June 25, 2020
As someone with diabetes, you’ve been told you’re at a high risk for serious complications if you contract COVID-19. For this reason, you’ve been avoiding going out as much as possible. One day your dentist calls and reminds you that it’s time for your biannual checkup and cleaning. At first, you start to panic. Is it even safe to go to the dentist? Yes! Rest assured that your dentist takes your safety and comfort into account when planning for your appointment. Here are a few of the precautions your dental team is taking to alleviate your worries.(more…)
May 29, 2020
Dental offices across the nation have been closed (essentially only seeing patients with dental emergencies) for the last couple of months due to COVID-19. Now, practices are starting to gradually open back up for regular procedures like cleanings and fillings. If you have been to one of these appointments, you might notice that your dentist is starting to do things a little differently than they used to. One of these new protocols involves rinsing with an antimicrobial rinse, such as mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide and water, before your appointment begins. Why is your dentist having you do this? Keep reading to find out.(more…)
April 8, 2020
No one ever expects a dental emergency to interrupt their day, but it’s quite common. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans needs urgent dental care annually. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the treatment they need right away because they don’t realize they are having a dental emergency. If you wait too long to see your emergency dentist, you might lose your tooth. Here are 4 common signs you need to call your dentist right away.
March 9, 2020
Have you been living without a full set of teeth? If so, then you may be feeling less confident about smiling and speaking before a group of people. However, there are even greater threats that you could face. You’ll find out about them as you continue reading, and how having your missing teeth replaced with dental implants will help to prevent these issues and restore the lifestyle you once knew!(more…)
February 23, 2020
If you’re among the 120 million Americans who have lost 1 or more teeth, you can enjoy a close replica of your natural smile with dental implants. Unlike any other dental prosthetic, they recreate the entire tooth structure, including the root. As a result, you’ll require an oral surgery to insert the post into your jawbone. The long-term success of dental implants requires your jaw to properly fuse to the post to support it. To give your new smile the foundation it needs to thrive, your dentist may recommend a bone graft.
February 20, 2020
Dental implants allow you to permanently replace your missing teeth using a prosthetic that closely mimics what natural gave you. Unlike any other solution, a dental implant replicates the entire tooth structure, including the root. As a result, it requires a multi-step treatment plan, but how long will the process take? Every plan differs, but here’s what you can except during each stage of your journey.
January 14, 2020
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), one of the leading reasons adults don’t receive dental care is the related cost. It’s also worth noting that of this demographic, at least 50% of them actually have dental insurance. The question, then, is why would they have an issue with paying for dental care? It turns out that for many, dental negligence is the source of the problem. That means they’re more likely to need complex restorative or emergency care that requires a higher out-of-pocket contribution. As you continue reading, a dentist in Northwest OKC explains how you can avoid being a member of this group and receive the valuable and affordable dental care that you need.(more…)
January 8, 2020
When you visit your dentist in Northwest OKC for a checkup, one crucial purpose of the appointment is to check for cavities. If you have any, your dentist will have to prescribe a filling. More than 90% of the population has had a filling at some point. Bit what exactly are they made of? Metal amalgam fillings used to be quite common before composite resin became the modern standard. Let’s take a closer look at the history of fillings.(more…)
December 22, 2019
When oral bacteria have progressed to the point where a filling won’t suffice to restore your tooth, you may need root canal therapy. While the procedure can put an end to any tooth pain you may be experiencing and restore your full functionality, you need to know whether you can count on your dental insurance to cover it. Continue reading, as a local dentist provides the expert insight you need.(more…)
December 12, 2019
Statistics show that while two-thirds of Americans have dental insurance, only 58% of the adult population maintain regular visits for cleanings and examinations. The people who fail to receive semi-annual preventive care are more susceptible to a host of oral health issues and, in some cases, they can be subject to a decline in their overall health. As you continue reading, you’ll learn about some specific issues that six-month visits to your dentist can help you avoid and what to expect at your first appointment.(more…)