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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!

By |September 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Filling FAQs: What You Need To Know!

Fillings are among the most common dental procedures in America. As a way to treat tooth decay, just about everyone has at least one filling. In fact, a study conducted by the NIH showed that the average American adult has seven of them.

Even if you have a filling, you may be unfamiliar about the dental procedure itself. Redmond Art of Dentistry can answer your frequently asked questions.

What Are Fillings?

With cases of advanced tooth decay, cavities are formed. Left untreated, these cavities can damage your nerve pulp and enamel, which can quickly lead to the loss of the affected tooth.

To treat tooth decay, a filling is used. In this simple dental procedure, your dentist will remove damaged or decayed material, clean the area affected by decay, and fill it with a durable material that permanently bonds to your tooth. This both removes decay and prevents further damage.

What Causes Fillings to Fail?

When they’re properly cared for, some fillings can easily last a lifetime, but it is possible for a filling to fail. Common causes of filling failure include:

  • Eating “gummy” foods (licorice, gumdrops, gummy worms, etc.)
  • Tooth clenching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Normal chewing/drinking
  • A previously “under-filled” filling.

It’s important to note that filling failure isn’t indicative of the filling “falling out.” Instead, it may simply loosen, which allows for tooth decay and eventually, a severely damaged tooth.

How Do I Know If My Fillings Are in Good Shape?

You can only be certain your fillings are intact and functioning correctly through regular dental exams every six months. Fluoride treatments can also be used to strengthen the enamel around fillings.

During your routine examinations at Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Bickel will examine your fillings for signs of decay, ensuring that failed fillings are taken care of before permanent damage occurs.

Without regular checkups, your fillings may fail without you realizing it. If you find yourself in this situation contact Dr. Bickel immediately. If he can’t fix your teeth with fillings, he can recommend and perform other dental procedures, like root canal therapy, tooth extractions, or dental crowns.

What Materials Are Used for Modern Fillings?

Today, two primary materials are used for modern fillings.

Amalgam fillings are composed of liquid mercury and a metal alloy mixture. These “silver fillings” have been used since the 1800s. Mercury fillings made of amalgam are durable and relatively inexpensive.

Composite fillings are comprised of a plastic and gas mixture that’s created to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. This provides patients with a more natural look, but still offers a strong, secure filling.

While both filling materials are effective at preventing tooth decay, at Redmond Art of Dentistry, we know our patients prefer the natural appearance of composite fillings.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Daniel Bickel at Redmond Art of Dentistry Today!

Do you need a filling? Concerned that your old fillings may be loose or missing? Come to Dr. Daniel Bickel in Redmond today! At our technologically advanced practice, we can easily help you replace damaged fillings and examine you for further tooth decay.

We use the latest cavity treatment techniques and specialize in providing natural, effective composite fillings to our patients. Our tooth-colored fillings help restore the natural appearance of your mouth.

Call Redmond Art of Dentistry today at (425) 883-1331, request an appointment online, or visit our offices at 16455 NE 85th St #101, Redmond, WA, 98052!

By |September 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Truth About Fluoride

Understanding The Truth About Fluoride

 

Recently, there have been some concerns about the effects of fluoride in the media. There are those outside the dental community who claim that fluoride has negative effects on the body.

Some go so far as to say that fluoride is toxic or poisonous, and nothing could be further from the truth. At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Bickel uses fluoride treatments to help strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay in patients young and old.

Learn more about fluoride, what it can do for your oral health and how it got a bad reputation.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is an inorganic compound that occurs naturally in a wide variety of minerals on Earth, including fluorite.

In the 1940s, it was discovered that fluoride could help reduce the rate of tooth decay and prevent cavities, and cities around America began the process of fluoridationadding small amounts of fluoride to their water supplies in order to help prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride is also used in a variety of dental products, such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and even some varieties of dental floss.

When consumed in small quantities and used according to ADA fluoride guidelines, it’s completely safe, and has no adverse effects.

How Does Fluoride Prevent Tooth Decay?

A compound in fluoride helps reduce the rate of tooth decay when present in saliva. It discourages demineralization, the loss of enamel due to tooth decay, and encourages remineralization, which helps strengthen teeth.

Fluoride is safe, effective and one of the best ways to fight tooth decay in adults and children.

