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February 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are dedicated to getting a beautiful, healthy smile then consider your dental options in Seymour, IN.cosmetic dentistry

When it comes to your smile, you want only the best. Our Seymour, IN, dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe can help you achieve your ideal smile.

We offer an amazing and full array of dental services to meet your needs including:

Dental Bonding

If you want to make small changes to your smile this non-invasive treatment uses small amounts of tooth-colored resin to hide minor chips, cracks, stains and even gaps between teeth. While bonding won’t be able to tackle more severe problems it can be an effective way to combat minimal issues without needing invasive treatments. Bonding can improve the shape, size or color of one or more teeth and it is completely painless.

Dental Implants

Tooth loss doesn’t have to have the final say. Why not choose to get the next best option to a natural tooth? This is not too good to be true. Implants are the only restoration that functions like tooth roots and fuses together with bones and tissue to become a permanent and resilient foundation from which to support everything from a single dental crown to even a full set of dentures. While implants do require a waiting period after the implant has been placed so that it fuses with the jawbone, no other tooth loss treatment can offer the same amazing benefits.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have several teeth that are uneven, misshapen, worn, cosmetically flawed, stained or even a bit crooked getting dental veneers could greatly improve your smile. Veneers are translucent layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to change their appearance. Before getting veneers we will remove a very tiny bit of enamel from teeth to make room for your veneers.

Teeth Whitening

Are stains really putting a damper on your smile? Then it’s time to consider the amazing results you’ll achieve with our powerful whitening system. In just one session alone some smiles can become several shades whiter. You’ll see the difference right away. If you need to remove stains and brighten your teeth for an upcoming event then ask us about how in-office whitening can help you.

Removable Dentures

Some patients don’t want to or can’t go a dental implant procedure but they still want a reliable way to replace missing teeth. Don’t fret. We also offer removable dentures. It’s inexpensive, and this new smile could be yours in just a couple of visits. While dentures don’t offer the same benefits of implants they can still be an effective method for replacing all or most of your missing teeth.

Do you have questions about the cosmetic and restorative treatments we offer at our Seymour, IN, dental office? Are you ready to find out what treatment is right for you? If so, then it’s time you turned to Jackson County Dental.

By Jackson County Dental
February 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation dentistry  

For most people, going to the dentist is as routine as getting their oil changed. But if you're like the one in ten people with severe anxiety, dental visits are anything but routine.

What may have begun as a childhood fear has turned for many people into a lifetime avoidance of dental care.  This absence of dental cleanings, checkups and treatments can have an adverse effect on not only their oral health but their general health too.

But there are ways you can reduce dental visit anxiety, beginning first with finding a compassionate dental provider. A good dentist-patient relationship is important for everyone, but more so for people with anxiety. Building a trust relationship with a dentist who listens and accepts your fears without judging is your first step to overcoming them.

Though finding an understanding provider is important, it may not be enough in the beginning of your return to regular dental care. To help you further relax during visits, we can also provide medicinal therapies known collectively as sedation.

Although it has some similarities, sedation is different from anesthesia. The latter deadens pain sensation; sedation aims to calm your emotions. The most common sedation is taken in oral form, usually a pill (or syrup for children) taken an hour or so before the appointment. Oral sedation is often used in conjunction with gases like nitrous oxide and local anesthesia.

For a more relaxed state (especially during an involved procedure) we may use intravenous (IV) sedation. With this method we deliver the medication through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein.

IV sedation places you in a reduced state of consciousness. But it isn't a “sleep” state as what's achieved during general anesthesia, but more of a “semi-awake” state. You won't need assistance with breathing or heart function and you can respond to verbal or touch commands. Many drugs used for IV sedation also have an amnesiac affect, so you won't remember many details about the procedure.

Depending on your level of anxiety, we can match the right therapy to induce calm and relaxation. Sedation can help you see dental visits in a more positive light so that it truly does become a life routine.

If you would like more information on sedation therapy during dental visits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”

By Jackson County Dental
February 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.