Use Your Dental Benefits Before The End Of The Year (Or Lose Them!)

Did you know that your dental benefits roll over each year, and that you may not be making the most of your insurance policy? The team at Redmond Art of Dentistry will explain how you can make the most of your benefits each year, and get the care you
need before your plan rolls over.

How Can I Make The Most Of My Dental Benefits Each Year?

There are two major ways that you can make sure you and your family make the most of your dental benefits each year. 

  • Get free, covered preventive care – Most dental plans cover bi-annual oral exams and teeth cleanings, plus yearly x-rays, at no cost to you. By making sure you schedule your next oral exam before the year ends, you can make the most
    out of your benefits.

    In addition, some dental plans cover preventive treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants for kids. Consult with your provider to find out more, and make sure you understand what preventive care is
    covered under your plan.

  • Meet your deductible to maximize your benefits – If you or your family members do end up needing dental work like fillings, crowns and other such treatments, it’s a good idea to get all of your dental work done before the end
    of the year.

    This is because you will be able to meet your deductible, which is the amount you must pay in out-of-pocket expenses before your dental plan covers the cost of your treatment.

    Once you meet your deductible, any
    remaining covered dental treatments will be covered by your dental insurance provider until you reach your annual maximum.

By making sure you get all your covered preventive care and any other treatments you need before the end of the year, you can make sure you always get the most out of your dental benefits each year.

Note: Dental insurance plans vary. Make sure to contact your insurer and review your insurance plan and coverage before scheduling a consultation at Redmond Art of Dentistry. 

Make Sure You And Your Family Are Prepared For The Sweet Treats Of The Holidays!

Another great reason to see Dr. Daniel Bickel before the end of the year is to prepare for the winter holidays, and recover from Halloween! Thanks to holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year, you and your family will likely be
eating a lot of sweet treats this winter.

By seeing Dr. Bickel before the holiday season gets into full swing, you can make sure that your family’s mouths are healthy, and get tips for keeping your smile strong and bright while still enjoying the season.

Schedule Your Appointment Now At Redmond Art of Dentistry

Dr. Daniel Bickel and the team at Redmond Art of Dentistry do everything they can to help patients get the best dental care possible. That’s why we work with major dental insurers like: 

  • Delta Dental
  • Premera
  • Regence
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Assurant
  • Sunlife

Make the most of your benefits and prepare for the holidays by scheduling an appointment today. Give us a call at (425) 883-1331 to get started, or stop by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |November 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges: 5 Major Differences Between These Treatments!

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering what restorative treatment is right for you. Should you invest in dental implants, or choose dental bridges? Both treatments have their own pros and cons, and some major differences.

So, to help you make your decision, Redmond Art of Dentistry has put together a list of the top 5 differences between dental implants vs. dental bridges.

1. Dental Implants Support and Strengthen the Jaw

Dental implants are placed directly into your jaw bone. Thanks to the process of “osseointegration,” implants bond with the jaw and become a permanent part of your mouth. Just like a natural tooth, your dental implant will transmit the force and pressure of biting and chewing into your jaw bone. This stimulates it and prevents bone resorption, which is a common problem after you’ve lost a tooth.

In contrast, dental bridges simply attach to adjacent healthy teeth, and do not transmit any pressure into the jaw. This means your jaw bone will continue to deteriorate and become weaker.

2. Bridge Placement is Quick

The process of having a dental bridge placed usually only takes a few appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks. In contrast, the process of having a dental implant placed may take up to 3-6 months or longer. Bridges are a better choice if you want to restore your mouth quickly.

3. Dental Implants Last Longer and Are More Durable than Bridges

Placing a dental implant may take longer than bridges, but they last longer, too. Dental implants usually last 30+ years if you take care of your mouth properly, and most patients will keep them for the rest of their lives.

In contrast, dental bridges usually do not last longer than 15 years, even in the best-case scenario. This means that, in the long run, implants are a more convenient and cost-effective choice.

