Oral Health Care Needs for the Whole Family
Dr. Glenn and staff offers a wide range of dental needs for patients of all ages in a safe environment where each member of the family is provided for in the same friendly and comfortable location. We work to protect teeth from decay and to limit a buildup of plaque to ensure that the teeth of children, teens, adults and seniors remain healthy and strong. Personalized dental treatment is provided by gentle and caring professionals who offer each patient the exceptional results they need to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
We are experts in all aspects of dentistry, including pediatric dentistry, senior dentistry, dentures, dental crowns and teeth extractions. It is important to pick a family dentist who can meet the expectations of everyone in the family, which requires a wide range of dental services. One of the impressive reasons to choose Dr. Glenn’s practice is the different kinds of dental services that are offered for the family. The most popular family dentistry services include:
Removable or fixed artificial teeth can replace teeth lost due to disease or injury. If an individual has lost a few teeth or the majority of their natural teeth, they can achieve benefits from full or partial dentures. New advances in dentistry offer an enhanced fit along with comfort and a natural appearance.
Dental crowns are used to fill gaps left by missing or damaged teeth and to restore a full smile. A crown is a cover or a cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its normal size, shape and function. Teeth caps or crowns improve an individual’s ability to bite when they have a missing tooth.
Pediatric dentists understand the importance of creating a fun-filled event for every child who steps into the dentist’s office. Studies show that children who feel comfortable with their dentist are more likely to maintain a healthy level of oral care throughout their entire lives.
Senior dentistry provides optimum oral health for aging individuals. There are common dental issues that seniors face, and whether they have their natural teeth preserved or are in need of significant dental work, they can benefit from seeing a senior dentistry specialist.
Restoring, saving and repairing the natural teeth is always the dentist’s priority. However, there are times when a tooth removal must be completed due to decay, disease or trauma. Teeth extractions involve the removal of one or more teeth from the natural socket out of necessity.
Removable or fixed artificial teeth are used to replace missing teeth due to disease or injury. Dr. Glenn preserves as many teeth as possible, and the natural teeth are then used to retain the jaw bone and support removable, partial artificial teeth or bridges. The severity of tooth loss will dictate which type of denture that is recommended. A complete set is created to rest entirely on the gums to replace all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw or both the upper and lower jaws, while partial artificial teeth replace only a few teeth that are missing. False teeth have vastly improved with advances in technology and can now be comfortably fitted, look natural and help you maintain your oral health.
Crowns are used to cover the visible portion of the tooth. While it is usually possible to fill a cavity or a cracked tooth when there is a problem, not all teeth are candidates for a simple fix. Dr. Glenn may be unable to fill or repair a broken or fractured tooth, and when a filling is fractured, large or requires a root canal, a dental crown is needed. Family dentists may recommend the use of a crown to treat many problems, including covering a tooth that has decay due to periodontal disease or another cause or to enhance the teeth for cosmetic reasons. Different types of crowns are available to serve various purposes, including porcelain crowns, porcelain fused to metal or all gold crowns.
Oral Health for Kids
At Dr. Glenn’s office, one of our focuses is on the oral health needs of children and teens. Our dental services focus primarily on preventing tooth decay and training the child to practice healthy oral care habits in a comfortable, friendly environment that caters to young patients. There is nothing more satisfying than teaching children and teens to experience good oral hygiene that leads to healthy and lasting dental health. Dr. Glenn understands how to satisfy the curious minds of children while completing the dental work that must be done with patience, compassion, skill and confidence.
Senior Dentistry – Dental Issues For Seniors
Many people mistakenly believe that losing their teeth is a natural part of the aging process. However, this does not have to be accurate in the life of most seniors. Oral hygiene habits should be adjusted with age due to biological changes that require new choices in oral hygiene. For example, the natural production of saliva can decrease with age or due to the use of prescription drugs. A significant decrease in saliva production, as well as other medical conditions, may cause brushing to become uncomfortable. As a result, seniors may find that they are reducing their oral hygiene habits. Visiting our practice for a thorough exam and consultation will provide seniors with new ways to preserve their oral health. Most patients over the age of 50 find that electric toothbrushes are easier to handle, a supplement may assist with the production of saliva, changes in diet or the use of a different flossing system can also help seniors to preserve their natural teeth throughout their lifetime. Seniors may benefit from the following treatments offered by their family dentist:
- Dental exams and cleanings
- Denture repair, replacement or implants
- Root canals
- Tooth extraction
- Treatment of periodontal gum disease
Dr. Glenn will create a dental health plan that is customized to match the needs of the patient so that the senior can enhance their smile and enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many more years.
In a perfect world, teeth will last a lifetime. But sometimes a tooth can become damaged or infected and must be removed. Exodontia or tooth extraction is only completed when the damage is too serious to repair, and the tooth cannot be restored or saved. A damaged or infected tooth cannot fix itself, and the sooner a patient visits the dental office, the less chance there will be of infection or damage spreading to other areas of the mouth. Tooth extraction may be needed due to the following reasons:
- Extensive trauma or irreparable damage
- Severe decay or infection
- Excess or crowded teeth called Supernumerary, which prevents the healthy development of other teeth.
- Orthodontic treatment that requires a few teeth to be removed for even spacing and alignment.
The extraction may be completed with the use of a local anesthetic when there is no need to cut into the gum line or the supporting bone structure. Surgical removal may be required when a tooth is broken off close to the gum line or has not fully emerged. Sutures may be necessary to close the area. Visiting the family dentist for regular cleanings and care can prevent the need for extractions.
Kirt M. Glenn, DMD PC provides the entire family with professional dental care services in a warm and friendly environment. The dedicated team of professionals have many years of experience and provide each patient with the treatment they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Dr. Glenn offers lifelong preventative care and restorative services to provide beautiful smiles at every stage of life.
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