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Why Large Tooth Restorations and Crowns May End up Requiring Root Canal Therapy

 

If you’ve ever visited a dentist for a large tooth restoration, like a filling or a dental crown, you may have had a root canal recommended – even if you didn’t have an infected tooth.

Why is this? Well, the answer is pretty complicated, but it boils down to one fact: Teeth that have had crowns and other large dental restorations are more likely to require root canal therapy.

Because of this, many dentists are now recommending root canal therapy for large tooth restorations, even if there is no infection present. In this article, Crossroads Family Dentistry will examine the scientific reasoning behind this practice.

Crowned Teeth Are Much More Likely to Need Endodontic Treatment

How much more likely? Let’s get into the numbers!

A study performed by Felton D., et al in 1989 revealed that 13.3% of teeth treated with a crown required future endodontic treatment, compared to 0.5% of teeth without dental restorations.

Future studies furthered this fact. A study performed by GS Cheung et al in 2002 showed that after 10 years, 16% of all teeth with dental crowns required endodontic treatment, and after 15 years, this number jumped to 18%.

But, why is this the case?

How Do Dental Crowns Cause Endodontic Complications?

There are a few reasons why large dental restorations and crowns can cause endodontic complications and require root canal therapy.

First, crowns aren’t usually placed on healthy teeth. If you need a dental crown, your tooth already has some problems, whether they were caused by a traumatic injury or breakage, serious tooth decay, or even periodontal disease.

This means that a dental crown won’t always fix every underlying problem. Even if there are no symptoms, your dental pulp may be damaged or infected. If the nerve tissue is compromised, you’ll need a root canal eventually.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to consider having a root canal if you have a seriously damaged tooth, even if there are no signs of immediate pulp infection.

Second, the process of having a crown installed can be very traumatic for the underlying tissue. Drilling creates friction and can negatively impact the tooth, and the pulp of the tooth may be exposed to bacteria, which can further damage it.

Finally, endodontic complications can be hard to detect after the installation of a dental crown or other large tooth restoration. You may notice symptoms within days or weeks, but it often takes months or years for endodontic complications to become readily apparent.

Damaged Tooth? Come to Crossroads Family Dentistry for Your Next Dental Crown!

At Crossroads Family Dentistry, Dr. Faulconer, Dr. Dais, and Dr. Underwood are specialists in cosmetic tooth restoration and comprehensive dental care.

With our expertise in modern, minimally-invasive dental crowns and root canal therapy, CrossRoads Family Dental is the best place to have a dental crown installed in all of Oklahoma City. Our doctors will closely examine your tooth for signs of endodontic damage or disease, take proper steps to remove infected tissue, and ensure that your dental crown restores your tooth perfectly.

Don’t risk endodontic complications. Choose the best family dental practice in Oklahoma City. We’ll take great care of you and your teeth, and our satisfied patients speak for themselves!

Call us for an appointment today at (405) 631-0322, or visit our office at 8101 S Walker, Ste D, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73139.

4 Reasons you deserve your perfect smile!

Everybody wants a gorgeous, healthy smile. But even if you brush and floss daily, and keep up with your 6-month check-ups, you may still have cosmetic issues. Perfectly straight, bright white teeth don’t often come naturally. But with affordable cosmetic dentistry at Crossroads Family Dentistry, you don’t have to settle for a shy smile.

Teeth whitening, veneers and recontouring make it easier than ever to achieve the smile of your dreams! Unconvinced? Here are 4 reasons you should make a change:

1. A Special Event

If you have a special event coming up, like a wedding, now is the perfect time to invest in cosmetic dentistry. You’re going to relive these memories with family, friends and loved ones for years to come, and photographers will capture every moment.

If you have extra spacing, chips and cracks, or misshapen teeth, recontouring might be the right treatment for you. Say goodbye to all the little imperfections and feel confident on your big day.

2. A Confidence Boost

Speaking of confidence, there’s no need to feel self-conscious about your smile. The team at Crossroads Family Dentistry want you to be happy with the way you look. And because smiling is so important – it helps you connect with others and improves your self-confidence – we offer professional grade teeth whitening options that can take care of any level of staining.

From smokers to coffee drinkers, anyone can have a brighter, whiter smile that they can feel proud of.

3. A Younger Look

As we age, so do our teeth. Regardless of how well we might care for our smiles, the process of aging makes it more difficult to combat certain issues. Sometimes good hygiene habits go bad. Sometimes accidents happen, like slips and falls. But yellowing or stains, chips or broken teeth – even missing teeth – all have solutions. Solutions that can make you look and feel younger!

Crossroads Family Dentistry has the best procedures to save your smile. Restoring your teeth is easy with teeth whitening services, dental recontouring, and veneers. Dental veneers bond easily to teeth and can cover any gaps, distortions or yellowed teeth, giving you a brilliant smile and helping you look younger!

4. A Healthier Mouth

Cosmetic dentistry is about more than beautiful teeth and sparkling smiles. It’s also about maintaining a healthier mouth. Crooked or misaligned teeth can incur uneven wear and potential damage. But orthodontic products like Invisalign can improve oral health by aligning your teeth and bite. Clear aligners are a removable system, which makes keeping up with your oral hygiene easier than ever. Plus, most cases take less than a year to complete and are nearly invisible – a perfect option for adults!

Come to Crossroads Family Dentistry for Cosmetic Dentistry in Oklahoma!

