Bluff Creek Dental Blog
October 13, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, there is often a lot to do to get ready for the coming year. New year’s resolutions being set, vacations being planned, and holidays to look forward to. One thing most people don’t plan for at the end of the year – using up their dental insurance benefits. Late summer and fall are great times to review your current dental care plan and discuss using up benefits before the end of the year. Most dental offices have information for new patients regarding their dental insurance and financing policies available online, but it’s often best to schedule an appointment to discuss your coverage.
August 17, 2017
Originally, orthodontic treatment to properly align and space teeth was considered a purely cosmetic service. For years, patients were considered vain for wanting to align their smiles, and dental insurance providers reinforced this idea by severely limiting coverage for orthodontic treatment. Still, the field of orthodontics has prevailed. Research has proven that a smile is not completely healthy unless it’s properly aligned. Today, there are numerous orthodontic options available for patients outside of the traditional metal bracket and wire braces. At Bluff Creek Dental, we offer a more cosmetic solution using the Invisalign alignment tray orthodontic system. This system allows teens and adults to correct orthodontic issues without metal mouth, dietary restrictions, or spending hours trying to floss between wires and brackets. If you’d like to get started down the road to your most beautiful smile, call to schedule your orthodontic consultation today.
August 15, 2017
Root canals have a bad reputation. That’s no secret. However, apart from a few rare exceptions, root canals actually relieve pain rather than causing it. When done properly, root canal therapy allows patients to keep a tooth that would have otherwise been extracted. A root canal is needed when decay or damage accesses the innermost layer of the tooth where the nerve system is housed causing severe pain and dental sensitivity. In rare cases, the dentist may not completely remove the inner tooth layer, called the pulp, or the tooth may not be completely sealed. When this happens, the root canal may fail. In some cases, retreatment is possible, but for others, tooth extraction and replacement may be necessary. The treatment decision is a personal one, and no solution is right for every patient.
August 5, 2017
Dental crowns are advanced restorations that allow dentists to save teeth that may otherwise need to be extracted. However, traditional dental crowns required patients schedule at least two appointment, and the process could take weeks or months to complete. In some dental offices, you can get the same, high quality restorations in just one appointment using the CEREC system.
What is CEREC?
CEREC literally stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, but it’s really much simpler than that. CEREC is a state-of-the-art restoration system that allows dentists to complete the entire dental crown preparation, creation, and placement process in one appointment. There’s no need to wait for a dental lab to craft the crown or schedule multiple appointments.
July 31, 2017
Dr. Patrick Crowley and his staff at Bluff Creek Dental are excited to announce the merger of our practice with Dr. Hugh R. Burch. You’ll find the same outstanding dentistry available, only now there will be two dentists available to serve you and your family. Both Dr. Crowley and Dr. Burch are committed to being the dentist in Northwest Oklahoma City that provides you with comprehensive care. Read on to learn more about Dr. Burch and the services we offer.
June 14, 2017
Tooth loss creates many challenges in daily life. Simple tasks like chewing become more difficult as do struggles with confidence. To fill the missing space, dental implants are highly effective. Since they cost more than other prosthetics in the short term, they may not seem appealing. However, the long term costs of traditional tooth replacement options are actually higher than those of dental implants in Northwest Oklahoma City. Consider these affordable dental implant options. Dental implants are a long term investment in the quality of life and optimal oral health that closely mimic the natural appearance and function of the smile.
May 31, 2017
Many patients, unfortunately, discover that they have oral cancer when the disease has already begun aggressively attacking their body. In most cases, if oral cancer is caught during its preliminary stages, your survival rate is upwards to 80-90%! Contrary, your chance of survival is cut in half during its late stages. And even if you do survive years past your physician’s prediction, your quality of life will be negatively affected by harsh treatments and possibly even disfigurements.
Your dentist in Northwest Oklahoma City is here to help patients discover the power of awareness. Tt’s our duty at Bluff Creek Dental as your dental health professionals to make sure our patients are aware of the risks, symptoms during your routine dental appointment with us.
Many patients avoid proper dental care by postponing their appointments. But, why would people purposely put their health at risk? Unfortunately, there are many offices that make visiting the dentist less than pleasant by making appointments lengthy and downright anxiety-inducing. At Bluff Creek Dental, we are committed to creating a comfortable, safe atmosphere by providing advanced technology and sedation dentistry. Patients can be confident that they’ll receive the dental work they deserve with the speed and safety they need. Dr. Patrick Crowley, your modern dentist in Northwest Oklahoma City, has invested time and money into our dental office to make sedation dentistry, intraoral cameras, digital x-rays, a soft tissue laser, and even a digital impression system.
May 16, 2017
It’s just a little blood in the bathroom sink–nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Bleeding while you brush your teeth signifies gum disease. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says periodontal disease is today’s number one cause of tooth loss in the United States. Your dentist in Northwest Oklahoma City, Dr. Patrick Crowley, works to combat this oral health problem. He offers ways to treat it and strategies to prevent it.
May 6, 2017
You know that dental implants replace single teeth, but did you know they also support fixed bridgework and full dentures? Yes, today’s most popular and stable tooth replacement option is the solution to poorly fitting prosthetics. Your gapped smile can be beautiful and strong once again with implant-retained prosthetics from Dr. Patrick Crowley, your dentist in Northwest Oklahoma City.