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The Truth Behind “Teeth in a Day” and Quality Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing your teeth, the choice is clear: dental implants are the most natural, lifelike restoration you can choose. Maybe you’ve seen dental implants called “teeth in a day.” The goal behind “teeth in a day” is to make sure that you don’t have to live a single day without some kind of teeth in your mouth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your dental team will prepare your dental implants in a hurry. The reality is that there is plenty of pre-operative work and post-operative care involved. That’s why we don’t call implants “teeth in a day” at Norge Dental Center. For us, there is an incredible amount of care and expertise put into the process of providing patients with dental implants, and we would never sacrifice that quality for “zippy” results. We will never leave you without your smile – but there is still work to be done to make it perfect after the initial placement. We want to make sure that our patients know upfront what is involved. So what’s entailed? Ensuring a Natural Look: We guide patients step by step through the creation of the right “look” for their face. We use digital imaging in order to blend implants naturally with your teeth. Our expertise supports you through the preparation, procedure and post-operative care involved with dental implants – but the final look is about what you want. Focus on Functionality: Dental implants will improve the way your smile looks, but that’s not all we’re looking for. We want dental implants to support your overall health and the functionality of your teeth. When dental implants are done well, they will do more than look great – they will also restore how you eat, laugh and speak. We’re also going to ensure your jaw is ready for a dental implant. Patients with bone deterioration may need a pre-implant procedure to place a titanium post where the tooth is missing. This bonds with bone to create a strong foundation for the implant. An Experience That’s Tailored to You: Our goal is to ensure your comfort. The experience is painless – and many of our patients even find it relaxing. However, we understand that some patients feel uneasy during dental procedures. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and worry free. Therefore, we have sedation options based on your needs. Our friendly staff is also here to answer any questions you may have and ease your concerns so you can focus on your new smile. Are you ready to see what solutions we can provide for your smile? Give us a call today and book your free smile consultation. 

Leave White Smile FOMO Behind: 3 Reasons to Go PRO for Teeth Whitening

You see a brilliant smile on TV and think… no one could have been born with such perfect teeth! You’re feeling major FOMO (the “Fear of Missing Out”) about a sparkling white smile. So you look for a quick fix. Often, it’s at the pharmacy. On the teeth whitening aisle, there are plenty of big promises about how many shades whiter your teeth can be – and how quickly it can happen. As dentists, we can tell you that pharmacy options are often time-consuming and simply don’t deliver the look that patients hope for. Maybe in the past, you used whitening strips that didn’t fit your teeth very well. Or maybe you’ve discovered a mouthful of hydrogen peroxide or activated charcoal doesn’t really whiten your teeth very well. You’re certainly not alone in that because we have heard it all! Many patients are frustrated with whitening on their own – yet still haven’t asked their dentist about teeth whitening. We have found patients don’t seek professional teeth whitening for a few reasons. 1. Patients would rather not bring up the topic of teeth whitening. We want our patients to understand that over time, it’s very common for teeth to lose their pearly white look. It doesn’t mean you’re not taking care of your teeth – and you should never be embarrassed to bring up a concern with our team. Our approach at Norge Dental Center is shame-free. So ask away – that’s what we’re here for. 2. Patients don’t know the difference professional teeth whitening makes. If you have ever been disappointed with the time commitment or the end-result of commercial whitening tools, we would love to show you a new way. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Many patients tell us they wished they had asked about whitening sooner. Just a few of the difference are – Oversight by a professional team to help keep teeth strong and address sensitivity Better results – because not all stains are the same. Dentists are particularly able to handle tougher stains, like those caused by tetracycline. No unexpected striations that make it obvious you’ve whitened (part) of your teeth See significant results in just one appointment At Norge Dental Center, we do in-house whitening treatments, and our team can create custom-fit whitening trays for you. In addition, we’ll help you keep your smile white after whitening with a gel you can use at home to help maintain your results. 3. Patients think of teeth whitening as a luxury, not a necessity. A massage, nail appointment or afternoon shopping are common ways to treat yourself too – yet whitening is seen as too big a commitment. Have you imagined the difference a luminous smile would have on your daily life? The impact and value of a smile you love could be far greater than all of those little luxuries combined. The cherry on top is – whitening is often more affordable than expected. All you have to do is ask, so...
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5 Steps to Start Treating Sleep Apnea (without a CPAP Machine)

