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Dental Services

 

Our treatment philosophy is geared toward preventing future dental problems and giving you the best smile. We treat patients of all ages and we offer a broad range of treatment plans, ranging from the most basic dental services to the state of the art. We understand the importance of providing these dental services to our patients in the most comfortable, stress-free manner.

Dr. Armstrong has perfected the art of dental anesthesia, providing virtually pain-free treatment!

 

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is the advancement of the x-rays of the past. An appropriate analogy would be to compare them to the replacement of film-type cameras to digital cameras. Images can be immediately acquired, enhanced, and viewed on a computer monitor. To the patient, it means 50 to 90% less radiation exposure than traditional film-based
x-rays, along with much less time spent waiting for images to be developed.

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry uses a very narrow, intense beam of light energy to remove, vaporize, or shape tissue. Lasers can be used to correct speech problems caused by being tongue-tied, uncover partially-erupted wisdom teeth, and manage gum tissue in a variety of procedures. Lasers are more precise, may require little to no anesthesia to be administered, and they also reduce symptoms and healing times.

Dental Implants

Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of teeth, but when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it's good to know that there are options for restoring your smile. Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a bridge or full set of dentures. Implants are cylinders that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of surgical-grade titanium (the same material as is used in artificial hips) and are compatible with the human body.



 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be used to enhance your smile by taking off a thin top layer of your tooth (or teeth) and then replacing it with porcelain. This can be used to reshape a particular tooth, or several teeth, to give it a more aesthetic appearance, or even to change the coloration of your smile.

Bridges, Partials, and Dentures

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be particularly self-conscious about your appearance. And when teeth are missing, it's difficult to chew. Teeth work together. When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tilt into the empty space, or the teeth in the opposing jaw may shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place unusual stress on your teeth. Chewing on one side only may cause extra stress on your jaw joints. A missing tooth also results in "shrinking" of the jawbone. This can change how the lips or cheeks are supported. Teeth that have tipped or drifted are often more difficult to clean. This makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. In the long run, more teeth may be lost.

A fixed bridge is commonly cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing teeth. A false tooth (called a pontic) replaces the lost tooth or teeth. A pontic is attached to a crown (a restoration that covers a tooth). Crowns, which are cemented onto natural teeth, provide the support for the bridge.

If you are missing multiple teeth, a removable partial denture may be for you. A removable partial denture helps you chew your food properly. By supporting your lips and cheeks, a removable partial denture also can help improve your speech and prevent your face from sagging.

Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored resin bases connected by a metal framework. Full dentures are similar, but have no metal framework to use as a brace with your natural teeth, and rely on the remaining structure of your jawline.


Bridges, Partials, and Dentures
             
Teeth before bridge   Prepared teeth adjacent to gap   Bridge is fitted & adjusted   Bridge is cemented in place
 
Dental Implants
 
Before   Bridge is attached to implants   After

Root Canal Therapy

Sometimes, teeth can die, due to trauma or a cavity. Even though the tooth is technically dead, the tooth can still be saved by performing a root canal. Very often, the pain associated with that tooth subsides immediately after the nerve has been removed. While root canals are often perceived to be painful, they are actually a great relief to patients.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an infection of the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. If periodontal problems are not treated, they can become severe and may eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is often painless and you may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and the supporting bone are seriously damaged. The good news is that periodontal disease often can be treated in the early stages with a treatment to clean your teeth called scaling and root planing. This is different from a routine cleaning of a healthy mouth. It is a special procedure used to clean the teeth below the gum line while anesthetized. Treatment has a huge benefit. You'll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth.

Gingivitis is the initial stage of periodontal disease. Affected gums become increasingly red, may appear swollen, and may bleed easily, especially when you brush or floss. The condition is reversible at this stage. Without treatment, it may lead to a more serious condition, called periodontitis.

Warning signs that tell you to see your dentist include gums that bleed easily; red, swollen, or tender gums; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are pressed; persistent bad breath or bad taste; permanent teeth that are loose, separating, or changing position; any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite; any changes in the fit of partial dentures; or seeing exposed tooth roots.


