Natural teeth – thanks to computers

Monday, March 26th, 2012

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology is the modern method of making crowns. In today’s busy world and with time so precious, the more work you can get done in less time, the better.

CEREC technology gives you the esthetic, strength, and convenience of dental treatment that you couldn’t have in the past. CEREC is a cad/cam system (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) for teeth. At North Country Dental, the common two-visit crown with temporary crowns and sensitivity is a thing of the past. CEREC crowns give you a one visit procedure that is time saving and comfortable.

CEREC crowns

  • contain no metal
  • are very esthetic and natural in appearance
  • porcelain material is strong
  • closest thing to natural tooth structure available today

The computer aided design of the crowns allows the dentist to be able to copy your own tooth in size and shape, or create a new tooth that is identical and complementary to the other in the mouth. North Country Dental has been using this technology since 2000. Dr. Schoenbeck has been recognized as a pioneer in this field and is a certified trainer of the CEREC system.

Find out more about CEREC today!


Are your teeth trying to tell you something?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Quite often when I ask a patient if they have any teeth bothering them, they will tell me that they have a bit of cold sensitivity. When your teeth and the mouth are healthy, there should not be any pain or sensitivity. There are so many advertisements and attention given to tooth sensitivity that I thought it would be beneficial for you to learn the truth about tooth sensitivity. So grit your teeth and get ready to chew on the sensitivity issue.

Why do advertisers play to our sensitivities? Because they know that we will buy any product that will relieve our pain. If there is relief for pain, then people will want it. And in their advertising, do they tell you why you are having pain? No, not really. The answer is complex and sometimes complicated. In fact it is so complicated, that I feel I am more of a detective than a dentist. Because the symptoms of the sensitivity are easy to treat, the products sell well. But the cause of the symptoms often goes untreated. Why, because if you can buy something that gets rid of the symptoms, why deal with the cause? That might be more involved. But wouldn’t it feel great to get rid of the problem for good?  It’s sometimes difficult to find to the cause of the pain and the person you should seek is the dentist.  But even some dentists placate the patient with symptom relief and don’t chase after the cause. So, what is the cause of tooth sensitivity? Lets get to the root of the problem.

First you have to understand how teeth have sensitivity. There are three layers to a tooth. The enamel, dentin, and pulp (nerve). The enamel is the hard white outside and the pulp is the soft mushy stuff deep inside. When you put cold things on your teeth, the change in temperature from your warm mouth to the cold ice creates a change in the inside of the tooth which starts at the surface enamel and penetrates to the pulp. Now, around the outside of your tooth  (in the root below the gums) are lots of little ligaments that connect your tooth to the jawbone. These ligaments can get irritated and cause pain, much like pain in your knee or shoulder or elsewhere in your body when they get irritated. So, there are really two paths your sensitivity may take.

Now, say you have a heavy hand and like to brush really hard with your tooth brush. By the way, hard brushing won’t get your teeth any cleaner than softer brushing. If you brush in a back and forth motion (not up and down) hard enough for a long time, you will wear away the enamel part of your tooth and sometimes the gums. When this happens you expose the softer layer under the enamel, the dentin. The dentin is like a superhighway to the pulp. And when cold touches that, YEOW- pain follows. So, the big toothpaste companies figured out how to make a toothpaste that would plug the superhighways up like I-93 in Boston at 5 o’clock on a Friday. That’s what you buy to get rid of the sensitivity. Now, you don’t have to be a dentist to start thinking, “If I could put back that part of enamel that I’ve been giving the brush-off to, then I wouldn’t have to keep using this awful tasting toothpaste.” That’s right, the dentist  could put some filling in that area that was brushed away and get rid of the sensitivity for good. Wow, how about that? They won’t tell you that on T.V. because you won’t need their product.

The other path of sensitivity involves something different. The ligaments. Well, if you have the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, you find yourself avoiding certain areas of your mouth because of sensitivity. Many people don’t know, and often deny the fact that they clench and grind. I can tell just by looking at your teeth if you are a clencher/grinder. That’s the detective work I do.  What happens is that as you clench or grind your teeth for several hours at night and sometimes during the day, you exert a LOT of force into your jaw. Those ligaments that connect your teeth to the jaw don’t like that. They get a little upset and become inflamed. This causes the teeth to hit harder when you chew. Which, in turn gets the pulp (the nerve inside) irritated and makes you sensitive to temperature changes. For this, you could spend tons of money on toothpastes and mouth rinses to eliminate the sensitivity. None of which will work very well. So you will get some relief, but you haven’t really addressed the cause. So, if you want to find the cause, what do you do? That’s right, find the tooth detective. Get the CSI mouth team. (CSI- cause of sensitivity issue). Well, the dental detectives would look inside, gather evidence, ask questions, and finally come up with cause, and offer treatment to correct it. That’s what we do. What is it that makes us grind our teeth? We don’t know for sure. If we did, the big companies would have made a pill for it. But we know how to eliminate or at least greatly relieve it. To get rid of this kind of pain could be as simple as making a mouthguard to wear at night or as complicated as rebuilding the whole mouth.

