And That Means?

Bruxism Bruxism is the professional term for teeth grinding. Typically, people grind their teeth during the night and do not even realize they are grinding their teeth. How do you know if you grind your teeth?  Common symptoms are jaw pain and headaches. If you are stressed, or suffer from anxiety, you are more likely to grind your teeth. If... read more »

Dental Terminology Can Be Confusing!

We understand some of the words and terms we use in our office might be confusing to you and your family. This month we are focusing on a few of those terms and definitions so you will have a better understanding of dental terminology. Sensitive teeth Sensitive teeth literally means your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes in your mouth. ... read more »

Do Not Let the End of the Year Sneak up on You!

If your holidays are typical, then you will be busy in these next few months! The sooner you contact us for your appointment, the more we can do for you to help you take advantage of your dental benefits plan. When you utilize your plan, you can be confident that you are taking excellent care of your teeth, and helping... read more »

Planning for Halloween?

As you plan for Halloween, we suggest looking for a treat to give the children such as a small and inexpensive goodie like pencils or novelty erasers instead of candy. The toy items can be just as fun as candy and are not harmful to teeth. However, if your children will receive a lot of candy, we recommend limiting the... read more »

Use Your Dental Benefits

Some of the plans offered to employees by their employers vary in both covered services and frequency of care. Most basic dental plans provide regular check-ups which include a general exam by your dentist, x-rays on an annual basis, and a thorough cleaning twice per year to remove tartar build-up. Other services that may be offered include fluoride treatments, tooth... read more »

We Want Your Smile to Shine!

Proper tooth brushing is one of the best habits you can do for your overall health. The average person only brushes their teeth for only 60 to 90 seconds. To brush your teeth correctly, set aside a full two minutes. That's right! During that time, angle your toothbrush toward the gums and gently brush in a circular motion. Be sure... read more »

We Are Here For You!

Anxiety about a dental visit is not always caused by the idea of physical discomfort. Sometimes a busy schedule or misunderstood dental benefits can prevent someone from seeing the dentist. Do you need a later appointment? We have extended hours on Tuesday evenings to make it convenient for our patients' schedules. We also have years of experience with many different... read more »

Helping You Feel Comfortable!

If the thought of a dental exam or procedure causes a bit of anxiety, you are certainly not alone. Fear of the dentist is normal among many patients, even adults. Some dental patients consider themselves 'big babies'! We see many 'big babies' and are experienced in addressing their concerns. We offer a comfortable waiting area with pleasant sounds and imagery... read more »

Dental Exams

We are focusing this month on the importance of Back To School exams for children. However, dental exams for the whole family are important from parents to great grandparents. One of the reasons a person may delay going to the dentist for a routine exam is the perceived expense. Our team is committed to helping our patients maintain healthy smiles,... read more »

The Visible Cancer

Oral cancer is not hidden within the body in some hard to find location requiring an invasive examination, the majority of the time it is literally in plain view, right under your nose, and can be seen with the naked eye or felt with the fingers. In most cases, early, highly survivable stages are easily detected in a 3 to... read more »

Early Detection Is Key With Oral Cancer

Early detection is extremely important with any cancer diagnosis, and this is true for oral cancer. Oral cancer certainly can be life-threatening, but the earlier it is diagnosed, the chances for a patient’s survival increases. Currently, only around 60% of oral cancer patients will survive past the first five years after diagnosis, but 80-90% of oral cancer patients who are diagnosed... read more »

Reducing Your Risks for Oral Cancer

To reduce your risks of oral cancer, it is strongly recommended to stop tobacco use in any form, limit your alcohol intake to no more than two servings a day, and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. A recent study on oral cancer that suggests increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet reduces your risk for oral cancer due... read more »

Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and our team is participating in spreading the word about the importance of regular dental check-ups, as they often serve as early screenings for oral cancer. During your regular check-up and cleaning, our trained and experienced team will look for areas that may be in the early signs of oral cancer.  Though oral cancer... read more »

The Best For You!

Our office believes in the best oral health care and products.  We use titanium dental implants which are the newest and most effective way to replace teeth or support your bridge, partial or denture. An implant, or mini dental implant, is placed in the jaw and allowed to heal; then restored in the manner that best re-establishes your chewing function. Let... read more »

What Are the Potential Risks and Complications With a Dental Implant?

There are always risks and potential complications associated with any oral surgery. Rest assured that Dr. Petrusha will check not only your oral health in preparation for the procedure, but also your medical health. He wants to be sure you are healthy enough for the surgery and that you will heal properly as well. The success rate for dental implants... read more »

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dental implants not only look great there are many other benefits to them as well.  Dental implants are designed to be permanent which means they have the potential to last for the entire lifetime of the patient. A patient will not have to worry about having to replace or redo the dental implants again and again. The success rate is... read more »

Single Tooth Dental Implants

If you are missing a single tooth, or if you have a removable partial, you could be a great candidate for a dental implant. A dental implant has many advantages including a natural looking and functioning tooth while, not risking the health of the surrounding teeth. Your bone will be better preserved, since dental implants are integrated with your jawbone, which... read more »

Fear the Dentist?

We love our clients, from our youngest to our oldest, each one is special to us, and we hope that you enjoy being a part of our family of patients. We understand that feeling anxious about a routine check-up or a visit for a procedure is common and we hope to help you manage and overcome your fear. A good way... read more »

Your Children and Our Office

Fear of the dentist is common, and usually begins in childhood with a negative experience. We take extra care of our young patients and try to make their visits to our office a fun and learning experience! We show ‘our’ kids how to brush and floss properly while we clean their teeth. We look for new teeth coming in, or about to come... read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day to You and Your Family!

If you are looking for a creative gift that will be appreciated, consider a gift certificate for cosmetic dentistry from our office! While most dental benefits will not provide for optional services such as teeth whitening or veneers, these are services that can greatly enhance a person’s smile. Contact our office today for details on gift certificates. We look forward to... read more »