Growing up I had no idea what my dentist did when he wasn’t seeing me for a check-up. Or why sometimes I’d have to sit in the chair waiting for a while before he would come in. I just assumed he had other check-ups to do and was making his way down the line of hygienists to me. I’d get my teeth cleaned, wait a few minutes, have him take a look, and call it a day. Most of the adults I talk with or see as patients have the same perception of the dentist as I did. Chances are if you’ve ever wondered what the dentist does … [Read more...] about What Do You Do All Day?
By now, many people have noticed our new clinic name: West Peaks Dental Suite. This has brought up some questions from many of our patients: "What was the name before?", "Why give the clinic a name now?" and "Wait, who is Oakridge Crossing Dental?". What was the name before? Most people are surprised when they hear that our clinic has previously had no formal name. If you were to call the office, you'd be greeted with "Dr Harbison and Dr Doody's office". This is the way things have been since Dr Doody opened the … [Read more...] about New Name
One prevalent issue that we come across in dentistry is tooth pain and its management. The majority of patients that we treat are not in pain but come to us for routine dental work (cavity fillings, crowns, cleanings, etc.). Occasionally we will treat someone who was pain-free but will return in a few days mentioning discomfort on a tooth that was recently worked on. Before we dive into a look at this, it’s important to discuss some terminology. Pulp - the vital nerve and vascular tissue in the middle of the tooth … [Read more...] about In pain now, wasn’t before