Preventive, Restorative, and Cosmetic Family Dentistry

Welcome. At Adair Dentistry, we provide a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages. From routine cleanings and preventive care to complex cosmetic treatments, our goal is to keep you and your family smiling.

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Preventative Care

At Adair Dentistry, we provide full service dental hygiene, diagnostic services, and periodontal maintenance treatment with the most current techniques and state of the art equipment. Preventative dentistry involves helping patients avoid dental disease or catching it in its early, more treatable stages.

Preventive care includes prophylaxis, or cleaning of the teeth, examination of the teeth and soft tissue, using visual and tactile exams, radiographic examination (x-rays), and oral cancer screenings. Our professionals use a diagnostic tool called a DIAGNOdent, that uses luminescence to detect decay at an earlier stage than was previously possible.

Our highly trained and clinically experienced dental hygienists provide gentle thorough care with warm and friendly attitudes. A good dental cleaning is necessary to prevent and/or treat periodontal disease, because even the most meticulous patient cannot reach every deposit of plaque that accumulates in the mouth with daily brushing and flossing. At every cleaning appointment, we will examine your periodontal health with a calibrated instrument called a Probe. By measuring the depth of the gap or "pocket" between the tooth and gum we can determine the health of your gums. A healthy mouth is essential because the mouth is the gateway into your body, so your overall health is affected.

Our hygienists and doctors may recommend dental sealants. A sealant is a thin plastic* coating applied to the grooves of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. It is a quick, painless procedure that can be a benefit for years. Sealants should be checked regularly and reapplied if they are not longer in place.

All children and adults at high risk for decay benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (based on fluoride levels in drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied varnishes.

We also strive to educate our patients on their at-home care, nutrition, and smoking cessation when applicable.

Our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns about your dental health and care, while helping you achieve great oral health!

*BPA in plastics
Research has been done on BPA in dental sealants since 1996. These research studies show that while extremely low levels of BPA can be detected in the saliva of individuals treated with sealants in the hours immediately following application, NO BPA was detected in the blood stream. For additional information please see the statement released by the American Dental Association.

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Temporomandibular Disorders

According to WebMD, "Temporomandibular disorders occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw". There are many causes that can lead to TMD, such as injury to the jaw from a heavy blow or whiplash, grinding or clenching of teeth, dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ, and stress.

Symptoms of TMD can include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
  • Jaws that get stuck or lock in the open or closed mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth which may or may not be accompanied by pain
  • A tired feeling in the face
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite - as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
  • Swelling on the side of the face

It certain cases it is necessary to treat the TMD with a lab fabricated night guard or splint. These appliances fit over the upper or lower teeth, preventing them from coming together as to prevent the clenching and/or grinding. They also correct the bite by positioning the teeth in their most correct and least traumatic position. More severe cases, may need a consult by an oral surgeon or be referred for physical therapy.

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Oral Cancer Screening

As with any kind of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. You are the most important factor in the early diagnosis of oral cancer through routine screenings. We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms include:

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A lump, thickening or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

Our team is trained to perform a screening that involves an examination of your mouth as a whole, not just your teeth to detect cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. If during the exam, we find an area of concern, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for further tests and/or biopsy.

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Sedation

If you get sweaty palms at the mere mention of dental treatment, do not give up…you are not alone! Your comfort and peace of mind are our greatest concern.

At Adair Dentistry we have two options for you, the choice is yours. We have Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available in every operatory or you can choose oral conscious sedation, where you take a safe, yet effective pill to feel completely relaxed during your dental procedure.

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Sleep Apnea

Some patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and have been unable to adjust to a CPAP machine may be a candidate for a dental appliance called a mandibular reposition device. This appliance brings the lower jaw forward to open the airway during sleep.

Dr. Laura Adair will work with your healthcare professional to determine if you are a candidate for this type of sleep apnea therapy. For more information on the Thornton Adjustable Positioner, please go to www.tapintosleep.com.

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In-office & Take-home Whitening

Who doesn't want a bright, white smile? Whatever your daily lifestyle, everyone faces an unrelenting battle against forces that darken your smile. There are a variety of options to lighten the color of your teeth.

At Adair Dentistry we offer in-house whitening as well as custom made whitening trays. You can purchase over-the-counter whitening products for a quick touch-up too!

