Galligan Family Dentistry Blog

How Do You Know if You Have a Cavity?


Did you know that the vast majority of the population has been affected by dental cavities, but many people don’t even know it?  When caught early, cavities are easily repaired with minimal damage to the tooth. However, when treatment is delayed, costly and painful procedures are needed. How do you know if you have a cavity? Here are the common causes and symptoms to look for. What is a Cavity? A cavity is a hole in the tooth, which is caused by bacterial plaque dissolving the tooth minerals.  Plaque bacteria that live in the mouth infiltrate the developing hole and live off of sugars that are consumed through foods. As they multiply, the bacteria destroys more and more of the tooth. How Do You Know if You Have a Cavity? While many people realize that darkened areas may indicate a cavity, there are other symptoms as well. Some early warning symptoms of a cavity include: Experiencing pain while chewing, especially when pain is concentrated on a certain tooth. Feeling sensitivity […]

What makes a good dental hygienist?

There are certain skills a dental hygienist must have to excel and provide quality service to patients. This is what makes a good dental hygienist.

The dental hygienist is a healthcare professional that is part of a professional dental team that provides high-quality dental care. The responsibility of dental hygienists is giving advice and information to patients on how to maintain proper oral health, preventing oral diseases, and treating varying conditions of gum disease. Dental hygienists have undertaken extensive schooling and training to provide good dental hygiene care. An Associate of Arts degree from college is the minimum requirement to apply for Dental Hygiene school where 2 years of demanding education combines classroom knowledge and clinical practice. A good dental hygienist needs to have: High ethical values Thorough knowledge of dental sciences Excellent clinical dexterity Friendly one-on-one communication skills Critical judgment and decision making skills Ability to multi-task In addition to all the above mention it is very important to patients that a hygienist possesses pleasant and respectful chair side manner. A good dental hygienist has suitable physical stamina to provide preventive and therapeutic treatment routinely throughout a given day.  Other skills include: Self-motivation and […]

What to Expect at Your Professional Dental Cleaning


As you know, oral health is important to our daily lives. Each year, millions of adults and children head to the dental office for a check up, cancer screening, and a thorough professional dental cleaning. Here is what to expect at your professional dental cleaning. Kick back and relax… Most dental cleanings take between 30 minutes and an hour and are vital to removing gum disease causing tartar that cannot be removed without professional assistance. Your dental hygienist will initially review your dental history, ask questions about your daily dental routines, ask about any unusual oral troubles and discuss previous dental problems. Let them know if you’re taking any medications or have changes to your medical history. If the cleaning is part of a yearly check-up, the dentist may take X-rays to assess areas our your mouth that are only detectable using this technology. A professional dental cleaning is an ongoing preventive procedure that should be very comfortable in the absence of progressive gum inflammation. If you have evident gum […]

Invisalign Cost Vs. Braces Cost


Choosing the type of orthodontic treatment that’s right for you is a big decision. Improving your smile is an important investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The perfect smile you’ve always wanted can be achieved with regular braces or Invisalign ®, at either your general dentist or orthodontist office. However, the level of comfort, duration or cost is not the same. The end results may look and feel the same, but the process is significantly different. Braces Invisalign Corrects Most Malocclusions Yes Yes Time Average 18 mo. Average 12 mo. Removable No Yes Uses No Yes Maintenance Office visits every 4-6 weeks. Office visits every 4-6 weeks. Clear No Yes Eating Habits Many food restrictions Eat whatever you want Hygiene Difficult to remove cavity causing food and plaque Easily brush and floss as usual Average cost $5400 $4700 If compared, Invisalign offers more advantages and fewer disadvantages: comfort, esthetically pleasing, convenient, less prone to decay and better for maintaining good oral hygiene. The Cost of Invisalign Vs. The Cost Of Braces […]

How to Find The Best Dentist?


Finding the best dentist is your area is not easily, but is certainly important. The question is, How to find the best dentist that is right for you? People discover that there are many choices, but not all will fit for their dental needs. When searching for a great dentist, the American Dental Association makes the following suggestions: Word of Mouth: The most common way to find a dentist is through references. Recommendations from family, friends, new neighbors, or co-workers are usually the most trusted sources. If someone you know is happy with the service of a specific dentist they will endorse him or her. Go Online: A dentist’s website is a great place to start. If it looks friendly and full of information, people are more inclined to choose that dentist. Reading reviews and testimonials can help. The best dentist will have great reviews online. The ADA provides a list of local and state dental societies on its web site Visit the Dental Office & Meet the Staff: […]

