By Family Dental Associates
March 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

What your dentists in Port Orchard want you to knowdental fillings

Thanks to modern materials and techniques, today’s dental fillings can last many years. That’s not true of older fillings. Not too many years ago, metal fillings were often large and bulky. The combination of metals used wasn’t always long-lasting. Older fillings are often prone to crumbling and breakage. So how do you know you need your fillings replaced? Your dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, want to share the facts about dental fillings.

Your dental filling can fail from decay around the borders of the filling, a condition known as recurrent decay. Fillings can also break if you grind or clench your teeth, or if you’ve experienced dental trauma.

There are some definite signs you need your filling replaced. You need to pay attention to:

  • If you have pain from a tooth, especially to hot, cold or sweets
  • A filling that is chipped, broken or cracked
  • If there is a hole in your filling or tooth
  • If you have an open margin around the filling of a tooth
  • If you think you may have decay around the filling of a tooth

There are some ways you can protect your fillings so they last as long as possible. You need to think about:

  • Having a custom nightguard made if you grind your teeth while you sleep
  • Having a custom mouthguard made if you play contact sports
  • Not chewing on hard things like pencils and not biting your nails
  • Not chewing on ice cubes

If you do have a filling that needs a replacement, don’t worry. Your dentists in Port Orchard offer a full range of state-of-the-art materials for you to choose from including:

  • Conventional metal (amalgam) which is the go-to material in many cases because of its excellent strength and longevity
  • Composite which can be color-matched to your existing teeth; this filling gives you a virtually invisible, natural-looking addition to your smile.
  • Glass ionomer which is typically placed along the gumline; this filling can also be matched to the color of your teeth.
  • Gold or porcelain fillings which are created in a dental laboratory; these fillings will require 2 to 3 appointments.

If you don’t have much tooth structure remaining, your dentists may suggest a dental crown to protect your tooth from further breakage. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain-fused-to-gold, or pure porcelain depending on your needs and the location in your mouth.

If you need your filling replaced, you owe it to yourself to investigate all the available options and materials with an expert. Call your dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, today. Find out more about replacing your damaged filling with a strong, beautiful, modern restorative treatment!

By Family Dental Associates
January 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bad breath  

Bad breath is characterized by an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Causes of bad breath include poor dental hygiene, dental problems, bad breathmouth infections, use of tobacco products, or other health problems. Family Dental Associates, which is located in Port Orchard, WA offers a full range of family dental services. Follow these steps to rid yourself of bad breath.

1. Floss and Brush Your Teeth

Bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that forms on our teeth, collects bacteria that cause unpleasant breath odors. Floss your teeth at least once each day. Brush your teeth twice each day. Flossing and brushing removes plaque and debris that sticks to the teeth and gums.

2. Rinse With a Mouth Rinse

Rinse daily with a good mouth rinse and stop bad breath at its source. Besides freshening your breath, a mouth rinse adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria. Be sure the mouth rinse you choose kills the germs that cause bad breath.

3. Brush Your Tongue Daily

The coating that forms on your tongue can be a host for bacteria. Be sure to brush your tongue with your toothbrush every day. Or, for a more effective scrubbing, use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers remove bacteria that brushing alone can't take care of.

4. Visit The Dentist Twice a Year

Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, so be sure you visit the dentist twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings. Talk to your Port Orchard dentist if you are concerned about bad breath. Your dentist can help identify the cause and, if it's due to an oral health problem, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.

If visits to the dentist haven't been one of your top priorities for the last few years, they should be. Going to the dentist is important at any age. Call Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA at (360) 895-4321 today to schedule your dental appointment. Regular visits to the dentist will get you on the road to good oral health.

By Family Dental Associates
November 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition  

Sugar is frowned upon by nutritionists and medical practitioners for various reasons—it can have a negative effect on the metabolism,sugar circulation and causes weight gain. But what exactly makes sugar so bad for your teeth? Learn more about why you should watch out for sugar if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Also learn why it's important to stay in touch with your Port Orchard, WA family dentist—especially if you have an affinity for sugary treats.

About Sugar
Sugar is not considered a necessary part of a healthy diet, but it is a source of energy and people like it for its sweet taste. It's most commonly found in soft drinks, candy and baked goods. While some sweet substances come from natural sources like fruits, white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and similar products are processed and don't have nutritional value. Sugar is also very addictive—the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans consume about 156 pounds of added sugar in their diets per year.