At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we specialize in giving our patients beautiful, healthy smiles! At our facility, our team of doctors – Dr. Faulconer, Dr. Dais, and Dr. Underwood – are experts in modern cosmetic dentistry practices who love helping patients achieve the smiles of their dreams.

Don’t wait another day! Come into Crossroads Family Dentistry! Our team will assess your needs, create a customized cosmetic dentistry plan, and help you get the gorgeous, perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

Schedule your appointment by calling (405) 631-0322, contacting us online, or come to our office at 8101 S Walker, Ste D, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73139. We look forward to seeing you!

Understanding Restorative Dentistry

Do I Need A Filling Or A Crown? 

Dental fillings and dental crowns are both very effective ways of repairing teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracking, or chipping. However, fillings and crowns are very different. And if you have severely damaged teeth, it’s critical to choose the procedure that’s right for you, and will offer you long-lasting results. Let’s examine the differences, and find advice that will help you choose between these procedures.

Crowns Vs. Fillings: The Basics

Dental Fillings are usually used for teeth with more minor damage caused by decay, or minor chips or cracks. During the filling process, a hole is drilled into the tooth to remove damaged enamel, and a metal amalgam mixture or a ceramic resin is used to fill this area. This allows the tooth to remain intact, and maintains much of the original strength and appearance of the natural tooth. 

Dental Crowns, on the other hand, are much more comprehensive. Essentially, a dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that’s molded to fit your mouth, and is installed directly on top of an existing tooth. This makes crowns much better at restoring seriously-damaged teeth. Crowns can provide support and protection to the underlying damaged enamel, and keep your bite functional.

When Is A Crown Better Than A Filling?

Crowns are generally more expensive than fillings, and take longer to install. Because of this, some dental patients prefer fillings, even for applications where a crown would be much more safe and effective.

So when are crowns better than fillings? Here are a few scenarios:

  • You Have Old, Large Fillings – If you have an old, large filling (comprising ⅔ or more of the tooth) your tooth could be at serious risk. Large fillings compromise the structural integrity of your teeth, and can lead to breakage and cracking. Replacing large fillings with crowns can help prevent this.

  • You Have Experienced Serious Tooth Decay – If tooth decay has eaten away much of the enamel in your tooth, chances are that a filling won’t do the job. Because fillings require the removal of healthy enamel, it may be impossible to fill a seriously decayed tooth.

    In this case, a crown is a much better option. The remaining enamel can be preserved and protected by a dental crown, restoring your mouth to health.

  • You Have Cracked Or Damaged Teeth – While fillings can sometimes be used to restore small chips in teeth, they are not appropriate for restoring cracked or damaged teeth. A dental crown is the best way to cover up, protect, and restore damaged teeth.

The best way to determine whether a crown is appropriate is to discuss your needs with professional dentists, such as Dr. Faulconer, Dr. Dais, and Dr. Underwood of Crossroads Family Dentistry. They will be able to recommend the appropriate solution for your specific needs, and ensure that you get the right treatment. 

Come To Crossroads Family Dentistry For Comprehensive And Preventative Dentistry!

If you need dental fillings in Oklahoma, or would like to learn more about replacing old, large fillings with dental crowns, Crossroads Family Dentistry is the right place for you! With over 50 years of combined dental expertise, a deep knowledge of dentistry, and dedication to patient satisfaction. we offer the best comprehensive dentistry services in Oklahoma City. 

Whether you’re interested in replacing an old filling, or simply need a new preventative dentistry practice in Oklahoma, contact our team today at (405) 631-0322, send us a message online, or come into our office at 8101 S Walker, Ste D, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73139! 

We’re always accepting new patients, and we’d be happy to serve you!

 

 

Come to Crossroads Family Dentistry for your chance to win a brand new iPad!

At Crossroads Family Dentistry in Oklahoma City, we appreciate our patients! And this summer, we’ve decided that it’s time to give back and offer the chance to win a fantastic prize!

For a limited time, all patients can come into our practice, take a look at a vase full of CEREC dental crowns, and guess the number of crowns for a chance to win! The person whose guess is the closest to the actual number of CEREC will win a brand new iPad!

A fun, dental twist on a classic guessing game, it’s is our way of showing patient appreciation. We hope you can visit us this summer to submit a guess, and get your 6-month check-up, too!

Still have questions? We’ve got answers!

Learn more details below, and see how you can win big this summer at Crossroads Family Dentistry!

What’s a CEREC crown?

CEREC dental crowns are a specific type of crown that can be made in just one day. Using CAD/CAM systems, CEREC crowns are produced in-office, allowing for comprehensive tooth restoration within a single appointment!

At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we specialize in same day dental crowns. CEREC crowns provide the most effective, quick and comfortable method of dental restoration. And because we specialize in the installation of CEREC crowns, we thought they’d make the perfect item to use in our summer giveaway!

Who is eligible for the contest?

Any patient at Crossroads Family Dentistry is eligible to enter our giveaway. All you have to do is walk in (whether you have an appointment or not), take a look at our vase full of CEREC crowns, and give us your best guess. At the end of the summer, we’ll count them up, find the patient who was the closest, and award them a brand new iPad!

Do I have to pay to enter?

Nope! Submitting a guess is completely free.

How long will the contest run for?

You can submit a guess until August 31st. On September 1st, we’ll count the CERECS and notify the winner via phone and email!

Come in today, and enter for your chance to win!

At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we truly value our patients. Our practice focuses on both comprehensive and preventative dental care, and we’re proud to be a top choice for patients in the Oklahoma City area.

