Dentist Digest Monthly: 6 Of The Worst Snacks For Your Kids’ Teeth

A common question our dentists at Bridge Creek Dental are asked by parents when their child has a cavity is “What could we have done to prevent their cavity?”

If the dental hygiene is already taken care of, then another key culprit of children’s dental issues are snacks. There are 6 kinds of snacks which can quickly wear down the enamel of your child’s teeth and cause cavities and other dental issues.

Starchy Snacks

It is important that children are given few starchy snacks. Not only can they be choking hazards for young children, but a starchy snack will quickly turn to sugar, which attracts bacteria. The bacteria will eat away not only the leftover snack but also chew into the enamel of the tooth. If you want your child to skip out on needing dental fillings, some of the things to cut down on giving them are:

  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Bread
  • Pasta

It is not necessary to cut out all starch out of your child’s diet. However, when it comes to pasta for dinner or other starch-heavy meals, the sooner you can make sure your child’s teeth are cleaned, the better.

Gummy Or Sticky Snacks

Many parents know not to indulge their child in eating too many treats such as toffee and gummy worms. But some companies have aggressively marketed their treats as “health” and may catch parents off-guard with how bad they are for your children’s teeth. Some of the foods to keep away or closely monitor consumption are:

  • Fruit snacks
  • Dried fruits
  • Candies vegetable or fruits

Juice

Aside from water, there are very few other kinds of drinks your children should be having on a regular basis. Many drinks, ranging from juice boxes to sports drinks, are packed with sugar. The sugar attracts the bacteria to eat at your kids’ teeth. Even diet soda should be restricted, even without sugar to attract bacteria. The acid in both types of soda will wear at your kids’ teeth.

Also, your children need the hydration from plain water to help their developing teeth stay strong. Some drinks to keep off your kids’ drink menu are:

  • Sports drink
  • Juices
  • Flavored milk
  • Soda (including diet)

Acidic Snacks Like Citrus

While citruses offer a lot of great vitamins and other nutritional benefits, you should limit your children’s intake of any citruses. As citruses are highly acidic, the acid will eat at the enamel of your children’s teeth and leave them vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria.

Hard Candy

Just in case you were wondering, hard candy and kids don’t mix all that well. Many children cannot resist crunching down on hard candy, which can cause cracks in their teeth. Even if your children resist the urge to preemptively crunch their candy, the sugar lingering in their mouths is doing their teeth no favors.

Pre-packaged Snacks

Food companies try to target busy families with their fast and easy prepackaged snacks. Yet these snack packs tend to be full of all the foods which can quickly become a detriment to your children’s teeth. Some examples of pre-packaged snacks you should avoid are:

  • Lunchables
  • Filled crackers
  • Trail mixes

To help prevent dental issues for your children, contact us for your child’s bi-annual dental checkup. Our dentists are experienced in working with children and can put them at ease during their appointments. So, as you help cut the worst snacks out of your kids’ lives, allow our dentists help to make sure your kids’ teeth stay in top shape.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Stress’ Relationship To Tooth Pain

Life can bring you to a state of constant stress and can affect your health if you aren’t careful. Not only does stress affect several other parts of your body as well as your mind, it mainly attacks your teeth and can cause pain you have never experienced before. Your oral health should be placed only in the best hands, and at Bridge Creek Dental we offer you only the best solutions to keep your teeth safe from the harm of stress.

Grinding Your Teeth Can Be A Sign Of Stress

Grinding your teeth in your sleep is often caused by underlying stress and anxiety that is trapped in your subconscious mind until you go to sleep. Once asleep, you begin to process that stress and you grind your teeth unconsciously. Because you are asleep when it happens, you should be aware of the signs that mean you grind your teeth frequently enough to cause damage. Some of the signs include:

  • The tips of your teeth are flat or dull
  • Your tongue has new indentations
  • The enamel has worn off the teeth affected and your teeth have become extremely sensitive
  • Tired or locked jaw
  • Pain that feels like an earache

The only way to protect your teeth against grinding at night is to have a mouth guard customized to your teeth to wear when you sleep. Come to us and let one of our skilled dentists at Bridge Creek Dental help you protect your teeth and prevent any further damage.

Gum Disease Is Increased With Stress

Life changes can be stressful and take a toll on you in more ways that one, especially in ways you don’t notice right off the bat. In fact:

  • Gum disease sneaks in when you least expect it, and thrives on any emotional stress you might have.
  • Stress and emotional strain can make gum disease more severe.
  • If you are worried you might suffer from severe gum disease due to high stress, call us and one of our skilled dentists can give you the treatment you may need.

