Family Dentistry

At Audubon Family Dental we accept patients of all ages, making a family dentistry office a convenient choice if you have children in your home. We care for your child’s baby teeth as well as permanent teeth for adults in he family. It is especially important to us that children are as comfortable as possible, because visiting a dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for young children.

We provide preventive dentistry services, such as regular cleanings and fluoride treatments, and other basic dental work that may be needed. It is important to schedule regular appointments for checkups, so that we can catch any problems before they require additional care. We also take x-rays of the teeth on a timely basis to look for cavities and fill them to prevent further problems.

Family Dentistry Treatments

Fillings & Restorations

We offer dental fillings to treat cavities. Dental fillings can also be also used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Ask about tooth-colored fillings that make your mouth look more natural and attractive.

Your teeth and gums were designed to last a lifetime — and they can with proper care. A lifetime of good dental health requires daily care of teeth and gums along with regular dental check-ups. The American Dental Association® recommends visits to your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Dental Checkup

Even if you follow a diligent home care routine, regular checkups with a dental professional are still a must. We can watch for early signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other dental problems and take appropriate action. In addition, professional cleaning rids your teeth of calcified plaque, called calculus or tartar, that can build up in hard-to-reach places. Finally, we can spot clues to whether oral problems are actually symptoms of other diseases in the body.

For most people, two checkups per year are sufficient. But if you have special problems or if you’re at high risk for conditions such as periodontal disease, we may recommend that you come in as frequently as every three months. A routine visit will include a professional cleaning, an exam, and possibly X-rays. we will also discuss your health history, asking about your past dental problems, allergies, medication use, drug reactions, recent illnesses, and chronic diseases.

Cleaning Your Teeth
During the cleaning, we will use a scaler (a small metal instrument with a bladelike end) to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line. We may use an ultrasonic vibrating device to shake loose plaque and tartar and then rinse it away with a stream of water. We will then polish the teeth with a lightly abrasive paste and finish up with a flossing. The now-smooth tooth surfaces make it more difficult for plaque to accumulate before the next cleaning.

Examining Your Teeth
After your teeth are clean, we will examine them for signs of decay, using a metal probe and a small mirror with an angled handle. we will check for gum swelling and redness and measure the depth of the gingival pockets. Swelling, redness, and deep pockets are all signs of gum disease. We will test how your upper and lower teeth come together and will look for evidence of tooth grinding or problems with the temporomandibular joint (which connects the lower jaw to the skull). We will also examine your neck, lymph glands, palate, and the soft tissues of your mouth (cheeks, tongue, lips, and floor of the mouth) for signs of infection or oral cancer, especially if you are age 35 or older. Because early detection of oral cancer is important! You also may want to perform a monthly self-exam, particularly if you are at high risk.

Extractions

An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.

If you need an extraction, we will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, we will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.

Here are some tips to follow to make recovery easier:

  • Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
  • Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Follow the diet your dentist suggests.

For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call us right away. Ask us about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.

Remember, when having an extraction, today’s modern procedures and follow up care (as recommended by us) are there for your benefit and comfort.

Emergency treatment

  • Emergency treatment appointments are available through out the day.
  • After hours, weekend and holidays: In case of dental emergencies involving severe pain, swelling, and/or bleeding, please call 610-631-5800.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are similar treatments designed to add strength to damaged teeth while restoring their appearance. We welcome you to schedule a consultation with us to determine if inlays and onlays are the appropriate treatment to restore the health and beauty of your teeth. Here is an overview of the difference between inlays and onlays to help you decide which treatment is right for you.

What Are Inlays?

Inlays are used to treat decay within the cusps. The cusps are the bumpy structures on the biting surface of the back teeth. Inlays can be made of tooth-colored materials like porcelain and composite resin, or, made of gold. The porcelain or composite resin is matched to the surrounding teeth for a seamless blend. Inlay treatment typically requires two dental visits. During the first visit an impression is made of the tooth and then sent to a dental lab for the inlay to be custom-made; in the interim, a temporary inlay will be placed. Once ready, a second dental visit will be needed to bond the permanent inlay to the tooth. Inlays can be used to replace old metal fillings, for a fully restored appearance.

