When you choose a dentist to take care of your oral health, it makes sense to choose one interested in treating the whole patient; someone who is willing to go to the extra mile, not only for your teeth and gums, but also for your overall health and well-being. In our office, we use practices and procedures to take care of your dental needs in the safest, most natural way possible. Take a look at how we safeguard our patients’ overall health.
Metal Free Dentistry
In the past, the use of metal for fillings and other appliances seemed like a good idea. It was easily obtainable, convenient, and durable. Or so it was thought. It turns out metal used in dentistry shrinks and expands when exposed to varying temperatures. Ultimately, that meant a poorly fitted filling.
With metal free dentistry, patients can expect increased strength, with the porcelain fillings lasting much longer, even when used on the hard working molars. Additionally, porcelain fillings also are ideal for restoration, as the material comes close to the strength and durability of the original tooth material. Finally, patients with metal free dental work enjoy a lower price for the porcelain filling.
Oral Cancer Detection
With early detection and timely treatment, deaths from oral cancer could be dramatically reduced. The five-year survival rate for those with localized disease is 76 percent compared with only 19 percent for those whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Early detection of oral cancer is often possible. Tissue changes in the mouth that might signal the beginnings of cancer often can be seen and felt easily. Regular dental checkups, which include an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of both cancerous and precancerous conditions. A person may have a dangerous oral lesion and not be aware of it.
Oral Cancer occurs more often in those who use tobacco in any form including: cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars; or those who consume large amounts of alcohol. But oral cancer can and does develop in people of all ages, races and lifestyle habits. Over 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol socially. An oral lesion may be a persistent sore of irritation, a small, flat, red or white patch, or a growth, lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or irritated area. It is often painless, and you may not be aware of it. Because many oral lesions are flat, very small, or in an area of your mouth that you cannot see, they often only can be detected during an oral examination by your dentist.
If you're pressed for time but still want the best that teeth whitening has to offer, ZOOM!® Whitening could be perfect for you. With ZOOM! whitening, bright, white teeth can be yours in about an hour. Using light activated whitening gel, ZOOM! whitening is fast, safe and more effective than take-home whitening kits. Whether you're a busy professional, have a special event coming up or just want a smile boost, ZOOM!® Whitening is great for just about everyone.
Safe Mercury Removal
Dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades, and one way to see those changes is with safe mercury removal. Fillings made from metal have been found to contain less than healthy components, notably mercury. In order to safely remove those fillings and pave the way for new, safe porcelain fillings, proper procedures are followed to reduce the amount of mercury particles that the patient and the staff are exposed to for the best possible outcome.
When metal fillings are removed, it isn’t only the patient and the dental staff that needs protection. It is also important to protect the environment. In our office, we use procedures and protocols to limit the amount of mercury that fits its way into the sewer system. Special filters are used on the equipment to collect as many minuscule particles of mercury as possible.
To further ensure the safety of our patients, we also use charcoal rinses during the removal process. This step further reduces the level of mercury and other harmful metals found in the metal fillings, and leads to fewer incidences of illness and other complications.
Full Body Barriers
In our office, we continue our safety goal by providing patient and staff with full body barriers. This practice not only protects everyone from bodily fluids, but also from ingesting or inhaling mercury when metal fillings are removed. Eye wear, gloves, proper damming of the patient’s face, and protective clothing are just a few of the precautions we take to ensure your safety while we complete the work necessary for oral, and overall, good health.
Years ago, smile makeovers involved multiple dental treatments over a period of several months. That's no longer the case, thanks to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra thin shells made of translucent porcelain that can be bonded to your teeth for cosmetic purposes. Extremely versatile and durable, porcelain veneers are an excellent option whether you want a total smile makeover or need to cover a chipped tooth, mask a cracked tooth, or close gaps between your teeth. They require little to no prepping and can often be applied in just one dental visit!
ClearCorrect® invisible braces are the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth so you can show off your smile!
Looking for an alternative to metal braces in Montgomery County? ClearCorrect® is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort and every reason to smile.
With ClearCorrect®, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth. Click here for more information.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
GALILEOS is the absolute state-of-the-art in dental imaging. One 14 second scan will result in a complete 3D representation that shows a patient’s teeth, bone structure and anatomical features such as nerves and sinuses. With Galileos, we able to analyze 3D displays in perfect image quality which enables clear navigation and diagnosis.
For patients looking to replace teeth, this technology is absolutely phenomenal as we are now able to perform "virtual implant placement" in advance of actual implant placement. This means a complete elimination of guess-work when placing implants. This offers an incredible advantage of being able to very precisely plan for safe and exact anatomic implant placement by creating a 3D-printed implant-placement guide. This allows for easier, less invasive implant placement and a much better patient experience! The Galileos 3D imaging provides diagnostically significant findings for all dental indications allowing less waiting time, quicker treatment and treatment security.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea is a serious problem for many people who suffer from it. People with sleep apnea take short or long pauses/breaks in their breathing cycle while sleeping at night. One pause in breathing can even be up to 40 seconds. With sleep constantly interrupted, sleep apnea impacts the quality of life for a patient's mood, sleepiness and mood swings, and also can easily cause severe complications in overall health.
Luckily, there is a solution for people who suffer with sleep apnea. There is a customized appliance/mouth guard that dentists create for patients with sleep apnea which allows you to breathe naturally throughout the night. The mouth guard keeps the tongue in a certain position, allowing comfortable breathing and the airways unobstructed. The apnea mouth guard also helps to eliminate snoring.
If you've been living with persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, you could have TMJ – temporomandibular jaw disorder. TMJ can often be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face. TMJ treatment from a dentist can relieve the discomfort. Although TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards. The goal of TMJ treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain – and without pain!