Lost or Compromised Bone Structure Can Be Restored by a Bone Graft

The bone structure of your jaw is absolutely critical for anchoring your teeth and biting, chewing and grinding food. Unfortunately, there are times when periodontal disease, advanced tooth decay and tooth extraction can result in the loss of bone structure in part of your mouth. If this is the case, your dentist, Dr. , might… Read more »

Is Your Smile Ready for Summer?

At the office of Family Dentistry in Aloha, Oregon, Dr. Valerie Foster and our team are excited to help you get your smile ready for summer with our dental cleaning and exam. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), patients who receive professional dental cleanings every six months benefit from improved oral health (if… Read more »

Restorative Dentistry Can Revitalize Your Smile

At Family Dentistry in Aloha, Oregon, the dental practice of Dr. Valerie Foster, we are pleased to offer restorative dentistry for our patients who have missing teeth. We offer dental bridges, crowns, dentures—both complete and partials to restore a natural looking smile. Teeth can be lost due to tooth decay and gum disease, injury or… Read more »

Having a Speedy Recovery After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

It was a wise preventative measure to have your wisdom teeth extracted and help reduce your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease on those teeth. After the wisdom teeth are extracted, there are a few things to keep in mind for speedy recovery. While you are recovering and healing you will need to… Read more »

Recovery Tips Following Bone Graft Surgery

Bone graft surgery is a beneficial treatment that restores your oral health after you have lost jaw bone due to tooth loss and gum disease. Gum grafting can also help build up bone in areas of the mouth to allow the placement of dental implants. However, the bone grafting treatment is only beneficial if you… Read more »

Reshaping Your Smile With Gum Contouring

Cosmetic dentistry has solutions for all kinds of aesthetic dental problems, including crooked, misshapen, discolored, and poorly-spaced teeth. But your gums play an important role in your smile as well. Gum contouring can be used to reshape your gumline and transform your smile. Gum contouring is a quick, simple procedure used to alter the shape… Read more »

Dental Anxiety? We Can Help!

Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you’re not alone. In fact, many people consider even a simple cleaning an arduous task. Sadly, some patients won’t visit the dentist until they experience an emergency such as infection or tooth decay. Waiting only leads to more problems and can ever affect overall health. Luckily,… Read more »

Identifying the Underlying Cause of Tooth Sensitivity

If you experience pain in one or more teeth when you eat hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods, it could be an early warning sign of a more serious problem. Toothpaste that has been formulated with special additives to help people with sensitive teeth can offer some short term relief. However, it’s still a good… Read more »

What to Do in an Emergency

Even if you are taking care to practice proper dental hygiene and to attend your six month dental checkups, accidents can happen. In the case of a dental emergency, contact our dentist as soon as possible. Many dental emergencies can be corrected if the issue is addressed quickly. It is important to know to handle… Read more »

Dealing with an Injury to your Lip

It’s not uncommon for a fall or a blow to the face injure your lip or cause you to bite down on it hard. If the injury is severe you should consider calling 911 or going directly to the emergency room. If the injury is moderate, but you would like advice on how to properly… Read more »