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January 7, 2015

How Important is Bruxism Treatment? Stop Teeth Grinding in Owasso, OK

147352006Bruxism is an oral health condition that is characterized by the involuntary grinding of the teeth, usually at night while the patient is asleep. At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso, OK, Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto offer a comprehensive menu of general and preventive dentistry solutions, including treatment for bruxism and disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Saving Your Smile with Bruxism Treatment

Persistent teeth grinding causes a variety of undesirable oral health effects and the discomfort it causes can interfere with your daily life in a number of ways. Patients with untreated bruxism frequently suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Teeth that appear shorter and flatter over time
  • Indentations from teeth on the tongue or cheek lining
  • Stiffness and/or tenderness of the jaw
  • Chronic headaches that begin in the temple area
  • Teeth that are worn down, exposing internal tooth structure beneath enamel
  • Pain in the neck, head, shoulders, or upper back

Though you are most likely not bothered by your own teeth grinding or jaw clenching at night, there’s a possibility that your sleep partner is. In many cases, the extreme force with which the teeth grind together causes an audible scraping sound that can disrupt the sleep of others in the room. A custom oral appliance – often referred to simply as a nightguard – can be fitted to your unique dentition to reposition your jaw and cushion your teeth while you sleep. Most patients report relief from their bruxism symptoms within just a few nights of wearing their nightguard.

Schedule Your Bruxism Consultation Today

Do you suspect that you or your partner may be suffering from nighttime teeth grinding? Perhaps you often awaken in the morning with pain in your jaw or your head. Why wait another day to get the relief you need and deserve? Our team genuinely wants to help you get out of the daily grind and say goodbye to the pain and damage associated with bruxism. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Drs. Drake and Voto in Owasso, OK. Our family-friendly, high-tech office warmly welcomes patients from throughout communities in the surrounding areas of Collinsville, Sperry, Tulsa, Skiatook, Claremore, and beyond.

November 20, 2014

Invisalign for Busy Professionals in Owasso, OK

122573542If you’re a busy professional, the last thing you want to do is wear bulky metal braces for the next two years to straighten your teeth. But you may also realize that having a bright, straight, confident smile is essential to succeed in a competitive business arena. So how can you get that dazzling “Hollywood” smile without the inconvenience of traditional braces? The answer is adult orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Invisalign clear aligners are made especially for the orthodontic and esthetic needs of busy adults. If you want to straighten your teeth quickly and discretely, make an appointment with Drake & Voto today for your adult orthodontic consultation. Remember, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth. Don’t put off the orthodontic treatment you need any longer. Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has helped many patients achieve the smile of their dreams throughout Owasso, and they can help you too. Drake & Voto proudly serve families in Owasso, OK, Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore, Collinsville, and the surrounding communities.

What is Invisalign?

A custom set of clear aligners exchanged every few weeks as your treatment progresses.

The Benefits of Invisalign in Owasso, OK

  • Discretion: The nearly invisible clear aligners typically go unnoticed by friends and co workers.
  • Low Maintenance: The aligners are easily removable for cleaning and eating, so you don’t have to worry about restricting your diet. They also will not interfere with your oral hygiene routine.
  • Custom Fitted: The aligners are comfortable because they are precisely measured to your unique mouth shape.
  • Pain Free Checkups: With clear aligners there are no painful adjustments.  As your treatment progresses you simply exchange each set of aligners at the dentist office.

Invisalign Appointments in Owasso, OK

There’s no magic wand that will automatically fix orthodontic issues like crowded, turned, spaced, or misaligned teeth. However, there are several fast, discrete, and efficient orthodontic treatments available. If time, cost, and convenience matter; make an appointment with Drs. Drake and Voto today.  Their friendly team will be happy to discuss Invisalign and your adult orthodontic options. Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry serves patients throughout Owasso, OK, Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore, Collinsville, and nearby areas.


September 20, 2014

Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

botox and juvedermHealthy teeth and gums are an essential part of your overall health. Today, healthy and beautiful smiles go hand in hand. If you are concerned with the color, shape, spacing or alignment of your teeth, we recommend that you consider undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure. Make an appointment with Drs. Drake and Voto to learn more about getting the smile you’ve always wanted. Drake and Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry proudly serves patients throughout Owasso, OK, Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore, Collinsville and surrounding communities.

  • Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening is perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure. Professional teeth bleaching can enhance the brightness and color of your smile.
  • Dental Veneers– These are composite or porcelain laminates that are adhesively bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks. They can dramatically improve a worn appearance or severe tooth discoloration. Veneers may also appropriate if you have gaps between your teeth or if you have not had success with teeth whitening.
  • Braces– Orthodontics can improve the appearance of teeth in children and adults who have misalignment or teeth with wide gaps. Products like Invisalign are nearly invisible and exceedingly more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces.
  • Inlays/Onlays– Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays made from porcelain or composite materials are a long-lasting yet cosmetic way to provide a “filling” to teeth with tooth decay or similar structural damage.
  • Composite Bonding– Chipped, broken, discolored or decayed teeth can be repaired or corrected with composite bonding. A dental composite material with the look of enamel and dentin is applied into the cavity or onto the surface of a tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured, and hardened with a high-intensity light.
  • Dental Implants– With a 95% success rate, dental implants are tiny titanium artificial tooth root replacements that are used as a part of prosthetic dentistry to compensate for tooth loss. A custom restoration is then affixed to the implant to complete your smile.
  • Gum-lifts (gingivectomy)– This procedure involves the removal of gum tissue to make the teeth appear longer and the gum line more even. An uneven gum line can make the teeth appear to have different lengths, which detracts from an attractive smile.
  • Smile Makeover– Typically one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures — such as dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting and teeth whitening — may be required for several teeth in both the upper and lower arches in order to achieve the perfect smile.
  • Botox and JuvedermBotox is a safe and effective FDA-approved medication most commonly used to eliminate facial wrinkles and frown lines by decreasing the movement of muscles in troubled areas. It’s minimally invasive and results can typically last anywhere from 3-5 months on average. Juvederm is a smooth gel that is made up of hyaluronic acid which, when injected underneath the skin, can add volume and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds. Not only will Botox and Juvéderm enhance your facial features, but they can also be used to inhibit jaw clenching. The injections relax certain facial muscles which stop the clenching and associated pain.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso, OK

Cosmetic dentistry can provide aesthetic and restorative benefits. Technological advancements in natural-looking, tooth-colored dental materials make today’s cosmetic dentistry procedures more long-lasting and durable than ever before. To explore what can be done to enhance your smile, make an appointment with Drake and Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today. Dr. Drake and Dr. Voto proudly serve patients in Owasso, OK and the communities of Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore and Collinsville.

July 18, 2014

Understanding and Treating Periodontal Disease in Owasso, OK

Shutterstock Health Body PerioGum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in our country today, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto provide patients from throughout the Owasso, OK area with comprehensive general and preventive care, including periodontal disease therapy.

The Importance of Gum Disease Treatment

While gum disease is most widely known for its ability to contribute to bad breath and even tooth loss, the fact is that there are a variety of other health issues directly connected to periodontal disease. The bacteria that cause the inflammation of gingival tissue can travel through the bloodstream to other areas of the body, wreaking havoc as they do. Scientific and medical research have proven a direct correlation between untreated periodontal disease and the following systemic health conditions:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Respiratory illness
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Complications in patients with diabetes
  • Low birth weight and premature birth in mothers with gum disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

Fortunately, timely treatment of periodontal disease can help to drastically diminish your chances of suffering from these potentially serious health problems. Our team wants to help you obtain the gorgeous, healthy smile of your dreams, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding periodontal therapy and our other preventive dentistry services.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Do you experience gum pain or sensitivity when you brush and/or floss your teeth? Perhaps your gums are swollen and bleed on a regular basis. If you suffer from any of the common symptoms of gum disease, the time to act is now before the condition worsens. Contact our office in Owasso, OK today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Drake and Dr. Voto, and begin your journey toward a healthier mouth and a healthier body overall. Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves families from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Tulsa, Collinsville, Sperry, Skiatook, Claremore, and more.

May 23, 2014

What is Plaque? Helpful Information from Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Shutterstock FlossingYou hear a lot about plaque in toothpaste commercials on television, but what is it, really? How does it affect your oral health? At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso, OK, Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto provide patients with a variety of general dentistry services, including comprehensive cleanings to keep plaque, cavities, and other problems at bay.

Understanding Plaque and Bacteria

Plaque is a sticky substance that gradually builds up on the surfaces of your teeth and gums, harboring millions of acid-producing bacteria. When not properly removed during brushing or flossing, this bacteria causes dental caries, or cavities, in your tooth enamel.

Failure to remove plaque from all surfaces of the teeth can lead to the development of tartar along the gum line, a major factor in periodontal disease. More commonly referred to simply as gum disease, this widespread oral health condition affects three out of four American adults and can lead to a variety of health problems when left untreated. In fact, gum disease has even been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, some forms of cancer, dementia, and complications during pregnancy.

Fortunately, routine general dentistry visits to Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry – in conjunction with a daily brushing and flossing regimen at home – can help protect your teeth and gums from plaque and tartar buildup.

Quality General Dentistry Services for Families in Owasso

If it has been more than six months since your last routine checkup and cleaning at Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with our caring, experienced team. Our doctors and staff proudly serve families from throughout the Owasso area as well as surrounding communities in Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore, Collinsville, and beyond. We can’t wait to show you how our commitment to quality dental care can help you achieve your healthiest, most beautiful smile.

April 13, 2014

Do I Have a Dental Emergency? Vital Tips from Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Shutterstock Mouth PainTry as we might to avoid emergencies, they do occur from time to time. Knowing what to do to address an unexpected dental emergency ahead of time is key to ensuring a favorable outcome. At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso, OK, Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto offer same-day emergency dental services so you’ll never have to wait to receive the urgent care you need.

