Feel Healthier, Happier With Dental Implants (video)
We take a holistic view of dental care at Black Diamond Dentistry. We understand that your oral and overall health are interconnected, and when we can do something to improve your quality of life, it makes us smile.
That’s why we are proud to offer dental implants for our patients who are missing teeth. Implants replace the roots of lost teeth. With implants, crowns, bridges, and even full dentures can feel and function like natural, healthy teeth. That means you can eat a wider variety of foods, so you can get better nutrition on a daily basis. Dr. Yancy Sipes discusses implants in the video below.
Check For Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms (infographic)
Are you tired of other people complaining about your snoring? Are you tired of feeling tired all the time? Then you may want to talk to Dr. Yancy Sipes at Black Diamond Dentistry. We have a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that could help you sleep better and snore less.
OSA is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing when your drift off. This is harmful to the quality of your sleep and your overall health. Take a moment to review the symptoms of OSA in the graphic below.
Then, contact our team at Black Diamond, WA if you would like to breathe easier at night so you can wake up feeling refreshed.
Holistic Dentistry Is About Caring For People (video)
At Black Diamond Dentistry, our goal is helping all of our patients have healthy mouths and happy smiles. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to help a patient whose oral health had been harmed due to radiation exposure.
One of our patients, CJ, reached out to us, and we were blessed by this opportunity. You can hear more about that in the video below.
This is just one example of how we use our holistic dentistry to do what we can to improve lives. You can experience this by scheduling a checkup at our Black Diamond, WA office. Contact us online or call one of our offices: Black Dimond - Kent
Gum Disease: Know Your Risk Factors (infographic)
Gum disease is far more common and more concerning that most people realize. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. By conservative estimates, at least 70 percent of people will develop periodontal disease.
We offer non-surgical gum disease treatments as a part of our holistic dentistry. At the same time, we want you to be aware of some factors that can increase your risk of periodontal problems.
Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Did you know that your children’s oral care should start when they are babies? For some reason — perhaps because infants don’t have teeth at first — the same parents who are vigilant about doctor’s appointments, feeding schedules, sleeping, and diaper changes don’t give a thought to their baby’s dental care.
It’s important to create a strong foundation of good oral hygiene for your child from very early on. This not only keeps their baby teeth healthy and strong, but makes them view brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits as a routine part of life.
The American Dental Association recommends babies visit the dentist for the first time when the first tooth has emerged or by their first birthday — whichever comes first. At Black Diamond Dentistry in Black Diamond, WA, we love caring for patients of all ages, making us a true family dentist. To request an appointment, Contact us online or call one of our offices: Black Dimond - Kent.
Why Baby Teeth Matter
We hear it all the time: why is it so important to take care of teeth that are just going to fall out anyway? Your child is susceptible to tooth decay once that very first tooth comes in. And cavities can be painful. The best way to ensure your child doesn’t have to endure the pain of tooth decay is by taking good care of those baby teeth. And baby teeth are important. They help baby chew and learn to speak properly. They also act as placeholders for the permanent teeth. If they must be removed early due to decay, the adult teeth may not come in properly, raising the likelihood your child will need orthodontics later on.
How to Keep Baby’s Mouth Healthy
When cavities occur in the teeth of very young children, it’s often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. In severe cases, babies may end up losing their teeth. Here’s how to keep your baby’s teeth and gums in optimal shape.
- Even before a baby has teeth, get into the habit of wiping the gums with a soft, damp cloth. This cleans away bacteria and gets baby accustomed to an oral care routine.
- Once the first tooth comes in, start brushing with an infant toothpaste and a small smear of toothpaste.
- Flossing may commence once a baby has two teeth next to each other.
- Never give a baby a pacifier dipped in sugar or something sweet.
- Never let a baby go to sleep with a bottle of juice, formula, or breast milk, all of which contain decay-causing sugars. For bedtime and naptime, a baby should drink water only.
As soon as that first tooth emerges — or around baby’s first birthday — call our office to schedule a dental appointment. This is as much about getting baby used to a dental routine as it is about cleaning the teeth. We will also be happy to answer any questions you have about teething, pacifiers, and other issues. To get baby’s first visit in the books, call our Black Diamond, WA offices: Black Dimond - Kent. You may also request an appointment with our online form.
Get Relief Painlessly With A Root Canal (video)
Mary learned that getting a root canal doesn’t have to be painful because she came to Black Diamond Dentistry.
“I would definitely recommend them. They're really current. They're helpful whether you're getting a filling, or your teeth cleaned, or something even more serious,” she said. Having a toothache is no fun for anyone. We can help you prevent or treat one at our office in Black Diamond, WA. Contact us online or call one of our offices: Black Dimond - Kent.
