Author: Paris Mountain Dental

How Common Is Dental Anxiety?

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At Paris Mountain Dental, Dr. Ghimire and the rest of our team know that many folks are apprehensive about visiting the dentist. If you are part of the 15% of Americans who avoid going to the dentist out of anxiety, we understand, and we want you to know that you are not alone. Our patients have a variety of reasons for their dental anxiety. Perhaps they had a negative experience at the dentist when they were younger, or maybe they feel out of control or don’t understand what will happen once they’re in the dentist’s chair.

Because we know that so many people are reluctant to visit the dentist, our team goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable from the moment you set foot in our office. From amenities to pain-free dentistry technologies, we work hard to help you get the care you need.

Office Amenities

We’ve designed our office with comfort in mind for our patients and their families. We offer refreshments, magazines, WiFi, TVs, and a serene setting. We also have blankets, pillows, and aromatherapy candles available. You’ll feel relaxed and at ease while waiting for your appointment. We often recommend that our patients, especially those with anxiety, arrive early in order to familiarize themselves with our office and take advantage of our office amenities.

Gentle Care

We offer two sedation and anesthetic options to make your procedures more comfortable: nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and DentalVibe, a gentler way of administering numbing medication. Talk to Dr. Ghimire about your concerns, and we will work to make sure that you have a pain and stress-free appointment.

Know What to Expect

Our team often finds that patients are more comfortable during their appointments if they know exactly what to expect. For this reason, our staff and Dr. Ghimire take care to clearly explain everything they do as well as the reason for it. This way, you can rest assured knowing that you are in well-qualified hands.

Don’t let dental anxiety force you to live with painful or unsightly teeth. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and to discuss your options. We will work hard to come up with a plan that keeps you comfortable and healthy. Call us at (864) 610-6188 or schedule an appointment online.

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What Is a Zirconia Bridge?

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Our patients come to us for a variety of reasons. That’s why we’re proud to offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family. Dr. Ghimire works hard to provide personalized care to each individual patient, ensuring that the treatment you receive fits your goals and your lifestyle.

For example, many of our patients come to us with missing teeth and want to know what their options are. Our office offers a range of dental implant services that can help restore a natural look, feel, and function to your mouth. One such option, the zirconia bridge, provides a practical, natural-looking alternative to dentures.

What Is a Bridge?

For patients missing several teeth, Dr. Ghimire often recommends a dental bridge as the most effective treatment. A bridge is a structure containing a false tooth (or teeth) flanked by two crowns, all attached to a metal base. The crowns fit over your natural teeth, while the false teeth bridge the gap and replace your missing teeth. There are multiple bridge options available to patients, including metal ceramic bridges and zirconia bridges.

How Is the Zirconia Bridge Different?

Zirconia bridges are made from zirconium oxide, a strong, safe dental ceramic. It has a translucent appearance and matches with your other teeth. The body does not negatively react to or reject the zirconia bridge, so you do not need to worry about the bridge irritating your mouth.

Advantages of Zirconia Bridge

While metal ceramic bridges have a dark metal base that appears as a black line at the edge of your gums, the zirconia bridge does not. This allows it to have a much more natural appearance. Additionally, this type of bridge requires less preparation and minimal tooth reduction to fit into place. The end result is a strong, stable, and inconspicuous bridge that blends in with your natural teeth.

If you are missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghimire to determine the best treatment option. Dr. Ghimire will carefully examine your oral health to come up with the best treatment plan. Afterwards, she may decide that a zirconia bridge is right for you.

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How Do Different Animals Deal with Teeth Problems?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your pet? What about what it would be like to be your pet with a toothache? Turns out, different animals deal with their teeth problems differently. Here are just some of our favorite animals, and the ways they deal with dental issues.


If you have a dog, beware, because they rarely show any discomfort when it comes to dental issues. Man’s best friend will happily wag their tail and act as if everything is normal even with a cracked tooth or gum disease. This is because they’ve evolved to hide chronic pain, and their instincts tell them not to show signs of weakness. If the oral problem is bad enough, you will be able to see certain symptoms like vocalizing when they eat, head shyness (not wanting you to pet them on their head), chewing on one side of their mouth, and difficulty picking up food.


Like dogs, cats are experts at hiding their pain as their instincts are to resist showing any sign of weakness. By the time your cat shows any signs, their dental issue is probably very advanced. Beyond the usual symptoms of bad breath, some indicators that your cat is suffering from oral pain include difficulty eating or loss of appetite, drooling, chattering (jaw shakes or quivers) when they eat or groom, pawing at their mouth, excessive teeth grinding or yawning, head shaking or tilting, decreasing their grooming, pulling away when touched or petted near the mouth, and any changes in normal behavior such as becoming more aggressive.


Rabbits are also very good at hiding their pain. Are you sensing a pattern? When rabbits have tooth pain, you may not be able to tell right away, but it’s important to be on the lookout for some symptoms so you can get them treatment. Some signs of dental problems include picky eating, bad breath, reduced activity, matted fur, weight loss, bulging eyes, slobbering, a creamy discharge from the eyes and nose, facial abscess, and even anorexia.

To avoid any oral health issues, be sure to practice good dental hygiene with your pet every day. And while you’re at it, be sure you’re taking care of your mouth, too! At Paris Mountain Dental, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best dental care. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Can I Whiten My Crowns

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Crowns are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. They can also whiten teeth that are discolored due to that damage or decay. But can you whiten crowns down the road? Here’s a closer look at what crowns are and whether you can whiten them.

