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December 21, 2017

A Smile As Bright As The Holidays: How Teeth Whitening Can Give You A Beautiful Smile!

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 6:57 pm

The holidays are coming up quickly, which makes it the perfect time to get teeth whitening treatments at Busk Family Dentistry. From Wenatchee to Leavenworth, our Zoom! teeth whitening services are some of the best! So come to our cosmetic dentistry practice today to look and feel your best this holiday season.

Holiday Teeth Whitening

Why You Should Get Your Teeth Whitened Before The Holidays!

Getting your teeth whitened before the winter holidays is a wonderful idea. Why?

  • You can boost your self-confidence – The holidays can be a time of stress for many of us. While visiting family and friends is a wonderful thing, the strain of constantly interacting with others can be tough. Teeth whitening can help you feel more secure, comfortable, and confident!
  • You’ll look great in photos that will be remembered for years to come – The holidays are a time when family members can come together and create memories that will last a lifetime. Given how popular smartphones are these days, chances are that you’re going to have a lot of pictures taken of you! Teeth whitening gives you that bright, gorgeous smile, helping you look your best as you make memories with the ones you love.
  • You’ll ring in the New Year as your best self – Why wait until after New Year’s to make a resolution for self-improvement? With teeth whitening, you can get a head start, and look great as you greet a new year that’s full of opportunities.

With teeth whitening from Busk Family Dentistry in East Wenatchee, you can impress loved ones and relatives, feel great, and look wonderful during the holidays!

We Offer At-Home And In-Office Teeth Whitening!

We know how stressful and busy the holidays are. While we offer fast, effective in-office teeth whitening, we also provide our patients with take-home whitening trays that offer equally astonishing results!

So whether you’d prefer to whiten your teeth in a single, 45-minute session with Dr. Ryan Busk, or you prefer to receive treatment in the comfort of your own home, Busk Family Dentistry has you covered.

Contact Us Today – Get Your Dream Smile Before The Holidays!

At our family-friendly, comfortable general dentistry practice, we pride ourselves on making all of our patients feel safe and cared for. So don’t wait to get your dream smile in time for the holidays! Contact Busk Family Dentistry today at (509) 662-8156, or visit our office in Wenatchee, located at 222 N Mission St Suite D, Wenatchee WA, 98801.

November 21, 2017

Watch Out For The Wishbone! How To Protect Your Teeth During The Holidays

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry,Family Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 8:32 pm

The holiday season is fast approaching. From Halloween through New Year’s, you (and your kids) will probably be eating more foods that taste amazing but can pose a risk to your oral health.

With proper oral hygiene and tooth cleaning tips, you can avoid cavities and other oral health issues, and still enjoy everything that the holiday season has to offer!

At Busk Family Dentistry, your leading local children’s dentist, we’ve put together a list of ways you can protect your teeth during the holidays!

Holiday dental emergencies

1. Eat Sweets In Moderation – And Quickly!

Whether you’re munching on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pie, or Christmas cookies, it’s important to eat them quickly, and in moderation.

The main problem with sweet treats during the holidays is that we tend to “graze” on them during the day.

When you consume small amounts of sweets throughout the day, you’re constantly feeding the bacteria that live in your mouth with sugar. This leads to a much higher risk of tooth decay.

It’s best to eat sweets alongside other meals, and to limit yourself to a short time window. This helps mitigate the effect that sugar has on your oral health.

2. Brush After Every Meal

During the holidays, you should try to brush your teeth after every meal. Because you’ll likely be snacking throughout the day, it’s important to keep a regular tooth cleaning schedule to minimize bacteria buildup.

3. Keep An Eye On Your Kids

In Wenatchee and across America, cavities are very common in kids after the holidays. The combination of sugary foods, traveling, and interrupted daily routines can lead to serious tooth decay.

To avoid this, you should monitor the food intake of your children and ensure that they are brushing properly to remove bacteria and prevent tooth decay.

4. Watch Out For Those Sticky (Or Hard) Treats!

Sticky candies like licorice or taffy can be very dangerous for those of us with dental work like fillings or crowns.

They can adhere to dental work and pull it out, leading to an emergency dental situation during the holidays. If you have a lot of dental work such as crowns, fillings, or bridges, avoid these treats during the holidays.

You should also be careful when eating very hard food items like hard candy. Hard candy can crack your teeth, which may require a visit to an emergency dentist, like Busk Family Dentistry.

Got A Dental Issue During The Holidays? Come To Busk Family Dentistry!

We know it can be hard to get dental services in Wenatchee during the holidays. But at our family dental practice, Dr. Ryan Busk is always willing to treat all of your dental issues. From general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatments, we do it all, even during the holidays!

Whether a piece of candy has pulled out one of your fillings, or you think your child may have cavities due to holiday eating habits, contact us today. You can call us at (509) 662-8156, or visit our Wenatchee office at 222 N Mission St Suite D, Wenatchee, Washington, 98801.

