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By Mike White, DDS
July 22, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Approximately 47 percent of American adults over the age of 30 are in the early or advanced stages of periodontal disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 38 percent have moderate to severe periodontitis which requires urgent treatment. Are you wondering if you might be among the ranks of American adults who have periodontal disease? Find out for sure when you schedule a visit with Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA.

Periodontal Disease: What Is It?
The gums are a crucial part of your dental health, keeping your teeth firmly rooted. When they’re irritated, inflamed, and infect with bad bacteria, it leads to a condition called periodontal disease. The infected is usually caused by the bacteria that grows in plaque or calculus that hardens around the gums. Dental experts believe that a specific strain of bacteria called NI1060 may be cause of the most aggressive forms of gum disease.

Signs of Periodontal Disease
When examining your teeth for signs of periodontitis, your Chehalis, WA dentist will use a periodontal probe. This probe measures how deep the pockets are around your teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:

- Painful, bleeding gums (the more excessive the bleeding, the more advanced the gum disease).
- Gums are either bright red or black instead of pink.
- Bad breath with a distinctive odor.
- Receding gumline, exposing the tooth roots.
- Thick tartar buildup around the gumline.
- Loose teeth or tooth loss.

Periodontal Therapies
When it’s treated in the early to moderate stages, periodontal disease is manageable. Simple treatments like scaling and root planing or antibacterial medication may help. In more serious cases, laser or conventional periodontal surgery is required. Additional treatments include gum grafting (to restore lost gum tissue) and dental implants (to restore the smile after tooth loss).

Keep Your Gums Healthy
Take care of your gums if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Next to dental decay, periodontal disease is a top cause of tooth loss. Call (360) 748-0168 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA.

By Mike White, DDS
May 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Are you considering getting dentures to replace your missing teeth? In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, these denturesrestorations offer several important benefits. Your Chehalis, WA, dentist, Dr. Michael White, can help you evaluate your denture choices and choose the type that's right for you!


What advantages do dentures offer?

Wearing dentures can:

  • Help You Feel More Confident: Your self-esteem can suffer whether you have a few gaps in your smile or you've lost all of your teeth. In fact, many people who have experienced tooth loss report that they feel self-conscious in social settings. Replacing your lost teeth with dentures is a simple way to regain your confidence. The restorations look just like natural teeth and are custom-made to fit your mouth.
  • Make Speaking Easier: Without a full set of teeth, you'll have trouble pronouncing some sounds and words. Speaking can be particularly frustrating if other people have difficulty understanding you. Thanks to your new dentures, however, you'll enjoy clear speech and won't have to worry about slurring words!
  • Change the Way You Eat: Tooth loss can make eating a challenge. Biting, tearing, and chewing food becomes difficult or impossible when you've lost your teeth. Although a soft food diet may be fine for a week or two, it's not a particularly appetizing option for the rest of your life. Dentures restore your ability to eat a variety of foods, ensuring that your nutritional needs are met.
  • Protect Any Remaining Teeth: Partial dentures are an excellent option if you have a few remaining teeth. Increased wear and tear can quickly damage your remaining teeth if you don't replace your missing teeth. Partial dentures relieve the burden on your natural teeth in addition to filling in the gaps in your smile.
  • Improve Your Job Prospects: Your ability to do your job won't change just because you've lost your teeth, but unfortunately, tooth loss can affect your career trajectory. You may find it harder to get a new job or advance in your current company if you don't replace your missing teeth. Fortunately, your Chehalis dentist can help you restore your smile with full dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported dentures.


Interested? Give us a call!

Restore your smile by calling your Chehalis, WA, dentist, Dr. Michael White, at (360) 748-0168! Schedule your appointment today!

By Mike White, DDS
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how this popular tooth replacement could restore your smile for life.

While losing a tooth might have been exciting when we were children, it certainly isn’t once we become adults. Unfortunately, millions of Implant Americans are missing teeth. Are you one of them? If so, our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White has a long-term tooth replacement that could have you smiling again in no time.

What is a Dental Implant?

This metal prosthetic is inserted into the jawbone underneath the gums where it will provide a stable and long-term foundation to support a false tooth or teeth. The implant itself is not designed to look like a tooth but will take on the role of tooth roots and anchor your artificial tooth in place.

How does a Dental Implant Function?

For an implant to take the place of your tooth roots, our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Before this can happen, a small hole is drilled into the bone so the implant can be positioned. Over the course of several months, the bone will grow around the implant and integrate with the metal restoration to become one. This naturally occurring phenomenon is known as osseointegration.