Many people with sleep apnea suspect they may have problems with breathing at night, but they haven’t sought out treatment. Why do so many people avoid that sleep apnea diagnosis? You can probably guess the answer. Patients don’t want to do a sleep study, or they dread the idea of having a CPAP machine to wear before drifting off to sleep each night. On top of that, sleep apnea just doesn’t feel like a health problem that’s “urgent.” This was true for Norge Dental Center patient Dave Bolt. He was feeling exhausted during the day, even after a full night’s sleep. He finally decided to get evaluated. “I knew it was sleep apnea, and I wasn’t really surprised,” said patient Dave Bolt. “My wife had mentioned that I’d sometimes be gasping at night. I know that a lot of people aren’t doing anything because they don’t want a CPAP mask, but there are other options.” Like Dave, most people delay evaluation and treatment and just think – I’ll get to it later. Meanwhile, your body is gasping for breath every night. It’s the reason you feel tired all the time. You don’t feel it’s urgent, but the long-term effects start to pile up. Sleep apnea leads to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, memory problems, headaches and other health issues. We’re not talking about the consequences of sleep apnea to scare you. We’re talking about it because so many patients find that it’s very easy to address once you have a diagnosis. And treatment doesn’t have to involve a CPAP machine. Here’s the process you can follow to go from ignoring the problem to treating it: See your primary care physician to ask about sleep apnea. If it’s possible you have it, you may be asked to do an overnight sleep study – or you could be sent home with an at-home tool to measure your breath/heart rate.   With a sleep apnea diagnosis, make an appointment at Norge Dental Center so we can fit you with the best oral appliance for you. We’ll do a thorough evaluation, a measurement of your jaw, and review your options. Often we can eliminate the need for a clunky CPAP machine. In some cases, we make a mold of your teeth and jaw to custom-fit a two-piece acrylic appliance that allows airflow during sleep. Once you begin using your oral apnea appliance, you’ll get more restful sleep every night. You will then bring your sleep apnea appliance to your twice-yearly dental appointment, so we can confirm the integrity of the appliance and make sure it’s still working for you. If you’ve been looking for the sign to finally seek a professional’s advice on sleep apnea, here it is. It’s time to ask your doctor and dentist about sleep apnea assessment and treatment. Signs that you have sleep apnea may include snoring, gasping for air, exhaustion during the day, being overweight or using the bathroom frequently at night. Keep in mind you don’t have...
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What’s the most American thing about you? It could be your smile.

In the world, Americans are known for friendliness, tipping culture – and for being a bit rowdy. (Hey, we like to have a good time!) A visitor to our country might also notice how much we like our personal space – and ice in our beverages. But what you may find surprising is how American it is to smile. We smile when we’re happy, confident or neutral. We smile in part to put others at ease. And if you’re not American, you may be confused as to why we’re grinning from ear to ear! A look at the science of smiling reveals exactly why smiles are so American. Our country has a history of immigration, which means we count on smiling to communicate when not everyone shares the same language. Emotional expressiveness is correlated with diversity. As a dentist, it’s interesting to see that culturally, smiles are important to Americans. It’s no surprise to us. Your smile is how you communicate with the people around you, and our patients who have cosmetic procedures are very happy with the result. If someone feels anything less than confident about their smile, I often share options for cosmetic procedures. We start with a no-fee smile consultation and make a plan from there. Bryce Easley, recently featured on our blog, knew he wanted veneers. He came to Norge because he had saved up – and getting the gaps between his teeth corrected was something he always hoped to do. Bryce decided not to wait any longer and invested in himself, and we hope you’ll do the same. Three reasons Americans put off cosmetic work include – Uncertainty of the outcome. Patients like Bryce begin with a digital mock-up. This allows you to see exactly what your new smile will look like. From there, we make sure the fit, bite and look are all correct. Fun fact: at Norge Dental Center, we even provide cosmetic dentistry to both Mrs. and Miss Virginia. So we promise, you’re in good hands! Time. If you believe you may need extensive work, come in for a no-fee smile consult, and we can discuss your options and how it fits into your schedule. It’s possible that we can complete more work in a single appointment if time is a factor for you. And keep in mind, we’ll never send you home without a smile if you’re getting veneers or implants. Cost. Imagine if you’d gotten cosmetic work done 5 years ago when you first considered it. Would the cost have been worth it by now? It’s possible – especially because studies show people with a great smile seem more likely to get a job they interview for when compared to other candidates. Some patients are surprised to learn that dental bonding or whitening is often much more affordable than they expected. It never hurts to ask your dentist and get a sense of the investment so you can make a plan. We hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend...
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Meet Bryce Easley

