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    Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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    Hello, I’m Dr. Bryant Zollinger of Carlton Dental. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their dentist.

    Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

    The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with extreme decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

    The dentist explains that these problems need to be addressed before the smile transformation is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

    How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

    First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

    Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to repair all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

    If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 503-852-7147. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, OR
    97111

     


    Mouthwash Facts In Carlton

    Mouthwash Facts In Carlton

    Hi, I am Doctor Bryant Zollinger.  Thanks for visiting my Carlton Dental blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Oregon residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

    It is important for Oregon residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

    If you are one of the Carlton residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But Oregon men and women also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

    Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

    At Carlton Dental we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

    In addition to preventative dental care, Carlton Dental offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Carlton Dental about teeth whitening. Carlton Dental also provide cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers.

    At Carlton Dental we have been improving the smiles of residents in Carlton, Carlton and the surrounding areas since 1979. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111

     


    Attack Of The Gummi Bear

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    Here at the Carlton dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are committed to our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer a key warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

    Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

    Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.

    Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!

    Hi. I’m Doctor Bryant Zollinger of Carlton Dental in Carlton. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 503-852-7147 to see your general dentist.

    TMJ issues can generally be treated with non-invasive methods including including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If required, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.

    In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Carlton Dental offers the following services:

    sedation dentistry
    teeth whitening
    orthodontics
    dental implants

    Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have a phenomenal smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening in Carlton, smile redesigns, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 503-852-7147.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111

     


    Carlton Dental Has A Solution For Dental Anxiety

    Oral Conscious Sedation Some Carlton dental patients experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment. With oral conscious sedation, it is possible to relax during dental procedures instead of being tense and fearful. Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry are all terms used to describe this type of treatment. In addition to alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation can help Carlton  dental patients with a variety of conditions.

    You may want to consider oral conscious sedation if you have any of the following issues:

    • Strong gag reflex
    • Fear of needles
    • Sensitive teeth
    • Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
    • Difficulty getting numb
    • A history of negative dental experiences
    • Trouble controlling body movement due to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or related condition
    • Need extensive dental treatment requiring lengthy dental visits

    If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these factors, give us a call at 503-852-7147. We can give you vital information about sedation options and help you determine which one is right for you. At Carlton Dental we do all we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We look forward to discussing your oral health and dental goals.

    Serving Carlton dental patients since 1979.

    You can expect on-time appointments in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is treated like they are family.

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, OR
    97111

     


    Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

    Carlton Teeth Whitening and Veneers You have probably seen ads for lightening products contain terms such as “white brite,” “22 carbamide peroxide” and “peroxide teeth.” How do you separate tooth bleaching fact from fiction?

    Some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Carlton Dental, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. We invit you to speak with Dr. Zollinger, DDS at our Carlton office. Not all teeth whitening systems are appropriate for every person.

    Don’t be fooled by smile whitening hype and risk poor results. If you have existing cosmetic dental work such as crowns, bonding, partial dentures or bridge work, it is essential to talk to a credible professional about worry-free teeth whitening.

    If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, tooth whitening will probably brighten your smile. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, veneers, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not be successful.

    Porcelain veneers may be a better solution for you. There are several brands of veneers such as Lumineers by Cerinate, da Vinci and Mac. The vast majority of Carlton veneer recipients are pleased with the results. Porcelain veneers not only brighten your smile, they can provide many other improvements.

    Veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can repair tooth misalignment and gaps as well as furnish instant teeth whitening.

    Schedule a consultation by calling 503-852-7147. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your unique smile.

    Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr.  Zollinger has been offering cosmetic dentistryporcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1979. You can be confident that Dr. Zollinger has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111

     


    3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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    Hi. I’m Dr. Bryant Zollinger, an experienced dentist in Carlton. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

    A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

    1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

    2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

    3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

    Thank you so much for visiting the Carlton dentist blog.

    Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr.  Zollinger has been offering cosmetic dentistryporcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1979. You can be confident that Dr. Zollinger has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

     

     

    Call a member of our friendly staff today!

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111

     


    What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

    Carlton Mini-Implants When you meet someone in Carlton who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

    Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

    Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

    I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

    A missing tooth can be a big deal.

    Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

    Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

    Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr.  Zollinger has been offering cosmetic dentistryporcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1979. You can be confident that Dr. Zollinger has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111

     


    Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

    Common Myths about Carlton Family Cosmetic Dentistry Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

    Many so-called cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Dental procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

    Myth #2: A McMinnville Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

    Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many vital advantages for Gaston dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

    Myth #3: At-Home Kits are as Effective for McMinnville Tooth Whitening Than a Professional Dental Solution

    At Carlton Dental, we offer our Carlton dental patients teeth whitening treatments that are typically more effective than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

    Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

    Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Call us at 503-852-7147 to set up an appointment to discuss veneers.

    Myth #5: Yamhill Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

    Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Carlton teens and adults alike.

    Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr.  Zollinger has been offering cosmetic dentistryporcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1979. You can be confident that Dr. Zollinger has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111

     


    Carlton Dental Is Here For You

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    Hello, I’m Bryant Zollinger of Carlton Dental, a well-respected dental practice in Carlton, Oregon.

    The friendly team at Carlton Dental would love to help you with any of your dental needs:

    • Pediatric dental counsel for new parents
    • Immediate remedies for any pressing dental issues
    • A gentle, friendly dentist for families with children
    • Experienced care for patients with chronic health conditions such as cancer or diabetes
    • A cosmetic dentist who seeks ongoing training on the latest procedures and materials
    • An inviting dental office with amenities that make your visit comfortable and pleasant
    • A dental practice in Carlton that focuses on preventative care

    My team of dental professionals at Carlton Dental has been serving the Carlton area since 1979. We provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages.

    We are located at 133 E Main St, in Carlton, Oregon. We offer comprehensive dental services including sedation dentistry, teeth whitening and orthodontics. Our passion is providing exceptional care for our valued patients. To make an appointment, call us at 503-852-7147.

    I look forward to being your Carlton dentist of choice.

    You can expect on-time appointments in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is treated like they are family.

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111


    You, Only Better

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    If you’re looking for the brightest, whitest smile possible but insist that you want it to look natural, Dr. Bryant Zollinger can sit down with you and show you how to achieve it. 503-852-7147

    Here at Carlton Dental we use effective, cost sensitive, cutting-edge methods and tools as we create the best smile for each individual.

    Many professionals and public figures in Oregon are taking advantage of modern cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance and enhance their natural attractiveness. Perhaps you have noticed men and women in the local media with smiles that seem extremely bright and beautiful for people of their age.

    You, too, can have a smile that is extremely bright and beautiful, regardless of your age. Whether you are in your fifties, sixties, seventies or beyond, we can provide an anti-aging treatment that doesn’t offer empty promises. Our smile makeovers deliver dramatic results as promised!

    Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr.  Zollinger has been offering cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1979. You can be confident that Dr. Zollinger has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

    Our friendly staff is waiting to schedule an appointment for you at Carlton Dental in Carlton. Let us enhance your natural beauty with a smile makeover.

     

    Contact Carlton Dental:

    503-852-7147

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    133 E Main St
    Carlton, Oregon
    97111