4. Dental Bridges Are Often Covered by Insurance

Dental implants are usually not covered by insurance, though this may vary based on your insurance provider. In contrast, dental bridges usually are covered, at least partially, by insurance.

If you are on a tight budget, this means that a dental bridge may be a better, more affordable option for restoring your smile.

5. Dental Bridges Require the Removal of Healthy Tooth Enamel

If you are restoring a tooth with a dental bridge, the adjacent healthy teeth must be trimmed so that two dental crowns can be placed to support the pontic (false tooth) that replaces your missing tooth. This removal of enamel is necessary for the procedure.

With a dental implant, this is not necessary. If you prefer a more conservative approach to dentistry that involves avoiding damage to healthy teeth, an implant may be a better option for you.

Still Not Sure What’s Right for You? See Dr. Bickel for an Appointment!

If you’re still not sure which treatment is right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Bickel at Redmond Art of Dentistry. Dr. Bickel can examine your mouth and recommend the proper treatment based on your oral health, your budget, and your personal preferences. Contact us now at (425) 883-1331, or if you’re in Redmond, stop by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052 to get started.

By |November 5th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Answering Your Top Periodontal Disease FAQs: Protect Your Gums!

Periodontal (gum) disease has been estimated to affect nearly 50% of American adults, though many people suffering from the condition are unaware that they have it. Our goal at Redmond Art of Dentistry is to prevent oral health issues and educate our patients to help you enjoy a lifetime of optimal dental health.

Here are a few of the most common questions we hear from patients when it comes to gum disease:

What Causes Gum Disease? How Can I Prevent It?

Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, though genetics and other factors can play a role. If you do not brush and floss properly, bacteria will begin to form into plaque and tartar, and build up in the spaces between your gums and teeth. Over time, the bacteria will begin to infect the gum tissue, causing inflammation and damage to the gums and the supporting structures of your teeth.

The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing 2-3 times per day for two minutes, and flossing at least once per day. It’s also important to see the dentist every six months for a check-up and teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

There are also lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of gum disease, such as ceasing tobacco use and reducing your alcohol intake, as well as maintaining a healthy diet.

Is Gingivitis Reversible?

Yes. Gingivitis is the term used to refer to the first stage of gum disease. This stage of the disease causes inflammation of the gums, but does not cause permanent damage. With proper care, you can reverse the disease and eliminate it completely. At our office, we perform a scaling and root planing procedure for patients with gingivitis to help remove bacteria from underneath your gums and in between your teeth.

However, if you do not seek treatment, your gingivitis may progress into periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is not reversible. The damage done by periodontitis can be minimized and controlled with periodontal maintenance appointments, but you will have the disease for the rest of your life. That’s why it’s so important to get help right away.

Do I Have Gum Disease? What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

There are a few common signs of gum disease that you can look out for. The most common symptoms of disease include:

Gum sensitivity
Gums that appear purplish or dark red
Gum inflammation and puffiness
Bleeding when brushing or flossing
Increased sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure

As gum disease gets worse, other symptoms may include:

  • Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
  • A foul taste in your mouth that doesn’t go away
  • A shift in how your teeth fit together
  • Loosening of one or more teeth, or total tooth loss
  • Crown lengthening (teeth appearing longer due to gum recession)

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, you may have gum disease. Contactthe team at Redmond Art of Dentistry to get proper care right away.

My Gums Are Bleeding When I Brush or Floss. Do I Have Gum Disease?

Not necessarily. If you are brushing too hard or using a very stiff-bristled brush, your gums may bleed even if they’re healthy. Bleeding when flossing is also common if you have not maintained a flossing routine in the past, and will usually go away after you’ve flossed consistently for a few weeks. However, if you notice that your gums are bleeding and you also recognize other signs of gum disease as mentioned above, come in for a consultation with Dr. Bickel to ensure that you get the proper treatment.

Have More Questions? Come See Us Today!

