What can I do for an important upcoming event?
Porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth; ultimately transforming your smile in as few as two dental visits. Veneers are semi-translucent shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth, changing the appearance of your smile by altering the color, shape, and size. A whiter, straighter, more aesthetic smile can make you look years younger and boost self confidence.
How can I have a spectacular smile that looks natural?
In a single treatment session, Zoom Whitening can lighten your teeth up to eight shades. Teeth whitening is effective and safe for guests who have yellow, brown, or orange tinges due to age, food stains, heredity or tobacco use. Please call our office today at 574-267-6651 to schedule a Zoom Candidacy appointment, where we will determine if this procedure is the best for you.
I am nervous about visiting the dentist, what can I do?
As a sedation dentist, Dr. Myers understands dental anxiety, fear or phobia. He knows that some guests don’t respond well to traditional numbing agents, and those who need lengthy or multiple procedures may avoid dental care because they don’t want to sit in the dental chair for hours.
The medicine is called Triazolam. It is a small pill that is taken prior to your dental visit. This medication has been prescribed over 10 million times per year and has almost no side effects or interaction with other medications you may be taking.
What are the Benefits?
It allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a cleaning to extensive restorative care. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia quality which for most guests, tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. This effect will last between 2-4 hours for most.
Is it Safe?
We constantly monitor each guest with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the sedation medication in less than 30 seconds. We have treated over 5000 guests safely and comfortably.
Whatever your concern is about dentistry, Dr. Myers and his team want to help you overcome them and experience the rewards of sedation dentistry.
What does it mean if I’m told I need a root canal?
Your teeth contain several layers: enamel, dentin and the inner layer called the pulp that contains what is more commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off; forming canals that lead toward the root tip. These infamous canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood supply. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can destroy the pulp and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe pain and may initiate tooth loss. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. To learn more about the root canal process click the link below.
As with most procedures, we recommend the use of local anesthesia. Following the procedure, you may experience temporary irritation of the tissues that surround the tooth. This is usually so slight that it can be controlled with an over the counter anti-inflammatory. Should you develop any severe swelling, or increasing pain, you should contact your dentist at once.
What can I do if I am worried about missing teeth?
If you have lost a tooth either genetically or due to injury, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. A fixed bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches to adjacent teeth with prepared crowns. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant supported prosthesis. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 10 years.
Now guests who are missing teeth also have a strong alternative to bridges, partials or full dentures. By imitating an entire natural tooth, from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. What does this mean for you? You will enjoy restored function with chewing and your speech may improve. Dental implants will improve your lifestyle! They look, feel and function like natural teeth due to the titanium anchor that attaches itself to the jawbone. Dental implants can also anchor bridges, partials, or full dentures to eliminate slipping. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Myers will be able to educate you on whether this option is for you.
How can I have an all white smile?
Composites are white fillings that are designed to match the color of your teeth. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver fillings. Because they are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color. Another pro is that the composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than silver fillings. We believe that the more natural tooth structure you keep the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Can I finance my dental work?
CareCredit is a convenient, low minimum monthly payment program for your entire family specifically designed to pay for healthcare and elective treatment not covered by insurance. CareCredit, the leader in patient financing, has made it easy for more than four million patients nationwide to get the treatment that they need. For treatment fees from $1 to over $25,000. CareCredit has a variety of low minimum monthly payment plans. so you can start treatment today!
With CareCredit® You Can:
• Pay for co-payments, deductibles and treatment not covered by insurance
• Start treatment immediately and pay over time with low minimum monthly payments
• Pay for other healthcare expenses for you and your family without having to reapply*
• Reserve existing credit cards for household or unplanned expenses
• Have no annual fees
Why do my gums bleed?
With increased awareness about health and wellness, and today’s headlines filled with news about how to take better care of yourself, we are all striving to live healthier lives. To live a healthy lifestyle means making choices for your physical, emotional, and overall well-being.
New studies have shown the link between periodontal diseases and other systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The bacteria found in plaque are the main cause of periodontal diseases. If plaque is not removed from the teeth it can harden and become a substance called calculus, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Periodontal diseases can vary in severity and, if left untreated, can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease attacks just below the gum line, where it can cause the gum line and supporting tissues to break down. You may notice that your gum tissue is not attached to the tooth or as “high” as it had once been. As the tissues become more damaged, the crevice or “pocket” becomes greater in depth noting a more severe stage of the disease.
Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:
• Gums that bleed easily
• Red, swollen, tender gums
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste
• Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.