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What is Periodontal Disease?

August 10, 2017

woman examining teeth in mirrorYou many know periodontal disease by its common name, gum disease. This oral health condition is also called gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis being the mild form and periodontitis referring to the more advanced stage of gum disease. By any name, periodontal disease is definitely not sweet. In fact, studies indicate that as much as 80% of people over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for this same demographic. Knowing the warning signs and risk factors for the disease and partnering with a dentist to create a preventive dentistry plan can save you from unnecessary damage to your smile and overall health. You can watch our informative video or keep reading to find out more about this chronic oral health condition.
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OKC Dentist: Why Digital X-rays are Safe

February 21, 2017

OKC dentist uses X-rays in treatment plans.

Your dental treatment plan always includes X-rays when needed so your dentist can visualize your teeth, roots and bone structure. Modern dentistry offers digital X-rays for sharper, bigger images stored within the office computer system itself, requiring less office space and use of paper files. Award-winning OKC dentist Dr. Joe Isaacson uses these safe radiographs for accurate diagnoses and to explain to patients important aspects of their oral health care. Digital imaging truly has revolutionized today’s dental office.

 

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We’re the Family Dentist Oklahoma City Turns To

June 20, 2016

family dentist oklahoma cityHaving a good family dentist can make such a difference for your oral wellbeing. A lot of people visit a different office every time they need dental work, but counting on the same dental team means you have a group of professionals who know you and your smile — and can make recommendations for your best interest.

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Periodontal Therapy in OKC: Laser Dentistry Is Right For You

September 2, 2015

laser dentsitry for periodontal therapy okcGum disease is an oral problem with serious implications, and it affects nearly half of adults in the United States. That’s right — 47 percent of American men and women suffer from mild to severe gum, or periodontal, disease. And if you’re reading this post, I’m guessing you’re one of them. You want to know about your treatment options — and you’ve come to the right place.
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Preventive Dentistry with Dr. Joe Isaacson is Your Assurance of a Healthy Smile

September 11, 2014

179150393Life is busy. Work, family, school, home, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes that regular appointment with the dentist isn’t easy to schedule. Rest assured, however, it is time well spent. Preventive and family dentistry with Joe Isaacson, DDS in Oklahoma City, OK, is your first step to oral health, a beautiful smile and even overall health.

Preventive Dentistry is More than Just Cleaning

For a healthy mouth, we recommend a check-up with Dr. Isaacson once every six months for you and your entire family. During your visit, your teeth will be cleaned, of course. But beyond that we can monitor your oral health in order to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer and other conditions.

In addition, Dr. Isaacson and his team will be able to offer you services to treat any condition that can be spotted during a regular visit. For example, we can prevent or treat tooth decay before it progresses.  If your children play sports, we can customize athletic mouthguards to protect their teeth and smile. Other services provided during a preventive dentistry visit include:

  • Dental Sealants—an invisible plastic coating that is typically applied to back molars to prevent tooth decay
  • Night Guards—a custom-fitted appliance worn at night to stop the wear and tear on teeth from grinding
  • Fluoride Supplements—a gel, foam or paste that is applied in the office to treat any soft spots on the teeth
  • Oral Cancer Screening—a complete examination of the mouth and throat tissue to find any suspicious areas early

Finally, Dr. Isaacson will offer guidance for how you can help keep your oral health at its best by suggesting an at-home hygiene regimen for you and your family.

Schedule Your Appointment Today for Preventive Dentistry

If you are ready to take the first step toward better oral health through preventive dentistry, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Isaacson in Oklahoma City. Our office also conveniently serves patients from Yukon, Edmond, Piedmont, Mustang and more.

The Importance of Treating Bruxism: What You Need to Know About Teeth Grinding

March 5, 2014

Shutterstock Mouth GuardAccording to the American Sleep Association, approximately 10 percent of Americans suffer from bruxism, a common sleep disorder that causes the person affected to unintentionally clench the jaw and grind the teeth during sleep. At Joe Isaacson Dental in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Isaacson and his team help people with bruxism avoid the many consequences of this subconscious behavior with general dentistry services and customized oral appliances called nightguards.

How Does Bruxism Affect Me?

