Regular dental cleanings are recommended bi-annually for most healthy patients. A typical dental cleaning involves preventative and diagnostic services including: removing stains, tartar, plaque and calculus from the teeth, polishing the teeth, X-rays, evaluations for gum disease, and oral cancer screenings.
Dental Services in Muscatine, IA
The team at the office of Alan B. Evans DDS is dedicated to providing the highest level of dental care in Muscatine, IA. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the information and services you need to maintain great dental health for life. Our dental staff will work together with you to develop a comprehensive plan that helps you understand your oral health, treatment options, and the risks and benefits. We focus on preventative dentistry, which helps detect and prevent dental diseases and issues before they occur. In addition, we provide cosmetic and restorative dental services.
Preventative Dental Services
An effective treatment option to prevent tooth decay is dental sealants. Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in teeth which cannot be cleaned by regular brushing. This plastic film is applied to the chewing surface of teeth and forms a protective barrier on the tooth enamel. This keeps bacteria and food particles from penetrating the tooth's surface, and creates a smooth exterior that is easy to clean with regular brushing.
X-rays play an important role in the diagnostic process, because they can reveal problems not visible to the naked eye. Instead of using traditional film, digital radiographs use small sensors. One of the many advantages to digital x-rays is it uses less radiation, and saves time. Because digital radiographs can be viewed on a computer, it can give your dentist the clearest view of your mouth, teeth, and tissues, while reducing the amount of radiation you are exposed to.
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
A healthy smile can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence. It can also help you make a positive and lasting first impression on others. Aside from regular dental visits and good at-home oral health habits, there are many ways to bring your smile to the next level of radiance. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures help you improve your smile, and restore beauty and function to your teeth. Our dental health team enjoys learning and training in the latest cosmetic dental treatments and procedures. Together, we can help you achieve a bright, long-lasting smile.
Dental bonding can enhance the aesthetics of your smile and add protection against broken teeth in the future. Using a composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, bonding can correct gaps or cracks in teeth, cover up stains and repair damage due to tooth decay.
A dental crown may be necessary if your tooth has been severely damaged or is in an advanced stage of tooth decay. If the tooth cannot be fixed with bonding material, this is especially true. Crowns cover the remaining tooth, and like a filling, help restore aesthetics, strength, and function to your teeth. Dental crowns can be made from several materials. The material used is dependent on the area of your mouth being restored.
A dental bridge is used when tooth loss occurs due to decay, injury, or gum disease. Leaving a missing or injured tooth unfixed can create larger problems for you and your dental health. If your teeth begin to shift, it can result in pain and discomfort, not to mention look unsightly. A bridge helps close the gaps in your mouth and looks and acts like your natural teeth. The bridge is permanently cemented in your mouth and helps maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
If you are missing teeth and want to restore a natural looking, healthy smile, dentures may be a good option. For patients missing all of their teeth, complete dentures are used. Partial dentures are available to patients who still retain some of their natural teeth. Like many of our restorative and cosmetic treatments, dentures restore function, health and beauty to a patient's smile. In addition, they are custom made to fit comfortably and snugly within a patient's mouth and help restore the ability to speak and eat. Properly placed dentures also help prevent facial sagging.
If restorative dental treatments such as crowns, root canals, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may be necessary to pull (or extract) the tooth. In some cases, removing a compromised tooth can help return a patient to optimal oral health. If you need to have a tooth extracted, we will discuss the various treatment options with you, as well as tooth replacement options following the extraction procedure.
Tooth fillings helps treat tooth decay and restore tooth structure after it is broken or decayed. We use composite material that is carefully matched to your existing tooth structure, which helps create a more natural looking appearance. In addition to providing teeth with improved stability, strength, and color, composite fillings provide protection against broken teeth in the future.
For patients missing teeth due to decay or from extractions, dental implants are a great option. A dental implant consists of metal frames or posts which are surgically placed into the bone beneath the gums. These then fuse with the jawbone and give replacement or removable teeth a strong foundation. This stable support prevents dentures or restorations from moving within the mouth.
For patients with moderate gum disease, dental scaling is the most common non-surgical treatment method. Scaling can help treat the disease and keep it from getting worse. This procedure involves cleaning areas of the tooth below the gum line, to help remove bacteria and prevent gum disease from getting worse. Scaling can be done with either hand-held or ultrasonic instruments. Both types of cleaning methods remove tartar build-up and help improve your oral health.
If a tooth has been affected by severe trauma, or if an infection has reached the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, bacteria, nerves, and any decay is removed and the resulting space is then filled with special medicated dental materials to restore the tooth to its full function. A root canal saves the tooth from dying and can prevent more costly problems down the line. Application of dental crowns is common after a root canal.
The effects of smoking, coffee, tea, and other causes of teeth discoloration will slowly disappear after you begin a teeth whitening treatment. If you would like to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dental health care team today. We can help you bring out a more radiant, white smile.
The temporomandibular joint is found on either side of your jaw, and holds the upper and lower jaws together. Those who experience difficulty moving their jaws and pain in these joints may suffer from a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can lead to a number of other issues including: ear, tooth, and jaw joint pain. A number of factors can contribute to TMJ disorders as well. This includes misaligned bites, teeth grinding, and joint dislocation.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, we will work with you to find the treatment option that is right for you. This may include creating a custom-fit oral appliance, practicing relaxation techniques, physical therapy, or surgery in some cases.
Veneers are custom-made porcelain or ceramic laminates that are applied directly to patient's teeth. This procedure is almost undetectable when applied to a tooth because veneers take on the natural color of your teeth. If you are looking to correct misaligned or crooked teeth, porcelain veneers are a good option. Porcelain veneers are also an excellent choice if you are looking to close gaps between teeth and want an option that is resistant to discoloration from dental bleaching.
Family Dental Care in Muscatine, IA You Can Count On
The practice of Alan B. Evans DDS has provided quality dental care in Muscatine, IA for over a decade. We are proud to help patients of all ages achieve healthy smiles for life. Through both restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Evans is dedicated to helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
For more information about our dental care services, our practice, or for general dental questions, please contact us today at (563) 264-1180. We look forward to welcoming you to our patient family!