We strive to educate our patients…

The other day we had a woman call our office for pricing on certain procedures. In our attempt to make sure that apples were being compared to apples we asked her several questions BEFORE we gave any answers. This is not in any way to deter from the question asked. We want to tell you how much things cost, we just want to make sure that we are giving you the best information possible.

If you call into any office and ask “how much is a crown” and they quote you so low that you choose to go there based on price you might be unsatisfied with your visit. (We know you also may be very satisfied and that is the bet case scenario of course) Say you make that choice and you go to the cheapest office. When you get there, you might be surprised,  there may be a lot of other fees that they add to the treatment. That is what we try to avoid. We cannot accurately diagnose dental treatment over the phone so we always try to schedule a consult appointment. Then we can give you an estimate which still can always change if we get going into the tooth and there is more extensive decay to the tooth than originally thought. Dentistry is sort of an art. Finding the beauty in a perfectly healthy smile we strive to get your mouth to its optimum health. We listen to our patients and we want to address your concerns. We care about our patients. If you or anyone you know needs dental advice, or dental care please send them our way. We would love to meet them. (209) 524-4763.


DONATE until Thursday and ENTER to WIN!

We will be wrapping up our Back-2-School event this week on Thursday August 15th 2013.  You still have time to bring in your donated school supplies and enter to win. Bring in your donated school supply items, backpacks, lunch pails, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, calculators etc… Anything a child would need to succeed in school! We will be giving all of the donated items to Sierra Vista Child and Family Services that benefits children and families in the Modesto area and all surrounding communities. Giving back to the community is something we try really hard to stay actively involved with. Dr. Openshaw has a great big heart and he loves to do this type of event! We would love to meet you so come on by with your donation! You DO NOT NEED to be a patient to win! Although we area always accepting new patients and would love to help you out with your dental needs too! Call us today with any questions you may have. (209) 524-4763

You have questions… we have answers…

Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation. This is a great way for you to meet our team, and of course to meet Dr. Openshaw. See if we are a good fit for you! You can take a tour of the office and check out our dental equipment. We want to make sure that your questions are answered so that you can make the best decisions regarding your dental care. We will research any insurance that you may have helping out with the cost of treatment, and we can go over several other financial options also. We help out in every possible way to get you the care you need and want so that you can be on your way to a healthier smile! Summer is a great time for our patients to take advantage of time off and use that time to take care of themselves. Get the kids in before school starts. Send them to school with the peace of mind knowing that their cavities are filled, the teeth are cleaned and orthodontic treatment is started if necessary. With Invisalign you have less office visits than traditional ortho. Call us for more info on scheduling a consult to see if your teen would be a good candidate for Invisalign TEEN. Stock up on electric toothbrush heads if you need them, or make the first purchase of an electric toothbrush, and a waterpik water flosser to help get those gums back to a healthy state! We can help with all of this and we L♥VE to help! We are always accepting new patients too! So tell a friend! If you have any questions at all please just call us! (209) 524-+4763

Is a dental implant right for you?


Here at the dental office of Philip Openshaw DDS we love helping people reach their goals of a great smile! A healthy smile! Dental implants are one way that we achieve this goal with many of our patients.

Picture this, you are driving in your car and you put your tongue around your mouth and notice a broken tooth. A few hours later you hear a crunch when eating and you put your tongue back where the broken tooth was earlier that day and it is gone. Fractured off at the gumline. There may or may not be pain. There most likely are root tips left under the gumline, so you will want to see a dentist right away to avoid an abscess. Now you are missing a tooth. Oh no! What is the first thing you would do? Our thought? Call us! We can place implants same day and get you on your way to a “new tooth” to take the place of the broken one.