What Are Crowns?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits snugly over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are also known as caps. They can be made of many different materials including ceramic, porcelain, zirconia, and metal. They are meant to last at least seven years, but they usually last much longer than that.

Why Are Crowns Used?

Crowns are necessary in situations where a tooth is so badly damaged that it cannot be fixed with a filling. They serve to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, hold a bridge in place, and cover misshapen and even discolored teeth.

What’s the Procedure for Placing Crowns?

If you’ve come in for an appointment and we’ve determined crowns are the best course of treatment for you, we’ll first assess the damage or decay of the tooth. If you are getting a crown placed because of decay, we’ll need to remove the affected tooth structure. Depending on how severe the dental issue is, we might have to perform a root canal procedure. If there isn’t much of the tooth is remaining, we may need to build up a foundation to support the crown.

Once the tooth is free of the decaying material and is structurally sound, we’ll file down the tooth slightly so that the crown can fit over it. We’ll then take an impression of the tooth and send it to a lab to make the replacement. This may take a couple of weeks, so we’ll provide you with a temporary crown in the meantime. When your permanent crown is ready, we’ll call you back in to see us. We’ll remove your temporary crown and fit the permanent one over your tooth to make sure it’s the right fit. We can make any adjustments that you need during this appointment. Finally, we’ll bond the crown in place and make sure the look and fit are natural.

Can I Whiten My Crowns?

Now that you know what crowns are made of and how we place them, let’s talk about teeth whitening and your crowns. You cannot whiten crowns because the materials used to make them do not whiten like natural teeth. However, the crown itself can be made into any shade that you’d like when the lab makes it. If you think your crowns need to be brighter, make an appointment with us and we can discuss creating new crowns that are as white as you desire.

At Paris Mountain Dental, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve the smile you want. Call us today to make an appointment!

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At What Age Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation?

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It’s not uncommon for tweens and teens to need braces. And since the headgear of the past is long gone, they’re usually less averse to the idea of orthodontia. But when should your child have an orthodontic evaluation? We recommend bringing your child in once their permanent teeth start erupting. That doesn’t necessarily mean your child will leave with a shiny set of braces, but it does allow us to start keeping an eye out for potential problems.

Benefits of Early Teeth Straightening

The most ideal time for children to get braces is between the ages of 10 and 14. At this point, their head and mouths are still growing and developing. Teeth are more likely to take to the straightening process during this time. Of course, people can get braces at any age, but there are benefits to straightening teeth earlier rather than later.

  • Influence jaw growth and bite
  • Lower trauma risk if front teeth are protruding
  • Correct harmful habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, etc.)
  • Improve aesthetics of face and teeth
  • Help permanent teeth move into better positions

Orthodontic Evaluations for Kids

If you notice any of the following in your child, it may be time for an orthodontic evaluation:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Breathing through mouth
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Jaw position that is too far back or forward
  • Front teeth not meeting, or meeting abnormally
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Facial appearance that seems unbalanced

When your child comes in for an orthodontic evaluation, we take X-rays and go over any potential problems we see with their tooth eruption and mouth development. We discuss our suggested treatment plan with you so you can talk it over with your child. It’s important to go over the idea of braces with your child since they will be the one wearing the braces for years.

Braces aren’t nearly as big a deal as they used to be, but it can still be hard to decide if the time is right for your child to have an orthodontic evaluation. If you’re unsure, give Paris Mountain Dental a call. One of our team members will gladly discuss your concerns, answer any questions you have, and help you schedule a convenient consultation appointment.

It’s time to help your child get a healthy smile!

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Porcelain Veneers Process: What to Expect?

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Have you found yourself wishing you could change your smile? Maybe you’ve heard that porcelain veneers can give you a whole new smile, but you’re not sure exactly how they work. We’ve broken down exactly what you can expect, appointment by appointment, to help you prepare for this permanent change to your smile.


Before we even begin your treatment, we bring you in for a consultation. At this meeting, we go over your goals for your smile – do you want to cover up chips, close a small gap, or make multiple drastic changes? – and work with you to design your dream smile. We build this dream smile in our computer software so we can send this to our dental lab. The lab will use our design to create your veneers. At your consultation, we also talk with you about your expected costs and your payment options.

First Appointment: Preparation

When you come in for your first appointment, which is often grouped with your consultation, we start the process for getting you your dream smile. In addition to the smile design we create together, we also make sure that the lab has accurate impressions of your teeth. We want your veneers to fit great, so these impressions are vital. In order to take impressions that will allow your veneers to fit snugly and blend in with your surrounding teeth, we have to remove some enamel. Removing the enamel ensures that once we’ve bonded your veneers to your teeth, they don’t feel too bulky or stand out too much. After removing the enamel and taking impressions, we usually fit you with temporary veneers to keep your teeth protected until your permanent veneers are ready.

Second Appointment: A New Smile

When your veneers are back from the lab, we bring you in for the placement appointment. After removing the temporaries, we test the fit to make sure everything feels comfortable and your new look is what you pictured. Once we’re all satisfied, we bond the veneers to your teeth and you’re all set! We send you home with care instructions but know that after a day or two, you can get back to your normal dental hygiene routine. Brush and floss like normal – your veneers will stay in place and last for years to come.

The porcelain veneers process is actually very simple, and we think you’ll love the results. Contact us to schedule a veneers consultation and see what we can do to give you a smile you can’t wait to show off.

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