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 dental laboratory.   Temporary crowns are utilized in several situations: Typically, temporary crowns are made of an acrylic-based material or stainless steel which can be used as a temporary resto…

  2. 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 teeth down to stumps, may result in tooth loss, may cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, (jaw joint pain) and may even change the appearance of your face. Cosmetic dentistry provides a variety of solutions to repa…

  3. Aging and Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 2

    (Part 2 of 3)    Cosmetic Dentistry is popular among patients of all ages Cosmetic Dentistry is not just for movie stars.  Your family dentist routinely performs procedures on mature patients that create a more youthful appearance. This can improve confidence and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry issues that your family dentist commonly addresses include: Whitening stained teeth Repairing damage…

  4. 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 in the tooth” is a tongue-in-cheek expression that refers to getting older. In the past, it was common for gums to recede as people aged. It was assumed that as one grew older, teeth would deterior…

  5. 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 the 30+ million Americans who are missing most of their upper and/or lower teeth. Your family dentist may recommend this solution as an alternative to wearing dentures. How does an “All-on-four” w…

  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. 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…

  8. 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 …

  9. Six Tacoma Cosmetic Procedures that are good for your dental health

    A smile can express an emotion, a feeling, a thought, that a whole compendium of literary works cannot communicate as effectively.  More and more people are seeking the help of cosmetic dentists, such as prosthodontist Dr Keith Phillips of Tacoma, to enhance their smiles and boost their self-esteem.  Here are six popular cosmetic dentistry procedures: 1. Bonding. This procedure is about giving t…

  10. What to look for when choosing a dentist to perform your cosmetic dentistry in Tacoma

    Cosmetic dentistry involves crowns, teeth whitening, veneers, tooth straightening and several other procedures. This should be undertaken by a well-trained dentist, who inspires complete patient confidence. Not all dentists are equally qualified to perform cosmetic procedures although they include it on their list of services here are some important tips on what to look for when choosing a dentist…