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Why Professional Teeth Cleanings Are Important for Children

At Phinney Ridge Dental, our dentist customizes your child’s general and preventive dentistry to meet his or her needs, but dental cleanings are always important no matter the child. Without professional teeth cleanings in Seattle, WA your child may be more prone to cavities and poor dental health in the future.

Brushing and flossing alone will not remove the bacteria or tartar that leads to tooth decay or dental infections, but our hygienist, who is wonderful with children and always makes them feel at ease, can clear away even the most stubborn bacteria by utilizing the latest technologies here in our Seattle, WA dental office.

We can also apply sealants and fluoride ...

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How Dental Implants Positively Influence Oral Health

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At Phinney Ridge Dental, our Seattle, WA cosmetic dentist considers dental implants cosmetic and preventive dentistry…and with good reason.

Most of us already know that a dental implant is the best tooth replacement option available today. However, when we think about a dental implant, we imagine a gap-free grin. We picture smiling with confidence and renewed self-esteem.

While these things are true, dental implants also improve your oral health.

Let us explain.

A Dental Implant Prevents Bone Loss

When a tooth is missing, your jawbone shrinks without the support of that tooth’s root. Bone loss can lead to a caved-in appearance in the face, impact chewing, and create the perfect dip for adjacent teeth to ...

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Signs of Periodontal Disease You Need to Know Now

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Periodontal disease is a serious oral health condition that requires immediate intervention in our Seattle, WA dental office.

Periodontal disease occurs when you have an infection in the tissue and structures around your teeth. This includes your gums, alveolar bone, and ligaments. Whenever possible, you want our Seattle, WA general dentist to diagnose and treat this condition quickly to prevent tooth loss and systemic infections.

The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The early signs of periodontal disease (gingivitis) may not have many symptoms, which is why preventive maintenance is so necessary. This includes:

  • Visiting our dentist regularly
  • Seeing our Phinney Ridge Dental hygienist every six months for dental cleanings
  • Brushing and flossing at least twice per day

In ...

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Cosmetic Dental Options to Fit Your Busy Lifestyle

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At Phinney Ridge Dental, we want to help you achieve a great smile. The cosmetic dentist in our Seattle, WA dental office understands busy schedules and patients who cannot afford to take time away from work and family.

Fortunately, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental options for those who simply don’t have time to schedule ongoing appointments for cosmetic dental work in the Seattle and Ballard, WA areas.

Let’s look at a few cosmetic dental options that are noninvasive, require no recovery time, and fewer trips to our dental office.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments Mean a Brighter Smile on Your Time

For dramatic teeth whitening, trust Phinney Ridge Dental. Our teeth-whitening ...

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How Orthodontics Dramatically Improves Your Smile and More

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At Phinney Ridge Dental, we provide excellent orthodontic work for our patients throughout the Seattle and Ballard, WA area.

Great orthodontic work not only improves your smile, but it corrects your bite. When your bite is off, this can lead to chewing abnormalities, speaking issues, and jaw pain.

Additionally, when teeth overlap or are not straight, brushing and flossing are compromised. It’s simply impossible to clean between teeth that are tightly overlapped.

What to Expect

At Phinney Ridge Dental, our dentist assesses your oral health and the alignment of your teeth. Following your assessment, our dentist will recommend the best orthodontics to complement your unique smile.

Often, our dentist recommends clear aligners, clear braces, ...

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Why Dental Exams Are Important

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Brushing and flossing at least twice per day, and minimizing sugar intake, are important steps when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, these practices cannot take the place of regular dental cleanings.

While brushing and flossing remove some plaque, bacteria, and tartar, dental cleanings are designed to clear away anything you’ve missed. Also, a fluoride application, part of many dental cleanings, helps keep teeth strong.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we believe that each patient’s dental cleaning needs are unique, which is why we always customize our approach.

Let’s look at a few cleaning options.

The Prophy or Routine Cleaning

For patients with good dental habits—who keep routine dental appointments—the prophy is usually ...

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Common Reasons You Might Need Oral Surgery

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Often dentists refer patients to oral surgeons when surgery is required. This means meeting a new dentist, possibly some travel, and a taste of the unfamiliar.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, our dentist performs most surgeries on site. This means you and our dentist don’t have to rely on an outside surgeon’s timetable. And our in-office dentist is free to create the best timeline for optimal outcomes!

Our dentist performs oral surgeries with fantastic results!  Let’s looks at a few common oral surgeries.

Dental Extractions

There are several reasons why you might need a dental extraction. These include:

  • Trauma from an accident
  • Deep decay
  • Infection
  • Damage
  • Misalignment
  • Overcrowding
  • Complications with wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth often shift and put pressure on other teeth, ...

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