Dental Care You Can Trust
At Dental Associates of Lyndhurst, we’ve been providing comprehensive dental care for more than 40 years. Our services are custom tailored to each of our patients. We enjoy treating not only seniors but those who are seeing the dentist for the first time.
We can treat those who require root canal therapy in-house but have specialist options available for those who have uncommon needs. Simple surgical procedures are also available, while nitrous oxide or ‘twilight sleep’ can be used to make your visit more comfortable.
Sometimes it can be challenging for children to properly clean the surfaces of all their permanent back teeth. Dental sealants are a treatment intended to prevent tooth decay in children by coating the chewing surfaces of these teeth with a thin resin. This is a common, non-invasive dental procedure done without the use of any numbing agent or tooth preparation.
A regular dental cleaning is vital to keeping your teeth in optimal health. Dental hygienists are trained in detecting and removing plaque and tartar that builds up around the teeth over time. Regular visits for dental cleanings, usually every 6-12 months, are imperative for maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile.
Scaling & Root Planing
Sometimes a regular dental cleaning is not sufficient to get the teeth to a state of health. An evaluation by your dental hygienist and dentist may result in a discussion with you regarding a deep cleaning, whereby plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line are scraped away. This procedure halts the inflammatory response that comes when plaque and tartar sit below the gum line. Your dentist or hygienist may recommend an extra cleaning a year to maintain the results of this procedure once it is completed.
Have you ever woken up with a headache or aching jaw muscles? If so, you may be a candidate for a bite appliance such as an occlusal guard. An occlusal guard (also known as a bite splint or night guard) is a custom-fabricated hard plastic appliance that is placed over some or all of the upper or lower teeth to prevent the destructive effects of grinding and clenching.
The dentist can be a source of anxiety for many patients. To help you feel more comfortable, we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas. This sedative agent, when mixed with oxygen, produces a calming effect that leaves you feeling relaxed during dental procedures.
Digital radiography has made the process of taking X-rays safer, faster, and more comfortable. Our digital system uses significantly less radiation than previous methods and allows both you and the dentist to view the images on monitors in the treatment room. These X-rays hep us to identify several types of dental problems, such as:
- Decay in between teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Improper tooth root positioning
- Cysts and abscesses
- Bone loss
Most of these dental problems are not visible in the mouth upon clinical examination, making x-rays an important diagnostic tool for dentists to accurately assess and inform you on your dental health.
While dental X-rays are a great way for dental practitioners to evaluate the health of your teeth, it can be challenging to articulate what we see in them. Therefore, we also utilize an intra-oral camera, which captures a high-quality color photograph of your teeth and gums. This allows us to better explain and show you dental problems like cavities or broken fillings.
In addition to helping our team get a better view of your smile, the images taken with the intra-oral camera allow you, our patient, to gain a better understanding of your oral health and dental treatments. We can also send these photos to other dentists and specialists and can submit them to dental insurance companies as needed.
What does it mean when a dentist says that you have a cavity and it requires a filling? A cavity is a hole in a tooth created by bacteria, which breaks down the enamel, or the first layer of a tooth. When a cavity is detected, a dentist may suggest a tooth-colored filling, known as a composite. Composite is a material that can be used on both front and back teeth to restore normal function and get teeth back into a state of health.
A dental crown, or cap, is a custom-made covering designed to fit over the whole tooth in order to restore it to its original shape and size. Crowns are used for a number of restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:
- Protecting a tooth following root canal treatment
- Covering and completing a dental implant
- Improving a misshapen tooth
- Supporting a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
- Enhancing the beauty of your smile
Dental crowns can be made of gold, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. Our dentists can help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
A dental bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth that can fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. It is a non-removable restoration anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns that sit over your natural teeth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to complete a dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile.
A dental implant behaves as the root of a tooth. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they integrate with your natural bone. In doing so, they become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth. Following the integration of the implant into the jawbone, an abutment, or connector, is placed in the mouth. This abutment connects the implant to a dental crown in the mouth.root canal treatment
Root canal treatments are indicated when a cavity gets too big and irreversibly damages the nerve of the tooth. During a root canal treatment, the dentist will remove the infected nerve, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. Afterward, a crown or cap will be placed on the tooth to prevent it from fracturing in the future. In most cases, a root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments.
In the past, root canal treatments have had a history of being uncomfortable. However, thanks to advancements in technology, radiography, materials, and anesthesia, we can confidently provide a quick and comfortable experience.
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure whereby a tooth-colored composite (the same composite used for fillings) is applied to one or more of your teeth to repair damage. It can fix a defect or imperfection within a tooth or close small gaps in between teeth. While it cannot work for every dental problem, it is a cost-effective and considerably less expensive solution to fixing several cosmetic issues.
Sometimes our dietary habits can negatively affect the color of our teeth. Zoom! whitening is an in-office teeth whitening treatment that can be used to reverse the discoloration. We do this by first isolating the teeth from the lips and gums. A special lamp is then used in combination with the hydrogen peroxide Zoom whitening gel to remove stains from your teeth. This gel is applied every 15 minutes over multiple sessions taking about 30-60 minutes. Once the whitening is complete, a different gel is applied to your teeth to mitigate sensitivity.
Invisalign® aligners are a series of custom-made, computer-generated clear aligners used in sequence to straighten misaligned teeth. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the position of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners, your teeth will gradually and gently move to their proper positions. Progression of treatment is evaluated on a monthly basis to ensure the teeth are moving predictably.
During your initial visit, we will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. This treatment is often a good choice for adult patients and others who are interested in a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign aligners are very comfortable because they are custom-made from smooth, thin plastic. The aligners are removable as well, which allows you to easily remove them as needed to eat, brush, and floss.
Botox is most well known for being used as a cosmetic solution to preventing wrinkles. But did you know that it can also be used to prevent the negative consequences of clenching/ grinding your teeth? A Botox injection into the masseter muscle is ideal for patients who catch themselves grinding, clenching, or who have frequent tension or migraine headaches.
The Dental Associates of Lyndhurst
5406 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: Coming Soon
Every Other Saturday: 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM
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