Bryce Easley’s career in musical arts spanned Virginia, New York City and Los Angeles. It was exciting, but didn’t always afford him the financial stability to take care of some lifelong dental issues. After dancing professionally for 30 years, Bryce moved back home to be near family in Williamsburg, Virginia. His love of dance continued, but his knees were ready to retire from show biz. As a result, he found a marketing job in the booming tourist industry in Williamsburg. Suddenly Bryce had a good, steady income, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do first. Bryce had lived with gaps between his teeth all of his life. He knew he didn’t want to fix his smile until he was financially able, and until he found the best dentist for the job. In his new marketing position, Bryce met a former dental assistant. He asked her “if money was no issue, who is the very best dentist to go to?” She immediately recommended Dr. Johnston at Norge Dental Center. “When I went to see Dr. Johnston, he was very confident in his work and in the procedure. He agreed with other dentists I’d seen that veneers were the best way to go. He explained the procedure thoroughly to me so I felt at ease about the whole thing.” What It’s Like to Get Veneers Veneers begin with a digital mock-up, so you can see exactly what your new smile will look like. After that, temporary veneers are fitted to your teeth. This ensures the fit, bite and look are correct. During the final procedure, an ultra-thin layer of your natural tooth surface is removed to make room for a custom-designed, durable covering. Bryce received his temporary veneers in early October, and his permanents on October 29, 2018. “I’m glad I got them when I did. I waited for the best person,” said Bryce. He also admits to being a little obsessed with his oral hygiene now. He is “protecting his investment” as he says, brushing and flossing several times a day. “The procedure didn’t even hurt at all!” Although he’s never been scared of going to the dentist, Bryce was hesitant to have his wisdom teeth removed simply because of the possible pain and recovery of the procedure. When Dr. Johnston started seeing Bryce, he recommended removing them, but he got veneers with the wisdom teeth in place. The experience convinced Bryce to ask Dr. Johnston to remove his wisdom teeth. He now feels more calm about asking for the procedure because he’s going to a dentist he trusts. Results and Maintaining Your Veneers But for right now Bryce is just enjoying his new smile. “I get a million compliments on them. People never ask me where I got my teeth done, just how I get them so white. That tells me they look natural.” Beyond that, they don’t just look natural – they feel natural as well. “They feel like my actual teeth,” Bryce explains. Each veneer covers...
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The Truth Behind “Teeth in a Day” and Quality Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing your teeth, the choice is clear: dental implants are the most natural, lifelike restoration you can choose.   Maybe you’ve seen dental implants called “teeth in a day.”   The goal behind “teeth in a day” is to make sure that you don’t have to live a single day without some kind of teeth in your mouth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your dental team will prepare your dental implants in a hurry. The reality is that there is plenty of pre-operative work and post-operative care involved.   That’s why we don’t call implants “teeth in a day” at Norge Dental Center. For us, there is an incredible amount of care and expertise put into the process of providing patients with dental implants, and we would never sacrifice that quality for “zippy” results.   We will never leave you without your smile – but there is still work to be done to make it perfect after the initial placement. We want to make sure that our patients know upfront what is involved. So what’s entailed? Ensuring a Natural Look We guide patients step by step through the creation of the right “look” for their face. We use digital imaging in order to blend implants naturally with your teeth. Our expertise supports you through the preparation, procedure and post-operative care involved with dental implants – but the final look is about what you want.   Focus on Functionality Dental implants will improve the way your smile looks, but that’s not all we’re looking for. We want dental implants to support your overall health and the functionality of your teeth. When dental implants are done well, they will do more than look great – they will also restore how you eat, laugh and speak. We’re also going to ensure your jaw is ready for a dental implant. Patients with bone deterioration may need a pre-implant procedure to place a titanium post where the tooth is missing. This bonds with bone to create a strong foundation for the implant.   An Experience That’s Tailored to You   Our goal is to ensure your comfort. The experience is painless – and many of our patients even find it relaxing. However, we understand that some patients feel uneasy during dental procedures. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and worry free. Therefore, we have sedation options based on your needs. Our friendly staff is also here to answer any questions you may have and ease your concerns so you can focus on your new smile. Are you ready to see what solutions we can provide for your smile? Give us a call today and book your free smile consultation. 

