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Dental Anxiety

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Surgery | 0 comments

Lots of people get nervous when they think about going to the dentist. Here at River Valley Smiles, we make it our goal to make each visit as pleasant as possible. We understand what it’s like to have dental anxiety, and we work hard to do our best to alleviate it. Here are a few of the things we can do.

We Welcome Advance Visits

For some people, it helps to come to our office before the scheduled visit and just walk around. By becoming familiar with us, and with our office, it makes the actual visit much less stressful. If this is something you would like to try, you are more than welcome to come visit us.

We Help You Distract Yourself

For some of our patients, we have found that allowing them to bring in a portable DVD player or something like a personal stereo helps with dental anxiety. By distracting yourself, you stop thinking about where you are and what you are doing, and it seems to help.

So if you want to bring in something to keep your mind off of the visit, no problem! We’re happy to accommodate you.

We Believe in Open and Honest Communication

Some of our patients just come in, sit down, and let us get to work. Others like to know what’s going on. If you find that being informed as to everything we are going to do—before we do it—helps with your dental anxiety, we are more than happy to take the time to explain everything to you.

If you want, we can even show you an illustration of the technique we are preparing to perform, so you can understand what is going on and how it will help you. Whatever it takes to help alleviate your dental anxiety, we are willing to do it. We believe in going the extra mile to make our patients feel happy and comfortable, so just ask!

Let Cooper Family Dentistry Help You!

We have been practicing dentistry for a long time, and we are pretty good at it. You don’t need to worry that we will accidentally injure you, or that something catastrophic is going to happen when you are in the dentist’s chair.

Come see us today. If you like, we can sit down with you—before you get in the chair—and visit for a bit. We can explain to you what we are going to do when you come in for your cleaning, and why it is important to have it done. Call us today and let’s get started!

Disadvantages of Using Traditional Dentures Instead of Implants

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dentures, Oral Surgery | 0 comments

When you have lost a significant portion of your teeth, or all of them, it is important that you get something to restore function to your mouth. This can be denture, or better yet, dental implants. Some people believe that dentures are the natural progression when teeth are missing. However, they are not as good for your overall oral health as dental implants are. Here are some of the downsides of traditional dentures.

Problems Most Commonly Face with Dentures One of the most common problems with dentures is that they struggle to stay in place. Due to the fact that they are held in place by either suction or adhesive, they can easily slip around when you speak or eat. This can be embarrassing, plus it can be a problem, preventing you from a good quality of life. Another common problem plaguing denture wearers is the fact that they tend to lose a lot of bone quality under their dentures. The jaw needs direct stimulation to remain healthy. When you have dentures, the stimulation is there when you eat, but it is greatly spread out instead of direct. This doesn’t provide enough stimulation for new bone to form as well, and can lead to a lot of bone loss.

How Dental Implants Can Help Correct These Problems Dental implants are placed into the gums directly. They are then given time to fuse together, then the permanent teeth are placed on top of the implants. This provides you with teeth that do not move around, no matter what it is that you eat. Plus, dental implants provide the stimulation that your jaw needs to continue building new, healthy bone where your original teeth once were. By simply using your implants like you would your original teeth, you stimulate the bone to continue to stay strong. The more you use your implants like your original teeth, the more your body will work to keep the original bone mass and quality.

If you want to learn more about how dental implants can help you with restoring function and esthetics to your smile, call our offices. Here at River Valley Smiles, we love helping patients find their confidence through the placement of dental implants. We are well versed on how much these simple implants can help, and want to show you the benefits of turning to implants. Call our office today for an initial implant consultation.

Common Problems People Face Following Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentures, Oral Surgery | 0 comments

A lot goes into dental implant surgery. It takes time to get the implants properly in place. During that time, your mouth was manipulated around, which can cause you to feel different for a short period of time after surgery. Most of the problems you feel right after surgery are temporary, and will correct themselves on their own. Here are a few of the most common problems our patients face, that are often no cause for alarm.

Your Jaw is Going to Be Sore

We had to prop your mouth open during surgery. This can leave you with a sore jaw that just aches for a day or two after surgery. This soreness will go away on its own, but it should be expected. Typically, taking a few over-the-counter medication doses will alleviate this pain until it dissipates on its own.

Your Lips Are Likely Going to Be Dry and May Even Crack

Due to how long your mouth was open and stretched, you may notice that your lips are very dry for a few days following dental implant surgery. This is often rectified by using a little petroleum jelly on your lips during that time. You want to only put a thin layer on, but it usually helps correct the problem within just a couple of days.