Once the bone and implant have become one, the next step is to place an abutment on top of the implant. The abutment’s main job is to connect the implant with the artificial tooth. In some cases, the implant will already have a built-in abutment, in which case placing an abutment separately will not be unnecessary.

If you still need to get an abutment, you will need to come into our office for another minor procedure. During this procedure, we will open up the gums so that Dr. White can attach the abutment on top of the implant. After the gums have healed from the abutment procedure, he will cement a dental crown on top of the abutment to complete the restoration. With the proper care, a dental implant could end up lasting the rest of your life.

Do you want to learn more about dental implants and see if they are the right choice for you? Call our Chehalis, WA, dental office today at (360) 748-0168 and let us know that you are interested in what implants can offer you.

By Mike White, DDS
January 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

What bothers you about your smile? Are some teeth longer than others? Are there noticeable cracks or discolorations? Has one tooth always stood out due to its odd shape? Whatever the case, your cosmetic dentist in Chehalis, WA Dr. Michael White, can help. One of his most popular services is porcelain veneers--thin, lifelike shells of fine ceramic which cover those defects beautifully.

What are dental veneers?

They are customized shells of tooth-colored ceramic. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says these tooth enhancements not only beautify smiles, but they improve durability as well.

Made according to digital or conventional impressions, veneers bond to the front side of teeth with a special cement and curing light. They require some mild enamel resurfacing so both mouth and bite accommodate them comfortably.

To be sure you qualify for veneers, your Chehalis dentist will take X-rays and other imaging. Also, he'll examine your teeth and gums carefully, noting their shape and size and any decay or gum issues which would be corrected before the veneer process. In total, your treatment should take two or three visits to Dr. White's office.

The benefits of dental veneers

Veneers are a long-lasting smile enhancement. They require normal oral hygiene at home and of course, your six-month hygiene and check-up visits with Dr. White and his team.

Other benefits include:

  • Versatility Veneers camouflage a variety of dental flaws such as gaps, mild crowding, chips, pits, deep stains, cracks and more.
  • Dependability Veneers retain their sheen and color indefinitely. They cannot decay, and if you treat them gently (don't open a bottle with your teeth or chew ice cubes), they rarely fracture or dislodge.
  • Customization Your veneers will blend in with the rest of your smile. Color will match neighboring teeth, and your dentist can use veneers to improve selected teeth in terms of size and shape.
  • Improved self-esteem Porcelain veneers look so great that you will love to smile.
  • No recovery time When Dr. White places and bonds your veneers, you'll go right back to your usual routine.

Find out more

Contact Dr. Michael White's office staff for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Together, you and Dr. White will discuss the concerns you have about your smile, and you'll be amazed at the solutions he offers. Porcelain veneers may be one of them. Call today, won't you? (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Mouth DentureDentures are dental devices that restore missing teeth, giving patients back their ability to perform normal, everyday oral functions. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 15 percent of patients with tooth loss have denture devices created each year. Roughly 48 percent of denture wearers are between the ages of 18 and 45 according to statistics published by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Learn about the different types of dentures offered by Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA, and how they can be beneficial to your smile. 

What Are Dentures?
A denture is a custom-made appliance worn in the mouth that closes gaps and covers open spaces in the gumline after tooth loss. They are made from plastic resin materials that can be formed to closely mimic the appearance of the teeth and gums. Some denture devices have metal parts. Modern appliances look more natural and have a more secure fit.

The Different Types of Dentures
There are three main types of dentures: partials, full, and implant-supported. Partial dentures are for patients who only have one or a few missing teeth. Full dentures are used to replace an entire row of missing teeth. Both types can be anchored using dental implants, if the patient has some dense jaw bone tissue remaining after tooth loss. Full dentures are either immediate (placed right after dental extraction), or conventional, which requires more of an investment in time to ensure a long-lasting, solid fit. 

Denture Benefits
With dentures designed by your Chehalis, WA, dentist, you’ll finally be able to chew and bite into solid foods again. They are designed to cling securely to your other teeth or gumline, giving you the support that you need for everyday dental functions. Partial dentures will help ensure that your other teeth stay well-aligned and that there are no embarrassing gaps in the smile. Full dentures protect your gumline, are resistant to damage, and make chewing easier. Implant-supported devices provide extra support and help keep some bone tissue healthy.

Your Denture Consultation
Dentures can change your life for the better in a number of ways. Contact Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA, to learn more about the various options you have when it comes to custom specialty dentures. Call (360) 748-0168 today to set your initial visit.

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