When it comes to dentists, all general dentists receive the same training. In fact, the general dentist designations DDS (doctor of dental surgery) and DMD (doctor of dental medicine) involve the exact same training. General dentists can perform a wide variety of procedures and treat patients of all ages. Children don’t have to see a children’s dentist, and older patients who need dentures or implants don’t have to see a specialist, either. At Martin Dental Studios, Dr. Thomas Martin and our team provide comprehensive family dentistry to patients of all ages.
So what treatments and procedures fall under the family dentistry category? In today’s blog, you’ll learn which procedures your loved ones will have access to at Martin Dental Studios.
We believe that preventing dental health issues is a far better choice than postponing or avoiding dental care until restorative treatment is necessary. The key to preventive dentistry starts in your own home with daily brushing and flossing. By removing plaque and food debris from your teeth daily, you’ll help ward off cavities, as well as gum disease.
If you tend to have a high number of cavities, the doctor may recommend a fluoride treatment. By coating your teeth with fluoride, we can help strengthen tooth enamel against decay. Children can also have dental sealants, which create a barrier between cavity-causing agents and tooth enamel on hard-to-clean molars.
If you have questions about home care techniques or supplies, talk with the dentist or hygienist. We will be happy to demonstrate the most effective brushing and flossing techniques and recommend homecare products well suited for your unique case.
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visit the dentist twice a year for a thorough oral exam (checkup) and dental cleaning. The exam allows us to check for issues like cavities, cracks, chips, infection, and oral cancer.
With professional dental cleaning, our hygienist can remove hardened plaque, called tartar or calculus, and evaluate any pockets that have formed at the gum line. Periodontal pockets indicate the presence of gum disease, and the pocket depth tells us the extent of the disease.
If you are one of the 47% of Americans who develop gum disease, we’ll provide a deep cleaning to smooth teeth roots and clean away plaque and bacteria below the gum line. Deep cleaning helps the gums heal and reconnect to teeth, so the patient can enjoy good oral health.
To recap, preventive dentistry includes:
Oral cancer exam
Dental sealants and fluoride
Periodontal disease treatment
Home care direction/instructions
Our teeth are extremely strong. In fact, dental enamel is the strongest substance the body manufactures and the second strongest naturally occurring substance on earth! Even so, bacteria and accidents can cause damage to oral structures. When a tooth incurs decay, we provide white dental fillings for a natural-looking restoration.
Deep decay and cracks require restoration by a dental crown, which we offer in metal, ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), and zirconia. Bridges and partials replace a few lost teeth, while dentures replace all teeth on the upper, lower, or both arches. If you suffer from an internally infected tooth, we might save the tooth from extraction by performing root canal therapy.
Patients who require a combination of restorative therapies may require full mouth restoration or rehabilitation. By combining restorative, and sometimes surgical, dental procedures, we can bring a mouth with poor health back to excellent oral health and comfortable function.
Lastly, we offer custom mouthguards for athletes, to protect teeth during gameplay and practices. Other types of mouthguards we offer help patients stop grinding their teeth, stop snoring, and end obstructive sleep apnea.
To recap, restorative dentistry includes:
Root canal therapy
Full mouth restoration
As our patient, you may not need to see a specialist for some surgical dentistry treatments. We place and restore dental implants, and we also perform extractions of teeth, including wisdom teeth.
For patients’ optimal comfort and peace of mind, we offer sedation dentistry. Under the effects of a sedative, you won’t experience discomfort or anxiety during procedures.
To recap, our surgical dentistry offerings include:
Wisdom teeth extraction
Patients who want a brighter, bigger, more attractive smile should inquire about cosmetic dentistry. Our dentists believe that all dentistry has a cosmetic component, so we prefer to place white restorations like composite resin fillings and ceramic or zirconia crowns. However, we also offer a full range of purely cosmetic treatments.
Teeth whitening has long been the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because it yields amazing results in a short time, with a small price tag. Patients can look years younger after just one round of whitening.
For those with issues beyond dental staining, we offer a full smile makeover to transform a smile. With porcelain veneers, teeth become brighter, spaces between teeth are eliminated, and imperfections like chips or uneven teeth edges are remedied. Bonding also corrects chips and wide or uneven spacing, and contouring smooths rough or sharp edges on teeth. With crown lengthening, we make small teeth look longer and more attractive.
And if you are considering braces to straighten teeth for cosmetic reasons, Invisalign is a great choice. Custom-fabricated Invisalign aligners incrementally move teeth toward their desired position. Treatment usually takes nine to 18 months, and the patient never has to wear metal braces.
Bonding & contouring
For Family Dentistry, Call Martin Dental Studios in Madison, TN