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DENTAL IMPLANT ADVANTAGES Jan 20th, 2018

Dental implants enjoy a number of advantages over other forms of tooth replacement. Because implants are inserted directly into the jaw, they do not need to rely on adjacent teeth for support. This helps reduce damage to surrounding teeth and can even assist in preventing additional tooth loss.Other advantages offered...

IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGES Jan 20th, 2018

Implant supported bridges provide an efficient and effective solution for replacing a full set of missing teeth. This option provides an excellent and permanent alternative method to traditional dental implants and dentures. Dr. Negru typically utilizes Biohorizons™ Tapered Implants for implant supported bridges. Please click here for additional information about the efficacy of this particular...

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANT DENTISTRY? Jan 20th, 2018

At Bright Smile Dental Care, we offer a variety of options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are by far the most effective solution to restore optimal levels of oral health. They are the only permanent tooth replacement option, and the only restoration which replaces both your missing tooth and root. As...

SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT IN BEAVERTON, OR Jan 20th, 2017

Snoring can be a source of embarrassment, and it can prevent your bed partner from getting a good night’s sleep. But it is also indicative of a much more serious condition called sleep apnea. The National Institutes of Health estimate that roughly 12 million Americans have sleep apnea, although many...

WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS Sep 10th, 2016

Wisdom teeth surgery At Ultimate Smile we can remove (extract) your wisdom teeth. Prior to surgery we may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection. Before removing a wisdom tooth we will be using a local anesthetic to numb the area where the teeth will be removed. Sedation...

ALOHA TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS Jan 20th, 2016

Missing teeth present both aesthetic and functional problems. The aesthetic problems are obvious, but functional issues may be much more subtle – until they’re not. Even one missing tooth can result in adjacent teeth slipping out of place, alter the tension and strength of your bite, and cause premature damage...

PERFECT YOUR SMILE IN 2016 Dec 20th, 2015

If you are unhappy with one or more aspects of your smile, it may be time to talk to Aloha cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Negru about your options. Dr. Negru offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services, enabling him to meet the exact needs of every patient and produce a natural-looking...

NEW RISKS LINKED TO GUM DISEASE Dec 17th, 2015

A new study conducted at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions has found that postmenopausal women with gum disease are 14% more likely to develop breast cancer. This risk increases to 36% in women who have smoked – even in those who quit up to...

DO DENTAL VENEERS HURT? Dec 15th, 2015

Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are placed over the front of teeth to address myriad cosmetic imperfections. While incredibly thin, dental veneers do require a small amount of tooth preparation to ensure a smooth transition between your restorations and adjacent teeth. This tooth preparation is performed under a local...

BLACK HAIRY TONGUE Dec 13th, 2015

Black hairy tongue is a mostly harmless condition. However, it can have a profound impact on your willingness to smile, speak, or otherwise risk exposing the dark and furry patch at the back of the tongue. If you have noticed a dark, fuzzy-looking patch on your tongue, Aloha family dentist Dr. Michael...

FLEX BENEFITS AND TOOTH REPAIR Dec 10th, 2015

Did you know you can use your HSA or FSA to pay for a number of dental services that may not be fully covered by insurance? Beaverton family dentist Dr. Michael Negru would be honored to meet with you, assess your smile, and discuss your options; but hurry! Time to...

MOST EFFECTIVE TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS Nov 20th, 2015

If you are missing one or more teeth it is important to fully understand your replacement options. Because missing teeth can result in a number of oral health issues – including bite irregularities, jaw collapse, and additional tooth loss – speaking with Aloha dentist Dr. Michael Negru about your options...

IS SEDATION DENTISTRY SAFE? Nov 15th, 2015

Sedation dentistry is one of the most effective ways for people who are nervous about dental visits to achieve full relaxation before and during their appointments. Aloha sedation dentist Dr. Michael Negru may also suggestion this option for patients who have sensitive teeth, an overactive gag-reflex, TMJ, or other comfort...

HOLIDAY STRESS CAN MAKE TMJ SYMPTOMS WORSE Nov 10th, 2015

Bruxism (tooth grinding) is a common cause of TMJ. In turn, this habit can lead to headaches, jaw pain, generalized facial pain, and oral health issues such as uneven tooth wear and premature tooth loss. If you are a grinder, you may find the stress of family holidays such as...