What it takes to become a great dentist

Great Dentist

Not everyone is destined to be a dentist. It takes a special kind of person to pursue a career in dentistry and have the heart to care for patients. There’s no question that a dentist must have an extensive level of education, master the art and sciences, and understand the multitude of procedures in order to practice quality dentistry.  A great dentist must not only have the knowledge to carry out the duties of his or her profession, but must also have, or develop, a series of characteristics, skills and other intrinsic qualities, as well. Characteristics of a great dentist: A key component of a great dentist is a sincere and thorough inquiry with a patient about their state of oral health. They work with patients that have concerns and fears when undergoing dental work. They take all complaint of pain seriously and strive to provide a definitive solution to a concern. After thoroughly reviewing a patient’s health status they provide patients prevention and treatment options while explaining the risks and […]

Children’s Dentist Raleigh NC


Nothing is more beautiful than a child smiling. But, sometimes they need a little help from a family dentist to make that smile shine even brighter. Taking a child to the dentist, especially if it’s their first time, is a very important landmark in their life. Parents must remember that visiting a dentist can be intimidating to a child at any age. It is also vital for parents to teach their children at an early age the importance of good oral health, including early childhood flossing. Galligan Family Dentistry is a family dentist in Raleigh with a friendly environment created especially for pediatric patients. The staff is trained to help kids feel safe and excited when they visit the dentist. Remember a child’s mouth is not as developed as an adult’s, so a dentist with pediatric experience can help ensure any dental issues are appropriately addressed. Dr. Ryan Galligan has training that enables him to provide the most up-to-date, in-depth treatment for a wide variety of children’s dental problems. Family […]

Galligan Family Dentistry Opens New Dental Office in Raleigh, NC


Dentist Raleigh NC‘s Dr. Ryan Galligan invites everyone in Raleigh NC. to the grand opening of Galligan Family Dentistry’s’ new state-of-art dental office. Galligan Family Dentistry announces the grand opening of its new dental facility in Raleigh NC. The new office is located at 11420 Falls of Neuse Rd Raleigh, NC. and will continue to provide old and new patients quality dental services including adult and child exams and cleanings, orthodontics, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, and numerous preventive and restorative treatments. The new office is located at 11420 Falls of Neuse Rd Raleigh, NC. and will continue to provide old and new patients preventive and restorative treatments including quality dental services, exams, cleanings, orthodontics and Invisalign. To celebrate the grand opening of the new practice, Galligan Family Dentistry is inviting everyone on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10am to 6pm to join Dr. Galligan and staff for hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, along with the chance to win prizes including a Michael Kors handbag. The event will feature an exclusive promotion of $500 […]

Galligan Family Dentistry Grand Opening Event

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We’re celebrating our brand new state-of-the-art facility and we’d like you to join us!  So, please drop by to say hello, take a look-see, have some hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and enter to win hourly door prizes including our Michael Kors handbag grand prize. Please invite your friends and family too, all are welcome! Our event will feature an exclusive promotion of $500 off INVISALIGN* orthodontic treatment for participants that initiate treatment during our event on December 6th.  As part of our newly featured technologies, we’re able to take digital impressions of your teeth right away following your consultation, with greater comfort and accuracy! Date: Friday, Dec. 6, 10am-6pm Location: 11420 Falls of Neuse Rd Raleigh, NC 27614 Who will be there: Dr. Ryan Galligan , staff and Invisalign representatives to answer questions RSVP: Call to register for a free consultation time, space/appointment times are limited. An Invisalign representative and our knowledgeable staff, including those currently in treatment, will be present to answer questions and guide you on your Invisalign […]

Dental Care Halloween Tips From the Dentist Raleigh NC Loves

Dental Care Halloween

Halloween is upon us, which means scary ghosts, monsters, creepy crawlers and CANDY! The perfect time for a child to go out, scare the neighbors, and fill their bags with sugary treats. Nothing scares parents more than knowing all the dental problems their child could face from large amounts of candy. Below are some tips from the Dentist Raleigh NC loves! “Don’t be scared, Halloween can be the perfect time to teach children good Dental health habits for life.” Says the Dentist Raleigh NC. can trust Dr. Ryan Gallingan. Healthy Halloween Tips from Galligan Family Dentistry To keep cavities away and protect your child’s smile here are a few Halloween Tips from Dr. Galligan: Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals, which cancels out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Drinking a glass of water after eating candy will also help wash away some of the sugars and acid. Minimize treats that are sticky, chewy or hard that cling to or […]