Have Dentures Limited Your Options?

Dental implants can allow you to enjoy many of the foods you have abandoned.  With almost 20 years' experience in placing implants, Doctor Richins will help find the best option for you. Caution ------------ May cause prolonged episodes of smiling Call or email us for a free consult (208) 884-0888 [contact-form to='smile@advantage-dental.com' subject='Comment or Question from the website'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Phone Number' type='text'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

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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...

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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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Do you hate to floss? Try an Oral Irrigator.

From our Hygienist: Oral irrigators are a great way to make your gums healthier! Usually called waterpik, they use pressurized water to flush out harmful bacterial toxins and trapped food from under your gums and between your teeth.  Some studies have shown that irrigator use can even be more effective than flossing!  The best way to use an oral irrigator is after flossing and brushing every day, but even without flossing, you can do amazing work to improve your oral health and reduce the risk of gum disease. One of the easiest ways I've found for people to add this to their daily routine is get an oral irrigator that attaches to your shower head.  They can be found online...

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Botox in Dentistry?

When you hear the word Botox what do you think of?  A procedure that many people use to try to stay young?  Well what if I told you that Botox can relieve pain.  We carry Botox in our dental office.  Why you might ask?  This is a question I am asked often, so let me give the answer here. Several years ago I went to an education course in Seattle on the subject of TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) pain, head aches and sleep apnea. We discussed the contribution that the chewing muscles (masseters and temporalis) have on headaches and joint problems. Over use of these muscles through clenching and grinding can bring on the joint pain and even severe recurring...

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Patients Hate Pain

A visual that still haunts me is that of Tom Hanks taking out his own tooth with an ice skate in the movie “Castaway”.  It stirs memories from my childhood dental visits and a dentist that did not believe in numbing. When I chose to become a dentist, I vowed that no one would ever have to experience what I did. From a great mentor Dr. Smith in dental school, I learned the first great secret to pain free injections – the slower the better.  The numbing agents we use all have a different ph. levels and temperatures than your body, so if placed too fast, cause a pain sensation. When warmed and done very slow, that pain sensation is...

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