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.
March 8, 2017
Dentist OKC: Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions
Do you have tooth pain? Is it causing you to be distracted? No one likes having pain in their mouth, especially if it interrupts their eating habits. In part one of this series, our dentist in OKC explained how tooth pain stems from nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber. We also spoke about 2 possible reasons for your tooth pain and a few things you could do to temporarily reduce the pain. While there is not a simple answer as to what may be causing your pain, today, our dentist in OKC is going to go over 2 more possibilities.
March 1, 2017
Dentist OKC: Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions
It can be difficult to concentrate on daily life activities when you’re in pain, especially if it’s from tooth pain. You may find that you tend to favor one side while chewing due to having pain on the other. This pain isn’t actually the tooth itself, of course, but instead it is caused by nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber. Unfortunately, one person’s tooth pain may be for a completely different reason than the next. While there is no cookie cutter answer as to what may be causing it, today, our dentist in OKC is going to go over 2 possibilities for your tooth pain.
February 15, 2017
Dentist OKC: Are You Flossing Properly?
Let’s be honest, flossing properly is actually a bit more tricky than you’d think. Are you doing it properly? Many people wonder whether they are flossing correctly, often enough, and with the correct flossing instrument. If you’re tired of feeling ashamed and getting lectured by your dental hygienist at every dental appointment, this post is for you! It may seem like a daunting task to get your hands all the way in the back or to apply a proper technique, but with some help you may be able to pull it off. Our dentist in OKC is here to provide you with flossing tips!
February 8, 2017
Dentist OKC: Providing Clean, Kissable Mouths For Valentine’s Day
It’s almost that special time of year again when everyone wonders what to get that someone special for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a news flash; not everyone wants a box of chocolates, toys, or a bouquet of flowers this February. Our dentist in OKC understands! Whether you’re giving a 5 year old, your spouse, or your significant other a special Valentine’s Day surprise, chances are you may share a kiss or two. While retailers love to push their traditional gifts upon you, most of you would be far more impressed with something more intimate and what’s more important than having a healthy mouth when you’re giving out kisses?
February 1, 2017
Dentist OKC: February 2017 & Dental Health
The month of February is known by the American Dental Association and the ADA Foundation as National Children’s Dental Health Month. In this month we, at Bluff Creek Dental, recognize the importance of promoting good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. Of course, our dentist in OKC encourages healthy oral hygiene all year long, but bringing awareness to this year’s slogan is something we advocate.
January 18, 2017
Reasons For Dental Sealants
From the moment teeth start growing in they are exposed to many things that can do damage to them overtime. The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves in them, known as fissures. These small spaces make teeth more susceptible to decay as plaque can easily accumulate in these areas. While fluoride toothpaste is recommended to help prevent the decay, dental sealants actually takes protection to a new level. In fact, our dentist in OKC makes use of these dental sealants to provide a smooth covering over the fissures.