What Are Onlays?

Onlays are similar to inlays in that they are used to treat decay and damage. Inlays and onlays mainly differ in the amount of damage and area treated. Onlays are used when the damage is more extensive, extending to one or more cusps. The cusps, a common area for dental cavities, aid in chewing. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns due to the extent of coverage that they offer. Like inlays, onlays generally require two dental visits. During the first visit an impression of the damaged tooth is made and sent to a dental lab. A temporary onlay is placed while the permanent onlay is crafted. The onlay will be made from the material of choice: porcelain, composite resin, or gold. When the onlay is completed, another dental visit will be required to secure the onlay to the tooth. Like with inlays, onlays can be used to replace old metal fillings to restore the beauty of your teeth.

Inlays and onlays are very similar. They are both custom-made from porcelain, composite resin, or, less commonly, gold. Inlays and onlays both are used to repair damaged teeth by restoring strength and aesthetics. To recap, here are the differences:

  • Inlays: Inlays are used to treat decay within the cusps and only on the chewing surface of the teeth.
  • Onlays: Onlays are used to treat decay extending to the cusps on the biting surface on the back teeth; they are also called partial crowns.

Snoring Therapy

The Problem With Snoring Conditions

A full night of sleep is essential to one’s well-being, but when you or a loved one suffer from frequent snoring, you may find that you rarely wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. We can help you can take care of your snoring problem and return to restful sleeping habits once again.

The Causes of Snoring

Snoring is common in many households, but can become a problem when it affects the health of the sufferer, as well as those who live under the same roof. The vibrations of air passing through the hard and soft tissue palates cause people to snore, especially when passageways are narrow. Some of the most common factors that increase snoring include the following:

  • Alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor tongue muscle tone
  • Allergies
  • Deviated septum
  • Fatigue
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Sleep apnea

The severity of snoring can vary from person to person, but conditions like sleep apnea can cause the reduction of oxygen in the blood stream, and may cause further health issues.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Determining whether sleep apnea is causing your snoring can be the first step in correcting the issue. Dr. Shah may suggest undergoing a sleep study, such as a polysonogram, in order to achieve a correct diagnosis. Leaving apnea untreated can lead to a wide range of health problems, including stroke, high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, memory loss, mood changes and drowsy driving.

Snoring Treatments

For those suffering from sleep apnea, there are several dental treatment options that may be able to help, including the following:

  • CPAP
  • Oral appliances
  • Surgery

By working closely with a trained dental professional, you may be able to identify the ideal treatment for your specific case.

Fix Your Snoring Problem Today

If you have any questions about snoring therapy, or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at 610-631-5800.

Oral Cancer Examination

An oral cancer exam is painless and quick — it takes only a few minutes. Your regular dental checkup is an excellent opportunity for us to have the exam.

Sealants

What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth — the molars and premolars — to help protect them from decay.

Why are dental sealants placed on teeth?
The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves — “fissures” — that make them vulnerable to decay. These fissures can be deep, are difficult to clean, and can be narrower than even a single bristle of a toothbrush. Plaqueaccumulates in these areas, and the acid from bacteria in the plaque attacks the enamel and cavities can develop. Fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect all the surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants provide extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas by providing a smooth surface covering over the fissured area.

When are dental sealants placed?
The first dental sealant to be placed is usually on the fissure of the first permanent molar tooth, once the chewing surface of the tooth has erupted completely beyond the gum. This tooth grows in behind the baby teeth. If the chewing (occlusal) surfaces of these teeth are sealed, the dental sealant will help protect the tooth. Except for the wisdom teeth, which come through much later, the molars and premolars continue to erupt until eleven-thirteen years of age and the chewing surfaces of these teeth can be sealed after they have erupted beyond the gum

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