General & Family Dentistry
Our state of the art dental office allows us to accommodate your entire families needs in almost every area of dentistry. Whether you are in need of a simple check up, a smile
brightening, or a full mouth reconstruction we are able to assist you. When you come to our
office, we will discuss your dental needs as much or as little as you like.
You are always in control of the level of dental care you receive from us. We do not wish to sell you a procedure, but simply offer you the best long term care available for your comfort and health.
We are pleased to provide
convenient, general dental care to family members of all ages. You will
find that most dental procedures are available to you in our office. Below is a list of our General and Family Dentistry procedures and a small explanation of what that procedure entails. If you have further questions please feel free to call our office.
We realize that emergency treatment is sometimes necessary, and we will respond to your problem as quickly as possible. If an emergency arises during normal business hours, please call as soon as possible so that we can work you into our schedule.
If an emergency arises after hours our answering machine will direct you to our after hours emergency phone number. Our dentists may not be available to assist you immediately, but we will get back to you as soon as possible. In the event of a dental problem requiring immediate care, please go to the Flagler Hospital Emergency Room.
We are only able to provide after hours emergency care for our patients of record.
To learn more about dental emergencies click here.
Dental cleanings in our office are
performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment
will include a dental exam by one of our dentists, removal of tartar and
plaque, and a gentle polishing. Dental cleanings and exams are important
to sustaining dental health, by allowing our team to identify dental problems
at an early stage and removing substances that can lead to periodontal
To read more about our Dental Cleanings please click here.
Some patients have periodontal disease, a disease of the gums and jaw bones that support the teeth. These patients cannot have a regular dental cleaning. Scaling and root planing is a technique used to clean deeply around your teeth to control periodontal disease. Appointments are usually made per side of the mouth due to the extensive nature of the cleaning. Therefore, a full mouth would require two appointments.
To learn more about Scaling and Root Planing click here.
Oraqix is a needle-free anesthetic for use in adults requiring localized anesthesia in periodontal pockets during scaling and/or root planing procedures. Oraqix is an oil at room temperature so it can be easily applied into periodontal pockets requiring treatment. Once Oraqix is used it solidifies at body temperature into an elastic gel, enabling it to remain in place while the anesthetics take effect.
Our staff is dedicated to educating you about the care and maintenance of your mouth. Our team will show you the proper way to brush and floss, as well as discuss any concerns you may have regarding your dental health.
It is very important to us that our patients are able to manage their dental health with as much knowledge and as many skills as possible. We believe that taking care of your dental health is a daily commitment. We know that patients that take time everyday to manage their dental needs have significantly less dental diseases than patients who ignore their home dental care.
If you are interested in learning more about the proper technique for brushing, please visit our blog. To learn more about brushing and flossing click here. To learn about other ways to care for your teeth click here.
Periodontal disease or "gum disease" is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue and jaw bone that support the teeth. This infection causes swelling and bleeding of the gum tissue and dissolving of the bone. In its early stages it is known as gingivitis and progresses into periodontitis.
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
If you would like to learn more about Gingivitis click here or "Gum Disease" click here.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed for every new continuing care patient by a dentist. It is repeated at every 3 to 5 year intervals. This exam is more thorough and extensive than the Periodic Exam given at six month internals that is accompanies your Dental Cleanings. Exams include an assessment of tooth decay, the condition of your gums and jaw bones, existing restorations, and overall oral health.
It is important to have regular dental exams to catch dental problems at an early stage. Pain does not always accompany a dental problem in its early stages when it is easier and less expensive to remedy the problem.
Digital dental x-rays allow you to get necessary care without unnecessary radiation. X-rays play an invaluable role in the diagnosis of dental problems. Many people, however, are concerned about the exposure to x-ray radiation. Computerized digital radiography eliminates these worries because it requires 1/3rd or less radiation than conventional film x-rays.
Early detection of oral cancer can significantly increase treatment options and success rates. Our doctors are trained to identify possible cancerous lesions at an early stage. This is one of the reasons we recommend an examination of the mouth by one of our doctors every six months. We do a visual inspection for this in the exam done at your regular cleaning appointment as well as a thorough evaluation, including looking for it in x-rays, during your comprehensive exam appointment that is performed every 3 to 5 years.
