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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.


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!

June 13, 2017

From the Bandeau to Invisalign: The History Of Braces

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 6:54 am

It’s estimated by the American Association of Orthodontists that around 6 million Americans are undergoing some kind of orthodontic work, and that the vast majority of these patients are between the ages of 10 and 17. Metal braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments, but they haven’t always been. Read on to explore the fascinating history of braces, and see how modern orthodontists, like those at Busk Family Dentistry in Wenatchee, are paving the way for the future of orthodontics.

The 1700s

The birth of orthodontics

An early French dentist named Pierre Fauchard authored a book called “The Surgeon Dentist” in 1728. Though the topics of this book were diverse, special attention was paid to an oral device called the Bandeau. This device was the predecessor to metal braces and products like Invisalign. Shaped like a horseshoe, the Bandeau was similar to a metal retainer. Though this concept was innovative, it didn’t catch on, as it was uncomfortable and hard to manufacture.

The 1800s

Braces begin!

Orthodontists began innovating at a rapid pace in this century. Throughout the early 1800s, dentists such as Christophe-Francois Delabarre, Dr. Edward Maynard, and E.J. Tucker introduced the concept of metal “wire cribs” that could be attached to the mouth and help correct jaw alignment, and straighten teeth.

In 1893, the true history of modern braces began. Henry A. Baker, using the work of the aforementioned dentists, combined numerous orthodontic concepts into a method known as the “Baker Anchorage.” Using a combination of metal wire and rubber elastics, this technique allowed for the straightening of teeth, without requiring the removal of incorrectly aligned teeth.

The 1900s

Perfecting and innovating

The cost of metal braces in the early 1900s made them a relatively uncommon procedure. This is because in the early days of braces, gold was the preferred metal to use! It bent easily, and was extremely flexible. This made it perfect for early brace applications, though it required frequent adjustment and was not cost effective.

In the 1970s, however, multiple breakthroughs – including the discovery of dental adhesive and advanced stainless steel brace materials – reduced the cost of braces to a reasonable level. Braces then became much more common among children, teenagers, and even adults!

Since the 1970s, many more innovations have been made. Orthodontic patients at practices like Busk Family Dentistry in Leavenworth now have the option of metal or clear braces as well as other advanced orthodontic solutions like Invisalign.

The Future

Innovation continues at Busk Family Dentistry!

Dr. Ryan Busk of Busk Family Dentistry continues to innovate and look for orthodontic solutions that provide a more comfortable and convenient patient experience. With a skilled team, years of experience, and a deep knowledge of orthodontic treatments for both children and adults, Dr. Busk focuses on patient comfort and results.

If you’re looking for orthodontic dentists in Wenatchee, WA call us at 509.662.8156 to schedule an appointment today!

March 15, 2017

How Does Gum Disease Affect The Entire Body?

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 10:01 pm

The human body is an amazing system of connections, nerves and muscles and tissue. What affects one part of the body often affects the rest of the body, too. It’s easy to dismiss small warnings about your dental health, but not forever. At Busk Family Dental in Wenatchee we’re dedicated to supporting a healthy smile to benefit your whole-body health.

Are You At Risk For Gum Disease?

Recent research indicates that the main factor linking gum disease to other diseases in the body is inflammation. Gum disease, which often reveals itself as gums that bleed when brushing, is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation in the gums. Once symptoms of gum disease begin to show, the care of your local dentist is highly encouraged.

Systemic Health Risks of Gum Disease

Cardiovascular Health

Did you know, people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease? Researchers theorize that the bacteria in your mouth enters your bloodstream, attaching to the fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels. This increases your risk of clots that may trigger heart attacks. It can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.

Pregnancy Health

If you are pregnant, we recommend visiting the dentist for a checkup. Not only are women who are pregnant more at risk for periodontal disease as the hormones in the body change, but pregnancy with gum disease can increase risks of low birth weight or premature births.

Risks of Cancer

According to The American Academy of Periodontology, men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Diabetes & Blood Sugar

Gum disease can increase your risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has also been researched to have a high correlation between diabetes and periodontal disease, as gum disease increases the difficulty of controlling your blood sugar.

Did You Forget to Brush Today?

The sticky plaque that accumulates in the pockets between teeth and gums, and under the gum line, can contain hundreds of species of bacteria. Skipping brushing and flossing or neglecting your dental visit allows bacteria in the mouth to sit and develop, which may irritate the gums and trigger an inflammatory response throughout the body: a recipe for gum disease.

Good Health Is Closer Than You Think

At Busk Family Dentistry, we believe that patient education is a crucial element of our treatment process. We believe that with gentle dental care and preventive dentistry, healthy gums and teeth equal a happy and healthy body.

Periodontal Care In Wenatchee

Treating gum disease may be easier than you think, but you’ll want to schedule a visit with your dentist, who has access to the tools and methods necessary to help. Using advanced methods in thorough dental cleanings or a gum care process of scaling and root planing, we’re able to treat gum disease at the source to help you recover sooner.

Remember, the small steps you take at home can make the biggest difference! A diligent brushing and flossing routine can prevent and treat gum disease, keep your health in optimal condition, and reduce the risk of future health issues.

Curious about dental health or gum disease symptoms? Call us at (509) 662-8156 for more information. We’re dedicated to providing gentle dentistry in our Wenatchee community and nearby.

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