Great smile… healthy teeth! Our first priority is your overall dental health. You may just need a scheduled cleaning and an exam – or you might need an implant or a root canal. Either way, we will provide you with the best and most conservative treatment available. Early detection, education, and intervention are the keys to preserving what we’ve got for as long as we’ve got, so you can feel confident that your smile will be healthy and look great! No matter your family dental needs, Dillion Family Dentistry is here to help you and your family with our gentle dental practices.
The basis of sound family dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize cleanings on the basis of your periodontal, (gums and bone), health. We utilize medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas if necessary to aid in gentle dental practices. Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well. We use a hi-tech polishing brightener to remove extrinsic stains and dental plaque while simultaneously polishing tooth surfaces. Regular family dental check-ups and x-rays help us help you stay healthy!
Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes. We’ve found that we have been able to help even our most cavity-prone patients decay-free with the help of fluoride supplements.
Sealants can be used as part of a child’s total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to preserve healthy tooth structure. We use more resilient materials to allow them to protect the teeth longer.
Whenever possible, periodontal intervention utilizes antibiotic therapy rather than a surgical solution. Placing localized antibiotics targets the specific site of infection and prevents periodontal disease from progressing. This affords the patient the effectiveness of strong antibiotics in the infected areas, while not subjecting the patient to system antibiotics which might cause GI distress and other complications. Localized antibiotics are just another way that Dillon Family Dentistry practices gentle dental services.
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on your tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. With proper care, an Endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.
Tooth with a healthy root
When decay or damage goes untreated it can result in an infection to the pulp chamber of the tooth After creating a small opening, very small instruments are used to clean and shape the root canal spaces. The cleaned spaces are filled with a biocompatible material and specialized cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals.
For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a family dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Not only do the bonding fillings look great, but they also require less drilling saving more tooth structure. They support the remaining tooth structure and don’t contain any mercury. We have not placed a mercury filling for over 12 years. Cementable porcelains and resins have also allowed for beautiful, strong cosmetic restoration of the teeth, often keeping teeth from needing to be crowned, which would require the removal of more tooth structure.
When necessary, we have several different types of crowns that we can place. Depending on your needs you may choose to have a strong metal and porcelain crown, a natural-looking all porcelain or resin crown or a more forgiving all gold crown that would help create a more harmonious, less traumatic bite. We always take the time to explain the advantages of each to help you make the informed decision of which one seems right to you.
For all of your family dental needs in Bryn Mawr, PA and the surrounding communities, contact Dillion Family Dentistry!