Find A Davenport Dentist

You can find a Davenport Dentist in the Yellow Pages or on line. Or you can ask your friends and neighbors. Most of our patient referrals come from other happy patients. When choosing a Davenport Dentist, find one that will give you treatment options. It is our professional responsibility to inform you of your oral health. But as the patient, you decide what you want done and when you want treatment. When you find a dentist you trust, refer your friends and family. we are always looking for nice patients.
Our office is always accessible for our regular patients, if you have an emergency, Dr Griebahn is available on his cell phone 24 a day 7 days a week. And that’s the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

How To Find A Davenport Dentist

Davenport Iowa has over 70 general or family dentists. Davenport also has many highly skilled dental specialists. When choosing a Davenport Dentist there are several things to consider and questions you should ask.
1) Ask if the office uses digital x-ray equipment. Digital x-rays are safer because they use 90% less radiation
2) Ask who monitors the sterilization equipment. Our office equipment is monitored by the University of Iowa ZCollege of dentistry.
3) Ask if they used a Diagnodent cavity laser detector. Thew Diagnodent uses a painless laser to find cavities missed with a dental pick or dental explorer.
4) Ask what lab is they use to make their crowns. Some dental offices use cheaper out of state or out of the country labs to save money. Many of these foreign labs use harmful metals like lead and nickel in your crowns.
5) Find an office that has patient friendly evening office hours.
6) Find and office that will listen to what you want done. Don’t be pressured to have extensive mouth re-habs done. The dentist may need that big case more than you.
As a Davenport Dental Office, we are here to serve you. And we will always tell you the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.

The Benefits of Braces

In a previous posts, I talked about the problems with braces or orthodontic treatment. As a side note, the word”orthodontic” the word means “to change the teeth”. The orthodontist is a dentist with advanced training and specializes in treating patients who need braces.

Back to the original topic of braces, there are many other reasons besides esthetics to have orthodontic treatment. Here are some of the reasons your dentist will recommend orthodontic treatment.
1) Poor occlusion: Occlusion refers to how your teeth fit together when you bite. If your bite is incorrect or you do not evenly bite on all your teeth, you can cause serious damage to your teeth and the gums.
2) Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause damage to your gums, because food can become packed between your teeth causing damage to your gums and making it easier to get cavities.
3) Sometimes the bones in your face that hold the teeth are misaligned and can prevent you from sleeping with your mouth opened. Sleeping with your mouth open can cause serious damage and gum disease. Sleeping with an open mouth increases your risk for other serious health issues. I will talk about this in another blog.
4) Sometimes braces are recommended only for esthetic issues, crooked or misaligned teeth may not be your thing. For a perfect smile, you may want braces. And remember you’re never too old.
5) Sometimes it is medically necessary to have braces. Some patients cannot close their mouths or chew their food properly. When you cannot chew you food properly, you may become seriously malnourished.

Why Do My Teeth Hurt After A Filling?

It is not unusual for teeth to hurt after a filling or crown. If the filling is deep or near the nerve or pulp, the filling may ache or be sensitive for several days or weeks. When the cavity is close to the nerve, the body will build a layer of dentin over time to insulate itself from the pain transmitted to the nerve form the filling. Here are some usual reasons fillings will hurt after a tooth is filled:
1) Normal response to the trauma, this pain should subside in several days or weeks.
2) If the tooth hurts only when you bite, the filling may be too high, especialy if this in the first or only tooth you hit when you bite.
3) If the tooth hurts when you eat sweetss, this usually means the filling is leaking or there may be another cavity near this tooth.
4) If the tooth aches or throbs for no reason, or it wakes you up at night, then the nerve may be dying and the tooth may need a root canal treatment.
5) If the tooth hurts after cold foods or drinks but then subside, this is called a hyperemic pulp. This is a good sign. Although, this is annoying, when a tooth aches to cold but the pain quickly subsides, then there is a good chance the tooth will heal over time.
6) If the tooth hurts with hot fooda or drinks, and cold makes it feels better, this is not good and the tooth usually needs a root canal treatment. Pain to hot foods indicates the nerve is dying and will eventually need a root canal treatment.

The above symptoms apply also to teeth that have not been filled. Use the above symptoms to determine if your tooth needs treatment. The above symptoms, 3-6 are late symptoms. You should have your cavities fixed before these symptoms occur. The best time to get a cavity fixed is beofre the tooth hurts.

Why Do We Have Sinuses?

