The best way to protect your beautiful smile is by preventing problems before they start. Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Graham, Dr. McCabe, and the entire Graham Family Dentistry team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry possible.
Fifty percent of all adults have some form of periodontal disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums. The truth is, the disease is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, periodontal disease treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Your visit with your dentist includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. You will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Have you been putting off their removal? If so, Graham Family Dentistry can help. At some point in life, most everyone requires the extraction of their wisdom teeth as a measure of preventative dentistry. A number of painful and lasting problems can occur due to the arrival of wisdom teeth, but with today's dental technology, the removal of these teeth has been improved to maximize your comfort and to speed along your recovery time.
Before extracting your wisdom teeth, your dentist will administer a local or general anesthetic, based on your own needs and on your patient history. Your dentist will remove the tooth and, if necessary, will stitch the incision area for faster healing. Your dental team will explain the procedure prior to your treatment and will answer any questions you may have.
In most cases, your recovery from wisdom tooth extraction will only last a few days. Your Graham Family Dentistry team will provide you with detailed information on the do's and don'ts of recovery, and you will be prescribed medication to manage any pain. Finally, you'll have peace of mind knowing you're no longer at risk for the many problems wisdom teeth can present!
Do you know when your child's dental care should begin? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good indicator. For most babies, this occurs when they are between six months and one year of age. A simpler way to remember for your child is: first dental visit by first birthday. It's important to remember that baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked teeth.
The most important aspect of your child's first dental visit is to establish a dental home where they can grow and become comfortable with their dentist. Your child's dental visit will include an oral evaluation to monitor development, a decay check and risk assessment, as well as discussing tips with the parent for a good oral health regimen.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Your dentist takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time. The procedure involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently removes the infected tissue and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a crown.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with "filling" material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
As a comprehensive dental practitioner, Graham Family Dentistry offers routine oral cancer screenings to you as a patient. As your dentists, Dr. Graham and Dr. McCabe are the only medical professionals in a position to routinely evaluate and detect abnormalities. Early detection is important. There will be 41,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer this year, resulting in 12,500 deaths. The death rate from oral cancer is especially high due to late discovery of the disease, and prognosis is more positive with early detection. A patient who does not seek regular care from a dental professional is putting their health at risk by delaying a diagnosis in the early stage of oral cancer. We are dedicated to providing this potentially life-saving procedure for you.
Oral cancer statistics include:
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don't remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a nightguard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep.
Your dentist takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your nightguard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask your dentist about having a nightguard custom created especially for you.
Say goodbye to long waits for your nightguards and mouthguards! With the Drufomat Scan Pressure Machine, Graham Family Dentistry can custom-mill your removable dental appliances (such as nightguards and sports mouthguards) right in the office while you wait. This technology is another way the team at Graham Family Dentistry can maximize your time at the office and get you on your way even faster.
If you or a loved one snores, you are likely aware that snoring often accompanies fitful sleep. Severe snoring may also be a sign of a more serious problem like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual stops breathing for an extended period of time during sleep. Snoring happens when the soft palate relaxes to the point of cutting off the airway. Snore appliances are designed to comfortably hold the airway open during sleep. There are a wide variety of snore appliances available to you. Let Dr. Graham or Dr. McCabe select the right one that fits your needs.
Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways that cosmetic care can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, stained or discolored teeth, and "gummy" smiles. Drs. Graham and McCabe create a customized treatment plan just for you, based on your age, your goals, and your financial comfort level.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Placement of porcelain veneers is a conservative cosmetic treatment that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps in teeth, or dull or stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution. Your dentist will skillfully create a straight, brilliant smile that enhances both your appearance and your self-esteem.
You can have the confidence that comes from a brighter, whiter smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a teeth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and long lasting. Your home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth, to evenly disperse prescription whitening gel which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. You can expect the entire home-whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. With home whitening, you can also reuse your trays to touch-up your smile whenever it needs a little boost.
If you are thinking of other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or new fillings to replace your old discolored ones, consider whitening your teeth first. Any future restorations will then be matched to your newly whitened teeth, giving you fantastic results. For your tooth whitening needs, Graham Family Dentistry trusts the ZOOM!™ Whitening System. Talk to your dentist about what whitening treatment is right for you.
If you've lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile, left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. To correct this, your dentist creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally "bridge the gap" in your smile.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. After the decay has been removed, your dentist uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth. Crowns are also used to restore damage, including chipped teeth, broken teeth, and gaps in teeth. Also called "caps," porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
If you need to fill a cavity or to replace dark amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings are your solution. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with "filling" material. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth, often without reducing the structure of the tooth. The bonding material is sculpted by your dentist to resemble a natural tooth, correcting chipped, broken, stained, or discolored teeth and in some cases correcting gaps. While it is less of an investment than porcelain veneers, bonding doesn't last as long and can sometimes become stained from foods and beverages. We encourage you to come in and talk with the Graham Family Dentistry team about your options.
Years of wear and tear, injury, or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. The Graham Family Dentistry team changes lives every day through restorative dentistry. Rejuvenate your smile today!
