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Headaches affect all of us at one time or another but some suffer more intensely an more often than others.  Our office recently trained and received certification to offer revolutionary tools and methods to address those with severe headache problems or TMJ problems.

We will thoroughly review your headache history and then offer a complimentary assessment exam.  If we think that we can help you, we will suggest a more comprehensive exam.

During the first exam, we will measure bite forces, range of motion and collect other  objective information that will help up chart a course toward treatment and relief.  Then you will decide if you want to move forward with treatment for your head and neck pain.

Please call our office for a 10 minute pain free complimentary assessment that may start you on the way toward comfort and headache free days. Visit winecountryheadachecenter.com  for more information.

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Conservative Esthetic Dentistry and You!

The California Dental Association meets twice a year in order for dentists and other personnel to sharpen their clinical skills and meet continuing education requirements.

The fall convention is always in San Francisco and usually promises fantastic weather! This year I concentrated on one subject –conservative esthetic dentistry.

Our goal is to give clients what they want in porcelain veneers and composites while saving as much tooth structure as possible. With good planning and new materials, we can now deliver a great smile with a minimum or no loss of enamel.

If you are considering veneers or white fillings, there is a new method of in- office bleaching that requires only 20-25 minutes. No impressions, no custom trays and you will be in and out quickly.

“Another great visit…  just like family.”
– Paul

Dentistry and Rotary International

Being a dentist and being a fairly new member of Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary, I decided to look up projects Rotary might be doing in my field.

I found that there are manydental projects being partially if not totally supported by Rotarians around the world.

In the US, Green Bay Rotarians helpeddevelop a mobile van serving youth in Green Bay, WI. Area. Other Rotarians around the US sponsor dental projects within their own local communities.

American based Rotary clubs have an impressive number of dental projects around the world especially in Mexico, Central America and cooperate with projects with other clubs in India, the Cook Islands and even Azerbaijan.

A Canadian Rotarian writes, “We live in a disconnected word.  Rotary helps us to CONNECT…..to our local community and those on the other side of the world. Above all, Rotary helps us connect to the very best within ourselves.”

“Always professional and cheerful- very knowledgeable” 
– Francesca

Give Kids A Smile

In February, I was lucky to participate in the ADA program, Give Kids A Smile program in Sonoma County. For one day, dentists, hygienists and assistants volunteered in many different locations. We conducted exams, sometimes took x-rays, and occasionally treated needy kids in the county.

It was an upbeat day with lots of volunteers and lots of kids with follow up treatment scheduled.

It seems a crime that in these times, dental decay is still the single most chronic childhood disease and that 90 percent of it is preventable.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children be seen no later than one year.  Your child’s first dental visit in an investment in his/her future.

Here’s what our patients say: “Dr. Everson and staff are exceptional, their friendly professionalism and expertise is top notch…” Sam

Temporary Anchorage Devices

Ellen wanted some new teeth on the bottom jaw but she had been missing bottom teeth so long that a couple of upper teeth had moved partway into the empty space.  We were going to have to compromise and make a very wavy shape to the new smile or come up  with something else.

Luckily, our orthodontist suggested temporary anchorage devices. TADs are a type of implant not meant to be permanent. Instead they provide a temporary hook to help orthodontic wires move teeth up back into the bone or straighten up tipped teeth.

Ellen’s case straightened up nicely and TADs are a great way to help some adults who thought that they needed  jaw surgery to get that new smile.

Here’s what our patients say “Dr. Everson and staff are exceptional, their friendly professionalism and expertise is top notch…” Sam

Can I Have a Dental Implant If I Have Thinning of the Bone?

Gail, one of my patients, recently  asked about dental implants. She was worried about her mild osteoporosis and the success of an implant replacing her missing tooth.

Researching this area, I found an extensive study done in 2008 that compared women with normal bone, borderline osteoporosis and those with osteoporosis.  Other study factors were age, location of the implants and smoking status.

Women with osteopenia and osteoporosis showed no more implants failures than those with normal bone. Survival rates for the implants were over 90% after 10 years in all cases.

But, the failure rate was 2.6 times higher in smokers than non-smokers.  So  if you are considering implants, less than perfect bone density won’t stop you. However, a smoking habit may discourage a dentist from placing them.

Treatments for Dry Mouth

Do you have trouble spitting your words out because of a dry mouth?

It is easy to make jokes about dry mouth but it really isn’t funny if you deal with it every day. Last time we wrote that often medications cause dry mouth (xerostomia). Cardiovascular drugs and antidepressants are two of the main culprits.

Treatments are either non prescription or prescription. Non prescription products found in drug stores are artificial saliva products such as Biotene gel, Glandosane moisturizer,  and Salivart synthetic saliva. Others items include Biotene gum, toothpaste and mouthwash as well as Moi-Stir Oral Swabsticks.

For severe dryness such as with Sjogrens’ syndrome or post head and neck radiation, your physician can prescribe Salagen or Evoxac but it may take a while for these to produce results.