At Redford Dental Care in Carmichael, CA, we take pride in offering you not just general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments, but also the “extras” that help to ensure your experience with us is pleasant and stress-free. We want you to feel good while you are with us, and even better after you leave our dentist office. We offer solutions that will put you at ease during treatment, minimize or even eliminate any discomfort that could go along with dental treatment, and correct chronic issues like TMJ disorder. As our patient, you are the most important person in our lives, and we make it our first priority to treat you accordingly.
Regular patients who experience dental emergencies can rely on us to be on call for them 24/7. So, what is a dental emergency?
First, we should talk about what a dental emergency is not. If you suddenly decide, two hours before your prom, that you need a teeth whitening treatment, that is not an emergency. If you lose a filling, that is also not an emergency, although of course we will make every effort to get you in during normal business hours.
A dental emergency would be something like a trauma to the mouth that causes a tooth to be knocked out, or severe swelling in your face. Anything that could lead to the permanent loss of a tooth, or cause infection to rage unchecked would be an emergency. At Redford Dental Care, you can rely on us to take care of you outside of normal hours if an emergency occurs
Did you know that a lot of people grind their teeth at night and do not even realize that they are doing it? Unless you sleep next to someone, and they tell you that you are grinding, you may never know, or even suspect, until you notice that your teeth are showing wear, or you have headaches or jaw pain in the morning.
If this sounds familiar, chances are you could benefit from a night guard. You can buy them at drugstores, but they will not be custom-fitted to your mouth, and may offer little benefit. At Redford Dental Care, we can provide you with night guards that are made for you. We prefer the NTI night guard, because it is small and comfortable to wear, and also hard/soft night guards, because they are soft on the inside for your comfort, but hard on the outside to prevent grinding.
If you wake in the morning with discomfort from grinding, see us at Redford Dental Care. There is a solution for you.
What is the difference between TMJ and TMD? It is really just terminology. Technically, “TMJ” stands for “Temporomandibular Joint.” On the other hand, “TMD” is an acronym for “Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.” You will often find, though, that even dentists refer to both under the catch-all term, “TMJ.” In the final analysis, however, it does not matter what you call it. What does, is the pain in your jaw, teeth, head, and perhaps even your neck and back that the disorder can cause.
Sometimes, TMJ/TMD will respond to the use of a night guard, if the cause is grinding the teeth. In serious (but rare) cases, surgery may be needed. At Redford Dental Care, we prefer the TruDenta method of treating TMJ/TMD. This is a pain-free course of treatment that has been perfected over the course of advanced dentistry and sports medicine. Neither drugs nor needles are used. Your dentist can advise you as to whether TruDenta is an appropriate treatment for your TMJ/TMD.
Do not let the term “oral surgery” frighten you. Anything that involves cutting into your mouth can correctly be termed “surgery,” and this can be something as simple as a routine extraction, a root canal treatment, or having your wisdom teeth taken out. It could also be something more complex, like a gingivectomy to reduce your gum tissue, or bone grafting to prepare your jaw to receive dental implants.
At Redford Dental Care, Drs. Redford and Davey have years of experience in oral surgery. You will be in good hands, and you will never have to worry about pain, since all oral surgery procedures are done using a local anesthetic. Your dentist will explain any procedure that you might need, and make sure that you are fully comfortable before beginning the treatment. You will be awake and alert during your oral surgery, and always able to communicate with your dentist.
It saddens us at Redford Dental Care when people are afraid to have dental treatment, but we understand. We will never tell you that your fears have no basis in reality – you know that already. What we will do, is take every possible measure to make you feel more comfortable. For some people, this means sedation dentistry.
People often think that it means that they will be given a general anesthetic that will put them to sleep during treatment. This is not the case. At Redford Dental Care, we use conscious sedation, in the form of either nitrous oxide or a pill that will relax you. So, you will not be asleep. You will be alert and able to communicate with your dentist, but you will also be extremely relaxed. You might not even remember your treatment once it is over.
If you choose sedation dentistry, though, you will not be able to drive home after treatment. You will need to have a friend or family member take you home.
Have you been wondering when you should begin bringing your child to the dentist? At Redford Dental Care, we would like to see your child as early as the age of three. This is because early dental care is what sets the stage for good oral health in the later years.
Children are often apprehensive about their first trip to the dentist, and so are parents. Treat it as something routine, and feel free to arrange a visit to our office before the actual appointment. We will be happy to show your child around, let him or her play with the instruments and sit in the chair, and meet the dentist and other staff. Then it should be smooth sailing!
Today, lasers have so many uses – hair removal, weight loss, quitting smoking, physiotherapy, and more. They have also found their way into modern dentist offices, and with good reason. If you asked dental patients what they hate the most about seeing the dentist, they will tell you that it is fear of the needle, fear of the drill, or both. With laser dentistry, this concern can be reduced, and sometimes even eliminated.
Because lasers deliver very little noise, as opposed to drills, even the most apprehensive patients are able to tolerate treatment with little agitation. Often, too, needles are not required when the procedure can be done using laser dentistry. Sometimes, even root canal treatments can be completed without the need for general anesthetic or drilling, and that goes a very long way to making for a comfortable, stress-free experience for our patients. It also means less time in the dentist chair, and you know that is a good thing!
Also known as biological or alternative dentistry, holistic dentistry is a way of treating the entire patient, not just the mouth. Sometimes, it is also referred to as “organic” or “green” dentistry. Whatever you choose to call it, it adds up to looking after your general well-being.
One significant aspect of holistic dentistry is the removal of amalgam fillings. These are the metal-based fillings that are often used in your back teeth. The problem (if there is one, and the jury is still out on this) is that they contain mercury, and there is no solid evidence to indicate how much mercury you can safely have in your body. So, many holistic dentists recommend having your amalgam fillings removed, and replaced with composite (tooth colored) fillings. Not only do they look considerably better, there is a chance that they may be safer. Having your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite is a low-cost option, and may be better for your overall health.
Redford Dental Care provides caring, comfortable general dentistry, cosmetic procedures, and other specialized treatments in a soothing environment. We are located at 6246 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA 95608. You can arrange an appointment by phoning 916-972-8851, or by using the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to seeing you.
A great family operation (pun intended). I have been a patient of Dr. Davey for a long time and recently had an emergency and the staff and Dr. Davey handled it very well for me and I'm no longer in pain. Tooth infections are a bear to deal with. Thanks again Dr. Davey and staff.
James D. - Patient
You guys are always awesome....from the moment I walk in the door to the moment I leave,. It doesn't matter who I'm dealing with, staff, hygienists, dentists, etc., everyone there is great and always goes above and beyond to make me feel like I am your favorite patient. Wait. I am, aren't I? You guys are stuck with me unless you up and leave town!
Tonja B. - Patient
I am a big chicken when it comes to the dentist & Dr. Redford & the staff are awesome & very understanding when I'm panicking! He does great work and it's been a long time since I've found a great dentist like him! Not only does he do great work, he is truely a great person!
Melissa Z. - Patient