When to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

Sep 27th, 2020
Easton Dentists Oct 8th, 2020

It is Time to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment!

Along with brushing and flossing twice a day, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months. Regular visits to the dentists are an essential part of maintaining good dental health. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will evaluate gum health, examine your head and neck to check for abnormalities, and examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Here’s what you can expect at your next regular dental exam:

Head and Neck Examination

During the head and neck examination, your dentist will:

  • Evaluating face and neck, to look for anything out of the ordinary
  • Checking out lymph nodes
  • Examining your lower jaw joint movement

Clinical Dental Examination

The assessment of tooth and gum health is performed next. During this phase, your dentist will:

  • Examine the Gums and Tongue
  • Check for signs of gum disease and loose teeth
  • Take any oral X-Rays that might be needed
  • Check for any broken teeth or fillings
  • Check for signs of tooth decay

Dental Cleaning

The last part of the dental visit consists of cleaning your teeth. This includes:

  • Removing plaque and tarter from your teeth
  • Polishing teeth and flossing between teeth
  • Reviewing a proper dental hygiene regimen for you.

Remember, regular brushing and flossing aren’t enough to ensure good dental health. Contact The Dental Center today at (614) 414-0111 to set up your next appointment and be on your way to a healthier smile!

Hollywood Teeth Are Too White

Jul 21st, 2020
Easton Dentists Aug 3rd, 2020

When going to the movies we see actors with perfect hair, skin, bodies, and teeth, appearing to remain untouched by time. However, it sometimes seems that their teeth are too white. In Mathew McConaughey’s role in Dallas Buyer’s Club, he was thin and weathered. Despite this, his teeth were the textbook definition of pearly whites. This seems to be an oversight on Hollywood’s part. McConaughey reportedly lost a significant amount of weight to accurately convey the character’s illness. Isn’t this taking things too far to alter an actor’s teeth too?

The Silver Screen is not meant to show viewers examples of “regular” people. However, it is arguable that actors need to look like them when that is whom they’re supposed to be playing. The fact is that the majority of us do not have a perfect, stark-white smile, but this is what makes us unique. The fact that one’s teeth aren’t opulent white means they’ve lived a little and enjoyed life. As long as you practice good normal dental hygiene, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine. Our dentists are trained in cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, to help you get a brighter smile. However, it can sometimes be a lifestyle change that makes long-term differences in the color of your teeth. Give up smoking or excessive coffee if you want whiter teeth.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for teeth whitening!

Myths about Root Canals

Jul 7th, 2020
Easton Dentists Aug 3rd, 2020

When talking about dentistry, some people are still a little afraid of having someone poking around in their mouth with sharp objects. And as they see after a few appointments, there’s nothing to worry about. The root canal is one of the most feared dental procedures, and the same applies to it. There are a few big myths and misunderstandings about endodontic therapy (root canals).

A root canal is not a painful procedure.
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is among the least painful procedures you can have done at a Columbus area dentist’s office! The myth about it being painful has stuck around for quite a long time. The last time root canals were painful was before the use of anesthetic to numb the area. The painful part most people think of is when they realize that they need a root canal; when their tooth is throbbing with pain from an infection.

An extraction is not a good alternative to a root canal.
The best teeth are your teeth. They already fit, your body makes them pretty strong, and they’re pretty hard to get out of your jaw anyway. It’s always best to keep your original teeth whenever possible. Extracting a tooth exposes more areas to infection and disease. In addition, the teeth around the gap will often be used as a bridge to hold an artificial, replacement tooth in place.

Root canals do not lead to other infections throughout the body.
Incorrect research was done circa 1910 about bacteria entering the bloodstream through a root canal. Every report has either refuted or been unable to replicate the original researcher’s findings. Natural bacteria live in your mouth no matter how often you brush your teeth, and these have no negative effect on you. In fact, your body is programmed to kill bacteria in your bloodstream.

Consider these myths debunked. Feeling a little more comfortable with root canals? Call The Dental Center at Easton to speak to a qualified professional about endodontic therapy.

What are the Signs of Needing a Root Canal?

Jun 11th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jul 1st, 2020

When it comes to endodontic therapy (root canals), there are many signs to indicate that you may need work done. With all dental work there are symptoms you may notice on your own and those that only a dentist can spot. The same is true with root canals, even though the most obvious signs you’ll be able to catch on your own. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for.

Tooth pain is the biggest indicator of needing a root canal. Persistent or recurring pain in a tooth on daily or monthly frequencies could be an indicator of a need for endodontic therapy. This can be anything from dull ache to unbearable pain. Whatever you have now, get it checked out by a dentist as soon as possible. If you need a root canal, the pain will only get worse the longer you put off your appointment. Another big sign is tenderness of the gums or anything more severe than that. Infected gums may ache, or they may swell noticeably even on the outside of your face.

