• Posted on March 17, 2020 6:18 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Dental-Implants-vs-Dental-Bridges

    Dental treatment options for missing teeth and understanding what works best for you: Missing teeth can host many health concerns. Fortunately, thanks to the advancement in medical technology in today’s day and age, there are many options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The most popular treatments to address missing teeth are dental implants and dental bridges.  What is a dental implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is usually made from titanium and is fitted well in place of the missing tooth. An impermanent shield is screwed on the implant to fix it to the jawbone. The entire process can take up to six months but these implants are highly durable. After the process is done, the shield is replaced by a temporary crown, helping the gum grow naturally. Finally, the temporary crown is replaced by a permanent crown. What is a dental bridge? Dental bridges fill the gap between the teeth where missing teeth were once located. Dental bridges do not replace the root of the tooth. Instead, the bridge between the two or more teeth is used to fix the crown, filling up the space of the missing tooth/teeth. It’s not a long process when compared to the dental implant procedure. However, it requires the permanent modification of adjacent teeth that are used to support the bridge. The modification may involve the filling of the teeth to better support the bridge.  Some common pointers to remember Dental implants are advised for adolescents and adults when bone growth and formation is complete, but it’s best to get an X-ray or CT scan to evaluate bone density leading up to the implantation procedure. People that are smokers or suffer from diabetes, cancer, or periodontal diseases may need additional treatments in addition to the implementation. While opting for a dental bridge procedure, it is important to have the quality and strength of the supporting teeth checked beforehand.   Picking the right treatment: It is best to speak to a dentist for a complete and thorough evaluation of your dental health, what procedures to undertake, and the costs involved. It is important to find the right dentist who can provide you with the right treatment for your missing tooth.  A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, and it involves cleaning, check-ups, and general treatment. If you’re experiencing any dental issues, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and conduct a thorough examination. They may check for teeth sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to diagnose if you have any dental problems such as impacted wisdom teeth or cavities. If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience for your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile today!  For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and the problems, consult our team of professionals. They can help you address any missing teeth and develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Schedule an appointment with the team today. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on February 6, 2020 1:06 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Dental filling

    Did you know that though dental fillings are usually recommended for filling cavities in the teeth, there are several kinds of procedures that use dental fillings? Examples of these procedures include repairing teeth damaged by grinding (bruxism) and replacing parts of a broken tooth.   In addition to various procedures, there are different kinds of dental filling options available, each with their own unique benefits. Tooth fillings used today come in porcelain, gold, glass, tooth-colored composite material, and silver amalgam (a composite of mercury, silver, and other metals).    What type of filling works best for you? The most preferred dental fillings are amalgams and composites, though the type of filling that gets used depends on the budget, insurance, aesthetic choices, and strength. Here is more information on different kinds of fillings and their special advantages:   Amalgam Fillings:  Amalgam is one of the oldest fillings used in dentistry and is a mix of many metallic elements. Amalgam fillings are strong, making them ideal for filling cavities in molars (which are responsible for helping you chew). While amalgam fillings are noticeable when one smiles or laughs, they are the least expensive dental filling.   Composite Fillings: Also known as ‘filled resins’, composite fillings are a mix of glass and quartz. They are quite durable and can be also used to assist with chewing. Composite fillings can be designed to match the color of the individual’s teeth.   Metals: Metal dental fillings include gold or silver amalgams. Silver is more affordable compared to Gold, but Gold fillings are favored by most people for their eye-catching and astonishing quality.   Ceramic: Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain. While they are as expensive as gold fillings, they bear a great resemblance to actual teeth and are better protected against stains.    Glass Ionomer: This filling is a mix of acrylic and glass. They are less durable compared to other filling options for every five years they need to be replaced. However, when this filling is implemented it releases fluoride to help protect teeth.   How are they inserted into your teeth? After the type of filling is chosen, the dentist will proceed to insert them. Here is a brief summary of the implementation process: First, the dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic   Second, a drill or laser will be used to remove the decay in the area   Next, the dentist will check if all the decay has been removed and will prepare the area   Lastly, the dentist will put the filling in the area, proceeding to finish and polish it   How do I take care of my dental fillings? Once the procedure is complete, you may experience some sensitivity and pain. This is normal and the pain will subside eventually. Still, remember to maintain good oral care by following these important pointers:   Dental fillings will last longer if handled by a professional   Resist grinding your teeth to avoid wear and tear   Use enamel shield toothpaste to protect against future tooth damage   Discontinue chewing if you have damaged teeth, as this can make it more complicated and expensive to repair   A cavity filling may dislodge from the tooth it is attached to, creating an opening for bacteria to breed and grow   Anytime a cavity filling breaks, moves, cracks, or falls off, visit your dentist immediately to replace the filling and to prevent infection of the unprotected tooth   Remember to consult with your dentist! Taking care of your oral health and maintaining good dental hygiene is an investment in your overall health.  Remember to talk to your dental care professional about any concerns you may have regarding dental fillings. If you are experiencing any oral health problems or dental issues, seek professional help and contact your dentist. For more information about dental fillings and dental procedures, consult our team of dental professionals at the Tacoma Dental Group.   A dentist will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions. If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by receiving the best dental care from the Tacoma Dental Group! You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

