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YOUR COMFORT IS IMPORTANT
Many people indicate that they put off visiting the dental office because of fear or anxiety. We understand your concerns and want to help. Our entire staff is committed to making your visit as pleasant and rewarding as it can possibly be.
Our dental office is designed and equipped with your comfort in mind. Soothing music, a comfortable home-like environment, and gentle anesthetics and medications, such as Nitrous Oxide, administered by a caring staff contribute to making your visit comfortable.
There is an old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true in dentistry.
Today, dental disease is preventable, or at least controllable, with proper and continuing care. We stress Preventive Dentistry through complete dental treatment, appropriate education, and most important, proper home care. We are dedicated to optimizing your dental health at minimum expense.
Proper preventive care includes periodic visits to the dental office for a check-up and oral hygiene care. Appointments are scheduled based on individual needs. Prevention and continuing care allows early detection of disease and maintenance of existing dental restorations. Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and regular check-ups. Our every effort is dedicated to this end.
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new a material fills the hole that decay left. Various types of filling materials are available, including amalgam (silver), gold, and composite resin (tooth colored). Each type of material has its pros and cons, its indications and contraindications. Dr. Myers will discuss your filling options with you prior to treatment. Together, you and he will decide what is best for your particular situation. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated,decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front, or side, of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
The sealant material is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These can develop cavities over time. Dr. Myers, or one of his dental assistants, will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. Taken together, these structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get periodontal disease treated at the first sign of a problem.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.