A Significant Dental Fracture Might Need to Be Treated with a Crown

Dental fractures can vary in size and severity. A small dental fracture, sometimes referred to as a chip, might be repaired by having Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs apply a dental filling. However, a more significant dental fracture might need a full dental crown restoration to prevent tooth sensitivity or a new cavity. The crown itself… Read more »

A Knocked-Out Tooth Requires Immediate First Aid and Professional Care

While playing contact sports without the protective benefits of a mouthguard increases your risk of a dental avulsion, there are also other things that can knock a tooth out. This could come in the form of an accidental fall or other unforeseen circumstance. When this happens, the victim will need immediate first aid while seeking… Read more »

Common Questions Regarding Bruxism

Do you or have you ever been told you snore loudly? Although snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, it can also be linked to bruxism. Bruxism is a sleep disorder caused by unconsciously grinding and clenching your teeth. Over time your teeth can become more and more damaged, and even lead to other… Read more »

A Badly Chipped Tooth Often Calls for Professional Care and Repair

A chipped tooth from a hard fall or other oral trauma can be a serious cause for concern. Even if a chip doesn’t cause pain, you should not procrastinate seeking professional care. The chipped tooth enamel will inevitably invite bacteria to attempt to exploit it. This could result in a new cavity setting into already… Read more »

Flossing: The Benefits

You may have heard that there are a number of things you might be able to do to keep your teeth healthy and strong. For example, you probably know that you should schedule an appointment with our dentist once every six months. Similarly, you may know that you should brush and floss–but did you know… Read more »

A Tooth Suffering a Fracture May Need a Crown Restoration

The tooth enamel layer on the exterior of each tooth serves two distinct functions. While it gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food, it also protects the internal structures of the tooth. If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, use your teeth as tools, or participate in rigorous athletics without… Read more »

A Tooth Lost to Untreated Decay Can Often Be Restored by a Bridge

Inconsistent oral hygiene habits not only allow tooth decay to form on a tooth, but they also encourage the decay to spread. If you procrastinate having a large cavity treated and repaired, it can spread throughout as well as into the tooth. In time, this can lead to total tooth loss or even a potentially… Read more »

Beating TMJ Disorder

When you have pain in your jaw, or it feels like your jaw gets stuck or pops often, you likely don’t think of going to see a dentist to fix the problem, right? Well, dentists actually do quite a bit to help mitigate this pain, as it’s often caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ…. Read more »

A Q&A on Gum Disease

With the holiday season amongst us, it is important to continue to care for your teeth and gums. As you age, your teeth and gums become more susceptible to the dangers of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can result in gum recession, loose teeth, and eventual tooth… Read more »

How to Maintain Top-Notch Oral Health this Christmas

Do you want a strong and healthy smile this Christmas so you don’t have to worry about dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease? If so, our Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates dental team has some helpful tips for you! In order to take good care of your teeth and gums this holiday season,… Read more »