Perio Trays from Perio Protect are FDA-approved custom trays that treat periodontal disease. The trays hold medication in the periodontal pocket to kill the bacteria which cause the disease. They can be used for long-term management of periodontal disease, and can also reduce the need for repeated scaling and root planing and periodontal surgery. Dr. Hadley is certified in the Perio Protect Method to treat periodontal disease.

One of the newest techniques for replacing missing teeth is a dental implant. This permanent procedure involves surgical placement of the implant in the bony tissue, then covering it with a crown. Unlike a bridge, the implant procedure does not involve treatment to the abutting teeth, and the final restoration looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Many people suffer from nighttime bruxism, or grinding their teeth.  In addition to damaging the chewing surfaces of the teeth, this condition can also cause jaw pain from the repeated and prolonged clenching of the jaw muscles.  To alleviate bruxism, we offer the NTI, a bite splint that covers only the anterior teeth to prevent you from clenching and grinding. NTI splints may also be used to alleviate migraine and headache pain.  A small daytime splint relieves pressure but allows you to talk, and the larger nighttime splint protects you while you sleep.

Endodontists are dental specialists who have completed two additional years of advanced endodontic training and education beyond dental school. Endodontic training emphasizes root canal treatments and the diagnosis of diseases and conditions that warrant them. An endodontist does not practice general dentistry but instead devotes the majority of his or her time to performing root canals – specifically those pertaining to narrowed canals or anatomically atypical cases. Most endodontists have offices equipped with highly advanced technology, including 3D imaging devices and high powered microscopes.

Did you know…

that endodontists perform an estimated 5.7 million procedures every year? Of those, the American Association of Endodontists reports that more than 4.2 million are root canal treatments. Despite the majority of those being widely successful, there are still several myths surrounding root canal treatment. For example, root canal treatments do not cause pain as rumored; they relieve it. Similarly, extracting a diseased tooth is not a better alternative to root canal treatment, as keeping as much of your natural tooth as possible should be the treatment goal of you and your dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I visit an endodontist?

You may need to visit an endodontist if you have decay that has reached the pulp of your tooth. Once bacteria reach the pulp, it can be extremely painful and will cause the tooth to begin to die. By seeking endodontic help, you can get relief for your pain and still preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

What should I expect during an endodontic treatment?

Your visit to the endodontist should not be intimidating. Instead, you can expect a comfortable office and knowledgeable staff members who assist patients everyday in relieving pain and treating diseased teeth. You can expect to be anesthetized for the duration of your treatment to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The majority of endodontic treatments are highly successful. Though results vary from person to person, there is a good chance your root canal and restoration will last you a lifetime.

Will I need to follow any special instructions after the procedure?

Following your root canal, you will need to follow a set of post-operative instructions designed to make your recovery easier and successful. You will not be allowed to eat or drink anything for at least a half hour, and you may begin experiencing some slight discomfort near the site of the procedure in the first couple of days. Be sure to avoid biting or chewing hard and sticky foods, and schedule an appointment to return to your dentist for a permanent crown or filling within 30 days of your procedure.

Periodontal scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat periodontal disease. Thought of by many as a ‘deep cleaning’, this in-office procedure involves the careful removal of hardened plaque near the gum line, where harmful bacteria can grow and cause damage to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. The treatment starts with scaling, during which special instruments are used to scrape tartar away from the teeth and gums. Root planing follows, which is a process of smoothing the surface of the tooth’s root in order to prevent bacteria from accumulating there in the future. Finally, an antibiotic is administered to ensure that no bacteria remain at the treatment site.

Did you know…

that you cannot brush or rinse away hardened plaque that causes periodontal disease? The only thing you can do is prevent is from accumulating by using good brushing and flossing habits. Once tartar has formed, the only way to remove it is via a professional dental or periodontal cleaning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a periodontal scaling and root planing?

You may need scaling and root planing if you are suffering from mild to moderate periodontal disease. Visit your dentist for an exam if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, such as inflamed or receding gums, chronic halitosis, or loose teeth. If your periodontal disease is advanced, you may require grafting or flap surgery.

What should I expect during a scaling and root planing?

If you require a scaling and root planing, you’ll first be made comfortable – perhaps using a local anesthetic. You should feel little or no discomfort other than the sensation of the cleaning tools scraping away hardened plaque. Procedure lengths vary according to the extent of the disease and the areas it is located within the mouth. If your periodontal disease is widespread, you may need to spread out your treatment into multiple visits.

Will I need to follow any special post-treatment care instructions?

Yes. You’ll need to follow all instructions for antibiotic usage following your treatment. You’ll also be advised to avoid certain habits that can cause recurrences of periodontal disease in the future, such as smoking. Most patients experience little or no discomfort after scaling and root planing, although your mouth may continue to be numb for several hours following the procedure.

