Everything You Need to Know About Crowns and Bridges

What Are Bridges and Crowns?

Crowns and bridges are two of the most common types of implants available in dentistry today. They are frequently used to help restore people’s smiles, and at the Blue Ash Dental Group offices, Dr. Ryan Detmer and his expert team would be happy to help you get the dental crowns or bridges you need to give you a smile that you are confident about once again.

3d render of teeth with dental cantilever bridge in gumsDental bridges and crowns can get described as the following:

  • Dental Bridges: If permanent dental implants are not in your future (they are often more expensive, and some insurance companies will cover them while some will not – or many people do not have insurance), then a viable (cheaper) alternative would be a dental bridge. Dental Bridges use your healthy teeth as anchors for porcelain that will support your prosthetic teeth. By using good teeth as an anchor, they ensure that your bridge has a longer lifespan and can sometimes replace more than one missing tooth at a time.
  • 3d render of teeth in gums with dental crown restorationCrowns: A crown goes over a single tooth that has a root canal performed on it to keep the tooth covered and protected in the future. The crown helps to restore the tooth to its previous state of health. While someone can have many individual crowns, each crown only covers one individual tooth and not multiple teeth.

These are the basic differences between the crowns and bridges that Dr. Ryan Detmer and his team of experienced professionals will use when you come to visit our office.

Why Do I Need to Get a Dental Crown/Bridge?

A dental crown or bridge is the most common alternatives to permanent dental implants. You might need a dental bridge if you are missing one or more teeth in a row but have healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth. The existing teeth can hold the dental bridge, which replaces the teeth that are missing.

A dental crown is the “cap” that they put on a tooth after you have a root canal performed. You will generally get a temporary crown placed on the tooth before going back a couple of weeks to get the permanent crown put on. The permanent crown will be able to last decades and is custom-made just to fit your teeth. It saves the tooth from having to be extracted.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

What To Expect When Getting a Crown:

When you are getting a crown put in you will get an anesthetic, so you don’t experience any discomfort or pain during your procedure. Your dentist will remove damaged pulp from the tooth before cleaning out the cavity, which provides a clean, healthy surface for the crown to get put on the tooth. Dental impressions will get taken of your teeth before you get a temporary crown attached to the tooth.

In a few weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment once the permanent crown gets made. Your dentist will use a special dental cement that will permanently hold the cap to your tooth securely. Once the crown gets bonded to the tooth, he will ensure that it matches the function and appearance of your teeth.

What To Expect When Getting a Bridge:

When you are getting a dental bridge put in, your dentist will provide you with a local anesthetic to help you avoid any pain or discomfort that you would otherwise experience. Any necessary root canals or root canals or extractions will get performed. Then, your dentist will take impressions of the necessary areas to create a bridge that fits into your mouth appropriately. While the bridge gets made, the dentist will give you a temporary bridge to wear until the permanent one is ready.

In a few weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment where you will come back in for your permanent bridge. The dentist will perform any necessary modifications to the bridge before you leave to ensure that you have a perfect fit.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

The average cost for getting a dental crown will be at least $500 while some crowns may run up to as much as $2,500 depending on the material the crown gets made of and the tooth that it will be covering.

The average cost for getting a dental bridge will be about $700 to $1,500 depending on where in your mouth the bridge will be placed and how many teeth it will be replacing.

Prices for both dental bridge and crowns will vary based on your dentist, the area you live in, the location where the bridge/crown will go in your mouth, and the materials used to when the bridge/crown goes into your mouth.

How Do I Care For My Dental Bridge/Crown?

You will need to care for your dental bridge/crown by ensuring that you clean your device daily. Using a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste on it is one way to clean your dental bridge/crown. Flossing between the teeth on your bridge is also key to help remove any food particles that might be stuck between the teeth. You should care for dental bridges/crowns just like any of your other permanent teeth.

If you are taking your dental bridges out, be sure to store the device in the container your dentist gave you to protect it while it’s not in use. Otherwise, your device will get much more easily chipped or cracked if it’s just left lying around to be damaged.

When given proper care, dental bridges/crowns can easily last 10 to 15 years.


Both dental crowns and bridges have helped many patients restore their confidence in themselves and their smile. As technology continues to advance, both dental bridges/crowns have come to look like your permanent teeth. Technology continues to improve, and more and more people have enjoyed having their smiles fully restored.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we are here to help you meet all of your dental needs. Please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment for a free consultation today.

Dentistry and Me: The Tale of Your Toothbrush

bristled toothbrush

Just about everyone owns a toothbrush. It is, after all, a key element in maintaining your healthy smile. But what you might not know about them is that they’re the culmination of millennia of household dental tools. Exactly how important it is for your dental hygiene, or the many and varied choices you have to make when choosing which brush is right for you?

We hope that you’ll come away from this article having learned a bit more about that little thing sitting in your bathroom.

The Journey of the Toothbrush

It’s no surprise that toothbrushes haven’t always been around. But what may surprise you is how long they have been around. The desire for healthy teeth has been a part of human nature for almost all of recorded human history. Before toothbrushes, the go-to item for oral cleanliness was called chew sticks. They weren’t much more than sticks, but given that some of them have been discovered over five thousand years ago, they’re still impressive in their own way.

While there were a lot of steps between these chew sticks and the modern toothbrush (including things like quills and animal bones,) it took quite a while for the modern toothbrush to surface. It wasn’t until June 26th, 1498 in mainland China that the prototype to the modern toothbrush, made with boar bristles, began to reach the masses. The final step wasn’t taken until 1938, when a company by the name of DuPont fashioned the first toothbrush to use nylon fibers, that we reached the stage where we still stand today.

The Importance of the Toothbrush

Man in a pink bathroom with a toothbrushWhy Should I Brush?

Despite the very long history of the toothbrush, it’s one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve dental hygiene.

In general, we suggest that you brush at least twice a day at the very minimum. Once in the morning, and once before bed. But, ideally, you want to also brush after every meal you have during the day. Certain kinds of food can have negative effects on your dental hygiene if left alone in your mouth for too long. Each of these sessions of brushing should last at least two and a half minutes.

Which Brush Should I Use?

As long as it’s new and not defective, any brush is better than no brush. Don’t let the quality of your brush dictate whether or not you use it at all. But some brushes will be better for your particular needs. You have a lot of possible choices; electric brush; more typical toothbrush; different heads, bristles, and handles.

We suggest that you go with softer bristles, as they’re a better fit for a normal household toothbrush. Beyond that, your choice of brush is going to be up to you. Because the truth is that every person’s teeth are different, and each of them will need a different brush for ideal maintenance. A smaller head on a brush can be good for one person, but make brushing more awkward for another. If you’re still having trouble deciding, then we suggest that you ask your dentist directly during your next visit.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we value the education of our clients almost as much as we value their dental hygiene. If you’re interested in more information like this, or in scheduling an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy With Good Dental Hygiene

Mother and son cleaning teeth with dental floss

Visiting your dentist is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. Although you may brush and floss daily to prevent decay and gum disease, it’s still important to see your dentist for routine checkups to ensure any potential problems are detected early before they become major dental emergencies. When you practice good dental hygiene, you’ll have healthy teeth and gums and your body is also less susceptible to some serious health conditions caused by untreated gum disease.

Why Is Good Oral Hygiene Important?

A healthy mouth begins with good oral hygiene. If you don’t take proper care of your teeth, it can lead to a variety of dental issues like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and bad breath. Periodontal disease is connected to serious medical conditions related to the heart, which means maintaining good oral health is essential to the health of your entire body.

Dental hygiene: brushing teethHow Can I Practice Proper Oral Hygiene?

If you think you’re practicing good oral hygiene, but you’re not sure if you’re doing all the right things, you’re certainly not alone. That’s why it’s important to rely on your professional dental team for guidance. When you visit your dentist, you can discuss your specific dental health needs and develop a dental maintenance regimen that is right for you. However, here are some ways you can begin to practice good oral hygiene right now.

  • Brush your teeth every day
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a mouth rinse after brushing your teeth
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages
  • Visit your dentist for routine dental cleanings and checkups

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we want to help you keep your teeth and body strong for life. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist for a routine dental cleaning or you simply have questions about how you can maintain the best oral health possible, contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Teething Basics Every New Parent Must Know

teething baby upclose

Cutting that first tooth is an important milestone in any baby’s life. Even so, it’s not one that most parents look forward to. Teething can bring about crying and discomfort, but you can ease the process by learning some of the basics of teething.

When Does Teething Begin?

According to Parents Magazine, most babies start teething between the ages of four and six months. However, your child may begin teething earlier or later than that. The lower front teeth normally come in first, followed by the upper front teeth. These teeth can appear anywhere from six to twelve months.

The upper and lower lateral incisors come next, followed by the molars and canines. Expect the incisors to show anywhere from eight to twelve months and the molars to appear between 12 and 14 months. Second molars are the last to erupt, and normally come in between the ages of two and three.

Teething Symptoms

Since it’s hard to predict a timeline, you should be aware of some of the most common teething symptoms, which include:

  • More frequent crying
  • Biting or chewing on objects your child showed no interest in before
  • Drooling
  • Swollen gums

5 month old baby girl who is playing on the floor mat with teething toys.How to Soothe Teething Symptoms

Provide your infant with something solid to gnaw on such as a frozen teething ring. Cold food such as applesauce or yogurt will also provide some relief-just be sure your baby is ready for solids. An over-the-counter numbing gel can be placed on the gums, or you can give drops of pain-relieving medication such as acetaminophen.

When to Call a Pediatric Dentist

Just because every child has his or her own timeline for teething does not mean you should not be concerned if your baby is behind. Contact us if your infant has not had an eruption by 18 months, or seems to have more difficulty than normal cutting teeth. Schedule the first appointment at age one year regardless of teething history. We look forward to seeing you.

Everything You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

Young girl with dental anxiety

What is Dental Anxiety?