Canker Sores Can Be A Trigger of Stress

Canker sores, also known as mouth ulcers, are typically caused by biting your cheek, brushing too hard, or jabbing your toothbrush against your gums. They can also be triggered by stress and appear more frequently when you are experiencing more emotional or physical strain than usual. They will typically decrease once your stress levels are lower.

Continue to Keep Up Good Oral Hygiene

When you are stressed it is easy to forget to do the simple things you normally do to keep your body healthy. If you have a tendency to skip brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, your teeth are bound to take a hit as well. It’s important to remember that keeping up daily dental hygiene habits can save you from further damage, and preventable dental work like filling cavities. Even in times of stress, make sure to be consistent with brushing and flossing so you don’t have to happen upon more stress from future dental issues. If you need an extra shove, come see us at Bridge Creek Dental and we will talk you through the steps necessary to have healthy teeth, and essentially, a healthy life.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: 10 Things You Should Know About Your Lips

Your lips play a part in your overall oral health as well as being the frame for your smile. To highlight their importance, here at Bridge Creek Dental, we have gathered 10 facts about your lips which you should know.

Lips Are Incredibly Sensitive

You may have noticed that your lips are pretty sensitive. Well, that’s because there are millions of nerve endings in your lips, far more than are in your fingers.

Protect Your Thin-Skinned Lips

The rest of your body has 16 layers of skin to protect itself with. Your lips only have three to six layers. This also allows the blood vessels show through and give our lips a pinkish hue.

Your Lips Need Moisture

If you feel like you need to apply lip balm too often, don’t worry about it. Since there are no sweat glands in your lips, they can become dried out and crack under the lightest pressure. Make sure your lips are well moisturized before coming into a dental appointment so you don’t experience any discomfort during while having dental work done.

Teeth Position Can Affect The Shape Of The Lips

Teeth are incredibly important to the overall shape of your mouth. If someone is missing all their teeth, their mouth will appear sunken. An overbite or underbite can cause lips to jut out and create an uneven appearance. Our dentists can perform a range of cosmetic dentistry services to correct your teeth’s position so your lips present an even appearance.

More Men Suffer From Oral Cancer Than Women

Lip balm isn’t just to keep your lips from cracking at the dentist office. Since men apply lip balm less often than women, they are more prone to certain oral cancers than women as the sun’s UV rays hit men’s unprotected lips. Our dentists can perform oral cancer examinations to help alleviate your concerns.

Lips Can Be Temporarily Paralyzed

A temporary paralysis of your facial muscle, including your lips, can be caused by Bell’s Palsy. Those who suffer from diabetes and upper respiratory infections are at higher risk to have an attack of Bell’s Palsy.

Collagen Keeps Your Lips Full

While your teeth are important to the overall shape of your lips, the collagen in your lips keeps them full and plump. However, as we become older, collagen production slows down and lips begin to thin.

Lip Fillers Can Endanger Your Oral Health

To achieve fuller lips, many people have turned to lip injections. When working with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you are less likely to suffer side-effect. But many chose to try and have lips injection cheaply and end up endangering their oral health. Some side-effects are:

  • Bleeding at injection sites
  • Cold sores and canker sore reactivation
  • Infection
  • Scars developing
  • Ulcerated lips

Why Cold Sores Develop On Lips

The tissue that makes up your lips comes from the mucous membrane. Combined this with their thinness, and it leaves your lips vulnerable to herpes simplex virus. Laser dentistry can help speed up the healing of a cold sore.

Only Humans Have These Kinds Of Lips

The line of color which separates your lips from the rest of your skin is called the vermillion border. Only humans have been found to have these kinds of lips.

Our dentists, Dr. Wassmer and Dr. Taylor, are ready to help you achieve the perfect smile from the shape of your lips to your teeth. Contact us today to set up an appointment and begin the process to achieve your best smile.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Why Do Some Dental Implants Fail?

Dentist Digest Monthly: Why Do Some Dental Implants Fail?

As technology improves and the options for patients widen, more people are choosing dental implants to meet their needs. These little wonders are metallic mounts that are placed inside of a patient’s gums, with a surface area exposed. That area contains a setting, where a doctor can attach replacement teeth.

dental implantWhat makes this such a great alternative to dentures is the permanence. Dental implants are a long term solution that doesn’t require you as the patient to remove or reinsert dentures. They are as strong (sometimes stronger) than natural teeth, so they can bite into tougher foods that might usually be difficult to eat, like apples, steak or hard candies.

