Hello Again! Hope everyone had a good week. I had one of those weeks
that was makes you think... a week that saw some incredible highs but
also some hard-to-swallow lows. We finished out several nice cases where
everything fit great, felt great, and looked great. I met some
wonderful new patients and learned about a new tooth colored filling
material that will fit nicely into our practice. But there is another
part of being a dentist that has nothing to do with teeth. It has to do
with people. I am blessed to no longer view many of my patients as
simply patients... so many of you I get to call my friend. We share
stories about our lives, our kids, our vacations, our triumphs... but I
am also witness to how illness, disease, unemployment, broken
relationships, injury, and heartache take their toll. And I got more of
the bad this last week than I am used to. When patients become friends,
we invest in each others lives. We get to laugh together, pray together,
cry together... sometimes all at the same time. I just want to say
"Thank You!" to all of you that have come to be more than just patients.
And for those of you who are new to the practice, I'm excited to have
the opportunity to be at least a small part of this thing that we call
life together. See you next week! Tom
ps: If you live near West
Chicago, please stop by Community Fellowship Church this Sunday (August
4) at 11am for the annual Worship On The Hill outdoor service to be followed by food and fellowship. It's always great!
Posted by FVDC Office on July 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM
I was approached by a patient last week who was interested in whitening her teeth and wanted to know what I thought. I actually talked her out of it! Why Dr. P? Why?
Take a good look at a magazine cover with someone that has a great smile on it. Notice how the white of the teeth matches the white of the eyes. That's what tends to look best. If your teeth are lighter than the whites of your eyes, it makes you look like you're teeth come with batteries or like you are an alcoholic with liver problems (yellow eyes). If your teeth are darker than the whites of your eyes, then yes, lightening your teeth can really make a positive difference.
If you would like to hear about all of our whitening options, we would be more than happy to go over everything with you. Mention this blog and get $25 off. See you week!
Posted by FVDC Office on July 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Do you have a spot between your teeth that is constantly collecting food and are you having trouble keeping the area clean? One thing you can try is tying a knot in your dental floss. Work the floss (a lightly waxed floss like Glide works great) between your teeth and instead of moving the floss only up and down, let go of the end of the floss near the knot. Then pull the floss (AND THE KNOT!) through that stubborn area. The knot will pick up or dislodge the bigger food particles that one thin piece of floss just can't get out.
One of the reasons for these type of spaces is when a tooth has been heavily restored with a filling that is trying to replace the side of the tooth. Fillings are just okay at doing that, but can be a problem if the filling is particularly large. When food is always getting caught between teeth it promotes new decay and gum disease, which can lead to root canals, gum surgery, and even tooth loss. The best long term solution would be to fully restore the tooth with an inlay, onlay, or crown. These restorations do a wonderful job at reestablishing the contacts between teeth preventing food compaction and also serve to protect a tooth against fracture.
Please let us know if you have any questions that we might be able to help you with. Have a great week!
Posted by FVDC Office on July 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM
After a long hiatus, we are back in the blogging business! Thanks for your patience!
Tooth Tip Of The Week! I was recently asked...
Q: How do you know that your instruments are clean and have been sterilized?
A: We have several safe guards to be absolutely sure that all of our instruments are germ free. Remember, these are the same instruments that we use on ourselves when one of our staff members is in need of dental treatment. We actually sterilize all instruments twice; once using a liquid solution that the instruments are soaked in, then a second time under heat/pressure sterilization (steam autoclaving). All of our autoclaves are tested regularly to make sure that this second wave of sterilization is working properly and we also use indicator bags that display a color change when the bag and its contents have been exposed to heat and pressure autoclaving. All needles, burs, syringes, suction tubes, and microtips are only used once and are disposed of with each patient. We make sterilization a priority and don't want anyone to worry at all about the instruments that we use to help them with their dental care. GOOD QUESTION!
Posted by FVDC Office on July 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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