Dental Anxiety is a severe form of anxiety that occurs among individuals when they have to go to the dentist’s office to get any work done on their mouths. For some individuals, this fear is so crippling that they would avoid or ignore warnings to go to the dentist all together because they are too afraid of what will happen if they go. Fear can harm an individual’s oral health to skip going to the dentists for years or even decades on end. However, the good news for those that experience this anxiety is that there are alternatives to avoiding the dentist’s office complete.

Sedation Dentistry

The alternative that is getting offered today is called Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry is a form of dentistry that helps those who have severe anxieties or fears of dentists working in their mouths. Sedation Dentistry allows people who would not otherwise be able to have procedures completed get the dental care they need to help them maintain good oral health.

Self-Soothing Preparations For a Dental Visit

While many individuals have quite a fear of the dentist, there is a lot that you can do on your own to help calm those fears. The following are keys to helping you calm your own fears about going to your dentist:

  • Confirm exactly when your appointment is (date, time, location, etc.) and knowing where you need to be and when will help you plan every detail accordingly.
  • Arrive early if you are going to need to fill out paperwork or prepare yourself for your appointment so that you are ready to go on time.
  • Ask your dentist about what exactly they will be doing before they even put a tool into your mouth. Having them explain their procedures ahead of time will help ensure that you are not in for any surprises once they begin working.
  • Ask any questions you have to ensure that you understand everything that your appointment will entail.
  • Request Novocaine or other painkillers if the dentist will be doing any procedures that may cause discomfort during your visit.

Taking control of your dental experience and understanding what the dentist will be doing can help lessen your anxiety throughout your appointment.

Options Available for Calmer, More Comfortable Dental WorkSedation dentistry: Calm patient

Today’s modern dental landscape provides a variety of options for those who have severe dental anxiety and may need more than just information ahead of time in order to be able to handle their appointment in its entirety. The following are approved technologies that can help you overcome the anxiety of a dental appointment:

  • Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which will help you relax throughout your appointment.
  • Conscious oral sedatives are sometimes provided with nitrous oxide sometimes given separately.
  • Needle-free dentistry is also available using topical products such as Tricaine blue.

All of these are options that are available to help ensure that your visits to the dentist are as comfortable as possible. Dental anxiety is not abnormal and more and more dentists are committed to working with patients who have dental anxiety to ensure that they can still get the oral care they need while they are relaxed and comfortable in the process.

We Can Help

As sedation dentistry continues to advance people who have anxiety and fears of dentists are now finally able to get the care they need and deserve.

At Blue Ash Dental Group we are here to ensure that patients are comfortable throughout their dental appointment. We are committed to working with those with dental anxiety to come up with a treatment plan that works for them and meets their needs. For further assistance please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Gum Disease

examining gums for gum disease

Gum disease is a broad term that encompasses several variations of moderate to severe gum problems. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are among the most common types of gum disease, and there are many others.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is caused when excessive plaque accumulates on teeth. Certain toxins that are caused by the plaque then irritate nearby gum tissue, which can lead to puffy, red, or bleeding gums.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a type of infection that is caused by certain types of bacteria that are present in accumulated plaque. Periodontal disease often begins with gingivitis, which progresses into the more serious and less treatable periodontal disease.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are a wide variety of potential warning signs of gum disease, which can vary depending on the severity and specific type. Some symptoms of gum disease that are often seen include:

  • Red or puffy gums
  • Tender, painful gums
  • Bleeding gums, particularly when brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Tooth separation from gums
  • Bad breath

man and woman preventing gum disease by practicing good hygiene

Prevention and Treatment

Proper tooth care is the first line of defense against gum disease. Most types of gum disease can be prevented through adequate brushing and flossing, and using fluoride rinse or other mouthwash can also help to reduce the risk of gum disease. Eating a healthy diet can also help to prevent gum disease. Minimizing sugar, in particular, is one of the most helpful dietary choices as far as eliminating as much plaque buildup as possible.

Severe cases may require professional dental treatment, such as:

  • Prescription medications
  • Root planing and scaling
  • Gum grafts
  • Surgery

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we care about giving you the tools to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Contact us today to learn more about gingivitis, periodontal disease, or other types of gum disease, or to schedule an appointment!

Preventing Tooth Pain: Causes and Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity

woman suffering from tooth pain

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a type of sharp pain that occurs when a worn or exposed part of the tooth comes in contact with a particular substance, often cold or acidic foods. Each occurrence of pain is generally temporary, but untreated tooth sensitivity is often recurring.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a wide variety of issues. Some of the most common underlying causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Worn or thin tooth enamel
  • Exposed roots
  • Cavities
  • Worn or damaged fillings
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Certain types of gum disease

Man have sensitive teeth with ice on white backgroundWhile many of the common triggers of tooth pain may be misinterpreted as the cause of the problem, these symptoms are more likely to be the results of one of the underlying causes. Some common triggers that often result in tooth pain include:

  • Cold drinks
  • Cold foods, such as ice or ice cream
  • Highly acidic foods, such as oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits
  • Certain ingredients in some mouthwashes, such as alcohol
  • Brushing teeth

Tooth Sensitivity Prevention/Home Treatment Options

Many minor cases of tooth sensitivity can be taken care of at home. Several over-the-counter products or other options are available that can help prevent or reduce tooth sensitivity, such as:

  • Fluoride
  • Special desensitizing toothpaste designed for people with tooth sensitivity
  • Limiting hot, cold, or acidic foods
  • Brushing and flossing teeth more thoroughly

Professional Treatment Options

Severe tooth sensitivity or cases that do not respond well to at-home options may need to be brought to your dentist’s attention. In the case of severe tooth sensitivity, professional treatment options may include:

  • Prescription strength desensitizing toothpaste or other prescription medications
  • Applying bonding resin to exposed roots
  • Root canals, which are intended to target problems deep within the tooth
  • Gum grafts, which cover exposed roots

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we care about helping our patients avoid tooth pain. Contact us today to learn more about tooth sensitivity or to schedule an appointment!

Tooth 101: Parts, Conditions, and Cleaning of Your Teeth

tooth 101: flossing

Having stellar oral health requires a thorough understanding of how teeth work. Here are some of the fundamental areas of tooth literacy – Tooth 101!

Parts of the Tooth

Like any other part of the human body, the tooth consists of several distinct parts. Some of the primary parts of the tooth include the crown, the root, the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp.

  • Crown: Top part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line
  • Root: Bottom part of the tooth that is below the gum line and is responsible for keeping the tooth in place
  • Enamel: Hard, outermost part of the tooth
  • Dentin: Middle layer of the tooth between the enamel and the pulp
  • Pulp: Soft, innermost part of the tooth

Emotional female with beautiful clear white open mouth smile of young woman with clean healthy teeth and soft tempting lips closeup, horizontal pictureTypes of Teeth

Not all teeth are alike. Instead, teeth differ based on their location and primary purpose. The four main categories of adult teeth are incisors, canines, bicuspids, and molars.

  • Incisors: located at the front of the mouth, used for biting and pronunciation
  • Canines: primarily used for biting, also known as cuspids
  • Bicuspids: used for chewing, also known as premolars
  • Molars: used for chewing and maintaining face structure

Diseases and Other Conditions That Affect Teeth

All body parts can be affected by certain diseases and other types of conditions, and the teeth are no exception. Some common tooth conditions include:

  • Buildup of plaque: a sticky substance caused by lack of proper cleaning
  • Buildup of tartar: a hardened substance caused by excessive plaque
  • Cavities: holes in the tooth that are caused by plaque buildup
  • Gum disease: a blanket term for conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease that  are caused when plaque buildup on teeth reaches the gums

Basic Tooth Care

Following a set of simple guidelines is the best way to keep your teeth looking nice and functioning properly. Some of the most important aspects of keeping your teeth healthy include:

  • Brushing regularly: at least twice daily
  • Flossing regularly: at least once daily
  • Using fluoride or other mouth rinses
  • Visiting your dentist regularly: generally one or two times per year

Artificial Tooth Replacements

Severely damaged teeth, as well as adult teeth that fall out due to gum problems or other conditions, may need to be replaced by artificial teeth. This can range from inserting a single artificial tooth following an injury to using full dentures due to severe tooth or gum problems.

Knowing tooth basics helps people to be informed about their oral healthcare choices in order to make educated decisions. At Blue Ash Dental Group, we care about providing our patients with the information they need to have an in-depth understanding of their teeth. Contact us today for answers to all of your tooth care questions or to schedule an appointment!

Protect Your Teeth with Adequate Fluoride

Protect Your Teeth with Adequate Fluoride

You have probably heard of fluoride, but do you have a solid understanding of what it is and how it works?  At Blue Ash Dental Group, we love helping our patients learn more about this simple mineral that does wonders for your teeth!

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has a variety of oral health benefits.  The first connection between consuming high levels of fluoride and having great oral health was made by studying fluoride levels in water in the 1930s, and many more sources and benefits have been found since then.  All of these sources play an essential role in cavity prevention.

How Can Fluoride Benefit Me?

There are several ways in which getting enough fluoride is an important part of maintaining excellent oral health.  Fluoride’s main purpose in any oral healthcare routine is strengthening the enamel in order to prevent cavities.  The specific ways in which fluoride benefits teeth vary slightly by age:

  • In children, fluoride is particularly important in strengthening the new, growing tooth enamel.  Fluoride reaches both primary and adult teeth when used by children, which has lasting health benefits!
  • In adults, fluoride continues to strengthen the enamel, which can be especially helpful if the enamel has begun to weaken over time.

What Are Some Good Sources of Fluoride?

Fluoride is found in several natural ways, such as in certain foods and water supplies.  Some foods that are rich in fluoride include:

  • Fresh vegetables, such as potatoes
  • Certain meats, such as crab
  • Some types of tea and wine

Romantic dinner in restaurant. King crab legs served with sauces and wine for two, close up. Good sources of Flouride

Other sources of fluoride include:

  • Toothpaste
  • Fluoride rinses and other types of mouthwash
  • Supplemental fluoride in water, such as bottled water with added fluoride and fluoride filters for tap water
  • Special dental fluoride treatments

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we care about providing our patients with the tools they need to be well-informed about oral health.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services!


