Patient and team health and safety has always been taken very seriously at our dental practice. In addition to the health and safety measures we employed in our office previously, we are encouraging our employees to stay home if they are not feeling well or have been possibly exposed to someone who is ill. We are asking our patients to do the same and please call to reschedule your appointment if you or a family member have any flu- or cold-like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc.).
We will continue to use the CDC- and OSHA-mandated cleaning and disinfection protocols in our treatment areas, including utilizing a bactericidal, viricidal, fungicidal and tuberculocidal disinfectant that will kill the coronavirus.
We encourage our patients to wear masks while in our office building.
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Do you know that approximately 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year? It’s true, but unfortunately, it is not a problem that many people know about. Because oral cancer is often detected in the later stages, it has a higher mortality rate than that of other health problems, including several other forms of cancer. Drs. Cody, Justin, and Donald Coon of Grinnell Street Dental make this pledge to you: They will do everything in their power to find and diagnose oral cancer early, when treatment is most effective. With the help of modern technology, screening for oral cancer is easier than ever. Generally, oral cancer screening devices use fluorescent lights to detect abnormalities in the tissue of your mouth. The different kinds of tissue in your mouth will appear to “glow” different colors. Screening for oral cancer is quick and does not require any rinses, stains, or discomfort whatsoever. This, along with a traditional visual exam, is an effective process for diagnosing this debilitating, and often fatal, disease. All adults should have an annual oral cancer screening exam. Men over 40 and women between the ages of 20 and 40 are the most prone to the disease, but it can appear in anyone, even those who have no lifestyle factors to heighten their oral cancer risk. Those who use tobacco, consume alcohol daily, have viral infections, autoimmune deficiencies, or diabetes should be screened more frequently because these habits and conditions can contribute to a higher risk of developing oral cancer. For more information about oral cancer screening and treatment, please call at (307) 672-7567. We’re here to help you keep your mouth healthy and cancer-free.
Waiting for your dental restorations to be complete can disrupt your daily life. You have to schedule multiple appoints because tooth preparation and restoration placement are done separately. And you have to be careful when chewing and brushing because temporary restorations are not as sturdy as permanent ones. But CEREC technology allows the dentists at Grinnell Street Dental to place dental crowns, inlays, and onlays in just one office visit.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
While dental crowns are probably familiar restorations, you might not know what inlays and onlays are. Inlays and onlays are both conservative alternatives to fillings, meaning they leave more of the tooth structure intact. Both dental restorations can also strengthen the teeth, improving chewing force by up to 70 percent. An inlay can repair damage within the cusps, or raised areas on the biting surfaces, of teeth and an onlay can repair damage on the biting surface of teeth, including one or multiple cusps.
How Does CEREC Work?
CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. What that means is your restorations can be made while you wait. For traditional restorations, your dentist would have to take impressions of your teeth, place a temporary restoration, send those impressions to a dental lab, and then wait for the lab to send restorations before placing them. You would need to come in at least twice. (more…)
When it comes to your most-noticed physical feature- your smile- you don’t want to entrust it to just anyone. Choosing a cosmetic dentist is a big decision, and there are numerous factors to consider. You need to do your research to find out where the doctor went to school, what certifications they have, and what organizations they belong to. Also, you need to do research to find out what kinds of services the doctor provides. If you’re potentially interested in cosmetic bonding to repair your smile, don’t go to a dentist that does not offer or that does not like to use cosmetic bonding. Lastly, go with your gut. Make sure all of your questions are answered, and pay attention to the vibe you get in the dental office. If you feel uneasy or unwelcome by the dentist and their dental team, don’t let them go anywhere near your mouth. Cosmetic dentistry is an investment of your time, your money, and your smile, so one of the best ways to see what a cosmetic dentist is all about is by checking out testimonials and photo galleries of past patient smile makeovers. Drs. Donald, Cody, and Justin Coon of Grinnell Street Dental encourage current and potential patients to do just that by visiting their practice website, and using the navigation menu on the left side to visit the “Guest Testimonials” and “Our Smile Gallery” pages. Take a look around and find out what past Grinnell Street Dental patients think of their treatment time and what they think of their brand new smiles. If you like what you see and are ready to have a brand new, beautiful smile of your own, call Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, Wyoming at (307) 672-7567. The entire team looks forward to hearing from you!