The bottom line of this story is that the longer you wait to address the cause of your pain, the more costly and involved the solution will be. By buying all those well advertised products, you are buying time in relieving pain, but you’ll be damaging your oral health and not treating the cause. I hope you find the right people to help your mouth get back to health and stop the sensitivity.

Botox treatments enhance your smile

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

New!  Botox® Treatments now available!

Dr. Schoenbeck has been trained and certified by the Pacific Training Institute for Facial Esthetics to administer Botox® therapy. Dr. Schoenbeck’s medical training, expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry and familiarity with the anatomy of the face and neck made providing Botox injections a practical and natural solution for patients who wanted their face to match their new smiles – youthful, fresh, beautiful. NCD is now one of only approximately 16% of dentists in the U.S. who offer this treatment for both cosmetic and soon, TMJ/Migraine therapy. Dr. Schoenbeck is dedicated to bringing the North Country the best, most advanced dentistry and non-invasive cosmetic treatments to enhance dental restorations and other cosmetic dental work. Ask us about our cosmetic services and which one is right for you.

Why is NCD offering Botox?

Many of our patients have asked about Botox® treatments. They wanted extended cosmetic services to enhance their new smiles. And it made perfect sense. As a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Dr. Schoenbeck has been specially trained and works every day with the anatomy of the face and neck. Who better to trust than your dentist? In fact, dentists are more focused on the face and neck areas and regularly give more injections on a daily basis than other medical doctors. Practice makes perfect! You can be sure your experience will be comfortable and safe.

Another good reason to get Botox® services at NCD is that it’s very discreet! Walking out of a Med Spa can be a sure give-away, especially when you start looking younger! We all go to the dentist. So while you’re having your dental work done, you can have a little “other” cosmetic enhancement and no one will be the wiser. In fact, if you are considering cosmetic dentistry, Botox® treatments are recommended before you have the dental work done. Why? Using Botox® allows the dentist to perfect your smile by precisely placing your lip line with your teeth to give you the best smile.

Find out if Botox® is right for you! Always discreet, always gentle, always NCD.

Routine dental exam can help save your life

Monday, September 19th, 2011

A routine oral exam at your dentist’s office can help save your life. How? In detecting early warning signs of cancer. Yet many people don’t know this simple, painless, twenty-minute check up should be done once every year.

Approximately 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer occurs almost as frequently as leukemia and claims almost as many lives as melanoma cancer.

Many people don’t even know the cancer screening exam is taking place while the dentist or hygienist is doing it. During a dental oral exam, the dentist moves the tongue, checks the glands in the mouth, even checks the patient’s head and neck. They feel for physical anomalies in an area that would be overlooked by a general physician. Cancers can be detected before more obvious external indications arise by changes or abnormalities in the glands of the mouth, under the tongue, or in the tongue itself.”

The stage at which an oral cancer is diagnosed is critical to the course of the disease. When detected at its earliest stage, oral cancer is more easily treated and cured. When detected late, the overall five-year survival rate is about 50 percent.

Don’t wait till it’s too late!  Call today to schedule your Dental Oral Exam.

At North Country Dental, we’d love to make your smile….

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Team, led by Dr. Paul Schoenbeck (a certified member of the American Academy Of Cosmetic Dentistry), is dedicated to making the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted easy and affordable.

Our staff is committed to making your visit one that will make you happy to show off that great new smile! We’ll discuss the options most suitable for you, your expectations, and the dental fees involved. We keep you informed so you’re in control. No surprises. We offer several payment options, including our Care Credit revolving charge. Learn more about your financing options

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Conway, NH on Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Making Strides is more than a walk – it’s a fundraising event. The dollars raised through Making Strides help the American Cancer Society continue its work of helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against breast cancer, and we can’t do it without your donations or participation. Last year Making Strides raised $60 million and it happened one $10, $25 and $50 donation at a time. So give what you can – donate, volunteer, join a team – and know that you’re helping save lives!

Here’s how:

Go to

Click “Find event” tab

Search zip code 03860 for North Conway

Click link to go to your event information!

Making Strides walks are non-competitive and three to five miles in length. Since 1993, nearly six million walkers have raised more than $400 million. North Country Dental has formed a team to participate in the North Conway walk – help us help others by your donation of time or money. Every little bit helps!

History of Making Strides:

In 1984, Massachusetts cancer survivor Margery “Margie” Gould Rath wanted to find a way to celebrate fellow cancer survivors by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Working with a committee of fellow cancer survivors and other volunteers, she created a “move-along-a-thon” called Making Strides Against Cancer to bring people of all abilities together in an event to move the fight against cancer forward. The first event, held in Boston, drew 200 participants and became a yearly event in the city. In September 1993, the event officially became known as the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, attracting 4,000 walkers at events in Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire; inspired nearly 6 million walkers to participate in Making Strides events in more than 145 communities across the country; raised more than $400 million to fight breast cancer; and in 2009 alone, collected $60 million through the efforts of nearly 700,000 walkers across the country to save lives from breast cancer.