Show Your Teeth Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Beautiful and happy young woman in love hugging her boyfriend holding a red rose

The winter holidays are known for not only great foods. They often lead to a lot of sweet treats. It is a time when we spend a lot of time with our family and friends, savoring pies, cakes, and more. These “food-friendly” holidays start with Halloween when kids go out in search of candies and even parents get to enjoy a bite. It continues through until Valentine’s Day when one of the most given gifts is heart-shaped boxes with delicious chocolates inside. All this holiday fun is great for showing your family how much you love them, but it can be devastating to your weight and your teeth. Blue Ash Dental Group cannot help you with the scale, but we can help you ensure that you show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day.

Good Foods to Eat for Your Teeth

We all splurge a little on special holidays and occasions. There is nothing wrong with it and we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves when they get the chance. However, think of it as one day of splurging on junk foods means that you should try to eat healthier foods in between the holidays. You may also consider adding some of them to your holiday buffets. Cheese is healthy food for your teeth, and it works great for a snack platter. The same is true for apples, carrots, celery, and almonds. You can also eat a little yogurt in the days following a holiday, and of course, leafy green vegetables are always a good choice as well. After you enjoy your sweet treats, you must put in the effort to counteract some of the damage that can potentially leave behind.

Heart chocolate box and red roses on wooden rustic background

The good news is, you do not have to avoid all types of candies this Valentine’s Day. If you opt to eat dark chocolate, you may actually be doing a good thing for your teeth! This is great news for chocolate lovers worldwide! According to Dr. Brian Witt, a Temple Terrace FL dentist, dark chocolate can also increase your teeths sensitivity to sugar – be sure to not eat too much.

If you prefer to drink your way to a healthier mouth, you can include more of the following, non-acidic drinks. They include:


*Water (especially water with fluoride)

*Unsweetened Tea

Each of these drinks can help your dental health by protecting the enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of your teeth.

Foods You Should Avoid

When we think of dental health, we typically understand that anything sugary is bad for our teeth. This includes hard candies because they are loaded with sugar, but it can go beyond the sugary treats. Other things to keep in mind is that too much citrus can deteriorate tooth enamel, sticky foods (even dried fruit) will stay on the teeth longer, and overly crunchy foods can also cause you major issues.

You may think that since there are no food particles, you can drink them safely, but sugar filled drinks can also cause issues for your teeth. Even some drinks that may look safe can cause decay. Even ice is bad for your dental health, even though it is made of pure water and doesn’t contain sugar. Coffee isn’t bad for your teeth, but when you add a little sugar, it can become a problem. It can also stain your teeth if you drink it often. Sports drinks are also something you should consider avoiding if you want to keep your mouth healthy. Of course, the most dangerous thing for your teeth beyond soda is adult beverages. Wine is better than hard liquor, but all of them can lead to tooth decay because of the high sugar content. This can also lead to bad breath, which is a Valentine’s Day mood killer.

We Can Help

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand that living life means enjoying all the sweetest moments.  If you are concerned about your dental health or feel the need to show your teeth a little more love, we are here for you. Simply contact us to schedule an appointment to ensure that your mouth is truly kissable after the holidays.

Everything That You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions

Dental equipment holding an extracted tooth from tooth extractions

Everything That You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions:

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that gets completed when one or more teeth need to get removed from the mouth. Most teeth that get extracted are those that get damaged beyond repair.

What Are the Reasons That People Have Teeth Extracted?

There are quite a variety of reasons that people commonly get teeth extracted. Some of those include the following:

  • Overcrowding: Overcrowding can require one or more teeth to get pulled to create the room for the rest of the teeth to grow in properly. During orthodontic work, a tooth (or multiple) may need to get removed to be able to straighten out the rest of the teeth and to make room for them all to move into their appropriate places.
  • They are damaged and Decayed: One of the most common reasons that teeth have to get extracted is because they get damaged beyond the point that the dentist can replace the tooth. Often, extraction is required, and an implant, bridge, or another device will get placed where the missing tooth/teeth were.
  • Need Replacing: If a tooth gets chipped or broken to the point that it can’t get repaired, the tooth may have to get extracted. The tooth would then need replacing with either an implant or a dental bridge.
  • Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth generally appear between ages 17 and 24. Not everyone will have the buds that allow them to get wisdom teeth. Some people who get them may get up to four (4) wisdom teeth. One will grow behind each molar in the back of the mouth. Sometimes they will come growing in crooked (impacting the other teeth) or cause pain, swelling, or discomfort, in which cases the teeth will need to get removed.

These are the four (4) main reasons that teeth will need extracting. In some cases, it may be more than one of the above that require a tooth to get removed. The last resort is removing the tooth generally a last resort when nothing else can be done to save it.

Panoramic x-ray image of teeth and mouth with wisdom teeth

Types of Tooth Extractions:

There are generally two (2) types of extractions that are common when a tooth needs to get removed. They are as follows:

  • Simple Extraction: Simple extractions are used to remove teeth that are visible within the mouth. This procedure can get done right in your dentist’s office, and you are generally free to leave soon as the tooth/teeth get extracted and the bleeding stops. Teeth are usually able to be removed with just dental forceps.
  • Surgical Extraction: Surgical extractions get performed when the tooth/teeth are not easily accessible inside the mouth. These extractions can include impacted teeth that have not broken through the gum yet such as wisdom teeth. These procedures generally get performed under a general anesthetic. Generally, most of these procedures are done at a specialized clinic, although some dentists might be able to do these procedures in their offices as well.

A large majority of these procedures get done through simple extractions; however, when surgical extractions are necessary, many dentists will refer you to a surgical specialist to remove those teeth.

Pain Management Options:

After you have a tooth removed, you will understandably experience discomfort and soreness for a few days up to a week after your procedure. Most dentists will give you pain medication to help manage the pain. Having the prescription filled and taking the recommended dosage of medication can help greatly reduce your pain in the few days following the procedure.

Avoid chewing hard foods near the extraction site to keep food particles from getting into the area where your tooth got pulled. Eating softer foods such as mashed potatoes or even macaroni and cheese for a few days after your procedure can also help. Avoiding hot/spicy foods as well as alcohol (which can burn the inflamed area and also may react with pain medications you got prescribed) for several days is also advisable.

Begin eating regularly as soon as it is comfortable to do so.

Rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup (8 oz) of water 2-3 times per day to help keep the area around the pulled tooth from getting infected.

Begin all brushing and flossing activities as you normally would 24 hours after the procedure. Be gentle when cleaning around the area where the tooth got extracted.

Call your doctor right away if you have any severe bleeding or abnormal pain while recovering.


While you are recovering, you want to make sure that you do not remove the blood clot from the infected area. This blood clot is how the gums heal themselves from where the tooth was. If the blood clot falls out, it can expose the bone beneath the gums which can cause severe pain and even infections where the tooth got removed.

If you suspect that you have a dry socket or feel more pain in the area where it got removed, call your dentist immediately so they can help you treat it.

Also be sure to effectively clean the site around the wound several times per day and chew on the opposite side of your mouth to avoid getting food particles stuck near where the tooth got extracted.

What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?

You can expect the average nonsurgical tooth removal procedure to cost between $75 and $300.

For surgical tooth removal, you can expect to pay around $150 to $650.

What We Do

Here at Blue Ash Dental, we strive to provide the best possible care for our patients. We believe that your natural teeth are the best teeth that you can have. However, when the only option is tooth extraction, we are here to help ensure that your procedure and your recovery go smoothly as we can.

If you think that you might need a tooth extraction (or any other dental treatment), please feel free to contact us at Blue Ash Dental for further assistance. If you’re in need of a local dentist and aren’t from the Blue Ash Oh area, consider making a Google sebarch such as “West Seattle Dentists” to find a trusted practice near you.

All About Pediatric Dentistry

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From the moment a baby is born, we take all the necessary steps to ensure that we are caring for them the best we can! As the months go by, one of the most important aspects to consider is pediatric dentistry. There is so much to consider, and parents may be a bit confused as to how to approach things. Here are some tips and guidelines regarding pediatric dentistry that will allow you to make sure your child has the healthiest teeth possible.

Proper Care of Baby Teeth

A baby needs oral care even before his or her first teeth appear. Gums should be wiped with a wet, warm cloth each day to remove debris from feeding. When the first tiny teeth come in, use a baby toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush the teeth twice per day. When you notice your child’s teeth fitting closely together, it is time to help him or her floss once per day.

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When do Children’s Teeth Start Falling Out?

Keep in mind that there is no “set age” for children’s teeth to fall out. Every child is different, with some losing their first tooth at age 5, and others not getting their first loose tooth until age 7. Before you know it, your child will be coming up to you, happily showing you their first wiggly tooth!

When to Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Parents should choose a pediatric dentist by the time their child is one year old. This sets the stage for a lifetime of excellent oral health! It allows the pediatric dentist to quickly discover any potential issues, and make sure the child is receiving proper oral care.

Caring for Permanent Teeth

We cannot strongly enough stress the importance of caring for permanent teeth! Brush twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, floss once per day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash daily. Remember to see your dental professional for a cleaning and an exam every six months.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand just how important it is to learn good oral health habits at an early age. For more information regarding pediatric dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

Cosmetic Dentistry – All About the Smile

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It is only natural that everyone wants to have the best smile possible! However, what most people do not realize is that a smile is not just a smile. There are many different types of smiles, and we smile for a variety of reasons. A smile actually holds a great deal of power. It can indicate many different feelings or even intentions. Smiling or not smiling can affect how you look as well as how you feel. The smile means so many different things to just about anyone. Let’s take a closer look at the power of the smile so that we can better understand something that we all do many times throughout our lives.

