Category: Patient Education

An Overview Of Dental Implants

It may seem that everywhere you go lately, you hear about dental implants. Friends and family likely had successful dental implant surgery. You may have even heard them mentioned the last time you had your dental procedure with Dr. Shawn Hofkes. You, however, may want a general overview of the procedure, and find out if… Read more »

Why Some Teeth Must Be Extracted

It is the goal of a good dentist, such as Dr. Shawn Hofkes of Cerritos Dental Surgery, to try and save each and every tooth. Although adult permanent teeth were designed to last a lifetime, sometimes, saving a tooth is not possible or even desirable, and it may need to be extracted. The Need for… Read more »

Have you Been Spreading Around Cavities?

  Cavities are bacterial infections. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that they are contagious…sort of. No, if you kiss someone with a cavity, you won’t have an instant cavity yourself. However, the germs which cause tooth decay are spread from person to person, usually when you are very young. A mere 1% of the population… Read more »

Learn about Zirconia Dental Crowns

A dental crown is considered a restoration. Designed to completely surround a damaged tooth or dental implant, dental crowns are affixed to the remaining tooth structure or titanium post using dental cement. Over the years, a large variety of materials have been used for fabricating dental crowns. Some materials proved more successful than others, but… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers 101

Cosmetic dentistry may be the ideal solution to correct your cosmetic dental issues, and porcelain veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options. Perhaps images of AARP ads, where an older couple with teeth so white they look fake pop into your mind as you consider the word “veneers;” and that may not initially… Read more »

Gum Disease Linked to the Immune System

Have you been told by your dentist that you have signs of gum disease? Periodontal (gum) disease affects nearly 80% of people in the United States. Early symptoms include mild things such as puffy gums or scant bleeding when brushing and flossing. As the condition becomes increasingly severe, side effects become more major such as… Read more »

Do You Have Dry Socket?

Alveolar osteitis, better known as dry socket, is an uncomfortable dental condition deriving from an oral surgery, called tooth extraction. After a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the socket as a part of the body’s healing process. The clot develops as a protective layer for underlying bone and nerves, and it is the… Read more »

Four Goals of Every Dental Visit

No two patients are alike and no two visits to the dental office are the same. Yet, for the endless variety of the dental care experience, your dentist has four goals that he and his staff try to fulfill at every appointment: 1. Make Your Mouth Healthier The human mouth is an intricate system of… Read more »

Oil Pulling: A Straightforward Look at an Alternative Therapy

Natural living enthusiasts have practiced it for decades. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley have even jumped on the bandwagon. Oil pulling is all the rage in 2014, yet this ancient practice draws from the Ayurvedic healing tradition of India. Oil pulling is purported to cure a wide range of oral health problems, from… Read more »

Premedicating Before Oral Surgery: What You Need to Know

Did you ever wonder why you have to fill out a medical history form at the dentist’s office? After all, he’s just fixing your teeth, right? Actually, the health of your mouth is intimately connected to your general health. Similarly, the state of your general health can amplify the risks associated with certain types of… Read more »