Why is Dr. Angela Rasmussen’s Practice called “Gentle Dentistry?”

Why is Dr. Angela Rasmussen's Practice called "Gentle Dentistry?"

I call my practice general dentistry for a specific reason. You hear people all the time saying they hate going to the dentist and I think a large part of that is due to the fear of pain. I promised my patients I will not hurt them, when I established my practice over 30 years ago and every day since I will not hurt you. Quite the contrary I want this to be a relaxing gentle experience. We have several techniques to try and keep our patients comfortable. First we reassure them, we get them seated comfortably in the chair, talk to them about what’s going to be done that day, answer any questions they may have take away any anxieties they might have about the procedures. Then we offer, things like nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This is a great way to take your mind off what we’re doing, and the nice thing about nitrous oxide is that you can drive yourself to and from the appointment because there is no lingering effect. We offer things like headsets to listen to, to minimize outside background noise, we have warming mitts for your hands so you can be comfortable relaxing while we’re working with you, we apply topical anesthetic before we do anything with the patient. We tell the patients there in full control, if you have any issues at all you just lift your hand, let us know, we’re there to serve you, and we reassure them that’s what  we’re there for. After the procedure is over a lot of patients say that was great matter of fact several and fall asleep during the procedures that I don’t even realize I was here that long. So it’s a nice experience that’s a compliment to us. We want them comfortable all there in the chair.


How Does Oral Health Affect Your Systemic Health?

How Does Oral Health Affect Your Systemic Health?

We now recognize many important connections between oral health and systemic health. If improving and maintaining oral health can ultimately improve overall health, that’s exciting. Matter of fact if a healthy mouth could leave to a healthier patient then medical costs would go down. Links have been established between oral health and overall health, and patients with diabetes, coronary and cardiovascular disease, respiratory ailments and pregnancy. As most oral diseases are amenable to prevention, and if science continues to confirm that more aggressive dental intervention produces better medical outcomes, we need to maximize prevention to benefit our patients overall health and well-being.  The mouth naturally harbors oral bacteria and if it’s not kept in control, this bacteria will affect other parts of the body creating inflammatory problems, infections all these can be controlled with good oral hygiene.


Why Do We Use High-Tech Digital Devices?

Why Do We Use High-Tech Digital Devices?

We use a lot of high-tech digital devices in our office, and the ones I find most valuable are the ones in diagnosis, aiding me in diagnosis.  Digital x-rays for example are exercises that we take with sensors instead of traditional film. The advantages to both the patients and ourselves are enhanced images, time efficiency and reduced radiation exposure, actually up 80 – 90%  reduced radiation exposure. In my role cancer screening I will do a thorough history and physical exam then that I’ll also use the latest adjunctive technology and early cancer detection which allows me

to see tissue changes before they’re even visible to the eye, so it gives my patients the best chance for a great outcome. And then again in my clinical examination when I’m examining for decay, I will do my routine thorough examination, but then I also cross check myself with my cavity detecting laser. This device picks up on decay in its most earliest incipient stages, so it allows me to protect and preserve tooth structure. The reason I like this lesion detection scope for early detection is because by the time I can visualize oral cancer in the mouth, it’s already in advanced stages and it’s an aggressive cancer, so it can be very devastating to the patient. For us to have the ability to pick up the tissue changes well before they’re cancerous is a tremendous benefit for our patients. My cavity detecting laser picks up changes in density of tooth structure and little pits and grooves that my explorer can’t get into. So if there’s any areas of question that I might have, this will clarify that for me.


Is Flossing As Important As Brushing?

Is Flossing As Important As Brushing?

Flossing is just as important as brushing because flossing done properly, will remove plaque and food particles in areas where the toothbrush cannot reach, in between the teeth and just below the

gum line. When removing plaque from these areas you will potentially help yourself prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing stimulates the gums, like exercising them and keeping them nice and healthy. The type of floss I recommend for my patients is there’s wax, there’s unwaxed, there’s a stretchy floss – it’s really whatever you’re most comfortable with using with your teeth . I personally use a wax floss, it tends to slide in and out of the teeth easier, and then you’re less frustrated with your floss shredding or tearing or breaking.  A good job of flossing should take you about as long as it takes you to brush your teeth, another two minutes at home you should be brushing your teeth a minimum of two times a day and flossing once a day. It’s best to floss first before you brush, getting out all the plaque from in between your teeth then you’ll brush everything away if you would like to use a mouth rinse you can follow up with that – it freshens your breath also, and you know the good swishing action is nice for the teeth too. Even though you’re doing a great job at home with your home care, it’s important to see your hygienist for a professional cleaning, and also for the dentist to do an exam, the oral cancer screening and then also catching any disease or decay in its early stages.


