Referral Give Away

For any new patient referrals and new patient self referral, we will be having a drawing November 1st- December 31st! For every new patient referral you will be entered into the drawing. There will be 2 different packages you can pick from if you are the winner. One of them is the Village gift card and the other is the downtown Boise gift card valued at $150. Drawing will be held January 1st 2018.

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Caught Up In the Daily Grind

Tooth grinding, bruxism, clenching, gnashing of teeth – problems that we seem to see more and more at the office these days.  Sometimes these symptoms are recognized by the patient.  They notice things like chipped/worn teeth or even soreness in the jaws and headaches.  Sometimes family members or a spouse will point out when someone is grinding their teeth.  Other times the dentist is the one to point out the signs and symptoms.  Is this a problem that needs to be fixed?  If so, how is it best fixed?

Excessive clenching and grinding can eventually wear teeth to a point they cannot be restored, or the fix becomes very expensive.  Teeth can even become so loose from the abuse that they need to be extracted or they come out on their own.  Jaw soreness and headaches can also become so severe that normal daily life and functions are interrupted at minimum, and become unbearable at worst.

One of the main reasons for grinding and tooth wear is misaligned/crooked teeth.  Tooth straightening through Orthodontics at the first signs of crooked teeth is the best approach.  If the chipping and wear have already started, braces may still be the best option.  Teeth can also e straightened via fillings, veneers and crowns, but this is the most expensive and invasive of the options and in severe cases may be the only remaining option.

Missing teeth for whatever reason may lead to clenching and grinding.  Replacing the tooth or teeth with implants, bridges or partial dentures as soon as possible is recommended.

In some cases, clenching and grinding can be reduced or eliminated by slight adjustments to the teeth.  A night guard can also be made that will not only reduce the tooth wear but help restrain the muscles to not be so aggressive (they won’t clinch as much – lessening the joint pain).  We have been using Botox injections to the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) to great effect.  Patients have reported going months without a headache or soreness of the TMJ.

Contact your dentist to find out the best treatment for you.

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Another Letter From the Troops

Here is another letter we received from the troops who received candy from our candy trade in.  It is great to hear about them and what they are doing.  Thanks again to all who contributed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wonders of Technology

We have a fantastic and very high tech tool in our office that you should know about! It is a laser! This fantastic technology can help us treat so many dental issues.  It can be used to painlessly kill bacteria under the gums to help heal gingivitis and gum disease.  It can also be used to stop the pain of canker sores and rapidly heal and reduce the pain of oral cold sores.  We can even treat facial muscle pain caused by TMJ problems.  This amazing and multi-use tool is available any time you visit our office and treatments are quick and painless.  The best part is it is affordable!

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A Letter from the Troops

We received this letter from one of the recipients of our candy and letters!  How great is this?

 

Dr. Richins and Staff,

I was the recipient of a large box of candy that you sent me out here at my
deployed location.  It meant a great deal to me and I thank you very much.
There are quite a few of us in our shop so I set the box out for everyone to
enjoy.  It has been going down fast.

The letters that you sent from the kids were awesome.  They were touching and
sometimes made us laugh; that’s good stuff.  We passed those around the shop
as well.

Thank you for your support and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a
happy new year.

 

Thank you again to all of our patients and members of our community for contributing to this event!  We are truly blessed to live in the Treasure Valley! Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, & Eagle are filled with so many wonderful people!

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Basket Winner!

Congratulations to our most recent basket winner!  Enjoy the goodies Courtney!

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