Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Today the team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle examines eruption charts.

An eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, typically, they come out, or ‘erupt’ from the gums. An eruption chart tells you when you can expect baby teeth to erupt and fall out.

Dentists use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

The friendly staff here would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about children’s teeth eruption times, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, thumbsucking, and athletic mouthguards.

If you have a toddler who has not yet had their first dental exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that dental visits should begin before the first birthday.

A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for kids. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining optimal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

When kids develop healthy oral practices, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road. Strong teeth help babies get proper nutrition.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, your dental health matters. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway, Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

Using Nature As Our Guide

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The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with  problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, our team uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is important to bring your entire face into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Teeth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not complete but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with our team about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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How Long Should You Brush?

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This message from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle is about brushing your teeth- something we all do (or should do) twice a day.

What the Experts Say

Dental experts and researchers believe you should brush your teeth a minimum of two minutes twice a day. There was a study published by the British Dental Journal which reported that a majority of experts recommended brushing for two minutes, with the remainder recommending MORE than 2 minutes.  The American Dental Association backs the two-minute rule, and so does our team.

What the Science Says

Research supports the recommendation to brush for at least two minutes. The longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove, Studies published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene back this up – with the longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove. (Of course, we’re not recommending a 30 minute tooth brushing time. Just stick with the 2 minute time frame.)

Why Brushing Your Teeth Takes Two Minutes

Two minutes may feel like an awfully long time when brushing your teeth, but make sure you’re doing it thoroughly. Split your mouth into quadrants, and spend equal time in each section. Try a timer – it’s only 2 minutes twice a day. Trust us – your teeth are worth it.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, your dental health matters. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-536-2406

Location (Tap To Open In Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

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Ouch! Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive In Seattle?

For those of you in the Seattle area who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry is here for you.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can result in receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort.

Here in our Seattle dentistry practice, our friendly staff can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity troubles and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

We usually recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that lessens tooth pain after several applications. Most Seattle area drugstores carry it. However, some  patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth in Seattle and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, our team can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Dental Health

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Baby

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If you or someone you know is pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future you will want to pay close attention to this post. Carrying a precious little one can not only consume your time, but it is important to understand that the many changes your body experiences during pregnancy may also affect your mouth. Our team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle provides the highest quality general and family dentistry that fulfills your needs, including during the essential months of pregnancy.

It’s important to understand that the multitude of changes your body experiences during pregnancy also affect the mouth. Your gums are especially susceptible. In fact, the American Dental Association has conducted studies that reveal a slightly increased risk of low birth weight and pre-term infants in mothers with periodontal disease.

Visit Your Dentist

In order to keep your smile healthy, it is ideal to visit your dentist before you are pregnant. If you are already pregnant but haven’t visited a dentist in a while, we encourage you to have an exam. Your dentist can check your teeth and gums and advise you if any changes to your dental hygiene routine are required. If there are issues such as gingivitis, it’s a good idea to have your dentist monitor them throughout your pregnancy.

Any treatment – meaning services more invasive than an exam and cleaning – hopefully can wait until after your infant arrives. If you have a dental emergency that needs to be addressed before delivery, the best time is during the second trimester. Modern x-ray methods are extremely safe but should be avoided if possible throughout your pregnancy.

When you arrive for your exam, be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant. If your doctor has given you special instructions concerning your condition, let your dentist be aware of those recommendations. Moreover, give your dentist a list of all the medications and vitamins you are taking. Throughout your pregnancy, be sure to see your dentist straightaway if you see any changes to your teeth or gums.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today, and see how we can make you smile.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle offers excellent restorative dental care. The field of restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years.There are now several effective ways to repair decayed teeth. Let’s discuss  two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Sometimes, our team can perform an inlay or an onlay instead of a crown. Usually, they are more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,”. We will produce them in a lab and place them whole on the tooth. When we perform traditional “direct fillings”, we apply the material to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shape it.

