Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At King Dental Group

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At King Dental GroupHello Santa Barbara dental blog visitors, welcome to the King Dental Group blog. I am Dr. Jon King of King Dental Group in Santa Barbara.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Santa Barbara dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at King Dental Group and would love to serve you. At King Dental Group, we offer Invisalign clear braces, cosmetic dentistry, and family dentistry.

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

Posted in General Dentistry

Do Whitestrips Work?

Do Whitestrips Work in Santa Barbara? If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Santa Barbara grocery store, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options in Santa Barbara were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of products at every drugstore counter in the area.

Whitening Rinses
Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses, however, contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day. Though this method is straightforward, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.

Whitening Strips
The whitening strips you can buy in Santa Barbara grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in dental offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system at your Santa Barbara dental practice.

Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.

If you are serious about dramatically whitening your teeth, the safest, quickest, and most reasonably-priced system is at your Santa Barbara dental office.

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Go Back In Time

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So you’ve lost some teeth and now hesitate to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and regain that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants, you can!

For most patients, a tooth implant is the ideal replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so genuine that implant recipients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A tooth implant is anchored into the jawbone with a sturdy metal post. It doesn’t wiggle around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it guards healthy jawbone and impedes bone recession. After the post is completely enmeshed with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and beautiful crown are securely attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the process at once.

If you’ve lost numerous teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. Talk to Dr. King to learn more.

Another way to go back in time is to whiten your teeth to the bright color they were when you were a teenager. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments. Again, communicate with Dr. King about your goals and budget.

Have you ever wished your smile looked like it did before you had any tooth decay? (Many of us can’t remember that far back!) Talk to us about tooth-colored fillings. White fillings match your teeth, and dramatically improve your smile without crowns.

Perhaps you have chipped a tooth. We have numerous solutions to fix that trouble as well. Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

 

Posted in Dental Implants

Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

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Hello! I’m Jon King, DDS, of King Dental Group in Santa Barbara. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1967. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite.

Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these troubles can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and capacity to perform their job.

Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty pricey to treat.

There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to talk to Dr. Jon King. Call 805-687-1548 to schedule a consultation and exam.

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

 

Posted in Oral Health

What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s King Dental Group dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Santa Barbara. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

“To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.”1

King Dental Group cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.  Adding oil pulling to your dental routine probably won’t hurt, but it cannot replace proper tooth care and dental visits.

At King Dental Group, we provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. We serve all of your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs including Invisalign clear braces, Trudenta TMJ treatment, holistic bioaesthetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and family dentistry. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located at 1919 State St Ste 205 in Santa Barbara.

1“The Practice of Oil Pulling,” American Dental Association, May 14, 2014, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling, accessed on June 19, 2014

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

 

Posted in Oral Health

Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

Affordable Dentistry in Santa Barbara At King Dental Group, Dr. Jon King is often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in Santa Barbara can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local Goleta grocery store or Santa Barbara drugstore lately, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If I had to rate them purely on their fun factor, I would choose the Spiderman brush.)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?

One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having dental work or oral surgery in Santa Barbara, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feels awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some Santa Barbara kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your dentist at King Dental Group.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some Santa Barbara residents like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. People with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your Santa Barbara dentist at King Dental Group.

At King Dental Group, our caring, family-oriented dental hygienists instruct our patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at King Dental Group, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling King Dental Group at 805-687-1548. An outstanding feature of King Dental Group is ability to take time to listen and know how to help our patients. We offer family dentistry and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

King Dental Group Can Make Your Whites Whiter

King Dental Group Can Make Your Whites Whiter

Hi, I’m Dr. Jon King, an experienced Santa Barbara general dentist serving the greater Santa Barbara area. One of the most common requests I get from my dental patients is whiter teeth.

I am happy to say that Santa Barbara dental patients are in luck when it comes to teeth whitening in California, because cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

Some Santa Barbara patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available at Goleta, Montecito, and Santa Maria drugstores. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your Santa Barbara dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.

