Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Russell Forrest, DDS
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Health checkups are a must, but people seem to think routine maintenance isn't always as important for your smile. Here, at Topeka, KS, preventative dentistryyour family dentist Dr. Russell Forrest explains how you can benefit from preventive care.

You can reduce your tooth decay risk in just a few minutes

Brushing and flossing may not be particularly exciting activities, but these basic oral hygiene tasks really do reduce your risk of tooth decay. Both brushing and flossing get rid of plaque, the sticky bacterial film that causes tooth decay. Not sure how long to brush? Keep the two-minute rule in mind. Brushing for at least two minutes twice each day will help ensure that you don't miss a spot. In addition to removing plaque, daily brushing also strengthens teeth. Fluoride, the key ingredient in toothpaste, repairs weak areas in your enamel, reducing your cavity risk.

Mouthwash offers added protection

Following brushing and flossing with a swig of antibacterial mouthwash provides additional protection. Antibacterial mouthwashes kill any bacteria remaining in your mouth. After you spit, don't rinse. Rinsing immediately after using mouthwash diminishes the effects.

Sealants protect molars and premolars

Cavities aren't unavoidable, particularly when you take advantage of the protective benefits of sealants. Sealants fill in small pits and grooves in your molars and premolars, preventing plaque from collecting there. Although they're usually recommended for children, they can also help adults avoid cavities. Sealants last an average of 10 years but may wear off sooner if your grind your teeth.

Regular dental visits offer important benefits

Visiting our Topeka office twice every year will help ensure that cavities and other problems are treated promptly. During your visit, Dr. Forrest will also look for signs of other issues, such as tumors, cracks in teeth or early signs of gum disease. The sooner gum disease is treated, the lower your risk of tooth and bone loss.

A professional dental cleaning, part of every regular dental visit, removes plaque from hard-to-reach places and also gets rid of tartar, a hard deposit that causes gum disease.

Has it been a while since you've visited us? Call Topeka, KS, family dentist Dr. Russell Forrest at (785) 266-0330 to schedule an appointment.

By Russell Forrest, DDS
March 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out more about the many benefits of getting dentures in Topeka?dentures

With all the different dental restorations on the market you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by which one is the best option. Our Topeka, KS, family dentist, Dr. Russell Forrest, is always happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. Of course, most people turn their noses up at the thought of dentures but you may be surprised to hear that they do actually have some benefits.

What are dentures?

Dentures are custom dental devices used to replace several or all of your teeth, as well as the surrounding gum tissue. They can be removable or fixed in place. Dentures are made from impressions taken of your mouth so that you get a restoration that offers an ideal and custom-made fit.

What are the advantages of getting dentures?

If you know someone with dentures then you may have heard a lot of the cons without any of the pros. While dentures aren’t miracle workers and won’t function just like real teeth they can certainly help people regain a beautiful smile. In fact, just having a full set of teeth again can restore confidence in your appearance.

As if this wasn’t enough to celebrate, getting dentures is a simple and easy process. Not everyone revels in a trip to the dentist. In fact, most people get stressed out about dental procedures, and the idea of getting surgery (e.g. dental implants) isn’t always the best choice for those who have dental anxiety. Dentures allow even those with dental phobias to be able to replace their missing teeth without the need for invasive dentistry, which is a major plus.

Tooth loss can also lead to sunken cheeks, which can affect your overall facial structure and cause premature aging. Fortunately, by placing dentures where your missing teeth used to be you can fill out your smile once more and even support the facial muscles to prevent sagging and sunken cheeks.

Dentures have also changed a lot over the years. With all the wonderful advancements in technology, dental restorations such as dentures are now made with superior materials and offer a more precise fit. Dentures aren’t what you remember from many years ago. You may just find that the dentures you get are exactly what you’ve been looking for.

If you are interested in finding out more about what dentures could do to help you regain your smile then it’s time you turned to the dental experts in Topeka, KS. Call our office today to schedule your no-risk consultation. Let’s talk about dentures!

By Russell Forrest, DDS
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Even when you do all the right things, there can still come a time when you lose one or more teeth. Whether you lose teeth due to poor dental crownsdental hygiene or you suffer damage due to injury, you may find yourself with less than the smile you once had. There are several solutions to your dental issues including crowns and bridges. Dr. Russell Forrest, a family dentist in Topeka, KS, can help you get the results that you are looking for and the smile that you are longing for.