Maintenance is as simple as with your naturally born teeth. You brush, floss and have them checked regularly by a dentist. They don’t require special adhesives or solvents, which can be costly, inconvenient and sometimes ineffective.

Aesthetically, they are also more appealing. Dental implants stay in your mouth at all times and have the appearance of normal teeth. Dentists strive to place them in as straight as possible, giving you a full mouth of beautiful pearly whites that will brighten your smile permanently.

There are some stories of dental implants failing. But according to most sources, the average success rate of these tools are 98%.

What’s Happening When Your Dental Implant “Fails”

While most patients will have no complications related to their dental implants, they can occasionally fail. When that happens, you may feel the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain or discomfort in the gums or teeth.
  • Swelling or inflammation of the gums.
  • Tenderness at the site of implants.
  • Excessive gum bleeding or the gathering of pus.
  • The implant being loose, wiggly or not remaining in place.

These complications are rare, but serious. If you experience any of the above it could be a sign that your dental implants have failed and your mouth is rejecting the foreign body. You should contact our office immediately to set an appointment, or if problems are severe or you are experiencing a fever (sign of infection) you should call for an emergency visit or go to your nearest emergency room (ER).

Common Reasons Why An Implant Would Fail

Foreign body rejection- Sometimes your body will read a dental or biomedical device as a dangerous invader, such as an infectious bacteria or virus. When this happens your system will reject that object and refuse to allow the area to heal. Fever, pain and other symptoms can develop.

Peri-implantitis – Not all rejection happens the same way. Occasionally the hard and soft tissues surrounding the implant will begin to degrade, soften to break down. The effect is similar to periodontal disease, or the recession of gums away from the teeth.

Nerve and tissue damage- Both the tissue and nerves around an implant can become damaged, especially if there was nerve exposure prior to the placement of the implant. This can cause serious pain in the patient.

Failed osseointegration- In a successful procedure, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone and the replacement tooth will settle securely on the implant site, creating an integrated tooth. When osseointegration fails, the bone will not fuse and so the tooth will be loose or painful.

Failure of the implant itself- At times there may not be a failure with the procedure but with the implant itself. If the metal fixture is in some way defective it can compromise the integrity of the entire site. It also may cause the above conditions to occur.

Sinus problems- When the implant intersections with the sinus cavity, or if it is close enough to cause agitation, the patient can develop sinus infections. Getting a bone graft or sinus lift prior to implantation can reduce the risks of this problem.

Allergic reaction– Very few patients will have an allergic reaction to an implant because negative reactions and allergies to the metals most commonly used (titanium, nickel, chromium, molybdenum and cobalt) affect such a tiny portion of the population. However, if there is an allergy that is unknown or not in past medical history, it will often become apparent due to symptoms during the initial preparation stages, prior to inserting an implant.

Overloading- Overloading occurs when there is improper support for an implant, or if there is too much pressure put on the use of too few implants. For example, a patient may choose not to get jaw reconstruction because it is too expensive, but that provides an unstable foundation for the implant. Or they may get one implant when three are needed, so too much force is put on the one.

Bridge Creek Dental Can Treat Implant Failure

There are many ways that Bridge Creek Dental can help you in cases of dental implant failure. We can assist you:

  • If you have peri-implantitis and are experiencing tissue loss, softening or abscess.
  • If the bone around your implant has been damaged in some way, including the bone.
  • If you’re experiencing nerve and tissue damage, or pain associated with either.
  • If osseointegration fails and your implants are not properly securing your replacement teeth.
  • If you experience an allergic reaction or suspect you may be allergic to the metals of your implant.
  • If your body simply rejects the foreign object and you are not properly healing.

Ways You Can Prevent Failure Of An Implant

Always follow your dentist’s instructions for care both before and after your procedure. It is important that you are aware of what is necessary to care for implants and replacement teeth, including cleaning.

If a bone graft is recommended before placing an implant, you should do so. The dentist performs bone gradfts to ensure the best possible outcome for your dental implant. Contact your dentist right away if you are experiencing abnormal discomfort or symptoms.

