Blog Archive

Am I Too Old for Invisalign? Oct 1st, 2022

FDA-approved Invisalign® is the clear aligner teeth-straightening system that revolutionized orthodontics when it was introduced to the United States in 1999. So far, more than 13 million smiles around the world have benefited from Invisalign’s discreet, nearly invisible tooth aligning system. If you missed the teen braces train — or if you caught it, but...

Dental Anxiety: 4 Tips to Stop Fearing the Dentist Sep 1st, 2022

Does the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair fill you with anxiety? You aren’t alone. About 36% of the population suffers from dental anxiety. Avoiding the dentist isn’t a good idea, though. Without regular cleanings, you’re more vulnerable to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. And, if you have tooth pain...

Thumbsucking: The Long-Term Impact on Teeth Aug 1st, 2022

Thumbsucking is a natural self-soothing behavior, but it can have negative long-term effects on the development of the jaw and the positioning of the teeth.  A thumbsucking habit that persists into kindergarten age may indicate that a child is looking for a way to manage negative emotions. In other cases,...

The Four Benefits of Dental Veneers Jul 1st, 2022

Did you know that up to 81% of people in the United States don’t like the way their teeth appear in photographs? Almost 30% of them try to hide their smiles or smile with closed lips.  Cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers can enhance the appearance of your teeth so you can love your...

7 Resolutions to Help Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums Jun 1st, 2022

Unhealthy teeth and gums can lead to major health issues, so taking care of them should be a priority. At Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, expert dentist Samuel Sigmon, DDS and his team offer comprehensive dental care to help you stick to your dental health resolutions. Here,...

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care May 1st, 2022

Taking proactive measures to keep your teeth and gums healthy is the cornerstone of good oral health. While our dentists are dedicated to helping you when you have a dental problem, ideally we want to help you avoid issues before they start. Samuel Sigmon, DDS, and the team at Full Circle...

Scared of the Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help Apr 3rd, 2022

Up to 80% of American women and men have some degree of dental anxiety. Children suffer from it, too. Dental anxiety may lead you to skip much-needed dental checkups and procedures.  Our team at Full Circle Dental Care understands how dental anxiety may hinder you from getting dental exams and cleanings, as well as...

How a Root Canal Procedure Preserves Your Tooth and Stops Your Pain Mar 1st, 2022

A tooth infection is incredibly painful. The throbbing and radiating pain it causes is often unrelenting, even with over-the-counter pain relievers. Getting the news that you need a root canal can cause fear and anxiety because root canals have a reputation for being painful. The truth is that a root...

How to Know if Invisalign® Is Right for You Feb 8th, 2022

It used to be that if you needed orthodontia, you had to go through the tortuous process of getting metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands that stayed in your mouth for several years. They were painful and difficult to clean, and they often made both teens and adults self-conscious about...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Jan 1st, 2022

Dentures are the most widely used prosthetic for missing teeth. If you’re considering either full or partial dentures, knowing what to expect can make your transition smoother.  The first few weeks of wearing dentures may pose some challenges. With time, however, you’ll learn how to adjust without any changes to...

How is Periodontitis Treated? Dec 1st, 2021

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontitis, and it’s characterized by tender, bleeding gums. Thankfully, it’s also the easiest stage of periodontitis to treat because your bone integrity hasn’t been compromised. That’s why we always examine your gums and look for any signs of gum inflammation during your routine preventive...

What to Expect During and After Oral Surgery Nov 1st, 2021

Oral surgery might sound scary, but it’s a common dental procedure. Wisdom tooth extractions, dental implants, and prosthodontics like bridges all fall into the category of oral surgery. The goal of oral surgery is to improve the function, health, and appearance of your mouth. You might need a tooth extraction...

Different Types of Dental Sedation Oct 1st, 2021

If you feel nervous before a visit to the dentist, you should know that you’re not alone. In fact, experts estimate that as many as one in five people flat-out doesn’t go because they feel anxious about dental appointments.  That’s a problem, though, because oral health issues — from cavities...

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You a Confident Smile Sep 1st, 2021

It’s often your smile that people notice first about you. A big smile makes you seem welcoming, confident, and likable. But it’s hard to head into a room beaming if you’re worried about the way your teeth look.  That’s where we can help you. Here at Full Circle Dental Care,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Aug 26th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Why Implant-Supported Dentures Are the New Gold Standard Aug 9th, 2021

Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported dentures is often the best option. The implants make it easy to chew and speak normally, and they look natural, too. Better yet, they're permanent, so you don't have to use sticky glue or special cleaning agents to care for them. We don’t want missing...

