Family Dentistry Keeps Everyone Smiling
Dr. Jay and his staff treat entire families, including kids as young as 3 years old.
A recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that 3 out of 4 people believe a poor smile, or no smile, reduces a person’s success rate in the real world. Many procedures including veneers / lumineers and cosmetic bonding can easily give you that dazzling smile you’ve been wanting.
What Does Family Dentistry Involve?
Some of the most common services, treatments and procedures performed at Dr. Jay’s office include:
- Oral Health Examination
This involves a visual examination of the teeth, gums and jaw to check for signs of decay, disease, bite misalignment, crooked or poorly spaced teeth and other abnormalities. X-rays, TMJ and oral cancer screenings fall into this category.
- Prophylactic Cleaning
This is a basic preventive treatment that includes removing minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavities. It leaves teeth feeling fresh and clean. Getting a preventive cleaning every six months is ideal for most children and adults.
- Gum Disease Intervention
Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis involve scaling teeth. This just means scraping off tartar below the gum line where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planning (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).
- Fluoride Treatment & Dental Sealant
These preventive treatments are usually recommended for children to limit tooth decay. However, adults can also request these procedures. Fluoride gel is applied topically a couple of times per year. Dental sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars where tiny grooves in the enamel can’t be adequately cleaned by toothbrush bristles. Sealant generally lasts several years.
- Root Canals
An infection in the pulp of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. Family dentistry includes root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filling or crown. A less extensive treatment called a pulpotomy is used for baby teeth.
- Simple Extractions
Extractions range from pulling baby molars that have splintered to removing decayed or damaged adult teeth. A family dentist can also perform simple wisdom tooth extractions. This procedure is easiest to do before children reach their late teens.
- Fillings & Crowns
These basic tooth restoration procedures are designed to fill in areas of tooth decay or damage. You can get metal amalgam and composite fillings as well as metal and ceramic crowns from a family dentist. Fillings are appropriate for patients of all ages. Ceramic crowns are most often recommended to restore adult teeth. A baby tooth can be treated with a less expensive but very durable stainless steel crown to restore function until the tooth comes out naturally.
At AFD, we offer both tooth colored and silver fillings. We believe the tooth colored fillings are more biocompatible and allow for less natural tooth material removal. In some situations, silver offer the most benefit to the patient in terms of durability and cost.
Full-coverage porcelain crowns provide the same beauty as veneers, but are reserved for teeth which are severely stained or broken down, and require more drilling or prep-work. These crowns can be used on the front or back teeth. They have a success rate of over 90% @ 15 years. Again, heavy “grinders” have much lower success rates.
- Tooth Whitening
This cosmetic procedure is intended for adult patients with a buildup of staining on their teeth from food and beverage consumption, smoking and other lifestyle habits. Discoloration in children’s teeth is sometimes caused by issues that surface whitening doesn’t address. So, kids may need different cosmetic treatment than adults to achieve whiter teeth.
Get pampered while you brighten your smile. Sit back and watch TV as our Pola In-Office whitening system lightens your smile up to 10 shades in an hour. Leave with a smile that will dazzle your friends.
Our special-design whitening trays offer an excellent alternative to the in-office bleaching. Come in and get fit for our custom trays. Wear them 30 minutes a day for two weeks and become 6-10 shades lighter. No more slobbery trays overnight.
Ask about our White For Life program. Keep your 6 month cleaning appointments and get a free bleach refill with your check-up.