General Dentistry Procedures

General Dentistry includes restorative and preventive procedures to help you keep your beautiful smile. Dr. Ivey's wealth of experience, combined with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques allow him to provide dental care for patients who will settle for only the finest.

Dr. Ivey's general dentistry procedures include fillings, preventive dentistry, periodontal treatment, extractions and root canals. Our office provides a supportive, comfortable atmosphere while Dr. Ivey performs your treatment.

As with his cosmetic procedures, Dr. Ivey will treat you as a unique individual by customizing a general dentistry solution that will give you a healthy, radiant smile.


Composite Resin Fillings

Until recently, fillings were made from a silver and mercury amalgam. Composite resin fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal fillings. Made of a plastic dental resin, composite resin fillings are strong, durable and made to match the color of your teeth. The composite resin is bonded to the tooth as opposed to wedging the filling in place, which is how metal fillings are applied.

The procedure, done under a local anesthetic to numb the area, consists of preparing the tooth by removing any decayed portions while preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible. If the tooth's decayed area is close to a nerve, a special liner is used to protect the nerve.

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The composite resin filling is applied in thin layers and built up to form the completed filling. A special dental light is used to harden each layer, forming a strong, durable filling. It is also common to replace old, worn-out silver alloy fillings with the more natural-looking composite resin filling. Because there are no known health hazards to the resin (unlike metal fillings), some patients report feeling physically better after replacing their old fillings. Back to top


Root Canals

Occasionally, a large, deep cavity or crack can cause infection in the tooth's pulp. If not treated, the infection may spread, causing the bone to erode and form pockets of pus. This condition is known as an abcess and can be quite painful. In order to save the tooth from extraction, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

Done under local anesthetic, root canal therapy is painless and can be completed in one visit. If the tooth is extremely weak, a titanium post is inserted into the canal filling to reinforce the tooth and a crown is applied over the tooth to strengthen its structure and restore a natural appearance. If a crown is necessary, a second visit is required to place the permanent crown. Back to top


Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is often a major cause of tooth loss in adults. It is believed that more than 70 percent of adults in the United States have some level of gum disease. Although genetics play a small role, dentists agree that gum disease is directly related to an individual's personal dental hygiene. The disease begins with inflamation and infection of the tissues that provide tooth support, is usually painless and often goes undetected.

Gum disease is caused by toxins created when the bacteria in plaque builds up. In the early stage of gum disease (called gingivitis), gums become red and swollen and bleed easily. Eventually the bones below the teeth become infected and begin to dissolve. Early detection can reverse the disease, and daily brushing and flossing can actually eliminate the problem. However, in advanced cases, various treatment levels may be recommended to restore gums to a healthy state.

Symptoms

  • Tenderness or pain of the gums
  • Bleeding during brushing or flossing
  • Redness or swelling of the gums
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in your bite
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it's time to give Dr. Ivey a call. If the disease is allowed to advance into periodontitis, the gums and bones that support your teeth may become severely damaged and receed further from your teeth causing tooth loss. Back to top


Preventive Care and Regular Check-ups

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Regular dental check-ups help keep you healthy and your smile looking great!

During a regular check-up we look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer and other potential problem areas. We also examine your tongue, your glands and the inside of your mouth, as well as check your bite and jaw placement. Either Dr. Ivey or our experienced dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth and remove plaque build up which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.

For cleaning severely stained teeth, we use a powerful new combination of micro-ultrasonic prophylaxis and air-polishing to effectively deep clean teeth. The recent advances in Piezoelectric technology allow us to clean teeth quickly and comfortably. The new micro-ultrasonic instrument's tip vibrates in a single, elliptical motion, contributing to a more accurate, thorough cleaning followed by microjet air-polishing to reach in between teeth and into difficult places that conventional prophylaxis (cleaning) cannot adequately reach.

If you are a new patient, or it's been a while, we will x-ray your teeth to uncover any problems that cannot be seen by a surface inspection. Back to top

 

   
   

General Procedures:

Composite fillings
Root Canals
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Preventive Care

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