Give us a call at 405.631.0322 to schedule your next appointment. And don’t forget to come visit us at 8101 S Walker, Ste D, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73139 to enter our contest. Someone is going to win, and it could be you!

 

Now Offering In-House Teeth Whitening!

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Your appearance of youth, vitality and good health can be determined by the first impression you make with your smile! If you’re craving a fresh new look, or hoping to gain confidence in your smile, ask our team at Crossroads Family Dental about our premier in-house teeth whitening program to renew and refresh your smile!

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Baby (deciduous) teeth are significantly more whiter than the permanent set of teeth we get later on. And as we age, the teeth becomes yellow or stained due to several factors, which is why, having a whiter set of teeth gives an appearance of being more youthful. There are a number of reasons why teeth can get discolored. Genetics, antibiotics, improper diet, and general aging processes can all contribute towards tooth discoloration.

External Tooth Discoloration:

External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mostly due to the foods we consume. Some of the main culprits in our diet that can lead to external discoloration of tooth are foods containing tannins such as coffee and tea, soy sauce, carrots, tobacco etc.

Internal Tooth Discoloration:

Internal tooth discoloration, marked by certain changes in the enamel and dentin regions, is also a popular complaint that can kill a beautiful smile. High levels of fluoride, excess use of antibiotics, tooth decay, tetracycline, tooth restorations, trauma and root canal issues can all cause internal tooth discoloration.

How to Whiten Teeth :

Today, more and more people are choosing to undergo effective tooth whitening procedures to reverse the unsightful discolorations and stubborn stains that can mask a great smile.

Over-The-Counter Whitening Systems:

Over the counter whitening systems may be apt for people who are wondering how to whiten teeth at home. Commercially available whitening toothpastes and bleaching agents, are comparatively low-strength treatments, that can make the teeth, a few shades brighter but are ineffective when it comes to stronger discolorations such as brownish stains or pitted teeth.

The cost of teeth whitening with this approach is comparably low. Our dentists at Crossroads Family Dentistry want to share their concern about the abrasive damage that may be a concern with this method, which can lead to more damage to the tooth enamel. They also don’t work on restorations, fillings, bridges etc. Whitening strips, mouth trays filled with whitening gel, tooth gel-paint are other over the counter options readily available in the market.

Fabricated Mouth Trays:

Improperly fitted, over-the-counter tooth whitening trays can sometimes cause the whitening gel to leak, resulting in gum irritation or simply be an ineffective treatment option. At Crossroads Family Dentistry we help bridge the gap between in-office procedures and over the counter products by taking an impression of your teeth with which a bleaching tray is custom-fabricated for your teeth. Once this is done, the tray and the whitening solution are given for use at home, with complete instructions. Using this procedure on consecutive days can help your teeth achieve the desired shade.    

In-Office Teeth Whitening: Our #1 Solution!

Professional bleaching is the most effective method when done properly, producing some of the best teeth whitening results. It can last for as long as five years if done by experts, completely justifying the cost of teeth whitening. A strong whitening gel is applied which can transform the teeth in a single office visit, brightening your smile by 10 shades in less than an hour. The buffer, present in the gel is carefully formulated to protect the tooth enamel from any damage.The gums and the rest of the mouth is also well protected during the procedure.

Our dentists have produced fantastic results both in his in-office treatments and his custom- fabricated home treatments, garnering very high reviews consistently. He is fully  qualified to handle any issue that may arise from whitening treatments effectively. 

Call our office today  to schedule a consultation and see how easy it is to achieve a beautiful smile!

 

 

 

 

Are Your Children Excited To See The Dentist?!

Last month Dr. Faulconer had the opportunity to visit a local elementary school to get our youngsters excited about their smiles. Hands were raised, milk and M&M's were discussed and (hopefully!) teeth were brushed!

To continue the celebration and education about good dental care and pediatric dentistry, the doctors at Crossroads Family Dentistry have a few tips and tricks for you and your family!

Why Do We Brush Our Teeth?

Those sweet little baby teeth will fall out eventually, but until then, they need gentle but diligent care. Children are still getting the hang of hand-eye coordination, so it’s easy for them to miss some spots while brushing! Here’s how to ensure that those pearly whites stay clean:

  • Make sure each surface is brushed: the top, inside and outside!
  • Brush lightly! We always tell kids to hold the toothbrush just like a pencil.
  • Brush at an angle: 45 degrees, (slightly slanted) also connects with the gums, who need attention as well.

Strong Healthy Teeth Need Strong Healthy Food!

There are power foods that help keep those pearly whites bright and strong--perfect for chewing and breaking down foods to get all of the nutrients inside!

  • The rough texture of vegetables, especially raw vegetables, acts as a ‘scrubber’, naturally sloughing off the buildup of plaque on enamel. Plus, some vegetables help teeth to form enamel, such as broccoli and carrots.
  • Fruits are also nature’s ‘scrubbers’! Those high in vitamin C, such as strawberries, help to protect gums from developing disease. Another bonus: they massage the gums, too!
  • Chicken, beef, and eggs are all healthy proteins that help prevent decay.
  • Water is the only drink that does not have anything that could cause decay. In addition, drinking water, especially after meals, helps to rinse food particles, debris, and bacteria from teeth.

‘Bad Guy’ Foods

We asked kiddos about what foods they thought might be bad for teeth. And they were right: sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda act as ‘bad guys’ to our enamel. When plaque produced by “sugar bugs” or bacteria builds up on our teeth, it can lead to cavities and decay.

