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    What to Expect from Your Initial Examination

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your first visit to West Chester Dental Arts is an opportunity for you to meet our dental team. We will assess your current dental health as well as any future goals you may have in mind. When you arrive at our dental office, you will check in with our staff and may be asked to provide information about your medical or dental history. We will take X-rays, including panoramic and bite-wing X-rays, to allow your dentist to accurately spot decay and other possible dental concerns. Your dentist will perform a visual examination and periodontal probing to determine the health of your teeth and gums. Finally, you and your dentist will discuss your dental health and develop a personalized treatment plan for both preventive and cosmetic treatments so you can enjoy a happier, healthier smile.

    Do you have questions about dental care at West Chester Dental Arts of West Chester, PA? You can reach us at (484) 881-3501 for more information about our dental practice and treatment options, including checkups, cleanings, root canals, and extractions. We also offer advanced treatments such as dental implants and sedation dentistry to help you relax during treatment—check out our website to learn more.

    Answers to Your Questions About Invisalign

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Orthodontic treatment provides you with a healthy and beautiful smile. You have many options when it comes to choosing orthodontic care, including the Invisalign system. Your dentist can help you decide upon the best orthodontic option for your needs and determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

    What Is Invisalign?
    Invisalign treatment straightens teeth without the need for wire and metal braces. Instead, you will receive a customized set of removable clear plastic aligner trays that gently exert force on your teeth, causing them to move into their ideal alignment. Your aligners are created using precise digital imaging and modeling of your teeth to achieve personalized results. Invisalign can treat a variety of malocclusions, and can even be used in conjunction with traditional braces or to correct tooth movement after previous orthodontic treatment. Your aligners should be worn every day for 20-22 hours. The average total treatment time with Invisalign is 12 months, but may vary depending upon your individual case.

    What Makes Invisalign Better?
    Invisalign offers many advantages that appeal to patients who don’t want treatment with traditional braces. The Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, meaning no one will know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. You can smile and speak without worrying about the look of your teeth. Invisalign aligners are removable rather than fixed, and can be taken out when you eat, drink, and care for your teeth. There are no dietary restrictions while undergoing treatment with Invisalign and you will continue to brush and floss normally. Additionally, Invisalign treatment requires fewer dental visits during treatment so you can save time and money.

    The dentists of West Chester Dental Arts are pleased to offer Invisalign treatment to patients seeking a better smile. We invite you to click through our website to discover the advantages of straighter teeth and how Invisalign can help. You can schedule your personalized consultation or discuss our other dental services, including preventive and general dental care, by calling (484) 881-3501 today.

    Causes and Treatments of Abscessed Teeth

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Teeth are comprised of a hard enamel covering that protects the soft pulp within. Infections that affect the pulp of a tooth require professional dental treatment to avoid pain and the spread of bacteria.

    Infected pulp may be caused by untreated tooth decay or damage to the tooth’s enamel that allows bacteria to reach the pulp. Root canal treatment removes the infected pulp and seals the tooth to provide strength and structural stability. You can learn more about abscessed teeth and root canal treatment in this video.

    Regular visits to your dentist can help you prevent tooth decay or treat problems before severe infection occurs. Call West Chester Dental Arts today at (484) 881-3501 to schedule your next checkup and cleaning. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, extractions, root canal therapy, and oral sedation. Click through our website to learn more about us! 

    What Happens During a Root Canal?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If the pulp or nerve of a tooth becomes damaged, a dentist can remove the pulp from inside of the tooth by performing a root canal. Typically, a root canal requires one or more office visits to restore the full function of the tooth. Before a patient undergoes a root canal procedure, it’s important for him or her to discuss each step of the root canal with his or her dentist.

    Taking an X-ray
    When a patient first schedules a root canal, the dentist will need to take an X-ray in order to look for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Next, the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area. To keep the area dry during the root canal procedure, the dentist will use a rubber dam around the treatment tooth. Finally, the dentist will drill an access hole into the tooth, so that he or she can effectively remove the damaged pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and residual bacteria.

    Cleaning the tooth
    A dentist uses a series of root canal files to remove the pulp and bacteria from inside of the tooth. By increasing the file size throughout treatment, the dentist is able to scrape and scrub the sides of the entire root canal. To flush away any remaining debris, the dentist will periodically use a water or sodium hypochlorite solution.

    Sealing the tooth
    To keep the inside of the tooth clean following treatment, the dentist will seal the tooth. Some dentists choose to wait a week before sealing a patient’s tooth, especially if there is an infection that needs to clear up. In this case, the dentist will place a temporary filling around the hole to keep bacteria and debris from contaminating it.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, we understand the importance of providing patients quality dental care in a convenient, comfortable environment. To help our patients feel more comfortable during their treatments, we offer the latest sedation dentistry techniques. To learn more about sedation dentistry in West Chester, PA, give us a call at (484) 881-3501.

    Reasons to Have a Dental Implant

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Tooth decay, gingivitis, and injury can all lead to permanent tooth loss. Luckily, people who are missing teeth can now enhance their facial appearance by replacing the tooth root with an artificial tooth that matches their natural tooth color. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently attached, so they fit more comfortably in someone’s mouth.

    Alternative to bridges and dentures
    Dental bridges, dentures, and implants all replace missing teeth. However, dentists need to fill two adjoining teeth in order to implant a dental bridge. This often makes the teeth weaker and more prone to tooth decay. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable. As a result, people with dentures often have difficulty with them comfortably fitting into their mouths. Dentures can also lead to speech difficulty and problems with chewing or eating.

    High success rates
    Dental implants were originally made from a Swedish manufacturer. These original implants have a success rate of 90% or greater. As dental implants have grown in popularity, new, generic implants have emerged on the market. Though the generic implants may be cheaper, their success rate hasn’t been fully studied yet. For this reason, it’s best for any patient considering implants to talk about their options with their dentist.

    Convenient timing
    It typically takes two appointments for dental implant treatment to be complete. During the first appointment, the dentist will secure the implant in place. In six to 12 weeks, the patient will need to return in order for the dentist to cover it with a protective crown. This two part process can be beneficial for patients who schedule their initial procedure at the end of the calendar year. This allows the crown to be placed during the following year, which gives patients the chance to use two years’ worth of their pretax flexible spending accounts.  

    West Chester Dental Arts offers general dentistry as well as oral sedation dentistry treatment. We stay current on the latest dental treatment procedures, including dental implants in West Chester, PA. You can begin the process of restoring the natural beauty of your teeth by calling us at (484) 881-3501. 

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