Dental implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. If you have lost a tooth you know the pain of missing that tooth that had been in your mouth since you were a small child. If its a back tooth and may not be noticeable to the outside world, it is still very noticeable to you. It is hard to eat, sometimes painful, and also you have probably heard your dentist tell you that the “opposing” (the one on the top or bottom of where the missing tooth is) tooth is at risk because it has nothing to hit against when you close your mouth. Of course if it is a front tooth that is noticeable when you smile the same things can be true but you have the added discomfort of not wanting to smile, and being self conscious all the time. Some people will wear a flipper (a tooth that is on a retainer like appliance) but they usually have to take them out to eat and that can be embarrassing especially in social situations. Dental implants solve these issues. They give you the look and feel you deserve!

Call us with any questions that you may have about dental implants. We strive to address your concerns and needs in a gentle professional and timely manner.

Visit our website at www.openshawsmiles.com for more information on dental implants or call our office to set up a no charge consultation appointment. (209) 524-4763

Risk Factors for Gum Disease… Do any apply to you?

Here at the dental office of Dr. Philip Openshaw, we stress “prevention” we really want to help you KEEP healthy teeth and gums all of your life. It is much easier to keep things healthy than get them back to healthy once they progress to an unhealthy state. First things first, everyone should be doing these three things

*Brushing for at least 2 full minutes twice a day

*Flossing daily

*Using an alcohol free mouth rinse

In addition to these top three there are many other things you can do to prevent problems in the mouth. Eating a balanced nutritional diet, chewing gum with Xylitol after meals (when you can’t brush), and seeing your dentist twice a year are several other that we recommend.

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call! We are always here to answer any questions you may have. (209) 524-4763

Here is some information from the American Academy of Periodontology::

“Gum Disease Risk Factors
The main cause of periodontal (gum) disease is plaque, but other factors affect the health of your gums.

Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis.

Smoking/Tobacco Use
Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.

Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease. Identifying these people with a genetic test before they even show signs of the disease and getting them into early intervention treatment may help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems. Stress also is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Just as you notify your pharmacist and other health care providers of all medicines you are taking and any changes in your overall health, you should also inform your dental care provider.

Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.

Other Systemic Diseases
Other systemic diseases that interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Poor Nutrition and Obesity
A diet low in important nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Article taken from http://www.perio.org/consumer/risk-factors

Dental Disease is preventable…

“Dental disease is preventable… The good news is that dental disease is preventable. You can practice preventive dentistry on yourself by adopting these healthy habits: Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. And don’t forget to schedule regular dental visits. By following a healthy dental routine and making smart food choices, you can lower your risk for tooth decay.” http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-under-40/  Here at Dr. Openshaw’s office we are constantly talking about prevention. We urge our patients to take care of their teeth and to stop the problem before it starts.  Make sure that you schedule a dental check up and cleaning twice a year. If you have a toothache call us to see if you should come in right away. We can answer many questions over the phone so just call us! We love talking to our patients and answering all of their questions. We can help you make sense of your dental insurance also. If you do not have dental insurance we can go over the other financial options that are available for you. We are here to help! (209) 524-4763

This is a great website to get more dental information. www.mouthhealthy.org

Get that smile ready for the aisle…

Do you know any Bride-to-be’s? We want to make sure that she is picture perfect for her big day! Whitening, Invisalign along with other cosmetic restorations… Dr. Openshaw can help with it all! Pass our number along and help make her BIG DAY perfect! (209) 524-4763.  Of course this goes for the mother / father of-the-bride, the attendants and the groom also!  Cosmetic dentistry is a great option to put your smile concerns at ease! With pictures that will last a lifetime, it’s natural to want your smile to be the best it can be and Dr. Openshaw can help!

Along with a perfect wedding, many brides also want a perfect smile. When making appointments for dress alterations, floral arrangements and reception details, schedule a dental visit too, suggests the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing education.

Remember its best to schedule a thorough checkup and cleaning at least one year before your wedding but if the wedding is closer then anytime before your BIG DAY is still beneficial!  A year prior just helps if you’re unhappy with your smile, because Dr. Openshaw will have enough time to perfect your teeth by the wedding.  Several options exist to correct the shape, color, alignment and look of teeth. New and improved smiles don’t happen overnight; timing needs to be considered. Getting appointments for a lot of restorative care can take up to two months and orthodontic treatment can take from one to two years.  Plan to have procedures completed at least two months in advance of your big day, in case problems need to be corrected and so the mouth has time to adjust to cosmetic changes.   In addition to cosmetic appearance, consider breath. What could be worse than saying ‘I do‘ with “dragon” breath?”. Try a piece of sugarless gum, a breath mint or chewing a piece of parsley prior to walking down the aisle.