What is a Dental Emergency?

While every patient is unique and each set of circumstances is bound to be different, there are a few universal situations that can be aptly called dental emergencies. These include the following:

  • Severe pain that does not subside
  • Loose or lost filling or crown
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Teeth that are knocked out or loosened by impact
  • An abscess
  • Bleeding within the mouth

When you or a member of your family suffers from an injury to the teeth, gums, tongue, or soft tissues of the mouth, you want to be sure that you receive quick, caring service from a professional with experience in all aspects of dentistry. That’s where Drs. Drake and Voto come in to help, assuring you that you’re being treated to only the best care available when you need it most.

Emergency Dental Care for Your Entire Family

If you or someone in your family has suffered any of the injuries listed above, or you’d like to know more about what constitutes as a dental emergency, contact our office in Owasso, OK and speak to our caring, compassionate team. From our family-friendly, conveniently located office, we also warmly welcome patients from communities in the surrounding areas, including Collinsville, Skiatook, Tulsa, Sperry, Claremore, and beyond.

March 28, 2014

Are You a New Patient?

At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re always excited about seeing new patients. If you’ll be visiting us for the first time, we hope you’ll take a moment to look at our New Patients page. Here you’ll find helpful information about a range of topics.

First of all, you’ll find a link to our new patient form. We recommend printing this out and completing it before you come in. Doing your paperwork in advance will help us streamline your appointment. We can start processing your form immediately while you wait to see Dr. Gene Drake or Dr. Jayson Voto.

Also on our New Patient page is some helpful information on CareCredit and the range of payment options we accept. We want care to be as accessible as possible, which is why we’ve included this information on our website.

Finally, we want to encourage you—whether you’re a new patient or not—to give us a call if you’re experiencing a dental emergency. No emergency happens when it’s convenient—then it wouldn’t be an emergency. Give us a call immediately if you need urgent help.

Are you visiting Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the near future? Explore our website and give us a call if you have any questions. We serve patients from Owasso, Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Tulsa, Skiatook, and nearby communities.

February 14, 2014

Oral and Overall Health

What if we told you there was a connection between oral and overall health. Would you be surprised? Recent data suggests that there is indeed a connection and that the specific link is gum disease, an incredibly common oral health condition that’s also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gum disease is the result of bacteria and plaque building up around the gum line. Symptoms of the condition include:

  • Swollen or sensitive gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush
  • Recurring bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pockets between teeth and gums

The first half of this list applies largely to mild cases of gum disease. The second half of the list describes more advanced cases. Once pockets have developed, the bacteria and plaque of gum disease can use them to travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream.

A wide variety of health problems have been connection to gum disease, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term or low birth weight

Enjoying good oral and overall health means doing two things. First, it means sticking to a good oral health routine. Second, it means visiting Drake & Voto at least twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto.

Is it time for your next appointment with our Owasso dental team? Call us today for an appointment. Dr. Drake and Dr. Voto serve patients from Owasso, Claremore, Collinsville, Tulsa, Sperry, Skiatook, and beyond.

November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and from all of us at Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we hope you have a happy, safe, and fun holiday. We also hope you’ll take advantage of all the holiday has to offer. Watching what you eat and caring for your smile are both important, but there’s also a time to splurge, and what better day for that than Thanksgiving?

Whether you’re spending time with friends, family, or a combination of both, we hope you’ll enjoy all the season has to offer, whether it’s a second helping of turkey or another piece of pie. Brushing and flossing are still important, but tomorrow is a time to put food and loved ones first.

If you need to schedule one more appointment for 2013, we look forward to hearing from you after the holiday. Call us with your questions or just to reserve an appointment. Dr. Gene Drake and Dr. Jayson Voto are happy to serve patients from Owasso, Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Tulsa, Skiatook, and nearby areas.

Enjoy your holiday!

October 31, 2013

Start Planning Your Year-End Care Now

With November starting tomorrow, the rest of 2013 is going to slip by quicker than you might think. Thanksgiving is on the horizon and after that all the holidays of December. From now until the end of the year, you have to be careful about how you use your time. That means that if you need dental care, or if you’d like to do something with a cosmetic service, you need to start making plans now.

At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we would be happy to talk to you about any of your dental needs. We offer a wide range of the best general, cosmetic, and restorative services to help patients achieve optimal oral health, as well as improving patient confidence.

During your appointment, Dr. Drake and Dr. Voto will assess your oral health and talk to you about what goals you have for your smile. Based on the conversation we have, we’ll put together a customized treatment plan designed to address your exact situation.

Even if you’re not in need of cosmetic or restorative care, though, why not come in for one last visit while your current dental benefits are still in play? For most people, dental benefits don’t rollover from one year to the next. If you’ve already paid your deductible for this year, your insurance may help you pay for important care.

Do you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Drake or Dr. Voto before the end of the year? Call us today for an appointment. We serve patients from Owasso, Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Tulsa, Skiatook, and surrounding areas.

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