General and Cosmetic Dentistry
We provide general and cosmetic dentistry services at Great Smiles Family Dentistry. Dental care services include teeth whitening, bonding white fillings, endodontics, root canal, crown, painless wisdom teeth removal, children dental care and sealants, dentures, bridge and mouth cancer screening. Call us now or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Toledo OH, Oregon OH, Ottawa Hills OH, Moline OH, Woodhurst OH, Harbor View OH and Shoreland OH.
We provide general dental treatments and cleanings to keep your smile healthy
We use bonding, commonly called white fillings, to enhance the look of your smile. Bonding can be used to fill cavities, to correct gaps in teeth, or to cover cracks or discolorations. Since the material used for bonding is able to be matched to the color of your teeth, it gives a natural look to your smile.
The bonding material is made of a long lasting composite resin. After an adhesive gel is applied to the area to be enhanced, the resin is sculpted into place over top. An ultraviolet light is used to harden both the gel and the resin. The filling is then polished, creating a perfect match to your teeth.
Many people choose bonding over the unsightly look of silver amalgam fillings. This type of filling is safe, effective, and can last many years. It is a great choice for a natural and healthy smile.
Endodontics, more commonly referred to as a root canal, is a procedure that is used to remove infected nerves of a tooth that can not only cause pain, but in severe cases damage to the jaw bone. This may cause your infected teeth to become sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, which may inconvenience your day to day life.
To perform a root canal procedure, the tissue around the infected tooth is numbed with anesthetic for comfort, then the tooth is drilled into to gain access to the nerves. The infected areas are removed and the tooth is cleaned, sealed, and ready to go. Although this may sound painful and scary, with modern advances this procedure can be completed with little or no pain. Over the counter pain medications will help with the days of soreness until the area is all healed up.
A crown covers, or “caps,” a tooth to return the look of it to it’s original shape and size, and improving the appearance of the tooth. Crowns are useful in situations where a tooth is cracked or broken in such a way that a filling won’t be enough to fix it. A crown can be used to hold together a badly cracked tooth, to attach a bridge, protect weak teeth, cover misshaped or discolored teeth, or to restore a tooth with damage too big for a filling.
Dentist Nadeem Khan’s goal is to create a crown that looks just like your own tooth. He will do this by first taking an impression of your teeth. He will assess the color, bite and shape of your natural teeth. He will then reduce the tooth to be crowned so that the crown will fit over it. You will be fitted with a temporary crown until your next visit, when your newly fabricated crown will be cemented into place.
Crowns usually last about five to eight years. However, with good oral care and hygiene, many crowns will last for a much longer period of time. To best care for your crown, avoid chewing hard foods, and brush and floss regularly along with visiting Dr. Khan for routine care and cleanings.
With your new crown, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they will also be more attractive, giving you a bright new smile.
Occasionally it is necessary to have a tooth removed, or extracted. This can be due to trauma, disease, or overcrowding. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted as there is often not enough room for them to grow in properly.
If an extraction becomes necessary, Dr. Khan will first numb the area around the tooth. Once the area is completely numbed, the extraction is performed. A small amount of bleeding at the extraction site is normal but a clot should form fairly quickly as healing begins.
In the case of wisdom teeth that have become impacted, an anesthetic may be administered. The gum tissue covering the teeth is cut open and the teeth are removed. Depending on the severity of the impaction, sutures may be needed to close the space left behind. In this case you will need someone to drive you home after your surgery, and your recovery will take a bit longer. You will need to rest and to monitor your extraction sites carefully. Gauze pads will be placed on your extraction sites to help to absorb and stop bleeding, and these should be changed regularly until bleeding stops, usually within 24 hours. Avoid hard foods and do not smoke or use a straw for the first few days as you do not want to injure your extraction sites or disturb the clotting process.
For the first few days after any extraction you should gently rinse your mouth after eating. If you have swelling or discomfort, you can apply an ice pack to the area. You may brush and floss your other teeth as usual, but be careful to avoid the area around your extraction.
Be sure to contact us if you experience any difficulty in the healing of your extractions. We are here to help you!
Porcelan Fillings (Inlays and Onlays)
Commonly known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays allow for partially damaged teeth to be restored to proper healthy working function and help protect against any further damage to the affected tooth. After the decaying area of the tooth is removed, a mold is taken and is sent away so a custom inlay or onlay can be made.
There are a number of materials that can be used for you including gold and porcelain, but in the meantime you will be fitted with a temporary. It is very important to be careful while the temporary is in, refrain from eating chewy food because it could cause the temporary to pop off of your tooth. After about two or three weeks you will return and Dr. Khan will place your custom partial crown onto your tooth and it will be as good as new!