Crowns and bridges are an excellent option for someone with teeth that are less than perfect, but that warrant saving or those with gaps and missing teeth. Bridges are used to hold a false tooth in place when there are two teeth on either side to hold it together. Bridges use two crowns which are affixed to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. They fit across the false tooth so that the tooth fits right into place securely. If you have teeth that are in structurally good condition, but that have suffered damaged such as chips, cracks or discoloration, crowns are a great way to keep the natural teeth as long as possible. They are created to fit your teeth perfectly and fit over your tooth to keep it together and hide the damage. These should be put in place by your Topeka family dentist as soon as possible so that you are able to save your natural teeth.

Whether you need crowns or bridges, your Topeka, KS, family dentist Dr. Russell Forrest can help you get excellent results. Meeting with a professional will help you to learn more about your options and see firsthand what these options can do for you and your smile. Don’t put off protecting your teeth or getting a great smile any longer. Call our qualified staff member at 785-266-0330 to schedule an appointment and get started on the path to a great looking smile.

By Russell Forrest, DDS
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you reminded that you lost a tooth every time you smile or take a bite of food? Tooth loss doesn't have to change your life or your smile. Dental implants offer a simple, long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Russell Forrest, your Topeka, KS, dentist, explains how you can restore your smile with implants.

No more gaps

Getting rid of gaps in your smile can give you a crucial self-esteem boost. A bright, healthy smile may help you feel more at ease in both social and business situations. Plus, you'll never have to worry about hiding your smile again in photographs after you receive a dental implant.

A complete tooth restoration choice

Dentures and bridges replace lost teeth above the gum line, but they can't replace roots, unlike dental implants. Replacing your entire tooth results in a more stable restoration, which makes biting and chewing much easier and comfortable.

The implant process begins when your Topeka dentist makes a hole in your jawbone for a titanium implant. The implant doesn't just rest in the opening, but actually bonds to your jawbone. Bonding usually takes about three to six months. Once your dentist is sure that your implant has bonded, he'll add a crown to the top of it. The crown closes the gap in your smile and restores your chewing ability.

A versatile option

Would you like to replace your teeth but are concerned that you've lost too many to take advantage of the benefits of dental implants? Implants are an excellent option if you've lost one tooth, but they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported dentures offer increased comfort and better biting power than traditional dentures. In most cases, you'll only need four to six implants to support an entire row of false teeth.

Better biting and chewing

It can be challenging to chew food after you lose a tooth. Ripping and grinding food can be impossible without your missing tooth. Your gap may also tend to trap pieces of food. When you choose dental implants, you'll be able to bite into the hardest, toughest foods without a problem and won't have to worry about food getting stuck in your gap anymore.

Are you ready to transform your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Forrest, your Topeka, KS, dentist, at (785) 266-0330 to schedule your appointment.

By Russell Forrest, DDS
October 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   tooth decay  

Don’t dread getting a root canal. It’s actually a painless procedure!

If our Topeka, KS dentist, Dr. Russell Forrest, has just told you that you need a root canal, perhaps you are a bit freaked out. It’s normal toroot canal be nervous before getting any dental procedure, but we are here to make sure that you are educated on the subject so that we can put your mind at ease while in the dental chair.

Sadly, root canals have gotten a pretty bad reputation but we are here to turn that around. The reason our Topeka general dentist may recommend getting a root canal is to treat a tooth with a severe cavity, crack or break, or a tooth that has weakened from repeated dental work. Any issue that affects the health or integrity of the tooth’s inner structures will require root canal treatment.

Of course, modern dentistry makes it possible to get a root canal without feeling any pain. In fact, many people dealing with severe decay or a damaged tooth are already experiencing a lot of pain. And anyone who has experienced dental pain will tell you that it can be pretty miserable. But root canals are used to remove the source of the pain. Some patients even say they experienced instant relief after their treatment.

And if you aren’t completely convinced, know that we will always administer a local anesthesia to the area prior to treatment. This anesthesia will numb the area completely before root canal therapy even happens. We take patient’s comfort seriously. When it comes to a root canal, you should never feel any pain.

Getting a root canal is very important. By ignoring your pain and hoping it will go away on its own you risk losing the tooth altogether. A root canal’s sole purpose is to preserve as much of the tooth as possible. And by coming in every six months for routine care we can catch issues when they are easier to treat, so make sure you are keeping up on your preventive exams and cleanings twice a year.

Whether you have questions about an upcoming root canal or you need to schedule your next routine dental cleaning, our dental team in Topeka, KS is ready to handle all of your smile needs.