As a dentist, we are well aware of the anatomy of the sinuses located behind your face. The sinuses communicate with your airways and with your upper teeth. A sinus infection can cause painful toothaches. There are also sinuses located in your forehead.

But, why did God give us sinuses? There are several reasons. One may be to make the head lighter, a hollow structure is lighter and actually stronger than a solid structure. Maybe the hollow cavity is used for making nosie or sounds when speaking. Nut I think the ‘coolest” reason is for cooling purposes. Because the brain is like a computer, it operates better in a cool environment. The sinuses are like act as an air colled radiator system keeping the brain cool.
Yawning may be a way to cool the brain down. When you yawn you are using air to cool off the brain. Pretty cool!


Toothaches can be very painful and even life threatening. In the late 1800s tooth infections were a leading cause of death in the Uinted States. Tooth infections result when the nerve dies in the tooth from trauma or a cavity. When the nerve or pulp dies, a poison is released into the surrounding jaw causing pain and swelling. If the swelling continues, it could jepordize breathing, cause eye infections and loss of vision, brain abscess, and heart infections leading to death. If you have any major swelling it is important to seek medcial attention from a dentist, or emergency room immediately.
Many times an abcessed tooth can be treated and saved with a root canal treatment. Sometinmes the tooth requires extraction. So don’t wait, get your cavities fixed before it detroys the nerve and requires root canal treatment or extraction.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are now an accepted treatment for missing teeth. Dental implants can be placed in healthy patients in about an hour. Although there are different sizes of implants and hundreds of companies that make dental implants, all dental implants require certain conditions for implant success. Over all, the five year survival rate of an implant depends on many factors. The patient must have healthy bone and a healthy body to increase the success of an implant. The maxillary bone or upper jaw bone is softer and not as dense as the mandibular or lower jaw bone. The lower jaw bone has a much higher success rate then the upper jaw for implants. The five year survival rate for implants is 85-95%.
Patients who smoke or who have have poor bone quality are discouraged from having dental implants. There must also be adequate bone width and height to receive a dental implant. If there is inadequate bone to accept a dental implant, then a bone graft is recommended.
The implant is a titanium root that is placed in the bone and gum. After the implant heals, a crown or tooth is cemented onto or into the implant. when finished and restored, the dental implant, looks natural, like any other tooth in your mouth

New Painless Cavity Detection Method

Diagnodent is a new FDA approved laser cavity detector. The Diagnodent uses a painless laser that can detect cavities that traditional methods usually miss. Developed in Germany by Kavo Corporation, the Diagnodent detects cavities that lie below the surface and are easily missed with a dental explorer or dental pick. The Diagnodent is painless and emits an audible noise when a cavity is found. The Diagnodent can detect cavities on the surface of the tooth. Cavity detection X-rays are still required to find cavities in between teeth. The dentists at Main Family Dental Care employ the Diagnodent during routine examinations.

White or silver fillings

Patients always ask me if I recommend white composite or silver fillings. Silver or amalgam fillings have gotten lots of press lately because of the mercury content of these fillings. I offer both in our office and I let patients decide which is best for them after they have all facts. Silver fillings have been around for over 100 years, and yes a silver filling does contain mercury along with other important metals such as silver, zinc and copper. Silver and zinc prevent the tooth from reinfecting with another cavity. The mercury that is in the filling is inert and bound and does not leak or dissolve. When patients say they want to replace their silver fillings because they are unhealthy , I always ask, what are you going to replace them with? White fillings also contain harmful chemicals such as Bis-Phenol A which does leak and is a know carcinogen. Bis-Phenol-A also damages kidneys and causes diabetes. White fillings leak and many times when I remove a white dental filling, there is usually decay under the white filling. The reason? Bacteria can eat a white filling, bacteria can’t eat silver. Silver has been used for centuries to clean water. In ancient times water was stored in vessel with bars of silver to kill germs. Modern in home water filters use silver to purify water.
We do however use white fillings. We use white fillings on front teeth for aesthetics and we do place white fillings on back molars when a patient request a white filling. We do not recommend replacement of a good silver filling with a white filling. It is unethical and illegal for any dentist to recommend removal of a good silver filling just to replace with a white filling. Any dentist that does this is committing fraud and does not have your best interest in mind. He only has his own best financial interest in mind.
You may have also heard that silver fillings crack teeth, this is false and in fact white fillings have been known to crack teeth during the curing process. Any dentist that tells you that silver fillings cause any systemic disease is scaring you and committing fraud and does not have your best interest in mind.
And that’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth.