• Posted on May 30, 2018 1:24 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Your smile is often one of your most important assets. And in order to have that perfect smile, you may need dental fillings. These have been around for hundreds of years and have been prescribed by dentists through the ages for a variety of dental conditions. In this article, we’ll talk about the top 6 reasons you may need a dental filling.   1. Dental Fillings for Cavities: This is the main reason why dentists prescribe fillings for their patients. If you have multiple small or large cavities, food may be trapped inside them, resulting in halitosis or foul breath. If you suffer from halitosis it’s a sign that something is wrong with your oral health. Only a dentist will be able to tell if you have cavities that require dental fillings. If you have tooth decay that causes cavity formation, your dentist will drill out the affected portion of your tooth, and apply a dental filling.   2. Dental Fillings for small holes in your teeth: In some instances, a patient may have really small holes in multiple teeth that require dental fillings. These holes may not even be cavities and may cause no discomfort or may result in no symptoms. However, these holes need to be filled, as otherwise food particles may get trapped inside them resulting in eventual tooth decay.   3. Dental Fillings for Fractured Teeth: In certain cases, a fractured tooth might require a white, composite dental filling. Some tooth fractures can be caused by inadequate protection of your mouth during contact sports. Also a slip, fall or an auto accident can also cause a tooth fracture, as can old age, or chewing on something hard like a pen or a pencil. While you should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, if you do have a fractured tooth you may need a dental filling, which is an effective treatment.   4. Dental Fillings for Discolored Teeth: Discolored and stained teeth can result due to extensive exposure to coffee, wine, soda pop, candy, and other acidic foods and beverages. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism can also cause discolored teeth. Some dentists do apply dental fillings to discolored teeth in an attempt to restore the natural color of your teeth.   5. Dental Fillings after loss of tooth structure: If your tooth is damaged, it may not be able to retain its natural structure. In such an instance, you may need a dental filling for that tooth in order to support that tooth and ensure visual uniformity throughout the mouth.   6. Dental Fillings that replace older dental fillings: While dental fillings typically last for several years, sometimes old dental fillings may need to be replaced with newer ones. Over time, white fillings can become discolored or the bond between the filling and the tooth can break down. Silver fillings may also break down after many years. Your dentist will recommend that you replace older dental fillings with newer ones, if necessary. These are the top 6 reasons why you may need dental fillings. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we specialize in inserting dental fillings for our patients. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their advantages and disadvantages. You can consult with Dr. Lo, who will recommend the best options for restoring your damaged teeth. So, the next time you think you need a dental filling, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience tailor-made for your dental condition and complaint. Here’s to restoring your very own, million-dollar smile! For more information on dental fillings, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

    Dental care, Dental Implants
  • Posted on March 9, 2018 1:18 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    You probably know that stress can affect your overall health adversely. But did you know that stress can also adversely affect your oral health? Well, it’s true…Not only does stress cause certain dental conditions, but it also results in the patient not taking care of their dental hygiene. In this article, we’ll explore the oral conditions that can result from stress and how to keep stress from sabotaging your oral health. 1)   Canker Sores or Cold Sores: Canker Sores are small, shallow ulcers in the mouth that make eating and talking extremely uncomfortable. These can result from prolonged emotional stress. There are two types of Canker Sores – simple and complex. Simple Canker sores may appear three to four times a year and may last for up to a week. They typically occur between the ages of 10 and 20 years. Complex Canker Sores are less common and occur in patients who have already had them in the past. Cold sores are different from canker sores. Cold sores are also called fever blisters or herpes simplex 1. They are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Cold sores occur as a result of a virus infection. Both canker sores and cold sores can be prevented by good oral hygiene, minimizing/reducing stress, and an optimally functioning immune system (for example, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising, practicing yoga or meditation, and so on.) 2)   Dry Mouth: Dry Mouth is also called xerostomia and refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. This condition can result from prolonged stress and nervousness, among other causes. To prevent dry mouth, you should avoid prolonged periods of stress and optimize your health during stressful periods, and also take good care of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. 3)   Burning Mouth Syndrome: This syndrome results in a burning or scalded sensation that most commonly affects the tongue, but may also affect the lips, gums, palate, throat, or whole mouth. There could also be a loss of taste or a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth. Burning Mouth Syndrome is believed to result from stress-related issues. You should visit your dentist if you suffer from burning mouth syndrome and ensure that you are doing your best to mitigate excessive negative stress in your life. 4)   Bruxism: Bruxism,  also called teeth grinding, can also be caused by prolonged stress. Bruxism can result in damage to the teeth, and also damage to the jaw and soft tissues. If you suffer from bruxism, you should treat prolonged stress by practicing relaxation techniques or developing an exercise routine. 