A Healthy Mouth And A Healthy Attitude

When we make dental care fun--everything from making brushing teeth a fun part of the home routine to making dentist visits a positive experience--we create lifelong health!

We talked about how visiting the dentist is a happy experience: how we ask our patients to open their mouths so that we can gently look inside and make sure they can bite correctly at that gums, tissue, and bones are in tip-top shape.

We discussed the importance of regular dental visits. Six month checkups allow dentists to remove plaque build up, check for any changes in health, and spot cavities that aren’t always visible to Mom and Dad!

The other positive benefits of starting dental care early include:

  • The ability to address and correct any small issues, such as cavities, before they develop into bigger, more expensive dental issues
  • The ability to predict potential changes in dental health
  • Foster a thriving home hygiene routine that includes care and nutrition

Happy Brushers Are Healthy People!

We love encouraging children to be as interested and devoted to their oral health as we are. If you are in Oklahoma City and are interested in bringing your child in for their first pediatric dental visit, please feel free to come on by or give us a call. We will welcome you with open arms!

 

Gum Disease: The Mouth and Body Connection

Did you know your family dentist can detect and diagnose systemic diseases in the body?
It’s true: Dentists are our allies in keeping a smile on our face, and our bodies in good shape!

Get In Touch With Whole Body Health

When flu seasons comes around, do you sometimes feel too tired to brush or floss before bed? Think again. Research in recent years has demonstrated a definitive link between oral health and overall health. Because your mouth is a gateway to your body, keeping your mouth healthy helps keep your body healthy, too!

Get The Facts:

Gum Disease And Systemic Health

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of system diseases (such as respiratory disease, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, low birth weight, and rheumatoid arthritis) display oral symptoms.

Before you skip a trip to the dentist, ask yourself: could you be missing something? Your family dentist can spot unusual developments on your gums, tongue, and teeth to develop a treatment plan that can benefit your smile and support good health.

The Inflammation Connection

Your teeth and gums are excellent gauges of your well-being. Gum disease and cavities, for instance, can indicate cardiovascular and respiratory disease, as well as diabetes. Loose teeth could signal the start of osteoporosis.

Researchers have discovered that the buildup of bacteria on teeth makes our gums prone to infection and inflamed gums. At this stage, you’ll notice swollen and tender gums, also known as gingivitis. But if the infection is treated, the inflammation will cease as well.

If left untreated, inflammation from gum disease breaks down the connection between your teeth and gums, and eats away at the bones that keep your teeth in place. This form of severe gum disease is known as periodontitis, and it can introduce issues throughout the rest of your body if it enters your bloodstream through the infected bone.

Why Your Dentist Is Essential To Your Overall Health

Regular brushing and flossing is essential to your everyday oral health, but your local family dentist is a crucial element in removing the plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush isn’t a match for. Every single one of us needs the professional touch of a dentist to expertly remove what our home routines cannot! Keeping your mouth clean of excess bacteria is the key to disease prevention.

What You Can Do At Home

Keep your mouth happy and healthy and the rest of your body will respond! Brushing and flossing to keep food particles and debris from decaying in your teeth is essential, as well as drinking plenty of water throughout the day to flush the mouth and avoid creating an arid environment for bacteria to flourish.

Treating Gum Disease in Oklahoma City

At Crossroads Family Dental, we perform gentle professional cleanings to keep your mouth swept clean of harmful bacteria. We keep a keen eye trained on your teeth and gums to monitor any early signs of disease or decay.

If you have developed a more advanced case of gum disease--whether due to time slipping by or another health reason--you’re in good hands! We have treatment options to restore your health and keep you smiling for years to come. Give us a call today (405) 631-0322 to schedule an appointment.

Root Canals: Debunking The Myths

The phrase “root canal” conjures up some unpleasant associations for many people. Some may hear a phantom drill going off. Others may scrunch up their faces in pain just imagining what it might feel like. But they’ve got it all wrong!

When You Know Better, You Feel Better

There are some major misconceptions about root canals out there in our universe, and today we’re going to clear them up. A lack of proper information is generally the cause of any fear or apprehension. Knowing exactly what a root canal is, how it’s done, and why it may be necessary for you can calm any fears you may have.

What Is A Root Canal?

A root canal is the process of removing an infected nerve from the tooth to stop the spread of infection in its tracks and then strengthening the tooth with a dental filling or crown. A root canal restores your dental health and preserves the original structure of the tooth.

Our teeth contain passageways--a main ‘branch’ and other tiny branches that run from the top of the tooth down to the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals. When the pulp, or innermost chamber of the tooth becomes infected, it can begin negatively affecting the roots, gums and neighboring teeth. This may call for a root canal procedure.

Myth: Root Canals hurt

Au contraire, mon frère! Root canals today are painless procedures.

One of the reasons this myth persists is the origin. In the ‘olden days’, the only treatment for a diseased tooth was tooth extraction! Advancements in modern dentistry have changed root canals completely and they no longer cause the intense discomfort they used to. Today, they save problem teeth with minimally invasive treatment.

Myth: It’s Better to Extract The Infected Tooth

The aim of the root canal--and most restorative dental treatments--is to save the tooth. This is because tooth loss introduces many long term issues that may become expensive and complicated without restorative dental care.

When a tooth is removed, the bone that once supported it shrinks. This causes the surrounding teeth to begin shifting around. From misaligned bites to a change in facial shape, tooth loss and teeth shifting are undesirable outcomes.