Of all the restorative and cosmetic dental procedures available, many patients are most familiar with dental fillings. Over the years, the composition of dental fillings has changed quite a big. If you had cavities when you were a child, it’s likely they were filled with dark amalgam fillings, which were initially developed from a combination of zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. In recent years, however, the mercury content in amalgam fillings has raised questions of safety among dentists and other health professionals. In addition to being harmful to your health, traditional amalgam fillings often change shape, deteriorate, and leak as they wear down, making them an unstable dental restoration. That’s why we use solid, attractive, tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin to fill cavities. Tinted to blend with your natural tooth structure, composite fillings won’t compromise a beautiful smile with the dark patches associated with heavy metal dental fillings. Additionally, composite fillings are stronger than metal fillings because they bond directly to your tooth, creating a much more durable and natural-feeling restoration. To place your composite fillings, we will carefully remove the decayed area of your tooth, clean the area thoroughly, and apply the restorative material. Your restoration will be shaped to fit in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth before the material is hardened with a curing light. Your filling will then be polished and buffed to give it a shiny and smooth look and feel. If you are interested in upgrading your amalgam fillings from years ago for new, contemporary composite fillings, let us know at your appointment. The dentists at Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, Wyoming have years of experience caring for the dental needs of their patients. They encourage you to call their dental office at (307) 672-7567 for more information about metal-free dentistry or to schedule an appointment.
For busy families on the go, sacrifices have to made. Maybe it’s a homemade meal occasionally, or switching off attending soccer games and dance recitals, but whatever the sacrifice, as a parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure your children are healthy, happy, and well taken care of. That’s why going to the dentist can’t be one of the sacrifices you make when trying to juggle everyone’s schedules. We’re the dentists at Grinnell Street Dental, and we’re here to help. How do we do this? Well, we’re a family dental practice through and through. We’re a family of dentists, and we provide dental services for families. This means that we can treat you, your spouse, your children, and your grandmother all right here in our dental office in Sheridan, Wyoming. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that! Our front office team will work with you to schedule appointments that fit into your busy schedule. If you want to be seen in the same appointment block as your kids, just say the word when you call us at (307) 672-7567. We take our jobs as dental caregivers very seriously. We want to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for yourself, and we also want to help you instill healthy dental hygiene habits in your kids, watch them grow, and promote lifelong oral and overall health. We’re Drs. Donald Coon, Justin Coon, and Cody Coon, and we look forward to seeing you and your loved ones in our dental office!
When you have a missing tooth, your smile, oral health, and self esteem can suffer. You may experience dietary restrictions, speaking difficulties, and jaw bone degeneration. Additionally, people who do not replace missing teeth are also at higher risk for losing more teeth in the next four to eight years. Dental implants can restore missing teeth, as well as health and vitality to your smile. Dental implants are designed to look, function, and feel just like natural teeth. To achieve this, dental implants consist of two parts. A small titanium post is placed in your jaw. This post, which is the actual implant, serves as the “root” of your tooth and holds the replacement tooth (or teeth) in place. Once your implant heals, your prosthetic crown (or bridge, partial, or denture) is placed, completing your new tooth. Additionally, your jawbone will naturally fuse to the biocompatible implant, creating a solid foundation for your new tooth. At Grinnell Street Dental, located in Sheridan, Wyoming, we have created beautiful, healthy, and fully functional smiles with dental implants. If you’re ready to achieve a higher quality of life, we invite you to call our dental office at (307) 672-7567 to reserve your consultation appointment time.