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry and can be used for several teeth or a single tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth or are wearing ill-fitting dentures, dental implants can be your smile solution. At Graham Family Dentistry, we want to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature's design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth root. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw, where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. Your dentist will craft a custom prosthetic tooth that looks and feels completely natural. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of dental implants:
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing. Implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
A properly-fitting denture is very important. A good fit ensures that your dentures will allow you to retain much of your function, which is important for maintaining natural muscle tone in your face and jaw. Dentures will keep you looking and feeling healthy, and will help you retain a natural lifestyle. A natural smile and the best possible fit are two of the primary goals your dentist will achieve if you need dentures to restore your smile.
Partial dentures are used if you have several teeth missing that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. The partial denture is removable and is designed to comfortably fit and to blend-in with any remaining teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural looking smile while still remaining functional. Once the teeth have been removed, the partial is important in order to preserve the bone and to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps.
You can erase years of wear and tear with crowns. Your dentist uses a tooth-like crown made of precious metal or of tooth-like porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called "caps," porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
Gum disease, injury, decay, or wear and tear can contribute to the loss of a tooth, which, if not corrected, can create problems for your dental health. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more future problems. Your dentist creates a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort. A bridge is meant to "bridge the gap" in your smile to prevent any further damage. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns.
You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. This could signify problems with your temporomandibular joint. A healthy jaw joint does not make any noise. Clicking or popping in the joint may be an indication of strain or long-term injury. The joint problem may be a result of trauma, of complications with your bite, or of grinding or clenching your teeth (or a combination of these factors). TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a condition that affects many people, but the good news is it can often be treated. Based on the severity of your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that will help alleviate your pain, making your day-to-day activities more pleasant. If you are experiencing or have experienced clicking, popping, or pain in your jaw joint, ask a Graham Family Dentistry team member today if you might benefit from this treatment.
Even if you have healthy teeth and gums, the way they fit within your mouth is another important aspect of your dental health. If your teeth are improperly positioned, you may suffer from an irregular bite. While everyone wants straight teeth for aesthetic reasons, there are major health concerns associated with your bite as well. If you want to straighten your teeth but don't want to spend a year or more with a mouth full of metal braces, the Graham Family Dentistry team has a solution in MTM® Clear Aligners.
This removable, virtually undetectable aligner is custom-fabricated by your dentist to suit your specific needs. Whether your teeth are overcrowded or unsightly gaps are a problem, slight misalignments can be corrected by moving your teeth into the ideal position. Ask your Graham Family Dentistry team if MTM® Clear Aligners can meet your orthodontic needs.
Your enjoyable dental experience depends on your comfort and safety. The Graham Family Dentistry team utilizes the latest technological advances in dental equipment and techniques to ensure your satisfaction with your visit and your continued excellent health.
Digital radiographs are a technological advancement that results in less exposure to radiation for our patients and an almost instantaneous picture for your dentist. You will appreciate a more comfortable visit, as well as quicker treatment.
An intraoral camera lets you see inside your mouth during both treatment planning and dental procedures. Our intraoral camera displays your teeth on a monitor or iPad, allowing your dentist to walk you through your proposed treatment. The use of this camera allows us to work with you as a team to meet your dental goals.
Digital photography gives Dr. Graham and Dr. McCabe instant images to use for cosmetic imaging or to keep on file to track your progress. Digital images can be electronically saved and are more efficient than traditional photographs, which must be taken off-site for development.
Graham Family Dentistry wants you to feel comfortable and confident about coming to visit us. For those who suffer from extreme anxiety, our office offers sedation dentistry as a safe and reliable way for you to feel relaxed. With extensive training in sedation dentistry, Dr. Graham and Dr. McCabe offer you the most comfortable experience possible. If you have been putting off years of dental work while living in pain or with embarrassing oral problems, then sedation dentistry can change your life.
Nobody likes getting a shot at the doctor or dentist, and that's why you'll love The Wand™! While undergoing certain dental procedures, anesthesia is necessary to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and pain free. With The Wand, you won't experience the stinging pain often associated with syringes. Believe it or not, that uncomfortable sensation has little to do with the prick of a needle. When receiving a shot from a syringe, it's the quick burst of anesthetic as it is pushed into your body that causes the most pain.
With The Wand, Dr. Graham and Dr. McCabe use a pen-shaped tool equipped with a tiny, ultra-sharp needle to administer the anesthetic slowly and freely into your body. You won't experience the stinging pain of a syringe, and you will feel stress-free and pain-free for your dental procedure. Ask a Graham Family Dentistry team member about The Wand today.
You're always on the go, and your time is precious. Thanks to great technological advances like the iTero™ intraoral scanner, you can spend less time in the dentist's chair and more time doing what you love! Utilizing stunning 3D technology, the iTero intraoral scanner makes a sophisticated digital model of your bite, far exceeding the accuracy of traditional impressions. With this highly detailed digital impression, your dentist can create perfectly-fitting crowns and bridges so that your treatment is completed faster and more efficiently.