    Dental care
  • Posted on December 26, 2019 8:11 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    regular

    Dental health is a significant part of the overall health of your body. Every day, your mouth encounters foreign particles coming inside your mouth through food and water. These particles may include bacteria, as well as allergens, which might cause infections or allergy in different parts of the mouth and regions surrounding them. Moreover, cavities, plaque, and tartar formation are common dental problems due to imperfect cleaning of the mouth. Regular dental check-ups are needed and recommended every six months. Some people might skip dental check-ups due to monetary factors. But this may prove to be dangerous to your dental health in the long run. Here are a few points that will explain the importance and benefits of regular dental check-ups: Early detection of dental problems: Even though you use the best toothbrushes and flossers, they miss cleaning some smaller areas in the mouth. This results in gradual building up of plaque, which further solidifies and turns into tartar, which is too hard to be removed without the help of professionals. But if you get your oral health check-up done regularly, your dentist will detect the onset of plaque formation. Thus, you can get your teeth cleaned by professionals before the plaque becomes a problem for you. Another major dental concern is cavities. You should not neglect the fact that cavities may be building up and worsening in your mouth. It’s essential to visit your dentist regularly to check for cavities. If they build-up, cavities eat up the tooth pulp causing further infections in the gums and oral cavity. Regular dental cleaning: Proper dental scaling of teeth is necessary to ensure that you do not develop dental problems. You have brushes to clean your teeth, but dentists have special instruments and chemicals that clean your mouth thoroughly eliminating germs, plaque or tartar behind. You should get dental cleaning done every six months when you go for your regular check-ups. Examination of gums: When the tarter reaches the region where teeth and gums meet, it starts eroding the gums. Gums are the sole support that holds the teeth in the mouth. The teeth lose their support if the gums erode, and eventually, infection can spread in the entire mouth, causing bleeding, ulcers, and severe pain. Over time, gum disease becomes more problematic and needs surgery for removal. But if you visit your dentist regularly, they can detect early stage gum disease and prevent its spread through cleaning or medication. Oral cancer detection: Oral cancer is asymptomatic in its earlier stage. You cannot recognize its signs and symptoms. But your dentist is trained to recognize the signs of the onset of oral cancer. If diagnosed early, oral cancer can be cured using medications. But if it spreads in the mouth, there is no option to treat it except surgery and painful chemotherapy. If the dentist observes a hint of oral cancer during the regular dental check-ups, he/she can detect and help diagnose it. If diagnosed with oral cancer, you can receive treatment in the early stage. Keeping a watch on dental damage due to bad habits: Many people have bad habits like chewing ice, biting nails, eating hard or sticky sweets, clenching the jawbones, smoking, brushing teeth with a hard brush, and drinking wine & coffee regularly. These habits may sometimes cause damage to the teeth and gums. Dentists also check to see if your mouth has undergone damage due to bad habits and can provide the appropriate dental treatment. Checking the dental cavity for internal damage or infection: Regular dental check-up occurs in two phases. The first phase includes external check-ups by the dentist using the magnifying lenses and other equipment, and the second phase includes an internal check-up of the dental cavity with the help of the X-rays detection technique. The X-ray of your dental cavity clearly shows the internal damages in your dental cavity, specifically those inside your teeth and under your gums. They also cover the jawbones. Thus, regular dental check-ups will let you know about any internal damage, which further helps you to remove the damage with suitable treatment. Moreover, it also checks for the damaged filling in your teeth, which is then treated by the dentist. Preventive dental care: Dentists conduct preventive care which includes treatments like tartar and plaque removal, scaling of teeth, antibiotic prophylaxis (for some patients), removing the cavities and filling the gaps, cleaning the gums and entire oral cavity, etc. The dentist knows the time when your dental cavity needs this treatment if you are visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups. This treatment prevents you from any dental problems for a longer time. Thus, there are many benefits to regular dental check-ups. Moreover proper care of teeth will give you white, clean, and brighter teeth. This enhances your looks and increases your self-esteem. Never skip your regular dental check-ups, and avoid dental problems! If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and the problems, consult our team of professionals. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

    Dental care, Dental Implants, Healthy Foods
  • Posted on November 13, 2019 5:05 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    teeth

