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  1. Temporary Crowns

    A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. Temporary crowns can be made in your family dentist's office, whereas most permanent crowns are made in a de…Read More

  2. Ceramic Porcelain Dental Crowns

    A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. All-Ceramic Porcelain Crowns are the most realistic looking “caps” for damaged teeth. Your family dentis…Read More

  3. Metal Dental Crowns

    Dental Crowns are prosthetics that your family dentist attaches to a damaged tooth. A dental crown may be needed in order to: Protect a weak tooth from decay Hold parts of a cracked tooth together Mak…Read More

  4. Types of Dental Crowns

    What is a Dental Crown? A dental crown is a protective covering or “cap” that your family dentist affixes onto a damaged tooth which strengthens the tooth, protects exposed nerves and may also imp…Read More

  5. What is a Dental Dam?

    A dental dam is a protective layer your family dentist may use when performing a procedure on one of your teeth in order to isolate the specific tooth and prevent risk of infection in other teeth or i…Read More

  6. What is Oral Thrush?

    Oral thrush, also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis, is a common yeast infection that grows inside of the mouth and on the tongue. It is caused by the Candida albicans fungus.   What are the symptom…Read More

  7. Bruxism — Grinding the Teeth

    Your family dentist knows that most of us clench our teeth once in a while, but chronic bruxism can damage the teeth and cause other health issues to develop. Left untreated, grinding teeth may wear t…Read More

  8. Dental Sealants

    Your family dentist has a treatment that is highly effective in preventing cavities: dental sealants. Sealants are a simple, successful and cost-effective measure your dentist can take to prevent cavi…Read More

  9. Aging and Dental Health – Part 3

    (Part 3 of 3)     It is important to maintain regular appointments with your family dentist.  As we age, we face additional challenges to our dental health.    Oral Cancer exams are importa…Read More

  10. Aging and Dental Health – Part 1

    Ideally, you and your family dentist should have a long-term relationship! You should see your family dentist at least twice a year for “cleaning and screening,” no matter how old you are. “Long…Read More

  11. All-On-Four Dental Restoration

    (Part One of an on-going conversation) What is an “All-on-four” treatment solution? The “All-on-four” dental restoration treatment is a convenient and effective treatment option available for …Read More

  12. Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

    Roughly 10% to 20% of Americans avoid going to their family dentist because of Dental Anxiety or Dental Phobia. Dental Phobia leaves people panic-stricken at the thought of going to the dentist, and t…Read More

  13. 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 yo…Read More

  14. 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,…Read More

  15. 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…Read More

  16. 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 th…Read More

  17. 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 …Read More


    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 …Read More

  19. 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 th…Read More

  20. Tooth Shade Fillings, Fife, Tacoma, WA

    When it came to repairing dental cavities, the only available solution in the past was silver amalgam fillings. However, there has been significant advancement in the fillings industry in recent years…Read More

  21. Family Dentist Near Federal Way, WA

    Distinctive Dentistry, Dental Clinic Near Federal Way On I-5, Fife, Tacoma, WA When you are in need of a dentist in Federal Way, WA, specializing in a full spectrum of dental services, the team from D…Read More

  22. Bulimia Nervosa and Oral Health

    As we start to enter the holiday season, it’s important to recognize that for some people, this time of year is especially difficult. Stress, depression, pressure at school, and a seemingly constant…Read More

  23. Toothbrush replacement

    Summer is officially here! How about starting a tradition of replacing your family’s toothbrushes at the beginning of each new season? Here’s why: Over time, toothbrush bristles become warn and fr…Read More

  24. Family Dentistry Basics: Gingivitis

    Distinctive Dentistry is a family, cosmetic, and restorative dental office serving the greater Tacoma and Puyallup communities. We want to help you prevent gum disease! One form of gum disease, gingiv…Read More

  25. Dental Health Basics for K-6 Kids

    The years when kids are in elementary school are very important, in terms of setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. Baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, many kids are actively en…Read More

  26. What is the cost of dental implants?

    We often get asked about the cost of dental implants. Our answer is always the same: “It depends.” As with any surgical procedure, the only fair way to define treatment and associated costs is to …Read More

  27. Are Dental Implants Created Equal?

    When choosing dental implants for our patients, there are thousands from which to choose from and that number continues to rise. How does a dentist decide how to choose the right system for patients? …Read More

  28. Oral Health Tips for College Students

    When heading to college for the first time, teenagers- now officially adults – often need to be reminded about the importance of their oral health. They are fully independent and living on their own…Read More

  29. Dental Health Basics for Toddlers

    “I can do it myself!” Parents of toddlers are familiar with this announcement as their children progress into the age of self-awareness and growing independence. Even so, children need assistance …Read More

  30. Dental Health Basics for Babies

    Parents often ask when they should start taking their kids to the dentist. We follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: the first visit …Read More

  31. Tri-College Day – 3/6/2015

    Event: Tri-College Day, sponsored by Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists, and American College of Dentists, Seattle Date: March 6, 2015 Role/Description: Lecture: Fixed Removabl…Read More

  32. Dietary Dental Do’s

    Welcome back to the Distinctive Dentistry Blog . As your family dentist, I wanted to focus on some helpful “Dietary Do’s” for you, this time. Here are some dietary dental tips: You Don’t Ha…Read More

  33. What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

    What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? Sodium lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an active ingredient in many toothpastes and can promote microscopic damage to the oral tissues in some patients.  Some patients that hav…Read More

  34. Oral Cancer and symptoms

      What Is Oral cancer?   Oral cancer is a disease that can affect a number of individuals; any age, race or gender. The cells within the oral cavity mutate causing malfunction; this can lead to tiss…Read More

  35. Is sedation dentistry safe?

    Although sedation dentistry sounds like a one-size-fits-all to anxiety inducing treatments, it’s important to know that every sedative carries a risk. Fortunately, benzodiazepines used to sedate pat…Read More

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