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By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
April 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to discover the unique benefits of getting this tooth replacement?dental implants

If you are an adult who is currently missing one or more permanent teeth then chances are good that you are weighing the pros and cons of different tooth replacement options to figure out which one fits your needs best. Our Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard, are here to tell you more about dental implants and the many cool and numerous benefits they offer.

What is a dental implant?

An implant looks like nothing more than a small titanium post or screw. When you first see it you might be surprised to know that this little metal restoration can actually replace a missing tooth. The key lies in the implant’s ability to replace your missing tooth’s roots. In order to do this, our general dentists will need to place the implant into the jawbone. One implant can be placed to replace a single missing tooth or you can have multiple implants placed to support partial or even full dentures.

What are the benefits of getting dental implants in Mill Creek?

Dental implants are very different from other tooth replacement options, so it might not come as much of a surprise that there are many unique benefits to getting this implant. Some of these benefits include:

  • Having a new tooth that can last a lifetime
  • Renewed and restored chewing and speaking
  • A boost to self-esteem
  • Improved appearance
  • The next best thing to a real tooth
  • Resilience and durability
  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem
  • Preservation of the jawbone (implants prevent bone loss) and natural facial structure

Sure, getting dental implants can be time-consuming and the upfront costs are higher than getting dentures or dental bridges; however, once you get your dental implant it’s strong enough to last a lifetime (as long as you do your part to keep it healthy and clean). Even though the treatment process can take up to one year to complete, most patients who have implants will agree that they are well worth it.

Do you have questions about getting dental implants in Mill Creek, WA? Are you interested in finding out whether you are the ideal candidate for this tooth replacement? If so, then it’s the perfect time to call Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry and schedule a consultation.

By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
September 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How restorative dentistry from your Mill Creek dentist can save your smilerestorative dentistry

If you have a damaged tooth, restorative dentistry can help. Restorative dental procedures have become state-of-the-art. Your dentists at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA want to share the facts about different dental restorative procedures that will enhance, strengthen and save your smile.

If you have large, bulky, crumbling metal fillings, you may want to think about replacing them with dental crowns. Dental crowns protect the entire visible surfaces of your teeth. When you bite or chew, you can be assured that your teeth are protected and won’t fracture or break off. You can choose from several materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal and full porcelain.

Dental bridges can fill in the spaces where you are missing teeth. The teeth adjacent to the spaces are prepared to retain the bridge. The bridge consists of crowns, called abutments, to go on the adjacent teeth, and prosthetic teeth, called pontics, to fill in the space. Bridges restore full chewing ability and give you a complete and beautiful smile.

Another choice to replace missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants look just like natural teeth, and you clean them just like natural teeth too. The dental implant is placed in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. Your bone will begin to grow and fuse with the implant. After the implant is fully secured by bone and healed, a beautiful implant crown is placed on top of the implant. You now have tooth replacement that functions and looks just like a natural tooth.

These are just a few of the restorative procedures your dentists will use to restore and save your smile. For a complete list of restorative services, specialties, and full mouth reconstruction services, please visit the restorative dentistry page on the website at

Get the strong, beautiful smile you deserve by calling your dentists at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA. Call today!

By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
June 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Fillings are designed to be tough, but they must be replaced eventually. Our Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara fillingsLundgaard, share a few signs that may indicate that it's time for a new filling.

The filling is cracked

Wear and tear can eventually cause fillings to crack. Although it usually takes years of wear to crack a filling, the problem can occur sooner if you grind your teeth. Any opening in a tooth, even one as narrow as crack, can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause decay. In some cases, you may actually see a crack in a filling, but in others, you might not know you have one until you have X-rays during a dental visit.

Your tooth hurts

If you have a crack in your tooth, you may develop a cavity under the filling. It's important to schedule a visit with our Mill Creek office if you develop pain in a tooth that has been filled.

You feel pain when you drink cold beverages

Sensitivity to cold temperatures can occur as a result of leaky fillings. The problem happens when fillings don't adhere tightly to the sides of your teeth.

Your old filling has changed color

Tooth-colored composite resin fillings can eventually become darker or may look slightly yellow. Replacing the filling restores your tooth's appearance.

Your filling has fallen out

There's no doubt that you need a new filling if you've lost all or part of your filling. If this happens, call us as soon as possible during regular office hours. You might experience a little pain when the tooth is exposed to the air or hot or cold temperatures. If this happens, applying a little dental cement, available in drug stores, can help reduce the sensitivity.

Your filling is old

Depending on the type of material used, fillings usually last between seven to 15 years. If your filling is old and showing some signs of wear, it's best to replace it before it cracks.

Replacing problem fillings promptly can help you avoid tooth decay. If you're concerned about a filling, call our Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Slocum and Dr. Lundgaard, at (425) 337-7300 to schedule an appointment.