How Do We Make Dentistry Affordable for Our Patients?

How Do We Make Dentistry Affordable for Our Patients?

We do everything in our power to make dentistry financially feasible for our patients to get the work done that they need to have done. We have found that it’s not always the total cost of the treatment that’s the barrier, but if we can break that down into bite-size affordable monthly payments. At our office we offer 10% senior discount, we offer a 5% discount for cash up front, we will do a customized and office payment plan for up to six months interest free, we also offer Care Credit which offers financing up to 12 months also interest free, and we take all the major credit cards. My staff addresses the financial issues well, they will meet with the patient in  a private setting, will discuss the options, see what is available for them and work things out.


Why did Dr. A choose Dentistry?

Why did Dr. A choose Dentistry?

I kind of evolved into dentistry. When I was young, I knew I wanted to work with people and I knew I wanted to do something that would improve their lives. When I entered University I was actually thinking of psychiatry. That freshman summer I had the opportunity to work with a dentist and I fell in love with the dental profession and never looked back. I love what I do and I’m passionate about what I do, because what I do makes patients smile and makes them healthier. It makes them happy.  I mean I feel blessed to do what I do and I love every day of it. And I think my passion has rubbed off on my children as all four of them are now in dentistry. Being a dentist, there’s a lot of psychological aspects we have to deal with, of course fear, that’s one of the biggest things we have to deal with, and uncertainty. A lot of things that we just try to make the patients comfortable with, talk them through, getting to know our patients, having them trust us, that’s a great thing.


Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

My oral cancer screening involves a thorough history and physical exam. I will visually inspect and palpate the head neck and oral region. I bi-manually palpate the floor of the mouth, I’ll protract the tongue and inspect the borders in the base and also look in the oropharyngeal area with a mirror and look for lesions in there as well. I then will use the latest adjunctive technology in early cancer detection which allows me to see changes in tissue that are not visible to me with direct vision. I will review their social familiar and medical histories and document any risk factors that present themselves, because any areas of concern, we document that, we photograph it and will refer it for biopsy. It’s important that we do an oral cancer screening with every examination because we wanted to detect things early. Oral cancer unfortunately is a very aggressive cancer so that the time we can see it in the mouth it’s pretty far along, we want the best outcome for our patients so early detection is where we want to be.


Is losing teeth part of the aging process?

Is losing teeth part of the aging process?

Losing teeth is not really a part of the aging process. I tell my patients they were born with two sets of teeth, the second set being called permanent for a specific reason – they’re meant to be with us permanently. A lot of what happens to our teeth during our lifetime as a result of what we done over time, the diet we choose, how well do we clean our teeth, do we get our teeth checked regularly and cleaned professionally, do we use our teeth for things are not designed to be used for – all these things take a toll. By far when the biggest threat is a sugary starchy diet – this continually fuels the oral bacteria in the mouth to produce acids causing gum problems and tooth decay. This in conjunction with poor oral hygiene is the road for tooth loss. What can a patient do to prevent tooth loss?  Monitor your diet, try to limit your sugars and starch intake, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day, visit your dentist annually for check-ups and you should get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year professionally. Don’t use your teeth for chewing ice or things that are not designed to do, and if you do suffer from dry mouth which is a common ailment today with a lot of prescription drugs, talk to your physician may be altering that medication. Dry mouth can drastically increase your risk of tooth decay and gum problems and ultimately choose loss. If you truly take care of your teeth, you will have your teeth a lifetime. I know in years past our grandparents may not have had their teeth a lifetime but they didn’t have the advantages that we do today, they didn’t have a knowledge of home care that we do today, so they were at a disadvantage. We have no excuse.


