Routine Dental Cleanings and Exams
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam to identify existing or potential dental problems. During your cleaning, plaque, tartar, and stain will be removed from your teeth leaving a fresh and bright smile. In addition to examining your teeth, the dentist and hygienist will screen your mouth for signs of oral cancer, periodontal disease and other pathologies that may otherwise go undetected. Dental conditions caught in their early stages are treated faster, easier and often times are more cost effective then if left until later or when pain develops.
We welcome children of all ages to our practice! Our entire staff is wonderful with children and strives to make every experience fun and positive! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children establish a dental home by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. The purpose of this visit is to acquaint your child with the dentist and to educate parents on early childhood dental needs. The more positive experiences your child can have at a young age the better!
Our office makes use exclusively of digital radiology technology. This technology provides a lower dose of radiation than traditional radiographs. Digital radiographs are a great preventive and diagnostic tool. They provide valuable information about areas of the mouth not visible during routine dental exams. Radiographs not only check for cavities between the teeth, they also detect periodontal disease, infection, and other pathologies.
Periodically, fluoride treatments may be recommended for persons with higher risk of decay including children, adults with significant cavity history, or those with periodontal disease. Some fluoride treatments can even help with root surface temperature sensitivity when combined with other treatment methods. Fluoride is a safe, fast, and effective way to help prevent cavities and this option can be discussed further with our dentists and hygienists.
Periodontal disease often goes undetected in those who do not seek regular dental care. Though your mouth may feel healthy and be pain free, periodontal disease can progress silently and destroy the bone and gums supporting your teeth. Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease is the key to minimizing the risk of tooth loss. Our dentists and hygienists routinely screen our patients for signs of periodontal disease and educate patients on how to prevent periodontal disease from progressing.
Some people have naturally whiter teeth than others. The aging process, smoking, and consumption of darker food/beverages such as coffee, black tea, and red wine can also affect the rate and degree of discoloration. Our office offers several safe, effective and convenient methods to help brighten your smile including both in-office and take-home treatments. Schedule an appointment for a consultation today to determine which method is right for you!
Composite bonding is an affordable, minimally invasive technique to help improve the shape, contour and color of broken, misshapen and misaligned teeth. This technique preserves the original tooth (requires minimal or no cutting of the teeth) and can be used to close spaces, repair chips and help create an esthetically pleasing smile.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, dental emergencies will arise. We understand that these situations are often painful, inconvenient and frightening. Prompt treatment to alleviate pain and ensure the patient’s wellbeing is our priority. If you should experience a dental emergency, please call us immediately at 217-546-8000. We do our best to accommodate all true emergencies with same day appointments.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canal Treatment)
When trauma has affected the pulp of a tooth causing inflammation or infection of the nerve, a root canal is needed. This damage may be recent, or may have happened years ago and can be the result of fracture, deep cavities, cracks or physical trauma to the tooth such as bumps and falls. Often times, this inflammation or infection will cause discomfort and bring awareness to the patient, but sometimes it can be painless and infection can be present with no symptoms. Regular checkups with our dentists can help to prevent the need for endodontic therapy and to identify infection in the early stages.
If endodontic treatment is needed, our dentists may refer you to a specialist called an Endodontist. Endodontists have extra training and deal solely with teeth requiring root canals or that have been treated with root canals in the past.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. This can range from small, flexible, partial dentures that replace one single tooth to complete dentures replacing all teeth in the mouth. Traditional dentures and partial dentures are not fixed in the mouth; the patient is able to take them in and out as they please. Dentures and partial dentures can both be used in combination with dental implants to create better retention and fit.
Sometimes, dentures are made to be “immediate.” This means that the dentures are made in advance and immediately placed in the mouth after the teeth are removed, preventing the patient from going without teeth during the recovery process. Once full healing has occurred, the supporting tissues will have changed significantly and an adjustment, reline or full remake of the denture will be needed.
Dentures and partial dentures are a great solution for replacing missing teeth and are made to be very natural looking. Dentures and partials require regular maintenance and while they often last many years, will need to be adjusted and repaired due to normal wear. Dentures and partials are highly individualized; therefore our dentists will discuss the specifics of your case with you and develop a treatment plan to create the best possible outcome.
Tempromandibular Disorders (TMD) and Bruxism
Dental splints or mouth guards are custom made orthotics worn over either the top or bottom teeth. They are often used to treat patients who suffer from chronic head, neck or jaw pain and patients who grind or clench their teeth. Often patients are unaware of these habits. Orthotic appliances and mouth guards help stabilize the teeth to prevent clenching/grinding, thereby minimizing stress and tension applied to the tempromandibular joint and surrounding muscles. Our dentists believe in minimally invasive treatments for such problems, however, if the root cause of your TMD is a significant problem with your bite, referral to an orthodontist may be needed. With careful evaluation of your bite we can determine which treatment is best suited for individual needs.
Custom Athletic Mouth Guards
One of the most common causes of trauma to the teeth is accidents and injuries that occur during athletic competition. This trauma often occurs in cosmetic areas and can result in major treatment needs including root canals, crowns and sometimes extraction of the affected tooth. Our doctors so strongly believe in the ability of custom athletic mouth guards to protect our patient’s teeth that we offer a free custom athletic guard to regular patients who participate in sports. Contact us today to make sure your teeth are protected!
At Staten Family and Cosmetic Dentistry we stay up to date on the latest and most effective dental technology. One such example of this is our use of a digital impression scanner. In many cases this eliminates the need to take traditional impressions (or molds) of the teeth that are often associated with crown and bridgework. This not only is more comfortable for our patients, but also allows fabrication of exceptional fitting crown and bridgework and reduced chair time for the patient.
Crown and Bridges
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, teeth become severely damaged from trauma, fracture or deep decay and cannot be fixed with traditional filling material. In this case a crown may be necessary to restore the remaining tooth to proper function and esthetics. There are several materials available for crowns including full-porcelain or non-metal crowns. Our dentists will discuss these options with you and answer any questions on an individual basis depending on your treatment needs.
Bridges can be utilized in certain situations to replace teeth that have been lost. When a tooth has been lost, often times patients can develop issues with adjacent or opposing teeth moving. This alters the bite and alignment of your teeth. Bridges look and function like natural teeth, are fixed in the mouth, and help to prevent such problems from occurring.
Dental implants are an excellent alternative to traditional bridgework and dentures for replacing one or more missing teeth. Rather than dealing with ill-fitting dentures or relying on adjacent teeth to support a fixed bridge, dental implants are anchored into the patient’s jawbone to provide the closest possible alternative to our natural teeth. Each implant case is highly individualized and there are several factors that affect treatment time, cost and prognosis. Our doctors have extensive knowledge and experience in treatment planning implant solutions with area oral surgeons and can help find the option best for you.
When a tooth is affected by decay, trauma, fracture, or cracks a dental filling is often needed to restore the tooth. Our dentists will remove decay, clean the tooth and then replace the damaged area of tooth with filling material. Composite fillings are strong, tooth colored, and can be matched to the color of your teeth making them both an esthetic and functional option for the restoration of your smile.
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