Dental Membership Plans to Keep You Smiling

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Is the lack of dental insurance keeping you away from seeing a dentist every 6 months? We have a solution for you! We are now offering our dental membership plans that give an option of paying upfront or month to month for your yearly dental care needs. In addition to 30% savings when you sign up, you will receive an additional 10% off of restorative dental services needed.

Preventive Care

Dentistry is all about preventive care. We know it is important to see a dentist, but most of us don’t because our teeth “feel fine.” This is the misconception most people have. A cavity or gum disease typically do not display symptoms until they are bad, really bad. At this point, you are now going to have to spend more time and money in the dental chair to play catch up. If a cavity is caught when it is small, it can be fixed easily with a one or two surface filling. This means less money, less time in the dental chair, and less chance of post-op sensitivity. The same goes with gum disease. This is when the foundation or bone around the teeth that hold and support them becomes affected. Lack of regular dental cleanings, genetics, and poor oral hygiene can all contribute to gum disease. This is why preventive care is SO important. It will save not only your teeth but money in the long run. Tooth replacement is so much more expensive than preserving and maintaining what you have. Our goal as dental providers is to give you all of the tools necessary to do just that.

Why a Dental Membership Plan?

It is estimated that 60% of Americans do not have dental insurance. This means a large percentage of that 60% probably do not see a dentist. Sure, you could go to one of those offices that sends a coupon in the mail and says cleaning, exam, and X-rays for just $69. The worst part is that for this price, the office is trying to see as many patients they can in a day to make up for the discount they are offering. Keep in mind, they need to make a profit to operate effectively. Unfortunately, in most of these cases, the dental care is sub-par, and they are not as focused on building rapport with a patient or providing the best dental care they can but seeing as many patients as possible to attempt to make a profit after practically giving away their services.

We operate differently here at Dental Reflections Dublin. From the moment you walk in the door, our goal is to create the best experience possible for you. This means a friendly greeting by our front office, no wait times in the waiting room, not rushing in the treatment rooms, and really taking the time to address your dental needs, questions and concerns. We are committed to provide comprehensive treatment to all of our patients and give them the best dental care they deserve. The ease of signing up for a dental membership plan and the option of month to month payments for the year makes it more affordable than ever to see a dentist. Contact us today to learn more and get started on keeping your smile healthy!

What is Dental Bonding?

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Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to fix imperfections in the teeth. It is a great option for those that want a small fix and a less invasive procedure than crowns or veneers. An advantage of dental bonding is no tooth structure has to be removed before placing it. It is added to the existing portion of the tooth to give teeth a more natural, flawless look.

Should I Get Dental Bonding?

Many times, we see patients that have teeth that are genetically undersized. The most common teeth for this to occur are the ones right outside of your top, front teeth. The term for them is a peg lateral because they are your lateral incisors. Many people will feel self-conscious about these teeth because they are disproportioned, but they aren’t sure what to do about them. They may fear cost or a procedure itself. Dental bonding is a great option for these patients. The composite or white filling material is added to the tooth and fortunately a lot of times the patient doesn’t even have to be numb for this. The material blends evenly with the tooth, giving it a fuller, even appearance to match the other teeth. This can increase confidence in a patient and give them that smile they deserve.

What Else is Dental Bonding Used for?

If a patient has a small chip or wears on the teeth, bonding can also be done if there is no active decay. Bonding can be reversed if a patient decides a tooth looks too bulky or unnatural. Thankfully, at Dental Reflections Dublin, Dr. As-Sanie is a perfectionist and will be sure you are happy with the result before leaving our office. She also wants to make sure it looks natural and she feels comfortable as well with the work she has done. The first step to inquiring about cosmetic bonding would be to schedule a consultation at our office. Dr. As-Sanie will decide if bonding is right for you and then proceed with scheduling the procedure. Call our dental office in Dublin today at 614.799.5576 for your consultation on dental bonding.

Get Holiday Ready with Whiter Teeth

holiday ready with whiter teeth - Dental ReflectionsIt’s that time of year! Time to squeeze in that visit to the hair salon so your grays are hiding or your roots are touched up for that holiday party to see all of your extended family that one time of year. Are you happy with your smile? The shade of your teeth? Now is a great time to treat yourself with a gift of whitening. Show off those pearly whites at your holiday party and your teeth will be glowing in all of your family photos this year.

