Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wisdom Behind the Wisdom Teeth

So what is the truth behind wisdom teeth?  We get this question asked quite often, but surprisingly most patients don't understand much about wisdom teeth.

Did you know that your wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25?  They begin forming around your 10th birthday but we usually don't see eruption until your late teens or early 20s. 

Some of our patients never have their wisdom teeth come in, however for those that do, the number of wisdom teeth can range from one to four that actually erupt to the surface, or show signs of eruption but are stuck or impacted in the gum line. If left untreated it can lead to all kinds of problems. The most typical problems we see are tooth crowding, or movement or displacement of your permanent teeth.  Occasionally a cyst or infection can build around wisdom teeth in the soft gum tissue which can lead to the destruction of your bone resulting in permanent tooth loss.

If you stay up on your semi-annual exams, Dr. Clark will watch the progress of your wisdom teeth and will be able to warn you of potential issues long before damage occurs.  Treatment options vary for each patient so don't hesitate to ask about Dr. Clark's suggested treatment for you or for your child.

Do not delay in planning your best oral health care treatment plan.  This saves you time and money in the long run.

Call us today to schedule your appointment.  
(541) 451-1440

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Affordable Cosmetic Fix for That Fabulous Smile

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.

Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.

Use up your year end Dental Insurance benefits before it's too late.  Call us to schedule your appointment today and take advantage of an additional 10% Savings!

Great Savings are waiting for you!
(541) 451-1440

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Are Your Teeth Merry & Bright?

Teeth Whitening or Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth.  Some people get their teeth whitened to remove stains and others to simply lighten the shade of their teeth.

Discoloration of teeth can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes.  It can also be hereditary or by getting older.  Our normal day to day functions can expose our teeth to harmful acids and when not properly cared for, the enamel of the teeth erodes.

Bleach kits can be purchased over the counter or in our dental office.  We will be more than happy to instruct you how to safely whiten your teeth.  It's amazing what a little procedure can do for your confidence!

Call us today to purchase a bleach kit for you or for the whole family!
(541) 451-1440