C is for Crowns

A crown is a tooth shaped cap used to cover the tooth. It is used to restore the size, shape and strength of the tooth and to improve its appearance.  Once it is cemented in place, it will cover the entire tooth from the gum line.

In some cases a root canal will be required first, especially if the tooth is badly decayed or infected.  During the root canal, the nerve and the pulp are removed and the inside the tooth is cleaned and sealed which will prepare it for the crown.

At Brogdon Dental we offer crowns that can be made in one visit.  With innovative CEREC technology, we can create custom crowns, inlays, and onlays in about an hour. This means that in just one visit, you can get a custom-made, all-white, reliable restoration. No temporary. No follow-up visit. It’s that simple.

 

 

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B is for Braces

Braces are used to treat malocclusion (where your teeth are crowded or crooked) or if you have a bad bite. In some case your teeth are not crooked but your upper and lower jaw doesn’t line up correctly.  Whatever the problem, braces may be a good alternative for you.

Many people get braces when they are young.  It’s a good idea for your child to get a dental evaluation by the age of 7 when the adult teeth begin to come in.  The best results are had when started at an early age, but the process usually begins between the ages of 8 and 14.

Even as an adult is is not too late to achieve a better smile.  It may take a little longer, but will be worth the time in the long run.

While you have braces it’s important to eat healthy. By avoiding too much sugary food, you can avoid plaque build-up around your braces that could permanently stain or damage your teeth. Also, foods such as popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum, whole apples, and other sticky foods like caramel and candies should not be eaten.

Its’ never too late to achieve the best smile possible.  Call us today to find out more about what braces can do for you or your child.

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A is for Anxiety

Do you dread going to the Dentist? Does your palms start to sweat and your heart starts beating faster when you walk in the door?  Do you find yourself avoiding making an appointment because of your fears?  If this describes you, you are not alone.  Somewhere between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.

According to WebMD here are some of the most common reasons for dental anxiety:

  • Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental “pain and horror” stories told by others. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today’s dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
  • Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work. Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
  • Fear of anesthetic side effects. Some people fear the potential side effects of anesthesia such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea. Others don’t like the numbness or “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics.
  • Feelings of helplessness and loss of control. It’s common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation — sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.
  • Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or hygienist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.

If you suffer from any of these anxieties, the best thing you can do is talk about your fears with Dr Brogdon. He can discuss ways to make you feel less stressed and more comfortable.  Ask him to explain all he is doing, when he is doing it.  Knowing what to expect can help you relax. If you have any pain or just need to catch your breath, you might raise your hand or give him some signal to stop what he’s doing.

Dental Anxiety doesn’t have to keep you from having the best smile possible.  We are here to help.  Give us a call and set up that appointment.  Don’t be one of those 20%.

Our Registered Dental Assistants

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.

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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.

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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.

Our Dental Hygienist

A Dental Hygienist is an important part of any dental team.  They provide full oral health care, focusing on the prevention and treatment of oral disease and work closely with the Dentist.

Some of the duties they perform include:

  • Patient screening and intake procedures
  • Taking and developing x-rays of your teeth
  • Basic cleaning of your teeth
  • Applying sealants, fluorides, or other substances for preventing tooth decay
  • Assisting with procedures in cosmetic dentistry
  • Helping educate patients on proper oral care

One of the most important things to look at when choosing a Dental Practice is how long the Hygienist have been with the office. At Brogdon Dental our hygienist have been with us for many years.  We will spotlight some of them in future blogs.

Meet our Staff

Behind any good dental practice is a great staff and at Brogdon Dental we have some of the best people that are here to help you.

One of our most important people is our Financial Coordinator, Tina Davidson.  Tina has been with our office over 18 years and helps to keep everything running smoothly.  She is our go to girl for all things financial.

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Here is a little that she has to say about working for Brogdon Dental.

My name is Tina Davidson. I have been with Dr. Brogdon’s office since 2000. I totally love my job. We have a great family of patients of which I look forward to seeing on their visits. Our office has such a warm atmosphere, it’s not like going to the dentist at all. We use a team approach in taking care of our patients and come together to teach and educate the patient in the role oral health plays in our overall health. My position as financial coordinator allows me to work with our patients on an individual basis to get the best benefit from their insurance company and other financial establishments for needed dental care. We try to make it easy for our patients, after all they are part of our family!

Give us a call at 423-870-5698 and let Tina work with you to get you the best care possible.

Calcium and your Teeth

pexels-photo-236010.jpegI know many will remember your Mom saying to you “Drink your milk, it’s helps you build strong bones”… But what about your teeth? Will milk help them as well?  Calcium is one of the most important nutrients to help keep your teeth healthy.

The American Dental Association recommends that the average adult consume between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of calcium on a daily basis to maintain optimum tooth and enamel health. Consuming a diet high in calcium helps to fortify enamel, so teeth are less likely to break.

So what foods are a good source of calcium?

  • Leafy Greens such as spinach or turnip greens contain over 250 mg per cup.
  • Canned Fish are high in calcium especially if the soft bones are included.
  • Fortified Cereals, especially those containing almonds.
  • Tofu,  just a half cup of tofu contains 253 mg of calcium. Remember, it takes on the flavor of whatever you’re cooking.
  • Orange Juice that is calcium fortified. Although it may be acidic, can give you your daily requirement of calcium.

Remember these foods and add some calcium in your diet. Not only is it good for your bones but your teeth as well.