Fluoride Application

Fluoride Application

A demonstration on applying fluoride


Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Angela Rasmussen

Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Angela Rasmussen

Hi I’m Angela Rasmussen. My practice is General Dentistry. We love new patients. We want you to come in, and we’ll take great care of you. We do a wide range of procedures such as cosmetic procedures, bonded fillings, crowns, implants, Invisalign – we offer it all. I have a top-notch staff, a great hygienist. Once you get set up for an appointment, come in and get your teeth cleaned. I’ll look forward to meeting you


Some Oral Hygiene Tips that can Make All the Difference!

Some Oral Hygiene Tips that can Make All the Difference!

Some of the home care tips I give to my patients are, I recommend that you floss your teeth first before you brush, remove all the plaque from in between your teeth and then you can brush everything away. Another tip I recommend is that every patient changes their toothbrush every three months, along with also changing your electric toothbrush head every three months. Also another tip is to reach the insides of your front teeth, I recommend that you rotate the tooth brush vertically and brush each tooth individually.  A brushing technique is very important. It’s important that you use a soft bristle toothbrush, it’s the technique that you use you use to clean your teeth with, not the medium and hard bristle toothbrushes are not getting your teeth cleaner so I recommend with the soft bristle toothbrush, that you place the bristles at an angle like a 45-degree angle where half the bristles are on the gums and half the bristles on the teeth. You’ll rotate the toothbrush in little circles gently massaging the gums and you concentrate on two teeth at a time, and then move the toothbrush till you’ve reached every area of the mouth including the insides of all your teeth. And also you can finish up with brushing your tongue. Brushing your tongue will remove bacteria stains, it will freshen your breath and overall your whole mouth will be nice and clean.


What is a Full Mouth Rehabilitation?

What is a Full Mouth Rehabilitation?

A full mouth rehabilitation or a full mouth restoration is a series of procedures that we do to restore a patient’s mouth to oral health. This involves healthy teeth, healthy, healthy bite . Now each case is individual and each case may involve several procedures over a period of time. One nice benefit of oral rehabilitation is beautiful aesthetics. Depending on the patient’s situation we may involve different specialists in the procedure to get the patient to the healthiest outcome.


What are Minimal Prep Veneers and When are they Appropriate for Patients?

What are Minimal Prep Veneers and When are they Appropriate for Patients?

Minimal prep veneers are veneers that require minimal tooth modification limited to the very outer layer of the tooth enamel requiring no anesthetic. These are ideal for patients with small teeth, patients that have gaps or spaces between the teeth, or worn teeth. Because all the veneer cases don’t lead themselves to minimal prep veneers we offer a courtesy consultation to come into our office so we can discuss their options. The difference between the traditional veneers and the minimal prep veneers timewise during the appointment, is that we will be placing provisionals or temporary veneers on your teeth after we prep your teeth for traditional veneers, where we won’t with the minimal prep veneers. So there is a time savings in the middle of prep technique.


What are Porcelain Veneers and How Can They Improve Your Smile?

What are Porcelain Veneers and How Can They Improve Your Smile?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain we apply to the outer surface of the tooth, to give it a natural look but improved look as well as strengthen the tooth. These are successful options and patients that are looking to improve color, position, contour and shape of teeth. They are also a great option for people who have spaces between teeth or fractured teeth. Due to the high-tech properties of the porcelain, they are stain resistant so they maintain their beauty for a long period of time, and because we don’t have to remove as much tooth structure as we’ve done traditionally in the past with crown preparation, they are a nice conservative approach for giving the patient the smile they’ve always wanted.


What is Bonding and How Can It Improve Your Smile?

What is Bonding and How Can It Improve Your Smile?

Bonding is a technique where we apply tooth colored material to a tooth and bonded in place. I consider this a cosmetic option for teeth that have spaces between their teeth, when I want to change the contour of a tooth, or chipped or cracked teeth, I’m cautious to use it in areas of heavy function because it is a plastic and it can chip or break. And also because the bonding material is porous, it will incorporate stains over time. So I consider it more of a temporary cosmetic solution. Bonding can last a patient up to five to seven years depending on their diet, how well they clean their teeth, all this is going to influence how quickly the material will pick up stain. The nice thing about bonding is the results are immediate, they’re done in the office and you leave that day with the bonding in place so that you know it’s immediate gratification.


What Types of Dentures Do We Offer?

What Types of Dentures Do We Offer?