Why Sugar Is Bad for Your Teeth
Bacteria feeds on the sugar that is left on the surfaces around your teeth after you eat or drink something. The sugar in food and beverages fuels the formation of plaque and tartar that can lead to tooth decay. Nearly half of adult Americans have some form of gum disease and 27 percent have tooth decay according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Better Choices
If you have to have something sweet, some sugar substitutes may be gentler on the teeth. Eat more fruit, like apples and pears when you have a craving. Try to reduce or limit your consumption of sugar each day. Most importantly, make regular visits to your Port Orchard family dentist for cleanings and to check for cavities.

Less Sugar, Healthier Teeth 
The very best choice is to eliminate sugar from your diet, but if you do enjoy it, take extra precautions to protect, clean and care for your teeth. Call (360) 895-4321 today to schedule a checkup with a Port Orchard, WA family dentist at Family Dental Associates.

By Family Dental Associates
September 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign   lingual braces  

Find out what orthodontic treatment options you have.

Most adults and teens don’t want to go through life with metal braces. Our Port Orchard, WA dentists--Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy bracesSullivan and Dr. Kevin Yoder--know that as patients get older the idea of wearing metal braces to straighten teeth becomes less and less appealing. But lucky for you there are other options available. Find out the other ways to fix misalignments, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth other than sporting the infamous metal mouth.

Porcelain Braces

Sure you’ll still have brackets and wires to deal with but the one great thing about them is that they are made from a tooth-colored material, so they will be less visible than the metal braces you’ve come to know. This makes them a popular option for both teens and adults in Port Orchard who may be a little worried about needing to wear braces.

Porcelain braces work just the same as metal braces so they can be a great way to fix complex dental issues that other orthodontic options may not. Just remember that porcelain braces often cost more than metal brackets and it can be more challenging to keep them clean and free of stains.

Lingual Braces

Have you wanted straight teeth for a while now but dread everyone noticing a mouth full of metal? Then what if we told you that you could wear regular metal braces without other people noticing? Don’t worry; you didn’t read that wrong! By placing metal brackets and wires on the back surface of your teeth rather than the front you can hide that you are even wearing braces. Plus, they are custom designed to fit the contours of your teeth and mouth so what you are left with is a more comfortable orthodontic system.


This has become a very popular way to improve smiles for both teens and adults because it’s the only orthodontic treatment that can straighten teeth with removable, nearly invisible aligners. A series of customized aligners are designed to fit your teeth and shift them until they are in the proper alignment. Treatment usually takes about one year for adults and often more with teens. Invisalign also boasts comfort, convenience and ease.

Have questions about getting Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment in Port Orchard, WA? Then call Family Dental Associates today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Grieser, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Yoder. Let’s find out if Invisalign is right for you!

By Family Dental Associates
July 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges offer a simple way to improve your smile if you're concerned about a damaged or missing tooth or want to change the way a tooth looks. Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS; Peter A. Grieser, DDS; and Kevin L. Yoder, DDS; your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, explain how crowns and bridges can help your smile.Bridges

What are crowns?

Crowns cover a tooth completely. They're often recommended if a tooth is damaged, but they can also be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, resin, nickel, gold and other metals.

What are bridges?

Bridges are used by your Port Orchard dentists to replace missing teeth and consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to crowns on either side. They're usually made from porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Why do I need a crown or bridge?

Cracked teeth can break if they're aren't protected and stabilized by crowns. If your tooth has already broken, a crown will restore it and protect it from further damage. Crowns are also used to strengthen teeth weakened by large fillings and root canal treatments. These versatile restorations are also used to conceal chips and discolorations, change the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth or lengthen a short tooth.

Bridges prevent several issues that can occur if you fail to replace a missing tooth, such as bite problems and difficulty chewing or speaking clearly. Your remaining teeth may eventually begin to overlap if you don't fill the gap in your smile, which can make it difficult to completely remove plaque.

Will my crown or bridge be obvious?

During the first step in the crown or bridge process, your dentist makes an impression of your mouth to ensure that your crown or bridge fits in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. They send the impression to a dental laboratory that creates your custom-made restoration. Since crowns and bridges are constructed of materials that look very much like natural tooth enamel, it won't be obvious that you've had any dental work performed.

Are you ready to improve your smile with crowns and bridges? Call Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS; Peter A. Grieser, DDS; and Kevin L. Yoder, DDS; your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, at (360) 895-4321 to schedule an appointment. Restore your smile with crowns and bridges!

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