Dr. Wendling's Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Lake Oswego Dentist Serving Portland, & Nearby West Linn, OR

Fri, 06/08/2018

A beautiful smile is within your reach. Today’s cosmetic dentistry procedures deliver exceptional quality results that can address just about any smile imperfection you may have. Dr. Wendling offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry solutions to ensure all of your goals can be achieved.

Depending on your unique needs and goals, Dr. Wendling may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Porcelain veneers – Porcelain veneers consist of thin shells of dental porcelain that get bonded to the front surface of your teeth. This versatile restoration can improve the appearance of chips, cracks, gapped teeth, discolored teeth, crooked teeth and misshapen teeth.
     
  • Teeth whitening – Teeth whitening is a safe, effective and affordable way to brighten your smile. Dr. Wendling uses professional-grade whitening systems that can achieve dramatic results in one office visit.
     
  • Dental bonding – Dental bonding is ideal to repair minor cosmetic issues such as chipped or cracked teeth.
     
  • Dental implants – Dental implants are the most effective option to replace missing teeth. They restore a fully functioning tooth and root while blending in seamlessly with your smile.
     
  • Invisalign – Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces that uses a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The procedure achieves excellent results for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
     
  • Gum recontouring – If you have excessive gum tissue that obscures the appearance of your teeth, gum recontouring can be performed to reshape your gum line.
     
  • Smile makeover – A smile makeover utilizes a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures to address several aesthetic issues.

You can learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options by speaking with Dr. Wendling in person. During your initial consultation, she’ll evaluate the health and appearance of your smile in order to develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your goals.

Please contact Dr. Sue Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We serve patients in Portland, Oregon.

Wed, 05/30/2018

No one likes to be told they snore. It can be a source of embarrassment for you and a serious nuisance for your bed partner. While eliminating this embarrassment and helping your bed partner sleep through the night may provide you with the motivation you need to treat this condition, there are more important reasons to get your snoring checked out. In many instances, snoring is a sign that you suffer from a serious health issue called sleep apnea.

snoring illustration - Portland sleep apnea dentist

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your throat collapses while you sleep, blocking your airway. This airway blockage causes your uvula and soft palate to vibrate while you are breathing. Other people hear these vibrations as snoring.

You can potentially experience hundreds of interruptions in your breathing each night as a result of sleep apnea. In order to restore proper breathing, your brain must rouse you from sleep. These interruptions in breathing can significantly reduce the amount of oxygen entering your system while you sleep, which can have far-reaching implications on your long-term health.

Failure to treat sleep apnea can increase your risk of serious health issues, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastric reflux

Fortunately, sleep apnea is easily treated. Dr. Wendling offers several sleep apnea treatments which will help you maintain an open airway, eliminate your snoring and restore a restful night’s sleep. Depending on your unique condition, she may recommend:

  • Oral appliance therapy – A custom-fit oral appliance is worn while you sleep to reposition your lower jaw, tongue and soft palate, ensuring your airway remains open.
     
  • CPAP – Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) delivers forced air pressure through your upper airway using a machine and a mask. CPAP is very effective at keeping your airway open, but many patients find the device cumbersome and uncomfortable.
     
  • DNA appliance therapy – The DNA appliance uses the principles of neuromuscular dentistry to move your teeth into proper alignment and keep your airway open.

Please contact Dr. Sue Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule a snoring evaluation. We serve patients in Portland, Oregon.

Fri, 04/27/2018

If you experience dental anxiety, you're not alone. Millions of Americans get uneasy at the thought of visiting the dentist. Whether it is due to a bad dental experience, a fear of drills and needles, an active gag reflex or some other reason, dental phobia is a serious issue that prevents many people from getting the important treatments they need.

Unfortunately, failing to visit the dentist for regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings can place you at risk of developing more serious oral health issues down the road. Often, these problems will require treatments that are significantly more extensive, costly and painful than the cleanings you are putting off.

sedation dentistry patient in PortlandDr. Wendling understands the importance of providing a relaxing, comfortable dental experience. That's why she offers a variety of sedation dentistry options, including:

  • Nitrous oxide -- Nitrous oxide, often referred to as "laughing gas," is administered through a mask while you're undergoing your procedure. You'll feel relaxed and comfortable while under nitrous oxide sedation, and the effects will wear off quickly enough for you to drive yourself home after your procedure.
     
  • Oral conscious sedation -- You'll take an oral sedative pill shortly before your procedure. The sedative will place you in a semi-conscious state where you will be able to answer questions and follow instructions from Dr. Wendling. After your procedure, you'll feel relaxed and refreshed with very little recollection of your procedure.