Why Do Some People Think Fluoride Is Harmful?

Despite the fact that fluoride is safe to use, there are those who think that using fluoride products and drinking fluoridated water is harmful. This opinion can be traced back to a variety of conspiracy theories – none of which are grounded in scientific fact.

Misinformation, conspiracy theories, and scientists who ignore the evidence of fluoride’s benefits are the primary cause of the myth that fluoride is harmful.

Excessive consumption of fluoride can cause a condition called fluorosis, which can discolor teeth slightly and cause mineral buildup.

However, fluorosis does not compromise the structural integrity of teeth, and it does not happen under normal circumstances. If fluoridated products are used correctly, fluorosis won’t occur.

Redmond Art Of Dentistry – Using Fluoride Treatments With Pride!

As a leading dentist in Redmond, Dr. Bickel is pro-fluoride.

The benefits of fluoride treatment for adult and child dental cleanings has been proven by dozens of publications over the years, among pediatric dentistry and general dentistry practices alike.

So don’t fear fluoride. If you still have questions about fluoride treatments, feel free to ask Dr. Bickel during your next appointment! Call us today at (425) 883-1331, or come to our offices in Redmond at 16455 NE 85th St #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |August 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Tips for Keeping Your Kid’s Teeth Clean

Tooth decay is the most common oral disease in children. It’s no wonder with all these sugary foods and drinks readily available to them. But even if you steer clear of cookies and soda, your child can still be exposed to tooth decay in other ways. Your pediatric dentist in Redmond Dr. Daniel Bickel explores a couple causes of tooth decay and how to prevent them in this blog post.

Sugar

This is the big one. Frequent and prolonged contact with sugary foods and beverages is the greatest contributor to tooth decay. This could be that sugar-filled foods are most marketed and attractive to kids. It could also be poor brushing technique or oral hygiene habits. A lack of awareness may also be a culprit.

For example, did you know that a single serving size of orange juice contains 33g of sugar? That’s more than half of the daily intake recommended by the FDA for adults. Sugar hides in all sorts of places. It’s important to check labels, and eat well for overall health.

If you and your family can’t shake the sweet stuff, make sure you’re brushing after meals and using a straw for sugary drinks. If your child is still using a bottle, avoid filling them with juices, soft drinks and sweetened water – only milk, breast milk, formula or plain water. And try not to put the baby to bed with a bottle of anything but water. Even breast milk can decay teeth. It’s important to brush before bed and not allow formula and milk particles to sit on the child’s teeth and gums.

Bacteria

Sometimes bacteria is responsible for cavities in adults. What this means for your child is that you shouldn’t share saliva by licking the same spoon or cleaning a pacifier with your mouth. You could pass this bacteria to your baby and inadvertently cause tooth decay.

Incidentally, this type of bacteria feeds on sugar. So a low-sugar diet and regular cleanings for you and for baby will help eradicate the problem.

Bad habits

Children who learn good oral habits early are far more likely to stick with routines as they grow. Set the standard for oral health right from the start.

  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, soft washcloth dampened with warm water after each feeding.
  • Be sure to make a dental appointment once your child’s first tooth erupts or before their first birthday, and stick to 6-month checkups.
  • Start brushing with a children’s toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste once the first teeth appear.
  • Begin flossing once your child has teeth that touch.

Start with the right dentist!

Dr. Bickel of Redmond Art of Dentistry treats patients of all ages. Specializing in pediatric dentistry, he can guide you on the best ways to take care of your child’s teeth. Call (425) 883-1331 to book your little one’s first appointment today!

By |July 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

5 Common Oral Health Issues: Take Action With Preventative Dentistry

Bad eating habits, lack of brushing – even our genes – can lead to poor dental health. But failing to be proactive with your dental care is the number one cause of oral health issues. Many of us only visit the dentists when there’s a problem. But the most common issues can be prevented all together with regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Daniel Bickel and his team at Redmond Art of Dentistry advise two visits per year to prevent and monitor these common oral health issues.

Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, gum decay, swollen gums, and eventual tooth loss. Your dentist can prevent this issue from becoming serious with scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning treatment that removes plaque from underneath and around the gums.