Your dentist performs regular X-rays on your mouth, and these are the best way to detect low-grade infections. Dark spots (called a ‘radiolucency’) are indications of infected teeth. Similarly, more progressed infections will be visible to the naked eye as a tooth slightly darker than the teeth surrounding it.

While working, your dentist may sometimes notice that a tooth’s nerve has become exposed. This would eventually lead to internal infection, so they may opt to do a root canal at that time to save you the trouble of waiting until a dangerous and painful point down the line.

No website can help you with self-diagnosis. If you think you may exhibit some of the symptoms listed here, call The Dental Center at Easton (located in Columbus Ohio) to have a professional help diagnose what’s going on in your mouth.

Dental Urgent Care Procedures

May 13th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jun 2nd, 2020

Dental emergencies can cause panic and disruption of your daily routine. Nobody likes to have a toothache or other disorder that causes oral pain or discomfort. The Dental Center in Columbus, Ohio is here to offer you urgent care procedures that will have you feeling better as soon as possible. We offer extended business hours to accommodate your emergency needs and are centrally located for quick and convenient access. We understand how dental emergencies can disrupt your communication and eating abilities and we want to make sure that your treatment is as quick and painless as possible. The Dental Center offers dental urgent care procedures that will have you feeling better in no time. Our most common emergency dental procedures are root canals and tooth extractions.

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, occurs when the “root” of the tooth, or the pulp, is removed. Each of your teeth is usually filled with dental pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth. When this pulp becomes infected, it can cause intense pain (commonly known as a toothache) that requires immediate treatment. The infected pulp is known as pulpitis, which is usually caused by tooth decay. A root canal is a common procedure that relieves tooth pain by removing the damaged pulp, filling the tooth, and sealing it off so you can return to normal daily functions.

Another common procedure is known as tooth extraction and occurs when a tooth is removed from the socket of your mouth because of decay or damage. Sometimes a tooth is removed to accommodate orthodontic procedures. Tooth extraction is considered an urgent procedure because a damaged tooth causes pain and can affect the alignment of the remaining teeth.

If you are in need of a dental urgent care procedure such as a root canal or tooth extraction, then contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center. Don’t live in pain any longer!

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Apr 27th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Have you ever been afraid of the dentist? Going to the dentist, even just for a checkup, can be a terrifying experience for some people. They can’t be entirely blamed for being afraid. Dentistry is one of those trades that use a lot of sharp tools, needles, and scary sounds. When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put something that sounds like a power drill in your mouth.

To ease that experience, many patients elect to participate in sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can be administered in one of three ways: inhalation, intravenous, or oral medication. The first, also known as “laughing gas,” is a tried-and-true method that’s been around for quite a while. Intravenous provides a steady dose of sedative until the end of the procedure, but it is a needle that goes into your skin. For those already nervous about dental tools, this isn’t the best option. In the U.S., many patients opt to take their sedative orally. It comes either in pill or liquid form, depending on the procedure. It’s exceptionally common and helps many people get the dental work that they want without having to experience a panic attack.

Our Columbus office at Easton offers sedation dentistry and is conveniently accessible for Central Ohio and conducts thousands of procedures each year. We know how to keep our patients happy. Contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry and find out if it’s right for you.

Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Mar 15th, 2020
Easton Dentists Apr 7th, 2020

While sedation dentistry appeals to many potential patients, it’s not for everyone. Ask yourself why this added part of your dental routine could benefit you. Be honest with yourself and your dentist.

Sedation could be good for you if you’re anxious about dental work for a variety of reasons. Poor experiences with previous dentists can lead to a fear of anything to do with your teeth. At the Dental Center at Easton Town Center, we’re the dental resource for Central Ohio. We see many patients and pride ourselves on our approachability. But, understandably, a poor experience with another dentist can leave some people traumatized. Keeping a brilliant smile is still important, though, and many patients will try again with us. Sedation can be helpful in easing those anxieties. Low to moderate sedation leaves you still casually aware of your surroundings and capable of responding to purposeful questions. The point of sedation dentistry is to ensure that you have the best dental experience you can have and still get the most out of the work being done. Most patients who opt for sedation choose to take their medication orally and avoid intravenous needles and gas. We make it easy to say yes to dentistry.

Sometimes, sedation can be appealing and still not be the best option for you. If you dislike not having control or are wary of drugs and sedation, then this may not be the best option for you. Our dentists are happy to guide you through the work as they do it, and that may be a better way to relax about your procedure. It’s also better to not be sedated if you are worried about what your dentist will say about your teeth. We don’t bite! Let us talk to you about your teeth while we’re looking at them.

