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

What Is A Family Dentist? Answering The Most Common FAQS

If you’re looking for a family dentist to take care of your dental health, Dr. Bickel of Redmond Art of Dentistry offers everything your whole family needs under one roof. We provide treatment for every member of the family, and we want our patients to be informed about what we do. Here are some of the answers to the questions we hear the most at Redmond Art of Dentistry:

What’s The Difference Between A Family Dentist And A Pediatric Dentist?

Family dentists treat patients of all ages, while pediatric dentists usually focus on children, up to the age of 18 years old. As a family dentist, Dr. Bickel can treat patients of all ages, from infants to grandparents, and he offers personalized, compassionate care.

What Are The Benefits Of Seeing A Family Dentist?

The biggest benefit of seeing a family dentist is that you’ll have an all-in-one dental practice where you, your children, and your entire family can get treatment. You won’t have to drive between dental offices or work with multiple dentists to schedule different appointments. You’ll get comprehensive and preventive treatment in a single office.

This also helps you maintain better oral health. When you see Dr. Bickel for routine dental appointments, he’ll become familiar with the oral challenges facing you and your family, and provide informed, preventive treatments that help you and your kids avoid issues like cavities, gum disease, and oral injuries.

What Services Do Family Dentists Offer?

Family dentists offer general dental care, such as oral exams, teeth cleanings, and fillings. At Redmond Art of Dentistry, we also specialize in restorative dentistry, such as dental implants, as well as cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, with treatments like veneers and Invisalign.

When Should My Child See The Dentist For The First Time?

The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your child in for their first visit around their first birthday, or when their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Familiarizing your child with the dentist from an early age has a number of benefits. If you have an older child who hasn’t had a visit with a dentist yet, now is the best time to start! Contact our team for an appointment right away.

How Should I Choose A Family Dentist Near Me?

We recommend visiting any prospective family dentist for an office tour, and to interview the dentist. If you have kids, bring them along! During your visit, you can meet the dentist, learn more about their practice, and ask any questions you may have about oral care for your kids, and the treatment offered by the dentist. Meeting a dentist in-person is the best way to learn more about a dentist and see if they are a good fit for you and your family.

Schedule Your First Appointment With Dr. Daniel Bickel Today!

At Redmond Art of Dentistry, we pride ourselves on delivering patient-centered care for the entire family. Dr. Bickel loves working with kids of all ages and at our office, we’re a “one-stop-shop” for the entire family. Contact us now at (425) 883-1331, or drop by our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052 to schedule an appointment. We’re always accepting new patients and would love to meet you and your family.

By |April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Get Veneers

If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry in Redmond, you may be wondering whether veneers are an option for you. Dr. Bickel is an experienced cosmetic dentist, and he can help you get the smile that you’ve always wanted, using the latest tools and dental technology.

Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment because they are minimally-invasive and cost-effective. If you’re looking into improving the appearance of your smile, here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering porcelain veneers:

1. Is There An Alternative Treatment That May Be Better For Me?

Veneers may not always be the best option for restoring your smile. In some cases, other cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening, dental bonding and contouring, and even Invisalign may be a better choice for your particular situation. During your consultation with Dr. Bickel, he will assess your smile, discuss your budget, and go over all of your options to help you make the right choice for your dental health.

2. Is My Mouth Healthy? Am I A Good Candidate For Veneers?

Before your veneers are placed, your Dr. Bickel will determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers. Usually, you’ll be a good candidate if you have:

  • Teeth that are free of cavities and decay
  • No active periodontal disease
  • No history of teeth grinding or clenching
  • No history of biting non-food objects (pens and pencils fingernails, etc.)
  • A consistent history of seeing the dentist every 6 months

3. Should I Choose Veneers Or Lumineers?

Lumineers are similar to veneers. However, they are extremely thin (about as thin as a contact lens). This means they can be applied without requiring any of your enamel to be removed, in most cases. If you are uncomfortable with the removal of a small layer of enamel to make room for traditional veneers, Lumineers may be a better cosmetic option for you.

Have Questions? Get Answers At Redmond Art Of Dentistry!

Dr. Bickel has been providing patients in Redmond with both traditional veneers and Lumineers for years. If you’re thinking about cosmetic dentistry and considering veneers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bickel today to see how we can help transform your smile.

During your consultation, Dr. Bickel will answer any questions you may have about the process and ensure that you’re choosing the right cosmetic procedure for your particular needs. Contact us now at (425) 883-1331 to get started, or come visit us at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052.

By |January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Are The Options After A Tooth Extraction?

If you have recently had a tooth removed due to decay or an injury, you may be wondering what your options are for replacing your tooth and restoring your smile. At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Bickel is here to help:

A Partial Or Full Denture

If you are on a budget and need to restore one or two teeth, or if you have had a full arch of teeth extracted, a denture is likely the best option for you. Dentures are affordable and usually covered by insurance, and they can be crafted and placed within just a few weeks.

Partial dentures usually attach to other healthy teeth using a wire-based frame or plastic. Full dentures can only be worn if all of your teeth have been extracted from one or both arches, as they fit directly against the gum.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a good alternative to partial dentures. They use two dental crowns, which are placed on healthy “abutment” teeth, to support 1-2 “false teeth”, which are built of porcelain. These false teeth literally “bridge” the gap left by your missing teeth. Bridges look and feel natural, and will not shift in your mouth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of two primary parts; the dental implant itself, and the implant-supported restoration. A dental implant is a small, rod or screw-shaped piece of titanium that is surgically implanted in your gum line where the root of your tooth used to be.

Once this implant heals and bonds permanently with your jaw and gum tissue, an implant-supported restoration is attached. A dental crown, which replaces a single tooth, is the most common restoration. However, multiple implants can be used to support a dental bridge, or even a full arch of upper and lower teeth, with implant-supported, permanent dentures.

Know Your Options For Replacing Your Missing Tooth!

It’s critical to replace a missing tooth as soon as you can after you’ve had an extraction in order to avoid teeth shifting and the other negative effects of missing teeth. And at Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Bickel can help. Contact us at (425) 883-1331 to schedule an appointment, or come to our office at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052 for an in-person consultation.

By |December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments