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What is Occlusal Disease?

Occlusion, when used in the dental context, means the coming together of the upper and lower teeth, which is also known loosely as your “bite.” Your bite is important because occlusal issues can lead to other, more severe problems.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are synonymous with excellent dental health. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends routine dental visits as instructed by the dentist to maintain optimal oral wellness. Here are more reasons why you should drop by your dentist's regularly;

Current Controversies in Restorative Dentistry

Our very own Dr. Burgess recently attended some continuing education sessions about restorative dentistry. Dr. Terry Donovan, a UCLA trained Prosthodontist who is currently a professor and Dept. Head at UNC School of Dentistry Chapel Hill, North Carolina presented on Current Controversies in Restorative Dentistry.

Dental Digital X-Rays

Dentists use x-ray imaging for a number of reasons in the dental office and most patients who have regular visits will have a set of full x-rays at least once every two years. Dentists often make x-rays a part of normal routine dental health care to check for early signs of decay, ensure proper teeth growth and alignment, and view a patient's bite. 

When a patient is experiencing pain or problems in an area of their mouth, partial x-rays are often taken as a diagnostic tool to determine what may be causing the pain and also to help determine what treatment may be the best option. Dentists may also take images after a procedure to ensure that everything has been rectified.

Dental Insurance: Use It or Lose It

Not everyone has dental insurance, but those who do sometimes take it for granted. Dental insurance gives you a fixed amount of money to spend on your dental care each year. Anything that isn’t used is absorbed by your insurance company when your plan starts over in January. So if you’re skipping your dental check-ups, it’s a waste of valuable insurance payments that you’ll never get back. When it comes to dental insurance, if you don’t use it, you lose it!

Advantages & Benefits of All on 4 Dental Implants

The All-on-4 is a special dental procedure revolutionizing how dentists help people who are ready for dentures but who, nevertheless, want something better. Using custom-made, embedded-into-the-jawbone synthetic teeth, this procedure is giving people a reason to smile confidently again — not to mention chewing food better. 

Zoom In-office Whitening vs. Take-Home Whitening Trays

A beautiful smile is a great way to create a first impression. It’s no surprise that thousands of people are seeking teeth-whitening treatments and to obtain the perfect smile. To whiten the teeth, people are continually using Zoom, a popular, safe and effective teeth-whitening product. To give you the desired result, Zoom offers a full range of products to suit each lifestyle. The tooth whitening can be in-office or take-home treatment. This article explains the difference between in-office and take-home treatments.

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Lasers and Modern Dentistry

As technology and science advance, dentistry is becoming not only more comfortable for the patient, but much more precise. This provides many benefits to the patient and ultimately to their overall dental health. 

How Does Fluoride Protect Teeth?

Cheerful lovely girl showing thumbs up over gray background. Looking at camera.jpegResearch surrounding fluoride’s benefits for promoting healthy teeth began in the early 1900s when Frederick McKay, a young dentist in Colorado Springs, found that his patients had remarkably resilient teeth. This was at a time when tooth decay and related health issues were nearly an epidemic blight on the nation’s collective smile.

Understanding Your Dental Insurance

Dental insurance is a source of a lot of questions and confusion. Many of the questions surrounding dental insurance stem from the fact that dental insurance often doesn’t work in the same way that our other insurance coverages work. Other insurance types are really the transfer of risk from an individual to a large group. If one of the insured has a large loss (a claim), that claim is paid from the premiums collected from the group. The structure works because claims can be unpredictable. There's no way of knowing who will have a large claim, so everyone pays into a pool.

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