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The brookside dental guide to dental x-rays

The Brookside Dental Guide To Dental X-Rays

Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? Today’s dental blog takes a look at dental x-rays.

Panoramic
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay motionless while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic x-ray taken of your mouth. These pictures help dentists see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to Brookside Dental. They are also very helpful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing
Bitewing x-rays help Dr. Robert Kowal DDS see what’s going on between teeth – something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help your dentist evaluate the jaw bone.

Periapical
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are ordinarily used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing x-rays that gives a comprehensive picture of all the teeth and surrounding bone structure.

If you are a patient of Brookside Dental and are worried about the safety of dental x-rays, we invite you to
communicate with our friendly staff. We can explain all the precautions that we take to reduce radiation exposure and answer any questions you may have.

If you are pregnant and need a dental x-ray at Brookside Dental, it is important to let Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS know this before x-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but they are often postponed until after delivery as a precaution. If you are pregnant but have a dental issue, call our office right away. We can be reached at 503-905-3380.

We hope you have learned a little bit about dental x-rays, one of Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS’s indispensable tools in providing unsurpassed dental care in Clackamas. Check back often for more information about dentistry at Brookside Dental.

We also offer the following services:

dental implants
Invisalign invisible braces
emergency dentistry
porcelain crowns
restorative dentistry

 

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015

 

What you see and what you don’t

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If you have had restorations, orthodontia, or a complete smile makeover, you want people to notice the final outcome – your beautiful smile. There is a lot, however, that is going on behind the scenes. Today’s post talks about three important smile makeover components that are not readily apparent when you smile, but are often necessary for the successful result.

Invisible Braces
Not everyone in Clackamas wants to flash a metal smile while their teeth are being straightened. Invisible braces keep your secret safe because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn.

White Fillings

If you have metal fillings, you might be interested in replacing them with composite fillings that match your surrounding teeth. You can’t undo the decay, but you can make the metal disappear.

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root after a tooth extraction. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is super strong and well tolerated by the jaw bone. When the final crown is placed, your new tooth is indistinguishable from the others. Dental implants have many critical advantages over dental crowns. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS to discuss your options.

Brookside Dental is located at 9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1 in Clackamas. We have been providing quality dental care since 2011. Call us today at 503-905-3380.

We also offer the following services:

dental implants
Invisalign invisible braces
emergency dentistry
porcelain crowns
restorative dentistry

 

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015

 

Brookside dental can make your whites whiter

Brookside Dental Can Make Your Whites Whiter

Hello. We are Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS, experienced Clackamas general dentists serving the greater Portland area. One of the most common requests we get from our dental patients is whiter teeth.

We are happy to say that Clackamas dental patients are in luck when it comes to teeth whitening in Oregon, because cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

Some patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available at drugstores. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.

There are many dentists who offer in-office teeth bleaching, which can often be done in one visit. People who do in-office bleaching usually appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent.

Any toothpaste that has an added polishing agent is considered a whitening toothpaste. For my patients, I always tell them to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when purchasing these.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to keep your teeth nice and white here in Portland.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call Brookside Dental at 503-905-3380. Our friendly staff will schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at your convenience.

We also offer the following services:

dental implants
Invisalign invisible braces
emergency dentistry
porcelain crowns
restorative dentistry

 

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015

 

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Royalty at brookside dental in clackamas

porcelain crown Clackamas

When Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Dr. Robert Kowal DDS crown one of our patients, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The necessity of a dental crown is usually readily apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, sometimes a crown is required to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also required as a sturdy support for dental bridges.

A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.

Brookside Dental, located at 9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1 in Clackamas, OR 97015 97015, opened their doors in 2011 and has been serving patients throughout Oregon with extraordinary efficiency, expertise and personal attention since 2011. If you live in Clackamas, Gladstone, Gresham, or Oregon City, you could be our next royal to smile and wave for the paparazzi.

Consult with Dr. Robert Kowal DDS to find out if you are a candidate for state-of-the art restorative procedures meant to increase the life of your precious permanent teeth such as a fabulous crown. Keep in mind that crowns come in a variety of strong, reliable materials. Matching the natural color of your teeth increases the beauty of your smile. Gold crowns are incredibly strong and have the “bling” factor. But there are certainly other options.

In addition to restorative services, we would love to communicate with you about cleanings, cosmetic services, teeth whitening, braces, veneers, and other smile makeover possibilities.

We are equipped to offer restorative dentistry, dental implants, porcelain crowns, Invisalign invisible braces and a long list of other procedures. Schedule your visit today with our friendly staff at 503-905-3380.

A crown can return your tooth to all its former glory as a smiling, glowing, expert chewing machine.

 

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015

 

Saving teeth in clackamas

Root Canals in Clackamas When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is commonly the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown.

At Brookside Dental, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

I am Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS, DMD, DDS, of Brookside Dental. I have been practicing dentistry since 2011. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Brookside Dental in Clackamas has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is critical to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can proceed to a point where the tooth cannot be saved.

