1. 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 these patients exhibit classic avoidance behavior. They will do everything possible to avoid going to their family dentist. People with dental anxiety often recognize that the fear is totally irrationa…

  2. 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…

  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. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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, leading to the development of a more aesthetically appealing option of composite (tooth-colored) fillings. If you are looking for a dentist offering both types of dental fillings in Tacoma, WA, our …

  10. Sedation Dentistry – Nitrous Oxide | Dr. Keith Phillips

    Dental anxiety is a common experience. Although most folks don’t readily admit it, the truth is, the main reason many people avoid seeing their family dentist is that they have fear of pain. Fortunately, both patient anxiety and pain that may arise during a procedure can be addressed through “sedation dentistry.” Nitrous oxide -- commonly known as "laughing gas,” is a minimal form of sedat…