The Calming Effect of Sedation Dentistry

Are you afraid of going to the dentist’s office? If so, the overwhelming majority of Americans are just like you. Despite all the advances that have been made in dentistry to make a visit faster, safer, more efficient, and more comfortable, 75% of us experience some anxiety, with 10% having such a strong dental phobia that they avoid going to the dentist completely.

There are many reasons someone might be intimidated by the dentist, including a fear of needles or drills, previous traumatic experiences at the dentist office, and more. Unfortunately, avoiding your visits can mean that small oral health problems today can become far more serious issues in the future. There is a solution that allows you to get the dental treatment you need while relieving you of your stress and worry. It’s called sedation dentistry.

Dental Implants — A Permanent Solution

Are you suffering from the embarrassment of gaps in your smile from missing teeth? Are you experiencing discomfort or pain from ill-fitting dentures? Are you tired of not being able to eat foods that you love because missing teeth or dentures make that too difficult? As our patient, you know that our primary goal is to do what is best for you. Read on to discover why we believe dental implants are the next best thing to your regular teeth when you consider replacement solutions

Show Your Teeth and Mouth Some Love!

By the time he became president, George Washington only had one natural tooth left in his mouth. The diaries he kept throughout his life revealed the embarrassment and pain his teeth, and later his dentures, brought him. His dental woes were likely due to a combination of bad genes, bad habits, and the poor dental care available at that time. Today, things are different, and regular dental exams and cleanings can help you save money and teeth.

Have You Lost a Permanent Tooth? You Aren’t Alone!

By the time we are in our mid 40s, 69% of us have lost at least one permanent tooth. Over one-fourth of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have no teeth left at all! With over 500,000 procedures performed each year, the dental implant has become the standard of care to replace missing teeth. At Star Dental, we believe nothing can beat the look and function of dental implants. Could an implant be right for you?

Do You Have Questions About Sensitive Teeth?

At one time or another, most of us have had food or drink at certain temperatures cause some tooth discomfort. Sometimes brushing or flossing is painful. If this happens to you, you may have sensitive teeth. While usually temporary, sensitive teeth may be an early sign of more serious underlying dental problems. Who gets sensitive teeth? Can it be avoided? Is there anything that can be done if you have sensitive teeth?

4 Out of 10 US Adults Have Gum Disease — Do You?

Did you know that, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, about 42% of U.S. adults over the age of 30 have gum disease? Sadly, one of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this early stage, you may notice red, swollen, or bloody gums. Gingivitis is easily treated and reversed. However, if it is left untreated, it progresses to a more serious form, called periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss, or worse. If you learn the symptoms and get treatment early, you can prevent serious problems later.

Be Prepared — Take Your Dental Information With You on Your Vacation

Summer is fast approaching, and, if you are like me, it’s the time when you travel or take vacations. Even if you have recently received a perfect checkup from us, unforeseen dental problems can occur. Unfortunately, these problems can completely disrupt your carefully organized plans. I can’t be there with you, but I want to share a few tips to help you deal with unforeseen dental emergencies while you are on the road.

Getting to the Bottom of Root Canals

Just the words “root canal” fill many with dread. Today, however, the advances in treatment and technology have patients reporting that this procedure is relatively comfortable and painless, not much more uncomfortable than a routine filling. Any apprehension you may have should be tempered with the realization that a root canal is literally a tooth-saving procedure.