Williamsburg Dental Health Clinic Dental Staff in 2014

Williamsburg Dental Health Center is a general dentistry practice serving patients of all ages.

Rooted in Williamsburg, we offer residents of Williamsburg, Iowa County and the surrounding area service with a smile for you and your family’s Dental and Oral Health Needs!
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Williamsburg Dental Health Clinic Dental Staff in 2014

General Dental Services

Routine Check-ups

The best way to maintain oral health is to follow the recommended schedule of two routine check-ups and professional cleanings per year. This is the most effective way to identify tooth and oral conditions before they become painful. Most insurance plans cover both procedures by paying 100% of the cost. If you don’t have insurance we have a great alternative plan bundling recommended services for the year at a discounted rate. Contact Williamsburg Dental Health Clinic for more information!

Fillings & Restorations

We do various types of restorations including inlays (inside of the tooth), onlays (extending over the top of the tooth), composite (tooth colored) fillings and amalgam (silver) fillings. Our doctors will give you their professional opinion on the best type of restoration for each tooth and patient situation. We are committed to working together to achieve your oral health goals at Williamsburg Dental Health Clinic.

Root Canal

A root canal is a procedure used to repair a tooth that is badly decayed, cracked or infected. In this procedure, the nerve tissue is removed from the tooth and the canals are cleaned and sealed. This procedure allows patients to keep their tooth and preserve the natural function of their mouth.

Dental Sealant

The chewing surfaces of our teeth have deep grooves where plaque, food and bacteria can become trapped and cause a cavity. Sealants are tooth colored coatings that are applied to these chewing surfaces. The sealant helps prevent cavities by scaling these grooves and making them easier to clean and keep clean.

Bridge

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by joining crowns on the adjacent teeth to an artificial tooth. The bridge is a cemented restoration and does not come in and out of the mouth.

Crown

A crown is a tooth “cap” that can be used to repair broken, cavitated or weakened teeth. Crowns can restore a tooth’s size, strength and function. They can be made out of a variety of materials. Our office has the ability to make crowns in a single visit, eliminating the need for a temporary restoration. These crowns are glazed and stained to blend in well with your natural smile.

Removable Partial Denture

A removable partial denture is used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of partials made of either resin, acrylic or acrylic and metal. These removable prostheses have clasps that wrap around the existing teeth to help hold it in place.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection caused by bacteria that forms as a result of dental plaque that affects the structure around teeth. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments that can be used to address this disease depending on each individual case. A common sign is swollen and/or bleeding gums. We actively treat periodontal disease at our office or in extreme cases will work in conjunction with a periodontist in hopes of achieving the best outcome for our patients.

Children Visits

First Visit

Children should see a dentist by age 1 or 6 months after they get their 1st tooth, whichever comes first. We believe that a child’s first visit to the dentist is very important to encourage good oral health and establish trust between your child and our staff. Our friendly staff uses patient education as a cornerstone for every child visit with hopes of establishing healthy habits at a young age. We have a fun staff who make these visits fun and educational so they look forward to returning in the future.

Nervous Patients

Our rapport with young patients allows us to do many procedures with regular anesthetic or in certain cases no anesthetic. There are situations where children are nervous at the new experience of dental fillings and other procedures, however. We do have the ability to administer some calming nitrous for patients that are too nervous that allows them to get the work they need without the anxiety.

Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are tiny metal posts that are surgically positioned beneath your gums. They provide a base for the long-term replacement of missing teeth. Implants mimic the function and feel of natural teeth and are often the most ideal and natural replacement option. We work in coordination with the best implant specialists in the area.

Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances used when there is an absence of teeth in the mouth. Dentures can improve your smile, ability to eat and help support your checks and lips providing a more natural facial appearance. There are different types of dentures available with today’s technology. Your dentist will help you decide what is right for your specific situation.

Oral Surgery

Tooth Extractions

It is our goal for every patient to retain their teeth and have healthy smiles for life. There are certain cases where teeth have advanced decay, cracks are broken beyond repair, have severe periodontal disease, or irregular position in relation to the other teeth in the mouth. In these situations, a tooth may need to be extracted. The dentist will administer local anesthetic to numb the area for the extraction. After your appointment you will be given an instruction sheet explaining how to care for the site and manage any post-operative pain.

Non-surgical Root Canal

A root canal is a procedure used to repair a tooth that is badly deayed, cracked or infected. In this procedure, the nerve tissue is removed from the tooth and the canals are cleaned and sealed. Local anesthesia is administered and is necessary. This procedure allows patients to keep their tooth and preserve the natural function of their mouth.

Emergency Visits

Get out of Pain

If you are experiencing dental pain, we offer emergency services to get you in as soon as possible to alleviate the pain. If you are in pain give our office a call at 319-668-9808 to schedule.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Bonding

We offer a service to temporarily improve the appearance of chipped or cracked teeth as an alternative to veneers and some types of fillings. We apply a tooth colored resin in these cases that will improve the appearance of your smile instantly and for less cost than the more permanent veneer option.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are customized to each individual patient to enhance their smile to their preference by changing what they don’t prefer. Whether it is the color, shape or size you don’t desire, we are able to change it by adding thin coverings to the front of your teeth. Once placed veneers provide strength and stain resistance while being virtually undetectable. If you are interested in improving the look of your smile ask your doctor if you are a candidate for veneers.

Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are an option for patients who want an alternative to traditional fillings or a full crown of cracked or fractured molars or teeth with mild to moderate decay. Inlays and onlays allow patients to keep more of their natural tooth structure.

