When it comes to keeping your beautiful smile, and your good health for life, we believe that prevention is always the best treatment. Your customized treatment care will always include treatments designed to prevent issues, such as gum disease, before they start. By committing to regular hygienic care, including semi-annual or even quarterly professional cleanings, you can stay ahead of any developing problems.
Periodontal disease is a silent disease, often having alarming symptoms until teeth become loose. The health of you gums and supportive structures at Atglen Family Dentistry is our top priority. Our advanced non-surgical periodontal therapy programs are your key to the restoration of your gums and the prevention of future problems.
This appointment is performed by one of our registered dental hygienists. We strive to appoint you with the same hygienist at each cleaning visit so that you can develop a relationship. The hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposits), tartar or calculus (hard deposits), and stain from your teeth. The evaluation of the gum tissue, probing pockets and recording their depths for future reference will also be accomplished. After the cleaning, the hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.
Additionally, you will have all of your questions answered about your homecare procedures and products. If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or flossing effectively, your hygienist can help. Should you develop gum disease, which is extremely common; our hygienist will provide counsel and treatment to control the condition. Ask us about our
Perio Protect® Protocol.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It is a safe and reliable way to manage mild to moderate anxiety. Have you have been putting off years of dental work while living in pain or with embarrassing oral problems? Nitrous oxide can change your life, giving you the comfortable, relaxed dental experience you deserve.
Cavities are common problems faced by dental patients every day. These areas of decay need to be filled to keep infection from setting in and to preserve your teeth, but you don’t have to endure unattractive silver fillings. Instead, you can choose tooth-colored composite fillings. These fillings blend in with your tooth and are barely noticeable, allowing you to preserve your unblemished smile.
Did you know that small- to average-sized composites have demonstrated similar duration to silver fillings?
Although some patients notice a bit of post-placement sensitivity, this is usually temporary and can easily be adjusted. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea and other staining types of foods and beverages may discolor your composites over time. BPA- Free White Fillings Options are available.
If you’ve ever examined the structure of a tooth, you may have seen that it has deep indentations, also known as fissures. Notoriously difficult to clean, these grooves are especially susceptible to decay, and the majority of cavities will begin in these troughs. A dental sealant is a thin, translucent protectant that coats the surface of the teeth, smoothing out the pits and making it easier to maintain good dental hygiene. At Atglen Family Dentistry, our dental sealants are SAFE, EFFECTIVE and 100% BPA-Free! By keep potentially harmful chemicals away from our beloved patients we can ensure that we can provide some of the best dental care in Christiana.
We make every effort to help you keep all your teeth, as it is always the best and preferred solution. In the instance where a tooth cannot be saved, an extraction may be recommended. Most extractions can be done in our office. We recommend grafting your socket with bone preserving options after extraction. This prevents dry socket as well as preventing the bone from the socket collapsing in on itself after the extraction.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association. Many individuals clench or grind their teeth in their sleep. Not only does this cause damage to teeth, it can also lead to headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders and even snoring or difficulty breathing. A night guard is an inexpensive mouthpiece, custom made for you, which protects your teeth and jaws while you sleep. Clenching/grinding are a sign of an insufficient or inadequate airway. We can help protect them in the interim, with a night guard.
Whatever your needs are, rest assured, our team at Atglen Family Dentistry will work together with you to find the solution to heal your smile and keep it functioning beautifully.