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Teeth Whitening

It is common for your teeth to feel sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks after whitening.  For this reason, we recommend avoiding these things for a few days  if you notice sensitivity. Avoid wearing your trays overnight as this can increase the sensitivity and we recommend using Sensodyne or a high fluoride toothContinue Reading

Nightguards

Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly before wearing you nightguard.  In the morning, be sure to brush your nightguard with toothpaste to remove any plaque before storing it in its case. Depending on the level of grinding, a nightguard typically lasts 3-5 years.  If you notice holes developing in the biting surfaces, be sureContinue Reading

Dentures and Partials

Dentures, especially new ones, can develop sore spots which need to be adjusted.  If you notice any areas causing pain that don’t resolve in a few days be sure to call to have us adjust them.  This generally takes only a few minutes. It is recommended to leave your dentures out at night to giveContinue Reading

Fillings

It is normal to have some sensitivity after a new filling is placed.  The level of sensitivity depends on the size and depth of the cavity being filled.  Minimizing very hot and cold foods can help with the sensitivity in the first several days. The composite fillings we place are fully hardened or cured beforeContinue Reading

Temporary Crowns

If your temporary crown should come off before you scheduled apt, it is ok to wait until the next business day to call to have it re-cemented. Vasoline can be placed inside the temporary crown and it can be placed back on the tooth to keep it covered up until you have it recemented.  ItContinue Reading

Anesthetic

The length of time your mouth may be numb varies by individual but the average time is about three to five hours after your appointment. It is important to remember to avoid eating while you are numb to prevent biting your cheek, lip, or tongue. If you are sore at the injection site or developContinue Reading

Faith

Faith

Faith joined the team in February of 2014 and has been assisting for five years after graduating with honors from Portland Community College. She is an Oregon native and resides in Portland with her son and many pets. She enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.Continue Reading

Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry

Good dental habits start early, and our goal for our youngest patients is to help develop a good relationship with the dentist for great oral health and a lifetime of beautiful smiles.  Most children see the dentist around age three but it is very important to bring them in sooner if you notice any problemsContinue Reading

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums, which is called “gingivitis.” With gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regularContinue Reading

Fluoride

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids — formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth — attack theContinue Reading