Undergoing dental x-rays can be an uncomfortable and invasive experience. Traditional x-rays are taken intra-orally, requiring patients to bite down awkwardly onto hard and bulky sensors. Not to mention, it can take several minutes to complete a full mouth series of x-rays. At our office, we believe patients deserve a better experience. That is why we feature fully digital imaging via the Planmeca Promax. With this technology, Sterling digital x-rays are taken from outside the body in much less time and using far less radiation than traditional x-rays require.

Planmeca Promax is an innovative new technology that is capable of producing highly detailed images without sacrificing patient comfort or safety. The images produced by our digital x-ray machine enhance our diagnostic capabilities and make it easier to store and share images as needed. Furthermore, Planmeca Promax generates a comprehensive view of each patient’s anatomy, making it easy to map out restorative and cosmetic dental treatment plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for x-rays using the Planmeca Promax Digital technology?

Because Planmeca Promax is safer, faster, and less uncomfortable than traditional x-rays, it is appropriate for patients of all ages. From children to the elderly and everyone in between, the Planmeca Promax can make getting dental x-rays in Sterling a breeze.

What should I expect when getting a Planmeca Promax Digital X-ray in Sterling?

Dental x-rays with the Promax are quick and effortless. You will be placed in front of the machine and bite down onto a very small digital sensor a fraction of the size of traditional x-ray sensors. Promax has an open face architecture, meaning you will never feel cramped or claustrophobic getting x-rays at our office.

I thought traditional x-rays were safe. Is a Planmeca Promax Digital X-ray a better alternative?

Though film x-rays are safe, they still emit small quantities of radiation. Planmeca Promax has raised the bar in dental healthcare, emitting far less radiation than outdated film radiology. In fact, the Planmeca Promax produces up to 10 times less radiation than some traditional x-rays!

Amalgam is an economical blend of metals used to fill cavities in the mouth. Also known as ‘silver fillings’, Sterling amalgam fillings are comprised of silver, copper, mercury and tin. The majority of Americans have dental fillings – most of whom have at least one amalgam. Many prefer amalgam because it is the most affordable and long-lasting filling material available today. In fact, amalgam fillings are less likely to fall out or break than other filling material.

Did you know…

that amalgam has been the filling material of choice for millions of dental patients over the past 150 years? It remains a commonly used filling material today, with the Food and Drug Administration ruling it safe for dental patients age 6 and up. Amalgam can be place in a single visit and is made to be self-sealing – resisting the development of further decay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for amalgam fillings in Sterling?

Nearly anyone with tooth cavities over the age of 6 is a candidate for amalgam fillings. However, the decision to get silver fillings can only be made between you and your dentist. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have any metal
from getting an amalgam filling.

What should I expect when I get my amalgam filling?

Your dentist will numb the nerves surrounding your tooth at the start of your visit. Then, your tooth will be drilled to remove decay and prepare the surface for your filling. Amalgam is mixed at the time of filling using a combination of metal alloy and liquid mercury. Blended together, these ingredients make a putty that hardens and typically requires no follow-up visit.

How long will my amalgam filling last?

Sterling amalgam fillings are made to withstand biting pressure and last for many years. Instances of breakage are rare, and repair frequency is low. When properly cared for, most silver fillings last a minimum of 10 to 15 years. Your dentist will check the condition of your fillings during your periodic dental exams and cleanings.

Six Month Smiles® is an innovative alternative to traditional braces in Sterling. Metal braces have long been the standard in orthodontics, often used during childhood and early teen years to correct problems with overcrowding, bite, and alignment. But adults and older teens may avoid highly visible braces despite their desire for straighter and more cosmetically appealing teeth. Thanks to Six Month Smiles®, now they can maintain discretion while getting the treatment they need. This revolutionary system combines the powerful results of metal braces with the subtlety of clear aligner trays. Using clear brackets and wires that blend into natural tooth color, Sterling Six Month Smiles® can deliver fast, effective results in as little as six months.

Few people are born with a perfect smile. Did you know that approximately 5 million people per year are wearing braces at any given time? Most are children between ages 9 and 14 – an age when patients are generally less concerned about the appearance of metal braces. By the middle teen to adult years, however, patients who desire straighter teeth may be reluctant to wear traditional braces due to their prominence. Six Month Smiles® is a cosmetically appealing solution for fast and social distraction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Six Month Smiles® right for me?

You may be a candidate for Six Month Smiles® if you are embarrassed or bothered by smile imperfections but do not want to spend years wearing traditional metal braces. Patients must be at least 15 years of age to undergo Six Month Smiles® in Sterling. Schedule an oral consultation for more information about this revolutionary clear orthodontic system or to find out if you could qualify for treatment.