5)   Oral Lichen Planus: Oral Lichen Planus results in a series of oral sores and is thought to be a reaction to stress-induced viral infections. These may occur as white, lacy patches, red, swollen tissues, or open sores. Patients with Oral Lichen Planus need regular monitoring as they may be at risk for developing oral cancer in the affected areas. If you think you may be suffering from Oral Lichen Planus, consult your dentist for an examination immediately. 6)   Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD): Among other causes, TMJ can result from prolonged stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench your teeth. You can learn relaxation techniques to help loosen your jaw. You can ask your dentist as to whether you need physical therapy or massage therapy. You can also consider stress reduction therapy as well as biofeedback. 7)   Gum Disease: Gum Disease can make you more susceptible to periodontal disease. If you are suffering from prolonged stress, chances are, you are not taking good care of your teeth and oral hygiene. This may result in plaque, which in turn, if not removed, can create tartar. Plaque and tartar can accumulate in the mouth, causing gum disease, and ultimately periodontal disease, if not treated. If you have gum disease, you should visit your dentist for a professional deep cleaning of your teeth, as well as the right periodontal treatment for your gum disease. These are just some of the dental conditions that can occur due to prolonged stress. While stress is an inevitable part of life, you need to be able to handle it effectively so that it does not adversely affect your oral and overall health. Here are some simple tips to help you take care of yourself to avoid the effects of prolonged stress: Maintain good oral hygiene Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet Exercise regularly Sleep well Seek professional help if you are suffering from anxiety or depression Visit your dentist regularly At the Tacoma Dental Group, Dr. Ron Lo and his team take outstanding care of your gums and teeth to help you mitigate the harmful effects of stress. The Tacoma Dental Group treats each patient holistically. Consult them for the best preventive dental care so that you can have healthy teeth, a beautiful smile, and optimal health! For more information on treating a variety of dental problems and conditions resulting from stress or other reasons, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or email tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

    Dental care, Dental Implants
  • Posted on January 2, 2018 10:26 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    These days, it takes a lot to be recognized as one of the top dentists in Tacoma, Washington. It takes an uncompromising adherence to quality, a staunch commitment to your patients, and the provisioning of high-quality, caring dental services every day. While different dentists approach excellence differently, there are a few core principles that distinguish the best dentists in Tacoma, Washington. There is a certain reason for greatness that can be seen in the best dental practitioners in Tacoma. So, why does any dentist rank as one of the best dentists in Tacoma? Well, there are several reasons for this, here are some of them… Great training and qualifications: Top dentists spend years training to practice and hone their craft. They are adept at their profession and continually upgrade their skills and qualifications, learn the latest tools, techniques, and procedures to stay current. A warm, supportive, highly-trained, patient-friendly staff and caring office environment: Top dentists in Tacoma and their staff provide patients with a quality of care and warmth that is all-encompassing. All patients are made to feel at ease, not just the first time they visit, but during every single visit. Top dentists truly care about their patients and need to set the tone for their office themselves, with an unparalleled level of patient care and understanding. General and specialized dental services: Top dentists usually provide a full range of general dentistry and cosmetic services, with expertise including porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges, and some types of oral surgery. In this high-tech era, top dentists need to use the best and latest equipment to treat your teeth so they can effectively correct a wide range of cosmetic dental problems and improve your smile. Flexible financial options: Top dentists and their team have one mission only – to provide their patients with the best dental care available. They understand that financing your dental care can be difficult, so they help their patients by providing the best dental care at an affordable price. They can also make arrangements for a monthly payment plan in certain instances. A holistic treatment approach: Top dentists take great care of you with every visit. During your first visit, you typically will be introduced to your “dental team”. They will collect and evaluate your medical and dental history, and understand and address your concerns. Your first appointment will typically consist of a comprehensive exam, and any necessary x-rays to understand your oral health needs. Top dentists also take the time to explain some of the latest medical research findings linking proper dental hygiene to superior overall health and wellness. Ongoing engagement with their patients on a continuing basis: Top dentists treat their existing patients with the same degree of care as new patients. They send reminders and remember key details of their patients’ lives. Top dentists typically have a large base of loyal patients who continue to visit and get treated for many years. Patients do this because they receive high-quality care and results that earn their trust, and create relationships that last – often for years or even a lifetime. These are just some of the reasons why top dentists stand out from others. Dr. Ron Lo of the Tacoma Dental Group is recognized as one of the top dentists in Tacoma. He exemplifies a commitment to caring for his patients that is truly unparalleled. He cares for the individual needs of his patients with the highest level of quality care. So, if you are uncertain as to which dentist to choose in Tacoma, choose one of the top dentists in Tacoma…opt for the Tacoma Dental Group… and know that your dental health and your smile will be in the hands of one of Tacoma’s best dentists. For more information on treating a variety of dental problems and conditions, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or email tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

