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By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
December 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay  
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Tooth decay is as relentless as it is destructive, and it makes little distinction between age, gender, ethnicity or social status. Although risk levels vary from person to person, we’re all potentially in the crossfire for this harmful disease. Getting ahead of it early could save your teeth.

Tooth decay begins with oral bacteria. While feeding on dental plaque that accumulates on the teeth, bacteria multiply and produce acid as a by-product. Too much acid softens and erodes tooth enamel, which enables decay to advance deeper into the tooth.

If it isn’t stopped, decay can eventually infect and weaken the roots and bone, and ultimately lead to a lost tooth. By stopping it as early as possible before it reaches the inner pulp and root canals, we can greatly limit the damage.

Regular dental care is crucial for early detection. Here’s how we can stay ahead of developing decay during dental visits.

Visible inspection. There are visible signs a trained dentist may notice that point to tooth decay. Besides an already formed hole or cavity, we might also pick up on other unusual appearances like white spot lesions: these slight blemishes often occur in the areas of contact with other teeth, which we can treat with topical fluoride.

X-rays. This tried and true diagnostic tool has been a mainstay of dental care for nearly a century. The images they produce can indicate decay as darker spots or areas on or within the tooth that may not yet be visible to the eye. And with advances in digital processing and more streamlined equipment, we can effectively do this with a very low dosage of radiation exposure.

Advanced technology. We’ve developed other means for better disease detection that complement x-rays and visual inspections. Specialized microscopes and lasers are now important tools for analyzing suspected areas of early decay.

Even if decay gets a foothold we can effectively stop it and restore a tooth with a root canal treatment or a similar procedure. The best outcome, though, is to not allow this destructive disease to get that far. With dedicated oral hygiene and regular dental visits that uncover early decay, chances are good your teeth can remain healthy for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on fighting tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Decay: How to Assess Your Risk.”


By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
December 03, 2018
Category: Botox
Tags: Botox  

Botox is a revolutionary, minimally invasive way to give patients a smoother, wrinkle-free appearance. It has traditionally been used by botoxdermatologists, but now you can have this procedure done while you lay back in your dentist’s chair. Find out how dentists, Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard, at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA may be able to help your smile with Botox.

About Botox Injections
Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and now dentists according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). A liquid substance formulated from a protein called onabotulinumtoxinA is injected below the skin to stop the muscles from contracting. Muscle contractions are what create wrinkles—Botox blocks the chemical that causes them. This procedure doesn’t require any anesthesia, though a numbing gel may be applied to increase your comfort while receiving the injections.

How Botox Can Help Your Smile
The ASPS reports that the demand for minimally invasive cosmetic treatments has risen sharply since the year 2000. Botox is one of those treatments. Instead of cutting into the skin, all that’s needed is a few injections. Your dentist can use Botox to remove unsightly smile and laugh lines from around your mouth. When done along with other cosmetic dentistry treatments, like veneers or dental bonding, your Mill Creek, WA dentist could give you a whole new smile.

After Your Botox Appointment
You can go right back to normal duties after your appointment at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry. Wait a few days to see the full effects. The effects of Botox last for a few months, so expect to revisit your dentist every quarter for this treatment to maintain your new look. Maintain good skin care habits and eat antioxidant-rich foods to help keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Call for More Information
You may have more questions about getting Botox at the dentist’s office, all of which can be answered at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA. Call (425) 337-7300 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Slocum or Dr. Sara Lundgaard.