- from Gloria M. (Dental Assistant)
It’s Springtime! Brighten up your smile! Do you have a special occasion coming up, such as a wedding, reunion, job interview, prom or senior pictures this summer? Now is the perfect time to come see us at Commerce Drive Dental and ask us about our tooth whitening products!
- from Gloria M. (Dental Assistant)
Baseball season is finally here! For years professional baseball players have used chewing tobacco during games, and it is becoming more common in young adults today - especially with boys who become involved in sports, particularly baseball. Whether it's from watching their idols, peer pressure, or just plain curiosity, young men are following the same tradition and using smokeless tobacco. My husband starting using chewing tobacco at the age of 15 while playing high school baseball, and now 18 years later, he is still struggling to quit. The longer a person uses it, the harder it is to quit and the higher the risk of cancer or other health issues.
There are many consequences of chewing tobacco:
Even knowing the consequences and noting the changes in his gum tissue and having a family now, trying to be a role model, it is tough for my husband to quit and hard for myself to be supportive. If you are a user or a parent/spouse/friend of someone that is, understand that tobacco dependency is a horrible addiction and it is extremely difficult to quit. To help break this habit, multiple aspects need to be addressed: physical, sensory, psychological, and behavioral. Try to sit down with them and discuss the risks and what you can do to help. Support from family and friends is crucial and know that it usually takes multiple times (and each time it gets a little bit easier) before successfully kicking the habit. Best thing to remember is to not give up!
- from Prycilla O. (Dental Assistant)
Of course most of us enjoy indulging in a little candy now and then, but did you know that sour candy has some of the most harmful effects on the teeth due to its acidity levels? The acid wears away the enamel on the teeth, causing harmful effects. The acidity level of battery acid is 1 and most sour candy has a pH of 3 or less, compared to water which is a neutral pH of 7. The enamel on the teeth starts to decalcify when it comes into contact with anything having a pH of around 4 or less. If you are going to have sour types of candy, try to rinse your mouth out after consumption to help neutralize the acids. Also be aware of how often you are exposing your teeth to this. Some examples of these delicious indulgences are:
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)
Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are tiny, fluid-filled lesions that occur on and around the lips. These blisters are often grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the sore. A cold sore usually passes through several stages, which include: tingling and itching, blisters, oozing, and crusting. Symptoms can vary; some people also experience a fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Cold sores usually heal within two weeks. Cold sores spread from person to person by close personal contact and they are caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). There is no cure for the HSV infection and the blisters may recur sporadically, often in response to stress or a weakened immune system. Prescription antiviral medications such as Zovirax, Valtrex, and Denavir may speed up the healing process and may reduce the frequency of recurrences. There are also some home remedies to try that may help ease cold sore symptoms, such as applying ice or an over-the-counter cream called Abreva.
- from Karin S. (Dental Assistant)
Intraoral cameras are used to get a close-up view inside your mouth and take photographs to keep in your chart. We can also show them to you on the TV monitor in each operatory.
Using an intraoral camera, we can show you problems such as worn or breaking-down fillings, cracks in your teeth or fillings, sores on your soft tissues, or build-up on your teeth.
Images can be sent to specialists or insurance companies, and we can also print out a copy for you if desired.
With the use of intraoral cameras, you get to see what we see inside your mouth.
- from Pam T. (Dental Assistant)
In August 2013 we welcomed a new associate, Dr. Tim Jernberg, to Commerce Drive Dental. Dr. Jernberg is originally from North Mankato and is a graduate of Loyola High School. He attended the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate education, and in February 2013 he graduated from Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ.
Some patients have asked us what the difference is between Dr. Jernberg’s degree (DMD, or Doctor of Dental Medicine) and our other three doctors' degrees (DDS, or Doctor of Dental Surgery). There is no established difference between these. They only differ in the title of the degree because some dental schools award the DMD title, while others confer the DDS title.
According to the American Dental Association: "the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. They are awarded upon graduation from dental school to become a general dentist. The majority of dental schools award the DDS degree; however, some award a DMD degree. The education and degrees are the same."