Is it time for an intensive dental exam? Call our office at 503-905-3380.

 

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015

 

Posted in Root Canal

The future of tooth decay in clackamas

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Clackamas

Dental patients in the Portland area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with your Gresham, Oregon City, or Gladstone dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Clackamas area, come visit us here at Brookside Dental. Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS has been a dentist in Clackamas since 2011.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum countouring, and dental implants.

Brookside Dental offers:

dental implants
Invisalign invisible braces
emergency dentistry
porcelain crowns

Call 503-905-3380 to schedule an appointment!

 

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR 97015
97015

 

Feel like a movie star with a smile makeover

Gladstone Best Teeth Whitening

Have you noticed endless pictures coming out of Hollywood featuring celebrities with perfect smiles, even photos of actors and actresses who didn’t have the best teeth early in their careers? Can ordinary Portland people obtain a celebrity-caliber smile? Absolutely!

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the accessibility of state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry in the Gresham and Oregon City area.

The truly amazing thing about cosmetic dentistry is that it’s one Hollywood perk that is accessible to almost everyone.

Whether it is a relatively minor alteration, such as teeth whitening in Clackamas, or a more involved procedure such as a complete smile re-design, more and more dentists are giving people just like you the beautiful teeth they have always wanted.

I’m Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS of Brookside Dental in Clackamas. If you are looking for quality restorative and cosmetic dental care in the Gresham, Oregon City, or Gladstone area, give us a call here at Brookside Dental. We are currently accepting new patients. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, and smile makeovers.

Contact Brookside Dental’s Clackamas Office:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR 97015
97015



 

Live better in clackamas with dental implants

Clackamas Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can cause more problems for Portland denture wearers than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. Though they certainly look better than a toothless mouth, in practical terms they leave much to be desired because they affect two essential activities: eating and talking.

Unfortunately, many frustrated denture wearers have quit dining in restaurants or engaging in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will slip.

Implant dental procedures are allowing former denture wearers to re-engage in life.

Consider the advantages of implant anchored dentures:

  • They are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
  • Your denture is fixed, it will not move around in your mouth.
  • They prevent bone loss that can occur when teeth are removed.
  • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
  • They do not irritate gums.
  • No denture adhesive is required.

Patients who have replaced their traditional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

Do you want to eat normally again? What is the value of maintaining your facial shape? Can you put a price on confidence?

If you want more information about dental implants, call 503-905-3380 to schedule a consultation with Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS. Brookside Dental is located at 9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1 in Clackamas. We have been providing advanced Portland dental care since 2011.

 

Contact Brookside Dental:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015

 

Posted in Dental Implants

Why do clackamas dentists like potatoes?

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The reason dentists like potatoes is because they are so “filling” ba-dum ching.

Lame joke, I know. But seriously, the wiser our patients are about what they eat, the easier it will be to care for their teeth.

It doesn’t have to be potatoes, but the mouth does request that we take a good look at what can be damaging and upsetting.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack the enamel on the teeth and get the decay process started for Gladstone people of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really no-no’s. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. Gresham folks are wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will support tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I hope this blog assists in keeping you on the path to a healthy mouth and gives you something to think about if you’re interested in oral health or a smile makeover in Portland or Clackamas, Oregon 97015.

I’m Brian Westover DMD at Brookside Dental. If cosmetic dentistry, including the cost of veneers, the cost of implants, teeth whitening and the like interest you, call 503-905-3380 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Our friendly staff is ready to make you comfortable.

We can offer our friends from Gresham emergency dentistry or restorative dentistry if they want it. We can schedule patients from Gladstone for dental implants or porcelain crowns right here in our office. Clackamas customers are always welcome to check into Invisalign invisible braces. Don’t hesitate to make the call.

Posted in Oral Health

What’s on your dental wish list?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List? A cosmetic dental consultation is informative and enjoyable. As the patient, you’ll have the opportunity to describe your goals and expectations. If this is your first visit to the practice, you’ll discover whether you feel comfortable with our dentist and other members of the treatment team. Successful cosmetic dentistry consultations help us provide the highest level of Portland area dental care.

This is the time to ask questions about possible procedures such as teeth whitening. You can look at pictures of actual porcelain veneer patients and dental implant recipients. Our cosmetic dentistry patients really get excited when they see images of the possible results for their teeth.

By listening effectively and asking the right questions, Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS can fully assess the many variables unique to your needs. They thoroughly examine teeth, gums, and biting function. Complete x-rays are taken. Existing dental work, tooth color, tooth alignment, and gum condition are taken into consideration. Medical history and lifestyle are also important considerations. Cosmetic dentistry costs are outlined.

Taking the first step to learn is your key to understanding your options and preparing to make decisions. Learn about the possibilities for your smile at Brookside Dental; give us a call at 503-905-3380.

 

Contact Brookside Dental:

503-905-3380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
Clackamas, OR
97015