It’s important to maintain healthy condition and function of your teeth with proper dental hygiene. We can help ensure that you have healthy teeth for life with regular visits to our dentist for check-ups and cleanings, plus tips on proper brushing and flossing to remove any tartar and bacterial build-up.
Rely on Dr. Thomas and the dental professionals at his practice to provide the best in general dentistry services that include cleanings, digital x-rays, sealants, non-metallic white fillings, and general tooth restorations.
Dental Cleanings & Prevention
An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tarter on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual needs and oral health. During your visit we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening, examine your teeth for cavities, decay, or breakdown, review oral hygiene instructions, and monitor your periodontal (gum) conditions. We can also provide fluoride treatments for adults when appropriate.
White Fillings (Mercury-free fillings)
Many people are concerned about the 50% mercury content in amalgam filling. We are concerned as well, in fact, mercury fillings are not available in our practice. As an alternative we offer resins (composite) fillings for the smaller area of decay. For the larger areas of decay we often recommend porcelain inlays or onlays. These porcelain fillings require less tooth structure to be removed for the preparation, thus more conservative than preparation for a crown. In addition, resin and porcelain restorations are bonded in, which creates a better seal and less chance for leakage.
Our office is equipped with the latest cutting edge technology for Digital X-rays. Using an electronic sensor, a sharp and clear digital image can be captured that will appear on a computer screen within seconds. These instant images can easily be enhanced by just a click of a mouse to change the contrast or zoom in on a specific area of concern. All this and at 90% less radiation exposure to the patient.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start.
Utilizing an intra-oral camera gives both you and us the opportunity to see potential problems occurring in your mouth, such as decay or fractured teeth. Often a tooth will not start bothering you until there is significant loss of tooth structure. With the help of the intra-oral camera, problems can be detected earlier.
We offer Air Abrasion Technology instead of the standard drill for preparing small restorations. Typically this works best with virgin teeth and small areas of decay. One advantage is that with this technique, fillings can be done without anesthesia.
Our office is equipped with two types of dental lasers; one is used to treat gum disease and the other removes decay. Laser energized water, Hydrokinetics replaces the drill in many instances. The laser does away with whine of the drill. Since there is no heat or vibration, the laser reduces need for needles or anesthesia; even complex surgery can be done with less trauma when desired.
While seldom painful and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can progress, undetected, to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. In the U.S. 80% of the adult population has some form of gum disease. Some studies show that gum disease can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke by three times, so early treatment and prevention is essential. Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial plaque, but a number of other factors including poorly fitting bridges, badly aligned teeth, and defective fillings contribute to the development of this condition. Dr. Thomas and our dental hygienists will provide many periodontal services, including laser treatment and microbiotical agents.
Athletic Mouth Guards
We provide state-of-the-art custom-made athletic mouth guards for all patients requiring protection during athletic competition in “at risk” sports. Store-bought, over-the-counter mouth guards do not fit as well nor do they provide the anticipated and necessary protection to help prevent dental/facial injuries. The only mouth guard that should be worn is that made from a model of a petient’s mouth. Patients have individual requirements for fit, comfort level of competition, and compliance. The professionally designed custom-made mouth guard satisfies these requirements.
In addition to athletic guards, we can provide a mouth appliance to help prevent and silence snoring in your home. Night guards provide protection against clenching and grinding or your teeth. Dr Thomas can evaluate your need and recommend the type of night guard you need; hard, soft or NTI. An NTI night guard is the newest innovation for this type of appliance. It is much smaller and more effective in preventing certain dental problems as well as some types of headaches.
Please request an appointment with us to discuss any of the these general dentistry services.
Dr. Thomas is available 24 hours a day for emergencies if necessary. Simply call our office number (1-707-539-6777) for instructions on how to reach the doctor.