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Fillings

No matter how conscientious a person is in practicing good hygiene, most people will end up with a dental cavity at some point in their lives. Usually, treating a cavity entails the dentist removing the decay and then filling in the tooth area that has been removed. Most people have had experience with traditional amalgam fillings. This type of filling is very effective, but can be noticeable and can darken in color over time.

Composite resin dental fillings are comprised of unique plastic dental resin. This material is strong, durable, and blends in with the natural tooth, so they are less visible. They can be placed to close small gaps in between the front teeth.

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Veneers

Everyone deserves a beautiful smile!

A smile is a way to convey warmth, openness, sincerity, and friendship. Veneers are a wonderful way to give you a smile that shows off who you are. They can improve the appearance of your teeth, hide gaps, change the color, shape, size, and even length.

Veneers are a porcelain facing that is bonded to the front surface of the teeth in your smile line. Anyone who has a relatively healthy mouth is eligible for this cosmetic procedure, and most will be eligible once the dental issues are treated.

At Adair Dentistry, our dentists will consult with you to see what you are looking for and whether veneers are the right choice for you.

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Crowns & Bridges

A crown is a dental restoration that is recommended when there is more breakdown of a tooth than can be fixed by a filling. The crown completely encircles or caps the tooth and is bonded on with a dental cement.

Crowns act to strengthen the tooth and can also provide a cosmetic benefit due to the materials that are available today for fabricating the crown. Our office offers the newer Zirconium crowns, traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns, and full gold crowns.

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Implant

A dental implant is an artificial root that is permanently anchored to replace a missing tooth. Implants may be used to replace single teeth or may be used to support dentures and partials as well.

The gaps created by missing teeth can compromise the ability to eat and speak correctly as well as allowing adjacent and opposite teeth to shift. Dental implants are a highly successful and conservative treatment option.

If you are interested in dental implants, we will refer you to a specialist to place the implant before returning to us for the restoration.

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Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Root canal therapy allows the dentist to preserve a tooth that that has become or is becoming infected. Teeth need root canal therapy for a variety of reasons including advanced decay, severe cracks, or traumatic injury.

Depending on the location of the tooth, after a root canal is completed the tooth will need a filling and usually a crown.

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Partials & Dentures

If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, partials and/or dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth - improving your health as well as your appearance. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles, which makes a person with no teeth look much older. They also enable you to eat and speak normally, little things we take for granted until natural teeth are lost.

Sometimes partials and dentures can be made in conjunction with the placement of dental implants to help anchor these removable restorations for more efficient chewing and talking.

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Diagnosis

Periodontal disease is a progressive, inflammatory condition that affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth; it is most often preceded by gingivitis, which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. It causes the tissue to pull away from the teeth, and if left untreated, deep pockets form between the gum and the teeth. As it advances, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed. Teeth can then shift, become loose, and eventually be lost completely.

Periodontal health is determined by the use of a calibrated instrument called a Probe. The probe is used to measure the depth of the pocket between the tooth and gum, these pocket depths combined with gum recession and the presence of bleeding upon taking the probe measurements are the diagnostic indicators we use to detect Periodontal disease.

It's worth noting that periodontal disease appears to be a risk factor for both heart attack and stroke, possibly DOUBLING your risk. The theories include:

  • Oral Bacteria - There are many different strains of bacteria in the mouth, some of which affect the heart by entering the blood stream and attaching to the fatty plaques in the coronary arteries.
  • Inflammation - Periodontal disease causes severe inflammation in the gum tissue, which elevate the white blood cell count.
  • Infectious susceptibility - People with high levels of oral bacteria may have weaker immune systems and an inadequate host inflammatory response.

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Scaling & Root Planing

To preserve the health of the gum tissue, the bacteria and calculus (tarter) deposits, which initially caused the infection, must be removed. The gum pockets will be cleaned thoroughly and the exposed root surfaces will need to be "planed" or smoothed to encourage the gum to reattach to the tooth. This is done using either a long lasting topical anesthetic, or a local anesthetic may be needed.

A prescription mouth rinse may also be recommended.

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Arestin Local Antibiotic Treatment

In the course of treating periodontal disease, a local antibiotic may be used. Arestin is a powder form of a tetracycline-based antibiotic that can be disbursed into a diseased gum pocket to treat infection.

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Maintenance Plans

Follow up care is vital to successful treatment of periodontal disease. The hygienist will recommend a maintenance recall, typically scheduling cleanings every 3-4 months, based on results from the deep cleaning and the patient's home care.