At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Bickel is an expert in periodontal care. If you believe you have gum disease, come in for an appointment right away so our team can give you the care you need to reverse and halt gum disease. Give us a call at (425) 883-1331, or stop by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052 for more information.

Can I Really Get a Toothache From Being on an Airplane?

If you’ve ever flown on a plane and experienced a serious toothache that seemed to come out of nowhere, you may be wondering what happened and how you can prevent it from happening again. Air travel is stressful and uncomfortable enough as it is without having to worry about a toothache, too!

Wondering if flying can really cause you to get a toothache, and what to do about it? Find out in this blog post from Redmond Art of Dentistry now!

Can Flying Really Cause a Toothache?

Yes! It’s not all in your head. Flying really can cause a toothache, and the pain can be quite intense. If you’ve never experienced this phenomenon yourself, consider yourself lucky. The pain from a toothache while flying can be quite intense. Why does this happen? Read on and find out.

What Causes Toothaches on Airplanes?

The reason you can get a toothache on an airplane is the same reason that your ears “pop” as you ascend. Airplane cabins are pressurized to maintain proper atmospheric pressure, but usually to a “height” of about 6000-8000 feet above sea level.

As you rise, air expands because there is less atmospheric pressure pushing down on it. This is what causes a toothache! If you have a piece of dental work with an air pocket or tooth decay that has resulted in a trapped air bubble, it will try to expand. If it has nowhere to go, it may press down on your tooth and the underlying nerves, causing a toothache.

It’s important to note that this only happens to unhealthy teeth. Teeth that have a filling should not have air pockets. If a tooth that has been filled becomes painful during a flight, it is a sign that the filling needs to be replaced. If you have a toothache on an airplane, you need dental treatment to restore your teeth!

How Do I Prevent a Toothache on an Airplane?

The best way to prevent yourself from getting a toothache on an airplane is to fix the tooth that is causing the problem. You may have a cavity in one of your teeth that you have not yet noticed, or your old dental work may be failing. Either way, this can lead to an air pocket, and that leads to a toothache in the lower-pressure environment of an airplane. So don’t wait. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bickel now so that you can get your mouth checked out, and determine the source of your issue.

Can I Do Anything About My Toothache While I Fly?

If you don’t have time to see a dentist before your flight, you can treat yourself with ibuprofen and a topical numbing agent like Orajel. This is not a permanent solution, though. Getting a toothache on an airplane is a sign that you need further oral care, so it is important to see a dentist as soon as you can after your trip!

Get Help If You Get Toothaches on Airplanes – Contact Us Now!

You don’t have to live with the pain of a toothache. Dr. Daniel Bickel is an experienced restorative dentist and can treat the cause of your toothache, whether it’s a failing piece of dental work or a cavity. Contact us now at (425) 883-1331 or stop by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052 to get started.

By |September 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Celebrate National Selfie Day: Learn About The History Of Teeth Whitening!

More than 93 million selfies are taken each day, and we’re sure the number will be even higher on June 21 for National Selfie Day. Bright teeth are the key to a great smile (not to mention a great selfie)! So, to celebrate, the team at Redmond Art of Dentistry is going to take a look at the history of teeth whitening. Join us, and learn how the modern teeth whitening services offered by Dr. Daniel Bickel are different (and similar) to techniques that have been around for thousands of years!

Understanding The Basics Of Teeth Whitening

All of the most effective professional whitening products use the same basic active ingredients called “peroxides.” The most commonly-used peroxides are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. When a peroxide comes into contact with a stain on your teeth, it reacts violently and it breaks the molecular bond that holds the stain onto your enamel.

In turn, this bleaches your tooth, removing the stain and restoring its natural, white color. Peroxide-based teeth whitening can be used to remove almost all stains, including stains from drinking wine and coffee, tobacco use, and yellowing from the natural aging process.

Why Choose Teeth Whitening?

