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Help Us Fill Our Donation Box | November 2017

November 2017 Blog | Dr. Madsen and Dr. HirschOur office is again  participating in the Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Food Drive. For every food donation you bring to the office, you will receive an entry into a drawing for a free gift from our office. Donations must be in by Nov. 17th.

Lists of food needed include:

• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Boxes of macaroni and cheese
• Jars of gravy
• Cans of cranberry sauce and broth
• Boxes of stuffing
• Pie crust mix
• Pumpkin pie filling
• Evaporated milk
• Aluminum nesting pans


If you would prefer to donate money directly to the Goodman Community Center for the Food Drive:


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Dentures Then & Now | October 2017

Drs. Madsen and Hirsch | Denture Blog | October, 2017AS RECENTLY AS 2012, one fifth of American adults over sixty-five had lost all of their natural teeth. Whether the tooth loss is from age or other causes, it is a problem dentists have been dealing with for thousands of years.

Dentures Have Ancient Roots

False teeth have been around in some form since at least 700 B.C., when they were made out of human or animal teeth. Tooth decay became a much bigger problem after the Industrial Revolution when refined sugar became cheap and our intake of it shot through the roof. Because more people were losing teeth, more people needed false ones, and denture technology advanced.

Easily the most famous man who needed dentures back in the day was George Washington. We’ve all heard about his wooden teeth, but they’re actually a myth. He had several sets of dentures, custom made for him from hippo ivory and human teeth, with gold wires and brass screws to hold them together.

Modern Dentures Have Come A Long Way

Today, dentures are typically made of plastics and acrylic resin, but they come in several different types, so let’s look at the main ones.

The Classic: Full Denture

When none of the natural teeth can be saved, a conventional full denture is a common choice. The denture isn’t placed in the patient’s mouth until after the gum tissues have finished healing, which can take several months.

Many people don’t like going so long without teeth, so immediate full dentures can be used in the meantime. Because the bone changes shape over the course of those months, immediate full dentures serve as a temporary denture or what we call a training denture, allowing the patient, especially the first time denture wearer, a chance to get used to eating, speaking, and the feel of dentures. This denture will need to be relined or replaced once the tissues have healed.

Want to learn how dentures are made? Check out the video below:


The Hybrid: Partial Denture

When at least a few of the natural teeth are still present, they serve as excellent anchors for partial dentures that replace the missing teeth. Partial dentures can be inserted and removed in much the same way as retainers. Alternatively, a permanent bridge can be installed. Partial dentures are a great option because the more of your original teeth you have, the stronger your jaw bones will be.

Going Bionic: Implant-Supported Denture

The main drawback with removable dentures is that they do little to prevent the bone loss in the jaws that occurs with tooth loss. Permanent options like dental implants, bridges, and implant-supported dentures do much better at continuing to apply the bite pressure the bone needs in order to stay strong, which preserves the shape of the face. They also make it easier to speak and chew than removable dentures, because they don’t have the risk of falling out.

Take Proper Care Of Your Dentures

All false teeth need regular cleaning to prevent discoloration and plaque buildup, whether they’re removable or permanent. They need to be brushed along with your gums, tongue, and palate. It’s important not to let them dry out, so you should store them in a denture soaking solution or even water when you’re not wearing them—just not hot water. Ultrasonic cleaners will also help keep them clean (but they don’t replace brushing). It is also very important, even when you wear dentures, to see us at Madsen & Hirsch Dental Care at least once a year to have your dentures professionally cleaned and have your mouth and gum tissues examined for potential mouth sores or cancerous lesions.

Come See Us!

If you are considering dentures, don’t hesitate to talk to us! We can provide any information you need. It can be difficult to have confidence when you have missing teeth, but dentures can let you take charge again.


We’re here to help you love your smile again!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


Toothache!! Now What! | September 2017

Madsen and Hirsch | Dental Anxiety Blog | September 2017 BlogYou’re at work, out of town, or just enjoying your weekend, and then you start feeling that low grade throbbing coming from your mouth. Or maybe you wince at that sharp pain coming from your tooth when you drink your coffee or enjoy a cold drink. You might bite into something and suddenly feel that piece of tooth that broke off, and then feel the pain.  Worst case scenario is when your face starts to puff up and you feel feverish, and then you know you are in trouble.

In all these cases, the best thing you can do is contact the dentist immediately. The dentist can determine whether you need to be seen right away or if your situation can be managed with antibiotics and over the counter pain relievers until you can get in to the office. What you should not do is ignore the situation because in most cases this will lead to more extensive treatment or the loss of your tooth.

Here at Madsen & Hirsch Dental Care, our goal is to encourage preventive dental care so situations like this can be avoided. With regular check-ups and having treatment done early, it becomes a lot easier to avoid painful and unexpected emergencies. Sometimes people avoid the dentist because they are fearful or anxious. If this is you, we are happy to work with you at your pace to make you comfortable, and have the availability of “sedation dentistry” to make you feel relaxed and secure while you have your needed dental work completed. 

Sometimes people avoid the dentist because it “costs too much.” Dentistry can become expensive when it becomes an emergency situation. Regular checkups and maintenance of your oral health can actually be quite cost effective when done preventively. Many recent studies have proven that there is a link between your general health and the health of your teeth, so good dental care is a great investment. Here at Madsen & Hirsch Dental Care, we will work with you to find the most affordable option for your situation.

So you have determined that you do have a dental emergency and you can’t get a hold of the dentist. Maybe you are out of town or just unable to contact the dentist. What do you do?

• Keep the area as clean as possible. Use a room temperature or slightly warm rinse to rinse away food debris.

