Dr. Wendling's Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

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

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.

Wed, 08/23/2017

Portland teeth whiteningThere's no doubt that Portland-area residents looking for teeth whitening have a lot of options. Teeth whitening is an important priority for our patients, and it's easy to see why: bright, white, photogenic teeth are incredibly important. Everyone wants a beautiful smile.

Fortunately, Wendling Contemporary Dental Health offers a number of whitening options so that you can find the treatment that's right for you. Choosing the teeth whitening treatment that fits with your preferences and priorities is important for us.

We offer both at-home and in-office teeth whitening treatments. Both forms of treatment are effective and can safely whiten your teeth in a professional manner.

The in-office teeth whitening system we offer is ZOOM! This process takes about an hour, and involves applying a special gel to your teeth that is then activated by a light set to a certain wavelength.

If you're more interested in whitening your teeth in the comfort of your home, we can provide you with at-home whitening trays. These trays will be custom crafted based on a mold of your teeth. You'll also receive several syringes containing professional strength whitening gel and a set of instructions on how to safely place the gel in the trays.

You'll wear your take-home trays about one hour a day, and you can expect to see results after about two weeks.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you're curious about your teeth whitening options, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for an appointment.

Mon, 07/31/2017

Porcelain veneers are excellent options for Portland-area patients who are looking to fix a number of common cosmetic imperfections, including chipped, cracked or broken teeth. And our patients know this – porcelain veneers are growing in popularity, and people ask us about them all the time.

Portland porcelain veneersWhy? Because porcelain veneers offer a number of advantages over other cosmetic dentistry procedures. The benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Incredibly strong, durable materials that provide long lasting results
  • Beautiful, natural looking results
  • You can choose the shape, size and color of your veneers so that they blend in with your surrounding natural teeth
  • Your veneers will be custom fabricated for your unique needs
  • Minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in 2 office visits
  • Resistant to staining
  • Can correct several cosmetic issues with one versatile procedure
  • Restores your ability to smile with confidence

Are veneers right for you? The only way to know for sure is to arrange a consultation at our office. You're generally a good candidate for veneers if you don't have gum disease or other serious oral health ailments.

Dr. Wendling is committed to ensuring you achieve your aesthetic goals – safely, and with a clear understanding of your priorities and limitations. For many patients, porcelain veneers are a perfect fit.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you want to learn more about porcelain veneers, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

Wed, 06/21/2017

Portland sleep apnea and snoring treatmentSnoring is obviously not unusual. Many people in Portland and around the country deal with snoring, and most shrug it off as a minor annoyance (their sleep partners are often less sanguine about it, of course). But in some cases, chronic snoring can be a sign of something more serious: sleep apnea.

When is snoring a serious problem worthy of treatment from our experienced dentist? It's certainly true that any individual episode of snoring isn't necessarily a huge concern, and you shouldn't panic upon learning you snored the night before.

It's worth pursuing treatment if your snoring becomes something chronic – if you or your sleep partner notices that you've been snoring a lot, it might be a sign of sleep apnea. You should also be on the lookout for other sleep apnea symptoms, particularly fatigue in spite of what seemed like a full night's sleep.

A combination of chronic snoring and other symptoms is a decent indicator that you might suffer from sleep apnea. You should call our office as soon as possible to arrange a diagnostic examination – if left untreated, sleep apnea can pose a serious threat to your health and well-being.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you think you might need sleep apnea treatment, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 to schedule a consultation.

Wed, 05/17/2017

Detection of TMJ in Portland

One of the frustrations of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is that the symptoms of the condition are easy to dismiss or to attribute to other, less serious concerns. And when our Portland-area patients do this, they miss an opportunity to address the root cause of their chronic headaches and other miseries.

If you understand this, then you can be on the lookout for the following symptoms, and you can call our office as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Some of the signs and symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Chronic, incurable tension headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Pain in the upper back or shoulders
  • Clicking jaw or “locked” jaw
  • Shifting teeth or grinding teeth

Obviously, experiencing any one of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you have TMJ. A single headache can be caused by any number of factors. But if you suffer from multiple items on this list, you might very well have TMJ.

The first step is diagnosis. Our office has unique, advanced diagnostic technology that can track every inch of movement in your jaw and determine if there's an alignment problem. If there is, we can then move forward with finding a treatment that will relax your jaw muscles and alleviate your symptoms.

If you suffer from chronic tension headaches in or around Portland, Oregon, you might have TMJ. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 to arrange a consultation and examination. 

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