Inlays and onlays look like your natural tooth and typically last much longer than traditional fillings with proper dental hygiene routines. With our Cerec machine we are able to complete these restorations in one appointment whereas at many other offices you would need two visits and nearly a week in between visits.

Teeth Whitening

We offer a few options for people who aren’t satisfied with the shade of their teeth. If you want a simple take home whitening system we offer Opalescence whitening products. We make custom bleaching trays for you to take home, add bleach and gradually brighten your smile over time. The most effective way to reverse the effects of food, coffee, tobacco, certain medications, and/or age is with our in office whitening system. Teeth whitening is safe and effective. If you would like to look further into your options ask your hygienist at your next appointment or call in and schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

Adult Orthodontics

Adult Orthodontics

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, we have orthodontic options available for you. Dr. Megan Grier is a certified provider for both 6 month smiles and Clear Correct. At your initial appointment we make molds of your teeth and send them to be reviewed by a licensed orthodontist. They will present a specific plan for your individual situation. We will schedule a free consultation and present your case along with the exact cost for free to see if this is right for you and your smile.

Easy steps to promote good dental health!

Proper Flossing

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where periodontal disease often begins.

 

If you find using floss awkward or difficult, ask your dental hygienist about the variety of dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.

Wind 18″ of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 1″- 2″ length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.

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Keep a 1″ – 2″ length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.

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Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. Gently wrap floss around the side of the tooth.

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Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gumline. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

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–Illustrations adapted by and used courtesy of the John O. Butler Company–

 

Proper Brushing

Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.

Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.

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Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back & forth rolling motion. A rolling motion is when the brush makes contact with the gumline and is moved downward toward the chewing surface. Move brush to the next group of two to three teeth and repeat.

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Maintain a 45-degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth, and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.

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Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up & down strokes using the front half of the brush.

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Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth & use a gentle back & forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.

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–Illustrations adapted by and used courtesy of the John O. Butler Company–

Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Researchers have established that thousands of microbes grow on toothbrush bristles and handles. Most are harmless, but others can cause cold and flu viruses, the herpes virus that causes cold sores, and bacteria that can cause periodontal infections.

Dental Health Questions

1. What is the main cause of dental caries?

  • The main dietary cause of caries is eating too much sugar or carbohydrates which contain sugar.
  • Caries can be reduced by controlling plaque formation and the intake of sugar. (The two main causes of caries).

2. What is plaque?

  • Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria and food particles that sticks to the teeth, and changes sugars into acid.
    • It cannot be rinsed off.
    • It can be removed by simple brushing and flossing by you at home.
    • The longer plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens (calcifies) into what is called calculus, which can only be removed with special instruments used by your dental hygienist.
    • More concerning: the longer plaque is left on teeth the greater the chances are that it can contribute to caries and gum disease.

3. Why are sugars so harmful to the teeth?

  • Sugars in many foods such as bread, pasta, rice, biscuits, crackers, chips, granola bars, sweets, and pop, help plaque to accumulate and develop on teeth.

 4. Which foods are bad for the teeth?

  • The carbohydrates that help plaque and contribute to caries, are found in sweet tasting foods such as:
    • Table sugar.
    • Added sugars in food.
    • Sweet, carbohydrate-rich snacks and pop.

 5. Will reducing my sugar consumption prevent dental caries?

  • Reducing your sugar intake will decrease the rate of plaque formation, and the decay that it causes.
    • Reducing the amount of sugar consumed is important.
    • It is also important to reduce the frequency of sugar intake.
    • Avoid frequent snacking.
    • Limiting your sugar intake must also be combined with the thorough and regular oral hygiene care like brushing and flossing.

6. What else can I do to prevent caries?

  • Stimulating the flow of saliva can reduce the risk of dental disease.
    • Saliva dilutes the acid formed by the bacteria and sugar/carbohydrate.
    • The acids cause dental caries, so diluting them helps to prevent caries.
    • Chewing sugarless gum also increases salivary flow, as well as helps remove plaque by coming in contact with the tooth’s surface and disrupting the plaque from accumulating.
    • Drinking plenty of water can help keep your mouth moist as well.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum disease (also called periodontal disease), is an infection of the gums (gingiva) and bones that surround and support the teeth.

Gum disease is caused by plaque that contains bacteria. The bacteria irritates the gums and causes them to break down. If you don\’t do a good job of removing plaque from your teeth, it accumulates and can spread below the gums and damage the bone that supports the teeth.

 

Gum disease occurs in four different stages:

Gingivitis

 

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Gingivitis is a mild disease that only involves the gum tissues. The tissues appear red, swollen, and may bleed with brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be reversed within 7-14 days of thorough oral hygiene care.

 

Slight Periodontitis

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Periodontitis is gum disease that gets worse and spreads below the gums, damaging the tissues and bone surrounding and supporting the teeth.

Moderate Periodontitis   

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The longer the plaque, calculus, and bacteria are not removed the disease progresses and gets worse…

 

Advanced Periodontitis

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…and worse.

Dental Caries also known as Cavities

Dental Caries also known as Cavities

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Dental Caries on the chewing surface of teeth (Occlusal Caries)

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Dental Caries in between two teeth (Interproximal Caries)

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Dental Caries on the root surface (cementum) of the teeth

(Root Caries)

Steps in Caries Development

1) Cariogenic (sugar/carbohydrate) food is eaten.

2) Cariogenic food is taken into the plaque.

3) Plaque is formed on tooth surface.

4) The pH of the plaque drops.

5) Acid forms.

6) More exposures to cariogenic foods.

7) Demineralization begins.

8) Caries process is started.

9) White spot lesion is seen.

10) Dental Caries/Cavity is formed.

Ready To Get Started?

Give us a call at 319-668-9808 to schedule your appointment.