Cavities

Even with regular brushing and flossing, most adults develop cavities at some point in their lives. Having a cavity isn’t the problem. Ignoring it can lead to the necessary removal of the entire tooth, resulting in dental implants. With regular visits and digital x-rays, your dentist can easily spot cavities and fill them before the tooth rots.

Staining

Stains occur gradually over time, making them difficult to notice. Especially when staining occurs in places we can’t see. Regular cleanings keep staining at bay. Plus, your dentist can give you specific tips and suggest good habits before the stains get out of control.

Crooked Teeth

Imperfections might build character, but who doesn’t want a beautiful set of pearly whites? Besides, crooked teeth can lead to oral pain or speech impediments. Traditional metal braces or Invisalign are great options for both children and adults. And although it’s easier to treat if addressed at a younger age, it’s never too late to get the smile you want.

Dental Injury

Sports are fun, but much like we protect our bodies with pads, helmets and masks, we need to protect our teeth with proper mouthguards. Cheap, store-bought mouthguards might be an easy fix, but a personalized mouthguard from your dentist offers the best protection with a high quality product.

Bi-annual visits to Redmond Art of Dentistry can help prevent or treat any one of these issues. Dr. Bickel is a family dentist who believes in developing personalized, proactive plans for all his patients, young and old.

Contact Redmond Art of Dentistry at (425) 883-1331 to schedule an appointment today!

By |June 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Did Your Child See The Dentist At School?

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so the Redmond Dentistry team visited our local preschool to give a presentation on oral health to students!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children visit their local dentist by age one. Setting the foundation for healthy teeth and gums at an early age is one of the easiest ways to improve a child’s life with preventive care and maintain a healthy smile.

What Did We Learn At School Today?

At Dr. Bickel’s school visit, he covered a lot of ground in just a short amount of time and had a rapt audience! Our team covered the basics from why the dentist is important, to how to hold a toothbrush, and what to eat for healthy teeth.

Parents Deserve An A+ Too!

For the parents who are envious their child got a front row ticket to our presentation, we have some healthy dental tips for parents to share with their little ones to make dentistry fun!

How To Brush Your Teeth

In pediatric dentistry, it’s not uncommon to come across smiles where the toothbrush just seemed to miss a few spots. Do you know how to brush your child’s teeth?

  • Make sure each surface is brushed: the top, inside and outside! Some dentists refer to this as cheek side, tongue side, and chewing surface.
  • Go easy! A light touch is all that is needed. We advised kids to hold the toothbrush like they would a pencil.
  • Come in at an angle: 45 degrees, or a slight slant, is the best way to also brush the gums, which also need dental care!

The Benefits Of Creating Happy Brushers

In addition to making the dentist a positive experience, there are other benefits in making oral hygiene a top priority. You can:

  • Create a trusting and supportive environment surrounding dentist visits
  • Nurture excellent at home dental hygiene and nutrition habits
  • Fix small dental issues like cavities before they develop into bigger, more costly problems
  • Predict and plan for changes in dental health

Eat Power Foods To Keep Your Teeth Healthy And Strong!

There are some superpower foods that can help make superpower teeth! We had students guess which foods are best for their teeth and many guessed correctly:

  • Dairy foods like cheese, milk, and yogurt protect our enamel.
  • Vegetables, especially when eaten raw, help ‘scrub’ the teeth of plaque buildup. Veggies high in Vitamin A, such as broccoli and carrots helps our teeth form enamel.
  • Fruits also help to scrub our teeth and massage our gums. The vitamin C found in certain fruits like strawberries helps protect our gums from developing gum disease.
  • Proteins, like eggs, chicken, and beef, help prevent decay.
  • Water is the best drink we can give our teeth! It has nothing in it that could add to decay. It helps rinse food particles and bacteria from our teeth.

We also discussed foods that are not nice to our teeth like soda and candy. We talked about the way sugar can build up on teeth and cause decay and cavities.

See Your Dentist Regularly!

We talked about the importance of visiting the dentist. Without regular cleanings, it’s easy for little teeth to develop cavities that hide between teeth in areas that only dentists can see!

We discussed what happens at exams; how we gently examine mouths for signs of tooth decay and to make sure that bites are aligned and that there are no issues with the gums or jaw.

Start Living Healthy…Now!

We were so pleased to be invited to speak and share our earned knowledge with such a fun group of bright young minds. It’s our pleasure and joy to promote healthy living at a young age and to set everyone up for long term success!