Take all antibiotics and medications for the duration of the prescription, as ordered by your dentist. And during your aftercare, you can avoid causing damage by avoiding hard foods, or foods that easily get stuck between your teeth.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

You may be a candidate for dental implants if:

  • You are missing one or several teeth, including front teeth
  • You want something more durable than dentures
  • You are looking for options that last a lifetime
  • You desire natural, real looking teeth
  • You want more comfortable options
  • You want to improve your smile
  • Your speech is currently impacted by your teeth
  • Your self esteem has been hurt by tooth health
  • You are looking for a way to eat easier
  • You want to improve your oral health
  • You are looking for something cost effective

If you experience any of these things, then speak with our dentist about possible alternatives to a dental implant:

  • Insufficient bone density and volume
  • Tooth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking

Don’t worry if you suffer from any of the above, there are treatments available to you. However, addressing those conditions before getting implants will reduce the chances of implant failure in the future. Talk to your dentist about creating a plan for treatment.

Dental Implants And Your Dentures

Dental implants can be used in conjunction with full or partial dentures. The dental implant is used to secure your prosthetic appliance to your jaw. This elliminates the need for denture adhesives. Those with dentures also appreciate the confidence that comes with an implant secured set of dentures. They no longer fear that their dentures might slip or fall out in public while either talking or eating with others.

Receiving A Dental Implant At Bridge Creek Dental

At Bridge Creek Dental, we are dedicated to giving you the best possible experience and to assist you in making choices that work with your individual needs and health plan. We offer several services, including full dental implant procedures.

The first step is to set a consultation. An examination will be conducted and x-rays of the mouth taken to see the extent of damage to teeth, the jawbone and surrounding tissues. From there you and your dentist can discuss options.

If approved for dental implants, it may be necessary to perform a bone or tissue graft in order to properly secure the metal settings. This is done in a multi-step process and ensures a reduced risk of rejection or complications.

More Services You Can Receive at Bridge Creek Dental

COSMETIC DENTISTRY
BRIDGES
CROWNS
FILLINGS
IMPLANTS
DENTURES
EMERGENCY DENTISTRY
INVISALIGN
PREVENTIVE
ROOT CANALS
SEDATION DENTISTRY
TEETH WHITENING
VENEERS

Contact Bridge Creek Dental for your consultation today.

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10 Sensational Before-and-After Photos Of Happy Patients Who’ve Had Cosmetic Dental Procedures

10 Sensational Before-and-After Photos Of Happy Patients Who've Had Cosmetic Dental Procedures

We love our patients at Bridge Creek Dental as well as the members in our surrounding community. A great part of our job as oral health specialists is our ability to put a happier, more beautiful smile on their faces. Cosmetic dentistry requires skill that our doctors and supporting staff specialize in. When you consider cosmetic dentistry, we want you to think of the many ways cosmetic dentistry can be used to enhance your smile.

  • Teeth whitening
  • Eliminating gaps
  • mending cracks
  • Restoring teeth
  • Changing the shape of a tooth
  • Adjusting the gum line
  • Combination of services
  • Replacing silver fillings with white 

These are just a few ways your smile can be altered to reveal a brighter, whiter grin.  If you have concerns about your smile, ask us what we can do to fix those concerns the next time you’re in our office. Our staff can design a treatment plan with estimated payments for services. This plan will outline the procedures and timeline for making corrections to your smile that you’ve always dreamed of having. 

At Bridge Creek Dental, we really wish every one of our patients understood the opportunities available to them when it comes to having an amazing smile. You’ll find just 10 incredible smile makeovers below of patients who have had various cosmetic dental procedures done in our office. Let us know what we can help you with during your quest to obtaining a healthy, happy, confident smile.

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Should My Teeth Be Sensitive After A Filling?

Should My Teeth Be Sensitive After A Filling?

It is very common to have sensitive teeth after you’ve undergone a cavity filling. Many people come into our dental office to have a cavity filled and expect for all their tooth pain to go away. So it can be startling for those people to experience tooth pain post-filling. This newfound sensitivity can last from days to even a few weeks.

Reasons Why Teeth Are Sensitive After Cavity Fillings

There are several reasons why your teeth may remain sensitive for a while after you have a cavity filled.

  • Healing – Depending on the location of the cavity, the decay may have inflamed the nearby gums. This can leave the area affected and sensitive as it heals.
  • Less insulation – If the dentist had to drill close to the nerve of your tooth, there may be less insulating material between your tooth’s nerve and things like temperature changes via food consumption. Your nerve will grow more accustomed to the lessening of insulation, but it will take time.
  • Bite change – Our dentist will do the best he can to replicate your tooth’s bite. However, there may be a margin of error and you may experience some discomfort as you adjust to your new bite. If the filling created too high a bite for you, be sure to come see us so we can make a simple adjustment to eliminate your discomfort.
  • Stress – Fillings can be very stressful for your teeth, so they may require days or even weeks to overcome the stress of a dental filling.