  • Affordable – Teeth whitening is very affordable, and can restore the aesthetics of your smile even if you’re on a budget.
  • Non-invasive – No surgery or drilling is required, so teeth whitening is a great option if you want a brighter smile but would prefer to avoid more invasive cosmetic treatments.
  • Long-lasting results – With proper care, your smile will stay bright for years to come. Come back to Redmond Art of Dentistry for regular teeth cleanings and touch-ups to keep your smile looking great.

Celebrate National Selfie Day With A Whiter Smile!

As you can see, teeth whitening was not always safe and effective. But this year, you can celebrate National Selfie Day by investing in a whiter smile from Redmond Art of Dentistry. If you’re interested in learning more, just contact us at (425) 883-1331 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Bickel, or come to our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |June 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

5 Myths About Root Canals

A root canal is a type of endodontic surgery that is used to treat infected teeth by removing the damaged material, filling the tooth, and capping it with a crown. Despite how common and simple the procedure is, root canal therapy is often incorrectly depicted as painful and inconvenient.

The team at Redmond Art of Dentistry wants to pull the curtain on mysterious root canal therapy to give our patients correct information that will lead to a more accurate view of the treatment. Here are a few of the most common myths about root canal therapy:

1. Root Canals Hurt

This is the most common (and least accurate) myth about root canals. The process is actually very similar to having a filling placed, and it is performed using numbing agents, so you won’t feel a thing. You can even be sedated during the procedure to ensure a comfortable visit. Your tooth may ache a bit after treatment, but that’s nothing compared to the pain and discomfort of a toothache, which is a common symptom of an infected tooth.

2. It Takes A Long Time To Recover From A Root Canal

This is also false. You can go back to your normal, day-to-day activities as soon as the procedure has been completed. However, you may notice some discomfort and tooth sensitivity. This usually goes away in just a few days.

3. It’s Better To Just Pull The Infected Tooth And Replace It

This is false! Saving a natural tooth is always the best option. Artificial replacements, like dental implants, are a good option if the tooth cannot be saved. However, if you can have the tooth treated with a root canal and a dental crown, this is always going to be a better choice. It will be less expensive than having your tooth extracted and replaced, and there will be fewer complications with the surrounding teeth and supporting oral tissue.

4. Root Canals Are Expensive

Though root canals are an investment in your oral health, they are usually covered by dental insurance. Even if you do have to pay out of pocket, a root canal is much cheaper than having a tooth extracted or getting a partial denture, dental bridge, or implant.

5. Root Canals Don’t Last Very Long

The success rate of root canal treatment is over 95%, and most patients who have a root canal can keep their tooth for the rest of their lives. As long as the crown and the surrounding teeth are properly maintained with regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine exams with Dr. Bickel, your root canal will last for the rest of your life.

Understand The Truth Behind Root Canals: Don’t Be Intimidated!

Root canals are an extremely common procedure, and Dr. Bickel has performed hundreds of root canals in Redmond. If you think that you may need a root canal, don’t wait. Get help as soon as you can by contacting us at (425) 883-1331, or stopping by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |June 11th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dental Crown FAQs

If you need restorative dentistry in Redmond, Dr. Bickel of Redmond Art of Dentistry can get your smile back to optimal health. Dental crowns are a versatile restorative treatment that can be used in many different procedures. They can be used to cap cracked or damaged teeth, to preserve tooth structure after root canal therapy, and even as a cosmetic solution.

If you’re wondering whether a crown is right for you, or what to expect during treatment, here are a few common questions along with answers that will keep you informed and comfortable:

Is Getting A Dental Crown Painful?

No! The process of getting a dental crown does not involve any serious oral surgery and is typically completely painless. Before a crown is placed, your tooth must be prepared by removing any damaged enamel. Then, the remaining enamel must be trimmed and shaped into a stable, solid platform upon which the new crown can be attached.

This process does involve removing some tooth material, but your mouth will be numbed and your enamel does not have any nerve endings, which means that there will be no pain. However, some patients may be uncomfortable due to the pressure and vibration of the dental drill. For these patients, we recommend sedation to help you feel more comfortable during the process.

