General Dentistry Services

Dental health is one of the most important areas of health to tackle. At Johnny Smith DMD, we are committed and capable of taking care of even the most complicated dental issues our patients present us with. By utilizing the best methods and the newest technology in the field, our well-trained staff will make sure your smile stays beautiful and bright.

Dr. Johnny Smith has continued his dental education with the most respected Professors in the nation as well as using the very latest in dental technology to deliver you the most beautiful smile possible. We have videos on most of the procedures so you can get a detailed understanding of how the individual procedure is performed. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff. They are always happy to answer any and all questions you any have. Johnny L Smith, DMD offers the following Cosmetic Dentistry services:

Composite Fillings

Modern dentistry is allowing patients to change and revamp their appearance. Techniques and technologies give patients a whole new way to fix their dental problems while maintaining a truly stunning smile.

Modern technology has brought about the White Composite Filling. This type of filling is a tooth colored filling. Gone are the days of a mouth filled with silver. White composite fillings allow one to fix a cavity and keep the natural looking white coloring to their teeth.

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Composite filling procedures have experienced a sort of renaissance since the implementation of white composite filling materials. This introduction has enabled dentists to revamp the appearance of a tooth while fixing cavities and other issues that plague it. At Johnny Smith DMD, we pride ourselves on being one of the best dental care facilities in Peoria, AZ, that use white dental composite fillings since their inception.

What Are Composite Fillings?

A composite filling is a special mixture comprised of tooth-colored materials that replace the missing part of the tooth and protect it from further deterioration. This mixture effectively seals off the cavity and protects the inside of the tooth from bacteria and other harmful residues that can rot the root and the nerve causing pain and eventually the loss of the tooth. The composite filling procedure has two steps; preparing the tooth by removing all of the damaged tissue and affected areas, and filling it with the natural-looking composite material before sealing it with a special coating that protects the filling from corrosive effects. This process revamps the tooth, ensuring no weak points, improved chewing, and a more pleasing look.

How Does It Work and Does It Hurt?

The dentist numbs your tooth and surrounding area for the entirety of the procedure. Aside from some pressure being applied, the patient does not experience pain or any other unpleasant sensations. If required, the tooth is drilled to cleanse it of the affected tissue; this is an essential step in the process.

When done correctly, the procedure does not cause any pain, and although some discomfort may be expected, that stems from the surrounding tissue feeling the effects of the work done. Numbness of the tongue and gums should disappear within a day, and patients are advised not to eat for a couple of hours after the procedure.

Newer materials have been introduced in the field of dentistry that can be used effectively as dental fillings. Generally, the dental filling comprises of two phases; in the first phase, the weakened or disintegrated teeth/tooth is taken out and in the next phase the area is refilled by the dentists.

Why go for Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are the most effective way to put a stop to the bacteria and germs from further deteriorating the health and appearance of the teeth. The process of breaking down or rotting in the tooth results in dental cavities. Untreated dental cavities can result in bone loss in the advanced stages.

During the dental filling process a dentist will:

  • Numb the oral cavity including the tongue, teeth and gums are also numbed with a gel like substance. Later an anesthetic injection will be given.
  • The dentists may also use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to reduce the stress or pain levels in the patients.
  • The disintegrated tooth may require drilling, which can cause discomfort for some patients.
  • A rubber dam is used by the dentist to keep the liquid or the teeth chips from entering the throat.
  • The part extracted through drilling is refilled in the later stages of treatment.

Post Treatment

Effects from anesthesia include:

  • Numbness of tongue and gums; numbness may last for up to 1 day after treatment.
  • Difficulty speaking.
  • Due to numbness, patients need to take precaution in not biting their tongue or cheek.

Treatment Effectiveness

Good oral hygiene is crucial to the longevity of dental fillings. The patient should ask their dentist about the correct way to brush and floss their teeth; as well as which toothpaste they should use to sustain the health of their teeth and fillings.

Why Is It Important?

