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  • health-icoA prosthodontist is a dentist who has also completed two to three years of advanced training in an ADA – accredited education program. The successful completion of both dental and prosthodontic board examinations is necessary to practice prosthodontics.

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Enclosed in your welcome package there will be an appointment card where you will find a map on the back of the card to help you locate our office. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions prior to your scheduled appointment.

Choose Your TreatmentChoose Your Treatment

The correct choice of treatment for you will be a matter of your needs, and your priorities. We schedule consultations in a relaxed environment to assist you in your decisions. Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of carefully thought out treatment planning is the 'open ended treatment plan'.

Brushing Your Teeth ProperlyBrushing Your Teeth Properly

There is probably no greater range of qualities, expertise, and cost among dental services offered in the United States than with dentures. Constructing your dentures from start to finish in my personal lab assures you the best results attainable.

TraumaTrauma

Accidents happen! Trauma care usually involves the highest level of expertise. I have treated everything from gunshot wounds to dog attacks to automobile accidents. Probably the most common source of injury is occupational.

Understanding Dental Specializations

Do you need a dentist or an orthodontist? Where do you go for more serious gum issues?Who can help you with braces? There are many types of dentists available to help you handle the problems you face, but it can be a confusing topic for most people. To help clear up the confusion, we wanted to go over the main types of dental specializations.

General dentists are sometimes called “family dentists” and they are the ones you go to for your regular dental care. This is the where you go for dental cleanings, preventative care, and a range of restorative care options like fillings and repairing cracked teeth. They are generally the first line of defense for your family’s oral health. They are also often the starting for finding other issues and getting to the appropriate specialist.

An Orthodontist is the specialist you’d go to for braces, but they do much more than that. They are largely concerned with correcting misaligned teeth, jaw bones, and supporting facial structures. Their goal is to help improve your bite and restore proper function. To do this they often design customized solutions designed to fix your specific problem.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are medically trained specialists who focus on the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. After dental school, they complete additional training so that they can perform these more invasive procedures. They are responsible for many procedures such as complex tooth extractions, surgical jaw corrections, cleft palate surgeries, and more.

Periodontists specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating various types of gum issues. They are often called into the picture when things are serious, including grafting gums to help heal severe gum disease. Many times they work with your family dentist or other specialists when this type of specialized care is needed.

A Prosthodontist creates oral prostheses to replace damaged or missing teeth or to repair larger issues with the jaw. The work they do is for both cosmetic and reconstructive reasons in case of traumatic injury. To be a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete two to three years of additional, advanced training.

Dr. Petteway is one of the area’s only prosthodontists. He has over 30 years experience, with unique education and training in this specialization. Schedule an appointment here to learn how he can help you!

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Make Valentine's Day Sweet for Your Teeth

Valentine’s Day is a sweet day, but it may be too sweet for your teeth! As we have mentioned before, everybody’s mouth is filled with bacteria called streptococcus. This bacteria occurs naturally, and it feeds on sugar. Streptococcus breaks sugar down into acids that erode your enamel. When you eat Valentine’s Day sweets like chocolate covered cherries and candy hearts, you are giving the streptococcus too much sugar, making your tooth enamel erosion a very bad problem!

Of course, the best way to avoid these sugary candies is to opt for other Valentine’s Day gifts. Flowers, cards, and balloons may not be very tasty, but buying them will not harm your dental care! Some flowers like a bouquet of roses may be on the expensive side, but you know what is more expensive? Costly dental care to fix the damage sugary candies cause!

However, you may be one of those people who must have a sugary treat for Valentine’s Day. That is okay too! Just remember to go for sugar-free candies, or those with small amounts of sugar. Do not neglect your typical dental habits during this time, like regular flossing and brushing. Follow these steps, and Valentine’s Day will be a sweet day for your dental care!

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Good Halloween Dental Health -- It's Possible!

As much fun as Halloween is, it is not so much fun for your teeth! Everyone’s mouth has naturally occurring bacteria called streptococcus. This bacteria feeds on sugar and breaks it down into acids that erode your tooth enamel, making sugary Halloween candy particularly dangerous for dental care. Getting your children not to eat their candy after they’re done trick-or-treating, though, is not exactly easy. Even if you do not have children, you may not feel comfortable giving away too much candy that will rot teeth.

If you give out treats on Halloween night but don’t want to be the house that gives out raisins, then there are ways to give out good treats without being the “boring house.” Many popular candies have sugar-free versions that are a bit more expensive, but usually not much more. If you prefer not to buy sugar-free candy because you aren’t a fan of sugar substitutes, then candies such as solid chocolate, peanut packets, popcorn packets, and trail mix are a decent option.

Of course, if you take your children trick-or-treating instead, it is practically impossible to avoid sugary Halloween candy altogether. Make sure your children eat these treats in moderation to reduce the risk of sugar overload and cavities. Remind them to practice good dental habits as they go through this candy-eating period. Flossing and brushing regularly should combat any Halloween cavities that want to terrify your children’s teeth!

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