Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Tooth Extraction might or might not be necessary

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you might have a tooth that just can’t be saved—even by one of our dentists. Here are just a few of the many reasons you may need a tooth extraction, and why you shouldn’t worry:


Some people are born with more teeth than others, and if your mouth seems crowded, you might need to have some teeth removed. Teeth can be extracted to make room for teeth to spread out during orthodontic treatment, or to make room for permanent teeth in children to come in.


If left untreated, small cavities can snowball into infections that can spread into the bone. In addition to being incredibly painful, these infections can also be dangerous to your overall health, which is why infected teeth are often removed. If Dr. Clark finds that the tooth wouldn’t benefit from a root canal or another endodontic treatment, they might recommend an extraction to stop the spread of infection.


Anytime you sustain a facial or oral injury, your teeth are susceptible to damage. If you are left with severely chipped or fractured teeth, it might need to be removed and replaced with an implant or a denture.


Teeth might also be extracted if they didn’t form properly, or if they don’t meld well with the rest of your smile. For example, if you have a tooth that has been ravaged by years of decay, Dr. Clark might recommend removing it and replacing it with an implant to perfect your smile.

Cost Benefits of Tooth Extraction

Some people opt for tooth extractions as a way to save money. For example, if you have a damaged tooth that would need extensive repairs, you might choose to have it extracted instead and replaced down the road. The price of tooth removal varies depending on your individual situation, but they typically start at around $75.

What To Expect During Your Extraction

Before your teeth are extracted, the dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Dr. Clark will then use special tools to gently remove the tooth. Most patients report feeling pressure, but not pain. Afterwards, the hole will be stitched up to reduce bleeding. To reduce the instance of dry sockets, patients are encouraged not to wash their mouths out or swish water for 24 hours. Simple pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen are typically enough to ward off any pain that patients might feel after the procedure.


What can Dentures do for you?

Learn about what modern dentures can do for you.Whether you lost your teeth in a bad accident or as the result of years of decay, you might be left with a gap-toothed, embarrassing smile. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods, or carry on a conversation with the people that you love.

Fortunately, you don’t have to let missing teeth ruin your conversations, meals, appearance, and put you at risk for bone loss. Modern dentures are incredibly realistic, and can provide a decent level of stimulation to keep your jaw healthy.

Modern Advancements In Denture Technology

Because of extensive improvements in dental technology, newer dentures are better than ever before. Here are just a few ways that dentures have improved over the years, and why they might be right for you.

Precise Imaging

In the past, dentists relied completely on X-rays and oral molds to create dentures for their patients. Unfortunately, these techniques are far from perfect, and dentists were often left trying to retrofit a set of dentures to make them fit. However, these days, dentists have access to incredibly accurate imaging technology. Newer inter-oral cameras can scan patient’s mouths and create a 3-D virtual image, so that technicians can make dentures that fit patients perfectly.

A More Comfortable Fit

Dentists even have access to special machines that simulate the muscle movement of your mouth, so that your dentures will fit comfortably in any situation. A perfect fit can do more than help you to keep those new dentures in your mouth. When dentures fit properly, patients don’t have to rely on products like dental adhesives, which can have negative side effects such as skin irritation and an unpleasant taste. An improved fit also means that patients have fewer sore spots, so that they can wear their dentures for longer during the day.

Realistic Appearance

Newer dental compounds are also designed to match gum and teeth colors more closely, so that you won’t have to worry about your dentures blending in. You can have partial bridges or large sections of your teeth reconstructed with dentures, and even your closest friends and family members won’t be able to tell the difference.

Better Breath

Dentures that fit better also reduce instances of bad breath in patients. When dentures are loose, food particles can gather in the mouth, and sore spots can become infected—leading to bad breath. However, dentures that fit snugly will keep food where it belongs, and help you to avoid that characteristic “denture smell.”

