At Advanced Dentistry at Century Square, we want to see our patients once or twice a year to make sure that their teeth stay clean and healthy. During these appointments, we take the time to answer questions and have found that many people ask the same ones. That being said, here is what you should…
A General Dentist in Seattle Answers Questions About Dental Care and Technology
As a general dentist in Seattle, we believe in the importance of innovation and technology. We also believe in the importance of education. We take the time to get to know our patients, understand their concerns and provide comprehensive solutions in order to address them. Thanks to modern technology what we can do has evolved, and we can help our patients to be more comfortable while the dental work is being completed.
During dental exams, we will evaluate what the issues are and present a variety of methods for addressing them. Our patients regularly ask questions about what to expect during the exam, so here is what you need to know.
Dental tools have improved.
Many people have a vision of a general dentist running around with dental drills, scaring people. Thanks to movies and cartoons this false image has been the brunt of many jokes. It is not, however, a reality. Dental tools have improved greatly, and they are now quieter, smaller, and gentler than they used to be. As a result, we can complete procedures with more accuracy and make it possible for only the damaged or infected area to be treated, rather than impacting more of the surrounding tooth or tissue.
Imaging is more accurate.
We are now able to take more accurate images of the mouth. By seeing the exact spot that is infected or damaged, we can make a precise plan for how to correct it. The better we can see inside of the mouth, the more accurate the procedure will be. With new imaging techniques, procedures can be performed more accurately and with little to no irritation of the surrounding tissue or teeth.
Pain is but a distant memory.
In our general dentist office, we offer sedation so that our patients can feel comfortable while dental work is being performed. Often, this involves calming the nerves and eliminating any dental anxiety that a person is feeling. Other times this involves medication, and when oral surgery is being performed, a patient may even be put to sleep. Since there are so many options to choose from, we recommend visiting our office for a consultation and discussing any concerns that you have. We can then make suggestions on how to proceed in order to keep you comfortable and pain-free.
Restorations look natural.
We can now complete restorations like crowns and fillings using tooth-colored materials. This way if you have a cavity that is being treated or need to have a root canal, the material used to restore the tooth structure can look completely natural. It will blend in with the surrounding teeth so that it is impossible to tell which teeth are completely natural and which ones have been treated in our general dentistry office. If you have gotten silver amalgam restorations in the past, we can replace them so that you can smile with confidence. Our goal is to help our patients stay healthy and look fantastic at the same time. Natural looking restorations make this possible.
As a Seattle general dentist, one of the things we get to do is talk about things many other dentists will avoid. Today, we want to talk about something that is a common challenge, which your general dentist can help you to overcome: fear! Fear of the dentist is one of the most common phobias…
The reasons to trust a dentist are very similar to why you trust your car mechanic or any other professional: most people do not have the education or expertise to evaluate a diagnosis. Unfortunately, not all dentists are trustworthy or ethical. Every year, dental fraud and scams take a huge bite out of the savings…
Patients of our Seattle dentist office regularly ask questions about oral health. While some are more common in nature, like what toothbrush is the best to use and "how long should I brush my teeth," others are based on popular myths. It is normal for myths to circulate from time to time, but when they…