At the office of David M. Smith D.D.S., we offer comprehensive dental services to ensure that your smile is always its brightest. Look below to see a few of the services we offer with insightful tips and explanations.
Preventive Dentistry: If you are making an appointment to our office for an emergency or specific problem you can count on us to address your chief complaint! We love to see emergencies as getting patients out of pain or discomfort quickly is the most rewarding aspect of our practice.
However, we hope you are making an appointment to establish yourself as a new patient. On your first visit you will spend at least an hour and a half with Dr. Smith. He will review your Dental/Medical History, address any questions you may have, perform a comprehensive examination, take necessary X-rays and complete a thorough cleaning. Yes, Dr. Smith will clean your teeth the first time! This is his way of getting to know your teeth and mouth.
We would like you to return each 6 months to visit our dental hygienist for a periodic oral exam, six month cleaning (or prophylaxis) and topical fluoride application. This has proven to be the most efficient way to maintain a healthy smile. Regular cleanings and exams are not only important for keeping your mouth healthy, but are essential to your overall health.
Implant Dentistry: By far the best way to replace missing teeth is with Dental Implants. We use the best techniques and materials for removable prosthetics. Still, these are the least natural replacement. Dental Implants are titanium replacements for the tooth root. We use a team approach to Implant Restorative Dentistry. We work closely with Oral Surgeons to place the Implants in the jaw then once the implant has integrated with the bone we are able to build the custom crown of the tooth or teeth on top of the Implants. These stay in place and work and feel most like your natural teeth.
Bridges were popular in the past and we still have that option in certain situations. However, bridges require neighboring teeth for support. Removable, partial and complete dentures are an option as well.
Endodontics: As much as we enjoy replacing missing teeth, we do everything possible to save the teeth you have. Endodontic therapy or root canals seem to be the most feared treatment we provide. However it is our favorite procedure to perform. We can get our patients out of pain almost immediately and it is one of the most successful services we provide. Root canals remove sensitive or infected nerve tissue from inside the tooth eliminating pain, clearing up infection and allowing the tooth to be saved.
We understand the maligned reputation of this procedure as in years past required multiple appointments with discomfort in-between and patients reporting the tooth was lost anyway. Now, endodontic therapy can be performed in one appointment with immediate comfort in most cases. The tooth can be restored quickly with a full coverage crown to prevent further damage and loss.