We have several different whitening options available to our patients. The simplest, on the go option is our Opalescence Go trays. They are designed for anyone to wear, meaning they are not custom fit. There are 10 sets of trays in a box and are worn for about 20-30 minutes at a time. If you want results fast, this is the choice for you. These allow you to choose your frequency of whitening, once or twice a day for 5-10 days. It has been reported from our patients that these trays may create a bit of sensitivity if you have sensitivity issues before whitening. Sensodyne toothpaste or any toothpaste with Potassium Nitrate can help reduce this sensitivity. 

Our next option is our Glo Whitening. If you are going for the latest fad of whitening, this is it. This is also a speed whitening that can be used on the go. For just 32 minutes a day, Glo is used in 4 separate 8-minute sessions, giving you that shade you’ve always wanted. With a heat and light activated device that goes in your mouth over the whitening gel, you will see results fast with no sensitivity. The gel has a built-in desensitizer creating no sensitivity for the patient during or after treatment. This is a great option that typically leaves you with some gel to touch up on a later occasion which is an added bonus.

Our last option we have available to our patients is our custom whitening trays. These are super nice for patients who know they drink coffee or wine on the daily and will need to whiten several times over their lifetime. This involves dental impressions of the teeth, creating custom made whitening trays for you and just you. The starter kit comes with whitening gel syringes to fill the trays and get to your desired results. These are nice because the gel syringes come in several different percentage options giving you the choice of how long each whitening session lasts. Some people want to sleep in their trays, making it the most convenient for them (minimal sensitivity), while others want a speed whitening session with a higher percentage. You choose what you would like. The refill gel syringes are offered for purchase at a low price once you already have your trays which is a huge advantage. 

All of our whitening options are great for getting the results you want, fast. As long as you commit to it and invest the time to whiten, your smile will be glowing in no time. Contact us today to discuss which option is best for you and we can get you on your journey to the shade you’ve always wanted. 

Do You Want Straighter Teeth?

straighter teeth with Invisalign - Dental Reflections DublinGet Straighter Teeth With Invisalign

Have you wanted straighter teeth but didn’t want all of that metal and hardware in your mouth? Invisalign, or clear aligners, may be a great option for you! Clear aligners are exactly how they sound- they are clear, retainer-like trays that you wear over a period of time that slowly straighten the teeth in a safe manner. Maybe you’ve been thinking about some type of braces for a while now but didn’t know where to start. We are here to help you navigate getting started on your journey to the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

First Steps to Getting Straighter Teeth

The first step to seeing if you are a candidate for clear aligners is scheduling a consultation at our office. This involves taking measurements, photos, and a scan of the teeth to send in to the company we choose that’s best for you. We then have you back to go over your customized treatment plan with estimated treatment time and cost. The virtual treatment plan will show how your teeth will transform over the estimated treatment time. The amount of time in the trays can vary between as little as 6 months to 18+ months. A lot of it also depends on how compliant you are in wearing the trays as well. It is recommended to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours a day and only take them out when you are eating or drinking anything besides water.

Cost of Clear Aligners

The cost can vary greatly depending on the recommended treatment time and how much correcting/straightening of the teeth that need done. The range is similar to traditional braces and starts at around $3,000 and can go up to $5,000+. The good news is if you have orthodontic coverage on your insurance plan, you can also apply it to clear aligners. Be sure to check the age limit and amount of coverage. The average that we see on dental insurance plans is $1,000 towards any treatment which is a huge help! We do payment plans for clear aligners as well. 

The good news is, a consultation for clear aligners is free of charge at Dental Reflections Dublin! Call us today to get scheduled for your appointment to see if you are a candidate and can get started on your smile in 2020! 

Wisdom Teeth: To Keep or Not to Keep???

wisdom teeth - Dental reflections dublinEveryone always dreads the recommendation of getting their wisdom teeth out. But why? Well let’s face it, no one likes to have surgery or be put under. The only part of that the general public enjoys is watching videos of people coming out of their anesthesia. The real question is: why do some people get to keep their wisdom teeth, and others don’t? What happens if my dentist tells me to get them out and I don’t? Believe it or not, we recommend things for a reason. We are all about PREVENTATIVE dental care which means prevent something wrong before it happens. Here’s the scoop on those “extra teeth” we don’t really need.

What happens if I don’t get them out?

