Modern Family and General Dentistry
Locust Lane Dental Group can provide you and your family with comprehensive dental treatment. If a service may need to be treated by a specialist, the office will provide you with any necessary information. During your treatment if you feel more comfortable with any doctor or hygienist, the office can note your file to remain with your provider of choice.
Dental Services Provided:
All preventative and restorative treatment for adults and children.
Locust Lane Dental Group utilizes Digital Radiographs: Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. The entire staff utilizes digital imaging technologies within the office.
Preventative Dental Sealants: Sealants are Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the first and second permanent molars to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked at each regular dental appointment and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place.
The entire team at Locust Lane Dental Group follow all recommended infection control guidelines out lined by : the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Routine Dental Examination and Cleanings.
Our experienced team of dental hygienists will remove plaque, tarter and stain on your teeth and below the gums. Dental radiographs may be taken to assist our dentists in diagnosing dental disease. At every routine exam, our office will perform an oral cancer screening and evaluate your teeth and gums for gum disease and/or decay. Most of our patients visit our office twice a year, however we may recommend more frequent visits depending on your oral health. Our office recommends fluoride treatments for children and adults for the prevention of tooth decay. Dental Sealants are recommended for the prevention of cavities on the chewing surfaces of children’s permanent molars.
Silver and White Fillings
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaning out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:
Gold restoration fillings are custom made in laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear. However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.
White (plastic) fillings are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to:
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side of support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early. Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on it’s own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.
Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filed in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Our goal at Locust Lane Dental Group is to save teeth… in some instances a tooth may need to be extracted. If an extraction is indicated, our dentists will evaluate if the extraction can be performed at the office or if a you need to be seen by a specialist.
Locust Lane Dental Group provides two types of office whitening procedures to our patients. Zoom! in office whitening and the traditional custom made tray whitening. Both procedures produce equal results depending on your individual case. If interested in whitening, please phone the office and we will be happy to discuss your options at your appointment time.
Night Guard/Athletic Guards
Custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may be impacted. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Nightguards are also recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.
If you have decided a guard is right for you, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard for you. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard. On average, guards last between 3 to 10 years.
Our office offers Under Armour mouthguards for both children and adults. Ask about our Under Armour options at your next appointment.