Reasons to Smile

Everyone can surely think of a reason to smile each and every day! There are many reasons to smile, even when you think otherwise. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Smiling relieves stress. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, take a minute to relax and smile. It will certainly help how you are feeling!
  • Smiling makes us more attractive. We tend to be more drawn to someone who is wearing a friendly smile. It brightens the whole face, making that person more visually appealing to us.
  • Smiling puts us in a better mood. Dopamine and serotonin are actually released by our brains every time we smile, elevating our mood and making us instantly happier!
  • Smiling can be contagious. If you are in a situation that is tense, try smiling. It will instantly entice those around you to smile, getting rid of the tension and making the whole atmosphere seem more positive.
  • Smiling makes us more approachable. When we are smiling, people are more likely to engage in friendly conversation with us, and we appear more likable!

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The Power of the Smile

Now that we know some of the most common reasons to smile, we will explore the power of the smile. The smile is not just a reflex or a reaction that we do when we hear a joke, or see something that we like. While smiling is something that we often do without thinking about it, it actually is more influential than we realize. In fact, all smiles are not the same. There are different types of smiles, such as:

  • Duchenne smile – this type of smile actually indicates pain rather than happiness. Someone may smile this way if they accidentally bump their foot, burn their hand, or experience some type of sudden pain that they probably were not expecting. It resembles a wince.
  • Fear smile – when someone smiles in fear, their teeth are largely exposed as they pull their lips back. For example, a baby may smile in this manner when they experience distress or someone who was startled may smile this way as well.
  • Miserable smile – a quirky grin may indicate that someone is in a miserable mood. This actually indicates a feeling of sadness rather than joy.
  • Embarrassed smile – often, when a person is embarrassed, they smile as a result. Usually, the head is tilted downward, and the person does not make eye contact.
  • Qualifier smile – those who give this type of smile are usually giving someone bad news. Perhaps it is a waitress who has to tell her customer that the restaurant is out of what was ordered. Or a store clerk who is telling someone that a certain item is not on sale as they thought it was.

A smiling young woman sits at a table in a coffee shop across from an unrecognizable interviewer. She reaches forward and shakes his hand.

As we can see, a smile indicates more than just happiness! A smile can reveal a lot about someone, including what type of mood they are in or the feelings that they are experiencing.

Smiles in Art

Some of the most famous smiles are in our favorite works of art. It can reveal the meaning of a painting by telling a story without words. From the smiles we see in art, we can get understand the entire tone of a specific painting, seeing further into the message that the artist was trying to tell us.

  • The Laughing Cavalier, Frans Hals. The smile is this picture is smug, even arrogant. It portrays the message that the man in the painting may possibly be laughing at someone, or perhaps hiding a secret. He seems to be arrogant and unapproachable, as we can see from his smile.
  • La Liseuse, Renoir. The woman smiling in this picture seems to be filled with joy, and completely relaxed and at ease. Those who are viewing the painting can actually feel her happiness and engage in her joy.
  • Archaic smile in Greek sculpture. When we look at this smile, we can compare it to a “forced” smile that we sometimes see in modern photography. The person in the work of art is not smiling for any particular reason, and the smile seems somewhat empty.

Smiles in Entertainment

The entertainment industry is filled with great smiles! Often, our favorite celebrities become our favorite because of their beautiful, or even distinctive, smiles. Some of the best smiles belong to the following celebrities:

  • Meghan Markle – the Duchess of Sussex and former actress has one of the most infectious smiles around! Her wide smile indicates happiness and a genuine personality.
  • Eva Mendes – her smile is fun and contagious, making those who look at her instantly happier.
  • Halle Berry – this celebrity often wears a smile that makes her seem lighthearted and approachable.
  • Sofia Vergara – her smile indicates confidence and is truly genuine.
  • Scarlett Johansson – this actress has an innocent smile that tells people she is likable and happy.

Cosmetic Dentistry Today

The smile is one of the most important parts of who we are! At Blue Ash Dental Group, we know that everyone wants a smile that looks great. That is why we offer services that will help you achieve the best smile that you can possibly imagine, including the following:

  • Bridges and Partials
  • Crowns
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Lumineers
  • Teeth Whitening, and much more!

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand just how important it is to keep your smile looking amazing. We provide professional and individualized service to each patient in a welcoming environment. Our dental team is caring and compassionate, making your needs a priority. That is truly something to smile about! For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. If you’re not local to Blue Ash Ohio, make a Google search such as “dentist Arlington TX” or in your local area to find a trusted dentist.

Veneers & Lumineers: The Differences, Benefits, and More

If you’ve ever wondered about tooth enamel, you may have thought about why it is so important. Tooth enamel is actually the hardest material on your entire body. Made up of materials that range in color from light yellow to white, tooth enamel serves as the main source of protection for your teeth. While tooth enamel is a durable material, once it is destroyed, it cannot be regenerated, which is why it is so important to practice an excellent oral health regimen. Unfortunately, enamel does get damaged from time to time. It can come from chewing on hard things, such as ice or hard candy, or it can be damaged by acidic substances. Let’s take a closer look at what we can do when our tooth enamel is cracked, chipped, or damaged, and we need to get our smile looking as wonderful as possible.

What are Veneers?

Before and after Smile design veneers dental procedure photos . Selective soft focus.You may have heard about veneers, and it is possible that you are wondering exactly what they are. Veneers are thin layers that are constructed of composite resin or porcelain, and they are custom made to fit over individual teeth. When a tooth or several teeth have become damaged, a veneer is a great option for a natural look. What issues can veneers fix? They can be used to correct the following:

  • Discolored teeth or an individual tooth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Extremely large spaces in between teeth
  • Misalignments

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What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a specific brand of veneers that are made from patented porcelain. They are extremely thin and easy to apply directly to the surface of the tooth, making them an attractive option to perfect the teeth. The material that Lumineers are made of is extremely durable and long lasting and looks completely natural. When a patient is wearing Lumineers, there are no restrictions on what they can eat or drink, which is one of the reasons so many people find them to be a convenience.


What Exactly is the Difference Between Lumineers and Veneers?

Anyone who needs to fix a less than perfect tooth, or in some cases, more than one tooth may be wondering what the difference is between Lumineers and veneers, and more importantly, which one is the best option for them. The main difference is that veneers require the removal of some of the tooth structure before they can be applied, which is not the case with Lumineers. Veneers tend to be thicker, so the application process requires some preparation so that the veneer looks natural when it is bonded to the tooth. Also, Lumineers more closely resemble natural tooth enamel. Since the application of Lumineers does not require the removal of tooth structure, they can be removed if the patient wishes. This is not the case with traditional dental veneers. Keep in mind that when veneers are applied, the procedure may result in some sensitivity of the tooth. Many patients find that Lumineers are much more tolerable. If your smile is less than perfect, and you are considering Lumineers as an option, your dental professional can advise you as to if you are a candidate.

Benefits of Lumineers

There are many benefits to Lumineers, including the following:

  • Little to no preparation is required for the application process.
  • The application process is pain-free.
  • Lumineers are completely natural-looking.
  • They are extremely comfortable to wear.
  • The patient does not have to wear temporaries while waiting for their Lumineers to be made.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

If you are considering Lumineers, it is likely that you are wondering what the procedure involves for having them applied. The process is actually quite simple! It typically takes two visits to your dental professional. At the first visit, you’ll have custom molds taken so that your personalized Lumineers can be made. The dentist will determine the exact shade that the Lumineers need to be in order to look completely natural. When you return to the office for the second appointment, the Lumineers are simply bonded to the surface of your natural teeth. The teeth may then be polished for a finishing touch. It’s as simple as that! There is no pain or sensitivity, and no downtime to worry about.

Longevity and Care of Lumineers

When properly cared for, Lumineers can last for up to 20 years. Those who have this type of dental veneer should care for them in the same way they would for their natural teeth. A healthy oral care routine should be followed, which includes the following:

  • Brushing the teeth with the proper technique twice a day, for two minutes at a time. A fluoride-containing toothpaste should be used that is approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Flossing the teeth using the appropriate technique one time each day.
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds.
  • Visiting your dental professional every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup.

Just as with the natural teeth, those who have Lumineers should avoid chewing on extremely hard foods, or anything else that can crack the teeth. One of the main benefits of Lumineers is that they are extremely easy to wear!

What is the Cost of Lumineers?

Patients should typically expect to pay approximately $800 to $2000 per tooth for Lumineers. Certain factors will affect this, such as the location, individual needs, how complicated the case is, and more. A dental professional can advise each patient about the cost of Lumineers for their specific situation.

At Blue Ash Dental, we realize just how important everyone’s smile is! We understand that there may be certain situations when someone’s teeth are less than perfect, and we believe that everyone should be able to smile with confidence. Our professional and compassionate staff knows that patients are looking for the easiest and most painless solution in order to correct their teeth. We will work with you to determine the best fit for your individual needs, and we will make the process as easy as possible from start to finish. If you have any questions, would like further information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

All About Root Canal Therapy

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If you have heard your dentist talk about root canal therapy, there is no need to panic. The root canal is the natural cavity of the inside of the tooth. Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy, is extremely beneficial when it comes to saving teeth and reducing any pain that you may be having. It is essentially a form of relief for a situation that can be extremely uncomfortable for your mouth. Your dentist is dedicated to ensuring that your teeth are as healthy as possible, and therefore, he or she will let you know if root canal therapy is necessary at any time. In this blog, we will take a look at the process of having root canal therapy, as well as explore all aspects of root canal therapy in detail, so that you can be fully prepared when it comes time to have the procedure done.

What Exactly is Root Canal Therapy?

For those who are not aware, root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment in which the infected pulp in a root canal of the tooth is replaced. The pulp is a soft tissue that is located inside the tooth, beneath the enamel and the dentin. In the canal of the tooth is the nerve, which can sometimes become infected for different reasons. Root Canal Therapy may take one or two appointments to complete, and the benefits of the procedure include:

  • A restored force of biting.
  • More efficient chewing.
  • Visual appeal.
  • Elimination of pain.
  • The surrounding teeth are protected from strain or excessive wear.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

If your dentist has told you that you need root canal therapy, you may be left wondering what the reason for the procedure is. There are a few different reasons as to why root canal therapy may be needed. These reasons include:

  • Decay has caused the tooth to become infected.
  • The decay has penetrated into the pulp of the tooth, causing pain.
  • The nerve of the tooth has become exposed due to trauma, such as breaking or chipping. Root canal pain results and the procedure is needed.