SLEEP APNEA SYMPTOMS Nov 5th, 2015

There are a number of sleep apnea symptoms that may never be noticed by those who suffer from the disorder. Snoring, the most common symptom of sleep apnea, may only be known about if a loved one or housemate brings the issue to your attention. The same is true of symptoms...

NEW MOVIE EXPLORING DANGERS OF MERCURY Oct 20th, 2015

A new documentary film, Evidence of Harm, explores the damages mercury has on the body, the mind, and the environment. Officially selected for several film festivals, Evidence of Harm focuses on the results of myriad government, university, and nonprofit studies into the threat metal fillings pose to everyone – not just pregnant women...

SHOULD I SEE A DENTIST ABOUT SENSITIVE TEETH? Oct 15th, 2015

If your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes or produce pain when chewing certain foods, it may be time to call Beaverton family dentist Dr. Michael Negru to schedule an examination. Tooth sensitivity is not always a pressing concern, but frequent discomfort or persistent reactions should be examined by an...

TRICK OR TREAT, BUT DON’T CHIP YOUR TEETH Oct 10th, 2015

Hard candy can be very tasty, but it can also damage teeth when bitten or chewed. This Halloween, talk to your children about the best ways to eat these candies to help protect their teeth from unnecessary damage. Take care to not bite hard candies yourself as well, lest you...

CLICKING AND POPPING IN THE JAW Sep 20th, 2015

Does your jaw click or pop when you open and shut your mouth? If so, you may be experiencing one of the primary symptoms of TMJ, a common disorder caused by the misalignment of the jaw. If you find that your jaw is making noises when you eat or speak, please...

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PERMANENT? Sep 20th, 2015

Dental implants are known as the most reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. Inserted directly into the jawbone, dental implants are able to secure restorations such as crowns and bridges without risk of slipping or falling out. This amazing ability is made possible by the process of osseointegration – the same process...

WHY DEALING WITH TOOTH LOSS IS IMPORTANT Sep 18th, 2015

If you are missing one or more teeth, you have likely noticed some aesthetic impact. Indeed, restoring an attractive appearance to the smile is one of the key reasons people consider tooth replacement options such as dental implants. However, restoring a flawless appearance to your smile is far from the only reason...

WILD BLUEBERRY EXTRACT AND THE PREVENTION OF GUM DISEASE Sep 15th, 2015

Researchers at Université Laval in Canada have begun to look at blueberry polyphenols – known to protect plants from disease – as an effective method to prevent the development of gum disease. Preliminary studies have shown that Vaccinium angustifolium Ait., an extract of the wild lowbush blueberry, can stop the bacterium Fusobacterium nucleatumfrom...

THE DANGERS OF TOOTH GRINDING Sep 10th, 2015

Tooth grinding is something nearly everyone does on occasion. And while occasional tooth grinding isn’t good, it’s also not typically a cause for concern. Frequent tooth grinding however can lead to a number of serious and painful oral health issues.If you are a chronic tooth grinder, call Dr. Michael Negru at...

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY Aug 20th, 2015

Cosmetic dentistry is specifically designed to produce a flawless and beautiful smile. However, this is not something that can simply be achieved by offering cosmetic services – it is something that requires an experienced dentist who is fully committed to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.If you live in Aloha,...

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SEDATION DENTISTRY? Aug 15th, 2015

Sedation dentistry offers patients who are anxious or nervous about their treatment to achieve complete relaxation prior to their procedure. Even basic services like routine checkups and cleanings can have sedation integrated into them for a safe, comfortable, and stress-free experience. However, you needn’t suffer from anxiety or dental phobia...

CHEMICAL-FREE BAD BREATH TREATMENTS Aug 9th, 2015

Chronic bad breath that is not caused by gum disease or tooth infection is often treated with chemical mouthwashes that work to destroy volatile sulfur compounds in the mouth (VSCs). In most cases, these at-home chemical treatments are used in conjunction with professional dental services to help keep bacteria at...