There are many dentists in the Santa Barbara area that offer in-office teeth bleaching which can often be done in one visit. Santa Barbara residents who do in-office bleaching usually appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent.

Any toothpaste that has an added polishing agent is considered a whitening toothpaste. For my patients, I always tell them to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when purchasing these.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to keep your teeth nice and white here in Santa Barbara.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call King Dental Group at 805-687-1548. Our caring, family-oriented staff will schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at your convenience. Talk to us about:

We hope to hear from you soon!

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, California
93105

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

What’s The Latest With Veneers?

Santa Barbara Prepless Veneers One of the best ways to improve your smile in Santa Barbara cosmetic dentistry is veneers. Thousands of Goleta and Montecito smile restoration patients who have received veneers are happy with the results.

Santa Barbara veneers are a minimally-invasive procedure for transforming Santa Barbara smiles. Veneers at King Dental Group are incredibly thin shells that adhere to the face of teeth. Most Santa Barbara veneers are about the thickness of two pieces of paper. Because the color is built into the veneers (instead of being applied after fabrication), they look like your natural teeth–only better!

Our experienced California ceramists are skilled artists. They create each custom veneer with the optimum shape, color and thickness for your new smile.

If you are embarrassed by misaligned, discolored or broken teeth, veneers may be a smile restoration solution that you can feel good about.

Call King Dental Group to learn more about veneers or these other services:

Take a positive step toward your dazzling new smile!

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, CA
93105

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

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Today’s post looks at the complex process required to construct a dental crown. Dental crowns can be constructed with metal, ceramic (porcelain), plastics, or varying combinations of these. We will describe the process used to create a porcelain crown, though the steps are similar to those used for other materials.

Modern porcelain crowns are a technological and artistic marvel that make successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced California dental lab techs and expert ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as actual teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from King Dental Group.)

When one of our King Dental Group patients needs a crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a laboratory where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the exact dimensions to send to the factory.

The cutting-edge factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, resulting in blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

The machine then takes the scanned data from the impression and begins milling out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a glossy, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

This shell, or coping, will then be exposed to a high temperature for increased strength. It also shrinks to the proper size when exposed to the high temperature. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

The shell then leaves the factory for the lab, where layers of colored porcelain are painted on it. A skilled ceramist – an artist in every sense of the word – may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more condensed throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

All of this work results in an outstanding crown for one of our patients!

If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want details about dental implants, call 805-687-1548 to discuss the possibilities.

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, CA
93105

 

Posted in Dental Implants

King Dental Group In Santa Barbara Is Accepting New Patients

Santa Barbara Teeth Whitening Hello, I am Dr. King.

Whether you are one of our patients, or a blogosphere visitor, welcome to my dental blog.

My dental practice is called King Dental Group and is located at 1919 State St Ste 205 in Santa Barbara, California. I have been practicing dentistry since 1967. Since opening my cosmetic dental practice, I have seen a lot of changes in dental techniques and tooth restoration materials, however, my commitment to the highest quality of care and personal attention to my patients has not changed.

At King Dental Group, my caring, family-oriented staff and I provide a full menu of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. If you are looking for a gentle kid-friendly pediatric dentist or a smile design specialist, I invite you to schedule a consultation. We are devoted to making each visit as quick and pleasant as possible.

Some of the cutting-edge services we offer are tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, safe tooth whitening, and invisible braces. Ask us about sealants, dental implants and complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers. You can find more details about our services at http://www.kingdentalgroup.com/.

If you have California dental insurance, call my office to see if we are contracted with your provider. If you don’t have dental insurance, call us at 805-687-1548 for information on our rates and smile makeover financing options. Budgeting for regular cleanings and checkups can ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life.

What could be a better investment?

 

Contact King Dental Group:

805-687-1548

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1919 State St Ste 205
Santa Barbara, CA
93105

 

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