In addition to these sedation dentistry options, Dr. Wendling has taken other steps to provide you with a relaxing dental environment:

  • Luxurious spa-like atmosphere
  • Gentle massaging treatment chairs
  • Lavender-scented warm towels
  • State-of-the-art audio and video systems

If you'd like to find out more about how sedation dentistry can help you receive the important dental treatments you need, please contact Dr. Sue Wendling by calling 503-636-4069 today. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Wed, 03/28/2018

Your teeth can become damaged for a variety of reasons. Whether the damage is caused by decay, gum disease, trauma to the mouth or some other issue, the ideal goal is always to save the tooth and repair it.

In many instances, Dr. Wendling can use a dental crown to repair the damage to your tooth. She uses crowns made of high quality dental porcelain, ensuring they will blend in seamlessly with your smile and provide durable, long lasting results. If you’ve suffered damage to your root in addition to your tooth, you may also need a root canal to save the root before a dental crown can be placed on the tooth.

crown or implant - which option is right for me?

However, there are some situations where a tooth may be so badly damaged that it cannot be saved. In these cases, Dr. Wendling may recommend that you remove the damaged tooth and replace it with a dental implant.

Dental implants are the only option that will replace your missing root along with your missing tooth, which makes this solution significantly more effective than alternatives such as dentures or bridges. Dental implants can withstand all normal bite forces and will provide you with a fully functional replacement tooth. When properly cared for, dental implants can last for the rest of your life.

The decision to repair a damaged tooth with a crown or replace it with a dental implant can only be made after carefully evaluating the extent of the damage to your tooth as well as the health of your surrounding bone and gum tissue. Dr. Wendling will explain her recommended treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have in order to ensure you have the ability to make a fully informed decision about your options.

If you’ve suffered damage to a tooth, please contact Dr. Sue Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Fri, 02/16/2018

snoring illustration - Portland sleep apnea dentistNo one likes being told they snore. It can often be a source of embarrassment, and chronic snoring can also cost your bed partner hours of valuable sleep each night. Unfortunately, snoring is much more than a nuisance. It can also be a sign that you suffer from a serious medical condition called sleep apnea.

 When you have sleep apnea, your tongue and soft tissue in your throat collapse while you sleep, blocking your airway. This causes the soft palate and uvula (the area where the tongue and upper throat meet) to vibrate against the back of your throat. This vibration is perceived by others as snoring. The more your airway is obstructed, the louder the vibration of this soft tissue. Therefore, loud snoring is often a sign that you're experiencing a significant blockage of your airway.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of a variety of serious health issues, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

Therefore, if you've been told that you snore, it's important to visit Dr. Wendling for a diagnostic exam at once. Dr. Wendling offers a variety of sleep apnea treatments that will open up your airway and restore a restful night of sleep.

Please contact Dr. Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule a sleep apnea diagnostic exam. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Mon, 01/22/2018

smile makeover patient in Portland - Dr. Sue Wendling

The New Year's holiday is solidly in the rear view mirror and by now, you've most likely gotten back into the swing of regular life after the holiday season. Perhaps you've made some New Year's resolutions this year; perhaps you didn't give much thought to the changes you want to make. Regardless, one easy goal to achieve is to invest in the health and beauty of your smile.

A beautiful smile can have a tremendous impact on your appearance, boosting your self-confidence and helping you put forth your best impression in personal and professional interactions. If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, then you may want to consider a smile makeover.

A smile makeover consists of several cosmetic dentistry procedures performed in combination to correct a variety of aesthetic imperfections. Dr. Wendling will customize your treatment plan to address your unique needs and goals. Depending on the issues you would like to improve, Dr. Wendling may recommend one or more of the following as part of your smile makeover:

The beautiful smile of your dreams is right at your fingertips. Dr. Wendling can create a customized smile makeover plan that will help you flash your smile with confidence. Learn about your options by speaking with Dr. Wendling in person.

Please contact Wendling Contemporary Dental Health using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule your smile makeover consultation. Dr. Wendling serves patients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Mon, 12/18/2017

patient receiving a dental checkup - Portland general dentistThe National Association of Dental Plans estimates that over 97% of individuals have unused dental benefits at the end of each year. If you're not one of the 2-3% of people who has actually used their benefits, you should schedule an appointment immediately. You're paying insurance premiums (even if they are split with your employer). You may as well use the benefits that you've paid for.

