Lakewood Dentistry Blog

July 28, 2015

Your Cosmetic Dentist can Complete Your Smile

Woman with a bright smile after cosmetic tooth replacement.At Lakes Dentistry, Drs. Megan Miller and Bob Williams are dedicated to ensuring every patient achieves his or her optimal level of oral health. Every smile is different, and we approach every smile with a customized treatment plan to achieve your oral health care goals. All our patients smiles should share two characteristics: they should look great and be complete. While patients sometimes choose not to replace missing teeth, especially if those teeth are not exposed when they smile, we encourage our patients to reconsider this choice as even one missing tooth can have an adverse effect on your oral health. Call today to find out more about tooth replacement options from Lakes Dentistry or to schedule an appointment at our convenient Lakewood, WA office.
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April 15, 2015

Teeth Whitening for a Brighter Smile in Lakewood, WA

78294804Sometimes, spring cleaning can be an activity to look forward to. Cleaning out your gutters, organizing your garage, washing your car, whitening your teeth. Why not make teeth whitening part of your spring cleaning agenda? Everything will be fresh and clean for spring, your smile should be, too.  Dr. Megan Miller and Dr. Bob Williams at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, are proponents of healthy and beautiful smiles. They can help you make teeth whitening a convenient part of spring cleaning with a take-home whitening kit.

Teeth can become stained and discolored for a number of reasons:

 

  • Your favorite foods and beverages, such as chocolate, tomatoes, berries, coffee, tea, cola and red wine
  • Smoking
  • Teeth-grinding, which causes very small cracks in teeth and can make biting surfaces appear darker
  • Traumatic injuries that cause larger cracks in which stains and debris can accumulate
  • Certain medications, such as the antibiotic tetracycline
  • The unavoidable aging process
  • A genetic predisposition to teeth that are more yellow, gray or brown in color

Teeth Whitening with a Take-Home Kit

Dr. Miller and Dr. Williams know that the store bought whitening systems can be very tempting to purchase. Consider this, however—you never know how long the package you buy has been sitting on the shelf losing potency. With our take-home kits, you can be certain that you are whitening your teeth with professional grade gel that is at the peak of potency.

Our teeth whitening kits include custom-made mouth trays and high-grade whitening gel that you’ll apply once a day for two weeks. You’ll see results after the first application, with permanent results—a smile up to eight shades whiter—in only two weeks!

Call our Office Today

If you’d like to make teeth whitening part of your spring cleaning program, then call Lakes Dentistry to schedule an appointment.  We conveniently serve patients in Lakewood, WA, and from the surrounding communities of Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

March 15, 2015

Calling All Kids for Children’s Dentistry in Lakewood, WA

smiling little girlAs a family dentistry practice, Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, is delighted to welcome children of all ages for oral health care. Dr. Megan Miller and Dr. Bob Williams are both highly trained and experienced in serving the dental needs of your precious little ones. So, the next time someone needs to see the dentist, why not make it a family outing?

When children see their parents and their brothers and sisters going to the dentist, they are more inclined to want to see the dentist, too. This way, visits to the dentist become something to look forward to rather than feared.

The Children’s Dentist Lakewood Trusts

Just like adults, children should have dental checkups at least every six months. Dr. Miller and Dr. Williams would like you to begin regularly bringing your children to Lakes Dentistry around the time they are two years old. At their first checkup, we’ll count their teeth, examine teeth and gums—yes, children can get gum disease—and if they seem ready, we’ll give their teeth a quick cleaning.

As they and their smiles grow, these checkups will include more services. For example, we may recommend fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens teeth and is routinely added to drinking water. Because of the popularity of bottled water, however, many children do not get enough fluoride. Our fluoride treatments consist of a gel that is applied to teeth for only a few minutes.

Likewise, dental sealants help protect teeth, too. Sealants are “painted” on to children’s molars as a clear or white liquid and then harden to form a solid barrier against decay-causing bacteria that tends to hide in the pits and grooves of teeth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about children’s dentistry at Lakes Dentistry, call our office today. We’ll be glad to take care of your and your children’s oral health needs. We conveniently serve patients in Lakewood, WA, and from the surrounding communities of Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

February 15, 2015

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants in Lakewood, WA

184898853Unless you’re waiting for the tooth fairy, having a missing tooth is not that much fun. In adults, missing teeth are more than an inconvenience; they can be a hazard that makes speaking, chewing and, of course, smiling difficult. If you’re contending with a missing tooth, don’t despair. With dental implants, the dentists at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, replace missing teeth and restore beautiful smiles.