Myth: Root Canals Introduce Other Infections

To date, there isn’t any scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease anywhere else in the body. If a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment eliminates bacteria from the infected root canal, therefore preventing reinfection.

Root Canal Symptoms

Now that we’ve debunked some myths, you might be feeling empowered about root canal therapy. Here is a little more information for you: how to spot potential signs that you may need to seek treatment. If you are experiencing the following, it is best to schedule a visit with your dentist for a professional examination as soon as possible:

  • Consistent pain when biting or chewing
  • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold liquids and foods
  • Pressure and pain felt within a particular tooth
  • An abscess on your gums that releases pus or blood
  • Radiating pain in the mouth that worsens over time

You may also have:

  • A dental injury that exposes the nerve of the tooth
  • A crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve, or large cavity
  • A chipped tooth or regular tooth decay may require root canal therapy if left untreated

Your Appointment for Root Canal Therapy In Oklahoma City

The best way to treat root canals is to treat them early. If you are experiencing pain or haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, please give our office a call at 405-631-0322 and we will get you on the path to wellness!

 

Does My Child Need Braces?

 

 

Braces in Oklahoma City

It’s something every parent considers as soon as their children’s baby teeth start falling out and the new ones grow in: does my child need braces?The answer is...maybe!

 

When Is a Good Time To Get Braces?

We suggest coming to our Oklahoma City office for a friendly consultation when your little one is around 7 years old, or whenever his or her adult teeth begin to come in. Most orthodontic dentistry begins between the ages of 8 and 14. Beginning orthodontic treatment while your child is still growing helps produce optimal results.

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Of course, braces can also help adults who have not had orthodontic dental care in the past or who hope to correct gaps or spaces between teeth. Orthodontic dentistry is suitable at any age!

 

Positive Pediatric Dentistry in Oklahoma City

We believe that each dental visit should be a positive experience. We typically start "happy visits" at around 3-4 years old to get children used to getting their teeth cleaned in a positive environment. When it comes time to discuss orthodontic care such as braces or invisalign, your child or teen can feel confident knowing our  Crossroads Family dental team is by their side!

 

What Do Braces Do?

Braces and other orthodontic treatments are used to correct misaligned bites, or teeth that are crowded or crooked. In some cases your child’s teeth may be straight, but their lower and upper upper jaws do not meet properly. These alignment problems may be genetic or could result from dental injury, tooth loss, or the dreaded but adorable habit of thumbsucking.

In addition to providing your child with a beautiful smile, braces are essential for his or her oral health. They can help to prevent  tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and encourage comfortable and natural speech, chewing and bite functions. As you can see, there are many health reasons benefited by orthodontic care, in addition to a beautiful cosmetic smile.

 

What Are Our Options?

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At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we are happy to offer orthodontic options to suit your child’s needs and your budget. These days, traditional braces are lighter in weight and structure than the versions many parents are used to from the 90s. Typically offering fast results with less hassle than traditional metal braces, Invisalign slip easily in and out and are custom designed to straighten your child’s teeth over a shorter period of time than metal braces.

 

How Long Will I Need To Wear Braces or Invisalign?

Every child is different, but the average length of treatment with traditional braces is about 1 to 3 years. Factors include age, oral hygiene routine, and treatment method. Invisalign can straighten a smile in as little as six months to just over a year depending on your child’s individual dental needs.

 

Are Your Oldest’s Wisdom Teeth Coming In?

Wisdom teeth are molars found in the very back of the mouth that typically appear in the late teens or early twenties. A simple dental x-ray by our trained dental team can determine if wisdom tooth extraction is needed, which can save you and your family costly dental care by preventing a misaligned bite or crowded smile. As always, if the need for treatment becomes apparent, we will walk you through all options to ensure optimal health, safety, and comfort!

 

Preparing Your Child For A Healthy Future

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At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we want you and your child to feel both excited and confident about your dental health, your dentist and your smile.Call our office at (405) 631-0322 to schedule a friendly consultation for orthodontic or pediatric dentistry. We are proud to serve our community in Oklahoma City as your family dentist and be a part of watching your family grow up in beautiful, healthy smiles with premier orthodontic dentistry.

5 New Year's Resolutions

You Can Smile About


A Healthy Smile Can Change Your Life. Call Crossroads Family Dentistry at 405-631-0322 to schedule your visit to the dentist and get the year started right!

Fresh Start, Fresh Breath 
If your friends have a bad habit of wrinkling their nose when you chat, it might be you! Don’t sigh about bad breath--do something about it! Give us a call for a judgement-free consultation.
Are You Missing Out?
Not everyone gets through life without a couple lost teeth. But is avoiding the cost or process of dental treatment worth the health risks of an incomplete smile? Ask us about your options--the solution may be simpler than you think.

Low Commitment, High Reward
If your teeth are fairly straight but have just a few nagging imperfections, you may not need braces to straighten your teeth. Ask our doctors about Invisalign, the "virtually invisible" way to straighten your teeth quickly and conveniently. 

Prevention Saves Money!
Even if your dental insurance covers a new dental crown every 5 years, it doesn’t mean you should need one. Invest in preventive dental care today by scheduling a checkup and practicing healthy habits at home. It can save your wallet, and your teeth!

Worried?
Here’s something you shouldn’t have to worry about: custom dental care. Schedule a consultation with your dentist: it’s an inexpensive way to learn exactly what is going on in your mouth, so you can make the right decision when you are ready.