What Signs Indicate That I Need Root Canal Therapy?

There are signs to be aware of that may indicate that root canal therapy is needed. If you experience any of the following, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

  • The gums become tender, painful, or swollen.
  • You notice that a tooth has become dark in color as compared to the rest of the teeth.
  • You experience severe pain during eating.
  • Your teeth and gums are sensitive to extremely hot or cold temperatures that tend to linger.
  • There is a small bump on the gums which accompanies the extreme pain.

Cases such as these may indicate a problem that is severe enough to require a root canal. Your dentist can advise as to if this is the best course of treatment.

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What Does the Procedure Entail?

Those who are scheduled to receive the treatment are often wondering what exactly will happen during the appointment. With the available technology, root canal therapy is virtually painless, so there is no reason to be nervous or put off having the treatment done! The first thing that will happen is that you will receive an x-ray so that the dental professional can determine the severity of the infection that is causing pain. Next, a local anesthetic is given, and a rubber dam is placed around the tooth so that it stays dry. After drilling an access hole into the tooth, the dentist will then remove the decayed tissue, as well as the pulp tissue, using root canal files. The debris is cleaned using water or sodium hypochlorite. Tooth restoration, such as a crown or filling is then placed over the previously drilled hole, or a temporary filling may be used so that the infected material can drain thoroughly. The permanent filling is applied a week or so later. The procedure is then complete!

The Aftercare for Root Canal Therapy

Your dental professional will advise you of the appropriate aftercare that is required. Keep in mind that you may experience slight sensitivity for the first few days after the procedure, in which case the dentist will most likely recommend an over the counter pain reliever. Make sure that you wait until the numbness in your mouth is completely gone before you resume regular eating, and avoid eating hard foods that are difficult to chew. It is also important to limit sugary foods immediately following root canal therapy. After that, it is important to maintain a regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine each day to keep the teeth free from infection. Root canal therapy has a high success rate, though you must visit your dental professional as recommended to check the permanent fillings. In the days following the procedure, contact your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme pain or sensitivity that is not responsive to medication.
  • The gums become inflamed or swollen.
  • The pain lasts longer than a few days.

What is the Cost of Root Canal Therapy?

One of the main concerns of a root canal for many people is the cost. While the cost can vary due to several factors, such as location, the severity of the infection, and which tooth is affected, patients can typically expect to pay approximately $760.00 for a front tooth to be treated, $880.00 for a premolar, and $1000.00 for a molar.

At Blue Ash Dental, we understand that everyone’s needs are unique. We will take all of the necessary steps to ensure complete comfort before, during, and after root canal therapy. We realize that some patients may have anxiety regarding the procedure, so we encourage you to share your concerns with us so that we can help you feel more at ease. We provide individualized, private, and comfortable treatment for every patient in order to maintain the excellent health of your teeth and gums. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.


Halitosis – What it is, the Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

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Bad breath is something that no one ever wants to deal with, yet the unfortunate reality is that some people do. It can not only be embarrassing, but it can also damage someone’s confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing worse than being engaged in a conversation with someone, and realizing that they are backing away from you because your breath is less than pleasant. Bad breath, known as halitosis, is a somewhat common problem. So what exactly is halitosis, what causes it, and what can we do about it? Let’s explore the answers to these questions, so that you can take the steps to ensure that your breath is as fresh as can be at all times!

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is the term for when someone has chronic bad breath that is not typically fixed by simply using a breath mint, a quick rinse, or a breath spray. It tends to linger for a long time and is not something that is caused only on occasion by eating pungent foods, such as garlic or onions. It is worse than the unfresh breath that we all experience first thing in the morning before brushing. Those who have chronic halitosis are often anxious about the situation. Up to 25% of the population has experienced halitosis at some point in their lives. Surprisingly, there are many causes. While it is generally assumed that a buildup of bacteria in the mouth is the main cause, halitosis can also be caused by more serious health issues.

What Exactly Causes Someone to Have Halitosis?

As mentioned above, many people who know someone with halitosis often think that the person is not brushing and flossing properly. They attribute halitosis to a poor oral health routine. Also, people who have halitosis themselves may try to treat it on their own, feeling that if they brush and floss carefully, use an appropriate mouth rinse, and scrape their tongue on a regular basis, the condition will improve. While this improved oral hygiene routine sometimes cures the problem, everyone should be aware that there are other causes of chronic bad breath. If halitosis persists, it may be due to the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene, including improper brushing techniques, not flossing, and not using an antibacterial mouth rinse each day.
  • Dental issues that need to be addressed, such as cavities. Also, a person might have pockets caused by gum disease, which cause excessive bacteria in the mouth.
  • Liver Failure or ketoacidosis, although this is rare.
  • Excessive dry mouth, which can be caused by a variety of things. Alcohol use, the use of certain medications, and some medical conditions can cause decreased saliva production.
  • Unhealthy diets such as low carbohydrate diets.
  • Chronic use of cigarettes and tobacco, which cause a dry mouth and gum disease.
  • Bowel Obstruction. Although this is rare, halitosis can occur in this case.
  • Conditions of the mouth, throat, and nose.
  • Some types of cancer.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Knowing if You Have Halitosis

Many people may not be aware that they have halitosis. It helps to know what signs or symptoms to look for. The following signs or situations may indicate or result in less than pleasant breath:

  • You notice that your tongue has a white coating.
  • Gastric reflux.
  • The medications that you take on a daily basis cause you to have a dry mouth.
  • You always sleep with your mouth open, another cause of a chronic dry mouth.
  • You haven’t seen a dental professional in a significantly long period of time.
  • You fail to take care of your teeth on a regular basis.

In addition, trust your intuition. If you feel that there is a problem, ask someone close to you who you feel comfortable with if this is indeed the case.

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Prevention of Halitosis

The first step to take when preventing bad breath is to brush properly for at least two minutes, twice a day, floss daily, and use a mouth rinse. Use a tongue scraper each day to remove additional bacteria, and always replace your toothbrush every three months. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove and thoroughly clean them each day. It is also essential to keep up with your dental appointments! This means seeing the dentist every six months for a cleaning and a checkup. At this time, the dentist can check for any issues, such as cavities, that you were not aware of. Also, remember to stay hydrated to prevent a dry mouth. Reduce the amount of caffeine that you consume, and avoid smoking and consuming alcohol. If you notice that the problem has not resolved, make an appointment with your dental professional.

Seeking Professional Dental Care for Halitosis

If you find that you need to visit the dentist due to halitosis, you may be wondering how he or she will proceed. Making an appointment with your dentist will allow he or she to look for cavities, signs of gum disease, or any other oral conditions that may be causing the problem. The dentist will also discuss your oral hygiene routine with you, advise you on the proper techniques for brushing, flossing and rinsing, and advise you as to which products are right for you. In the event that the dentist feels that an oral condition is not causing the problem, you may be advised to see your family doctor.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand that halitosis is a sensitive issue. That is why we make you feel as comfortable as possible at each and every appointment as we work with you to identify the cause and treat the problem. We take the time to communicate with each patient regarding their oral care routine and provide the necessary advice on preventing halitosis from happening. We conveniently offer a wide variety of services so that you can be certain that you are receiving the necessary care that you need for a healthy mouth and a great smile. We are here to help, so if you have any questions, would like more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!



Professional Teeth Whitening: Get Rid of the Yellow!

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We shall never know all the good that a simple SMILE can do – Mother Teresa

Smiles are an important part of life. They’re a greeting, expressive, and most often welcome. But, for those with yellow, or discolored teeth, they may often smile less, hiding their teeth and their feelings. Yellowing is natural and comes from a variety of reasons. It is normal for teeth to become more opaque or yellow with age. And, considering what we eat and drink, there are many influences for discoloration.

Lighten up, enjoy life, SMILE more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things – the Irish actor Sir Kenneth Branagh

Having played the self-loving professor, Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter films, Branagh should know about smiles.

SMILE in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life –Yoko Ono



Why Teeth Discolor, or Yellow

There are really a variety of reasons teeth start to discolor, or yellow. Excessive fluoride exposure can cause yellowing even in young children. Nicotine is a major cause of tooth discoloration in adults, whether from smoking cigarettes, or chewing on tobacco.

And, there are a lot of foods and beverages that cause discoloration as well. These include:

  • Coffee – Sorry folks, we know a lot of you want to have that morning cup, but even that one cup every morning can contribute to discoloration, let alone several cups each day!
  • Tea – Ah, that other morning beverage, be it black or brown teas, or green varieties, as well as herbals, they can cause discoloration, graying or yellowing.
  • Soft drinks – There’s a lot of sugar in a soft drink, which is why many of us like them. But, their acidity is hard on teeth and lending the mouth to harmful bacteria. This is compounded with carbonation, which wears out tooth enamel allowing ease for staining.
  • Candy – Along with other types of sweets, candy creates an acidity in your mouth tearing down the protective enamel of your teeth. This along with the tooth decay candy can also cause, makes it something that should be only considered as an occasional treat.
  • Citrus fruit – We hate to ditz on citrus, as it has so many good qualities for your overall health. However, citrus is very acidic, which again weakens tooth enamel.
  • Tomato sauce – Who knew? Yes, tomato sauce also has high acidic levels.

Lastly, teeth do naturally yellow with age. Why? The outer enamel of the tooth gets worn down in time. Dentin, the dense material below the enamel, is naturally yellow and now shows through. It should also be noted that some medications can have an effect on the coloration of the teeth, as well.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Having professional teeth whitening offers quicker and overall better results than general whitening products. Our dental office will discuss the procedures and cost with you before we start.