Of all the tooth restoration options available—crown and bridgework, as well as partial and full dentures—dental implants are the most lifelike. Whereas the others replace only the crown of your tooth, a dental implant replaces the root as well. Furthermore, implants can be used to reliably hold these other prosthetic devices in place so you don’t have to worry about them slipping.

Dental Implants for Stability and Strength

People have missing teeth for a number of reasons:

  • Severe decay that necessitates extraction
  • A failed root canal
  • Traumatic Injury
  • Congenital defects

Regardless of the reason, replacing a missing tooth is important not only for the sake of being able to talk, eat and smile, but also to avoid the possibility of adjacent teeth shifting and thereby causing an improper bite. When you come to Lakes Dentistry for a dental implant, Dr. Megan Miller or Dr. Bob Williams work with highly skilled oral surgeons and periodontists who will surgically implant a titanium post in the jawbone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. As you heal, the post will anchor into the bone—much like an actual tooth root—forming a firm foundation.

Once the implant is secure, you’ll return to our office for the restoration. Our lab will fabricate a permanent crown or denture according to the dentist’s design. Your new teeth will match the color and size of your natural teeth for a smile that looks completely natural.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation with the dentists at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA. We also serve patients from the surrounding communities of Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

January 15, 2015

Begin the New Year Right with Preventive Dentistry in Lakewood, WA

170082992Your new year has gotten off to a good start. So, why not continue that trend by scheduling dental checkups for everyone in your family? First and foremost checkups are about preventive dentistry. And at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, Dr. Megan Miller and Dr. Bob Williams strive to prevent oral health concerns before they become issues that cause pain or expense.

In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Miller and Dr. Williams would like to see you and your family twice each year for dental checkups. At these regular intervals, we are better able to monitor your oral health and pick up on any changes sooner rather than later. At a checkup we’ll clean your teeth and remove plaque. We’ll also check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and when necessary we’ll take x-rays to uncover any cavities that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

An Ounce of Preventive Dentistry

In addition to these standard procedures, our dentists and hygienists will examine for other health concerns that may begin in your mouth, but can have consequences elsewhere. For example, at Lakes Dentistry we’ll examine your head, neck and jaw as part of a cancer screening and to check for signs of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. If you are experiencing persistent headaches, an earache without signs of infection, or a popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth, then you may have TMJ. Our dentists can treat your symptoms with a mouth guard to wear at night, because many of TMJ’s symptoms are the result of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.

Dr. Miller and Dr. Williams can also prescribe a custom fabricated mouthguard for the sports enthusiast in your family. These can prevent injury to teeth, lips and gums. And if there’s someone in your house who snores, a nighttime oral appliance can help with that, too.

Call Our Office Today

It’s not too late to make another New Year’s resolution by scheduling preventive dentistry checkups for your family with Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA. Our office conveniently servers patients in Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

December 15, 2014

Realize the Smile of Your Dreams with Porcelain Veneers from Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA

100047604Does your smile make you smile? Seriously, think about it. When you see your smile in a photo or in the mirror, does the smile you see make you happy? If not, then perhaps the time has come to do something. Dr. Megan Miller and Dr. Bob Williams at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, often use porcelain veneers to give people a smile worth smiling about.

Our smiles may look less than perfect for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or have irregular gaps
  • Wear and tear that eventually causes teeth to become uneven

Porcelain veneers are an element of cosmetic dentistry designed to mask these flaws. But porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, do more than just hide damaged teeth—they protect teeth from further damage.

The What and How of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are modern dental wonders made of ultra-thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin that are adhesively bonded to the front of damaged teeth. Our dentists are able to match your new veneers to your natural tooth color, so you’ll have a smile that blends seamlessly with your other teeth.

Dr. Miller or Dr. Williams will first consult with you, assess your overall oral health and then together you’ll determine if porcelain veneers are the best option for you. If yes, then your teeth will be prepared for the veneers. A small amount of the tooth’s surface will be gently removed, so your permanent veneers will lay flush with your other teeth. You may need to wear temporary veneers while your permanent set are meticulously fabricated in a cosmetic dental lab.

Then, you’ll return to Lakes Dentistry and your new custom-designed porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth. If necessary, our dentists will carefully trim and shape your veneers for the most natural look possible. Smile! You’ve got porcelain veneers!

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers, or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Lakes Dentistry. We serve patients in Lakewood, WA, as well as the surrounding communities of Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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