Common Types Of Tooth Pain Post-Filling

Even knowing the reasons behind tooth pain post-filling is not always reassuring. To help you identify your own filling pain, below are the common types of pain experienced after you have received a filling.

  • Cold/Hot sensitivity – Brief feelings of sharp discomfort can be experienced when something cold or hot comes into contact with your new filling. This should go away within a few weeks at most. If the pain remains after taking away the hot or cold irritant, then you may have nerve damage – so give us a call and we can help you.
  • Bite discomfort – If you have pain when biting down, your mouth may just be sensitive post-filling and becoming used to a slightly different bite. However, if the bite sparks a throbbing pain, you may have cracked your filling. Again, give us a call and we can fix this problem.
  • Allergic reaction – A very uncommon source of post-cavity pain is from an allergic reaction to the filling material. Be sure to mention any allergies prior to your appointment and let us know if you think you are experiencing any post-filling allergy irritation.
  • Throbbing pain – We may have needed to drill deep into your tooth to clean out the decay. This can cause lingering, throbbing pain. However, if the pain goes on without improving over the course of a few weeks, let us know. The tooth’s nerve may be irritated and need attention.

Overall, some pain and hot/cold sensitivity after a dental filling is to be expected. Just be sure to keep track of how long the pain lasts and be sure to let us know if the pain lasts more than a few weeks.

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The 2017 Billings, MT Christmas Light Spectacular Map

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Bridge Creek Dental is excited to present the 2017 Billings Montana Christmas Light Spectacular.

We will be donating $1 to a local charity for all Facebook likes received on our Facebook page during the month of December.

We invite you to spend time with your family this holiday season and get out and enjoy some amazing Christmas light displays. All events and light displays listed are free to attend or go and see.

Find a more comprehensive list of homes on the Official Billings Christmas Lights Facebook page – Here! – To get on that map sign up here!

Have a Merry Christmas from Bridge Creek Dental.

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Calming Your Dental Appointment Stress

Calming Your Dental Appointment Stress

Going to visit the dentist, whether you are a new dental patient or a veteran, can cause stress and anxiety in some people. This stress is understandable, as there can be a certain amount of discomfort and unexplainable anxiety attached to dental appointments. However, it is important to try and calm your stress so you don’t try and stretch out your dental visits.

By allowing your stress to keep you away from dental appointments, you raise the likelihood that a small oral health issue will need immediate intervention. By allowing your stress to dictate your actions, you could also end up having higher dental bills to deal with your neglected oral care.

There are several ways you can alleviate your dentist-related stress. We have compiled many suggestions and recommend you employ as many as you need to help feel calm while visiting your dentist.

Talk About Your Dental Anxiety

When you set up a dental appointment, mention that visiting the dentist causes you stress. Once your dental office has this information, the staff can more appropriately respond to your needs and any special requirements you may have. They may also offer options they have to help patients who struggle with dental anxiety, such as:

  • Sedation dentistry – Sleep your way through your stressful dental visits.
  • Establish signals – If you begin to panic or simply need a break from the procedure, establish a signal, such as raising your hand, to indicate you need the dental staff to give you space.
  • Discuss medication – If you have anti-anxiety medications, you should discuss with your dentist whether you should take any before your dental visit. Depending on the procedure, the medication may interfere, so be sure your dentist is aware of all the medications you are taking.

Block Out The Dental Office

We put blinders on animals to help them work through stressful situations. It only makes sense that we allow ourselves some “blinders” to deal with dental appointment stress. Some ways you could block out the dentist are:

  • Put in earbuds and listen to music or something to block out the noise of the dental office.
  • Wear sunglasses to help block out your surroundings.
  • Recite a mantra inside your head: “I am going to be fine” or “I am safe and okay”. A mantra can help you tune out anxious thoughts.
  • Holding onto something can help you literally get a grip on the situation. Grabbing onto a stress ball, worry stone, or a good friend’s hand can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed by your anxiety.

Your dentists and their staff want you to feel stress-free during your time at their office. Which is why it is so important to try and find which strategies will help calm you during your dental appointments. It may take some trial and error, but the relief will be worth it in the end.

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​How Strong, Healthy Gums Protect Your Oral Health

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Your gums are your teeth’s first line of defense against the bad bacteria in your mouth. Maintaining your gums health is vital to your overall oral health.

