General Dental Procedures

A Wide Range of Services Available

At Tyrer Dental Care, we perform a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, Dr. Dean Tyrer and his staff can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance. Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you. Read below to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.

  • Dental Cleanings

    Teeth CleaningRoutine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. A professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months and in some cases more often than that.

    How it's done

    You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort. There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference. Typically, the hygienist will also dig into the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there. The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.

  • Composite Fillings

    When treating a cavity, Dr. Tyrer will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

    A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling, since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide good durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.

    When can a composite filling be used?

    Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
    Chipped or broken teeth Decreasing the gap between teeth

    How it's done:

    After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, and hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothened and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.

  • Root Canal Therapy

    What is root canal therapy?

    Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area.

    A tooth's pulp and nerve is not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.

    What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

    > Severe tooth pain while chewing
    > Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
    > Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time
    > Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
    > Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

    What does the treatment involve?

    First, an opening is made into the pump chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth. Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.

  • Tooth Extractions

    A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair.

    The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:

    > Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth > Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn't affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth > A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in > During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place > Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in

    What to expect

    Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.

    Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.

  • Oral Cancer Screenings

    What is an Oral Cancer Screening?

    An oral cancer screening can detect early signs of cancer. Oral Cancers exams are painless and quick, only taking a few minutes. Your regular dental check-up is an excellent opportunity to have the exam. The exam consist of your Dental Hygienist or dentist checking your face, neck, lips and entire mouth for signs of cancer.

    Who should consider Oral Cancer Screening?

    People with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from oral cancer screening, though studies haven't clearly proved that. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:

    > Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
    > Heavy alcohol use
    > Previous oral cancer diagnosis

    Ask your dentist whether oral cancer screening is appropriate for you. Also ask about ways you can reduce your risk of oral cancer, such as quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol.

  • Dental Sealants

    What are dental sealants?

    Dental Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are placed to protect your most used teeth from decay.Applying Sealants does not require drilling or removing any tooth structure. It is a painless process and very important to keep your teeth healthy.

    Sealants

    Which teeth are suitable for sealants?

    Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the sealant is applied soon after the teeth have erupted, before they have a chance to decay.

    How are sealants applied?

    Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. The process is short and easy. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface for a few seconds. The tooth is then washed off and dried. Then, the sealant is painted on the tooth. The dentist or dental hygienist also may shine a light on the tooth to help harden the sealant. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield.

    Are sealants visible?

    Sealants can only be seen up close. Sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted, and usually are not seen when a child talks or smiles.

    Will sealants make teeth feel different?

    As with anything new that is placed in the mouth, a child may feel the sealant with the tongue. Sealants, however, are very thin and only fill the pits and grooves of molar teeth.

  • Periodontal Evaluations

    Gum Disease is a threat to your overall health. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious diseases that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth can be lost. This is why it is so important to stay on top of your dental health.

    Bleeding while eating or brushing – Unexplained bleeding while consuming food or during the course of daily cleaning is one of the most common signs of periodontal infection.

    Bad breath – Continued halitosis (bad breath) which persists even when a rigorous oral hygiene program is in place, can be indicative of periodontitis, gingivitis or the beginnings of an infection in the gum tissues.

    Loose teeth and gum recession – Longer looking teeth can signal recession of the gums and bone loss due to periodontal disease. As this disease progresses and attacks the jawbone, (the anchor holding the teeth in place) the teeth may become loose or be lost all together.

    Related health conditions – Heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis are highly correlated with periodontitis and periodontal infections. The bacteria infection can spread through the blood stream and affect other parts of the body.

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