September 23, 2017

Understanding Worn Anterior Dentition and How It Can Be Treated

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 5:48 am

Our teeth do a lot for us, like helping us eat, bite, drink, speak, and more. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that, over time, teeth can become seriously worn.

Whether it’s because of a medical condition – like acid reflux or bruxism – or simply due to age, anterior teeth are especially likely to be worn down over time. Busk Family Dentistry explains the causes of worn anterior dentition to help you understand how this issue can be treated.

Defining Worn Anterior Dentition

Anterior dentition is just a fancy way of saying “front teeth.” It refers to the teeth in the front of the mouth, including the incisors and canine teeth. This is in contrast to posterior dentition, which includes the rear teeth like your molars.

Therefore, worn anterior dentition indicates that the front teeth have been worn down by force, chemical action, or another cause over time. If a large amount of enamel is missing from your front teeth, you may have worn anterior dentition.

Worn anterior dentition

The Causes of Worn Anterior Dentition

There are three primary causes of worn anterior dentition:

Erosive wear is usually caused by chemicals or acids in the mouth, which slowly erode the enamel over time. This is very common in patients with acid reflux disease because stomach acid can cause serious damage to anterior teeth. Issues like bulimia and over consumption of acidic beverages can also cause this condition.

Attrition wear is caused by teeth improperly contacting each other over time. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is the most common cause of attrition-based tooth damage, and it can result in serious damage to the teeth.

Abrasive wear is generally due to personal habits like brushing too hard, using abrasive toothpaste or toothbrushes with hard bristles, chewing tobacco, or biting the nails. Over time, abrasive forces wear away tooth enamel, leaving “V”-shaped, shiny tooth surfaces.

Treatment of Worn Anterior Dentition

Treatment of worn anterior dentition begins by understanding the cause of wear. For patients with erosive wear, lifestyle changes may be necessary, such as reducing the consumption of acidic beverages and fruits, or seeking help for medical issues like bulimia or GERD (acid reflux).

Attrition-based wear from bruxism is usually treated with a mouthguard or nightguard. Those with improper bites may require orthodontic correction.

Abrasive wear may also be treated with lifestyle changes, such as brushing less often, using non-abrasive toothpastes, and discontinuing unhealthy habits like chewing on non-food objects.

Regardless of the cause of worn anterior dentition, multiple restoration options are available. For mild cases, dental composites can be used. Made from high-quality resins, these dental composites can be shaped to attach to the worn tooth and restore the natural shape and function of the teeth. For more serious cases of worn anterior dentition, dental crowns are typically utilized to cover and restore the worn teeth.

Preventing Worn Anterior Dentition

The best way to prevent worn anterior dentition is by visiting the dentist regularly. Because worn dentition happens gradually, it’s often hard to recognize it until it’s too late, unless you’re consulting with a dental professional.

Dr. Ryan Busk can help you understand if you’re at risk of worn teeth and recommend appropriate next steps to prevent this condition from occurring, such as a mouthguard, if you have bruxism, or orthodontics that can help realign your bite and your jaw.

Avoid Wearing Down Your Teeth—Visit Busk Family Dentistry for a Checkup Today!

Whether you’re worried about worn-down teeth or you’re simply in need of a new family dentist in Leavenworth, Busk Family Dentistry is where you want to be!

Run by Dr. Ryan Busk and Dr. Janie Busk (of Cashmere Dentistry), Busk Family Dentistry is a full-service family dental care facility for both children and adults. At our warm, friendly office, Drs. Ryan and Janie Busk specialize in delivering knowledgeable, informative patient care.

Schedule an appointment today by giving us a call at (509) 662-8156, or visiting our office at 222 North Mission Street, Suite D, Wenatchee, WA, 98801!

August 5, 2017

4 Reasons Invisalign May Be the Best Choice for Your Orthodontic Needs

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 7:01 am

Long gone are the days of clunky metal braces. Invisalign is now the leading clear braces alternative! By using custom plastic aligners, Invisalign can provide powerful orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth, without requiring traditional metal braces.

Invisalign

If that isn’t enough to persuade you, here at Busk Family Dentistry we have four more reasons why Invisalign is a choice you won’t regret:

1. An Unseen Solution

Many people are put off by the look of traditional braces; pearly whites always trump metal brackets! However, the clear plastic aligners used in Invisalign are nearly invisible to the naked eye, while still correcting crooked teeth.

This makes Invisalign a great choice for professionals! Whereas a standard pair of braces are glaringly obvious, clear aligners can correct your crooked teeth and help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

2. Saving Your Mouth

Invisalign has no brackets or wires to scrape against your lips or mouth. Since the trays are made of smooth plastic and customized to your teeth, there is little discomfort that results from the system. They can even be removed for short periods when you eat, brush and floss!

3. Fast Treatment

While using Invisalign, you will have an appointment with Dr. Busk once every 4-6 weeks. He will examine your teeth to ensure you’re making progress and provide you with your next set of 2-3 aligners. You’ll wear each set for two weeks, or longer if necessary, before moving to the next set.

These periodic appointments are quick and noninvasive. In fact, the entire Invisalign process usually only takes about a year, especially if you’re diligent about wearing your aligners. The average range for treatment times is 9-14 months, which is typically faster than traditional metal braces.

4. The Convenient Orthodontic Solution

Invisalign carries none of the restrictions that concern patients. Say goodbye to the pesky problems of traditional braces:

  • Food restrictions – Hard foods like nuts, seeds and candy can cause issues with metal braces. Other foods, like chewing gum and popcorn need to be avoided as well. Not with Invisalign! You’ll have no dietary restrictions with this removable system.
  • Activity restrictions – Braces can interfere with your ability to play contact sports or certain woodwind or brass instruments. Since invisalign is removable, you’ll never feel restricted from your favorite hobbies.
  • Issues with medical devices – The presence of metal braces can cause issues for those who need MRIs. In some cases, the removal of braces is required before an accurate scan can be performed. Plastic aligners alleviate any issues that your dental treatment may have with your overall health.

Contact Busk Family Dentistry for an Invisalign Assessment Today!

If you’re located in the Wenatchee or Leavenworth areas, and are interested in Invisalign orthodontics, Busk Family Dentistry is the best place for you! Dr. Ryan Busk is certified to provide Invisalign, and has years of orthodontic experience. Plus, our practice also provides a range of dental services, including  teeth whitening to help beautify your smile once your teeth are perfectly aligned.

If you’re interested in Invisalign, but aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for you, contact Busk Family Dentistry today! Dr. Ryan Busk or his wife, Dr. Janie Busk of Cashmere Dentistry, will examine your teeth and provide you with an assessment of your orthodontic needs.

Don’t wait! Contact Busk Family Dentistry for an appointment at (509) 662-8156, or visit our office at 222 North Mission Street, Suite D, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

July 7, 2017

What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 5:32 am

You may have heard of dental implants. They’re one of the most versatile tools available to restorative dental practices, like Busk Family Dentistry. Dr. Buck uses them to replace missing teeth and restore a healthy, natural smile. This is important, because gaps can cause the rest of your teeth to shift. They can also lead to crooked teeth and serious bite issues.

But what are dental implants made of? Have you ever wondered? Let’s take a look at the most common materials and styles of dental implants today!

Dental Implants – The Basics

Let’s talk about the basic procedure for dental implants, before we discuss common materials that are used to create them. The most common procedure is called an “endosteal implant.”

During an endosteal implant, a small fixture or post is implanted directly into the jawbone of the patient, where the root of the natural tooth would be. This post fuses with the bone of the jaw and the surrounding areas, resulting in a permanent bond.

The post has a small projection on the end called an abutment. This is where the prosthetic tooth is applied, completing the procedure.

By attaching the post to the jaw and molding a tooth to the abutment, natural tooth appearance and functionality can be completely restored.

An example of a placed dental implant.

Titanium – The Most Common Dental Implant Material

For decades, titanium has been the most common dental implant material. In the 1950s, it was found that titanium implants, when placed into contact with bone and left undisturbed, allowed bone to grow right next to them, creating a permanent bond.

Since this discovery, titanium implants have been the most widely available dental implant, providing long-lasting results at a reasonable cost.

Over 95% of all dental implants are titanium alloys, and after 10 years, the success rate of these procedures is around 98%, making them incredibly safe and reliable.

Zirconia – The Future Of Dental Implant Materials?

Compared to titanium, zirconia is a much newer implant technology. Zirconia was used for abutments as early as the 1990s, but titanium was still used for the implant post.

However, the first all-in-one zirconia implant was released by CeraRoot in 2005. This implant is created entirely out of zirconium, a porcelain-like mineral that offers high strength, and a more natural, tooth-like appearance.

While zirconia dental implants are still rather uncommon, they’re rising in popularity. And, according to advocates, they do have some significant benefits.

For example, zirconia is naturally closer in color to teeth, providing a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance. In addition, advocates say that the one-piece design minimizes the risk of corrosion, and is more resistant to oral bacteria.

Overall, both titanium and zirconia are great materials that can be used for dental implants, and either one can provide you with fantastic, permanent restoration of missing teeth.

Come To Busk Family Dentistry For All Your Restorative Dentistry Needs!

At Busk Family Dentistry, we offer dental implants in Wenatchee and surrounding areas. Dr. Busk is focused on providing comprehensive and preventative dental care to all of his patients. If you come to us for restorative dentistry, our team will give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your oral care.

If you need a dental implant, we will refer you to a qualified oral surgeon to have the post inserted. After your implant is ready, Dr. Busk will attach a ceramic crown or a fixed bridge to complete the process, and restore your natural smile.

Don’t suffer from a lost or damaged tooth. If you’re in Wenatchee or a surrounding area, get in touch with Busk Family Dentistry today at (509) 662-8156, contact us online, or come to our office in person at 222 North Mission Street, Suite D, Wenatchee, WA 98801!

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