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General DentistryAt Atrium Family Dental, we believe that a healthy smile is a beautiful smile. That’s why it’s so important that you visit a dentist regularly for checkups. Visiting your general dentist also ensures that dental problems that might not be immediately obvious can be caught in the early stages, so you don’t end up having to have costly (and possibly complicated) procedures later on. At Atrium Family Dental, we’ll help you and your family to maintain and improve your dental health. We offer basic services like exams, cleaning, extractions, fillings and root canals. This is general dentistry that’s designed to set the foundation for a healthy mouth. Once your dental health is where it should be, then if you like we can talk about cosmetic procedures. Our goal is quite simply to ensure that you have a healthy mouth and a great smile for life.

Dental Exams

55-minOne of the best ways to ensure that you don’t develop cavities or other oral health problems is to see a general dentist every six months for a check-up. As a matter of fact, the ADA (American Dental Association) advises that you do so in order to screen for problems like tooth decay, cracks, old dental work that might not be holding up, periodontal (gum) disease, and oral cancer. Any of these issues, caught early enough, can be treated. Just as an example, even a very small cavity is very easy to find using modern dental technology. If you delay having a checkup, that small cavity can grow more quickly than you might imagine, and can even spread decay to other adjacent teeth. Gum disease is another problem that can be caught in its early stages, but if it’s neglected it can advance and even compromise your health in other ways – gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, to name just a couple of health issues. Regular checkups are vital when it comes to detecting, treating and controlling common dental health concerns, so make sure you come and see us every six months.

Dental Cleanings

58-minYou love the way your mouth feels, and the way your teeth look after a cleaning, but it’s not just a way of making you look and feel good. It’s actually the very best way to prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Perhaps you think you can stave off gum disease at home with regular brushing and flossing, and of course that’s one of the best ways. However, over time, dental plaque and stains can build up on your teeth. Dental calculus (tartar) can also build up, both on your teeth and below the gum line. Brushing and flossing alone aren’t going to be effective in removing these substances. That’s why you need to see your dentist for regular cleanings. Professional cleaning is done using a method called “scaling.” It’s a means of using dental instruments to remove those harmful deposits from your teeth. In the past, scaling was done using manual tools, but today, we use ultrasonic scalers that deliver high-speed vibrations to your teeth to blast away plaque and tartar. If the buildup is heavy, we may use manual tools as well. You should have a professional cleaning every six months to maintain your dental health and your great smile.

Tooth Colored Fillings

In the past, fillings were made of a mix of metallic compounds, called amalgam. The trouble with metallic fillings is that they look terrible. If you’ve ever seen your grandfather throw back his head and laugh, chances are you’ve seen a ton of metal in the back of his mouth. So, what if you could have a filling that looked exactly like your natural tooth? Today, tooth colored fillings are the standard, and they’re a great alternative to those metallic fillings. They’re better for your teeth, too. There’s no getting around the fact that decayed, broken or chipped teeth need to be filled. But with metal fillings, the process involved actually removing part of the healthy tooth in order to get the filling to bond properly. Modern, tooth colored fillings are made from plastic resin that bonds to your tooth without the need for removing the healthy portions. Your dentist will simply drill out the decay and then apply bonding material that is the same color as the tooth. If your cavity is small, or you just need a moderate restoration (which is usually the case with fillings), tooth colored fillings could be the perfect solution.

Root Canals

You’ve probably heard people say things like “I’d rather have root canal than go to work today.” Why do you suppose people say things like that? It’s because they think root canal is painful. The truth is that root canal isn’t painful at all, because it’s done using a local anesthetic. It’s the problem that causes you to need the root canal that hurts. You need root canal when your tooth becomes so damaged that it’s infected down in the pulp of the tooth. When that happens, it can be agonizing. Root canal is actually a very easy procedure, and can usually be done in just one visit. It involves making an opening in the surface of the tooth in order to remove the damaged pulp. The canal is then cleaned and filled, the opening is sealed, and you’re all done. The only difference between a root canal and a regular filling is that you’ll usually need a crown to protect the tooth. That makes it more expensive than a regular filling, but it’s no more painful. Root canal is a very common general dentistry procedure, and nothing to be afraid of.

To learn more about root canals, read our other pages: Root Canal Overview, Benefits of Root Canals.

Repair Damaged or Decayed Teeth with Restorative Dentistry at Atrium Family Dental

Restorative dentistry can correct a wide array of dental issues, including:

  •         Chipped, worn or cracked teeth
  •         Discolored teeth
  •         Gapped teeth
  •         Bite problems
  •         Crowded or crooked teeth
  •         And more

124-minAt Atrium Family Dental, Dr. Shane Sudman can help you with these and a huge range of other problems. He is an experienced restorative dentist who has spent years helping people to improve their smiles and the functionality of their teeth. With advanced techniques, and many procedures available in-office, you can rely on Atrium Dental to deliver results that both feel and look natural. There is no need to live with unsightly, uncomfortable teeth. We can restore your mouth to the level of functionality and appearance that you deserve with treatments like crowns, implants and dentures. Common dental problems are correctable, so don’t hesitate – book a consultation today by calling us at 815-462-9900, or by using the form on our Request Appointment page.

Dental Implants

Dental ImplantsDental implants offer permanent replacements for teeth that have become damaged to the point where they have to be extracted. At Atrium Family Dental, we offer All-on-4 dental implants. They’re more cost-effective than traditional implants because you can have a full, permanent set of teeth anchored on just four implants in either jaw. Whether you need a single tooth implant or multi-tooth implants using a fixed bridge, we can restore your smile.

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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns enhance the appearance as well as the functionality of your teeth. We take impressions of your teeth, and then send those impressions to a lab that will custom-design your crowns for the best possible fit, and ensure that they’re color-matched to your existing teeth. When properly cared for, with regular brushing and flossing, your crowns could last a lifetime.

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Bridges and Porcelain Crowns

Dental BridgesA missing or broken tooth is more than just a simple annoyance in your smile, these problems can have a major impact on your chewing and speaking ability. Thanks to Bridges and Porcelain Crowns, dental patients can start smiling again. A Dental Bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is supported by custom-fitted, natural-looking crowns to replace the missing gap in your bite. The restorative dentistry team at Atrium Family Dental will create a customized artificial replacement that blends in perfectly with your existing teeth. Dental bridges and porcelain crowns are extremely reliable, durable and comfortable. To learn more about dental bridges and porcelain crowns, or to book an appointment at Atrium Family Dental, please contact us today.

Dentures

Implants are the best solution for missing teeth, but if cost is a concern, or if you’re not able to have implants for medical reasons, dentures can be a good solution. We can provide you with partial or full dentures, along with All-on-4 fixed dentures that work with implants. Properly fitted dentures won’t slip or slide, and you’ll be able to enjoy the foods you love.

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