Don’t Let Anxiety Get Out Of Control

Imagine cringing every time you saw an ad advocating the benefits of dental implants, or even a toothpaste commercial.  There are people who suffer what is know as “dental phobia” that actually do experience negative effects when confronted with anything having to do with going to the dentist. A phobia by definition is an irrational fear, but to the person who suffers from it the fear is all too real and he will do almost anything to avoid whatever it is that he is so afraid of.  The phobia may be fed by the anxiety that comes from facing an unknown experience like an unfamiliar dental procedure.  It can also stem from a previous dental experience that did not go well.  Whatever the underlying cause, a full blown dental phobia will need to be addressed for several reasons. An overpowering fear of the dentist will keep the dental phobic from seeking treatment when symptoms arise. The result of this neglect of his oral health will eventually affect the phobics very lifestyle.  When his teeth become discolored for instance, from lack of dental care he may begin to avoid social situations or meeting new people, any situation that might call for him to smile.   A dental phobic may wind up putting his overall general health at risk as well as his dental health.  He may avoid seeing his health care provider for fear that the doctor will find something that requires prompt dental  attention. Trust Dr. Sigmon and his staff of experienced associates at Compass Dental to make your next visit as pleasurable as possible.  Call  us at 828-358-2555.

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Get Your Smile Back

If you are less than pleased with what you see when you look into the mirror and smile you may want to consult with a cosmetic dentistry specialist.  There are more procedures available now than ever before so that practically any improvement that you have in mind can be accomplished with a minimum of time involved and at a reasonable cost. When you go to your first session your dentist will want to do an exam and make sure that your overall oral health is good.  Whether your concern is deep staining or if you want to do something about gaping teeth, whatever the case may be your dentist will need to assess the amount of restoration that will be necessary to achieve the result that you are looking It is very important that you and your dentist are on the same page about the improvements you expect to see from whichever procedure you elect to have.  If you can find an image of a smile that you admire and would like to reflect bring it with you to the consultation so that your dentist will know exactly the look that you’re hoping to come away with. A cosmetic procedure can make you want to smile again and give you a new outlook on life. Talk to Dr. Sigmon at Compass Dental in Hickory, NC about a simple improvement or a complete smile makeover.  Call the office @ 828-322-6226 to set up a consultation.  

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Occlusal Equilibration Relieves Imbalance

The “stomatognathic system” involves the joints and muscles of the jaw and the teeth.  Equilibration is making sure that the upper and lower teeth align while the jaw is at rest.  It’s important that all the teeth come together when we bite down so that undue pressure won’t be applied to the same few teeth over and over, causing premature wear and tear.  We may somehow realize that this is happening and try to overcompensate by re-positioning the jaw ourselves.  This could lead to bruxism (the habit of grinding the teeth) and do damage to the permanent teeth.  It could also affect the jaw muscles. Some repercussions of misalignment can include tension headaches, chipped or broken teeth and receding gums.  Achieving occlusal equilibration often consists of reshaping the biting surfaces of the upper and lower teeth to even them out.  The dentist will make a cast of the patient’s teeth to study and determine exactly where the adjustments should be made.  Then the surface of the teeth will be polished with an instrument designed specifically for the technique.  Patients can feel an improvement in their bite right after the procedure. Compass Dentistry in Hickory offers smile makeovers and cosmetic dental procedures to effect dramatic results for their patients.  Read about our get acquainted offers on the homepage of the website, then call the office @ 828-385-5155.

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Feel Free To Ask For A Second Opinion

The American Dental Association advises patients that getting a second opinion about a proposed dental procedure is always appropriate. However, it is usually considered when the particular procedure would involve oral surgery or if it could be life changing e.g., replacing natural teeth with a denture. There are certain circumstances that definitely merit getting another viewpoint. If for any reason you feel that you would be better off in the hands of someone more experienced in cosmetic dentistry, for instance. If your family dentist has suggested the need for braces for one of your children you may feel that a referral to a specialist in the field of orthodontics would be in order. Whatever the reason check with your insurance agency to see if they will cover the cost of a subsequent consultation. If you decide to get a second opinion be prepared to ask pertinent questions. If your referral dentist agrees with the original diagnosis you should find out if there are options other than the procedure that your primary dentist recommended. Discuss the various options, compare costs and weigh the pros and cons of each possibility. If the diagnosis differs between the two dentists don’t hesitate to seek a third opinion. Compass Dental in Hickory, NC welcomes referral patients. Dr. Sigmon is happy to discuss alternative and affordable treatments. Call the office @ 828-385-5155.

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Restored Confidence For Denture Wearers

As some denture wearers are well aware replacement teeth aren’t ideal. Even though a denture is custom made for each individual patient it will take awhile to adjust to. Slippage often occurs because the denture is not securely attached to anything, it’s basically just resting on the gums. Lower dentures are especially vulnerable. Many dental patients who have chosen to wear a denture over having implant surgery have done so because of a fear of the procedure or an issue with the cost involved. Now there is another alternative. Smaller diameter implants, commonly called “mini’ implants can be used to fix the denture in place and maintain its stability. Even though it is supported by a permanent implant the denture itself is attached in a way that makes it easy to be removed by the wearer. Nightly removal and cleanings will be advised. Cleaning thoroughly around both the denture and the fastenings is important. Being able to smile with renewed confidence and enjoy eating favorite foods again can make a big difference in the lifestyle choices for the denture wearer. Ask your dentist if mini implants may be right for you. Discuss your concerns with Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental in Hickory, NC. He and his staff are ready to provide the information and help you to make the right decisions regarding your dental care. Call the office @ 828-385-5155.