Here at Blue Ash Dental, we’ll ask you to come in first for a consultation. We’ll want to go over your dental history and analyze any whitening procedures, whether through a dental office or at home, which you have had in the past.

The American Dental Association recommends you have a regular checkup prior to a whitening procedure. We’d like to take care of that for you. Your dental health comes first. We’d like to have a look around, take x-rays, and take care of any cavities or other problems prior to whitening. This not only meets your health needs but also assures the maximum benefit from whitening.

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The Whitening Procedure

Your teeth will be polished with pumice in order to remove any plaque buildup. We will line the areas around your teeth to keep the area dry while we work while limiting your gums, tongue, and cheeks to exposure to the whitening agent. Once the whitening solution is placed on your teeth, we use a light to help cure the solution.

Generally, it takes ½- to 1-hour for the whitening procedure to finish. We will monitor you closely. Once completed, we will rinse your mouth thoroughly and apply a fluoride solution to help alleviate any sensitivity.

After your treatment, we will offer advice on what foods and drink you should avoid for the next 24 hours. This procedure can be repeated depending upon the depth of whitening desired.

Here’s How to Keep Your Teeth White

  • Brush your teeth not only about 30 minutes after each meal, but also 30 minutes after drinking those hot morning drinks, or soda.
  • Rinse your mouth when you cannot brush, and choose warm water to do so. Make sure to swish the water all around, as productively as possible.
  • Drink soda, or other sugary drinks, through a straw. This eliminates contact of the drink to the teeth.
  • Routinely drink water. Water is good for oral hygiene as well as your overall health.
  • Floss regularly and whenever possible after a meal. Bacteria which can cause cavities and discoloring stick to your teeth in areas only flossing will reach. When flossing isn’t possible, chew sugarless gum, even if only for a few minutes.

Check out Blue Ash Dental

Having professional teeth whitening helps bring that smile back, enhances self-esteem, and, well, makes one, overall, happier.

Dental whitening may be covered by your dental insurance, and it is certainly worth investigating. Dental and medical care cards may also offer payment options.

Here in Cincinnati, we tend to all of your dental needs. Dr. Detmer purchased the practice in 2010. He along with Dr. Shane, and Dr. Reynolds, each have years of experience in dental care and treatment, offering general dentistry, Solea laser, and cosmetic procedures.

Our newest addition is Dr. Sama Alkalaf, who comes from a family of dentists. Dr. Alkalaf earned her doctor of dental medicine degree from the esteemed Tufts University School of Dentistry.

Our additional staff is comprised of 15 trained and experienced staff to assist in your family’s dental needs.

With an increase in personnel and patients, we moved across the street to larger, more modern offices, and have acquired the latest-up-to-date equipment. Whether you are looking to have your teeth whitened, are having dental problems, haven’t had a check-up for a while, or simply are looking for a new dental office with a friendly, well-trained staff, give us a call today!

The Ins and Outs of Today’s Teeth Whitening Treatments

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If you wish you could wave a magic wand and transform your teeth from stained to stellar, you are not alone. Studies show that 4 out of 5 American adults long for whiter teeth. This makes teeth whitening the most commonly sought dental treatment in America. With demand for whiter teeth growing by the day, Cincinnati’s top cosmetic dentists are offering an impressive portfolio of treatment options to transform stained teeth. Below is a look at the most common teeth whitening treatments and how they can help you regain confidence in your smile.

When did the demand for whiter teeth emerge? 

People have been trying to whiten their teeth since 3000 B.C. Unfortunately, many of the techniques used in ancient times were unsafe and ended up damaging the tooth’s surface. Dr. Scott Swank, Dentist and Curator for the National Museum of Dentistry, describes how and when the trend for whiter teeth began:

“The Greeks had formulations and at the beginning of the Renaissance, Europeans were certainly putting compounds on their teeth in a conscious effort to whiten them. Unfortunately, those compounds were essentially the equivalent of today’s Clorox…It ate the enamel away. They had whiter teeth for a while, but then they started to see severe decay.” 

Dr. Scott Swank, Dentist and Curator for the National Museum of Dentistry

Today, the demand for whiter teeth is greater than ever. Nearly one in three Americans voice that a person’s smile is the first feature they notice when meeting a person. As a result, today’s treatments are safer and more sophisticated than the techniques used centuries ago.

What are some of the leading causes of stained teeth?

There are many reasons why a person’s teeth can become stained. Sometimes there is a single cause that is easy to pinpoint. But in other cases, several factors combine to gradually turn teeth from a brilliant white to a dull yellow or gray color. Here are some of the top culprits that can lead to staining:

  • Dietary choices: The food and drinks you consume can cause your teeth to become stained. Coffee, red wine, tea, and tomato sauces are some examples of products that can stain your teeth.
  • Tobacco use: According to the American Dental Association (ADA)is, tobacco products are a top cause of stained teeth. Smoking cigarettes and using chewing tobacco can result in dull yellow teeth.
  • Illness: Certain childhood diseases and illnesses can result in stained teeth.
  • Poor dental care: Poor oral hygiene is another major factor that contributes to tooth staining. If you do not brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly, your teeth will be more apt to stain.
  • Age: The enamel on your teeth tends to become thinner with age, making your teeth more susceptible to staining. Harsh bleaching treatments can also cause enamel to erode.
  • Medications: Sometimes the medications people take can cause their teeth to become gray or yellow. Examples include chemotherapy taken for cancer and tetracycline-family medications taken to treat infections.

What are some dental treatments used to whiten stained teeth?

There are more treatments than ever for people who want whiter teeth. In fact, there are so many professional and over-the-counter treatments available that the options can be a bit overwhelming. The best way to evaluate these options is to visit a dentist with a proven track record in teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry.


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An accomplished cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine which teeth whitening treatment would be the most effective for you. Once your dentist confirms that your teeth are healthy enough for teeth whitening, he or she will carefully review available options with you to find the treatment that works best for your schedule and budget. Here are some of the options available to patients:

  • Application of bleaching trays: With this method, your dentist will administer professional strength whitening gel to your teeth using bleaching trays. This process is completed in the dentist’s office but your dentist may suggest that you complete additional treatments at home.
  • Laser whitening: Laser whitening is a sophisticated new treatment for stained teeth. With this treatment, a dentist uses a specially formulated whitening gel and customized lighting to whiten your teeth. Because this is a relatively new treatment, it is not offered by all dentists.
  • Home whitening treatments: At-home whitening methods supervised by your dentist are attractive to many people because they are less expensive than office-based treatments. However, home whitening treatments tend to take longer to whiten teeth, requiring a longer time commitment from patients. The typical home whitening treatment involves the use of whitening gel and customized trays provided by your dentist.


How do DIY whitening treatments compare to professional treatments?

Some people with stained teeth decide to use an over-the-counter or “Do It Yourself” (DIY) treatment to treat stains on their teeth. From whitening toothpaste to whitening dental strips, there are more over the counter options than ever available to consumers. While it could be tempting to use these bleaching products at home, it is important to realize that they do not produce the same results as professional treatments administered by a trained dentist. Additionally, because the use of these products would not be monitored by a trained dentist, patients could misuse these DIY products and possibly cause damage to their teeth. If you are thinking about using an over the counter treatment, it is always best to consult with a trained dentist before you spend your money.

What is the safest way to successfully whiten your teeth?

Clearly, there are many ways to treat your stained teeth. However, the safest and most effective way to whiten your stained teeth is to visit a specialist in cosmetic dentistry. A trained dentist will examine your teeth and suggest the best treatment to safely transform your teeth with a proven and professional whitening treatment.

At Blue Ash Dental, we will outline the various whitening methods with you and determine which treatment is the best fit for your teeth and budget. We encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation with our dental team. We look forward to showing you why we are Cincinnati’s most trusted provider of tooth whitening services!

Create a Beautiful and Permanent Smile with Dental Implants

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The world of dentistry has grown to include some impressive and innovative treatments and solutions for a variety of oral health concerns. Dental implants, for example, provide you with permanent, beautiful teeth for many years to come. But what exactly is a dental implant? And how do you know if it’s right for you? We’re here with everything you need to know about dental implants, the procedure, recovery time, benefits, and how we can get you started on the road to a happier, healthier smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant, in its simplest form, is a replacement tooth root. Implants replace the natural root of a tooth with a strong foundation that a permanent or removable tooth is then affixed to. These artificial roots are implanted directly into the jaw, where they are able to house artificial or replacement teeth and bridges. Dental implants are a permanent solution for treating all types of tooth-loss, in a variety of people.

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Procedure and Recovery

As a well-established, safe treatment option for replacing lost teeth, dental implants are common practice for dental professionals. Your dentist will perform a series of tests and exams to ensure you are the right candidate for dental implants. After creating a personalized plan for treatment, your dentist will check the condition of the jaw to ensure implants can be safely placed within a strong foundation. When it comes time for the dental implant procedure, here’s what you can expect:

  • Your dentist will typically provide you with local anesthetics before beginning the procedure. Light sedatives or general anesthetics are typically only provided in cases that are much more complicated.
  • Quickly and simply, your dentist places the implant within the root area of the jaw, where the missing tooth resides. As a simple procedure, implants can be placed within 1 or 2 visits. They are typically made of titanium due to the metal’s resiliency and durability, and the implant acts almost a bolt that will be used to anchor your new teeth.

After your implants are placed, you may experience some general discomfort, but that typically disappears after a few days. Your dental team will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your mouth after the procedure. Once the implant is in, your jaw will need to grow and attach to the implant. This typically takes anywhere between 2-4 months, but every case is different. When your dentist finds that the implant is stable and strong in its place, artificial teeth can be placed within the implant.

Success Rates

When properly cared for, dental implants can last for many years. They require regular maintenance by your dentist and routine care in your everyday life but can last at least 5 years, with some lasting a lifetime. In fact, studies show that implants have a 98% success rate at 5 years for patients all over the country. When the rare case does occur and an implant fails to work properly, it is often due to a poor foundation in the jaw or poor oral hygiene following the implant procedure


The cost of dental implants can vary greatly, depending on a variety of factors. These factors can include whether or not it is a single tooth being replaced or several, severity or length of the procedure, materials used, the type of dental insurance you have, and more. Though the cost of implants truly varies case to case, the average cost around the country is around $3,000-$4,000, per implant. While most people opt for one or a few implants, some decide on the durability of a full-mouth replacement, which can cost anywhere between $30,000-$60,000.