If your dentist is recommending the wisdom teeth come out, you really should get them out. We typically address the wisdom teeth around junior/senior year of high school, or age 17-18. This is when we have a good idea of whether or not a person has room for them or not. We take a panoramic x-ray that circles around your head and shows us all your teeth, including the roots and surrounding bone. This shows us how many wisdom teeth there are and if the roots are developed enough to have them extracted and if the patient does, in fact, have enough room to keep them. Some patients only have one wisdom tooth or none (lucky!!). We have seen some with 8. That’s right, and they grew two sets.

What Age Should You Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

The younger the wisdom teeth come out, the better. The bone is more flexible, and the healing time is faster. Delaying having them out can cause cysts to develop around the teeth, leading to infections and more invasive surgeries. We have seen it: 25-year-old male presents with pain on the lower left. We had recommended the wisdom teeth come out at age 18 due to shortage of space.

A Patient Who Didn’t Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed

All four teeth were impacted (under the gums). The patient developed a cyst on the lower left wisdom tooth and was referred to the oral surgeon immediately. The bone had to be scraped out under the tooth and sent in for a biopsy. The extra scraping or debriding, along with the biopsy bill, led to the patient having a much longer recovery and more out of pocket costs. Thankfully the cyst was benign, and no further action had to be taken. Thank goodness this was caught early because if left untreated, could have caused a hold in the jaw. The risks of surgery highly outweigh, keeping them, and not being able to predict what the future holds. If they do happen to come in the mouth, we typically see gum problems and cavities develop due to hard to access areas.

Why do some people have a room and get to keep them?

Like we said earlier, every single patient is different. Some people have large mouths, and the gum tissue is healthy around the wisdom teeth, and they can keep them super clean. We also see a lot of cases where a patient had 4 teeth out for braces due to crowding, but later grew and had room for the wisdom teeth to come in and stay. Trust us when we say this: If we truly believe you have room to keep the teeth and keep them healthy and predict they will not cause issues down the road; we will absolutely recommend keeping them. The thing is, the average person, unfortunately, does not have room and needs to get them out.

At Dental Reflections Dublin, we typically refer all of our wisdom teeth extractions to an oral surgeon, who specializes in removing these types of teeth. Wisdom teeth can be unpredictable and come in different sizes and shapes, so we feel most comfortable with our patients in the hands of a surgeon, who extract teeth all day long. Recovery is the same whether having one or four removed at the same time, so we recommend all 4 to keep it to one procedure. An oral surgeon can address any questions or concerns you may have about recovery, sedation options, and the procedure itself.

4 Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

signs of sleep apnea - Dental reflectionsDo you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night? What about during the day? Do you feel exhausted and like you need a nap on the daily? Most people think of only old, overweight men that develop sleep apnea. You would be surprised how many people we see that are fit, skinny, young and females that have mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea. This condition is not something you want to ignore, as it lowers your quality of life and you may not realize how good our bodies are designed to feel. Read up on some signs that could point towards sleep apnea that you may never have thought to blink twice about.

1. Morning Headaches and Jaw Pain/Tension

Since we are only listing 4 signs today, we figured we would combine these together since they kind of go hand in hand. If you find yourself waking up with headaches in the morning, this could mean you are clenching and grinding at night. This is a result of not getting enough oxygen when you sleep. Your body is fighting for air because your airway is blocked, causing the clenching and grinding. This leads to morning headaches, tooth and jaw pain, and tension, including tooth sensitivity.

2. Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux at night when you lay down to sleep is another sign of sleep apnea. It is very common to see a patient in the dental chair that complains of acid reflux and it is evident in their teeth as well. The acid breaks down the enamel, exposing the underlying tooth structure- dentin which leads to tooth sensitivity and excessive wear on the teeth. This can also cause issues with the lining of the esophagus and severe stomach issues if left untreated.

3. Depression

If you feel depressed on the daily and have other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, that may be the explanation for it. When your body is not getting enough oxygen at night while you sleep, the result is depression. This is due to the stress and your body not being able to compensate for the lack of oxygen. It is common to see patients with untreated sleep apnea taking depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure medications. It is also common for these patients to come off of these meds after treating their sleep apnea.

4. You Snore or Gasp for Air

Have you ever noticed yourself waking up from a loud snore? What about your heart racing and feeling short of breath? Maybe your bed partner is tapping you to change positions due to keeping them up at night. Sleep apnea is typically at its peak when lying on your back. When you turn to your side, it allows your tongue to be at a more relaxed state, not blocking your airway and able to take in more oxygen. If you find yourself gasping for air in the middle of the night, or snoring loudly on a nightly basis, it is time to address it.

Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we offer comprehensive treatment, assessing the patient as a whole, to be able to recognize signs of sleep apnea. We offer an at-home sleep study and alternative treatment options to a CPAP for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Call us today for a consultation at 614.799.5576.

Be “Teeth Ready” for Back to School

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teeth ready for back to school - dental reflections dublinBack to school is approaching fast and we want to give you the best tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy. First things first – get their checkup visit in before school starts! You want to be sure they don’t have any active decay or cavities in their mouth! According to the CDC, about 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. The issue seen here is studies also show that children with active decay have issues with eating, speaking, playing and learning while at school. This is why preventative dental care is so important.

Check-up Visit

At your child’s checkup visit to the dentist, we can offer services that get them back to school ready. We assess their need for sealants to prevent cavities, apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel, and give tips on nutrition and brushing and flossing. We emphasize the importance of brushing twice a day for two minutes. We apply a disclosing solution to highlight missed areas while brushing so they know where to focus at home to effectively remove all the plaque. We also give them the tools they need if they are in braces to properly care for their teeth while at school which is a necessity.

Healthy School Lunches

This is a big one. Fill your child’s lunchbox with foods high in fiber, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and even nuts and cheeses. These are all teeth-friendly and help promote a healthy pH in the mouth to prevent cavities. Avoid juices, sodas, sports drinks, dried fruits, fruit snacks and any other sticky, high sugar foods. Water and milk are best to drink. Pretzels and chips aren’t the best for the teeth, but other healthy choices listed above can offset and help remove the particles from the teeth better. They also dissolve more with saliva alone as compared with sticky, high sugar foods.

Vending Machines

This is another tough one. Vending machines are slowly improving but we aren’t there yet. Vending machine foods are filled with preservatives. Avoid candy bars, chips, sports drinks, energy drinks or soda. Sipping on anything but water throughout the day can significantly increase a child’s risk for decay. We see it all the time. Propel has water with electrolytes that is safe to drink with no added sugars or sweeteners. Other brands are coming out with their own versions as well.

Sports Mouthguard

Finally, it is important to protect your child’s teeth during any physical contact sport. This includes but is not limited to lacrosse, basketball, football, wrestling, and hockey. More and more schools are making this a requirement and make it a must that the guard be colored so the coach can see it in the mouth. A custom sports guard is well worth the money and protection, still allowing your child to talk and play as they normally would during a game vs. walking in our doors with a tooth in their hand. (Yes, we have seen it).

Whatever your dental needs are for your children, we can help! Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin to schedule your child’s dental appointment and we will be sure they are back to school ready!!

Dental Hygienist vs. Dental Assistant: Understanding the Difference

dental hygienist vs dental assistance The general public, including dental patients, typically do not quite understand the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist. Sometimes we are all referred to as “dental technicians,” “nurses,” or “those girls.” Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we feel it is important for our patients to know what roles we play and to understand the key differences between the 2.

Dental Assistant

A dental assistant is like the dentists “right-hand man” or woman for that matter. Programs or schooling for dental assisting is typically offered either at a vocational school- which you take part in during high school, or a career/technical program. A dental assistant can take x-rays, update a patient’s health history, obtain vitals, take dental impressions, do dental charting, place topical anesthetic, assist during dental procedures such as crowns, fillings, bridges, implants, extractions and more. They are multi-talented and fast workers. It is entirely optional for a dental assistant whether or not they become state board certified. If they choose to do so, they can advance in the profession and become licensed in additional areas of dentistry to be able to do more independently chairside. A dental assistant is a crucial aspect to a dental practice and is needed to make sure operations flow smoothly and seamlessly.

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist must obtain a minimum of a 2-year degree from college, and pass all three parts of their state board exam to practice (work). A dental hygienist can also take x-rays, dental impressions, update health history, obtain vitals, dental charting, and place topically. What they don’t do is assist the dentist. What they do in addition to a dental assistant is professional dental cleanings, administer nitrous oxide, injections to numb patients (separate board exam), in-depth patient education, and nutritional counseling. They basically have their own column of patients, and the doctor does the exam at the end of each appointment to check for cavities. So, they do work more independent.

Both are great professions and are unique in different ways. The ultimate goal is to make every patient experience phenomenal by building rapport, addressing any questions or concerns, and keeping them reflecting their best.