Most dental plans are structured to have benefits expire at the end of the calendar year (December 31). If you haven't used all of your benefits, they typically won't roll over to next year. Dental checkups and cleanings are the easiest ways to maintain optimal levels of oral health, and they are usually fully covered by your dental plan. If you still have a cleaning remaining to be used, call Dr. Wendling's office immediately so that we can try and fit you in before the end of the month.

Similarly, your Flex Spending Account (FSA) money will expire at the end of December, and these funds won't roll over for next year. Contributing pre-tax money to a flex spending account is a smart way to cover medical expenses, but it can turn costly if you fail to use the funds you've allotted. Many general dentistry procedures can be covered from your FSA so if you need to treat a dental issue and have funds remaining in your account, schedule your procedure immediately. Otherwise, this money won't be available for you to use after New Year's.

Please contact Wendling Contemporary Dental Health using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Mon, 11/06/2017

Portland periodontal therapyGum disease is a common condition impacting many Americans. It occurs when bacteria grows in your mouth and causes an inflammation of your gum tissue. If caught in its early stages, gum disease is highly treatable. However, if it isn't properly treated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and a variety of other serious health conditions.

Dr. Sue Wendling offers several periodontal treatment options to help restore healthy gums. The right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your gum disease.

Scaling and root planing is the most common form of periodontal therapy, and it is highly effective when gum disease is caught in its early stages. This treatment is essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums. During your procedure, Dr. Wendling will scrape the plaque and tartar lodged underneath your gum line and then smooth out the surface of your root in order to avoid accumulation of harmful bacteria in the future.

If your gum disease has advanced to a more severe stage, you may require more extensive treatment. Dr. Wendling offers perioscopy, a treatment that uses a dental endoscope to identify bacteria remaining in your gum pockets after your scaling and root planing treatment. This endoscopic view enables Dr. Wendling to more effectively target these bacteria in order to facilitate proper healing of your gum tissue.

If you're suffering from periodontal disease, it's crucial that you seek treatment at once. Dr. Wendling can help restore healthy gum tissue so that you avoid developing other serious oral health problems down the road.

Please contact Wendling Contemporary Dental Health using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Wendling serves patients in Portland and throughout the surrounding areas of Oregon.

Tue, 10/24/2017

Portland sedation dentistryIf you've been putting off dental treatments due to fear or anxiety, you're not alone. Millions of Americans avoid visiting the dentist for similar reasons. However, this behavior can have devastating long term consequences on your oral health. When minor issues are allowed to fester for years without treatment, they can develop into serious problems that can result in tooth loss, erosion of gum tissue and other systemic health conditions.

Sedation dentistry is a great way to help you alleviate these fears in order to receive the important dental treatments you need. Sedation dentistry may be right for you if you:

  • Experience fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist
  • Have bad prior experiences with the dentist which cause you to avoid going back
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Are undergoing a serious dental procedure which may be painful without sedation
  • Need to undergo multiple procedures at once
  • Have trouble getting numb with local anesthetic

Dr. Wendling offers a variety of sedation dentistry options to ensure your visit is comfortable and relaxing. Depending on your unique needs, she may recommend:

  • Anesthetic
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oral conscious sedation

If you've been avoiding dental visits, sedation dentistry may be the right solution to ensure you receive the important treatments necessary for maintaining optimal oral health.

Please contact Dr. Sue Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to learn more about your sedation dentistry options. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Wed, 09/20/2017

Portland cosmetic dentistOne of the problems our Portland cosmetic dentist often helps patients overcome is an unsightly gap between teeth. These gaps can interrupt the clean lines of a row of teeth and make an otherwise beautiful smile look unattractive.

However, many patients are reluctant to try and address a gap because they think the only possible solution is traditional metal braces. And for many patients, braces just aren't an acceptable option.

The good news is that you do have other choices. There are ways of fixing a tooth gap without braces. These solutions include:

  • Dental bonding: Dental bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored putty or resin to your teeth. It's a short, simple, safe procedure that can be accomplished in a single visit.
  • Porcelain veneers: Another option is the placement of porcelain veneers, which are thin, durable porcelain shells that are strongly bonded to your teeth. Veneers are quite popular because they're strong and lustrous.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. A series of clear, removable plastic aligners are used to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position.
  • Retainers: Finally, a range of retainer options can also close a gap in your teeth.

Veneers are a more extensive process and take an additional visit to complete. They're usually appropriate for more significant problems, while dental bonding is better suited for relatively mild cosmetic concerns.

So, as you can see, you have options, and you don't have to rely on unsightly metal braces. Dr. Wendling will thoroughly evaluate your teeth in order to help you determine which procedure is right for you.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you need an experienced cosmetic dentist, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

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