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, roughly 53,000 Americans and over 450,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed with Oropharyngeal or Oral Cancer this year. Early detection with treatment increases the survival rate; however, awareness and prevention are our greatest weapons in fighting this disease on the rise. Despite the fact that men are twice as likely to have Oral Cancer than women, other contributing factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet deficiency, and viruses are possible risk factors we all may be exposed to. It is important to maintain routine dental examinations as a screening opportunity. During a routine dental examination, your Doctor or Dental Hygienist will perform a complete Oral Cancer Screening. Risk factors are discussed in conjunction with any relevant history that may contribute to pre-cancerous or cancerous oral conditions. All soft tissues of the mouth, including tongue and external lymph nodes around the oral cavity and neck are examined. A Velscope may be used as an advanced visualization tool that uses natural tissue fluorescence to identify oral abnormalities. Brush Cytology and Oral Brush Biopsy may be necessary in advanced diagnoses of Oral cancers. We encourage our patients to do self-screenings at home as well. It is important to recognize healthy tissues while also being aware of any changes in appearance. Checkyourmouth.org is a great site dedicated to helping with oral self-examinations. Symptoms of Oral cancer may include red or white patches, pain, lumps, numbness in or around the mouth, difficulty swallowing, speaking or moving the tongue. It is important to discuss any of these symptoms regardless of any accompanied visual changes. Here at Norge Dental Center we strive to educate and help prevent diseases of the oral cavity, but are prepared after diagnosis to strategize the best treatment options. We encourage our patients to schedule an Oral Cancer screening in recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. written by Christina Thomas, RDH 

Free Dental Care – 8th Annual Dentistry From the Heart Event – Norge Dental Center

On Saturday, March 30, 2019 Norge Dental Center will be hosting our 8th Annual Dentistry From the Heart event. Our team will be providing the first 200+ patients with a free cleaning, extraction or filling. Eligible to patients age 18+ only. We will have dozens of hygienists, dental assistants, dental professionals and volunteers donating their time and resources in order to provide thousands of dollars in free dental care and much needed relief to people in need in the community. Patients are asked to arrive early, as the event is a first come first serve basis. Event registration will begin at 8:00am and patients will be seen through 4:00pm that day. Patients are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, to bring a chair, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be waiting outside to be seen. We have a wonderful group of professionals that are helping make this Saturday’s free dental day a success 🤩 Meet your volunteer dentists for this years event here: Dr. Timothy Johnston – https://williamsburgdds.com/meet-you…/dr-timothy-k-johnston/ Dr. Ray Henley – https://williamsburgdds.com/meet-your-dentis…/dr-ray-henley/ Dr. Aarthi Balasubramaniam – https://williamsburgdds.com/meet…/dr-aarthi-balasubramaniam/ Dr. Jared Kneib – https://williamsburgdds.com/meet-your-denti…/dr-jared-kneib/ Dr. Poonum Bharal – https://williamsburgdds.com/meet-your-dentis…/poonum-bharal/ Dr. Tyler Perkinson – https://vadentist.com/our-doctors/dr-s-tyler-perkinson-dds/ Dr. Carl Block – https://vadentist.com/our-doctors/carl-m-block-dds-faso/ Dr. Carlo DeLeon – https://peachtreefamilydentistry.com/meet-our-team Dr. Colleen Moreno – https://goodneighbordental.com/people/dr-colleen-m-moreno/ Dr. Luiza Kreuzer – https://www.kreuzerdentistry.com/drluizakreuzer Dr. Matt Joosse – https://www.joossefamilyorthodontics.com/meet-dr-joosse/ For more information about the event please connect with us on Facebook or contact us at 757-564-0804. EVENT DETAILS: Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM Location:  7450 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188 