Additionally, all dentists must meet the same national and regional certification standards in order to practice dentistry.
- from Kris S. (Business Team)
At Commerce Drive Dental Group we have 22 team members. The time of service at CDDG ranges from 29 years to our newest team member, who has been with us for 5 years. The average length of employment of our clinical staff is 15 years - and our business staff, 17 years.
What does this mean for our valued patients? It means that you are greeted with a smile and a familiar face when you walk in the door. It means that your preferences and areas of concern are known by our clinical staff. It means that the same people work with you when scheduling return appointments and answering insurance and billing questions. It means that you receive consistency and continuity at each dental visit from start to finish.
- from Dawn K. (Business Team)
Scheduling your next hygiene appointment can be frustrating at times when we don’t have the most convenient time you want available for you. Remember to make your next re-care appointment before you leave our office, and get it on your calendar right away. In this way, by scheduling it early, hopefully you will get the time that works best for you.
Have a great spring!
- from Jody Z. (Business Team)
Cracked teeth are very common. Even though teeth are the hardest substance in the body, they can fracture at any age and at any time. Fractures are all caused by some sort of trauma; either it can be a quick blow to the front teeth or long-term wear and tear to the back ones. They can be painful or have no discomfort at all.
The most typical cracked tooth that we see in the office is the back molar that usually has had some sort of large amalgam (silver) filling placed several years ago. There is no bond between the amalgam filling and the tooth, so as we chew on the tooth the force pushes against the cusps surrounding the filling, flexing them and then cracking them on the inside. They are still attached on the outside so everything appears as normal. Unfortunately, most of the time this situation causes discomfort when chewing certain foods giving a sensation of anywhere from just feeling un-solid to a little zing to severe pain. The tooth usually is sensitive to cold and sometimes heat as the nerve inside the tooth becomes hypersensitive from the constant stimulation and a reaction to the bacteria that are "pumped" into the interior portion of the tooth along the fracture lines. Sometimes these sensations can go away for a while only to come back, usually with even more severe symptoms.
If the tooth is not fixed promptly this can lead to fracturing the cusp off entirely or an abscessed tooth due to the excess bacteria. Sometimes the fracture extends down on the root causing a vertical root fracture which is a hopeless situation leading to the loss of the tooth.
Fortunately we can fix these if we catch them in time. After diagnosis of a cracked tooth, a restoration can be placed to cover up this cracked portion and reseal the tooth, keeping the bacteria out. Usually this is some sort of crown or "cap" which will surround the tooth, keeping it from flexing and giving the nerve inside a chance to settle down. This may happen immediately or it can take a few weeks. Sometimes the nerve has been infected too long, which can lead it to die or an abscess giving the feeling of a throbbing, constant ache or spontaneous pain. In this case usually a root canal can then be done to save the tooth from extraction.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with your tooth, contact us immediately at 345-7786 so we can evaluate it and treat accordingly.
- from Dr. Clause
Why do we choose to do white fillings instead of silver fillings? This has been somewhat of a controversy in dentistry for the last twenty years. Cosmetics is only a small part of the answer. Our mission statement for the office says we choose to provide excellence. In order to accomplish this we have to use the best materials available and also go to continuing education classes to learn the proper use and placement of these materials. By using the white fillings (composite resins), we are able to do very conservative restorations economically. Conservation of healthy tooth structure is a very important goal of ours, and we can achieve this much better when we use the white fillings. The ideal restorative material is cast gold, but the expense and appearance of this metal keeps most people from choosing this option. The white fillings look natural and are bonded to the tooth, thus reducing sensitivity and increasing strength as compared to the silver fillings. The white and silver fillings also have a similar wear rate, meaning they have the same potential for longevity. The silver fillings still have a role to play when we are unable to maintain a dry work environment in the posterior part of the mouth, and we do occasionally use them.
Overall, most of our restorations (fillings) will be the white material. If you have any questions on this subject or any other, please bring them up to us and we would be very eager to discuss them with you. Thanks.
- from Dr. Eichmeyer