When a tooth starts decaying, it only continues to do so regardless of your mouth hygiene. It is crucial to address this issue and save the healthy parts of the tooth to keep its functionality. As soon as the first symptoms appear, patients are advised to schedule an appointment and let their dentists assess the situation. Regular checkups are the best way to prevent tooth decay in the first place so give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

Dental Sealants

You may have heard about dental sealants but are not sure what they are and their benefits.

Children and teenagers teeth benefit most from sealants, or adults who have teeth without fillings or decay. Sealants are put over the back teeth, the molars and premolars, in order to prevent decay caused by the foods children eat. Even with regular flossing and brushing, teeth are still susceptible to decay from bacteria and plaque. Small particles of food get trapped in small crevices in and between the teeth and the enzymes they release can cause the tooth enamel to wear away and the teeth to decay. Sealants prevent this from happening, and can last for at least ten years.

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Sealants are fast-drying liquids that are painted onto the tops of the back teeth, which are the ones that do the job of chewing food. The applied sealant dries on the ridges and in the depressions in the top of the teeth and seals them in an easy and painless procedure. Sealants are best used when the second teeth come through and are in place, but can also be used on first teeth to preserve them for as long as possible, until they are pushed out naturally by the new adult teeth.

It is important to keep the first teeth for as long as possible because they are space savers for the second teeth. If there is a long period before the second teeth fill the hole left by the extraction of a baby tooth, the second tooth may not have enough space to grow properly, and then your child might require braces. These can also be fitted to ensure a perfect set of adult teeth and there are braces which are virtually invisible and can be custom made for different stages of the straightening process. However, sealing the baby teeth can help prevent the need for braces.

Sealants can be applied either by a dentist or a hygienist. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly. Then the teeth are carefully dried and an acid solution is put on the teeth that are to be sealed in order to roughen the surfaces to which the sealant will be applied. The teeth are then rinsed and dried once more, before the sealant is painted on. There may be a special light treatment so that the sealant will dry faster, but the whole procedure is painless and simple.

Your child’s teeth will have to be checked regularly to ensure that the sealant has not flaked off or chipped, but should this occur, the sealant can be reapplied. This treatment is covered by many medical insurance policies and will help your child keep their teeth longer. In the case of a teenager, the sealant will be a definite benefit, protecting back teeth from the ravages of decay.

Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.

When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.

Periodontal Scaling

Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease in which the gums (the bone around the teeth and deeper supporting tissue) becomes inflamed and infected. It usually starts with plaque, a sticky white substance that covers the teeth. After eating, the bacteria in plaque release acids that attack tooth enamel.

Following are some effective treatments that periodontists use for the cure of gum diseases. The duration and type of the treatment for each gum disease is based on the stage, duration and overall health of the teeth. Different techniques like non-surgical and surgical therapies are involved to control the bacterial growth and restore supportive tissue.

Procedures involved in Non-surgical treatments
These procedures do not involve any type of complex surgical therapy. The periodontal health is achieved in a cost-effective and invasive manner. Non-surgical treatments include root planning, and scaling followed by some adjunctive therapy like host modulation and local deliver antimicrobials needed according to the type of case.

Professional cleaning treatment: In this process, a dentist tries to clean the tartar and plaque from the teeth. Plaque is a yellow color cover that hardens on the surface of teeth. A professional dentist can easily remove it from the bottom and upper line of teeth. Dentist usually recommends a professional dental cleaning for plaque removal twice a year.

Root planning and scaling: This is a non-surgical and deep- cleaning method performed by a local anesthetic. The benefits of having root planning treatment is that it scrapes away all tartar and plaque from teeth. Root planning usually smoothes the roots of the teeth and eliminates the chance of bacteria growth so that gums can strengthen their hold over the teeth. The needs of scaling and root planning are recommended when you usually have plaque and tartar over your teeth.