You May Notice a Little Numbness

Parts of your face may go a little numb within the first few days following your dental implant surgery. This is common, and shouldn’t send you into a panicked state. Normally, the numbness will go away in a day or two. If it extends beyond that, give us a call so we can check up on it and you. You may notice your mouth, lips, nose, or gums feel a bit numb. This is common and often only lasts a day or so.

Dizziness is Also Common for a Day or Two

Dizziness when standing up rapidly is common during the first day or two following surgery. It is due to the changes in blood pressure that commonly occur following anesthesia. After a day or two, this will subside. However, during that time, you want to make sure to stand slowly and carefully. Don’t go from lying down to standing up rapidly, as that can cause your dizziness to hit. Slowly sit up from a lying down position, then wait a minute. From there, stand up slowly and wait before walking away from whatever you were sitting on. This can help reduce dizziness and decrease the potential of you getting hurt.

If you want more information, give us a call here at River Valley Smiles. We can help you know what to expect following implants, and how to keep yourself safe.

Foods for Dental Implant Recovery

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentures, Oral Surgery | 0 comments

After having dental implants placed, they are going to take a bit of time to heal. During your recovery, you are going to be kept on a strict diet that doesn’t include hard foods, as chewing on those foods could displace your implants, and cause improper healing. Here are some of the best foods to make sure you have on hand. That way, once you begin your recovery, you have some safe foods around to eat.

Great Foods for Dental Implant Recovery

Soft foods are important to have on hand. Things like yogurt, pasta, and soft cereals are great ways of filling your body without hurting your mouth. Yogurt is great for your health, and also helps your mouth heal. The cool temperature can also help if you have struggled with swelling issues. Pasta can be plain or buttered, or it can be things like macaroni and cheese. Just avoid anything spicy or using vinegar on your pasta, as that could irritate the surgical sites.

It is good for you to eat foods like oatmeal or cream of wheat anyway. So, having them on hand during recovery is a great way of being able to keep yourself healthy and full. You can also add flavor to it by adding in soft fruits or things like applesauce. This gives you the opportunity to fill up with healthy foods.

Cottage cheese is a great option as it is full of nutrients and calcium, but soft enough to not hurt your new implants. You can also add fruits to it if you want more flavor. Scrambled eggs are a good idea for meals, as they are packed with protein and can help speed up your healing. You can also eat meats that are soft and fully cooked. Just make sure the pieces of meat are finely chopped so you do not need to chew them up much.

Getting dental implants is a great way to help restore function to your mouth where it was missing. They can help you feel like you never lost any of your teeth because of how much they feel and function like your original teeth did. Contact the office here at River Valley Smiles if you want to learn more about dental implants, or if you need ideas on what other foods you can have on hand. We will help you get ready for the big day, and for the recovery time that follows.

Starting Young in Oral Health

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene | 0 comments

Here at River Valley Smiles, we believe in what we call Continuing Care. This is the process of starting with patient education as young as possible, and continuing it on for years to come. This allows you to set a great foundation for a healthy smile, and keeps you educated on ways to keep it that way. If you want to find a dental home that appreciates and works with you to keep your mouth healthy from the get-go, then you want to come in and meet us.

Early Education Helps Start Things Off Right

The sooner we can begin educating patients, the better. We want people to understand the correlation between healthy teeth and a healthy body. If you take the time to understand how your oral health and body health are connected, we firmly believe that we can help you keep your teeth healthy for many years to come.

Ideally, we want patients coming in to see us as children. If we can instill a love for a healthy smile at a young age, we can help kids prevent many problems that come later in life. Preventative care means us working with you to prevent future cavities, gum issues, and decay. The more we can prevent from ever happening, the healthier your mouth will remain, and the less procedures you will come into our offices for.

We begin by teaching people how important a healthy mouth really can be. We love showing people the best way of caring for their mouths. This is done through teaching proper brushing and flossing techniques, explaining parts of the mouth that need a bit more attention after exams, and showing patients their x-rays so they can see issues for themselves when applicable.

The greater your understanding of the importance of proper oral hygiene, the healthier your smile is going to remain. Come in and meet our experienced staff today. We can help you figure out the best routine to keep your smile healthy, and to keep you smiling when you come in and see us. Become a part of the RVSC family by making us your new dental home. We are always welcoming new patients, and we want to welcome you and your family to come and meet ours. Give our offices a call today, and schedule your first appointment.