There may be some discomfort after the procedure as your tooth heals, but this is typically minimal and subsides within a few days.

What Are The Different Types Of Dental Crowns?

There are a few different types of dental crowns. The most common are:

  • Metal crowns – Metal crowns are the oldest type of crown and are usually made of gold or stainless steel. These types of crowns are very durable and are known to last a long time, but have an unnatural appearance that does not match the surrounding teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns – Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns use a porcelain cap with a metal structure. This allows the durability of metal to be combined with the natural appearance of porcelain. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look and function just like natural teeth, making them a good choice for those who are concerned with the aesthetics of their smile.
  • All-resin crowns – These crowns are perhaps the most affordable option for many patients, and they are completely made of dental resin. While they do match your teeth, they are more susceptible to wear and damage compared to porcelain and metal crowns.
  • All-ceramic crowns – All-ceramic crowns are made completely out of porcelain and are often used for front teeth, as they offer the best color match with the surrounding teeth.

Who Is A Candidate For A Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are usually the best choice for any tooth that has been severely damaged by tooth decay or an oral injury. With a crown, you can prevent further tooth damage and infection, and restore your smile.

Dental crowns may also be used to replace large, worn-down fillings. You can also have an old metal crown removed and replaced by a porcelain crown if you would like to restore the natural appearance of your smile.

Contact Us For A Consultation Now!

If you need a dental crown in Redmond, Dr. Bickel is here to help. To get started and learn more, just contact us at (425) 883-1331, or stop by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |May 3rd, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Having Sinus Problems After A Root Canal? Here’s What to Know!

Sinus problems after a root canal are actually quite common, if one of your upper teeth is treated during root canal therapy. Most of the time, a few minor sinus problems are not a concern.

But in some cases, you may experience more severe sinus problems after root canal therapy. The team at Redmond Art of Dentistry wants you to know what to do about post-root canal sinus problems. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

How Are Root Canals Related To Sinuses?

The roots of the upper teeth are actually quite close to the sinus membrane, which is very thin and delicate. During the process of a root canal, specialized tools are used to scrape away infected tooth pulp.

In some cases, one of these tools may puncture the sinus membrane during a root canal. This is called a “sinus communication” and it’s nothing to worry about. It will heal on its own in just a few days.

What Symptoms Might I Experience After A Root Canal?

Some of the most common symptoms that you will experience after having a root canal are:

  • Sinus pressure and congestion
  • Symptoms that are similar to allergies or the common cold, e.g. stuffiness, runny nose, post-nasal drip
  • A chemical taste in your throat or nose. This indicates the drainage of the sodium hypochlorite that’s used to disinfect the root of your tooth during root canal therapy.

In most cases, these symptoms will resolve themselves after just a few days, and they are nothing to worry about.

When Should I See A Dentist If I’m Having Sinus Problems?

Not all sinus problems are minor. If your dentist is careless or inexperienced, they may create a larger sinus puncture that can’t heal on its own, and this can require stitches to close. And if they fail to remove the root of the infection, a number of other issues can occur. You should see a dentist for a follow-up appointment if:

  • The symptoms listed in above section do not subside after several days.
  • You notice a rusty or unpleasant smell/taste in your nose and throat, indicating an infection
  • You feel serious or significant pain and discomfort near the area of root canal treatment.

If you notice these symptoms, there is a good chance that your sinus has been punctured, or that one or more of your teeth are still infected.

Noticing Sinus Problems? See Dr. Bickel Right Away!

The best way to avoid sinus problems after a root canal is to work with an experienced endodontist like Dr. Bickel. Using advanced imaging technology and specialized tools, Dr. Bickel works to minimize the impact of root canals on your sinus cavity.

Whether you’re in need of a root canal, or you think that your dentist may have damaged your sinus cavity during treatment, contact us right away to get professional treatment, and ensure that your oral health is protected. You can give us a call at (425) 883-1331 to get started, or come to our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |October 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

What Counts As A Dental Emergency? What You Need To Know

Do you have mouth pain? Are you searching Google for “dental surgery near me?” If you’re suffering from a dental emergency, you need to get treatment from an emergency dentist, like Redmond dentist Dr. Daniel Bickel.

But what counts as a dental emergency? Here’s what you need to know!

What Is A Dental Emergency?

“Dental emergency” is a broad term, but it’s because there are so many dental injuries that require a doctor’s immediate attention. Anything from a severe toothache to a filling or crown failure qualify as a dental emergency. But the most common emergencies are caused by impact injuries. Auto accidents, slips and falls, and heavy hits from contact sports can result in tooth loss, damage, and a variety of other issues, including:

  • Missing/knocked-out teeth (dental avulsion)
  • Oral tissue injuries (damaged gum, cheek, lip tissue)
  • Impacted teeth (teeth that are driven into the socket)
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Loosened teeth

All of these dental emergencies require immediate care from a dentist. Ideally, treatment should be administered within 6-12 hours. This maximizes the likelihood of saving the tooth, prevents infection, and reduces pain and suffering.

Dental emergencies aren’t always caused by injuries. There are many other kinds of emergencies, including:

  • Loss or looseness of a filling, crown, or other dental appliance
  • Tooth infection/toothache
  • Loose or painful teeth caused by periodontal (gum) disease

If you’re in the Redmond area and need to fix a damaged tooth, contact our Redmond dental office for an appointment right away.

What Happens If I Don’t Get Treatment?

If you don’t get emergency dental treatment, you could be putting yourself in danger of serious oral health problems. Damaged teeth are extremely painful, and vulnerable to infection. If you don’t get treatment, you will be in pain and could possibly lose the affected tooth.

Because of this, you should always schedule an emergency dentist appointment as soon as you experience a dental emergency. Then, take steps to minimize pain and swelling, such as taking over-the-counter pain medication, and applying ice externally to the site of the oral injury.

Redmond Art of Dentistry – We Treat Dental Emergencies In Redmond!

If you need a dentist in Redmond, Redmond Art of Dentistry is an ideal choice. Dr. Bickel is always willing to schedule after-hours appointments for emergency patients. And with his caring, professional approach to dentistry, he minimizes pain and suffering, treating dental emergencies quickly.

Don’t put your oral health at risk. If you’ve experienced a dental injury or emergency in Redmond, call us today at (425) 883-1331, or come to our office at 16455 NE 85th St #101

Redmond, WA 98052 for an emergency appointment.

 

By |December 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Digital X-Rays Vs. Traditional X-Rays: What’s The Difference?

At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Bickel uses the latest in digital x-ray technology to provide the best patient care in Redmond.

Digital x-rays have a variety of benefits for patients, including decreased radiation exposure and faster diagnostic times. In this article, we’ll take a look at the differences between traditional, film-based x-rays and modern digital x-ray technology.

Traditional X-Rays

Traditional, film-based x-rays are the oldest form of x-ray technology, and they have been used successfully for decades. They are very similar to photographs. An x-ray is directed at a patient by a specialized device. Then, photographic film is used to capture the image, and it is analyzed by a doctor.

Traditional x-rays do have a number of advantages. First, they are very inexpensive, as they do not require advanced digital processing equipment. They also provide very high-resolution images, are very reliable, and have a low radiation load per-image (around 0.005 mSv, which is the equivalent of a two-hour plane ride).

However, film-based x-rays are not without their drawbacks. First, it takes a longer time to process film-based x-rays. The images must be developed, and this takes some time. Film-based x-rays also may require multiple images to be taken, if the position of the x-ray is incorrect.

Finally, traditional x-ray images cannot be easily manipulated, which can make it harder to identify difficult-to-detect dental problems.

Digital X-Rays

If film-based x-rays are comparable to film-based photographs, digital x-rays are comparable to digital photography. Digital x-rays use a specialized image sensor to capture x-rays, and display them on a digital device for analysis.