Your best bet for keeping your mouth healthy between dental appointments is by having a thorough at-home dental hygiene habit that you stick to. Brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of dental hygiene. To begin, you need to use quality toothpaste. The exact composition of different toothpastes may vary slightly, but, in general, toothpastes should include:
Gentle abrasives (magnesium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, calcium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, phosphate salts) to remove plaque from your teeth
Substances that keep the toothpaste from drying out (glycerol, sorbitol, or other “humectants”)
Thickeners to give the toothpaste a homogenous appearance and texture (seaweed, mineral colloids, synthetic cellulose, natural gum)
Flavoring agents that do not cause tooth decay (saccharine, for example)
Detergents to make the toothpaste foamy (sodium lauryl sarcosinate)
It is extremely important to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to keep your tooth enamel strong and to protect your teeth from decay. Picking the perfect toothpaste out of the hundreds available at the drug store can be daunting. Luckily, there’s a “cheat” to help you out. Just look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. This symbol indicates that the manufacturer has participated in a voluntary testing program conducted by the ADA to gauge the product’s safety and effectiveness. If you see the seal on the box of toothpaste, you know that it’s safe and will do what it claims to do. For more information about good oral hygiene or to schedule a dental exam and cleaning appointment, call Grinnell St. Dental in Sheridan, Wyoming, at (307) 672-7567.
You’ve always heard how important it is to go to the dentist every 6 months, but have you ever wondered why? If you’ve ever avoided the dentist because your teeth are fine or because you don’t want to contribute to the dentist “gimmick,” you may be for an eye-opener. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone over the age of one year visit the dentist for a cleaning and checkup twice a year- and with good reason. At each of your dental exams, we check for early signs of oral health problems, some of which have been linked to other serious overall health conditions. Examples include:
Dental caries (cavities) is the most widespread childhood disease and contributes to a lifetime of poor oral health.
Oral cancer claims 8,000 American lives each year, but can be treated effectively if caught in the early stages.
Gum disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. This debilitating condition afflicts about 80% of Americans, and many don’t even know they have it.
Your dental checkups are like a scheduled preventative maintenance plan for your oral- and overall- health. These dental checkups are the best way to protect and prevent yourself from developing these very serious health problems later in life. If you’ve gone more than six months between dental visits, call Grinnell St. Dental at (307) 672-7567 to schedule a dental exam and cleaning appointment. We make your dental health our top priority, but we can only do that if you stick to your end of the deal.
With the help of cosmetic dentistry, you have the option to transform your smile into one that you love and are proud to show off. While a renewed smile can boost your self confidence and encourage you to flash a big grin more often, having a beautiful smile is more beneficial to you than you may have originally thought. Studies have shown that your smile is the first thing others notice about you, making it the basis of the first impression you give off. Your smile can say a lot about you, including the way you take care of yourself, your level of success, and how friendly you appear. Additionally, it has been proven that people with great-looking smiles tend to be more successful than those with less visually appealing teeth. A good smile says power and skill in the workplace, and the smile owner is more likely to land “the job” and be promoted than someone with just a mediocre mouth. The same is true for your personal life. An attractive smile has been linked to finding love, a happier marriage, and a fulfilling family life. So, what are you waiting for? At Grinnell Street Dental, we offer countless cosmetic dentistry procedures, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, metal-free fillings, bridges, bonding, Invisalign, and teeth whitening. You have the power and the option to get the smile of your dreams in just one smile makeover procedure. Call our dental office in Sheridan, Wyoming, at (307) 672-7567 for more information or to schedule your appointment.
TMJ, short for temporomandibular joints, is a nickname for the small joints in front of each of your ears that attach your lower jaw to your skull. When working properly, these joints allow you to perform functions like opening and closing your mouth, chewing, speaking, and swallowing. The functions of these joints have a large impact on your quality of life, but, unfortunately, TMJ disorder is a very common condition among adults. Headaches, migraines, earaches, and irritating conditions, such as a popping jaw, usually accompany TMJ disorder. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s possible that you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from TMJ disorder. The dentists at Grinnell Street Dental are here to help you find relief through neuromuscular dentistry. The best way to define neuromuscular dentistry is by looking at its name. Neuro relates to nerves, while muscular relates to function of the muscles. Neuromuscular dentistry is based on bringing these two aspects of the human body together with oral structures: teeth and gums. The goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to place your jaw into its optimal position for overall harmony of muscles, nerves, teeth, gums, and oral function as a whole. This will give you relief from the TMJ pain you experience. We encourage you to call our dental office in Sheridan, Wyoming, at (307) 672-7567 to schedule consultation appointment.