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Consult A Dentist Before Whitening

If you’re unhappy with your smile because of tooth discoloration why not brighten it with one of the many choices of tooth whitening systems available today? But before you assume that whitening is the answer you should find out what’s causing the discoloration. It may be due to some medications you are taking or a physical condition that you are not aware of. So before things go any further let your dentist do a thorough exam. Once you have determined that there is no underlying cause and that a bleaching solution will work to whiten your teeth ask your dentist to recommend a particular method. Discoloration varies so that one whitening system may work well on yellow or brown stains but do nothing to eliminate a greyish tinge. If you opt to have the whitening done in your dentist’s office he will apply a highly concentrated gel that will take effect much faster than any over the counter product you may purchase. He may also use a laser beam to further speed up the process, which will take about an hour in all. If you prefer, your dentist will give you a whitening kit to take home and use there. It will contain custom made plastic trays, whitening gel and instructions. Talk to Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental about the professional tooth whitening process that he offers his patients. Call the office today @ 828-385-5155 in Hickory, NJ.

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Make Sure To List All Your Meds

There are many reasons to be mindful of the medicines that you take whether they be prescribed by your doctor or over the counter. You never want to take the chance that something you take on your own may not be appropriate for someone with your specific medical condition. Also, you have to be concerned about the way one medicine may react to another. Some medications can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. That’s why your dentist takes such a thorough history of your prescriptions and asks you to list any other drugs you may be taking. Even a seeming harmless aspirin can affect the blood clotting process so that there may be excessive bleeding during an otherwise non invasive dental procedure. Your dentist needs to be aware of this possibility if it exists. There are some prescription medications that can produce painful sores on the soft tissues that are found in the mouth. Your dentist can recommend steps you can take to decrease the chances of inflammation, but only if he knows about the risk. Dry mouth is typically recognized as a side effect of various medications. Anything that decreases its flow reduces the natural way saliva has of washing away the bacteria that can unite with food particles to cause tooth decay. Liquid cough syrups or chew-able vitamins are often laced with sugar and if taken on a regular basis could present a problem, especially for children who are more susceptible to cavities. Introduce your family to the Compass Dental practice of Hickory, NC. Call our office today @ 828-358-2555.

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Computer Technology Has Changed The Face Of Dentistry

Digital dentistry is part of the innovative technology that has provided the field with advanced improvements over the last several years. The ability to use a computer to design and manufacture a dental crown for instance, has made the process easier and more effective than ever before. Before the introduction of digital dentistry the typical procedure for getting a crown was for the dentist to take a preliminary impression of the tooth in order to fit the patient with a temporary device to wear until an independent laboratory could make the permanent crown. This involved at least two dental appointments and living with the inconvenience in the meantime. The digital process allows the dentist to use a computer scan to make an image of the patient’s tooth and design and build a crown from it. The dentist can then install the crown on the spot. Not only does this cut down on the time the patient must spend in the dentist’s chair and the discomfort of having to wear a temporary crown, but results have shown that a computer made restoration is superior to the man-made. Digital dentistry has enhanced procedures in many areas of the industry including the installation of implants, intra-oral imagery and laser therapy, among others. Meet with Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental to discuss your oral health concerns. Call the office in Hickory @ 828-358-2555.

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Water Is A Fundamental Ingredient In A Recipe For Good Oral Health

Our normal bodily functions cause us to lose water in one way or another all throughout the day. It’s even harder to stay hydrated in hot weather or or if you are physically exerting yourself. Illness can bring on a fever or cause vomiting which can increase the danger of dehydration. Water is very important to good oral health. We need it to support the natural flow of the saliva in our mouths. Besides keeping our mouths moist and healthy saliva is beneficial to our digestive system by making it easier to chew and swallow our food. It also fights to kill off the germs that cause bad breath. Dry mouth is the condition that comes from a lack of adequate saliva and can result in gum disease and tooth decay. If there isn’t enough saliva to wash away the tiny food particles that can remain in our mouths after eating bacteria can fester there. While drinking fluoridated water is essential for maintaining strong and healthy teeth, salt water can be beneficial as well. Dentists often recommend rinsing with salt water to facilitate the healing process after a tooth extraction or other surgical procedure. Because the mineral content is similar a salt water rinse can be more compatible with our body than a stronger medicinal. Get to know more about the services and associates of Compass Dental in Hickory, NC on the website, www.compassdentalhickory.com.

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Look For Healthier Snacks

Some of your favorite foods and drinks aren’t so friendly to your teeth. We know that coffee can cause staining but there is a secondary repercussion that you may not have been aware of. The stains that are produced from drinking a lot of coffee roughen the surfaces of our teeth and make them more susceptible to plaque buildup – and we all know what that means. Don’t take the chance of that plaque turning into the tartar that can lead to serious gum disease and eventual tooth loss. If you must give in to your craving for caffeine drink it in the form of sugar free iced coffee and use a straw. Peanut butter is a popular snack food often spread on toast or a cracker and of course is a major ingredient in everyone’s favorite pb&j sandwich. The problem is that peanut butter sticks to your teeth and the longer it remains there the higher the risk of a cavity forming. The good news is that the sugarless brands are less likely to stay on your teeth so be sure to check the labels on the jar. “Trail mix” is the go-to snack for family outings and hiking trips. A lot of the brands contain dried fruit however, which is rich in sugar content and can easily get stuck between your teeth. It might be better to enjoy these treats at home where it’s easier to brush soon after. Ask your hygienist at Compass Dental for more suggestions about snacks that are better for your teeth. Call 828-358-2555 to confirm your next appointment.

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