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.
August 1, 2016
What Is Sedation Dentistry And Why Have It?
One of the fears ingrained into the minds of most people is that of visiting the dentist. It seems to be a common misconception that dentists just love to cause others horrific amounts of pain, but let our Oklahoma City dentist be the first to say that he couldn’t feel more strongly about making patients feel as comfortable as possible. When the pain may be more than someone can handle or when the fear is just taking over, that’s when sedation dentistry is offered.
July 1, 2016
Sleep Without Hearing Your Partner Snore
Do you snore? Does your partner snore? Our Oklahoma City dentist understands that if you are one of those people, you’re definitely not alone! Over 80 million Americans are in the same predicament. When someone snores it is caused by the narrowing or relaxing of the back of the throat. Sometimes, the tongue can fall back causing blockage to the upper airway. The sound you, or others, hear from a snoring person is caused by the air trying to pass through from the lungs out of the nose and mouth. When the air can’t be released, as it should, it causes the vibrations which make the snoring sounds.
June 1, 2016
Speeding Up The Numbing Reversal Process
How many times have you dreaded having to return to your daily routine after a visit to the dentist, because your mouth was still numb? For some people half of their day is a struggle as the numbing agent keeps their mouth and lips numb for many hours after their procedure has been completed. That’s what you get from a typical dentist, but we’re not your typical Oklahoma City dentist office! What if we told you that we have the trick to have you feeling normal much quicker? It’s true, we do!
May 1, 2016
Fighting The Rising Cost Of Dental Insurance
Just like healthcare coverage, dental insurance costs have been rising. The expensive premiums for dental insurance have many people opting out of dental care coverage. Are you one of these people? Have you been avoiding a trip to the dentist for a while? It’s alright to admit it. We understand that financially it just doesn’t allow for some families to purchase dental insurance coverage.