 
One Resolution You Can Keep: 
Smile More at Crossroads Family Dentistry!

Happy New Year From our Amazing Dentists - Drs. Dais, Underwood, and Faulconer! 

 
Is It Time To Schedule Your Checkup?
 
Start off the year on the right foot with a gentle dental checkup at Crossroads Family Dentistry! We're always welcoming new patients and look forward to seeing friendly faces from around the neighborhood. Schedule a visit today and we'll find you a conveneient appointment time for yourself and your family.
 
Merry Christmas From Our Family To Yours!


Warm wishes to all of our patients who have become a part of our family over the years! Dr. Underwood, Dr. Dais and Dr. Faulconer want to wish you all a safe, warm and cheerful holiday season, and a great start to the new year! 

 
The Gift Of A New Smile
A smile has the power to change someone’s life. As your dentist it has been an honor watching how making even the simplest changes to a smile have added positivity and confidence in our community!

If you are considering improving your smile before the new year, give us a call at (405) 631-0322 to schedule a consultation. Whether it's a quick but effective teeth whitening treatment or restorative dental care, we can help you learn about your options and find the best dental care to meet your goals.

 
We're psyched to have sponsored Cookies With Santa at our SOLD OUT event! Thank you to everyone who attended the event hosted by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. We look forward to building many more warm memories with you in the coming years. 

All About Flossing

If you’ve never had food stuck in your teeth, you’re lying! We all love to indulge in popcorn, caramel apples, potato chips and the infamous leafy greens that often leave a trace in our teeth. But did you know that the most common lie told at the dentist is about how frequently we floss? Studies show that if you’re not flossing, you’re missing up to 35% of the surface of your teeth!


Is Flossing A Myth?

If you’ve heard the hype that flossing is overrated, think again! Food and bacteria that gets trapped in between the teeth break down and release acids into the mouth, wearing on the gums and teeth. Over time, weakened tooth enamel gives way to form a small pocket (or cavity) in the tooth. If left untreated, a small cavity can develop, and you may even need a root canal. Brushing and flossing is one of the best ways to practice preventive dentistry and truly clean your teeth, helping eliminate the bacteria, plaque and food particles that build up, even in small spaces.


Cavities Are No Joke!

Don’t get carried away and forget to floss! Most adults will experience having one or more cavities in their lifetime, and many will be prone to itchy gums, sensitive teeth and gum disease. When a cavity forms at the point of contact between the teeth, they can be much more difficult to treat. That is why it is best to practice a good dental hygiene routine! You may also want to ask your dentist about preventive dentistry with dental sealants and tooth-colored fillings.

 

How To Floss The RIGHT Way

Do you still have the same dental floss from the last time you saw the dentist? If so, it might be time to start practicing! Flossing can be oddly satisfying--and even a little intimidating--once you find out how effectively it removes buildup from your teeth. Want to become a flossing aficionado? Grab your floss and follow along!

 

  1. Start by measuring a strand of floss at about 18 inches (about the length of the forearm for adults). Wrap the floss over each middle finger, leaving a gap of 1-2 inches in between.
  2. Use your thumbs and index fingers to hold the floss tautly while you slide the strand gently up and down between your teeth.
  3. Don’t forget to curve the floss around the base of each tooth to reach just below the gumline. As you go, use clean sections of floss for each tooth.
  4. Avoid snapping or forcing the floss, which can damage the gums or teeth. To remove the floss, gentle guide it back-and-forth to bring it up and over the teeth for easy removal.

 

Flossing, at least before bed, is an excellent way to celebrate a cleaner mouth and healthier peace of mind. Once flossing becomes a habit, you may be excited to learn how else you can improve your health and keep up a pearly white smile!


At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we look forward to giving you the tools you need to enjoy all the blessings of good oral health and positive memories at the dentist. We can’t wait to see you smile at your next appointment! Give us a call at (405) 631-0322 to schedule a visit to your favorite local dentist in Oklahoma City. As a full-service family dentist we’re proud to serve our local community with gentle dentistry from a compassionate team.

Use it or Lose it! 

 
 

Fall is here! With only a few months left in 2016, now is the time to take a good look at your dental benefits and FSA accounts. The year is more than half over, are you halfway through your benefits? Your benefits and FSA accounts are “use it or lose it” and we don’t want you to lose your hard earned money or benefits!

Many patients wait until the last minute to schedule appointments at the end of the year, which makes it very difficult to accommodate everyone. Each year our schedule gets very full in November and December. For this reason, we are ready to assist you now with your next appointment so you can avoid losing any dental benefits or incur difficulties in getting an end of the year appointment.

Also, keep in mind that if you wait until next year to get treatment, not only will you lose any unused benefits for this year, but also that you'll have to first satisfy a new year's deductible before any benefits will be paid.

We want to help you make the most of your dental benefits! If you have any questions about your remaining benefits or would like to make an appointment, please call us today.  


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Cousin It? Oh wait.....that's Dr. Dais!



We would love to see your smile! Give us a call to set up your appointment.

Is Flossing Officially Overrated?!



Non-Flossers Unite Over New Research
We’ve all been there: reclined in the dental chair saying “ahh” when the dentist asks us about flossing. If you’re like most people, this won’t be the first time you’ll stretch the truth about your regular (or, let’s admit it, irregular) flossing habits. But when a recent report by the Associated Press challenges how effective flossing actually is, media uproar deserves the truth. Is flossing really that important in supporting dental health?