What should I expect during a Six Month Smiles® treatment in Sterling?

The Six Month Smiles® brackets and wires are administered to the teeth in the same way that traditional braces are. This initial visit is usually the longest, though additional visits will be necessary during treatment to monitor progress and tighten the braces. Six Month Smiles® works quickly because treatment is generally isolated to the most visible teeth in a patient’s smile. Additionally, the low-force method utilized by Six Month Smiles® causes less discomfort than traditional braces during the treatment process.

Will I need to make any lifestyle modifications to facilitate my treatment?

Because Six Month Smiles® is a bracket and wire system, you will have some limitations during treatment. Primarily, you will need to make certain dietary changes that restrict hard or ‘gummy’ foods. Examples include whole, raw fruits and vegetables, bubblegum, popcorn, nuts, croutons, and caramel candies. At the conclusion of treatment, you will also need to wear a retainer to maintain results.

Start Pure teeth whitening is an advance in-office cosmetic whitening treatment in Sterling that offers fast, effective results to patients who want to take years of discoloration off their smiles. The system includes a proprietary blend of ingredients activated by violet light to powerfully dissolve stains and brighten the teeth to a brilliant shade – all in just 20 minutes. In fact, some patients achieve teeth up to 8 shades lighter after just a single treatment!

Did you know…

that Start Pure’s system is 30 percent more powerful at removing tooth yellowing than the leading whitening brands? Created by a dentist and a physician, this treatment is specifically designed to reduce tooth sensitivity, minimize treatment time, and prolong results. Most patients find their teeth to be several shades whiter with results that last up to a year or more after treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for for Start Pure teeth whitening in Sterling?

You may be a candidate for Start Pure teeth whitening if you want a brighter smile in under a half hour. Perhaps you have tried at-home teeth whitening products with mediocre results. Start Pure features whitening ingredients in concentrations not available from over-the-counter products. Schedule your Sterling cosmetic tooth whitening consultation to find out more about Start Pure and whether it is right for you. Start Pure is only effective structure – not dental implants, crowns, bridges, or veneers.

What should I expect during a Start Pure teeth whitening treatment?

After just 20 minutes, the light and whitening gel will be removed, revealing your brighter, whiter smile. Results will vary from patient to patient and are not guaranteed. Keep in mind that your teeth cannot be whitened beyond their natural shade, and they may not respond to treatment if they are stained by tetracycline.

Will I need to follow any special instructions after my visit?

There is no need to change your lifestyle after Start Pure professional teeth whitening in Sterling. However, you will need to avoid consuming dark-colored foods and beverages in the first couple of days after treatment. This includes red wine, dark juices, coffee, sodas, and tea. To sustain your results, talk with your dentist about at-home maintenance whitening systems from Start Pure.

Ridge and sinus augmentations are surgical dental procedures used to fill in areas of the gum line and underlying bone that have deteriorated as a result of tooth loss or extraction. Specifically, a ridge augmentation refers to the reconstruction of degenerated or underdeveloped gums, and a sinus augmentation refers to an enhancement of the amount and consistency of the maxillary jaw bone by lifting the sinus floor and grafting bone into the jaw line. These state of the art procedures are capable of restoring a natural appearance to, as well as making it possible for some patients to qualify for dental implants.

Did you know…

that tooth loss is not the only reason for getting a ridge or sinus augmentation? Many Sterling patients have deteriorated gum lines or inadequate jaw bone support caused by oral disease, such as periodontal disease, or a physical trauma to the face. Others experience bone atrophy caused by prolonged denture wear. By grafting in bone and building up the gum line, a dentist can make it possible for a patient’s jaw and gums to support permanent dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for sinus or ridge augmentation?

You may be a candidate for a Sterling sinus or ridge augmentation if you have been denied dental implants in the past due to inadequate supporting tissues. You may also qualify if your receded gum line is a source of insecurity or embarrassment. To find out more about sinus and ridge augmentations and whether you qualify, contact your dentist for a consultation today.

What should I expect during a sinus or ridge augmentation?

Sterling ridge augmentations begin with the administration of a local anesthetic used to numb treatment areas and prevent pain. Graft material will then be placed into the tooth socket where the missing tooth once was. Your dentist will then pull surrounding gum tissue over the graft material and suture it shut. Sinus lift augmentations are similar, except your dentist will instead make an incision to expose the sinus floor and use hard graft materials to build up the sinus floor. The site will be sutured shut and allowed time to heal before additional treatments, such as a dental implant, are completed.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my procedure?

It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort following your procedure, though these symptoms should subside within a few days.

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