Dentures are appliances that replace missing teeth. Unlike natural teeth or implants, they’re not affixed to bone so they are removable. A full denture replaces a full arch of teeth, whereas a partial denture replaces a few missing teeth. We supply these for our patients as a service but we also find that most of our patients uses as a step towards an implant supported denture or bridge. They want a more comfortable stable denture alternative which implants provide. Our patients with implant supported dentures find that they can speak, eat and smile with confidence and these dentures look fit and feel like natural teeth. The goal of any denture is to replace teeth and provide function and aesthetics, and we want to give our patients the best possible service.


Why Do We Offer Facial Cosmetic Procedures at Gentle Dentistry?

Why Do We Offer Facial Cosmetic Procedures at Gentle Dentistry?

One of my goals is to give my patients a beautiful smile, not just beautiful teeth. The soft tissues surrounding the mouth can be as important as the color or the position of teeth. That’s why I offer Botox and fillers to my patients. I’ve done extensive training to become a certified facial aesthetic health care provider. We can help eliminate the signs of aging by getting rid of those

Wrinkles, and replacing a lost volume that occurs over time. Those lines and folds that make you look upset, make you look mad, make you look sad, can disappear. That’s why I’m excited to offer my patients Botox and fillers from someone they know and trust.


What is Invisalign?

What is Invisalign?

We can straighten teeth using a series of custom-made trays or aligners, custom-made for you that will gently move your teeth into position. These aligners are made of smooth comfortable virtually invisible plastic that you wear over top of your teeth. You’ll pop a set of the liners in every two weeks until your treatment is complete. The nice thing about these aligners is that they don’t interfere with your daily routine – you clean your teeth the way you normally do, you can eat the foods you normally want because it doesn’t interfere, there’s not something you can take these out for eating and cleaning your teeth, and the other great thing is you’ll be straighten your teeth and most people won’t even know you’re doing it. This is a great alternative for adult patients because of the cosmetics, I mean, you don’t see the treatment being down, they are virtually invisible. With children I would probably venture to guess that they’re better off with the brackets that are bonded in the mouth because there’s a compliance issue with these aligners, they have to be worn a minimum of 20 hours a day, and it’s kind of difficult to get a child to be that disciplined about that. Most people can’t tell you’re wearing aligners at all. As a matter of fact I have a staff member who models them for me at the office and most patients will say I don’t see them and she’ll get right up in their face and show there they are and then she’ll take them out and say oh yeah, so they realize they really are virtually invisible.


What Are the Differences Between a Dental Implant and a Bridge?

What Are the Differences Between a Dental Implant and a Bridge?

 

The purpose of a dental implant as well as the purpose of a bridge is to replace one or more missing teeth. With a bridge the teeth on either side of the space have to be ground down, so we have to sacrifice healthy tooth structure to contain the bridge. Also with the bridge, there’s nothing there to stimulate the bone in the area where the teeth were lost, so that bone will continue to resorb away. This can be a cosmetic issue if the bridge is in the front of the mouth, and it usually becomes a maintenance issue for patients cleaning their mouths. Also with a bridge when the bridge is placed is one unit, so in the future if one of the supporting teeth has a problem and needs to be addressed usually the whole bridge has to be sacrificed. A dental implant, unlike a bridge, only replaces what’s missing – the missing tooth or teeth; it doesn’t involve the adjacent teeth, we don’t have to cut down those teeth. The nice thing about the dental implant is it acts like the root and bone so will continue to stimulate bone to stay in that area and because it’s not attached to the adjacent teeth, it doesn’t alter the way you clean your teeth. Dental implants – sometimes people get the impression that they’re an aggressive procedure but it’s actually a very gentle procedure. The implant is placed gently into the bone and allowed to heal. Most patients, once the implant is placed, they can go on to work after that. It’s a very kind procedure in the mouth. Once the implant is restored with the crown, is one of the most predictable procedures that we do. The implant itself actually bonds to the bone, fuses to the bone, so it’s very secure in the bone and the crown is attached to it very securely, so it’s a very predictable procedure.


Should You Be Worried About a Cracked Tooth?

Should You Be Worried About a Cracked Tooth?