Due for your six month checkup? Visit your family Dentist in Redmond today! Call us at (425) 883-1331 or visit our office, conveniently located at 16455 NE 85th St #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |March 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Addressing Sleep Apnea with Dental Appliances

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can potentially be serious, and is typically characterized by loud snoring and the feeling of fatigue even after sleeping. There are two types of sleep apnea, the most common of which is called obstructive sleep apnea and which occurs when the throat muscles relax. The second type, central sleep apnea, happens when the brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles responsible for breathing. Both types of sleep apnea exhibit such symptoms as excessive daytime drowsiness, loud snoring, periods of breathing cessation during sleep, morning headache and dry mouth, and difficulty staying asleep at night.

Where the two differentiate however, is in their respective causes. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the throat muscles relax and the airway narrows to make breathing difficult. The brain senses this problem and wakes the person up to get fresh air. On the other hand, central sleep apnea is triggered by a more serious issue, usually some kind of heart failure or stroke.

How dental appliances can help

For obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances have been shown to be highly effective treatments in the reduction or elimination of the symptoms, as well as in permitting a full and restful sleep at night. One of the best known of these dental appliances is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP), which uses a dial mechanism to slightly pull the jaw forward, thus keeping the airway clear. With the airway clear all night, snoring is eliminated and breathing becomes regular and uninterrupted.

The Moses device is named for its inventor, Dr. Allen Moses, and is also designed to keep the airway open all night. Like the TAP device, it has been shown to be remarkably effective, although this mandibular device adds an element to the open airway strategy by also incorporating management of the tongue. This in turn reduces elevator muscle activity as well as clenching, to increase patient comfort during the night and further promote a restful sleep.

By |March 31st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Giving to benefit a great cause!

This holiday season Dr. Bickel and staff donated a Sonicare and an In Office whitening session for an auction benefiting Hopelink. In conjunction with Eastside Women in Business we helped raise nearly $2000 for Hopelink! If you aren’t familiar with them, Hopelink helps families in need in our area. Visit their site to see what they are all about. http://www.hope-link.org/take_action/holiday_giving/ Happy Holidays!

By |December 11th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

What does “Family Dentistry” mean?

13881824_sThese days it seems there are so many specialists in the medical and dental fields, how do you know which type of dentist is right for you?

That’s a great question. As our name says, Redmond Art of Dentistry is a “Family and Cosmetic” dental practice. That means Dr. Bickel and staff can take care of a wide variety of dental needs. Starting as early as one year old we can see kids to evaluate the health of the first erupting teeth and educate parents as to how to care for those new teeth.

Granted, the first teeth will fall out in a few years but it’s still very important to establish healthy habits from the beginning. Also, if your child develops decay in their primary teeth it can lead to decay in permanent teeth before they even erupt.

As kids get older we continue to see them, generally twice a year, for cleaning and to teach kids how to care for their teeth. We are here to help parents convey the importance of twice daily brushing and to get kids to understand how and why they need to floss every day. Dr. Bickel can also identify kids who need braces and help parents find an Orthodontist.

Our goal for adults is to maintain the best health and appearance for your smile. You know what they say- “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”! Twice a year check-ups and cleanings allow us to stay ahead of many potential problems. Fluoride treatments, yes even for adults, help keep teeth strong and well mineralized. Regular exams identify decay when it’s small and can be handled with little fillings, while catching decay too late can result in crowns or even root canal therapy.

This is also a time in life when some of us decide to give ourselves the gift of a beautiful smile. Whether you are interested in whitening or something more we can help. We offer Invisalign, to give you the straight teeth you’ve always wanted. With veneers and crowns Dr. Bickel can help restore a youthful or brighter smile.

Then, as we age, the goal is always to maintain the best looking healthy and functional set of teeth we can. Gone are the days when every adult was destined for dentures. Some do still need them, eventually, but with great dental health care and judicious restorations we can help you keep your natural teeth. If a replacement is necessary implants offer a great alternative to older methods of replacement.

Through all of these stages of life we, at Redmond Art of Dentistry, can take care of your dental needs. Cleanings, crowns, fillings, Invisalign, simple extractions, whitening, all fall under the scope of Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Give us a call, we would love to see you!

By |October 9th, 2013|Blog|4 Comments