Dr. Greer’s dental practice provides quality dentistry for people of all ages. We pride ourselves with the philosophy to treat every patient in the same manner that we would want to be treated. We have chosen to create a practice enticing to all family members including children. Our goal is to perform the best dental treatment that we can for each and every patient and to keep him or her as comfortable as possible during every dental visit. Patients looking forward to maintaining their dental health and providing dental services that will make them smile are what we are all about!
What to Expect:
Your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:
• Examination of Diagnostic X-rays (Radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
•Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
• Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
•Examination of Existing Restorations: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments, including current fillings and crowns
Professional Dental Cleaning:
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) will be performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
•Removal of Calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
• Removal of Plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
• Teeth Polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Dr. Greer’s Family Practice believes in providing excellent dental care to all patients. We treat patients starting at the young age of 3 and up! Seeing your child in their early tooth development will set a foundation of healthy hygiene for life! In addition to young patients, we work well with the Senior Citizens. Setting up our office and operatories, to put all patients at ease, is part of our overall approach to the highest standard in dental health. Many disciplines of dentistry are offered at our practice including but not limited to:
Standard Prophylaxis (Cleanings):
In general, we recommend dental cleanings every 6 months. Some patients require 3 to 4 month recalls ensuring a healthy smile. Our schedule is designed with our patient’s time in mind. Our patients are seen on time and rarely wait to be seen!
There are many types and levels of Periodontal Disease. Therefore, treatment can vary. Dr. Greer and his team of hygienists will regularly evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal Disease develops as the sulcus (pocket surrounding the tooth and gums) is filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar. This commonly causes irritation and inflammation. Damage to the gums and eventually the bone results when these contaminants remain in the pocket. If gingivitis is caught early and limited damage is done, a few regular cleanings (3 or 4 month recall appointments) will be recommended. If you are experiencing a more advanced stage of the disease, scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be scheduled and performed. This is a more complex and thorough cleaning, which will help the gum tissue to heal and pockets surrounding the tooth and gums to shrink. In addition to the scaling and root planning, Dr. Greer might recommend medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and the use of an electric toothbrush.
Often, during or after the scaling and root planning is completed, we will recommend an antibiotic be placed into the deeper pockets of the gum to promote greater healing and recovery.
Everyone is concerned about Dental X-Rays, however, they are necessary to evaluate decay, bone loss, cysts, tumors, etc. We use the fastest film speeds and follow the guidelines of the Least Possible Exposure to garnish the information we need and have your safety in mind.
Tooth Colored Fillings:
Composite white resin is an alternative to silver mercury amalgams. These fillings are visually appealing and are completed in one appointment.
Many of our patients want a beautiful white smile. Therefore, we offer At-Home Bleaching as our process for whitening your smile. This treatment consists of Custom trays and bleaching gel. The patient then proceeds to whiten their teeth in the convenience of their own home. This process can take under 2 weeks, depending on how frequently the patient whitens, and on how white they desire their teeth to become.
Crowns are recommended when a patient has large discolored fillings, broken or decayed teeth, or just had a Root Canal treatment. Dr. Greer’s skill, compassion and attention to patient comfort are important standards in our office. His attention to color matching with your existing smile will ensure cosmetic perfection! In addition, our office is well known for patient comfort and setting patients at ease as a high priority.
Dentures: FULL or PARTIAL
Our goal with your dental health is to consistently provide you with the best care possible. Dentures are usually a last resort. If given the option between restoring or extracting a tooth, we will always try to save the tooth. However, there are times when dentures are the correct procedure. Dr. Greer’s attention to color matching is a high priority and your dentures will look natural and beautiful.
Following a Root Canal Procedure, we will restore the broken tooth with a strengthening material to provide the best foundation for the future crown (often a crown is needed after a root canal procedure).
Missing teeth can be replaced with a fixed, non-removable appliance, commonly referred to as a Dental Bridge. The Porcelain Fixed Bridge is the most common due to the ability to match and resemble your natural teeth. They are usually made of porcelain fused to metal and fill the gap by affixing itself to the two teeth adjacent to the gap or missing tooth/teeth. The most common reasons to select a Dental Bridge are to fill a space of missing teeth; maintain facial shape; prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position; restore chewing and speaking ability; restore your smile and upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.