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May
7

3 Benefits of Digital X-Rays

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With the changing tides of technology, everyday dental procedures have progressed dramatically. From same-day treatments, one hour teeth whitening, and in-office CT scans, dentists and their patients’ benefit from the modern advancements that technology has brought to patient care. One of the most visible changes is the shift to digital dental x-rays. Although the investment is expensive for some offices to initially make, there are some very big benefits that it brings to each patient:

Less radiation

Digital x-rays use sensitive plates that record the radiographic image, eliminating the need for physical x-ray film. This allows the radiation dose to be decreased, while maintaining the quality of the image. There is as much as a 80-90% reduction in the amount of radiation used. 

Fast results

Traditional dental x-rays took time to take, and then an additional several minutes to process the films, mount them, and retake faulty films if needed. Digital radiographs are instantly viewable on the in-room monitor, eliminating processing time and shortening the patient’s visit by several minutes. 

Enhanced patient communication.

Viewing the enlarged HD images on a monitor inside of the treatment room makes it easier for the dentist, hygienist, or assistant to discuss the findings with the patient. By enlarging the image, the patient can also see these differences and have a greater understanding of any treatment needs that are recommended by the dentist.

Moving toward digital radiography is better for you, your health, and the future of your smile. Are you using a dentist that is using digital radiography to enhance the way they care for your teeth? If not, it’s time to find one who is!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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Nov
21

Your Holiday Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

During the holidays you’ll spend a lot of time at parties, family gatherings, and social events. Your smile is one of the most important things that you’ll be wearing, and how it looks may affect the time you spend around other people. A beautiful, white smile is something that everyone will remember, and is proven to boost a person’s self-confidence.

One of the easiest ways to instantly boost your smile is to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is an easy way to lift years of stain from your tooth enamel, making your teeth appear brighter and younger. Foods like coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco products darken your teeth over time, or even cause severe dark stains. Using a professional whitening kit for just 1-2 weeks can remove these stains and make your teeth several shades lighter. In a hurry? Then in-office laser tooth whitening is the answer! This procedure only takes a one-hour visit to your dental office, and you’ll walk out with dramatically whiter teeth, just in time for a weekend party or event.

Tooth colored bonding is another simple procedure that can correct minor tooth discrepancies like chips, wear, or tooth shape. The composite material is carefully matched to your tooth enamel and then bonded directly to the tooth to recreate the tooth’s shape. These types of restorations look and feel just like a natural tooth, and no one will be able to tell you’ve even had anything done. Whether it’s just one tooth, or a few different teeth, bonding is an easy procedure that takes just about an hour to complete.

You know what you want to change about your smile. What are you waiting for? With affordable cosmetic treatments like whitening and bonding available, anyone can get their smile ready for the holidays.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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Sep
5

3 Ways to Stop Tooth Sensitivity

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Generalized tooth sensitivity can be a burden that keeps you from enjoying the foods you like, or even from smiling when the weather is cold. While some types of tooth sensitivity are a signal that you have an infection or decay, generalized sensitivity is typically more of a burden that doesn’t affect the health of your smile. Here are 3 tips to adhere to, which can help stop your tooth sensitivity:

#1: Pay attention to what teeth whitening products you are using.

Everyday products that you use at home may be the main cause of your troubles. Even using whitening toothpastes can create significant sensitivity across your smile, and is one of the most common reasons for dental patients experiencing sensitivity. Instead, use a sensitivity toothpaste that will protect the delicate pores of your teeth and prevent extra nerve stimulation, or alternate it with your whitening toothpaste. If you’re using a teeth whitening gel, consider using a smaller concentration or reducing your wear time.

#2: Avoid acidic foods and drinks.

Lemons, diet soda, or sour foods can alter the pH in your mouth so that it becomes very acidic. This will erode layers of enamel across your teeth, causing the underlying portion to experience stimulation when it shouldn’t. Brushing too hard can do the same thing!

#3: Supplement with a fluoride rinse or gel.

Additional fluoride and mineral application to your teeth can help build up weak areas and diminish areas of sensitivity. Over the counter rinses are useful, not to mention they also protect your teeth from decay. Prescription strength gels can be accessed through your dentist, if your sensitivity is severe.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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