DOES TOOTHPASTE WITH NEED HELP PREVENT GUM DISEASE? Jul 17th, 2015

Neem is an Old World tree whose oil has been used for millennia in medicinal products. While ancient, you may have seen neem listed as a main ingredient in many modern-day natural toothpastes. It is the antimicrobial and antifungal properties of the plant that make it such a popular ingredient,...

MIGRAINE HEADACHES VS. TMJ HEADACHES Jul 10th, 2015

Migraine headaches and headaches caused by TMJ are often indistinguishable. According to the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, TMJ headaches may actually be mistaken for migraine headaches as much as 80% of the time. If you suffer from what you suspect are migraine headaches, it may be time to visit...

NATURAL TEETH WHITENING SOLUTIONS Jul 5th, 2015

There are a number of ways to brighten and whiten your smile that can be done in the comfort of your own home, likely with items you already have on hand. Of course, the easiest way to remove surface stains is brushing with a mildly abrasive toothpaste, such as one...

WHAT DOES FRUIT JUICE DO TO TEETH? Jun 20th, 2015

Fruit juice is often thought of as a healthy alternative to other sweetened beverages. However, a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry has identified fruit juice as one of two leading causes of dental erosion. 80% of the study’s 3,773 participants had some level of dental erosion –...

IS SEDATION DENTISTRY RIGHT FOR ME? Jun 17th, 2015

If you feel nervous or anxious about dental care, sedation dentistry may offer a solution that allows you to undergo routine dental treatments and even more advanced cosmetic services. The best way to learn if sedation dentistry is right for you is by calling Hillsboro dentist Dr. Michael Negru and discussing your...

PORCELAIN VENEER COSTS Jun 15th, 2015

Cosmetic dentistry is not typically covered by insurance and, as such, may not be a fully explored option for some patients. However, if perceived costs alone are keeping you from discussing your aesthetic goals with Beaverton dentist Dr. Michael Negru, it may be time to reconsider your options.Dr. Negru is...

WHY IS GRINDING TEETH HARMFUL? Jun 5th, 2015

Bruxism (tooth grinding) is a fairly common habit in the United States. In some cases, tooth grinding occurs unconsciously, even during sleep, and it’s not always related to stress. No matter what the cause of your tooth grinding, finding a solution to make it stop is important. Left untreated, this...

WHAT IS OSSEOINTEGRATION? May 20th, 2015

Osseointegration is the process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of your smile. But what, exactly, is this process and how do dental implants help make it possible?Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials. This means that your body is unlikely to reject an implant once placed. Biocompatibility also...

HOW DOES OIL PULLING WORK? May 15th, 2015

Oil pulling is an ayurvedic practice in which coconut oil is swished in the mouth for a set period of time to improve oral health. As with many holistic and ayurvedic practices, the oil pulling benefits long purported by natural healthcare practitioners have now been scientifically confirmed. But how, exactly,...

ARE WHITE FILLINGS STRONG ENOUGH? Apr 20th, 2015

White fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are shaded to fit unnoticeably into the teeth in which they are being placed. This, of course, makes them a more aesthetically pleasing option to metal alternatives. But are white fillings as strong as metal amalgams? Can they withstand the same daily use and...

ONE HOUR DENTAL CROWNS Apr 15th, 2015

Aloha family dentist Dr. Michael Negru utilizes state-of-the-art CEREC technology to complete the dental crown process in a single office visit. The natural-looking dental crowns created in our office are three times stronger than porcelain-fused-to-metal options and can be completed in a fraction of the time required for lab-created restorations.If you live...

IS IT CHEAPER TO WHITEN TEETH AT HOME? Apr 10th, 2015

One of the driving forces behind the popularity of store-bought teeth whiteners is their perceived value. These products certainly seem to make tooth whitening more cost effective – particularly when they claim to be just as effective as professional treatments. Unfortunately, for most people store-bought kits do not lower tooth whitening costs....

WHY VISIT MY FAMILY DENTIST EVERY SIX MONTHS? Apr 5th, 2015

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to visit your family dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations. But if you have a consistent and thorough daily routine, these visits may seem somewhat superfluous. However, even if you brush after every meal and floss twice a day, not all oral...