Gum Disease Can Impact More Than Just Your Oral Health Jul 1st, 2021

Periodontal, or gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States. While the loss of your teeth can lead to considerable problems with your oral health, gum disease has also been linked to some fairly serious health issues, including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Here...

Preparing for Oral Surgery Jun 10th, 2021

Whether you’re dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth, a dental implant, or a bone graft, it’s important to prepare yourself for oral surgery. While you won’t be in an outpatient or hospital facility, you’re still having surgery, and there are precautions to take before the operation. You’re in safe hands...

5 Reasons Teens Choose Invisalign May 17th, 2021

Every teen wants a great smile. However, the idea of wearing wire braces can make many teens cringe at the thought of getting their teeth straightened.  Fortunately, there’s an option your teen can feel confident about: Invisalign®. The Invisalign system features aligners that are removable and nearly invisible. With this...

Emotional Benefits of Sedation Dentistry Apr 19th, 2021

About 75% of adults in the United States experience fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. And of that 75%, about 3-16% have fear strong enough to be considered a specific dental phobia. That leaves a lot of people unwilling or unable to maintain good oral health because they...

What Conditions Do Root Canals Address? Mar 10th, 2021

If you’re struggling with a dental problem, you might worry you need a root canal. Root canals sound scary thanks to depictions in popular media, but the truth is that the procedure is similar to having a cavity filled and can preserve your oral health. At Full Circle Dental Care...

How to Avoid Dry Sockets Feb 9th, 2021

In a perfect world, your natural teeth would last a lifetime. Unfortunately, more often than not they don’t. Close to 180 million American adults are missing at least one tooth, and about 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth.  Dental decay, tooth impaction, and dental injury are just...

Are You Ruining Your Teeth with These Bad Habits? Jan 6th, 2021

Brushing and flossing regularly aren’t the only habits that influence your dental health. Other things — such as the type of brush you use — can also have an effect on your oral health. Samuel Sigmon, DDS, and our team at Full Circle Dental Care are devoted to helping your...

Dental Implants: More Than Aesthetic Benefits Dec 2nd, 2020

A full set of healthy, gleaming teeth looks great and tells the world you’re confident, positive, and happy. But missing teeth can send the opposite message if it stops you from smiling and causes you to withdraw from social activities. You’ve thought about correcting your dental problems, but you’ve heard...

The Link Between Gum Disease, Heart Disease, and Strokes Nov 1st, 2020

Though more and more people are taking better care of their teeth with at-home care and regular visits to the dentist, nearly 50% of adults age 30 and older have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when there’s an accumulation of bacteria under your gums,...

10 Super Cool Things You Didn't Know About Invisalign® Oct 1st, 2020

Nothing can increase your confidence like a brilliant smile, and Invisalign makes it easier than ever to get one. Since May 2000, Invisalign has quickly become an industry favorite for teeth straightening, and it has improved more than 5 million smiles worldwide.  At Full Circle Dental Care in Del City,...

5 Symptoms of Periodontal Disease and Why You Shouldn't Ignore Them Sep 1st, 2020

Chances are you’ve heard of dental plaque and tartar, but did you know that they consist of living, thriving bacteria that cause periodontal disease, or as it’s more commonly known, gum disease? At Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, Samuel Sigmon, DDS, and his team know that plaque...

Don't Let Anxiety Prevent You from Taking Care of Your Teeth: We Offer Sedation Dentistry Aug 10th, 2020

We’ll be the first to admit that spending an hour in the dentist's chair isn’t nearly as enjoyable as passing the same time with friends, but these short visits do provide you with something to smile about.  If your fear or anxiety over visiting a dentist is causing you to...

How a Root Canals Save Teeth Jul 7th, 2020

You've been having pain in your tooth, so you visit the dentist, and before they even say the words, you know what you’re going to hear: “You need a root canal.” Your heart sinks, and you begin to prepare yourself mentally for the procedure when you hear your dentist add:...

How Dental Implants Can Boost Your Confidence and Improve Your Oral Health Jun 12th, 2020

A confident smile says a great deal about you, and a reluctant or hidden smile does, too. Missing teeth can take the wind out of your sails and seriously erode your self-confidence. Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth and provide exceptional aesthetic appeal and function....