Periodontal Therapy

Cosmetic/Aesthetic Dentistry

Cosmetic bonding can be used to cover or fix imperfections to one's smile. Spaces between teeth (depending on size) can be filled to improve your look. Chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth can be revitalized to look flawless again. Matched to the natural color of your teeth, tooth-colored fillings are an attractive alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings. Malpositioned teeth can appear to have been straightened with the application of a veneer to the face of the tooth. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, ask us for a consult. We can utilize the science of dentistry to artfully give you your best smile.

Bruxism/Mouth Guards

If you wake up with a stiff, tired jaw, or your teeth are sensitive to cold drinks, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep. Grinding of the teeth is a medical condition called bruxism. Over time, bruxism will result in the wearing down of your natural tooth enamel. Reduce the risk of wear and tear of your existing healthy teeth by using a nightguard. A clear, thin, removable device, a nightguard is custom-made to fit over your upper or lower teeth and is worn while you sleep. In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pain, it will protect your existing teeth and your dental restorations. Similarly, we can also make custom mouth guards to protect your teeth during sports.

Teeth Whitening

Many factors make teeth lose their luster. Genetics is one factor; some people just have whiter teeth. Other factors include cigarettes, dark foods and beverages (including coffee, soda, tea, and red wine), age, medications (such as tetracycline), and tooth trauma.

Teeth whiteners in custom trays can professionally brighten your smile. We will take impressions to make trays perfectly tailored for your smile. A tooth whitening gel is then added to the trays. The active ingredient in most tooth whiteners is some form of peroxide. Oxygen molecules from the peroxide penetrate the tooth and break down stains. The length of time you will need to wear the trays will vary depending on your unique circumstances. A typical treatment lasts seven to ten days. Most people can wear the trays for 30 minutes each day. You can expect to whiten your teeth two or more shades in a typical treatment cycle.

Our practice offers a "Whitening for Life" program. Please ask our hygienists, (Lisa or Nicole) about this exclusive program the next time you see them.


Bruxism/Mouth Guards

Pediatrics/Geriatrics

Our office is happy to treat patients of all ages, from infants to centenarians! Patients should realize that all ages need good dental care, regardless of age or the number of teeth! The American Association of Pediatrics recommend that a child be seen for their first routine dental visit between the ages of one and two years.

Sealants

A sealant is a tooth-colored composite resin applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth - the molars and premolars. The resin bonds to the hard-to-clean depressions and grooves (called pits and fissures) in the back teeth. This creates a barrier that protects tooth enamel from plaque and acids. It takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. The procedure does not involve drilling or anesthesia. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing, and usually last years before reapplication is needed.

Children and teens are prime candidates for sealants. Prevention is always better (and easier) than the treatment of decay, and sealants - which are much less expensive than fillings - can save patients money in the long run.


Dental Implants
 
A molar's chewing surface
before the sealant.
  A sealant protects the chewing surfaces of a molar.

Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on procedures and life practices in order to prevent oral disease. This includes the practice of good oral hygiene, sealants, regular teeth cleanings and exams, fluoride treatments, x-rays, oral cancer screenings, and patient education.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Regular dental exams by your dentist can help find and identify tooth decay and other oral diseases before these problems progress to the point that they require extensive or emergent care. Regular dental cleanings help prevent periodontal disease, and allow us to locate problematic areas so that we can inform our patients how to address them.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Good news. When oral cancer is detected early by your dentist, it can often be completely cured. Oral cancer is a devastating disease when detected in its later stages. Late stage treatment usually involves major facial surgery with only half of such patients surviving past five years. Therefore, it is important to see your dentist regularly so that dangerous oral lesions can be detected at an early, easily curable stage. Fortunately, most oral "sores" or "lesions" are not harmful. But a small number are dangerous, and if not identified early, may progress to a more advanced stage. Regular dental checkups, which include an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of both cancerous and precancerous conditions. A person may have a dangerous oral lesion and not be aware of it.

Extractions/Wisdom Tooth Removal

In the event of a tooth being too damaged to repair, sometimes extractions are necessary. We also remove wisdom teeth and administer oral sedation if necessary.


 

 

 

 

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Armstrong Dentistry, Inc.

1930 Prime Ct.
Suite 101

Troy, Ohio 45373
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Our practice offers a "Whitening for Life" program.

Come in for custom whitening trays, and receive a free refill of whitening gel each time you keep your 6 month appointment!
Please ask our hygienists (Lisa or Nicole) about this exclusive program the next time you see them.

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