Many doctors, such as Dr. Daniel Bickel, are switching to digital x-rays, because they offer a variety of benefits compared to traditional x-rays. First, digital x-rays can be viewed almost instantly, whereas film-based x-rays require 5-10 minutes for photo development. This saves you time in the waiting room – and in the dentist’s chair!

Digital x-rays also expose patients to less radiation. While this depends on the x-ray system used, most digital x-ray systems reduce radiation exposure by up to 90%. A typical digital x-ray exposes you to about 0.0005 mSv, which is about the same as the radiation output of an airport full-body scanner.

Finally, digital x-rays are easier to view and manipulate using digital screens. Filters can be applied and specific areas can be zoomed in on – allowing for easier diagnosis of common dental problems.

Come To Redmond Art Of Dentistry Today For A Comprehensive Oral Exam!

If you’re interested in the benefits of digital radiography, Redmond Art of Dentistry is the place for you. Using advanced digital x-rays, Dr. Daniel Bickel can provide you with a comprehensive exam and better detect oral issues. Contact our Redmond dental office today at (425) 883-1331, or visit us at 16455 NE 85th St #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |November 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Root Canals: The Good… And The Not-So-Bad!

 

Root canals have gotten a bad reputation over the years. Public perception of root canals makes them seem like a complex, painful procedure. Despite the fact that 15 million root canals are performed every year, many people don’t understand what root canals are or why they’re such a valuable dental solution.

In this article, Redmond Art of Dentistry will explore common misconceptions about root canals and discuss why root canal therapy is a useful, powerful dental tool that shouldn’t be feared!

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is a specialized technique used to treat teeth in advanced stages of decay. In a way, a root canal is quite similar to a filling, though it involves the removal of more of the tooth. In cases of severe tooth decay, the pulp at the root of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed. This causes enormous pain to afflicted patients and, if left untreated, will cause tooth loss.

Root canal therapy is used to treat this issue. During the procedure, infected tissue is removed from the tooth with a dental drill, and the tooth is opened up so that affected pulp can be extracted. Then, the entire tooth is cleaned both inside and out to remove any trace of infection. The interior of the tooth is refilled with a material called gutta percha, which will mimic the original pulp.

Finally, the tooth is filled with a temporary filling, and a dental crown is placed, usually after letting the tooth heal for several weeks. That’s it!

Why Do Root Canals Have Such a Bad Reputation?

The primary reason root canals have a bad reputation is simply due to public misunderstanding about what a root canal actually is. Most people think that root canals are incredibly invasive and painful, but, in fact, it’s the opposite.

With modern sedation and local anesthetic techniques at Redmond Art of Dentistry, patients can have a root canal performed at a minimum of discomfort and recover completely in only a few days.

The Facts: Why Root Canals Are a Good Thing!

The best way to fight back against negative perceptions of root canals is by understanding the truth about root canal therapy. Here are just a few of the reasons why root canals are great!

  • They’re affordable – Root canals are quite inexpensive compared to the cost of replacing an extracted tooth with a dental bridge, implant, or false teeth.
  • You can keep your natural tooth – Because your natural tooth is preserved during the procedure, you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
  • Pain from infection is relieved – Infection of nerve pulp can be incredibly painful—much more painful than a root canal. A root canal can relieve your pain and help you get your life back to normal.

Want to Learn More About Root Canals? Visit Redmond Art of Dentistry Today!

As you can see, there’s absolutely no need to fear root canal therapy! So if you suspect you may have an infected tooth that requires root canal treatment, visit Redmond Art of Dentistry!

Dr. Daniel Bickel specializes in performing minimally invasive root canal therapy, and he can explain every step of the process to you. At our comfortable, patient-focused facility, you’ll receive friendly, customized treatment that meets your every need.

Don’t let tooth pain from an infected tooth hold you back. Contact Redmond Art of Dentistry now at (425) 883-1331, or visit our office at 16455 NE 85th St #101 Redmond, WA 98052. Dr. Bickel can help you understand the entire process and decide if root canal therapy is the appropriate treatment for you!

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