Although we perform a large number of cosmetic and restorative procedures, our practice emphasizes the importance of preventative measures. By helping you maintain proper dental hygiene and by treating problems in their earliest stages, we can reduce the number of cosmetic and restorative procedures you will require in the future.
Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Mueth and his team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
This appointment is performed by a registered dental hygienist. In our practice, you will see the same hygienist at each cleaning visit so that you can develop a relationship. The hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposit), tartar or calculus (hard deposit), and stain from your teeth. The evaluation of the gum tissue, probing pockets and recording depths for future reference will be accomplished. After the cleaning, the hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.
You will have all of your questions answered that you may have about the homecare procedures and products. If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or flossing effectively, your hygienist can help. Should you develop gum disease, which is extremely common; our hygienist will provide counsel and treatment to control the condition.
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 taken out of 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.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Dr. Mueth 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. Dr. Mueth gently removes the infected tissue and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a crown.
As a comprehensive dental practitioner, Dr. Mueth offers routine oral cancer screenings to you as a patient. As your dentist, Dr. Mueth is the only medical professional in a position to evaluate routinely and detect abnormalities. Early detection is important. There will be 41,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer this year and 12,500 deaths. The death rate from oral cancer is especially high due to late discovery of the disease. Prognosis is more positive with early detection. A patient who does not seek regular continuous 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.
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Nightguard is a simple solution that protects your teeth and jaw from the harmful results of nighttime teeth grinding. Dr. Mueth provides a custom molded plastic mouth guard to comfortably fit over your upper teeth creating a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. The cushion between the teeth absorbs the force of grinding. A Nightguard reduces clenching, grinding and TMJ problems by helping relax the muscles in the jaw. Finally, rest comfortably again!