1. Root Canals

    What is a root canal? Beneath the tooth enamel and dentin, there is soft tissue known as pulp. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and the blood vessels — the “roots” of your tooth.  When pulp tissue becomes infected, your family dentist performs a “root canal” to remove the infected or damaged tissue. Trauma to your tooth may cause damage to the roots of the tooth…

  2. Ultrasonic Scaling as Part of Dental Treatment

    What is Ultrasonic scaling?      “Scaling” is the removal of hard deposits on the surface of the tooth.      When bacteria in the mouth builds up into plaque and tartar on the teeth, it may cause the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. This can create pockets filled with plaque, and normal flossing and brushing will not remove the plaque from these pockets.      An u…

  3. Laser Dentistry

      What is a Laser? A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of coherent monochromatic light or electromagnetic energy onto a specific focal point. Lasers are used in precision drilling, cutting, alignment and guidance. When would my family dentist use a laser in a dental treatment? When this intensely focused energy stream is directed at tissue, it can alter the shape of, or even re…

  4. October is Dental Hygiene Month

    In honor of dental hygiene month, Jeanine and Jean, our fabulous dental hygienists offer a few tips to enhance your oral hygiene routine: Choose the right tools and use them in the most effective ways: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.                                                                           …

  5. Dental Hygiene Month

    October is Dental Hygiene Month.  This is a perfect time to call your family dentist to schedule an appointment for routine cleaning and preventative maintenance of your oral health.   Why is this important? Regular dental hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Early detection and intervention when there is a problem means it is easier to fix any issue. Your dental health affects your over…

  6. Dental Emergencies (Part 2 of 2)

    What to do if you crack, fracture or knock out a tooth: If you crack, fracture or accidentally knock out a tooth, it is essential that you contact your family dentist IMMEDIATELY.  Your tooth may be saved if your dentist has a chance to repair the damage shortly after the accident. What you can do to improve the odds of saving the tooth. Pick the tooth up by the crown rather than by the root. Rin…

  7. WHAT DENTISTS THINK ABOUT CHEWING GUM

    You may have seen advertisements for chewing gum claiming that a particular brand of gum has been “approved by dentists,” but what does that even mean? Do Dentists actually approve of chewing gum and do they endorse specific brands? The answer is… Yes and No! Dentists do not recommend chewing gum: If you have temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMD/TMJ) and/or jaw pain. If you chew gum swee…

  8. Dental Emergencies (Part 1 of 2)

    What constitutes a Dental Emergency?   Any type of serious injury to the lips, mouth, cheek, or tongue is a dental emergency. You should call your family dentist immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: If you have been hit in the mouth, or hit your mouth hard on something.                                                                  If you h…

  9. Why should I see a Prosthodontist for dentures? (Part 3 of 3)

    What is a ‘prosthodontist' anyway? A prosthodontist is a dentist who, after completing dental school, also becomes a specialist in the field of restoration of the jaw and mouth — after completing an additional three years of advanced training through an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. (‘Prostho’ means ‘replacement’ and ‘dontist’ means ‘pertaining to or dealing with…

  10. Dentist in Tacoma WA – Dental Office For the Whole Family

    Being affiliated with more than one office for your complete dental care can be stressful and time-consuming. Fortunately, you can find a one-stop, full-service dentist in Tacoma, WA. At Distinctive Dentistry, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive dental care of the highest quality to local residents. In a city of almost 208,000 people, it is crucial to have a dentist not only for routine car…