Month: March 2013

Are silver fillings safe?

Amalgam (silver) fillings have been one of the more controversial topics in dentistry in recent years, due to the fact that they contain mercury.  Because of this fact, they are also the most researched dental material in history.  To this date, there has not been a single credible study that shows any negative health effects from having silver fillings placed.  This has resulted in both the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration […]

What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

A family dentist is a general dentist who has tailored his/her practice to accommodate patients of all ages, allowing children and their parents to be treated by the same dentist.  This allows for a high level of communication and trust between the children, their parent/guardian, and the dentist that is essential to a functional doctor/patient relationship. A pediatric dentist is a dental specialist who has received an extra 2-3 years of training, specifically dealing with […]

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who has received an extra 2-3 years of training specifically dealing with the gum tissue and the underlying bone that supports the teeth.  In cases of extreme gum disease, pathology of the gums or bone, and often in replacing missing teeth with implants, the periodontists are our go-to-guys/gals.

What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is a dental specialist who has received an extra 2-3 years of training, specifically dealing with the nerve and blood vessel within the center of the teeth (endo- means inside, -dont means tooth).  These specialists mainly do difficult root canal cases, but are also trained to deal with various other complications with the nerve and blood vessel within the tooth.

When should my child’s adult teeth start coming in?

The first adult teeth, the 1st permanent molars, come in behind the last baby tooth when a child is about 6 years old.  As the baby teeth start falling out, the adult teeth will erupt to replace them, one by one.  The 2nd permanent molars come in when a child is 12-13 years old.  After this, the only teeth left un-erupted are the wisdom teeth, which may or may not erupt at all.  To see […]

Monthly Raffle Update…

February’s Monthly Raffle winner will be enjoying a relaxing massage at Massage Envy of Covington.  If you have an appointment in March, you can put your name in the bowl for a chance to win a gift certificate for dinner at JaK’s Grill in Issaquah!  It’s a personal favorite of both Dr. Russell and Dr. Blair.  Good luck!