• If the tooth has broken and sensitive, you can use a product from a drugstore for a temporary filling but make sure the tooth is clean before using this.

• Rinse with a solution of 1 Tablespoon of salt with warm or hot water especially if there is any sign of swelling.

• Soaking a cotton ball or cotton swab (Q-Tip) in any of these extracts (vanilla, almond, peppermint, or lemon) will provide temporary pain relief to an aching tooth or mouth. Simply hold the extract-soaked cotton to the pained area for a short period of time.

• Holding a warm tea bag to the area for short periods of time may also provide some relief.

• Clove oil on a cotton swab or use of raw cloves are also effective home remedies for a toothache if applied properly. All you need to do is to take a few cloves and keep them in your mouth for some time such that it gets moistened and releases the oil upon bruising by your non-paining molars. Once it is done, all you need to do is to hold the moistened cloves against your painful or sore tooth for at least half an hour. You will then get relief.

These measures are all meant to be very temporary remedies until you can get to the dentist as soon as possible. 

The content on this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions


Overcoming Dental Anxiety | August 2017

Madsen and Hirsch | Dental Anxiety Blog | August 2017 BlogMANY OF US, even though we know that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of life, don’t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone pokes around our teeth and gums. For some, though, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.

Dental Anxiety Stats

Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible to tooth decay and painful infection. It’s always better to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist

If you’re worried about going to the dentist, that might be because history and pop culture have given you the wrong idea. Before WWII made anesthetics the norm, dental procedures were uncomfortable, to say the least, but the field has come a long way since then. Modern dental offices maintain a high standard of comfort and care for patients.  We have a multitude of options to offer to make you feel at ease, so that you can have your dental needs addressed while they are simple and easy to fix, rather than waiting to treatment becomes more complicated and expensive.

Advice For Overcoming Dental Anxiety

If you or a family member or friend experiences dental anxiety, make sure to tell us.  Your first visit to the office can be meeting the doctors and having your questions answered without sitting in a dental chair.  This way you can take in the sights and sounds of the office and meet our wonderful and caring staff without having to have dental work done that day.  We can discuss the use of oral conscious sedation techniques which allow you to be relaxed during your dental procedure. Here at Madsen & Hirsch Dental Care, we work hard and take the time to make you comfortable and anxiety free. 


We Will Work With You!

Your care and comfort are our top priorities. If you or someone in your family struggles with dental anxiety and it’s interfering with getting needed dental care, we’d love to schedule a time for you to come to our practice so that you can get used to the facility and get to know our team. We can answer any questions you may have.
We hope to see you soon!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


The Daily Grind Of Bruxism | July 2017

Madsen and Hirsch | Bruxism Blog | July 2017 BlogMOST PEOPLE GRIND OR CLENCH their teeth briefly when annoyed or in a tense situation. That level of teeth-grinding isn’t really something to worry about. It’s when you do it far more frequently, often without even realizing it (you might even do it in your sleep!), that it can potentially become a serious problem. The medical term for this kind of teeth-grinding is bruxism.

Bruxism: What and Why

Sleep bruxism (or nocturnal bruxism) can happen as a side-effect of snoring and sleep apnea, and awake bruxism (or diurnal bruxism) can happen as a side-effect of stress in your daily life. However, not everyone with a sleep disorder or a stressful life has bruxism, and not everyone with bruxism has a sleep disorder or a ton of stress. Another possible cause is improperly aligned teeth.

Because there isn’t one clear cause, treatment can sometimes be tricky, and the focus is often on the symptoms and minimizing the damage more than curing the underlying condition. Even if you aren’t aware that you’re grinding your teeth, any of the following symptoms could point to bruxism:

  • Sore jaw (with sleep bruxism, your jaw will be most sore when you wake up, whereas with awake bruxism, it’ll be most sore before you go to bed)
  • Frequent headaches from all the strain
  • Hypertrophy in your jaw muscles (because you’re giving them quite the workout!)
  • Shifting teeth
  • Flattened chewing surfaces of teeth
  • Exposed dentin and increased tooth sensitivity
  • Chipped/cracked/split teeth
  • Tooth loss

Your Next Steps
Depending on which type of bruxism you have, there are a variety of treatments or approaches to either reduce the grinding or the damage it causes.

Behavioral Therapy

With behavioral therapy or habit-reversal techniques, you can become more aware of your clenching/grinding habits and consciously work to stop. This one works better when you have awake bruxism than sleep bruxism, because it’s obviously much harder to control your jaw muscles in your sleep.


Particularly for stress-related bruxism, relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing exercises, massages, warm baths, calming music, and a full night’s sleep can help you de-stress and stop grinding.

Wearing A Bruxism Appliance

A bruxism appliance or splint serves as a pillow between your upper and lower teeth. It won’t stop the grinding, but it protects your teeth from damage and can also help relax muscles. We make these in the dental office.


Muscle relaxant medication might help you unclench while you sleep. However, medicine is rarely used to treat bruxism, especially if other treatments are helping.

Botulinum Toxin (Botox or Xeomin)

Botox or Xeomin injected into the Masseter Muscles (large jaw muscles in your cheeks) have been shown to be of remarkable help in decreasing bruxism by weakening the muscle forces used in clenching and grinding.  The safe and painless injections also help in reducing the hypertrophy of the muscles resulting in a softer and less square jawed appearance.  Many patients have also experienced relief from headaches with added help of injections into the Temporalis Muscles on the sides of the forehead.

Check out this video for more information and a few other ideas on how to combat bruxism or minimize the damage:



We Can Help!

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be due to bruxism and you should schedule an appointment so we can make a plan for how to address it. You don’t want to leave it untreated until it gets to the point where it’s damaging your teeth.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.