Talk to your dentist to find out if sedation dentistry is a good option for you. Make an appointment at our Columbus, Ohio, office.

Suffering From Fractured Teeth? We Can Help!

Feb 20th, 2020
Easton Dentists Mar 2nd, 2020

Fractured teeth are quite common, especially as we age. There are several types of fractures that affect the teeth, and treatment options vary depending on the condition of the fracture.

From small cracks or fissures, to actual split teeth with root damage, Dr. Gilmer can address and correct your this type of tooth damage. Don’t wait to have your fractured teeth examined – the longer it is ignored, the greater the long term health impact can be.

There are several types of fractures, and The Dental Clinic at Easton can treat them all. The most minor fracture is a craze line, or minor crack, which is simply a surface crack affecting the enamel of the tooth. These don’t need any treatment, but if they bother you cosmetically you can consider polishing, or dental veneers.

Other cracked tooth damage can be quite significant, involving the tooth as a whole. These cracks often affect the surface and even the nerve of the tooth- and can be treated with typical dental filling materials such as those used in filling cavities. The pulp may be damaged as well, which may require a root canal.

Minor chips on the teeth are quite common, and most don’t require treatment for the architecture of the tooth. Many minor chips can be polished, or treated with a bit of filling material to address the appearance of the tooth.

Split teeth are the most serious and dangerous type of fractures. In these cases, most patients experience significant pain and tooth sensitivity. Treatments include root canals, followed by crowns. Severe vertical breaks may require the removal of the tooth, and a dental implant to restore your smile.

It’s important to visit your dentist for any type of tooth pain in order for a correct diagnosis.

Afraid Of Wearing Braces?

Oct 17th, 2019
Easton Dentists Nov 1st, 2019

When you were a pre-teen, probably one of the scariest things you could imagine was coming back from the dentist’s office with braces. Once you became an adult, you were probably relieved that you escaped your teens without having a mouthful of metal.

Surprisingly, many adults get braces, too. Why? Many people did not get braces when they were young because either their parents could not afford braces, or their teeth could not be straightened with the techniques of 40 years ago. Now they have problems with their teeth and gums, get indigestion all the time or they are just unhappy with their smile.

Other people did have orthodontic treatment when they were young, but they did not wear their retainers until they stopped growing (little known fact: you should wear your retainer until you are 24). The result is that their teeth are now a little bit crooked. Now they are unhappy with their smile so they get braces too.

As much as 25 percent of the orthodontic treatment being done is being done on adult patients. Most adults get orthodontic treatment because they realize that taking care of your smile is part of taking care of yourself.

Of course, the idea of revisiting the nightmare of your teen years is a bit intimidating—for example, in an episode of “Sex and the City,” Miranda briefly wore braces, only to have them removed because she was incredibly self-conscious about them.

Thankfully, many dentists (including us!) offer Invisalign, which is an alignment device that is clear, as well as much more comfortable than the traditional metal braces. Invisalign is removable, so you would take them out to eat, drink, and brush, greatly reducing the chance of decay that comes with metal braces. With Invisalign, you “graduate” to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks. The aligners give less force per week and less pain than do fixed appliances.

Look at your smile – your smile is the most important feature on your face. Are you happy with your smile now? Does your smile look as good as it did when you were younger? What do you think about someone who has a pleasing smile – do you find them attractive? What do you think about someone who has an awful smile – do they look old and haggard? At the end of orthodontic treatment, people’s smiles end up looking fabulous.

No Need To Be Afraid Of A Root Canal!

Sep 6th, 2019
Easton Dentists Oct 1st, 2019

Root canal treatment is performed when the pulp (core) of a tooth is diseased or damaged. This procedure requires the removal of the pulp followed by filling and sealing the inside areas (the pulp chamber and root canals).

There are a lot of myths surrounding root canal procedures. Many patients fear getting a root canal because they think it’s painful. However, this quite simply isn’t the case. With modern endodontic treatment, root canals are virtually painless. In fact they can actually relieve pain, by removing the cause of the problem causing tooth discomfort.

In addition, a root canal procedure can be the best way to save your natural tooth. Most root canals take an hour or less, and with modern pain medications, the patient will experience no pain whatsoever. Root canal procedures are actually the most comfortable, effective, and safest way to save the natural tooth, without the trauma of extraction, or the time and expense of a prosthetic tooth replacement.

Another concern is the perceived high cost of a root canal. In actuality, a root canal can cost thousands of dollars less than an implant, with much less treatment time.

It’s best to visit to your Columbus dentist on a regular basis (every six months is recommended), take good care of your teeth, and report to your dentist any pain you may be feeling. Preventative dental care may be the best way to avoid root canals. However , in many cases a root canal can be the best way to save the natural tooth. Generally, It’s a painless and very time efficient procedure-nothing to be afraid of.