Teeth Whitening Options

We offer three types of teeth whitening products at Dr. Cederbaum’s office.

 

The first whitening product is laser bleaching.  The cost of this treatment is $675.00.  The appointment is for two hours.   At the end of that time, patient’s leave with noticeably whiter teeth.  They are given the home bleaching kit to take with them for touch ups when needed.

 

The second whitening product is a home bleaching kit.  The cost of this treatment is $400.00.  This bleaching consists of two 30 minute appointments. The first appointment involves impressions of the upper and lower teeth for bleach tray molds.  These molds are worn overnight or up to three hours a night for maximum results.  The kit contains eight bleach syringes.  Each syringe will last for three to four applications.  Bleaching is done until the desired results are achieved or when touch ups are needed.

 

The third bleaching option is a product called Sensational Bleaching.  This whitening product is for patients that have bleached already.  The patient has this done right after their cleaning appointment.  The cost is $100.00.  A whitening pen is given to the patient for touch-ups at home.  Typically, this type of bleaching is done every six months right after a dental cleaning.

 

If you have any questions about our teeth whitening options or to schedule an appointment, please call our Seattle office at 206-524-1314 or our Redmond office at 425-867-5119.

Dental Implants Are the Best Tooth Replacement Option

Have you lost a tooth or are you facing the loss of a tooth? If so, then replacing that tooth is vital not just to the appearance of your smile, but to its health

You have three options for replacing your lost tooth or teeth: dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Dental implants are the best option available.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental Implants, OptionsDental implants are a better tooth replacement option than dentures. Dental implants are fixed in your jaw, which means they won’t slip when you’re smiling, laughing, or talking. They also give you the full force of your bite, so you can continue to eat all your favorite foods—and you won’t have to remove your denture at the table.

Dental implants also require no special care. Just brush and floss like your natural teeth. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, so you won’t lose jawbone, which will happen if you have dentures. Basically, your body realizes it doesn’t need the jaw to support your teeth and removes bone material. Partial dentures that are secured with hooks and clasps can also cause wear and decay on adjacent teeth. Dental implants support themselves and don’t affect your other teeth.

And dental implants have the ability to last for decades or even a lifetime, unlike dentures that usually need to be replaced regularly.

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

Dental implants are also a better tooth replacement than dental bridges. A dental bridge is usually better than a denture because it’s fixed by being supported by your natural teeth, but dental bridges do have limitations.

A dental bridge is supported by neighboring teeth, which means that those teeth have to be modified to place a dental crown. If those teeth are healthy, that means removing healthy, irreplaceable tooth material. It also means that if the dental bridge fails, it may damage those teeth seriously. A dental bridge requires that you clean underneath the artificial tooth, which isn’t necessarily that hard, but is an extra step.

Dental bridges also don’t stimulate the jawbone, which can lead to loss of jawbone and gum material under the bridge, seriously affecting the appearance of the bridge.

Still Not as Good as Your Natural Teeth

Although dental implants are great tooth replacement options, we do have to note that they are still not as good as your natural teeth. Whenever possible, it’s best to preserve your natural teeth. Even teeth that have been infected and need to be restored with a root canal are better, overall, than dental implants.

But if you have lost a tooth, nothing is as good at replacing it as a dental implant.

If you have lost one or more teeth and want to talk to our office about getting dental implants in Seattle, please call (425) 867-5119.

Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety

Anxiety and Sedation DentistryStatistics show that two-thirds of Americans or less will see the dentist each year. For the other third of Americans, the main reason why they don’t go to the dentist is fear or anxiety of the dental office.

But you don’t have to be a victim of your fear. With sedation dentistry, we can help you overcome your fear of the dentist to get the dental care you desire, whether that’s just a routine check-up or a dramatic cosmetic dentistry smile makeover.

Who Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Sedation dentistry helps people who avoid the dentist for many reasons, most of which are actually connected to dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can help if you:

  • Dental fear or anxiety
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Anxiety caused by certain sights and sounds at the dental office
  • Tense jaw, back, or hands at the dentist
  • Problems getting numb
  • Excessive pain after a dental visit

You may not think it, but these are all the result of dental anxiety. Being nervous at the dentist can lead you to be sensitive to things in your mouth—leading to gagging–or cause you to focus excessively on what’s going on in your mouth, which makes it harder to get number. And being tensed up and fighting your anxiety can cause you to be sore both during and after appointments.

Procedures Where Sedation Dentistry Is Requested

Although sedation dentistry can help any person having any dental procedure, there are a few procedures where we tend to get requests for sedation often.

Dental extractions cause people a lot of anxiety. Although these are not as painful as most people fear and our dentists know how to handle them to minimize trauma, there is nonetheless a fear people often have that the procedure will be excessively painful.

Root canals are infamous as carrying a lot of discomfort. The irony is that most people who need a root canal are actually experiencing more pain on a daily basis than they will likely suffer during or after the procedure. People often can’t rationalize this, but with the help of sedation dentistry, they can overcome anxiety to get the procedure they need.

Sedation Dentistry Options

At our office, we offer three different sedation dentistry options: oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Not all dental practices are licensed to perform IV sedation, and you should always make sure a practice is properly licensed before having IV sedation. Dr. Cederbaum is also a licensed pharmacist, so she has greater education and experience than your average dentist on the proper handling of oral sedatives and other medications.

All three sedation dentistry options offer benefits and limitations, and we can talk to you about them to find out which is right for you.

To talk to our office about sedation dentistry, please call (425) 867-5119.