Smiles of Bellevue: A Family Dentist that Specializes in Dental Care for Both Children AND Adults
Bellevue Dental Care – Saving Hopeless Teeth
Dental Root Canal Treatment Bellevue
Teeth with roots that have been damaged or infected used to require extraction, which can cause a lot of problems and should be avoided whenever possible. The good news is that we are well experienced in advanced root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure to fix a tooth by removing the pulp chamber of the tooth and filling it with a filling material. This is often necessary when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and a simple filling will not be suitable. In the not too distant past, root canals would have required the tooth to be extracted. When dentists started performing root canals, they were quite painful, and the root canal has received a reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, the root canals we can perform in our practice are tolerable and sometimes even painless.
What is Wellness Dentistry?
Let’s say you become ill and decide to go to your doctor for care. And let’s say that you are treated and you recover. That’s just great! But what if you went to your doctor when you were NOT ill and you learned how NOT to get sick? That would be even better! That’s what we call “Wellness Care.” And that’s just what we do in our practice. We can certainly get your teeth and gums healthy and repair any damage just like any dental office can. But we go a step further and show you how to avoid dental problems before they become problems. We start with a very thorough examination. Most of our patients say they’ve never had such an extensive examination of their gums or teeth. We examine your bite and how your teeth come together. We look for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of wear on the teeth, and in short, any problem that you might encounter at a later date. We want to head off any problems and make your teeth and gums healthier so you will be spending less time in the dental chair!
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Bellevue WA
If you or a loved one find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snoring loudly or having interrupted breathing during sleep, it may be sleep apnea. For those who have been diagnosed with this condition, modern dentistry has new treatment options such as oral appliances. These have been successful for over 90% of the patients who use them and are an alternative to CPAP machines. Ask us about this treatment and start getting the rest you deserve.
Defeat Gum Disease Painlessly
Gum Disease Treatment Bellevue
The main cause for tooth loss is not decay – it’s periodontal (gum) disease! We are pleased to offer our patients a powerful weapon in the fight against gum disease. It’s called ARESTIN™. It comes in powder form and contains very tiny microspheres that are not visible to the eye. These microspheres deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the site of the infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. The best part is that it’s all painless!
For Your Peak Athletic Performance
You may not realize how important the jaw is when it comes to power and strength. A properly aligned jaw is an important part of training to full capacity. We are proud to offer our athletes Pure Power Mouthguard™. This custom-fitted mouthguard incorporates forty years of proven neuromuscular dentistry research to give that extra edge to your training. Whether you seek better balance, longer endurance, improved strength, or more power, ask us how we can put Pure Power Mouthguard on your team!
Dental Care in a Relaxing Environment
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas,” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication, and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.