Benefits of Dental Implants

benefits of dental implants - Dental ReflectionsBenefits of Dental Implants

A dental implant serves the purpose of replacing a missing tooth. This restores chewing function where the open space is in the mouth. Not only can a dental implant fill a missing space, but there are also many other important benefits long term to choosing a dental implant over a partial, or just leaving the open space.

Drifting

When a tooth is missing the teeth around it and above or below it tends to shift. They naturally want the space to be filled and want to move into the open spot. The problem that occurs is this: Once the teeth start to move and drift, gum and bone problems begin to develop with the drifting teeth, leaving them compromised. The tooth above or below the space starts to supra-erupt meaning continue to come in because they have no opposing force. The tooth that is supra-erupting is also now compromised, leaving a poor prognosis for it as well. There is no way to tell how fast teeth around a missing space will start to move. For some, it could be years, others just months. Another downfall of waiting too long is that the open space may no longer be a candidate for an implant if the teeth around it have drifted too much.

Chewing Function

It is also important to restore chewing function from a missing tooth. Molars are the most common tooth in the mouth to be missing. These are the teeth we chew the most with, including hard, crunchy foods. When we are missing one or more molars, the smaller teeth in front of them begin to do more work, putting them at risk for fractures since they are not designed for this much force.

Implant Process

The first step to seeing if you are a good candidate for a dental implant is to schedule a consultation for an exam and radiographs of the area. Sometimes a bone graft is needed prior to implant placement to replace any missing bone in the area for optimum support. This is crucial for the success of the implant and is a very straightforward, minimally invasive procedure. Once the implant is placed, the area must heal for 4-6 months before the permanent crown is placed (this is essentially the tooth that will be in your mouth). With advanced technology, patients even report to us the minimal amount of healing/recovery time they experience when having a dental implant placed. Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin at 614.799.5576 for your complimentary consultation for a dental implant.

Five Facts About Dental Implants

  • Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman.
  • Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.
  • In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants formed the AAID – American Academy of Implant Dentistry – to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing implant dentistry.
  • In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with the bone, eventually switching his research focus to the mouth from the knee and hip.
  • 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.*

*https://www.aaid-implant.org/aaid-credentials/expertise-you-can-trust/

Oral Health Month

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In honor of Oral Health Month, we wanted to give you some tips and tricks on how to keep your teeth healthy. Dentistry is all about preventative dental care, which means we want to help you stay out of the doctor’s chair but get you in the hygienist’s chair.

The first step to good oral health is seeing your dentist/hygienist every 6 months for a cleaning and exam. The earlier, the better when diagnosing a cavity. Smaller fillings last longer, and the tooth will have a better future if we catch something while its still small. This can prevent the need for a root canal, post-op sensitivity, and just more money all around. The same goes for the health of your gums. If you do have some issues going on with the bone, or foundation of your teeth, we need to treat them immediately to prevent tooth loss down the road. Did you know more people lose their teeth to gum disease vs. cavities?

Brush and Floss

Yes, we added floss in there. As Dr. As-Sanie tells her patients: Only floss the teeth you want to keep. Did you know flossing daily can increase your life expectancy? Think of all of that bacteria, plaque, and food that settles under your gums every day. Brushing alone does not sweep out the plaque in those tight, hard to reach areas between the teeth. Think of putting mashed potatoes in your pocket and walking around with that for days, weeks, or even months. It will start to stink, among other things. This is what happens in the mouth. That soft stuff that settles hardens over time if you don’t remove it, basically causing a splinter like irritant under the gum that deteriorates the bone holding your teeth in place. If this doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. As far as the brushing part goes – twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Electric is better. Take our word for it.

Eat and Sip Right

Try to limit your sugary, flavored drinks to meal times. This allows the saliva to buffer out the acids between meals, creating a neutral environment the bad bacteria can’t thrive on. Drink lots of water. It’s your body and mouths best friend. Snack on stuff like nuts, cheese, and yogurt. Avoid sticky, dried fruit, carbs, and candy. Add in some Xylitol gum or mints if you do splurge on one of the no-no’s listed above and you may be in decent shape.

Dental Reflections Dublin

Don’t forget to come to see us at Dental Reflections Dublin. This is first and foremost. The others you can do on your own on a day to day basis. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. We want to keep you reflecting your best here at Dental Reflections Dublin.