    Dental care, Dental Implants
  • Posted on October 26, 2017 12:02 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    The insertion of dental implants is one of the most frequently performed dental procedures. Most patients who need dental implants have several questions that they want to ask their dentist about the procedure. These questions could range from the simple to the not-so-simple! In this article, we’ll address many of the Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) that patients have about dental implants… What is a dental implant? A dental implant the standard treatment for tooth replacement. Contrary to popular belief, a dental implant is not a tooth. It is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a small, titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. Your dentist can then insert a crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture or a full denture on top of it. Once the implant fuses with the underlying bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then the artificial tooth or teeth are attached to it. So, there are three parts to an implant: the dental implant, the abutment, and the artificial tooth. Who would benefit most from dental implants? Any person who is missing one or several teeth would benefit most from a dental implant... However, you should talk to your dentist to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. What are the advantages of dental implants? Dental implants can last for a lifetime, can improve your appearance, and can improve your confidence. You can eat the foods you like and enjoy an active lifestyle without worrying about your teeth. Dental implements not only improve your smile, they prevent your teeth from crowding, mis-alignment and more. Also, dental implants are made of titanium and so, can never suffer from tooth decay! What are the disadvantages of dental implants? Because the insertion of a dental implant is a minor surgical procedure, there could be a risk for infection, inflammation, and pain. However, your dentist or oral surgeon is highly trained to mitigate any risks, and to ensure that the procedure fast and painless. Also, if the underlying bone is inadequate for a dental implant procedure, bone and gum grafting may be required. This may increase the cost of the procedure somewhat, however, the benefits far outweigh the costs. What is the success rate of dental implants? The success rate varies from individual to individual, depending on the health and habits of the individual. For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene, success rates are close to or above 95%. With each patient being different, success depends on medical history, diagnosis and planning, and other factors. Your dentist or oral surgeon will appraise you of all the relevant the details specific to your specific situation. How long do dental implants last? As mentioned earlier, dental implants are not prone to decay like natural teeth. However, you need to take care of your dental implant for it to last. You should have regular professional cleanings and checkups to ensure that your dental implants last for years to come. With each patient being different, success depends on medical history, diagnosis and planning, and other factors. Are there “metal-free” dental implants? Almost all dental implants have some sort of metal ions in them. Dental implants are typically made of titanium, which is extremely biocompatible. Therefore, allergy to titanium is extremely rare. Can dentures be converted into dental implants? Dentures cannot be converted into dental implants. However, it may be possible to have implants placed beneath existing dentures to stabilize and support those dentures. Before you decide to have this procedure, you should consult your dentist or oral surgeon to determine the condition of your dentures and whether dental implants can be inserted beneath your dentures. Are dental implants removable like dentures? No, they are not. Dental implants are fixed solidly in the bone and work just like natural teeth so there is no need to remove them. This is one of the many benefits of dental implants. Can dental implants help me if I have full or partial dentures? Yes, dental implants are most popularly used in patient with full or partial dentures. Dental implants can provide support for a removable overdenture. This means that the denture cannot move and reduces the dependency on denture adhesives. Dental implants can also be used for a fixed denture, where the patient’s denture is fixed to the implant. Only your dentist can remove this from your mouth. What is All-on-40? This is a trademarked treatment procedure that involves replacing all the missing teeth in one jaw by using only four implants. This procedure is especially beneficial for patients who have lost a lot of bone in the back portions of the mouth. How much do dental implants cost and will insurance cover the cost? Typically, the cost of inserting a dental implant is almost the same as that of inserting a regular, fixed bridge. Dental implant treatment may be covered by some insurance, but you should contact your insurance company for details. Also, the cost will vary based on the patient’s needs, bone quantity, and area/region. You should consult your dentist and your insurance company for a specific cost estimate. These are some of the common questions most patients have about dental implants and the dental implant process Dental implant treatment is quite common and many patients will most likely undergo it at some time in their lives. It helps to consult with a trusted dentist for additional questions you may have about dental implants. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we specialize in cosmetic dental implants so we can restore your natural smile. Our dentists continue to train in the area of implant dentistry over a prolonged period of time. We treat each patient based on their unique needs and dental history, and continue to work with them after dental implant surgery is performed. So, if you have missing teeth, contact the Tacoma Dental Group about the possibility of a tooth implant procedure and rest easy. You’ll be in good hands. For more information about dental implants or other dental procedures, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.