To learn more about Oral Cancer
DIAGNOdent is a fluorescent laser used for early diagnosis of cavities and is commonly utilized during your six month dental examination. It allows for a simple, fast and painless examination of your teeth. By detecting cavities early, before they become painful, our dentists are able to repair and prevent extensive damage to the tooth, saving our patients from unnecessary pain and expense.
Fillings are created using a composite resin. This resin is placed in holes in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Our office is pleased to offer tooth colored filling that will be custom matched to your tooth color.
A crown or "cap" is a
restoration that is used when the structural integrity of the tooth is
poor. Crowns are used when the amount of damage to a tooth is too severe for a filling alone. Such teeth are not able to hold up under the stresses
of chewing. A benefit of a Dental Crown is our ability to make your crown look just like a natural tooth.
Crowns are custom-made by professional dental labs. Once the preparation for the crown is made, it takes roughly two weeks for the lab to make the crown. In the meantime you will have a temporary crown that will function as a normal tooth. A second appointment is made for the permanent cementation of your crown.
To learn more about Crowns click here.
A dental bridge is basically a
series of crowns, fused together, that span over a missing tooth (or teeth)
space. A bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are
several types of bridges, so you and your dentist will have to discuss the best
options for you. The "traditional" bridge is usually made of
porcelain fused to metal. Bridges are also used in combination with dental
implants to replace multiple missing teeth.
To learn more about Bridges click here.
Dental implants are state of the art dentistry that allow patients to replace missing teeth. They can be used to support a single porcelain tooth, multiple teeth, or to stabilize dental prosthetics like dentures.
Dental implants are a two stage
procedure. The first step is placement of the dental implant in the bone, which
is then allowed to heal for three to six months. Once the implant is
sufficiently stable, the porcelain tooth or denture attachments are placed.
To read more about Dental Implants click here.
A denture is a removable appliance
used to replace either some or all of your teeth and surrounding tissue.
Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth on a jaw are missing. Partial dentures are used when only some of the teeth on a jaw are missing.
If you have lost, or are losing your teeth, we would like to discussion your options with you. Please give our office a call to see if Dentures is right for you!
Along with creating new dentures for our patients, our office is also able to repair and adjust your current denture. If you are unhappy with your current denture, ask our doctors about new ways to make your denture more comfortable.
Root canal therapy is required when
the "nerve" of a tooth is affected by either decay or trauma. During
this procedure the soft tissue inside the tooth is removed, the root canals are
cleaned, and the empty canals are filled with a special filling material. This
serves as a "cork" for the inside of the tooth, preventing bacteria
from causing further damage.
To read more about Root Canal Treatment click here.
Also known as wisdom teeth, third molars are extracted for two general reasons: either they have already become impacted (trapped behind other teeth or stuck down in the jaw bone) or the teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted. Potential problems caused by the presence of third molars include infections, misalignment which rubs up against the tongue or cheek causing pain, and potential crowding or malocclusion of the remaining teeth (a result of there being not enough room on the jaw/ in the mouth).
Some patients believe this procedure must be done in an Oral Surgeons office, but our staff is fully capable of extracting most third molars or wisdom teeth. We also have the same IV Sedation that oral surgeons use. IV sedation is a technique in which sedatives and pain medicine are administered through an intravenous port which make a person very drowsy and unaware of painful stimuli.
If you would like more information about Third Molar Extractions or Wisdom Teeth Removal click here.
Laser dentistry is used as a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. A laser can be used to either remove soft or hard tissue or to sterilize an area.
It allows the dentist to control the power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.
Many people grind their teeth at
night and/or suffer with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Pain. Grinding
puts stress on the jaw joints and muscles, as well as wears down and causes
cracking and breaking of the teeth.
A mouth guard can protect teeth and prevent night grinding. Our offichttp://my.dentalmatrixbase.com/allaboutsmilesdmd.com/icontrol/content/iedit_edit_content.phpe offers custom mouth-guards to help with the pain and damage caused by grinding.
To learn more about TMJ click here. To read more about teeth grinding click here.
Our office provides custom mouth-guards for sports, as well. These guards are less bulky and more comfortable than the sports-guards available over the counter. Many sports can cause damage to your teeth and jaws. This can be easily prevented simply by wearing a mouth-guard. Studies have shown that mouth-guards may also reduce concussions and brain damage.
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