When you go to the Dentist you may be assisted by one of our RDA’s or Registered dental assistants. Registered dental assistants work alongside dentists to provide dental care for patients. Some of their tasks include setting up and sterilizing instruments, handing instruments to the dentist, preparing the patient for treatment, and educating patients on proper dental care.
At Brogdon Dental we have 2 Registered Dental Assistants that are here to assist Dr. Brogdon during his dental procedures, Lisa Teague and Brandi Arnold.
Lisa Teague has worked with Dr. Brogdon since 2007. This is what she says about working with Dr. Brogdon.
I have total confidence in him as a Dentist. I enjoy working with him and enjoy building relationships with our great patients.
Brandi Arnold has been with Brogdon Dental since 2008. Here are her comments about the practice.
I have been with Dr. Brogdon’s office since 2008. I was a patient of his when I was a child! I enjoy the family atmosphere and it’s just like being at home.
Sometimes a cavity may be too deep to be fixed and might require a root canal. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During a root canal Dr. Brogdon removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Causes of an infected pulp could include:
- a deep cavity
- repeated dental procedures
- a cracked or broken toot
- injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.
Visit our office if you experience any of the above problems.
(Courtesy of http://www.mouthhealthy.org)
No matter what your age, your oral health is important. Even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can help prevent most dental diseases, every year over 100 million Americans don’t see a dentist. It is important to schedule regular dental appointments because they can help find oral health problems early on. By finding out the problems early, treatment can be simpler and more affordable.
According to American Dental Association here are some signs you should see your Dentist:
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
- You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
- You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
- You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- You are pregnant
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
- You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
- Your mouth is often dry
- You smoke or use other tobacco products
- You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
- Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
- You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.
Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from developing. Don’t put off your dental visit. Call Brogdon Dental today at 423-870-5698 to set up your appointment.
At Brogdon Dental we are offering a Membership Plan to help dental care be more affordable for your and your family. Our plan offers the following:
- Free simple cleaning (2 per year)
- Free annual exam
- Free set of x-rays
- A “Brogdon Buck” worth $50
- A 20% discount on all dental procedures
- A 15% discount on all orthodontic procedures
Call us today at 423-870-5698 to find out how you can sign up for our new Plan.
Your oral health is just as important as any other health related issue but many people feel they don’t have the finances to handle the problem. But ignoring possible problems will not make them go away and can, in many cases, make them worse. According to a poll conducted in 2009 by Harris Interactive and HealthDay, it was found that 50 percent of uninsured Americans skipped necessary dental care visits due to financial burdens. Although a study by The Dental School showed that Medicare beneficiaries who used preventive dental care had more dental visits but fewer visits for expensive non-preventive procedures and lower dental expenses than beneficiaries who saw the dentist only for treatment of oral problems.
According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease – from simple inflammation to severe cases – and don’t even know it.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral health symptoms.
A poll conducted by Harris Interactive of 1,000 people over 35 revealed that 60 percent of adults knew little, if anything, about gum disease, the symptoms, available treatments and the consequences.
Although some dental procedures can be costly, there are arrangements that can be made with your dentist. Dr. Brogdon has plans to help you meet these expenses. Ask us today about Quality Dental Plan and how it can help make dental care more affordable. Another financing option for our patients is Compassionate Healthcare Services. They offer minimal fees and high approval rates with affordable payment plans.
Sometimes avoiding the problem will only make it worse. Call us today and let us help you find the best plan for your good oral health.
How many times have you heard, “Smile”, especially when someone is taking your picture? With weddings, family reunions, birthday dinners and so many other occasions, people are taking out the camera, iphone or other devices and taking (and many times posting on the internet) your picture and your smile.
With this in mind, don’t you want to put your best smile forward? If a bright, white, smile with beautiful teeth is what you are looking for, give us a call at Brogdon Dental. We can help take the panic away when you hear the word “Smile” and make it the pleasant experience it should be.
You probably already know that at Brogdon Dental you can get a new crown in one visit. If you have recently been told you need a crown or you have never had one before, you might wonder why crowns are necessary and what is involved in the process.
The most common reasons a dentist will suggest a crown are:
- to restore the shape of excessively worn teeth
- to repair a tooth that has been chipped or broken
- to repair and strengthen a tooth that is too decayed to be fixed with a filling
A crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over your original tooth and it will both protect your tooth and return it to its original shape. Broken or decayed teeth can be painful, especially if nerves are exposed, and also dangerous because decay can progress deeper causing infection and other complications. Usually when you get a crown, it requires several visits to the dentist’s office. Most of the time, the dentist will prepare your existing tooth and make a cast for a lab to create the crown, then give you a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready. Then you go back, have the temporary crown removed and your permanent one put in.
At Brogdon Dental, we know that your time is as important as your smile so we now use a revolutionary tool that creates a permanent crown in about an hour called CEREC. After taking a 3D image of your tooth, our CEREC machine can create a strong, beautiful restoration in about an hour. We’ll permanently place the crown during your single visit, and you’ll leave our office with a full, healthy smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out more!