Directly below the hard outer layer of enamel that surrounds your tooth is a tissue known as dentin. This protective layer surrounds and connects to the pulpy inner portion of your tooth. While dentin is almost as hard as the outer enamel, it is composed of microscopic pores that lead to exposed root surfaces, which can cause sensitivity. If you are experiencing moderate to severe sensitivity to temperature extremes or sweets, we can help. We offer desensitizing agents, which may be used to seal the microscopic pores and reduce the likelihood of pain. These agents can also be used during certain procedures to reduce the problem of post-treatment sensitivity.
Having your teeth cleaned regularly, by a professional hygienist, is one of the most important and easiest things you can do to retain your health. Plaque is sticky, and even with correct brushing some of the tacky goo stays behind, hidden in the grooves and pockets of your teeth and gums. If it's not removed, plaque solidifies into tartar, which is beyond the reach of brushing with your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar forms below the gumline as well as on the enamel of your teeth, creating a serious problem within your mouth, inviting decay and even gum disease. Recent research shows a clear link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which means having your teeth cleaned is one of the most important reasons to visit your dentist!
Missing teeth pose a tremendous threat to your long-term dental health. A root canal repairs teeth with roots that have been injured or infected; damage that used to require an extraction. A root canal restores a tooth by removing the pulp chamber and replacing the pulp with filling material. This is often unavoidable when dental decay extends to the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and a simple filling will not be a suitable repair. Our doctors are skilled in modern root canal therapy. With new anesthetics and cutting-edge technology, root canals are a manageable form of treatment, unlike the dreaded procedures of the past.
Don't turn into a preventable statistic! Oral cancer is responsible for one American death every hour. For the past 40 years, this mortality rate hasn't been reduced. But when found early, there is a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That's why we provide a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If Dr. Ray or a hygienist sees anything that incites concern, they'll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could save your life!
For decades, the silver-mercury amalgam was the most common filling material used in dental offices, and still is for many practices. While they are an affordable restoration, amalgams have certain shortcomings. Metal does not fasten well to your teeth, so decay can and does slowly seep back into your tooth. But the main reason many of our patients are switching to white bonded fillings has to do with their appearance. Many people just don't want an ugly black plug in their teeth. We offer advanced restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and can improve the strength of your teeth. These fillings bond so tightly with the healthy part of your tooth there is much less possibility of decay in the future.
Oral health causes larger repercussions in a person's life than routine cleanings and the occasional filling can address. Many patients who've dealt with injury, illness, bite problems, and simple wear and tear suffer from chronic problems that they may not realize began in their mouth. Bruxism (tooth grinding), TMJ, periodontitis, crooked or misshapen teeth, and missing teeth together may produce headaches and migraines, toothaches, and chronic bad breath, as well as detract from your appearance. But that doesn't have to be your life.
Dr. Ray will visit with you to talk over your concerns, symptoms, and goals. After taking digital X-rays, photos, and imprints of your mouth, he will offer treatment choices to address your issues and help you acquire a healthy, pain-free, and amazing smile. Don't delay because of perceived expense. We can discuss phased treatment and financial planning that will make your dream smile obtainable.
Neuromuscular dentistry is composed of specific treatment procedures addressing how your jaw joints and how your teeth fit together. If your teeth are misaligned due to a jaw joint disorder, they can wear down prematurely and you may not be able to chew your food properly. This can also generate a variety of head and neck pains. Many people with jaw joint issues clench their teeth while sleeping, which can damage their original teeth or their dental work. It does no good to give a patient an amazing new smile that will then be destroyed by a bad bite. We want your teeth to last a lifetime! Dr. Ray has brought relief to patients whose physicians, chiropractors, and neurologists told them they were difficult cases. If you are experiencing agony in your temples or jaw muscles; suffer from earaches, headaches, or difficulties with your jaw locking up or making popping sounds; you may benefit from neuromuscular dentistry.
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (724) 537-0800.
432 Frye Farm Road • Greensburg, PA 15601