- from Karin S. (Dental Assistant)
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
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.