Comprehensive Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry
620 Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Our patients often tell us the dentistry we practice is like nothing they have ever experienced. More thorough, more state-of-the-art, and more tailored to meet individual needs. That's because Dentistry for Life is not only the name of our practice; it embodies a philosophy that’s a radical departure from the way most dentistry is practiced today. Our post-doctoral training at the L. D. Pankey Institute and the Dawson Academy - perhaps the most distinguished advanced dental training institutions anywhere - has convinced us that our patients should receive a far superior level of dentistry than what is generally provided or supported by insurance carriers. The dentistry we practice is individualized- taking your specific needs and goals into consideration.
It is preemptive-addressing problems thoroughly, and early, rather than offering less complete solutions that will eventually lead to larger problems. And it is comprehensive - for instance, our team addresses the health of a patient’s bite and facial structure along with oral health and aesthetics. Exquisite aesthetic results give patients confidence and self-esteem many have never experienced. Watching truly outstanding aesthetic dentistry change a person’s life is extremely rewarding and inspires us to provide our patients with an exceptional level of care. We are proud of the fact that all members of our staff share the same ideals.
Daily brushing and flossing will help keep calculus (tartar) formation to a minimum, but it won’t prevent it completely. Professional oral exams, dental prophylaxes (“cleanings”) at least twice a year are necessary to remove calculus from your teeth. Bitewing x-rays tell us where the cavities may be forming in between your teeth, and are usually taken once a year. We strongly recommend a fluoride application at this visit to protect the surface of the teeth from decay. The hygienist will recommend the best products for you to use at home to ensure optimal oral health, and teach you the best brushing and flossing technique for your own need.
The days of silver- mercury fillings are history. Modern solutions are not only stronger and last longer, and they are more attractive. Composite restorations are tooth colored fillings and are virtually undetectable in the smile. We work with a variety of materials to achieve the best aesthetic result possible.
Today’s porcelain technology, whether it involves crowns, bridges or veneers, is biomimetic, it perfectly mimics nature. Aesthetic crowns, made entirely of porcelain or ceramic material, cover and reinforce the entire tooth. They contain no metal, which can look unnatural or discolor the gum line after a few years.
Fixed bridges, sometimes called fixed partial dentures, are bonded or cemented into place. Only a dentist can remove them. Prior to dental implants, a fixed bridge was the best way to replace missing teeth.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often removed. Fortunately, today, an injured or infected tooth can often be saved through root canal treatment. In this procedure, the damaged nerve is removed from inside the tooth and replaced with a bio-compatible material. Root canal treatment may be necessary when a tooth becomes fractured or infected. When the root canal treatment has been completed, the tooth will need to be restored with a crown or a filling.
Periodontal Disease is a serious inflammatory condition, caused by a bacterial infection that leads to destruction of the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. The infectious bacteria destroy those fibers, causing the gums to separate from the teeth, forming pockets. As the disease progresses, these pockets deepen, causing more gum tissue and bone to be destroyed. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated. The first step usually involves a special cleaning, called scaling and root planning. This procedure removes plaque and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces. It helps the gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink, making it more difficult for plaque to accumulate along the root surfaces.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
Healthy Gums, Healthy Body
Think of your mouth as a window into the health of the rest of your body. Signs of systemic disease (diseases that can affect the body as a whole, such as diabetes or blood cell disorders) or infection can sometimes be seen there before they are visible elsewhere. We are trained to recognize these signs and identify potential problem areas. Many medications, such as steroids, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure drugs and oral contraceptives, can affect the gums. Some medications have side effects that reduce saliva. A lack of saliva can result in a chronically dry mouth, which can irritate the soft tissues. Regular dental visits will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, and may help prevent serious health concerns.