December 9, 2013
When you are receiving dental treatment, it is important that you feel comfortable and at ease during your procedure. This is especially true when you are undergoing important oral surgery such as implants, a wisdom tooth extraction, or reconstructive surgery. Though all of these procedures are performed using local anesthesia to minimize discomfort, if you suffer from dental anxiety, you may still be apprehensive about your treatment. Fortunately, Dr. Baker and Dr. Jespen offer sedation dentistry at their Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Preston offices. Thanks to several effective sedation options, you can receive your necessary treatment without nervousness or apprehension. Continue Reading →
December 7, 2013
When people think of oral surgery, they most often think of wisdom tooth and other extractions. Although these procedures are facets of oral surgery, Pocatello oral surgeons Dr. Mark Baker and Dr. Shawn Jepsen want you to know that there’s so much more they can do to help keep you healthy and loving your smile.
Oral Surgery in Pocatello
The best place to start when explaining the ins and outs of oral surgery is to list the services we offer at our southeastern Idaho practice.
We want our patients to know that we believe proper dental hygiene and quality dental care are usually great measures to keep your smile healthy and sparkling. Sometimes, however, other measures are needed to ensure that your overall health isn’t compromised by what’s going on in your mouth. When a tooth is infected, causing discomfort, or needs to be replaced, when an injury or other condition has altered the shape of the face or the function of the teeth, or when TMJ pain has become too difficult to endure, that’s when we come in and help you get a new lease on life with effective oral and facial surgery.
Schedule an Appointment as Facial & Oral Surgery in Pocatello, ID
If you would like to learn more about facial and oral surgery and what the benefits are, speak with your Pocatello facial and oral surgeons by calling our Pocatello office at (208) 232-2807. We also have offices in Blackfoot and Preston to provide quality care to families from across southeast Idaho.
November 26, 2013
Are you counting down the hours to the pending Thanksgiving feast ahead of you in a two days? The health of your teeth can hinge on your diet, so hopefully you don’t indulge as you do on turkey day every single day. By being cognizant of what we eat, we may be able to keep our teeth for an entire life span. However, if you do lose a tooth or two, or even all of them, there are luckily options like dentures, bridges, and dental implants to restore your smile. Pocatello oral surgeons Dr. Baker and Dr. Jepsen believe in prevention, however, so here are some facts about nutrition for a healthier and stronger mouth.
Keep up with Calcium
This amazing mineral benefits your oral health in the same way it strengthens your bones. A common misconception is that teeth are bones. While they aren’t, they share similarities in structure. However, your oral health does rely on an actual bone – your jaw. Without a healthy jawbone the roots of your teeth have nothing to anchor themselves to. Strong foundation is the key to any healthy structure, so it’s highly important to maintain your jawbone density. This begins with healthy teeth, because once they fall out, your jawbone will diminish. A diet high in calcium also helps strengthen your teeth and the enamel that protects them. Our bodies do not produce calcium naturally, so we must ingest it through a diet high in leafy greens and low-fat dairy.
Phosphate is Great
In addition to calcium, an important element of tooth enamel strength is phosphate. The good news is that this compound is found in many of the same sources as calcium. Even though tooth enamel is the strongest of all compounds in your body, it is still susceptible to acid erosion from poor diet. Oral bacteria produce additional acid when you consume a diet high in sugar and carbs, and don’t brush your teeth regularly or visit the dentist for a cleaning every six months. This is how tooth decay begins, and when cavities aren’t treated early, and continue to be ignored, tooth loss is a very real future possibility.
Dental Implants from Pocatello Oral Surgeons
If you would like to learn more, speak with your Pocatello facial and oral surgeons by calling our Pocatello office at (208) 232-2807. We also have offices in Blackfoot and Preston, and proudly serve families from across Southeast Idaho.