05Feb

When you’re dealing with dental injury or trauma, the last thing that you want is to have to wait to get effective treatment. That is why our Medford dentists provide emergency dental care; we’re here to help you get the care you need precisely when you need it.

There are a number of different types of dental emergencies that can pop up. The type of dental problem that you’re experiencing will dictate your next steps.

  • Cracked or Broken Teeth

If possible, save any missing tooth portions, as your dentist can use these as references when completing bonding and dental restorations. Patients with minor enamel damage can wait until normal business hours to seek treatment. Damage that results in exposed nerves or pulp may require immediate care.

  • Tooth Loss

When a tooth has been knocked out in an accident or due to dental trauma, there is a short window of time in which the tooth is still viable, and may be able to be reinserted into the patient’s smile. Gently place the dislodged tooth back into the gum tissue until you can get to a dentist’s office. If this hurts, or it is not possible, you can alternatively place your tooth in a glass of milk until your appointment.

If you have related pain, do not apply medications directly to the damaged tissue; doing so can cause inadvertent damage and irritation. Instead, use a cold compress on your cheek or jaw to numb the sensitive area. You can also take over the counter pain medications to stay comfortable.

When you’re faced with an unexpected dental problem, our Medford emergency dentists are here to help you. We set aside time so that we can provide patients with same-day treatment. Please give our office a call to learn more about emergency care, and to speak to a member of our team!

22Jan

One of our main priorities in at Hillcrest Family Dentistry is to provide our patients with state-of-the-art treatment options that will make their lives easier and healthier. To that end, we are proud to offer laser dentistry services in our office. Keep reading to learn more from our Medford laser dentistry dentists about what this entails.

Laser dentistry is a general category that refers to any treats that utilize laser technology to achieve restorative, preventive, or cosmetic results. The lasers that we use are essentially precisely focused and concentrated beams of light. Lasers are used in dentistry to:

  • Remove damaged oral tissues
  • Treat periodontal disease
  • Enhance teeth whitening results
  • Improve root canal therapy outcomes
  • Reshape gum tissue

Generally speaking, patients love laser dentistry treatments because they are less invasive than traditional cut-and-sew surgery. In fact, as dental lasers eliminate damaged oral tissues, they actually seal the tissue as they go; this helps to promote healing and prevent secondary infections from taking root.

Another benefit of laser dentistry is that laser technology is very quiet and comfortable. This makes laser treatment ideal for people who suffer from dental anxiety, and who may otherwise avoid seeing their dentists at all.

As our dental practice continues to grow and improve, we are making full use of all that laser dentistry has to offer. We have seen first-hand how powerfully transformative laser dental care can be for patients of all ages.

If you want to learn more about what laser dentistry is, and how it compares to traditional dental options, our Medford dentists are here to give you all of the information you need. The best way to get ahold of us is to call our office to schedule a personal consultation, or use the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry for our team. We look forward to talking to you!

08Jan

At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, we practice bioesthetic dentistry. We know that this type of dental treatment delivers the best long-term results for our patients. Many people contact our Medford dental office with questions about bioesthetics, so we have put together this short article with answers to commonly asked questions. Keep reading to learn more!

Q: What is the goal of bioesthetic treatment?

A: Another way to ask this question may be, “how does bioesthetic treatment differ from other dental protocols?” Essentially, bioesthetic treatment is designed to bring your smile into balance and harmony, so that your entire maxillofacial structure functions optimally. The goal is to optimize your chewing systems, and the way that your teeth fit together, so that you experience fewer dental problems down the road. Other types of dental treatment are more interested in simply treating individual issues as they pop up.

Q: Is bioesthetic treatment used for cosmetic issues?

A: Absolutely! The first priority of bioesthetic treatment is to treat any underlying oral health issues, and bring the smile into balance. Going through this process simultaneously improves the aesthetics of the patient’s smile. A balanced, well-aligned smile is also aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, our team uses porcelain veneers, dental bonding, CEREC crowns, Invisalign, laser reshaping, and professional whitening treatments to enhance the patient’s appearance. The important thing to know about bioesthetic cosmetic treatment is that we will never sacrifice, or overlook, functional or structural issues in order to achieve an aesthetic result; any treatment that we provide will prioritize both dental function and appearance.

Bioesthetic dentistry is built to deliver results that last. This type of treatment works to safeguard your oral health for the future, and to reduce instances of decay and dental damage. Our Medford bioesthetic dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need about the types of treatments we provide. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!