WHAT IS TOOTH BONDING USED FOR? Mar 20th, 2015

Tooth bonding, alternately known as dental bonding, is a composite resin material that is applied to the surface of teeth to address general dental issues including:Chips and cracksExposed tooth rootsLarge areas of decayTooth bonding can also be used for minor cosmetic issues such as:Irregularly shaped or sized teethSmall gaps or spacesCrooked...

SLEEP DENTISTRY VS. SEDATION DENTISTRY Mar 17th, 2015

Sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Sleep dentistry typically refers to dental services provide while the patient is unconscious and is most often used during oral surgery. This level of sedation, similar to that used during surgical procedures, comes with some risks...

WHAT CAUSES TOOTH GRINDING? Mar 5th, 2015

We often attribute tooth grinding (bruxism) to stress or anxiety. Indeed, many people occasionally grind teeth during stressful situations. However, by and large, tooth grinding is an involuntary response that occurs during sleep and may be related to bite abnormalities such as missing teeth. Tooth grinding may also be related...

WHAT ARE FASTBRACES®? Feb 20th, 2015

Fastbraces® are a safe, effective, and affordable way to straighten teeth. Developed over two decades and utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Fastbraces simultaneously move the root and crown of the tooth – a benefit that can shorten treatment time by several months. In fact, Fastbraces are often capable of completely straightening a smile in...

CAVITIES AND SUGAR-FREE GUM Feb 12th, 2015

It has long been claimed that chewing sugar-free gum could help fight cavities, but researchers from the University of Groningen in Holland have only recently discovered just how helpful gum can be. According to their report, chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after eating can remove 100 million bacteria from...

THE CANER FIGHTING PROPERTIES OF TEA Feb 5th, 2015

A newly published study from Penn State University suggests that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) targets and destroys oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. EGCG, one of the polyphenols found in tea, has been found to help reduce cancer risks throughout the body, but this study is the first to examine...

HOW TO MAINTAIN TEETH WHITENING RESULTS Jan 20th, 2015

Even the advanced professional teeth whitening options offered by Dr. Negru can only produce results for so long. Over time, the foods you eat and beverages you drink will begin to darken teeth, requiring a return visit for another round of whitening. You can, however, take steps to lengthen the amount of...

TMJ HEADACHES Jan 10th, 2015

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. These are often a result of pressure placed on the trigeminal nerve by muscles that have tensed due to misalignment. They may also be caused by muscle tension alone. In both events, TMJ headaches can be debilitating in much the same...

HOPE FOR SENSITIVE TEETH Jan 7th, 2015

A lasting solution for tooth sensitivity brought about by enamel erosion may be just around the corner. At least that’s what Chun-Pin Lin, a professor of dentistry at National Taiwan University is hoping. Lin and his colleagues have developed a biocompatible shield to cover teeth with exposed dentin. This shield,...

REPAIRING BROKEN TEETH Jan 5th, 2015

Broken teeth present functional and aesthetic problems, and should be dealt with swiftly to prevent progressive issues from occurring. Beaverton dentist Dr. Michael Negru offers a range of options that can be used to repair broken teeth and help prevent these larger issues from taking place.If you have one or...

TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS Dec 20th, 2014

Missing teeth can result in a number of serious problems. Certainly a cosmetic issue, missing teeth can also allow adjacent teeth to slip out of place, resulting in changes to bite tension and alignment. What’s more, even a single missing tooth can allow changes to the jaw’s structure, ultimately producing...

RESOLVE TO PROTECT YOUR ORAL HEALTH Dec 15th, 2014

With New Year’s upon us, the time to consider resolutions is here. And what better resolution than a commitment to protecting your oral health?Small steps can make a huge difference when it comes to enhancing your daily routine. If you are accustomed to brushing morning and night, simply adding a...

PROBIOTICS FOR GUM HEALTH Aug 25th, 2014

You may have heard that probiotics are good for digestion. Some studies have even suggested that these bacteria – found naturally in the human gut – can help increase immune function. What you may not know is that in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, probiotics were found to increase the efficacy...

SINGLE VISIT DENTAL CROWNS Aug 17th, 2014

Traditionally, placing dental crowns has required two to three office visits over the course of several weeks. This is because dental crowns have long been made in third-party labs, a step that not only adds time, but can seriously complicate optimal aesthetics. When a lab makes your crown, technicians are...