By Dow Dental
December 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns offer multiple benefits for your smile. The porcelain restorations not only repair and strengthen teeth but also improve their Dental Crownsappearance. Dentists Drs. Carmen and Douglas Dow offer dental crowns at their Springfield, OR, office.

What are crowns?

If you take a close look at a crown, you'll notice that it looks just like the part of your tooth that appears above the gum line - with one important difference. Crowns are hollow and designed to cover teeth completely. Before you receive a crown, your Springfield dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown. This step is particularly important, as it ensures a comfortable fit and natural appearance.

After your tooth is prepared, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create your crown out of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. It generally takes about two weeks to receive your new crown. In the meantime, you'll wear a temporary crown crafted by your dentist. Despite their short-lived status, temporary crowns are surprisingly durable. You'll be able to chew with them, although you'll need to avoid hard, tough or sticky foods, as these foods can break or dislodge your temporary crown.

At your second crown appointment, your dentist will place the permanent crown over your tooth to ensure that it fits correctly. After it's cemented to your tooth, you may need a few minor adjustments that will take 10 minutes or less.

Why do I need a crown?

Adding a crown to a fragile tooth can keep it from fracturing or breaking apart in the future. Your tooth may be fragile if it's cracked or brittle, or if you've recently undergone a root canal or had a large filling placed in your tooth. Crowns also restore teeth that have broken or fractured and are used as an alternative to a filling if decay is widespread in a tooth.

Although restoration and protection are important functions of crowns, they can also be used to change the shape or height of a tooth or cover discolorations or imperfections.

Could your smile benefit from dental crowns? Call your Springfield, OR, dentists Drs. Carmen and Douglas Dow at (541) 726-9644 to schedule your appointment.

By Dow Dental
October 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bondings  

Bonding fills dental gaps, and/or changes the color of teeth. If you think you need this cosmetic procedure from your Springfield, OR, dentist, you should contact Drs. Coleman and Douglas Dow.

Dental Bonding in Springfield

Bonding is when enamel-like material is applied on the tooth's surface, sculpted into the proper shape, hardened, and then polished. The resin comes in many colors and provides life-like results. Getting a dental bonding doesn't need any laboratory work, so your dentist can finish the procedure in one visit, generally within 30 minutes to an hour.

Here is what the process entails:

  • A dentist will clean the surface of the tooth to ensure that it's plaque-free
  • The tooth will be etched with an acidic gel to open pores on its surface
  • The dentist will rinse the etching material with composite resin matching the color of your teeth
  • A special curing light hardens the bonding material
  • Another layer is painted onto the tooth
  • The tooth is shaped using a drill

Dental bonding is an easy and inexpensive restorative procedure that can fix a variety of issues and give you back that beautiful smile. Here are a few things dental bondings can adjust:

  • Chips
  • Irregularities
  • Decays
  • Fractures
  • Discoloration
  • Minor spacing

Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth, but with the proper maintenance, bonded teeth may last 3 to 10 years.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once before bed
  • Eat fewer sugars and incorporate healthy foods, like apples and carrots, that scrape teeth clean
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris
  • Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year for a routine checkup and professional cleaning


For more information on tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call our Springfield, OR, dentists, Drs. Coleman and Douglas Dow, at (541) 726-9644 to schedule an appointment today!

By Dow Dental
August 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Dental Visits  

Dentist VisitFind out why routine dental checkups are important for everyone.

Visiting your dentist should be a part of your routine by now. However, if there is a reason you haven’t been visiting the dentist regularly, it’s important that you understand why you shouldn’t just ignore these routine check-ups even if you think your teeth and gums are healthy. So, how often should you visit our Springfield, OR, dentists, Drs. Douglas and Coleman Dow? Well, that depends…

When to See a Dentist Regularly

All healthy individuals should get dental cleanings and exams every six months (or twice a year). From the time a child turns 1 year old, they should start visiting a dentist in Springfield. After all, even young children can develop gum disease or cavities, and making sure they come in regularly for cleanings will help reduce their risk. So no matter if you are an incredible brusher or flosser, you experience a lot of plaque buildup or not or you have beautiful teeth, you will still need to see a dentist for routine checkups.

Of course, there are certain factors that may require you to visit the dentist more regularly (about every 3-4 months). This includes menopausal or pregnant women, as hormone fluctuations can also increase your risk for gum disease. Smokers are also at an increased risk for developing decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. By coming in for routine checkups we can detect these issues early on when they are much easier to treat and are less likely to cause serious complications.