If you are interested in getting dentures, contact our office today to set up a consultation. We would be happy to show you different examples of dentures, and talk with you about the advantages and drawbacks of different tooth replacement options.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

shutterstock_97340330.compCaring for your teeth is caring for your body, and many of the habits that are healthy for one are also healthy for the other. Good dental care lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Preventing infections in your mouth protects the rest of your body from the possibility that an infection might spread. And a healthy diet for your body includes foods that are also good for your teeth. While good dental hygiene and regular dental visits are essential for dental health, they are more effective when paired with a healthy diet.

Most dietitians recommend avoiding excess consumption of sugars. Among the benefits of this advice is that it is healthy for your teeth: the bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, consuming it and excreting acids which weaken your dental enamel. Limiting your intake of sugar also limits the progress of tooth decay, keeping your mouth healthy.

Some foods and drinks are acidic in and of themselves, and you should take care in consuming them. One especially unfortunate example is soda. The combination of soda’s natural acidity, and the sugar which speeds the multiplication of bacteria and the buildup of plaque, contributes strongly to tooth decay. If possible, limit or eliminate soda in your diet. Also, if you do consume soda or other acidic foods, do so at mealtimes so that the effects are diluted, and wait for half an hour before brushing your teeth to avoid wearing away at the enamel.

Finally, make sure that your diet includes mineral-rich foods and sources of fluoride. Your teeth need these minerals to stay strong, as do your bones. These and other nutritious foods will help provide for your dental health—and your health overall.

Happy New Year from Clark Family Dental

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Make Dental Health A New Year’s Resolution!

Dr. Beth and Dr. Chris would like you and your family to make dental health a priority in 2016. In fact, why not make oral health a New Year’s Resolution? Join with us by taking the time to make an appointment, find out what is troubling those teeth, and committing yourself to better dental hygiene. You never know, better oral health now might protect your teeth from things like discoloration, fractures, cavities, and even periodontal disease. A focus on preventative care can also drive down your overall dental care costs, since you might not need as many procedures.  

If you aren’t sure where to start, we can help. We love to talk with our patients about their current dental hygiene regimen and make suggestions to improve their practices.

We Can Help

Here at Clark Family Dental, one of our main focuses is preventative dentistry. We want to teach you and your family how to avoid dental decay in the first place. We love to answer questions about oral health and teach you how to use tools already at your disposal. If you want to come in for a checkup, feel free to bring in your current toothbrush and your favorite floss. We can watch your brushing technique to spot problems. For example, if you brush too hard and it is causing root exposure, we can show you how to lay off the gas.

We can also help you with existing dental issues. We have worked hard to make our practice viable to every member of your family, from toddler-age children to grandparents. We can take care of things like braces for teenagers, dentures for seniors, or even teeth whitening for you. Think of us as a one-stop-dental-shop for your busy family on the go. We pride ourselves in having the best staff in the business, so don’t worry about your kids being nervous to have their teeth cleaned.

To make an appointment, contact us at 614-503-7801.

Dental Health and the Coming of Age

Many of the diseases brought on by age can have a detrimental effect on dental health. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia are all linked to tooth decay and dental disease, and the risk of each increases as we grow older. For patients over 60 who have to cope with the effects of age, tooth loss can seem inevitable. But with good dental habits and regular dental care, your natural teeth can be preserved.

What you can do

Good dental hygiene becomes more important with every passing year. If you haven’t yet established good habits of daily, thorough brushing and flossing, you can start now. The more care and attention you pay to your dental hygiene routine, the more likely you will be able to prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. Appropriate daily cleaning is the difference between empty gums and a mouth full of teeth.

What we can do

Family dentistry includes all members of the family, from children to seniors. At Clark Family Dental, we are familiar with the issues to watch for and can catch warning signs you may miss. Regular dental exams remain key to dental health throughout your life. We can also treat problems in their early stages and prevent them from leading to worse complications, applying fillings and crowns wherever needed to keep your teeth healthy. Don’t put off your regular dental visits; your teeth depend on it.

Coping with tooth loss

If the worst happens and you do lose teeth, we can help you to smile freely again with our quality restorative dentistry procedures, including providing dentures and dental implants.

