A Custom Dental Guard Can Help Prevent Problems from Chronic Night Grinding

Allergies, daily tensions, and unresolved stress can cause you to grind your teeth at night. If it happens frequently the stress and tension placed on your teeth, joints, and jaw muscles. This can cause chips and other dental fractures to the tooth enamel of multiple teeth. Even if the teeth aren’t significantly traumatized, the damaged… Read more »

Tips on How to Prevent Bad Breath When You Have Braces

Bad breath is common when you have braces, but it doesn’t have to be for you. Fortunately, there are things you can do regularly to avoid bad breath. To help you, Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs and our orthodontic team would like to share those tips with you! First, clean your smile as much as possible…. Read more »

The Basics of Ridge Augmentation

If you are having a tooth extracted or are already missing a tooth, you may need to have a ridge augmentation. Here are some answers to questions you may have: What is ridge augmentation? A ridge augmentation is a type of jawbone graft, a surgery where a portion of bone is literally grafted onto the… Read more »

Avoid Gum Disease to Save Your Smile

Do you think your smile is healthy? When was the last time you had your oral health checked out? Did you know, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults? Keeping your oral health in tip-top shape is vital to avoid gum disease. To help you better understand why you… Read more »

Overcome Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Overcome dental anxiety with sedation dentistry. With various types of sedatives, patients can be calmed and relaxed for all manner of treatments. Whether the patient is simply looking to be numbed or calmed more effectively, or even put to sleep, there is a form of sedation that can be used. For mild sedatives, gas is… Read more »

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 »