Are We Flossing The Facts?
Flossing has been recommended by dentists for so many years that it’s practically in the lifeblood of every dental practice, and a common topic of discussion. But according to the Department of Agriculture and Human Services, flossing has recently lost its place in the report of dietary guidelines for Americans. To grant the hopes of many non-flossers around the nation, the Associated Press argues that the effectiveness of regular flossing is unproven, and that not enough research has been done. So what are households left to believe?

Studies Are Not Sufficient...Yet
Flossing and dental hygiene studies trusted by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology have not made the effects of flossing clear. Recent analysis of these studies reveal that the studies commonly used outdated methods, tested only small subject groups, or were run in too short a time period (such as two weeks) to accurately assess if a cavity or dental disease had developed. So are patients off the hook, and off the floss? Wayne Aldreadge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, says otherwise.

The Truth Is, It’s Still In Your Teeth
In a statement regarding the recent news, Aldredge argues that insufficient evidence is not equivalent to no evidence at all. He has reported that the effectiveness of flossing could be better proven by researching patients who are at a higher risk of gum disease, including diabetics and smokers. Even the author of the original floss-debunking article, Jeff Donn, comes clean about his regular flossing habits, reporting that he still flosses to remove food stuck in his teeth.

Flossing is “like building a house and not painting two sides of it,” reports Wayne Aldredge, president of the AAP. “Ultimately those two sides are going to rot away quicker.”

We happily brush our teeth to remove harmful plaque, bacteria and debris, prevent gum disease and infection, and achieve that “squeaky clean” feeling that feels oh-so-good and rewarding. But brushing only reaches about 85% of the surface of the teeth, so why limit flossing?

The Advantage of Flossing: Time Will Tell
Gum disease and tooth decay are highly common in adults in America today. These chronic dental issues occur over time as bacteria builds up and forms decay or infection in the mouth. As you snap off a string of dental floss to wind between your fingers and scrub between your teeth, consider that flossing may have many long-term benefits by removing trapped bacteria and debris. For more information about flossing and dental health, talk to your local dentist--they have plenty of floss to get you started with cleaner teeth!


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 One of our favorite things is seeing a patient who was scared of the dentist, walk out of our office with no more fear and a beautiful smile. Talk to us about how we can make each visit better for you!

 



If you’ve ever lost a tooth, you’ll know that living without a full smile can be an uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing experience. Dental bridges are a comfortable way to replace one or more missing teeth. Give us a call to set up a consultation! Learn more about dental bridges. 

Do Women Have Better Oral Health Than Men?




According to the Journal of Periodontology in a study of 800 adults age 18 to 19, women are more likely to demonstrate better dental health overall. So what are the top three things women are doing that men need to know?

#1 Keeping Up With Six Month Appointments
Women are twice as likely as men to see their dentist every six months, whereas men often neglect going due to concerns about the cost. However, neglecting your regular checkup may result in needing significant or costly restorative dental care later on! Preventive dental care saves money, time and peace of mind. Visit your dentist every six months to maintain your optimal dental health.

#2 Oral Health And Periodontal Disease
Did you know women tend to brush and floss more often than men? Women show lower incidences of dental problems at their regular checkups, specifically dental plaque and tartar buildup, or gums that bleed during a regular exam (which may indicate symptoms of periodontal disease). Support your teeth year-round with a good dental hygiene routine at home!

#3 Preventive Care And Sports
From badminton and tennis to basketball and rugby, Summer is the time to get out and play on your favorite team! But before you lace up your cleats or run down the field, consider talking to your dentist about how to protect your smile! Women are more likely than men to invest in protective gear before they play, but all patients are welcome to ask their dentist about personalized mouthguards to protect their smile on the go.

Women, Men, Girls and Boys: Visit Your Dentist!
Regardless of your age, gender or background, maintaining your oral health is important! From this summer to next, be sure to visit your dentist every six months and brush and floss regularly at home!

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Dr. Faulconer coaches his son Hunter's little league team! Let's say it all together now, "Awwwww!"


Is it time for your next cleaning? Give us a ring and we'll fit you in!

Stressed Out? Your Dentist Can Help!


We don’t always know that we’re stressed until we get a headache or a cold. But at your six month appointment your dentist can spot the signs early!

Teeth grinding (bruxism) can develop when we’re feeling anxious, agitated or tense. When we clench or grind our teeth, jaw pain (known as TMJ disorder or TMD) may result in a painful chronic “popping” of our jaw or a jaw that feels stuck when we try to eat or speak.

Has planning your family’s summer camps, annual trips and preparing for the visit of your in-laws had your gums and teeth feeling sensitive? Research by multiple universities has shown a high correlation between emotional stress and the development of gum disease.
Canker sores (or mouth ulcers) may also emerge as our mouth responds to our stressful habits.

To best take care of your teeth in some of your more stressful moments, a visit to the dentist can be all you need! After sitting back for a gentle cleaning and exam, or going home with a soft protective mouthguard, your teeth may feel better and you might feel less weight on your shoulders (and your teeth!).

If it’s time to find your zen with cleaner, healthier teeth, give us a call to book your appointment!


In Our Office This Month!

The doctors took the whole team out for an appreciation lunch! It's great to be able to spend some time together out of the office.


The Crossroads team was psyched up for Game 6 against The Spurs!


Thanks for coming in to see us! If it's time for YOUR six month appointment, give us a call!