It is never too late for treatment. Whether you are trying to preserve the teeth you have or replace the ones you’ve lost, Clark Family Dental will help you preserve your dental health against the effects of age.


Happy Holidays from Clark Family Dental

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Here at Clark Family Dental, we have more than just cutting-edge technology and excellent reviews. We also have the best staff members and patients in the world. Our dental hygienists, assistants, and office employees work tirelessly to provide the best care possible to our patients. We want you to know how much we love and appreciate all that you do! We also want to thank our loyal patients. We know that you have other choices, but we appreciate you giving us the chance to shine.  We hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday season filled with fun festivities.


With Love,

Dr. Beth and Dr. Chris

Happy Thanksgiving from Clark Family Dental

iStock_000021905716_XXXLarge compressedHappy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope that you will have the chance to take a little time away from work, enjoy your friends and family, and delve into some delectable holiday goodies.

Don’t Forget About Your Teeth This Thanksgiving!

You might not realize it, but your teeth can take a significant hit if you aren’t careful during the holidays. That monstrous meal can leave behind loads of food grime and sugars, which can create quite a feast for the oral bacteria inside of your mouth. Believe it or not, your mouth contains around 25 different strains of oral bacteria, each designed to target different teeth. As these bacteria grow and multiply, they can create acids that can erode enamel.

This holiday season, keep those bacteria in check by brushing your teeth after those big meals. To make flossing easier to do on the go, consider buying some disposable flossing picks and keeping a few in your jacket pocket. That way, you can keep your teeth clean—even when you are far away from home.

Avoid Dental Staining – If you want to keep your teeth clean and white, watch out for heavily pigmented foods like cranberries, after-dinner coffees, or flavored gelatins. If you let these dyes rest on your teeth, they can absorb some of the color and end up looking dingy. To keep dyes from sinking in, consider swishing your mouth with a little water or mouthwash. You can purchase small bottles of mouthwash meant for travel, which might help you to keep your teeth tidy.

Eat Hard Foods Carefully – eat hard foods like crusty breads, roasted corn, or snack chips carefully. If you bite down too hard, you could unintentionally create chips, fractures, or painful cracks.

Keep in mind that we are here to help you during the holidays if you have an emergency. If you sustain a dental injury, let us know and we will try to fit you in right away.

Dentistry for the Entire Family

shutterstock_115992457compressedEvery age has special dental needs. At Clark Family Dental, we look out for the whole family, and offer checkups and dental cleanings to everyone, as well as individualized service for every member of your household. Here are some of the milestones to look forward to, and problems to watch for, at every stage of life.

Your child’s first tooth

While babies generally get their first tooth somewhere between four and six months of age, it can happen at any time up to a year. Whenever your child’s teeth begin to come in, they will need daily cleanings right from the start. You should also schedule your child’s first dental appointment when their teeth begin to erupt, to make sure that they are healthy and to have any questions answered about your child’s dental care. Clark Family Dental is happy to share this important occasion with your family, and promise to provide the gentle and competent care your child needs to begin a lifelong habit of good oral health.

Sports and athletic activities

As your child gets older, their interest in sports and hobbies will grow. Many of these activities, whether they’re team sports like football, soccer, and basketball, or individual events like gymnastics and track, can be dangerous for your child’s teeth. We advise the use of athletic mouth guards for children, teens, and adults involved in athletic activities. While over-the-counter mouth guards are available, the most effective protection comes from custom-made mouth guards, which are offered by Clark Family Dental. Talk to Dr. Beth or Dr. Chris about fitting your child for a mouth guard, so that they can enjoy their activities without fear for their teeth.

Permanent molars

Your child will generally get their first adult teeth, a set of molars, between the ages of six and seven. Once they do, it is vital to help them care for those teeth by applying dental sealants. Molars are naturally full of pits and crevices which can easily harbor food and plaque, leading to the majority of all tooth decay. A child at that age doesn’t have the ability to clean their molars well enough to prevent this. But dental sealants fill those crevices and provide a new, smooth tooth surface that is easy to clean. Let us help protect your child’s teeth as soon as they emerge with dental sealants.

