Dr. Wendling's Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

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

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. 

Wed, 04/19/2017

Portland sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is growing increasingly popular in the Portland area. This is because many of our patients realize that, though they have serious dental anxiety, they have serious dental work they cannot put off any longer. And sedation dentistry represents a solution.

Among the many questions about sedation dentistry we field, some of the most common are, “Why should I undergo sedation dentistry? What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?”

At the end of the day, there's one big benefit to sedation dentistry: you can get the dental work you need.

And that's huge. For many of our patients, dental anxiety is more than just a little nervousness about going to the dentist. Instead, it's a serious condition that renders them completely unable to visit a dentist's office. This means they go years without even undergoing a simple cleaning. And this is a serious problem – when your dental needs are left unaddressed, problems like gum disease can take hold.

We understand you might have some concerns about sedation dentistry. We're eager to address those concerns, answer your questions and help you undergo the dental work you need.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you're suffering from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might be right for you. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

Tue, 03/21/2017

Let's be honest: very few people want braces. Traditional metal braces are quite good at adjusting your bite or jaw alignment, but they're unsightly and uncomfortable. Fortunately, they aren't your only option. If you're a Portland-area resident looking for inconspicuous orthodontic adjustment, Invisalign® might be just the right solution for you.

Portland Invisalign Dentist - Dr. WendlingEvery patient is unique, of course, but time and time again we have found that Invisalign® is the perfect option for our patients. It offers the following advantages over traditional metal braces:

  • Invisalign® aligners are comfortable – they fit snugly over your teeth and do not require any unpleasant tightening appointments
  • The aligners can be easily removed at meal time, meaning you don't have to worry about getting food under the wires of your braces
  • Most importantly, these aligners are completely clear and invisible. No one will know you're wearing Invisalign®, and you'll be able to smile with ease and comfort at a meeting or on a first date

As you can see, Invisalign® is an exciting option for any number of reasons. Our patients often tell us how thrilled they are with their aligners and the end results of their Invisalign® treatments. We're happy to talk to you about Invisalign® and what it can do for you.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you're curious about Invisalign®, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

Mon, 02/27/2017

Portland sedation dentistryMillions of Americans, and tens of thousands of Portland residents, suffer from dental anxiety. These fears go beyond general nervousness. Instead, they are debilitating phobias that prevent the sufferers from undergoing needed dental work. If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from Wendling Contemporary Dental Health is a fantastic option.

Sedation dentistry is really quite simple. We will provide you with a sedative – either in the form of a pill or through nitrous oxide gas – before your procedure. During your dental work, you will be in a pleasant, relaxed state – conscious and able to respond to Dr. Wendling's instructions, but not at all worried or stressed about the experience.

In particularly severe cases, patients might need to undergo sleep dentistry. While the terms “sleep dentistry” and “sedation dentistry” are used interchangeably, they are much different. Sleep dentistry involves the use of general anesthesia to render a patient completely unconscious during a procedure. This is a much more involved procedure, but we will work to find a dental office that can meet your needs if sleep dentistry is what is required.

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area and you suffer from severe dental anxiety, sedation dentistry represents a solution. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.


Portland Cosmetic Dentist

17437 Boones Ferry Road Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035