    Dental care, Dental Implants
  • Posted on August 10, 2017 2:04 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Healthy Cooking for the Sweet Tooth.

    Contrary to popular belief, ignoring your sugar cravings may make it worse. So, on those days that you need and want to satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in alternatives that will not only satisfy those sugar cravings, but are also a healthier alternative to sugar-laden foods. What’s more, these healthier alternatives aren’t bad for your teeth either. Many of my patients ask me about alternatives to sugary foods. There are several and they won’t add extra fat to your body, nor will they result in cavities in your teeth. In this article, we’ll talk about some foods that are good for both your teeth and your waistline. Greek Yogurt Parfait: If you’re craving for a creamy, yogurt-type treat, try combining non-fat Greek yogurt with a high-fiber fruit like raspberries or blueberries. Top it off with a sprinkle of ground nuts or flaxseeds for a crunchy texture. This parfait is lower in calories and sugar than other desserts and the nuts and flaxseeds are a good plant source of omega-3 fats. Fiber Bars: These are available in flavors such as strawberry, apricot, raspberry, and boysenberry. Each has about 8 grams of sugar and only 60 calories. It also has 6 grams of fiber that helps slow the secretion of sugars, which can prevent your body from storing fat. Natural Energy Bars: Try to avoid candy bars. Try Natural Energy Bars instead. They are sweetened with small amounts of real sugar plus sugar alcohols. They give you a feeling of indulging your sweet tooth without blowing your diet. Frozen Grapes with 8 to 12 Almonds: Fruit is full of fructose, a high-potency sugar, which makes it good for your body. Grapes are higher in sugar and lower in fiber than other fruits, and so they are to be recommended if you want to wean off candy. You can accompany frozen grapes with a sprinkling of almonds to prevent your blood sugar from spiking. Low-sugar Cereal: Instead of a high-sugar cereal, try a low-sugar cereal like Kashi Go Lean Original Cereal. The latter packs 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of sugar per serving. This will indulge your sweet tooth without giving you that sugar rush. Dark Chocolate: You can indulge in a piece of dark chocolate if that sweet craving won’t go away. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, making it a better choice than milk chocolate. Natural, Unprocessed Nut Butters: You can use these natural, unprocessed nut butters, like natural peanut butter on a celery stick the next time you are craving a salty-sweet combo. If celery isn’t something you want to eat, try a few apple slices. Popsicle: A popsicle takes a relatively long time to eat and an individually wrapped popsicle is good portion control. Eating a popsicle made out of all-natural fruit juice is better than one made of high-fructose corn syrup. So, try out these alternatives for a healthy feeling and to avoid that inevitable sugar rush. You can experiment with different recipes and try out different healthy ingredients to indulge your sweet tooth. None of these suggested options have the sticky consistency that causes the longer deleterious effects to your teeth. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we treat patients holistically, and practice preventive dental care. If you want to discuss your diet and how it affects your teeth, we can help work with you to ensure greater oral health. Don’t wait any longer. Try out these food ideas to not only indulge your sweet tooth, but also ensure an overall healthy diet for optimal body functioning and healthy teeth and gums. Here’s to healthy eating! For more information on how you can schedule an appointment for a thorough dental check-up and consultation, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.

    Dental care, Dental Implants, Healthy Foods