A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Seattle Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many Seattle men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many essential decisions to make. Is a dental bridge competitively-priced? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I elect a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you decide on a dental implant, you can.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The unprecedented materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. In addition, it has been performed by Seattle dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty-five years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 206-973-2407.

 

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the distinct location can be hard to pinpoint.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can impact the teeth.

In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most frequent type of oral abscess begins in the pulp of the tooth and is often caused by cavities.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually cause pain.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess impairs the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?
Sinus pain usually manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will possibly feel a sharp zap of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both problems – an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your doctor can help you. This is a situation where you need advice from both your dental and medical care provider.

 

 

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Seeking A Relationship In Seattle?

Affordable Seattle Cosmetic Dentistry Are you one of the many Seattle singles looking for a significant other? Perhaps you recently broke off a dysfunctional partnership and are determined to make a better choice this time around. I’m not talking about a relationship with a girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse – I’m talking about something equally important – your relationship with your Seattle dentist. (…I admit my obvious bias.)

Why did you break up with your last Bellevue dentist? Did he/she cause you fear, guilt and pain? Perhaps you quit seeing your dentist because it was a love-hate relationship – you hated going and he/she loved making you wait. Was your previous Kirkland cosmetic dentist insensitive to your concerns? Was he/she a poor communicator? Perhaps you have simply moved into the Seattle area and need a new provider.

I am Brian McKay of Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. I understand that many patients are nervous (okay – downright terrified) about dental visits. I also realize that no patient wants to be given a shameful lecture about their oral health.

Though I have years of experience and extensive training on all the latest cosmetic dental procedures, there are some things that can’t be learned in dental school; how to build trusting relationships with your patients and create a relaxed atmosphere in your dental practice.

I understand that Seattle dental patients can feel very vulnerable as they lie in the chair with their mouth open. My staff and I maintain a friendly environment in our pleasant office. We manage our practice carefully to minimize waiting and provide ample time for each valued patient.

Effective communication is a priority. I make sure my Seattle dentistry patients understand their restorative and cosmetic options and answer all their questions before we develop a treatment plan.

If you are currently seeking a considerate, experienced, and sensitive Seattle dentist, I look forward to meeting you. My phone number is 206-973-2407. You can learn more about me at http://www.acld.com/

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Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

Seattle Extreme Smile Makeover

 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern Seattle life, particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some of the most important guidelines are highlighted here.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Seattle, WA area drugstore.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged. This includes many Seattle recreation league and school sponsored sports.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Seattle fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is dentist Brian McKay
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry has been serving the Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond area since 1997. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 206-973-2407 so we can make an appointment for you.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on February 21, 2013

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Dentistry

What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

dental crowns Seattle

Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting techniques in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

A dental crown procedure consists of multiple steps:

Tooth Preparation
Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape. Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with; in that case, the dentist builds up the core of the tooth with filling material to create a heavy-duty base for the crown. All-metal crowns – as opposed to porcelain crowns – have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

Creating a Good Impression
The dentist will use a putty-like substance to form an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not adversely affect the bite.

The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to guard the tooth and make certain it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being constructed. Patient need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be produced with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to choose a shade for the restoration. Most men and women don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to establish the best-suited shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

The Lab Team Works Its Magic
The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to establish the crown. Some dentists have the equipment required to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the proper shade.

Your Crown Is Put In Place

When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any necessary adjustment to realize an ideal fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is correctly fitted.

We offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist In Seattle

Redmond cosmetic dental and tooth implants

There is nothing that influences your smile as much as your eating habits in Seattle, WA. Develop good eating habits and your dentist will smile down on you too. Patients in Redmond, Bellevue, and Kirkland would do well to follow the example of a dentist in what and how they eat.

1. Rinse after eating
Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after a meal. Seattle folks who snack all day long prolong tooth exposure to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Avoid sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and spoil your hard earned healthy gums. If you are one of the many Seattle gum chewers, do your teeth a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods
Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth with stronger chances for decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even dried fruit can be problematic for Seattle smiles. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles.

4. Consume nutritious foods
A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system durable and able to fight infection.

5. Consume cheese
Cheese contains calcium and protects from acid that breaks down tooth enamel. (It’s important not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods
Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Minimize direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

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If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth, need help with crooked, chipped or missing teeth, or just need to get in for a check up, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle today. 206-973-2407

We’ll answer your questions about cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. We know braces, veneers, dental implants, oral sedation, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Seattle can bring up questions and concerns. dentist Brian McKay helps curb those worries and brings you to a place of knowledge and power. Make an appointment to discuss your dental goals.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in General Dentistry

You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!)

Sedation Dentistry Redmond

Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you drive by a dental practice?

Many Seattle residents who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration services chose to use sedation. Though the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s discuss the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is typically called. Nitrous oxide has been used in Seattle cosmetic dental offices for generations because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the procedure, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental treatment, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the best option.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as rapidly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually lead to complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two of the most common sedatives used by Seattle dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to what is going on in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for services such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile transformations. (The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure, so you won’t need a handsome prince’s kiss to wake you up.)

For more information about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry at 206-973-2407.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Sedation Dentistry

Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Kirkland We advise our Kirkland dental patients at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Kirkland grocery stores and Bellevue school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar: raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Kirkland markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 206-973-2407.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth Seattle Hello, I’m Dr. Brian McKay. At my Seattle practice, I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Seattle men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Seattle people who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any Bellevue, Kirkland, or Redmond drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Seattle residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry our friendly and thorough staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

And Seattle dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry today. We offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in General Dentistry

7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

Seattle Cosmetic Dentist

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the Seattle area, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. Today in the Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry dental blog, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

Hi. I’m dentist Brian McKay, of Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. We offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon!

So, if you are in the Bellevue, Kirkland, or Redmond area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 206-973-2407.

We hope to hear from you soon!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on March 7, 2013

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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