    There have always been conflicting opinions about wisdom teeth. While dentists suggest having to take them out, there are some people who believe that it really isn’t necessary. After all, they don’t cause you harm! Unfortunately, dental pain is something we all dread. A very common reason to visit the dentist is to treat the “Wisdom Teeth” and the pain and fear of dealing with the wisdom teeth. Let's remember that even with the best of dental hygiene, wisdom tooth problems such as swelling and infection are unavoidable. To define what wisdom teeth are, here is a simple explanation: “The "wisdom teeth", or third molars, are the last of the permanent teeth to erupt furthest back in each quadrant of the mouth. This tends to occur at the age of 18-25 years ways the teeth. By the time wisdom teeth erupt, there may not be enough space in the jaw for this process to occur normally. The result is impaction, where the tooth emerges at an abnormal angle. “ Here is what needs to be understood Just because your wisdom teeth cause no pain or harm doesn’t mean they are fine. Your teeth could be stuck or impacted.  Impacted wisdom teeth could mean your mouth is too small to make room for them to grow or the teeth could be growing at an angle obstructing and thus damaging other teeth. The other serious complications that could arise out of this are extensive tooth decay, infection, gum disease and more. This is when removal is needed. When should I get them out? An X-ray will show when the extra molars are causing damage to surrounding teeth, eventually leading to pain. Sometimes, the X-Ray can show other conditions as a result of wisdom teeth. Some of them are listed here:  Cysts around the new teeth. This could lead to a damaged jaw and damaged nerves Untreated problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain Sometimes, tissue around the area can swell leading to inflamed gums Cavities caused due to bacteria growing in the teeth spaces Impacted wisdom teeth usually happen with crowding of other teeth  Regular dental check-ups are essential for complete dental hygiene. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth do not show any signs of damage or infection, thus regular check-ups ensure these problems are tackled at the earliest.  While some people do not experience any symptoms, some do experience mild to severe pain. So if you're experiencing any pain in your jaw, talk to your dentist. They will be able to assess your wisdom teeth. In most cases, an X-ray will help them understand the problem, rule out major concerns or maybe refer you to a specialist if needed.  For impacted wisdom teeth, the dentist will look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth to make a decision. The age of the patient plays a role too. What are the risks? As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the procedure. Some minor swelling, bruising, bleeding, and pain is to be expected, and this usually lasts no more than one week. They are just wisdom teeth, so should you have them removed? Sometimes, people simply dread any surgical procedure. So, if you are still not ready to part with your molars, the best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with an expert in the field. An open conversation about your dental health with the dentist is a great way to address concerns and fears.  You can ask your dentist to explain what he sees with your teeth. Also, if the requirement for wisdom teeth removal isn’t immediate, you can wait several months to see if things change before making your decision. But if you have pain or notice swelling or a bad odour near your back teeth, it may be time for a second look. To conclude, remember, dental hygiene plays an important role in the quality of life. Seek professional help and contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. “Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.” A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, for cleanings and check-ups and general treatment. If you’re experiencing any dental issues, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and do a thorough examination. They may use dental instruments to check for sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to rule out concerns such as impacted wisdom teeth or cavities. A dentist will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.   If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and the problems, consult our team of professionals. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  

    Dental care, oral health
  • Posted on October 9, 2019 11:28 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    dental health

    Regular care and maintenance of oral hygiene goes a long way for the quality of life… Maintaining oral hygiene isn’t only about having a beautiful smile. Healthy dental habits go a long way in ensuring the overall health and well-being of a person. It gives people social confidence and is also a great indicator of one’s general health. Please must remember that bacteria from the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body. Dental disease is highly preventable and the risks of ignoring dental health are many. Some of them are cardiovascular diseases, stroke, periodontal disease and other bacterial and inflammatory conditions. While experts say that these conditions are completely avoidable, one must take proper care to ensure healthy oral hygiene. This means one must try and follow what is mentioned in the list below: Completely eliminating tobacco smoking/chewing is essential to dental health, which also prevents oral and other cancers Minimize or limit alcohol consumption as the risk factors associated with this are far and many. They include oral and other cancers, cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis and trauma Improper hygiene causes bad breath and bacterial infections Stress and trauma are other factors one needs to keep under control for a healthy dental life Diet – A well-balanced diet is essential to maintaining good dental health. Sodas, sugar, highly fatty foods are not advised, but daily intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, greens and calcium-rich products is essential Good dental hygiene such as daily brushing and flossing keeps bacteria under control Did you know that bacteria from the mouth can actually affect the digestive and respiratory tracts leading to disease and infection?  Oral health is an indicator of overall health. Poor dental health may lead to the following health conditions: Endocarditis: A condition when bacteria from the mouth lines the heart chambers  Cardiovascular disease: Research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. Pregnancy and birth complications as a result of Periodontitis is another cause for concern Pneumonia is yet another life-threatening condition that is caused by bacteria in the mouth spreading into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases While improper dental care can lead to a host of problems, it is also important to note that there are few underlying conditions that impact dental health. Conditions that affect oral health: Diabetes: Diabetics are at an increased risk for gum infections as blood sugar levels directly impact gum health. Also, since the resistance is considerably low, there are higher chances of infection. However, regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control. HIV/AIDS: Mucosal lesions are most common amongst people who have HIV/AIDS. Osteoporosis: This bone-weakening disease is linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Certain drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw. Alzheimer's disease: Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer's disease progresses. How can I protect my oral health? To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene daily. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste Floss daily Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner —  if bristles are splayed or worn Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings Avoid the use of tobacco and tobacco products. Remember, dental hygiene plays an important role in the quality of life. Seek professional help and contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. “Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.” A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, for cleanings, check-ups and general treatment. If you’re experiencing any dental issues, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and do a thorough examination. They may use dental instruments to check for sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to rule out causes like cavities. A dentist will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.  If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult our team of professionals. You can also visit our website: https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

    Dental care