Is your smile camera ready?    

  • The way you hold your head changes the appearance of your front teeth. Teeth are shadowed most of the time by the lips. When you tilt your head down, your upper teeth generally appear longer. If your head is tilted back, your upper teeth appear shorter.
  • If you have a metal filling or crown, we can replace that with a tooth colored restoration to help with the look of your smile. If not, alert the photographer. They can photograph teeth from a different angle that will not reveal them. If this is not possible, photos can often be retouched so that metal does not show.

Do you know any Bride-to-be’s? We want to make sure that she is picture perfect for her big day! Whitening, Invisalign along with other cosmetic restorations. We can help with it all! Pass our number along and help make her BIG DAY perfect! (209) 524-4763.

CEREC (single visit) crowns…

It amazes us that people still sound surprised when we tell them that we can get them in for their crown and complete it in one single visit.  We have been doing this for years. Our new patients oftentimes find this to be very surprising and they really like it. They don’t have to take multiple days off of work or school. They can come in and have their treatment done and be on their way in the matter of a couple of hours.

CEREC technology is fascinating! Here is how it all works. You come into the office needing a crown. Dr. Openshaw uses CAD/CAM technology to take a digital impression of the tooth needing restoration. He then designs the crown to fit perfectly into your mouth. The crown is then milled on the CEREC machine. You can actually watch your new crown being made. This process takes about 7 minutes. The crown is prepped and then permanently bonded to the existing tooth structure that remains and has been prepped for crown placement. A final x-ray is taken and Voila! you are ready to go! The whole process takes about 2 hours.

Cerec block with tooth

We love to help people attain the smiles they deserve! We value your time and we value you! We strive to make your visit comfortable, and as smooth as possible. Transitioning from your work day to your dental appointment and most times our patietns can return to work immediately after their visit. Call us today for a no charge consultation to see if we are a right fit for you and your family! (209) 524-4763


CEREC crowns come with a 5 year guarantee*. (Call office for details, limitations and requirements)

Your Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first dental visit should and can be fun!

It is a good idea to acclimate your infant to dental care by wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet cloth after feeding. By the age of two, all of an infant’s teeth are usually visible. Parents should continue cleaning teeth with a clean wash cloth or gauze pad.

At Dr. Openshaw’s office we usually start with a “chair ride” this can be done as early as one year old.

When your child is about 1000 days old (3 months before their 3rd birthday), generate excitement about how they will soon have their 3rd birthday and they get to go to the dentist on their birthday. This child will then associate the visit to the dentist as a special treat just like their birthday. So plan to schedule a “meet the dentist visit” on their birthday with Mom and Dad! The first visit is a fun adventure where the child rides in the chair, has his teeth counted, and has his teeth polished.

One of our prime objectives is to make your child a good dental patient who will be able to accept routine dental treatment. This process must begin at home prior to the first visit. Listed are some suggestions to guide you.

Suggestions for Parents

  1. Dental visits are part of growing up. Please do not indicate in any way that there is anything to fear.
  2. At subsequent visits you might not tell your child about the visit until the day of the visit as you should be making the point that they are no big deal and not even worth mentioning.
  3. If your child requires more information, you can explain that the doctor will look at his teeth to make sure they are healthy.
  4. Make appointment days easy and try to see that your youngster is well-rested.
  5. Don’t threaten a visit to the dentist as punishment for misbehavior.

Our office is committed to a policy of prevention. Through early visits and treatments, we can prevent dental decay and infections. Orthodontic problems can also benefit by early recognition and treatment.

Your child, with your cooperation, can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy  mouth and a pretty smile. We can’t wait to see your precious little ones!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us! It’s an important decision! (209) 524-4763

Does your smile reflect the real you?