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health month. One of the most common questions we are asked is when should you start taking your child to the Dentist? The American Dental Association recommends that children should have an exam by the time of their first birthday. Being both a Registered Dental Hygienist and a mom of two, I realize just how beneficial it is to have these early introductions. During your child’s first appointment home care, diet, and even hereditary predispositions will be discussed. We value these appointments as a way to answer any questions or concerns new parents may have regarding dental health. Since cavities are the most chronic disease in children, it is important to have both this evaluation and demonstration on how to properly care for your child’s teeth early on. We continue to adapt to the dental needs of children as they transition from baby (primary) dentition to adult (permanent) dentition. During this stage of growth, we take the necessary radiographs to help diagnose and create treatment plans for both restorative and aesthetic needs. It is also during this time that preventative sealants can be placed on the biting surface of newly erupted molars, and early orthodontics can be introduced. Oral growth and development, as well as the need for speech and language counseling, are reviewed. We find that encouraging healthy habits throughout adolescence and providing a comfortable atmosphere helps our patients have optimal dental health for life. Here at Norge Dental Center, our pediatric reception and treatment rooms are adapted for the comfort of our younger patients and their families. Every child is unique, as are their dental needs. As part of our comprehensive approach to dental care, we strive to create a treatment plan that is necessary and personalized to each patient. We look forward to sharing it with your family and promoting a lifetime of healthy smiles. author: Christina Thomas, RDH 

How to avoid Christmas Cavities

Here at Norge Dental Center we would like to wish all of our patients a happy and healthy holiday season. Whether you are traveling or staying close to home, we have a few helpful tips to keep your smiles bright for all those holiday photos. First, remember that a healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Maintaining our daily dental routines to help guide us through the season is very important. Brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, and flossing will help minimize the buildup of plaque and calculus throughout the mouth. Avoiding excessive sweets, although not particularly practical this time of year, is key to preventing a holiday treat from becoming a New Year’s problem. Not only can sweets contribute to new cavities, but harder candies can also cause teeth to chip or break. Now as we raise our glasses to celebrate the holidays before us, and the year ahead of us, remember that even wine contains sugars that can break down the enamel and overall health of our teeth. By pairing wine with cheese we can balance some of the acidity of the alcohol while also stimulating salivation which will help with staining. If you or a family member are due for your routine cleaning and exam remember the New Year is just around the corner and it is a perfect time to get on schedule with your oral health. We would love to help get you an appointment at the beginning of the year. Just give us a call or send us an email. We hope you enjoy all the beautiful moments that this time of year brings and look forward to seeing what makes you smile. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! Warm Wishes, Your friends and family here at Norge Dental Center   written by Christina Thomas, R.D.H.  

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes and Your Oral Health November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so this is an opportune time to learn more about your oral health.  Diabetes is more common than you may think. In fact, almost 10% or 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes, and studies suggest another 8 million people don’t know they have it.  Diabetes impacts your body’s ability to process sugar, resulting in high blood sugar levels.  One may experience problems with eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and extremities. Did you know diabetes left untreated can also affect your oral health. Researchers agree there is an increased presence of gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease) among diabetics.  They are more susceptible to bacterial infection. Symptoms of untreated diabetes include: dry mouth; inflamed and bleeding gums; diminished ability to taste food; and delayed wound healing.   What can you do?  Your dentist and hygienist know diabetics have special needs and they are well-equipped to be part of your health care team, with your help.  Be sure to share your health history with your dental providers, and provide them with a current list of medications. Here are some important steps YOU can take: Control your blood glucose; this is key to controlling and preventing mouth problems. Brush well twice a day, with a soft brush, and floss regularly. Schedule routine checkups at least twice per year.  Some insurance companies will allow a third exam for those with diabetes! Remove and clean dentures daily, and alert your dentist if they make your gums sore. QUIT SMOKING.  Smoking negatively affects all parts of your body and it exacerbates gum disease as well. Your dentist and hygienist will provide regular cleanings and exams.  If you have periodontal disease, you may require a deep cleaning, or you may be referred to a periodontist for gum surgery.  Your dentist can prescribe a special mouth rinse for your teeth and gums, as well as a special solution for your dentures. Your dental team will partner with you to ensure you have the healthiest mouth possible.  Just make sure you do your part too!  

Williamsburg Health Foundation Annual Awards 2018

  On October 17, 2018, The Williamsburg Health Foundation recognized Dr. Johnston and the team at Norge Dental Center for their efforts to provide the Greater Williamsburg area with easily attainable oral care.  Clarence Wilson, chair of the annual awards committee of the Board of Trustees, said it best when he observed, “Norge Dental Center and other businesses show the best of our community and the helping hands in it.” Each spring, Norge Dental Center hosts Dentistry from the Heart, providing free dental care to as many people as can be seen in one day.  During the 7th annual event this year, 185 patients were treated! Dr. Johnston is quick to commend other dentists and businesses in the community, noting that, “We have a very active community of dentists…and a number of outreach programs for both kids and adults.  We’re one more layer in this community.”   
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