Why Dentistry: General or Cosmetic

Dental health refers to every aspect of the health and functioning of the mouth, especially the teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene can help prevent an array of more serious health problems from occurring in the future as diseases can give their first warning signs in the form of oral problems. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly are vital practices, however visiting a dentist regularly is equally-if not more- important for the prevention and early detection of oral problems.

General Dentistry

A visit to the dentist’s office isn’t just about checking for cavities anymore. There have been incredible advancements in the field of dentistry, and we have responded by expanding our range of custom dental care services to suit your needs.

We are always at the forefront of the latest research in dentistry and use the most up-to-date methods and technology to help our patients’ achieve their desired smiles. At our dentist office, we frequently perform a wide variety of general dental procedures, so you can rest assured that yours will be performed by a skilled and experienced medical professional. With an arsenal of state-of-the-art equipment and an expert multidisciplinary staff dedicated to your dental health, we are in a unique position to offer best-in-class dental care.

Cleaning & Consultation

We all know that good oral hygiene keeps your teeth looking clean and shiny, but did you know that it’s also essential to your overall health? It’s true, poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes. 

That’s why dentists recommend that teeth be cleaned professionally twice a year. Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. The average dental cleaning is a routine procedure that is rarely painful and takes 30 to 45 minutes.

At David Scott Lipps DDS, we specialize in and frequently perform a variety of dental cleaning procedures, from scaling to whitening, so you can rest assured that yours will be performed by a skilled and experienced medical professional.

Composite Fillings

For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark-gray areas in someone’s mouth when they laughed.

But today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller hollow areas in your teeth, filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth’s color – so they become invisible when applied.

Composite fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented. The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:

  • The size of the area that needs to be filled
  • The location of the affected area in the mouth (i.e., a tooth that is heavily relied on for chewing)
  • Allergies the patient might have
  • The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth
  • Whether it is necessary cosmetically to have a tooth-colored filling


Tooth Extraction

At David Scott Lipps DDS, we always make every attempt to treat your teeth and remedy any dental malady. Unfortunately, in some cases damage to teeth is in so advanced a stage that is may be necessary to extract the tooth in order to maintain dental health.
 
If a tooth is broken, cracked or extensively decayed it may be necessary to remove it. Likewise, a tooth that is associated with advanced stages of periodontal disease should be removed, as well as teeth that are poorly positioned or non-functional.

Root Canal Therapy Treatment of an Abscess

When a patient has a toothache the symptoms may include some of the following:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Biting or pressure sensitivity
  • Throbbing “heart beat” pain, usually worse at night.

With the help of a periapical x-ray, the doctor can detect an abscess at the end of the root of the tooth.

There are two ways a tooth can abscess:

  1.  From deep decay which infects the nerve, or
  2. Trauma to the tooth. For example: chipping, breakage or a blow to the tooth.

 So what is Root Canal Therapy? Root Canal Therapy is actually removing infected pulp (nerve/blood supply) from the root of a tooth; cleaning out the canals, which house the nerves; and sealing the tooth with a synthetic rubber material.
 
Although a filling can be done after a root canal, most doctors highly recommend having a crown placed because the tooth can become brittle after the nerve is removed.

Our commitment is to providing the highest quality of dental care for our patients, and we want to do the same for you.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Innovations in dental technology have made a trip to the dentist’s office an entirely new experience for millions of Americans – thanks to a relatively new field called cosmetic dentistry.

The main goal of traditional dentistry is to keep your teeth healthy and free of disease and decay; cosmetic dentistry takes oral hygiene to a whole new level, with a concentration on enhancing the overall look of your teeth. With cosmetic dentistry, even getting a cavity filled can be an opportunity to improve your smile.

The smile is our window to the world, and it’s the first thing that makes an impression on people we meet. So it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry for corrective procedures and aesthetic enhancement.

At David Scott Lipps DDS, we specialize in the following cosmetic dentistry services.

TOOTH WHITENING

  • ZOOM Whitening – The 1 hour in office whitening system
  • NiteWhite, NiteWhite Turbo and DayWhite take home system
  • CREST professional white strips

BONDING

PORCELAIN VENEERS

PORCELAIN CROWNS / IMPLANT CROWNS

All metal, porcelain to metal or most commonly all porcelain (ceramic, non-metal) restoration that covers the whole tooth, which protects the tooth from possible breaking, or loss of the tooth.

BRIDGES

Like a crown, this restoration can be all metal, porcelain to metal or all porcelain.

A bridge is a fixed or cemented prosthesis, which replaces missing teeth.

FULL & PARTIAL DENTURES

A removable prosthesis, which replaces several missing teeth.

So whether you want to fix a chipped tooth or get a complete smile makeover, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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