A cracked tooth is a tooth that has an incomplete crack, where no part of the tooth is actually broken off.  Because we cannot visualize the depth or the direction of these cracks, they’re very

difficult to diagnose.  Symptoms will vary, but one constant is pain. You may be able to stabilize the tooth with a core build up and crown to minimize the flexing on the tooth and that’s all the tooth may need.  But if the cat the crack runs into the nerve of the tooth, it may warrant a root canal; and if the crack runs to the outside of the tooth, the tooth may ultimately be lost and tooth replacement might be needed.  If we feel that the crack is running into the nerve in the tooth, we will refer the patient to a root canal specialist to have the root canal done, which is usually done in one visit very easily.  Most patients come back feeling good already and then we will crown that tooth so we can maintain that tooth and keep it for the rest of his life.


What are Your Options for Getting Whiter, Brighter Teeth?

What are Your Options for Getting Whiter, Brighter Teeth?

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, start with a visit to your dentist because only your dentist can tell you if your teeth and gums are healthy enough to have a whitening process done. The other thing I want to clarify is when most people refer to whitening, they’re actually talking about bleaching, which is a product that will whiten their teeth beyond the natural tooth color. So I’m going to mention the options we have for bleaching.  We have in office bleaching which is done in a dental office usually within an hour – the results are great and the results are immediate – so it’s a great advantage. You walk in with dark teeth, you walk out with white teeth.  We have also custom made trays with bleaching gel, also done in the dental office.  This system takes a little bit longer – usually 10 days to 2 weeks to complete. The results are also fabulous. The nice advantage is it is a little less expensive than the in-office bleaching, and it’s also if you want to do a touch-up down the road, you have trays that you can do a touch-up, you know, in a year or two if you want to. Both these procedures are done in dental offices, the results are amazing. they’re the best results you’re going to get with bleaching, and a large part due to the high concentrations of the bleach, that’s why they are done in a dental office because they have to be supervised by a dentist. Then we have your over-the-counter whitening strips, these are purchased over the counter, like I said. They’re fairly inexpensive, the results are variable because the bleaches are very low concentration, and the other disadvantage is the strip’s usually only cover the front teeth, so you’re only whitening the front teeth.  And then you’ve got your whitening toothpastes, and these products contain abbraises and polishes to remove stains, but they truly have nothing in there to whiten your teeth.


What are the Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings?

What are the Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth colored fillings are the material of choice in my practice for several reasons. First they are more conservative. When I’m cleaning out a tooth, I remove the decay. if I’m using a two-colored filling, I can bond that filling right to place. With a silver filling I have to remove more structure to create undercuts to mechanically retain that filling. So it’s a more aggressive procedure also because the two colored material does bond to the tooth; it holds the tooth together and actually strengthens the tooth. Silver fillings just basically fill the hole and over time they actually expand and so they weaken the tooth. Because tooth colored filling materials have no mercury, you don’t have to worry about the concern of mercury which you deal with.  Silver, and this aesthetic speak for themselves.  Tooth-colored fillings virtually blend into the tooth. You don’t even know that they’re there.  The silver fillings are pretty obvious and usually unsightly.  We replace all of our fillings all the time either because they’re worn out or the recurrent decay, but I have patients who like to have them removed because they just don’t

want that silver in their mouth anymore.


What is Included in a Comprehensive Dental Exam at Gentle Dentistry?

What is Included in a Comprehensive Dental Exam at Gentle Dentistry?

Our comprehensive new patient examination takes about an hour and a half, and we take that time to make sure we get all the information that we need to make an accurate diagnosis for each individual patient. We start with a thorough medical and dental history. We then do a full series of x-rays, a full set of photographs. I will do a thorough clinical examination evaluating teeth, gums and bite, I will do my oral cancer screening, we take a base blood pressure and pulse and we will also take study models and bite records if indicated. The nice thing about getting all these records is I can actually replicate the patient and study the patient’s needs and concerns while they’re away from the office, so that when they come back we can walk through all the options that might address their problems.


Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!


OMG…A SPIDER!!

OMG…A SPIDER!!

OMG…A SPIDER!!


The Office Dancing Queen!

The Office Dancing Queen!

The Office Dancing Queen!


SHOWING OFF A TEMP THAT’S NOT EVEN THERE…LOL!

SHOWING OFF A TEMP THAT'S NOT EVEN THERE...LOL!

Sometimes, even the staff needs some treatment. Marissa’s Crown Prep Appointment


RACHEL’S AT IT AGAIN!

RACHEL'S AT IT AGAIN!

RACHEL’S AT IT AGAIN!


SHE NEVER STOPS!

SHE NEVER STOPS!

SHE NEVER STOPS!