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General Dentistry

Dental Exam

The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually not a secret at all. The key is to actively participate in your oral health, making sure to routinely brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. 

Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also  not good for your total body health as well as your budget!

There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth.

Digital X-Rays

Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todays dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the film X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays are one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies we have available to us to produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist.  Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Education is our goal and we encourage that by reviewing all x-rays with our patient to ensure that you are fully informed as to your oral health.

Teeth Cleaning

No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. We do our very best to provide highly effective routine cleanings to remove what the brush and floss left behind. Sometimes when there is disease present and  excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line causing disease, a deep cleaning may be recommended.

 Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing is the non-surgical option to help bring back health. It involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smooth to prevent further deposits from building up. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.

 

Oral Cancer Screening

Close to 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancer this year and will cause over 13,500 deaths, killing 1 person every hour, 24 hours a day!

The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. Oral cancer does not discriminate, it effects people of all ages and is now directly linked to the increase of HPV16- a strain of Human Papilloma Virus. Other risk factors include but are not limited too: tobacco use, alcohol use, age, gender and race.

 

White Composite Fillings

If your silver fillings make you feel self conscious when you smile, or it's simply time to replace them because they are breaking down and leaking, consider white fillings. White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of composite resin and Free of Bisphenol A, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.

 

 

 

Dental Crowns

A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the premiere treatments for teeth when there is not enough tooth to use a traditional filling, extensive decay or damage. Dental crowns can also used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure. Made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or gold, dental crowns are placed during a multi-step process and sometimes require more than one dental visit. The first step is to prepare your tooth and shape it to support a crown and then an impression is taken to make a cast to make your crown from. A temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory to create the final restoration.  With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, along with minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns can last up to 15 years.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape in tact.

Dentures

Using dentures to replace missing teeth is not only great for your oral health; it's a great way to look and feel younger! Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.

 

 

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease TreatmentRed, swollen gums that bleed easily are a red flag for one thing: gum disease!  More than 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments. For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires either a non surgical approach such as deep scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line.  If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a referral to a gum specialist or a Periodontist will be necessary and  periodontal surgery, may be needed.

Endodontics (limited)

Root canals get a bad wrap-don't believe the rumors! The dreaded root canal isn't dreadful at all! Root canals are needed when either decay or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp). In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain at all. But when it progresses, you could have a toothache and swelling, or a dental abscess might form. Root canals remove the infection and prevent it from spreading. If more complex, a referral may be needed to a root canal specialist called an Endodontist.  

Thanks to innovative technology, root canals are not what the bad rumors make them out to be!

Oral Surgery

Dr. Marsh, Danvers, MA Dentist

Oral surgery is an umbrella term for surgical treatments such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions and bone grafting. Dental implants, an excellent solution for missing teeth, are surgically placed tooth roots that hold dental crowns in place. A wisdom tooth extraction may be recommended if there isn't enough room in your mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth and they become impacted, partially erupted or infected. Bone grafting transfers bone from one part of the jaw to another, usually to accommodate a dental implant. While a general dentist can perform some oral surgery procedures, an oral surgeon is required for others.

 

Pediatric Dentistry

Catering to the dental needs of children requires a special touch. We pride ourselves on to treating the oral health needs of children by making the kids feel comfortable and relaxed – with plenty of toys, activities and a warm, inviting and fun prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Night Guards

Bruxism or traumatic occlusion is the term we use for clenching and grinding the teeth. This is problematic for the teeth themselves as it leads to damage to the tooth structure such as chipping, cracking and worn enamel. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is also effected causing clicking, cracking, popping and pain in the jaw and neck. We strongly recommend the need for a custom Night Guard to help take the pressure off the teeth and jaw joint to help with symptoms and preserve the health of your mouth.

Night Guards