Signs You Need to See A Dentist
No matter how busy you are, it’s important to make your health a priority. That includes maintaining regular visits to your dentist. All-too-often, people forget to schedule their next checkup, only to be reminded by nagging, uncomfortable symptoms that it’s been a while since their last trip to the dentist.
Regardless of how long It’s been since your last trip to the dentist, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, our team at Black Diamond Dentistry wants to see you as soon as possible.
Tooth Pain or Discomfort
Even if it’s a small ache, a toothache that doesn’t go away is one that shouldn’t be ignored. If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Tooth pain or discomfort could be a sign of a cavity, abscess, damaged filling, broken tooth, or teeth grinding.
By visiting Dr. Yancy Sipes in Black Dentistry, WA, we can figure out what is causing you pain and treat it as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Bleeding After Brushing or Flossing
If you regularly experience bleeding after brushing or flossing your teeth, it’s a sign you should see your dentist. It isn’t normal and could be a sign you are developing gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss and eventually tooth loss.
Other signs you could be developing gum disease and need to see a dentist include tender or swollen gums or discharge between your teeth and gums.
To a certain extent, gum recession is a normal part of the aging process. But receding gums, especially in younger people, could be a sign you need to see your dentist. Gum recession is a symptom of gum disease and if not treated, can cause the roots of your teeth to become exposed. Exposed roots greatly increase your risk of tooth decay, infection, pain, and tooth loss. If caught early, we can treat you, stop the receding, and even reverse the process.
Saliva not only keeps your mouth lubricated, but it helps to wash away food and neutralize the acids that plaque produces. If your mouth feels dry, there are several potential causes. See your dentist as soon as possible to find out what could be causing your dry mouth. Together, we can come up with ways to restore moisture and keep your mouth healthy.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy Between Dentist Visits
There are often no warning signs of early gum disease, which is why it’s important to see your dentist at least every six months for a checkup. Even if you aren’t experiencing any of the above symptoms, regular checkups and professional cleanings are essential.
In between appointments, take the following steps to keep your mouth healthy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and don’t brush too aggressively to avoid damaging your gums
- Consider using a mouthwash that contains fluoride
Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns. If you haven’t yet, be sure to call and schedule your next checkup and cleaning. Contact us online or call one of our offices: Black Dimond - Kent.
Revolutionary Tooth Replacement: Dental Implants
Are you living with holes in your smile left by missing teeth? Have you been struggling with the discomfort and insecurity of dentures? Are you ready for a tooth replacement option that better suits your lifestyle?
At Black Diamond Dentistry, we have turned to a revolutionary way to replace teeth. At our Black Diamond, WA office, we can rebuild your smile in a way that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing: with dental implants.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant works as an artificial tooth root. They look similar to screws and are placed in the jawbone where they bond with the bone to create an ultra-song base. Once the implant bonds to your jawbone, an abutment, or connector, is put on top of the dental implant to support the crown. A crown is then custom-made to match your teeth and connected to the implant to replace your missing tooth.
Dental implants are the strongest device available to replace missing teeth and support replacement teeth. They are the tooth replacement option that looks, feels, and functions the most naturally. Dental implants also prevent the deterioration of the jaw bone by providing the stimulation a healthy tooth’s roots would otherwise provide.
Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants
Typically, the procedure to place a dental implant takes several visits to our office. During each visit, we will explain each step of the process and make sure you are completely comfortable. If you are only replacing a single missing tooth, the crown will be placed once the implant heals.
However, if you are replacing several teeth, it is likely that several implants will be placed in your jaw before capping them with a dental bridge. An implant-retained bridge is longer-lasting than a traditional bridge and doesn’t require the healthy remaining teeth to be reduced in order to support it.
Sedation Dentistry for Optimal Comfort
If you are concerned about any discomfort you may experience during a dental implant procedure, rest assured that we have the tools to keep you relaxed and comfortable. At Black Diamond Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry so that we can give our patients the best treatment possible. During your appointment, while discussing your dental implant procedure, we will go over the options available to ensure you experience minimal discomfort.
We will also share tips on how to make sure your healing process goes as smoothly as possible. Because much of the healing in between appointments is done at home, we want to make sure you feel confident and pain-free.
Our team has decades of experience in the field of dentistry. With this revolutionary tooth replacement option, we are confident we can restore your quality of life and give you the smile you deserve. Contact us online or call one of our offices: Black Dimond - Kent and find out if dental implants are right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.
Resolve To Visit Us For Your Family Dentistry (video)
We hope 2020 is filled with happy memories and lots of smiles for you and your loved ones. That's just one of the reasons that we welcome you to visit our family dentistry in Black Diamond, WA this year.
For Dr. Yancy Sipes and the rest of our team, seeing our patients' healthy smiles is a reward in and of itself. Take a few moments to watch the video below. Discover why we can be home for your family's dental care.