Teeth Cleaning

Plaque is a bacteria that has damaging effects on the teeth. Plaque is identified as a creamy, sticky layer that appears on the dental surface due to irregular brushing. Plaque can harden to form tartar, which is very difficult to wash away through brushing and requires professional removal. Accumulation of plaque triggers dental decay and causes dental cavities.

When plaque accumulates along the gum line, the gum will become prone to bleeding, sensitive and swollen. This leads to periodontal disease, gingivitis and other complications. Ignoring these warning signals will make the condition worse and can cause tooth loss, infected gums and in some cases bone loss can occur. Effective oral hygiene practices and professional assistance can combat the adverse effects of plaque.

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How plaque works on teeth?
Plaque extracts its growth elements from the foods we consume which include; carbohydrates sugar and starch. These elements are found in drinks, foods such as candies, cakes and pastries and many other starch rich items that we consume in everyday life. Sugar from food that is consumed is used by plaque for the production of acid that triggers tooth decay. This is the reason the plaque layer damages the shine and the color of the teeth and mars their appearance. This corrosion eventually leads to tooth decay and causes cavities in the teeth while infecting the gums.

Preventing plaque accumulation
In order to get professional help in the very early stages of dental complications, it is important to schedule a dental appointment on a regular basis.

The intake of food is important in that it stimulates saliva which helps in neutralizing plaque acids and reducing tooth decay.

Flossing is important, as it is a process which helps in removing the dirt, grime and residue from the dental area, where the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach. One of the most effective regimes is brushing the teeth twice in a day on a daily basis. This helps in washing away the layer of accumulated plaque.

It is important to use fluoride toothpaste for brushing the teeth.
It is recommended to use a round-tip, soft bristled tooth brush for cleaning the teeth.

Drinking water keeps the gums and teeth hydrated. This is important because it makes it difficult for plaque to stick to the gums and teeth.

Tooth Extraction

Teeth decay is emerging as a major health issue. Not only can tooth decay be attributed to improper oral care, types of food and food substances also contribute heavily to the occurrence of tooth decay. In certain situations, tooth extraction may be necessary.

Tooth extraction should be undertaken by a qualified dentist or maxillofacial surgeon. These highly trained personnel have the experience to extract the tooth in a professional manner without a patient experiencing unnecessary pain. They use an anesthetic to numb the mouth, temporarily disabling the surrounding cells so as to not transmit any pain signals.

On completion of the extraction process, gauze is usually placed on the area where the tooth was to cover the wound that remains after tooth extraction. This gauze is normally medicinal and is useful in decreasing the pain and helps to stop the bleeding.

What is General Dentistry?

Every procedure that addresses certain dental issues, even the aesthetic ones in some cases, can be considered a general dentistry procedure. General dentistry takes care of the general-health aspect of your mouth and makes sure that your teeth stay healthy and serve you well for years. The important thing to note here is that regular visits to your dentist office play a crucial part in this process as the best practice is to fix any issue as soon as it arises. We encourage regular check-ups for our patients to help keep them healthy and happy.

Why is it Important?

General dentistry acts as the first line of defense when it comes to your oral health and hygiene. A general dentist examines your mouth and surrounding area to check for any immediate problems or health concerns. If your dentist detects a major issue, they may refer you to a specialist. For example, a general dentist is often able to identify different forms of mouth cancers, as well as neurological disorders that begin in the jaw. Catching these conditions early-on is critical, and it’s in this way that a general dentist maintains the overall health of their patients.

Other than detecting serious issues, general dentistry services are important because they are responsible for keeping your teeth clean and healthy through routine check-ups. Properly cleaned teeth help to prevent more serious problems down the road like cavities and gum disease.

General Dentistry Procedures

At Johnny Smith DMD, we offer all sorts of general dentistry services including:

• Dental Examinations
• Teeth Cleaning
• Fillings
• Crowns and Bridges

Our highly-experienced staff performs every procedure with your comfort and care in mind. Are you looking for a dentist in Peoria? Contact us today and learn what we can do for your smile.