Who Should Consider Dental Implants

Unlike some other dental procedures, almost anyone can get a dental implant that has lost a tooth. It is best for people who have lost one or more teeth, are over the age of 18, and have a jaw that is in healthy condition. An implant may not be placed in a person’s mouth if the jaw is not thick or strong enough to support the implant. But for those with healthy immune systems and strong jaws, implants can be used to replace one tooth or your whole mouth.

At the time of the implant procedure, it is essential that your oral health is in the best shape possible and there are no other active issues looming in your teeth and gums. People with certain conditions may be ineligible for the procedure due to the risk of complications with the implants, like those with heart disease, diabetes, and some other chronic conditions.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

There are a variety of options, treatments, and procedures to treat tooth-loss. But dental implants come with a variety of great advantages, including the following:

  • They are fused with the bone and therefore durable and permanent. They are also hard to damage or break after being placed.
  • There is less discomfort with implants than with dentures, bridges, or other options because the implant becomes a part of you.
  • They look and feel just like your natural teeth, so some may never know you’ve had dental work done.
  • The procedure is generally simple and easy, with little pain and recovery time.
  • Eating, chewing, and talking is possible without the pain or discomfort of dentures, bridges, crowns, etc.
  • They can benefit your overall oral health. Implants do not require the treatment of any surrounding tooth or gum area, so there is little risk to any other area of your oral wellness.
  • They are permanent but also convenient for those who must remove bridges or dentures from their mouths and require no extra maintenance, like glues or adhesives.


At Blue Ash Dental, we strive to provide each and every one of our patients with the best in permanent, oral health solutions. As experts in dental implants, we can help create a personalized and permanent solution for your tooth loss. For more on how dental implants could benefit you, contact our office to schedule your appointment today. If you’re inspired by smiles, you may want to check out these powerful smiles throughout history.

Invisalign®: Comparing the Pros and Cons

The rise of cosmetic dentistry has transformed the field of orthodontics. Patients now have more treatment options than ever to straighten and reposition their crooked teeth. Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic treatment that is rapidly gaining popularity among adults and teenagers seeking an inconspicuous way to straighten their teeth. Below is a look at the benefits of Invisalign and some key factors to consider before choosing Invisalign for your teen or for yourself.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is designed to help straighten teeth without the hassle or discomfort of metal braces. Dental patients who use the Invisalign system wear a set of clear plastic aligners over their teeth that help gradually move their teeth into the proper position. Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces, which some patients find unattractive and uncomfortable.

What are some of the top benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign offers a host of benefits to adults and teens who need their teeth straightened. From their “barely there” appearance to their comfort and convenience, Invisalign aligners are an excellent solution for patients seeking correction that is understated and user-friendly. Here are some of the top reasons why people choose Invisalign.

1) Attractive appearance

“One of its best advantages is that the trays are relatively invisible. Hence the name Invisalign. Some people simply don’t want anyone to know they are wearing braces.”

Darren Flowers, DMD, Dentistry IQ

Invisalign is popular among people who find traditional metal braces unsightly or who are a bit self-conscious about their teeth. While Invisalign’s aligners are worn over the teeth, their clear construction makes it virtually impossible for anyone to notice that they are wearing corrective aligners.

2) No cuts on the mouth

Traditional braces feature wires and hardware that can result in cuts on the tongue and inside of the cheek. Invisalign’s aligners are made of medical grade plastic and feature a smooth plastic surface that is not damaging to the mouth’s interior.

3) Easy to remove for eating and drinking

“You’ll be ready for anything, from movie night to coffee with friends. Just take your aligners out to eat and drink, then brush your teeth before putting them back in.”

Invisalign allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about the embarrassing possibility that food will become lodged in your braces. With the Invisalign system, you simply remove your aligners before you eat and replace them after you finish your food.

4) Minimal discomfort

Patients tend to experience minimal discomfort with Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces. Additionally, Invisalign eliminates the possibility that an emergency trip to the dentist will be required to repair a broken metal bracket or wire.

5) A shorter course of treatment

In addition to being more attractive and more comfortable, Invisalign is associated with a shorter average course of treatment than metal braces. Patients must remember to fully comply with their treatment plan in order to enjoy these results.

6) A good treatment for teens

Invisalign is popular among active teenagers who play sports and enjoy eating their favorite foods with friends. While there might be isolated cases in which it is not recommended, Invisalign is generally an effective treatment for teenagers whose teeth are malaligned.

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What are the drawbacks of the Invisalign system?

Clearly, Invisalign offers a host of benefits to patients. However, there are some cases that may respond better to traditional braces or another type of orthodontic treatment. Before investing in the Invisalign system, make sure to consider the following drawbacks that may impact treatment results:

1) Patients who do not comply with treatment

Invisalign’s success depends greatly on a patient’s compliance with treatment. Aligners must be worn as directed at least 20 to 22 hours per day in order to achieve desired results. Patients who are forgetful or who have a history of refusing to comply with healthcare treatments are not ideal patients for Invisalign.

2) Patients with overly rotated or tipped teeth

Invisalign is usually not the ideal treatment for patients with severely rotated or tipped teeth. In general, Invisalign is not recommended for patients whose teeth are tipped more than 45 degrees or rotated more than 20 degrees.

3) Patients with large gaps between their teeth

Invisalign is not usually the best course of treatment for patients with multiple missing teeth or patients with gaps of 6 mm or more between their teeth. In these cases, your dentist can recommend an alternative type of treatment.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign varies according to the recommended length and course of treatment. Most patients in the United States pay $3,000 to $8,000 for their treatment. Insurance will often cover a sizable portion of this cost with patients bearing responsibility for the remainder of the payment. The Invisalign team provides the following case as an example of what to expect to pay for Invisalign:

  • Doctor Quote for Invisalign:      $4,800
  • Amount Covered by Insurance: $1,800
  • Remaining Balance:                       $3,000

An experienced dentist will need to examine your teeth to provide you with a quote that corresponds to your specific course of treatment. A trained dental professional will also provide guidance regarding insurance coverage and can outline payment options to meet your budgetary needs.

What is the best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your teen?

The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to visit a trained dental professional in your area. As Cincinnati’s most trusted provider of cosmetic dentistry, the team of dental professionals with Blue Ash Dental Group has the skill and experience to assess your smile and determine whether Invisalign is a good option for you. If we determine that Invisalign may not be the best course of treatment for you or your teen, we can suggest alternative treatments that will help reposition your teeth. We invite you to contact us to learn how Invisalign can straighten your teeth and help you smile with renewed confidence. All of us at Blue Ash Dental look forward to meeting you!

What to Expect with Dental Fillings

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What exactly is a dental filling?

A dental filling is a common term for a dental restoration, or the process used to replace tooth structure that has been damaged decay. Fillings are used to treat tooth decay or teeth that have suffered cracks, breaks, or excessive wear. Dental fillings are performed by a licensed dentist, who may work in tandem with a dental assistant who helps remove saliva and debris from your mouth during the filling process.

How common are dental fillings?

Fillings are more common than you think. If you are among the small percentage of Americans without cavities or fillings, then you are definitely in the minority. The overwhelming majority of Americans have cavities that either require treatment or have already been treated and filled by a dentist. The typical American has three dental fillings while one in four Americans has  11 or more dental fillings. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly one-third of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 have untreated dental caries that would likely require fillings.

What steps are involved with a filling?

Dental fillings take time to complete and require a methodical approach. To be safe, you should for your filling to take approximately one hour to perform from start to finish. If your cavity is small, your dentist will be able to complete your filling in substantially less time. Here is a look at the basic steps involved when filling a cavity.

1) Your dentist will numb the area around your tooth

Before a dentist begins to work on your tooth, he or she will apply a topical numbing agent to the tissue surrounding your tooth. Then, after a few minutes, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to help prevent you from feeling any pain while your dentist is working on your tooth.

2) The decayed portion of your tooth will be removed

Once the local anesthetic has taken hold, your dentist will begin removing the decayed portion of your tooth. This is typically accomplished with one or more dental drills or a laser. Your dentist or an assistant may use a suction apparatus to remove debris from your mouth during the procedure.

3) Your dentist will remove all debris and clean your tooth

Before applying the filling, your dentist will make sure that all debris has been removed from your tooth’s surface. Then, he or she will make sure that your tooth is cleaned and dried before proceeding to the next step.

4) Your dentist will probe your tooth to ensure all decay is gone

Once the decayed portion of your tooth has been removed, your dentist will use an instrument to probe the newly exposed area of your tooth to make sure that there is no remaining decay.

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5) Your dentist will fill the hole in your tooth

Dentists vary in terms of the material used to fill a tooth. Filling options include silver amalgam, gold, and porcelain, and tooth-colored composite material. Many of today’s dental offices use tooth-colored composite material for fillings because they are more cosmetically appealing than other filling options.

How will my tooth feel after the filling process?

“Tooth sensitivity following placement of a filling is fairly common. A tooth may be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods, or temperature. Usually, the sensitivity resolves on its own within a few weeks…Pain relievers are generally not required. Contact your dentist if the sensitivity does not subside within 2 to 4 weeks or if your tooth is extremely sensitive.”

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After your dentist is finished filling your tooth, your tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids. In most cases, this sensitivity is not severe and will subside within a matter of days or weeks. If your sensitivity does not subside, make sure to contact your dentist for further instruction.

Will I be able to eat after a filling?

