In fact, the five year survival rate only averages about 57% nationwide. Identifying the signs of oral cancer while they’re still in the early stages is key to successful treatment and long term survival.  Treatment options for oral cancer vary depending on the stage the patient is diagnosed with and where in the mouth the cancer is located. Some common treatment options include: (more…)