Getting your regular dental cleaning is one of the most important parts of keeping your mouth healthy. There are problems that only your Federal Way dentist can spot, and services that can only be provided in a professional dental office. If you neglect your routine dental visits, or if wait until you’ve actually started to feel pain before going to the dentist, then you put yourself at great risk of crippling, costly damage to your teeth and gums.
It is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned once every six months. This gives us a chance to remove any tartar you may have built up, evaluate your oral care habits, and catch any tooth decay or periodontal disease before it develops too far. Don’t roll the dice on your teeth; schedule your next appointment today.
In order to help you fight cavities, our Federal Way dentist can equip you with what are known as “dental sealants”. These are razor-thin coats of liquid-plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars. It’s easy for bacteria to pool in the deep nooks of these teeth, so this is a common starting place for tooth decay. A sealant completely blocks off these vulnerable areas from the harmful effects of plaque, making them effectively impervious to decay for as long as the sealant remains intact.
Sealants are invisible, unobtrusive, and very easy to install. Under normal circumstances, they can last for years at a time before they need to be put in again. It’s recommended that all children have dental sealants, so make an appointment to get your kids protected as soon as possible.
Everyone’s teeth gradually lose their sparkle over time. Whether you’re a smoker, coffee addict, a wine aficionado, or just a fan of colorful food, your pearly whites will gradually take on a new, duller shade. This is why our dentist in Federal Way offers professional whitening services.
In-office whitening procedures are safe, effective, and highly superior to any products you can use at home. Under the supervision of professional dental personnel, you are able to benefit from stronger bleaching agents and more sophisticated technology that can get your teeth whiter, faster. A dentist also provides the know-how necessary to customize your procedure to fit your particular stains. Don’t waste any more money on cheap, unreliable whitening products when you can have the smile you deserve, today!
Many people grind their teeth at night, and this can both disrupt your sleep and damage your teeth. If you have this problem, talk to our Federal Way dentist. You may benefit from a night guard.
A night guard is a simple device, similar to the guards worn by athletes to protect their teeth. It provides a cushion for your teeth so as to combat the effects of grinding. This can save you from costly wear to your teeth, painful strain on your jaw, and that debilitating fatigue that comes from a lack of proper sleep.
When you get your night guard from a dentist, you can have the guard specially fitted to the unique shape of your teeth. This gives you the maximum benefit, and will fit more comfortably in your mouth so that you can more easily grow accustomed to falling asleep with it.
If you have a cavity that needs filling, our Federal Way dentistry clinic will treat you right. Here you can benefit from high-quality fillings made from safe, durable materials that will blend seamlessly in with your teeth. No more do you have to live with an unsightly metal reminder of your old tooth decay; with our tooth-colored fillings, no one will be able to tell you had dental work done.
Though silver “amalgam” fillings still make up a small percentage of dental fillings today, they are not widely recommended. Not only do they look bad in your mouth, but they remain a controversial topic for their potential to release poisonous mercury vapors into your system. Modern white fillings use porcelain, resin, or composite materials that are completely non-toxic. They also bond to your natural tooth structure to give you the strong dental support you don’t get from amalgam.
Broken teeth, missing teeth, and other extensive tooth damage can compromise your bite and invite further breakdown to your tooth and jawbone structure. To solve such problems, our Federal Way dentist employs dental crowns and bridges.
A crown is a new, artificial top that is put on a broken tooth. It represents more thorough reconstruction than a filling, though the procedure and the materials used are largely the same. These crowns provide the exposed parts of the tooth with the protection they need to avoid further decay, and they can be made to look like a natural part of your mouth.
Bridges are used to fill in gaps in your mouth created by crooked or missing teeth. They consist of a pair of crowns, installed on the teeth adjacent to the gap, which act as anchors to hold an artificial tooth between them. In this way they literally “bridge” the gap so as to fill out your bite, save your jaw structure, and improve the overall aesthetic of your smile.
Some patients at our dentist in Federal Way are suffering from damage that isn’t quite extensive enough for a crown but isn’t quite appropriate for a filling, either. These patients can often benefit from a dental inlay or onlay, also known as “indirect fillings”. These represent more conservative versions of a crown, which replace lost tooth structure while simultaneously strengthening a tooth in a way that you can’t expect from a common filling.
An inlay is an indirect filling that replaces material within the cusp tips of a tooth. An outlay is more extensive than this, where the entire chewing surface of the tooth needs to be replaced. Regardless of which one is being used, the procedure is largely the same. Less tooth material needs to be removed, compared to crowns and fillings, and the final result lasts longer and holds stronger than most other restorative dental procedures. Talk to your dentist to see if you might be a candidate for an inlay or onlay.
Do you tire of having to constantly re-whiten you teeth when they become stained? At our Federal Way dentistry clinic, you have options. We can attach a porcelain veneer to the visible surface of your smile, granting you a natural, white shine that will not be easily tarnished by all of your favorite foods.
To install a veneer, we remove a thin layer of your enamel and replace it with a coating of porcelain material. The porcelain is stain-resistant and mimics the natural, sparkling appearance of a true movie-star grin. Veneers do not require any special care, and can last for as long as ten years before they need to be replaced.
Veneers are also considered as a treatment option for people with tooth damage that is not yet extensive enough for a crown. This can include teeth that are worn down from grinding, lightly chipped, or even just moderately misaligned. Talk to your dentist to learn more about how a veneer might benefit you.
If your tooth decay is allowed to advance too far, then our Federal Way dentist needs to perform a root canal. This is a procedure in which we go into the very heart of your tooth, the fleshy “pulp”, and try to disinfect it before the decay can actually kill the living tissues of the tooth. This is generally what is called for when you actually start to feel the pain of your tooth decay, which is why it is so important that you get your regular check-ups and try to spot cavities before they penetrate too deep.
Root canals have a bad reputation as an extremely painful experience, but this notion is actually quite dated. Modern dental procedures have increased our ability to safely and effectively perform a root canal, and a majority of patients report not feeling any pain at all. Most procedures can also be done quickly, requiring less time and fewer visits than the root canals of the past. If fear of the grueling pain is keeping you from getting the dental care you need, then put your fears aside and come down to Bella Dental today.
Modern dental advances allow us to perform our extractions quickly and painlessly, as well as give you a range of options for replacing the tooth. Partial dentures, bridges, and implants are all available; see these services’ individual pages for more information.
Our dentist in Federal Way is pleased to offer both full and partial dentures to patients with missing teeth. These represent some of the cheaper, easier options for replacing teeth, and they come in a variety of forms to fit your specific needs. Discuss your options with your dentist to find the dentures that work for you.
A dental implant is a good, secure way to replace a missing tooth. At our Federal Way dentistry clinic, we can fit the gap in your mouth with a new, titanium root that will actually fuse with the structure of your jaw bone. Once this artificial root is in place, it can be used in conjunction with a specially molded false tooth or a special structure used to hold dentures in place. This allows you to enjoy a strong bite and an attractive, uninterrupted smile again, without the jawbone degradation that comes with missing teeth.