Are you looking for a dentist who specializes in Invisalign in Modesto, CA?  Look no further than Dr. Openshaw! We are pleased to also have on board, Dr. Paul Cater, a certified Orthodontist, who specializes in Invisalign. Together we will make your smile the best it can be.

Invisalign® braces are clear plastic aligner trays that provide orthodontic patients with straight teeth and an even, healthy smile. These trays are custom-fabricated to apply precise pressure and gradually move teeth into better alignment. This non-invasive approach to correcting tooth and bite alignment problems is an alternative to metal and tooth-colored braces. It is especially beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. If you choose to get Invisalign in Modesto, you can correct the following:

•             Crooked teeth

•             Unevenly spaced teeth

•             Overcrowded teeth

•             Mild to moderate bite problems

Why Choose Invisalign®?

This tooth alignment system offers three main benefits compared to traditional braces. First, the trays are clear plastic. Unlike other “invisible” braces that still feature metal wires, there is no metal at all in the Invisalign® trays. This makes them even less noticeable than both tooth-colored ceramic braces and lingual braces (the kind attached to the tongue-side surface of the teeth). Once you get used to talking normally with the trays in your mouth, other people may not even be able to tell you are wearing braces.

  • Less cavities because you can take out the trays to eat, brush and floss
  • Healthier gum tissue because you can brush and floss
  • No brackets popping off and needing to be recemented
  • No more scarred teeth due to poor hygiene

Second, there are no brackets or ties. This means there are no protruding components that can irritate the tongue, gums and other sensitive oral tissues. You do not need to coat Invisalign® braces with dental wax to stay comfortable.

Third, these trays are removable. You can (and should) remove the trays for each meal and during tooth brushing and flossing. You can eat a normal, healthy diet without restricting foods that might get stuck in or damage metal braces. Since the trays do not interfere with normal hygiene by making flossing more challenging, you may be less likely to experience tooth decay and gingivitis as a side effect of orthodontic treatment.

Who is a Candidate for Invisalign®?

The Invisalign® system has been used in the US since 1998. At first, only adult patients were treated using these trays. Today, teen patients whose molars have fully emerged are also candidates for this procedure. There is no upper age limit on treatment for patients without major dental health issues. You must be willing and able to wear the trays as instructed for best results. Invisalign® is most commonly used to correct mild to moderate tooth crookedness and spacing issues. Patients with severe bite problems are usually treated with traditional braces instead because they can be augmented with additional orthodontic appliances like bands or headgear. If you have fixed dental restorations such as bridges or dental implants, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign® Procedure Overview

If you are considering having invisalign in Modesto, CA, the treatment process starts with a visual dental exam and a consultation. Photos, x-rays and computer imaging are used to create a precise treatment plan that will deliver the results you want. This digital technology lets you see what your final smile will look like before you even start using Invisalign®. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory so your aligner trays can be custom made. All of the trays used during your treatment are created at the same time.

Once your trays arrive, installation is as simple as placing them over your teeth. You must wear these trays at least 22 hours per day. Every two-to-three weeks, you will move on to the next set of trays in your treatment series. This way, you keep constant, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. You will need a quick checkup visit every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign® trays don’t require any special care. You can simply brush them gently and rinse them with warm water whenever you take them out.

Because Invisalign® braces are typically used for less severe bite misalignment, treatment may last six-to-18 months. However, some patients need more time to achieve their desired results. After you are finished with your aligner trays, you will be fitted with a retainer. You must wear this retainer as directed to keep your teeth from drifting back to their old position.

More Information about Invisalign®

While Invisalign braces are very comfortable compared to metal braces, they may cause initial soreness by placing pressure on your teeth. You may experience a recurrence of soreness each time you switch to a new set of trays. Over the counter pain relievers may help with this symptom.

These clear plastic aligner trays generally cost about as much as traditional braces. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of treatment costs. Other affordable payment options are available for patients without insurance.

For more information about Invisalign in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us. (209) 524-4763 or office@dropenshaw.com


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