Inlay

We will use an inlay to fix the surface of a damaged tooth, ordinarily to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are heavy-duty and look very natural because the color can be matched to the surrounding teeth. Our team will precisely fit an inlay to your tooth so it looks, feels, and functions like the previous tooth.

Onlay

An onlay, or partial crown, covers a larger part of the tooth. Onlays are generally applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, our team will exactly fit them to the damaged part of the tooth. We will use composite resin and porcelain as the main materials used to create an onlay.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care including inlays and onlays. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today, and see how we can make you smile.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Mini Implants May Be Right For You

Though they are not as well known as traditional dental implants, mini implants are also being used successfully in the Seattle area to improve smiles. Implants are popular because they provide a natural, lasting smile, allowing you to live and eat more freely. At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistrywe can help you decide if dental implants are the best option for you.

What Are Mini Implants?

Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit greatly from these slip-free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone. Unlike traditional implants, mini implants are one solid piece that screws into the bone with a diameter smaller than 3mm. On the top of is a ball-shaped protrusion that helps support dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball-shaped part.

In some cases, a patient will go with the mini implant because they are unable to receive traditional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. Some people are excellent candidates for the mini implant version simply because they are not able to undergo full-size dental implant surgery, due to health issues.

Our team can often place the toothpick-size mini dental implants in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if required, is generally very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening. How cool is that!

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle  to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-536-2269

Location (Tap To Open In Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

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Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Seattle AdultsThe team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry helps many orthodontic patients every day. If you’re considering orthodontics to straighten your teeth, let’s discuss the different types. There are several varieties of braces on the market today.

Clear or Tooth Colored Braces

These braces have brackets and wires like traditional braces. They produce equally excellent results, but the difference is that they look better. With clear or tooth colored braces, you don’t become a metal-mouth and still get the same results.

Aligner Therapy

Aligners are clear devices that can be removed and replaced at anytime. Aligners can correct all types of minor orthodontic problem

Short-Term Orthodontics

Short-term orthodontics require only 6 months to produce a perfectly straight smile. You can maximize your time and look great while doing it.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we have many orthodontic patients, including adults. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today, and see how we can make you smile.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Orthodontics

Lasering In On Precision Dentistry

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At Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we want our patients to know the benefits of using a high precision dental laser.

Did you know you can improve your dental experience dramatically by choosing laser dentistry? Laser dentistry promotes lesser bleeding and faster healing times. A dental laser is more accurate and comfortable than the basic dental drill.

Lasers are now used in many cutting-edge Seattle dental practices like ours for a broad range of services. Lasers allow dentists to be extremely precise when working on both tooth and gum tissue.

Dentists use lasers to:

  • Remove decay while preserving more intact tooth material
  • Firmly attach bonding material to a tooth
  • Remove oral lesions or obtain tissue for biopsies
  • Reshape receded gums
  • Eliminate bacteria while performing root canals
  • Increase the effectiveness of tooth whitening agents

Dental patients benefit with:

  • Fewer stitches – some surgical procedures require no sutures when a laser is used
  • Faster healing
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Decreased damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Less pain – eliminates the need for anesthesia in many procedures

Brian McKay, DDS, uses dental laser technology for cleanings and periodontal treatmentsAt Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile and a lifetime of good oral health.

For questions about laser dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry or dental implants, call us today to schedule a consultation at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Keeping You Comfortable

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The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry makes a conscious effort to help our Seattle dental patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are dedicated to your peace of mind at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, serving Edmonds, Des Moines and Seattle:

We don’t judge you.

Our team has devoted their professional careers to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

The friendly dental team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, and even tooth damage caused by illegal drug use.  The team understands and empathizes with our patients.

We protect you from pain.

From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. We are pros at administering barely noticeable injections.

 We help you with your dental anxiety.

Fear of the dentist is far more widespread than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some people get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only helps with pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more details about sedation, call us to schedule a consultation. We can talk about the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can choose the one that is best for you.

We communicate with you.

We take pride in our reputation as effective and caring communicators. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to start treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

Enjoy a friendly and comprehensive dental experience at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. We are enthusiastic about keeping you comfortable. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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