Lifelong dental care

As you get older, preventive care remains important; but you are also more likely to need restorative dental work, or to choose cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the beauty of your smile. Clark Family Dental is proud to offer a full range of restorative and cosmetic services including composite fillings, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implant restorations, and root canal therapy. Whatever your dental care needs, we can help you achieve the health and aesthetics you are looking for at any age.

Keeping your Smile Bright

iStock_000007371535_CompressedIt can be hard to take pride in teeth that are yellowed or stained. Teeth whitening is one of the fastest ways to beautify your smile and boost your confidence. Whitening can significantly improve the color of your teeth and minimize even dark stains, leaving your smile at its best. But over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not as safe and effective as professional teeth whitening performed at Clark Family Dental. Having your teeth whitened professionally is the safest form of tooth bleaching and produces faster results using products that aren’t available in at-home treatments.

Because teeth whitening relies on bleaching agents that can be damaging if used incorrectly, it is best to seek in-office treatment with a dentist. While over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, they are slower than professional whitening procedures and are more likely to produce side effects and unsatisfactory results. Tooth sensitivity and pain are common side effects of teeth bleaching products, and poorly fitted bleach trays such as those used in commercially available whitening kits can irritate your gums. Whitening toothpastes and rinses use much weaker doses of the active ingredients and are only in contact with your teeth for a short time, while whitening strips and over-the-counter kits can cause ugly, uneven bleaching. Too much tooth bleaching can even cause your teeth to grey. You can avoid all of these problems by seeking professional teeth whitening.

Unlike at-home treatments, our in-office teeth whitening procedures are ADA approved, ensuring safe and healthy treatment for your teeth. Because they are administered under our direct supervision, we are able to provide stronger peroxide gels than those that are available in at-home products, allowing faster results with fewer treatments. With Dr. Chris and Dr. Beth monitoring your treatment, you will receive careful, even whitening, resulting in a bright, attractive smile you can be proud of.

We Keep Every Generation of your Family Smiling

iStock_000015985407_LargeAt Clark Family Dental, we want everyone in your family to have comfortable, healthy, beautiful teeth. For that reason, we offer a huge variety of services meant for every age group. Here are a few ways we can help your family members:

Baby Oral Care

As soon as your baby cuts his or her first tooth, it needs to be cared for properly. In addition to advising you on proper baby dental care, we can teach you how to care for newly erupted teeth. We also handle baby dental problems, such as baby bottle mouth and teeth that have grown in incorrectly due to pacifier use.

Child Dental Care

We get it—kids are usually afraid of the dentist. To make your child’s appointment a little easier, we have child-friendly offices and nice hygienists. We offer child dental treatments such as gentle dental checkups, sealants, and even restorations for childhood dental injuries. If you are worried about bringing your child in for the first time, don’t be. Our hygienists can even give your kids a tour of the facility, so that your child isn’t nervous about his or her first time.

Teenager Dental Care

Don’t worry about making an appointment with a specialist to get your child braces. We offer orthodontic appliances and traditional braces, so that your child can get their teeth straightened out as soon as possible. We can also handle wisdom teeth removals and things like fillings, so that your teen can maintain a clean and healthy smile.

Adult Dental Care

In addition to basic services, we also offer complicated restorations such as root canals, crowns, and periodontal scaling. If you are interested in making your teeth look better, you might be interested in our cosmetic services like dental bonding, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.

Senior Dental Care

Time can be hard on teeth, which is why we also offer senior services such as bridge repairs, dental implants, and treatment for periodontal disease. However, unlike that specialist, we have time to pay attention to your every need and provide you with the service that you deserve.

If you have questions about our practice, please feel free to give us a call. We also offer a large range of appointment times to make it easier for busy families to get in and see the doctor. Feel free to give us a call anytime!