Individuals with bruxism are typically completely unaware that they are affected until a visit to the dentist reveals damage to the teeth caused by the grinding. For some, other symptoms may arise before a dental examination. Some of the common signs of nighttime teeth grinding include the following:

  • Frequent, unexplained headaches
  • Pain in the muscles of the face
  • Tension and stiffness in neck and/or shoulders
  • Jaw pain
  • Worn teeth and/or dental work
  • A loud grinding noise that disturbs you or your partner
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitivity in gums and teeth

Because bruxism can cause serious damage to your dentition and lead to chronic pain that interferes with your daily life, it is important that you speak to Dr. Isaacson as soon as you notice any signs of the disorder. He may suggest that you use a flexible, comfortable oral appliance that is customized to fit the contours of your mouth. The nightguard is worn while you sleep to prevent the clenching and grinding actions that cause these problems.

Simple Solutions for Teeth Grinding in OKC

If you’ve noticed any of the tell-tale signs of bruxism in your own mouth or in anyone in your family, contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Isaacson. The doctor and his team look forward to helping you conquer your teeth grinding dilemma with a custom-fitted nightguard. We also happily welcome families from nearby communities in Mustang, Yukon, Edmond, Piedmont, and beyond.

Protect Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Gum Disease with Dr. Isaacson in OKC

February 6, 2014

Shutterstock Healthy GumsWhen you think of gum disease, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, the words “periodontal disease” evoke images of bleeding gums and even missing teeth. While it is true that untreated gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, this common condition can result in a variety of other lesser known complications. At Joe Isaacson Dental in Oklahoma City, OK, we treat our patients with laser periodontal therapy to help maintain not only their oral health, but their overall health as well.

The Mouth-Body Connection

When a patient suffers from periodontal disease, the bacteria that causes inflammation, redness and bleeding can seep into the bloodstream that flows throughout the body. If allowed to progress untreated, the disease can spread to other organs and tissues, wreaking havoc on many of the body’s vital systems. Some complications that have been found to correspond with periodontal disease are:

  • Cancer of the blood and pancreas
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Preterm birth and low birth weight babies (in mothers with gum disease)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory problems

Fortunately for patients affected by gum disease, treatments like laser periodontal therapy at Joe Isaacson Dental drastically diminish the chances of developing these potentially life-threatening conditions.

Treat One Problem to Avoid Many

If you or someone in your family suffers from periodontal disease, it isn’t too late to seek help and protect yourself from future health problems. Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your appointment and ask about laser periodontal therapy. This revolutionary technology is more gentler and more effective than traditional gum disease treatment and patients love that they heal faster with less discomfort. We can’t wait to show you how simple it can be to reclaim your smile and your overall health. Dr. Isaacson and his team also serve patients from Edmond, Mustang, Yukon, Piedmont and the surrounding communities.

Family Dentistry for Patients from OKC and Beyond

November 9, 2012

Dr. Joe Isaacson is committed to the smiles of adults and children alike. After all, every smile is vulnerable to conditions like gum disease and tooth decay, not just mature smiles. So to help families from Oklahoma City and beyond, we offer great family dentistry services to help all age ranges.

One of the best ways we can provide preventive family dentistry is with an oral exam. During an oral exam, Dr. Isaacson can closely inspect teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. We also look for signs of tooth wear, which might indicate a struggle with bruxism or TMJ dysfunction, and we perform oral cancer screenings. Catching any of these conditions early lets us provide effective care sooner, when it can be more comfortable and less invasive.

With all that in mind, one way we can help you and your family is with dental sealants. This popular family dentistry service uses a thin, plastic coating to physically protect teeth from decay. A similar service – fluoride supplements – draws important minerals and nutrients to teeth, strengthening spots that have softened. With both of these, Dr. Isaacson can help patients, and especially young patients, preserve their oral health.

Other services, like nightguards and athletic mouthguards, can protect teeth in situations where they are vulnerable. And lastly, as part of our dedication to family dentistry, Dr. Isaacson and his team are always happy to recommend products or techniques for better at home care.

Has it been more than two months since you or your child’s last checkup and cleaning? Call Dr. Isaacson’s dental office in Oklahoma City to reserve an appointment. We gladly serve patients from Edmond, Yukon, Piedmont, Mustang, and beyond.