Also, those who have active gum disease will need to come in more often for scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar buildup from the gums and the roots of the teeth).

When to See a Dentist Immediately

While these checkups every six months are designed to prevent issues from happening, it’s important that you recognize a dental emergency so that you know when to come in right away for treatment. Issues not to ignore include:

  • A toothache
  • Bleeding, swollen or tender gums
  • Fractured or cracked tooth
  • Partially dislodged tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Damaged dental restoration (e.g. filling or crown)
  • Broken braces

Dow Dental is dedicated to providing comprehensive and thorough dental care to families all over the Springfield, OR, area. If you need to schedule an appointment for you or someone in your family don’t hesitate to reach out today.

If you are brushing and flossing daily, is that enough to keep your smile healthy? Surprisingly, the answer is no. That’s because bacteriaDental Cleaning live in your mouth and cause damage which you can’t see. Your smile needs careful monitoring, including professional dental cleanings at least twice each year. Drs. Coleman and Douglas Dow at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR, can help keep your teeth healthy with professional cleanings.

Your gums and teeth are bombarded by bacteria every day, causing infection, inflammation and disease. The bacteria produce toxins that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually periodontal disease. Brushing after each meal and flossing every day help to remove the bacteria, reducing its ability to cause damage.

To keep your mouth healthy, you also need to add regular professional dental cleaning appointments from your dental hygienist. Your dental hygienist in Springfield, OR, will:

  • Carefully monitor and measure your gums to check for any soft tissue or bone loss surrounding your teeth.
  • Check for bleeding in your gums, which is a first sign of gum inflammation and disease.
  • Use state-of-the-art tools including ultrasonic devices to clean your teeth free of bacteria, debris, and hard calcified deposits known as calculus or tartar.
  • Polish your teeth, giving you a dazzling smile.
  • Provide cleaning tools, techniques, and tips so you can clean your teeth well at home.

You should plan on visiting your dentist once every six months, or once every three to four months if you have periodontal disease. You should visit your dentist for a thorough dental examination and x-rays at least once each year to keep your smile healthy and looking great.

Professional dental cleanings are vitally important to your smile, because you can’t take care of your mouth all by yourself. You need help from the experts, your dentist and dental hygienist. For more information about dental hygiene and dental services, call Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR, today!

By Dow Dental
April 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You want a bright, white smile and fresh breath. Yes, your teeth and gums really do shape the image you project to those around you. oral hygieneResearch from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry backs this up, and how you care for your teeth impacts how it looks and functions. Your Springfield, OR dentists, Dr. Douglas Dow and Dr. Coleman Dow, ask all their patients to practice careful oral hygiene for the healthiest smiles possible. Is your at-home routine what it needs to be?

Plaque and tartar

One is soft and sticky, and the other is hard. Both from food residues stuck between teeth and under the gums. When allowed to build up, these germ-filled biofilms lead to cavities and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States, says the American Academy of Periodontology. The Centers for Disease Control elaborates that half of all Americans lose at least one tooth by the ages of 20 to 64.

Fortunately, good oral hygiene habits--brushing, flossing, and a nutritious diet--greatly reduce plaque and tartar. Complemented by exams and hygienic cleanings at Dow Dental, your smile can look good and stay healthy for your entire life.

Oral hygiene standards

Actually, they're pretty simple. The American Dental Association, along with your Springfield dentists, says patients of all ages should brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (ages three and up) and a medium-sized soft brush. Angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle to tooth surfaces and proceed gently and systematically around the mouth, cleaning tongue-side and chewing surfaces, too. Don't forget to clean your tongue and other soft tissues, too.

Floss once a day. Again, gentleness and thoroughness are key. When using strand floss, wrap an 18-inch segment around opposing index fingers, and pull the floss taut between the thumbs. Insert the floss between two teeth and move the floss up and down. Proceed around the top and bottom teeth, flossing all interdental spaces, including smile gaps from missing teeth.

Regarding diet, avoid foods and beverages with a high sugar content. Limit starches, and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. High protein meats, poultry, and fish provide necessary protein, and dairy products supply calcium for strong bones and teeth. Wash your healthy diet down with plenty of water to hydrate your mouth and increase beneficial saliva.

You'll see results

If you keep high standards for your oral hygiene, you'll enjoy a healthy, long-lasting smile that looks and feels great. Learn more when you come to Dow Dental in Springfield, OR for your routine check-up. If it's time for your appointment, make it by calling the office team at (541) 726-9644.

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