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4 Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth May 17th, 2024

Straight teeth are the hallmark of an appealing smile, but they offer so much more. They also enhance many aspects of your oral health. And Invisalign® puts all the benefits within reach. If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth with hassle-free Invisalign, Dr. Samuel Sigmon of Full Circle Dental Care...

Help! My Teeth are Yellow May 1st, 2024

Your smile is a fundamental expression of your personality — and an obvious sign of your overall oral health. Whether interacting with co-workers, communicating with your partner, or taking a selfie to post on social media, the last thing you want the world to see is yellow, stained tooth enamel. ...

Pregnancy and Dental Health: What You Need to Know When Expecting Apr 16th, 2024

Pregnancy can be a joyful, exciting, and challenging time. You know your belly will grow and you’ll see your obstetrician regularly along the way. But did you know that staying on top of your dental health can be equally important?  Tending to all aspects of your wellness, including your oral...

5 Reasons Your Teeth May Be More Sensitive in Winter Mar 7th, 2024

If you feel a zing when drinking hot beverages or taking a spoonful of ice cream, you may have the common problem of sensitive teeth.  Several factors can contribute to tooth sensitivity, including tooth decay, cracked teeth, worn enamel, deteriorated fillings, gum damage from aggressive brushing, gum recession, and periodontal...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 20th, 2024

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...

Veneers Easily Correct a Wide Range of Smile Flaws Feb 2nd, 2024

You may have never had the smile you desire, or perhaps changes have to lessen the luster of your pearly whites. Either way, dental veneers can work magic. Samuel Sigmon, DDS of Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, has helped countless patients smile again, thanks to dental veneers. ...

Common Oral Health Problems in Seniors Jan 16th, 2024

The need for dental care increases as you get older. Plus, putting dental care on the back burner when you were younger starts to show as you age. Even those with excellent oral health in their youth are susceptible to problems down the line. In order to prevent dental problems...

5 Important Ways To Keep Kids Teeth Healthy Dec 12th, 2023

Is there anything cuter than a baby’s first tooth? But even before that first little pearl emerges, you should start oral care habits that keep that tooth – and the one that replaces it – strong and healthy.  Family dental care begins as soon as your baby is born. Gently...

Treatable Dental Causes Behind Foul Breath Nov 3rd, 2023

Are you tired of battling persistent bad breath (halitosis)? While various factors can contribute to this issue, many cases of foul breath originate from treatable dental causes. That’s why popping a piece of gum into your mouth only temporarily masks the issue. Instead, understanding these underlying dental issues is the...

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants: All Your Questions Answered Oct 9th, 2023

Dental implants are the first-line treatment for a missing tooth or teeth. Custom designed, single artificial teeth that come complete with artificial roots, implants mimic both the look and the function of natural teeth. However, if you opt for dental implants, you must have sufficient and strong enough alveolar bone...

4 Cosmetic Dental Treatments for a More Confident Smile Sep 1st, 2023

If stained or crooked teeth mar your otherwise-beautiful smile, you probably aren’t comfortable smiling a lot. Fortunately, there are many different options to treat your dental woes and put a grin on your face. Dr. Samuel Sigmon and the team at Full Circle Dental Care understand how important appearance is to self-confidence, which...

Are Your Dentures Slipping? Not With an Implant Support Aug 1st, 2023

Dentures are notorious for slipping out of place just when you need them to stay put. Sometimes, it seems, no amount of adhesive can keep them in place when you eat the foods you most enjoy. Worse, they can sometimes slip when you’re in the middle of a conversation, which...

How Lasers Are Used to Treat Gum Disease Jul 4th, 2023

Many people are afraid to seek treatment for severe gum disease because they don’t want incisions made in their mouth. If you’re one of these people, there’s good news. Laser dentistry can take care of the problem without invasive incisions. Dr. Samuel Sigmon and the team at Full Circle Dental Care uses the...

Here's What to Expect When Getting Started with Invisalign® Jun 1st, 2023

Straightening crooked teeth or adjusting a misaligned bite can significantly improve your confidence in your smile and your dental health. You should know that your orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be cumbersome, intrusive, or uncomfortable. Instead, you can benefit from using revolutionary Invisalign® clear aligner trays. With Invisalign, you can straighten your...

How Flossing Well Prevents Cavities May 1st, 2023

While brushing is often touted as the best defense against cavities, the truth is that brushing your teeth is only part of the equation. Flossing is an essential part of your oral care routine 一a part that helps prevent cavities.  Here at Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, we always...

My Child Knocked Out a Baby Tooth: What Should I Do? Apr 1st, 2023

When an adult tooth is knocked out, emergency dental care is needed to prevent infection — and many times, to place the tooth back into its socket. With prompt care, a sound tooth can often be restored. But what about when a baby tooth is knocked out? Does that require...

Tips to Maintain Oral Health Between Biannual Exams Mar 7th, 2023

When you go to the dentist every six months for a full examination and professional cleaning, you’re taking your oral health seriously. Your oral health influences your overall health, too, including your heart health. Biannual exams don’t just make your teeth “prettier” by removing stains. They allow your dentist to...

Experiencing Throbbing Tooth Pain? You May Need a Root Canal Feb 8th, 2023

It’s true that tooth decay and infection fueling your need for a root canal can be exquisitely painful. However, the procedure is relatively painless, and recovery is quick. In addition, most people find that an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) is all they need to manage post-procedure discomfort....

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease Jan 2nd, 2023

Eating garlic or onions or drinking beer may make your breath temporarily smell bad. But if you have bad breath every day, it’s probably not related to what you eat or drink. It’s likely related to periodontal disease.  In addition to bad breath, periodontal disease can cause a persistent bad...

How Do Hormones Impact Gum Health? Dec 1st, 2022

Hormones affect your body in many ways, including your mood, body temperature, sleep cycles, sex drive, weight, and reproduction. You might find it surprising to learn that your hormones also affect your dental health. At Full Circle Dental Care in Del City, Oklahoma, dentist Samuel Sigmon, DDS, and his team understand how your...

If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth, Do I Need to Do Anything? Nov 1st, 2022

When an adult tooth is knocked out, emergency dental care is needed to prevent infection — and many times, to place the tooth back into its socket. With prompt care, a sound tooth can often be restored. But what about when a baby tooth is knocked out? Does that require...

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,...

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....