The Best Foods For Healthy Teeth
 



If it’s time to get your beach body ready but push up intervals and sweaty yoga mats simply aren’t your style, you might want to take a pass on Jenny Craig for our advice! With their high nutritional value, PH-changing effects and natural teeth cleaning abilities the following tooth-friendly foods might have you sporting a healthy body and smile even before your order of P90X arrives in the mail!


Top Five Foods For Healthy Teeth!


Dairy: Jam-packed with calcium and protein, cheese and yogurt raise the PH levels in your mouth and fuel your teeth with healthy nutrients for stronger tooth enamel to fend off cavities and decay! The probiotics or “healthy bacteria” in yogurt can also crowd out cavity causing bacteria--just be sure to purchase yogurt that is plain or has no added sugar!

Fruits and Veggies: While your dentist wouldn’t recommend relying on apples to do all the scrubbing of regular brushing and flossing (twice daily, please!), biting into an apple is nature’s natural way to brush away germs and plaque. The next time you’re craving a midday snack, pair some apple slices with a few high fiber carrots and celery to fight off cavities as they trigger healthy saliva production and boost your immune system with vitamins A and C.

Leafy Greens: You know you need more of them but you didn’t know they could benefit your healthy smile! Easy to place into salads, on pizzas, or even in your smoothie, leafy greens like kale and spinach are high in teeth-healthy vitamins and minerals such as calcium and folic acid.

Almonds and Tofu: Not only are nuts like almonds and soybeans high in calcium and protein, but they’re naturally low in sugar! Added to your salad, trail mix or made into milk or tofu, nuts are rich in nutrients and high in fiber to support a healthier smile and body!

Meats and Seafood: You now have one more excuse to go on a date for some tasty salmon or a tender sirloin. Meats, seafood and even citrus fruits and tomatoes contain phosphorous, a mineral that calcium relies on to be absorbed into the body and support healthy bones and teeth.

Your Tooth Happy Fitness Coach
We believe your teeth should look good and feel great for a lifetime! Before the summer hits and you’re ready to show off your pearly whites in a new swimsuit, take the best first step in practicing preventive care for a healthy mouth by coming in for a checkup with us. We’ll give you the treatment and tips you need to enjoy a summer that has you feeling healthy, confident and ready to drift into vacation relaxation!

 

This Month In Our Office!
 
Our Clinical Assistant Jaley brought her son Benjamin in to see us!

We have the best patients! 

Give us a call to set up your appointment at (405) 631-0322! 

Spring Cleaning

The snow is melting and the flowers are started to show their pretty buds. Spring is here! 



Spring represents a time of renewal and reawakening. Time to come out of hibernation!  It’s also the time to start cleaning out all of the stuff you acquired over the holidays. 

Speaking of cleaning, your teeth might need one, too. It’s important to make sure you see us every six months - even if you’re not experiencing any pain (let’s keep it that way!). If you’re overdue, give us a call. 

Schedule your cleaning today and celebrate spring with us! 

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Dr. Underwood's latest hobby is glass blowing! He's been taking classes with Roy McCallister at Blue Sage Studio in Oklahoma City.


Dr. Underwood transformed this patient's smile with veneers!


Happy 3rd birthday to Dr. Faulconer's daughter Avery! So cute!

 

Dental Care For Kids

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but together we can prevent it! We’ve put together a list to ensure your kiddos are getting top notch dental care at home.

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Bring Your Baby To The Dentist
The first step is bringing your child in to see us within 6 months after their first tooth comes in or around their first birthday. Some parents think kids don’t need to come in until their adult teeth come in! At their first visit, we look for early signs of decay, evaluate how teeth are coming in and share oral hygiene tips.

Brush Your Baby/Toddler’s Teeth
Instilling good oral care from the get go will save you time and money in the long run! When your little one’s teeth appear, brush twice a day with an infant toothbrush and or a washcloth. You only need a tiny bit of toothpaste at this age, a pea-sized dab. You can start flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch each other.

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Let’s Talk About Juice
Be mindful of how much of juice you’re giving to your kids and when. If it’s in your baby’s bottle when you put them down for a nap, the sugars in the juice are clinging to their teeth while napping. If you have a toddler drinking juice out of a sippy cup, pay extra attention to the backs of their upper front teeth while brushing.

Ditch The Pacifier
Ween your toddler off of their pacifier around age two or three. Otherwise, it can really impact their tooth alignment.

Show Them What They’re Cleaning Off
Once they’re older, you need to get them to start brushing on their own. Plaque Disclosing Tablets are actually fun for your kids. Once they’re done giggling over their appearance, they can actually see what their tooth cleaning goal is. It helps them understand why you’re insisting they brush their teeth.

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Be Firm About 2x2
Your kids (and you!) need to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Instilling this in them will help keep their teeth healthy and help you avoid costly dental procedures! Find more fun oral health related activities at 2min2x.org.

Keep It Fun!

  • Let your children over 5 pick out their own ADA approved toothpastes and toothbrushes. There are so many fun options out there - they even make toothbrushes that look and light up like lightsabers!

  • Here’s a fun coloring sheet from the ADA!

  • Toothsavers Brushing Game - This fun app, available for both iPhone and android, gives your kid something to watch while they brush and ensures they brush for the entire 2 minutes. Your kid gets to be a hero and defeat bad guys by brushing them away!

You love your kids and want the best for them! Teaching them how to care for their teeth while they’re young sets them up for life. Follow these tips and hopefully we’ll only see them twice a year for their 6 month check ups!