Levens family dentistry
Molar and premolar teeth have grooves for chewing that naturally accumulate food and plaque that is difficult to get rid of, even if you have solid brushing techniques. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are placed on those grooves and help protect them from decay and prevent cavities. They are also a painless dental procedure, requiring no drilling or numbing agents. These sealants can be effective for years and can also be replaced if necessary.
If you have a cavity, you will likely need a dental filling to repair it. This process includes your dentist removing the decayed material from the tooth, cleaning the affected area, and filling the affected area with the filling material. There are a variety of different filling options, from gold to silver to plastic, and your dentist can help you choose the filling that is right for you.
Dental bridges are exactly what they sound like: They bridge the gap created by missing teeth. Bridges will help restore your smile as well as improve your ability to chew after you lose a tooth or multiple teeth. If you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, it is important to get them replaced quickly before other teeth re-align. There are a number of health issues to arise from missing teeth, like an increased risk of bone disease and trouble eating, and bridges will help you avoid those issues.
Dental Implant Restorations
Essentially, dental implants are artificial tooth roots in the form of titanium screws. While bridges are a good temporary solution for missing teeth, you will need to eventually replace those missing teeth. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth because they create strong roots and are the long term solution. Dental implants can take up to eight months to fully integrate with the bone but that process is a relatively easy process without pain and disruption for patients.
Soft Tissue Treatments
If you are looking for treatments that are minimally invasive, soft tissue treatments are the best option. These treatments are virtually painless while offering a precise execution not seen with other traditional treatments. These treatments reduce patient anxiety because they are non-invasive and they also reduce bleeding and post-operative swelling.
Dentures are typically used to replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures help patients eat without pain or struggle while also improving the patients smile. There are two types of dentures available in complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when the patient doesn’t have any teeth while partial dentures are used when there are still natural teeth remaining. Dentures also provide needed stability to the cheek and lips, especially when complete dentures are needed.
Tooth extraction is the medical term for having your tooth pulled. When a tooth is badly damaged or seriously decayed, a tooth extraction might be the only option. If you allow decayed or damaged teeth to go unattended to, it can lead to health complications, such as the risk of infection. Levens Family Dentistry offers nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) and anesthetic options to ensure that extractions are pain-free and comfortable.
Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns are necessary after endodontic therapy (root canals) to stabilize the tooth.
Occlusion refers to how your top teeth and lower teeth fit together. This is also commonly referred to as bite. However, it’s indicative of more than just how your teeth fit together when your mouth is closed. Occlusion includes how the teeth fit together when chewing, eating, sleeping, talking or at rest.
Malocclusion is the term used to describe a bite that is not properly aligned and can form for numerous reasons: heredity (which is considered the most common cause), injury to jaw, prolonged pacifier use after age 3, prolonged bottle feeding, thumb sucking, impacted teeth, asymmetric growth of upper and lower jaw, or abnormally shaped teeth. Poor dental care is another cause for malocclusion. This includes lack of dental care as well as inaccurate fittings for braces, crowns and/or fillings.
When malocclusion exists it can create a number of problems, including TMJ pain. Even a slight misalignment has the potential to cause jaw pain, dizziness, headaches, earaches and more. If left untreated, TMD can develop.
TMD is a condition that is present when the joints, muscles and ligaments of the jaw are not aligned. Both malocclusion and TMD can be caused by bruxism, clenching and grinding the teeth. Without treatment these problems can worsen.
Dr. Levens completed an 18 month hands-on training program through the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education for the restoration of malocclusion. If you are having any of these symptoms he will be able to recommend and provide you with a treatment plan for healthy occlusion.
Much like Invisalign, ClearCorrect straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the teeth and smile.
Fastbraces® were developed to straighten teeth differently. Fastbraces® is the revolutionary system of fast, safe, easy and affordable braces that is changing the field of orthodontics. It is a complete, non-extraction system for most cases, which provides patients with outstanding results.
If your teeth are discolored, worn down, or damaged, veneers can be a viable solution. Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the front of the teeth. The primary function of veneers is to improve the appearance of the patients smile and it is a quick fix for smiles. Better yet, veneers are almost unnoticeable and are durable, so it is not only a quick fix but also a long-term solution.
Dental bonding takes tooth-colored material, typically a resin material, and applies it to damaged, chipped, or discolored teeth. This is most commonly used to repair decaying teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and even just to improve your smile. Bonding is a quick and painless procedure, taking just 30-60 minutes per tooth to complete. It is also less expensive than other solutions, such as veneers and partial dentures.
There are many tooth whitening solutions out on the market today, but utilizing your dentists for tooth whitening is the best long-term solution. While whitening toothpaste, gels, and strips are a fine temporary solution to tooth discoloration, going through this procedure can save you money in the long run. This process uses peroxide to remove stains from the surface of your teeth and is a completely safe way to whiten your teeth. We will help you find the best tooth whitening solution for your teeth to accommodate any sensitivity and unique mouth dimensions.
When you visit your dentist, you want to move through quickly and comfortably. Our digital check-in will take the hassle out of filling out forms and keep patients moving through the system with ease. Digital check-in also allows us to save your information so that you don’t have to fill out the same paperwork before each trip to the dentist.
At Levens Family Dentistry, we understand that the dentist’s office can cause a bit of anxiety for some people. We want to do everything we can to alleviate that anxiety. Our office has televisions throughout to make your appointment a little bit more enjoyable. We’ll even allow you to choose what channel you want the television on.
Not only do we have televisions, but we also offer noise-canceling headphones for your appointment. We connect them to our televisions so that you can enjoy your favorite show or music during your appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
It is common for people to be stressed or anxious when visiting the dentist. However, finding the solutions can be a little bit difficult. Nitrous oxide sedation, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a time-tested method for relieving stress and anxiety at the dentist office. It is different from an anesthetic because it doesn’t put you completely to sleep but helps you relax during the process. Better yet, the effects of the gas wear off in just five minutes, a much short time frame than a traditional anesthetic.
We also use aromatherapy in our dental office to help our patients feel more comfortable. Essential oils are reported to have calming properties.