To protect your gums, it is important to know how they could be threatened, then understand the best methods to maintain your gum health.

Common Types Of Gum Disease

Millions of adults are affected by gum diseases. There are two main types of gum disease which you could be affected with without even knowing it.

  • Gingivitis – This type of periodontal disease occurs as a direct result of poor oral hygiene. When you have gingivitis, the symptoms presented are reddened gums, swollen, and tend to bleed under pressure.
  • Periodontitis – When gingivitis is neglected, it can turn into periodontitis. The original gingivitis symptoms will continue in addition to plaque formation. The plaque will separate your gums from your teeth, leaving your teeth and nerves vulnerable to bacteria.

Other factors which can make your gums more vulnerable to periodontal diseases are:

  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Poor nutrition
  • Medication

Key Ways To Maintain Gum Health

It is easier to maintain healthy gums rather than trying to fix gums damaged by gum diseases. There are key ways to maintain gum health which in turn protects your overall oral health.

  • Brush after every meal – Leftover food lodged between teeth attracts bacteria. As the bacteria breaks down the food, it makes no distinction between food pieces and your teeth. It is important to clean your teeth thoroughly after every meal.
  • Floss carefully – Toothbrush bristles alone are not enough to remove all the food particles from between your teeth. Flossing will help remove the leftover food particles that become lodged between your teeth and protect against future gum disease. However, be careful not to floss too hard. You don’t want to cut your gums and invite bacteria into the cut.
  • Careful consumption – Some types of foods can speed up damage to your teeth and gums. Sugar is particularly dangerous, as it feeds bacteria growth, erodes enamel and weakening the seal between teeth and gums. Eating healthy and nutrition amounts of fats, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can help support your gum health.

Lastly, be sure you come in for your regular dental checkups. Dr. Wassmer and Dr. Taylor can identify if you have any periodontal disease and then treat your gums accordingly. However, as long as you maintain your oral health between visits, you can support your gums and your overall oral health with minimal fuss.

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New Patient Care At Bridge Creek Dental In Billings, Montana

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Your oral health can affect multiple aspects of your life, from your confidence levels to your overall health. We understand this at Bridge Creek Dental, which is why we offer an array of services to help all the patients who come through our doors.

We understand that it can be difficult to visit the dentist. Whether from bad prior experiences or it has just been a long time between your dental visits, our staff can put you at ease. Below is what our new patients can expect when visiting our dental practice for the first time.

Information Needed For Your First Time At Bridge Creek Dental

When visiting Bridge Creek Dental for your first time, we invite you to come 10-15 minutes early. For one thing, we take pride in our comfortable waiting room! You will also need to fill out new patient forms. The information will pertain to your medical history, general information and more.

To fill out these forms the best you can, have this information handy when working on the forms:

  • General information – Our office will need general information like your legal name (first and last), address, social security number, emergency contact, and birthday.
  • Insurance provider -You will need to fill in your insurance provider’s information. If you do not have dental insurance, be sure to talk to our staff. There are several dental financing options which you may be eligible to use.
  • Medical background – It is important that you fill out your medical history to the best of your ability. Many diseases first present with oral health-related symptoms. There can also be complications related to your medical background, which can be avoided if your dentist knows what to expect.
  • Current medications – Be careful to list any medications that you taking. Sometimes medications can interact incorrectly with some dental procedures.

You can also access our new patient forms online! So if you would prefer, you can have all your information filled out from the comfort of your own home.

Exams For New Dental Patients

With all your information filled out, you will be ready to be called out of the waiting room and into the main office to start your dental exam. One of our dental hygienists will start your examination. Once you leave the waiting room, you will have your teeth x-rayed. This will give your attending dentist a clear picture of the state of your teeth.

As the x-rays are developed, your hygienist will take you to one of the private and comfortable patient rooms. From there your dental hygienist will clean your teeth. This should be a pain-free procedure, so be sure to communicate any discomfort to your hygienist. This part of your exam can be around 15-25 minutes.

Meeting With Your Dentist

As Bridge Creek Dental is a full-service dental clinic, we can meet all your dental needs. From simple cleanings and cavity fillings to cosmetic dentistry, our dentists can help you perfect your smile.

Some of our most popular services are:

  • Cleanings
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Invisalign braces

Whatever service you may need to create the smile of your dream, rest assured that our staff can help you achieve it. So contact us today to schedule your appointment and make your dreams a reality!

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