Your dentist may suggest that you refrain from eating right after a filling. For starters, your mouth may still be numb from the anesthetic, which could cause you to inadvertently bite your tongue or the inside of your mouth. Secondly, your tooth might be especially sensitive to hot or cold foods right after your restoration. The oral health experts with Colgate-Palmolive offer some specific instructions for chewing after a filling:

“Biting exerts tremendous pressure on the teeth, and this can make them very sore after you get a filling. When chewing your food, take your time and try not to bite all the way through; this will prevent your teeth from making forceful contact. If possible, chew on the opposite side of the mouth from where your filling is.”

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In addition to chewing with care after your filling, you should avoid eating hard or sticky foods, as they could stick to your newly applied composite material and dislodge your filling. The best course of action is to consult with your dentist before you try to eat or drink right after your filling is applied.

How long do fillings last?

“Dental fillings may last many years; however, eventually all fillings need to be replaced. Constant assault from eating and drinking, or stress from clenching or grinding, eventually may cause a filling to fail.”

American Dental Association (ADA)

Unfortunately, dental fillings are not designed to last forever. The exact lifespan of a dental filling will depend on the type of filling you have and how well you care for your teeth. In general, amalgam fillings have an average lifespan of just over twelve years while composite fillings have an average lifespan of just over seven years.

What is the best path to successful fillings?

While dental fillings are common among Americans, they should always be performed by a trained dentist. The best way to ensure that your fillings are properly performed is to visit a dentist who specializes in restorative procedures. As Cincinnati’s most accomplished provider of restorative dentistry, Blue Ash Dental Group welcomes the opportunity to help you overcome tooth decay. At Blue Ash Dental Group, our goal is to help maximize your comfort while we ensure that your fillings are expertly performed. We invite you to contact us to find out how we can help you improve your oral health. We look forward to serving as your trusted provider for all of your dental care needs!

Put a Cap On It: Dental Crown FAQs

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Do you have that one tooth that just doesn’t want to play along with the others? Maybe it’s a different shape, a different color or just too sensitive? At Blue Ash Dental Group, we provide you with simple solutions to nagging problems.

What is a Dental Crown?

 A dental crown is a tooth-like cap cemented to a tooth that is need of strengthening, reshaping or cosmetic improvement. With a crown, the original tooth (or partial tooth if cracked or broken) remains along with the dental root. The purpose of a crown would be to give your troubled tooth the boost it needs to function and appear as a healthy tooth. It can protect a weak tooth, give a full shape to a damaged tooth, or cover up a tooth that is discolored or misshapen.

Dental crowns can be made to resemble your permanent teeth (ceramic, porcelain, resin, etc.) or can add some sparkle (and less wear and tear) to your smile with metal or stainless steel.

What Is Involved in the Procedure?

The initial visit regarding your dental crown involves preparing the tooth for the procedure and deciding on the style cap that’s perfect for you. Ensuring that your natural tooth will accept a bonding with an artificial cap may require filing or filling. A mold of this prepared tooth base will be taken and used to fabricate your dental crown. You leave our office with a temporary crown and return once your custom crown is ready for placement.

Is a Dental Crown Painful?

With any restorative dentistry, mild discomfort is to be expected. During the preparation of your tooth, you will benefit from local anesthesia (novocaine) during any filing or drilling required. After the placement of your new crown, you may experience some tenderness at the gums. The most common challenge is getting used to your newly structured tooth.

How Do I Care for My Dental Crown?

Your new crown is now a part of your mouth so it needs to be treated as well as the other occupants if it is to last the average span of 5 to 15 years. Disciplined brushing and flossing is mandatory, especially to ensure healthy gums at the base of your cap. It’s also recommended to avoid too many hard or abrasive foods as they can wear down the crown more easily than a natural tooth, leading to a replacement sooner than typically expected.

We Tip Our Cap to You

Give us a call today to explore your restorative options. We accept most dental insurance so check your plan to see if we are a preferred provider.

Keeping It Clean: Teeth Cleaning and Hygiene

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At Blue Ash Dental Group, we start with the basics. Routine dental cleanings and good oral hygiene are the foundations of a healthy and amazing smile. Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist will help keep your teeth biting for a lifetime. And in the event of a dental misfortune, we are right here with you offering you the options available to get the most out of your pearly whites.

How to Make the Most of Your Visit

 Come prepared. The everyday care of your teeth is paramount. While professional cleaning and hygiene is required to help prevent oral disease, consistent brushing and flossing is your job. During your visit, we can review the best practices in brushing including which type of brush and toothpaste is best for your gums and enamel. We can also provide tips to get the most out of your flossing habits without feeling labored by the process. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and brushing immediately after consuming sugary foods are additional ways you can make the most of your regularly scheduled cleanings.

What to Expect at Your Visit

Even with proper dental home care, a thorough cleaning and exam by a dental team is still necessary. Visiting Blue Ash Dental twice a year will ensure those hard-to-reach spots are being cared for properly. And when plaque turns to tartar (which it strives to do!), only professional tools can remove this calcification before it evolves into gum disease.

We start with an evaluation of your oral health including questions about any challenges you’re encountering in your dental care. A gentle and meticulous cleaning, flossing and x-rays follow. Our hygienist will discuss your visit so far with our dentist and any additional recommended procedures will be reviewed.

Cost of Care

We accept most insurance at Blue Ash Dental. For those with insurance, we offer new patients a free power toothbrush during their new patient visit. For those without insurance, we will be offering the cleaning, exam, and x-rays for $99 (restrictions apply). We also offer convenient online payment options.

Come & Meet Our Cincinnati Team

 Blue Ash Dental has been serving the tri-state area for over 30 years. At our new state-of-the-art office at 4815 Cooper Road, our team of professional dentists and their full support staff are committed to quality, family-friendly dental care. Contact us today. Let us be your partner in good oral health.

Solea® Laser: Needle Free, Drill Free Dentistry

Solea® Laser: Needle Free, Drill Free Dentistry

According to the American Dental Association® (ADA), 22% of adults do not visit the dentist out of fear – fear of pain, fear of drills, fear of needles.  At Blue Ash Dental, we specialize in a cutting-edge laser technology called Solea®, the first CO2 dental laser cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue procedures. With Solea® dental laser, you will experience virtually no pain, no noise, and no needle. Sit back and enjoy the sweet sound of silence.

How Does the Solea® Dental Laser Work?

A laser is a unique and narrow light source often used in cutting, drilling, surgery, holography, and the reading of coded information such as UPCs and compact discs. The precision and wavelength of a laser allow it to deliver results with exacting precision and speed. In the world of dental lasers, this source is used in the place of drills and extracting tools. Solea® is a dental laser using an oxygen-18 isotope which evaporates tooth enamel and provides a clean cut to soft tissue.

The Benefits of Solea®

As if pain-free, drill-free, needle-free wasn’t benefited enough, the use of Solea® laser dentistry provides you with another valuable bonus: your time. The amount of preparation for local anesthetics, sterilization of multiple tools and everyone’s favorite part – waiting to get numb! – are practically eliminated with the use of the Solea® dental laser.

Also, dental insurance policies code laser dentistry the same as traditional drilling. If your plan covers drill work, it will cover Solea®.

More Than Just Drilling

The science behind the Solea® dental laser allows use for hard tissue AND soft tissue procures. The laser technology can be used for gingivectomy surgery, the removal of oral lesions and other soft tissues procedures with minimal bleeding and need for sutures.

Visit Us for the Solea® Difference

At Blue Ash Dental, we pride ourselves on providing an alternative to needles and drills. By offering Solea® laser dentistry, we can decrease our patients’ discomfort and increase their commitment to frequent visits to our office. Speaking of visits, schedule yours today.

Please welcome Dr. Sama Alkalaf!

We have great news! We have added a new dentist to our family here at Blue Ash Dental Group. Her name is Dr. Sama Alkalaf.

Dr. Alkalaf is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and comes from a family of dentists. Her dental career started as a dental assistant working in her hometown, where she discovered a passion for dentistry and patient care. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Miami University and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Upon her graduation from dental school, Dr. Alkalaf completed advanced training in a general practice residency program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She furthered her cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign training in Manhattan for the past few years, before returning to her home state of Ohio. She is dedicated to developing personal relationships with her patients and ensuring they receive the highest quality of care. She prioritizes patient comfort and encourages preventative care. Dr. Alkalaf is currently a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentist, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys cooking, traveling, yoga, and photography in her free time.

Yes you read that right. Dr. Alkalaf also does Invisalign! If you’re interested in Invisalign, please give us a call at our office to get scheduled to meet with Dr. Alkalaf.

The good news keeps on coming! We will soon be open on Fridays! Yes! Starting October 12th, we will be open from 8am to 2pm on Fridays.

Please give us a call to schedule your appointment! 513-891-8555 We look forward to seeing you!

Dr Shane Retirement

After 50 years of practicing dentistry, I have decided to pursue a hopefully happy retirement.  Monday, April 25th will be my last day.  Time has passed quickly and I still enjoy dentistry, but I have developed other interests along the way.

I have received great support from past and present staff, for which I am thankful.  Dr. Detmer and Dr. Reynolds will be continuing the care for all of my patients.  My wife and I look forward to continuing with their care as well.

I want to thank all of my patients for their support over the years.  I wish you all of the best in life and as you continue on at Blue Ash Dental Group.

Yours in retirement,
Dr. Michael Shane

Please Welcome Dr. Kyle W. Reynolds

Dr. Kyle W. Reynolds, DMD, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. After 5 years practicing in West Chester, Ohio and Harrodsburg, Kentucky, he joined us at Blue Ash Dental Group. Dr. Reynolds prides himself on taking time to get to know each patient and discussing treatment options that meet each patient’s specific priorities and needs. Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years since your last dental visit, you won’t feel judgment from Dr. Reynolds. He will only focus on the next step in getting you back to optimal oral health. When he’s not in the office, Dr. Reynolds loves to stay active. He frequently goes on foreign dental mission trips to remote locations like Honduras and Micronesia. When it’s warm, you can find him on the golf course (normally searching for his lost golf balls), and when it’s cold, he loves to ski. He’s an avid college sports fan and you might spot him wearing his Kentucky blue on game day!