Dental sealants are used to help prevent tooth decay for vulnerable teeth that are used for chewing. These teeth are the molars, which are difficult to reach with a toothbrush to dislodge food which could cause problems. It is best to place sealants on children when their molars first start to come in (5 to 7 years old) so they are protected right from the start. They last for up to ten years and then can reapplied if it is needed, so your and your children’s teeth will always be protected!
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces your teeth when most or all of them are missing. There are two types available. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures are used when some of your own teeth remain. Dentures benefit your health since they make it easier for you to eat and to speak. They also improve your appearance by helping to fill out your face and profile, and replacing your natural look and smile.
There are two types of complete dentures. The first, called an immediate denture, is inserted on the same day that your teeth are removed. This type is nice because you don’t have to be without teeth during your healing period. The second type is the conventional denture. This denture is placed after teeth are removed and gums are completely healed. This can be up to several months.
A partial denture is just like the name suggests. It is used when some of your natural teeth remain, similar to a bridge but removable.
New dentures take some time to get used to. Often they can feel loose until your mouth and cheeks get used to helping to hold them in place. They may feel odd in your mouth and make eating and speaking a bit challenging until you adjust. Once you do adjust to them, they will begin to feel more natural and you will find that you enjoy having the look and feel of your smile back again.
Caring For Your Dentures
- Remove your dentures and rinse them before brushing to removes debris.
- Gently brush your dentures with a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Also be sure to clean your mouth and gums as well to reduce bacteria and plaque.
- Place your dentures in a container and keep them covered with water so they do not warp when not wearing them.
- You will need to continue to schedule regular dental visits so that Dr. Khan can evaluate the fit of your dentures and adjust them if needed.
If you have any questions regarding dentures, call our office and we will be happy to assist you.
A bridge is used to literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge can help to restore your ability to properly chew and speak by distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth, and by preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position. It will also help to maintain the shape of your face and restore your look and smile.
In order to create a bridge, Dr. Khan will first prepare the teeth on either side of where it will be placed. These teeth are called abutment teeth, and will be used to help hold and anchor your new bridge. They are prepared by recontouring their surfaces so that crowns can be attached. The bridge will be made up of these two crowns, and the new tooth or teeth, called the pontic. Impressions of your teeth are then made, and sent to a dental lab who will use them to manufacture your bridge. In the meantime you will be fitted with a temporary bridge to help protect the area and to improve the overall look. Once your new bridge in ready, you will return to the office to have it placed. It will be checked and adjusted to ensure a proper and comfortable fit for you before being adhered into place.
You should care for your new bridge in the same way you care for your teeth in general. Regular brushing and flossing is recommended, as well as an antiseptic mouthwash. A dental bridge can last five to fifteen years and longer with good care and oral hygiene.
Missing teeth can not only be unsightly, but can also cause surrounding teeth to move and shift changing the way you are able to eat and speak. A bridge is a great choice for replacing missing teeth for a healthy and attractive smile.
Children’s Dental Care
Your child was born with all of his or her baby, or primary, teeth already formed below the gumline. At around four to seven months old, your baby will begin teething and soon will have that first tooth. By around three years of age, your child will have all of his or her primary teeth. It is important to establish a habit of good oral care from an early age. Babies and children are susceptible to cavities just as adults are, and creating good habits from the start will go a long way towards a healthy mouth and teeth for your child.
Here are some of the ways that you can care for your baby’s teeth and gums:
- Start cleaning before teeth come in – Using a wet washcloth or your finger, wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding to help reduce bacteria from food particles.
- Take care of new teeth right away – As soon as your baby gets a tooth, it has to be brushed. Start by gently brushing with a soft baby toothbrush and water.
- Never send your baby to bed with a bottle – your baby might find it soothing, but pooling milk or juice can allow bacteria to grow and spread.
- Floss right away – Once two teeth appear side by side, it’s time to floss. Children’s floss picks are a handy tool for this.
- Offer water right after meals – This will help to rinse food out of the mouth.
Make brushing a family activity – This will help your baby to form good brushing habits in a fun way. Brush your teeth every morning and evening together as a family and stay positive.
- Use toothpaste at age two – You can begin to use non-fluoride children’s toothpaste once your baby is about two years old.
- Schedule an exam – The American Dental Association recommends all babies receive a dental exam by the age of one, for a check up and to begin preventative care.
Good oral care can become a fun and easy habit when introduced at a young age, helping to foster healthy teeth and gums for life. Be sure to follow the tips listed above, and to bring your baby to visit Dr. Khan regularly for a lifetime of bright and happy smiles. Kids have more reasons to smile and learn about dental health with MouthHealthy Kids – American Dental Association activity sheets, games and videos.
Mouth Cancer Screenings
It is very important to have regular checks for oral cancer, and it is luckily a very simple procedure to detect and pinpoint locations of possible threats. Thanks to modern advances, it is easy to detect early signs of oral cancer and begin to treat it before it becomes and permanent problem.
The procedure does not require anything other than an ultra violet light that allows for Dr. Khan to examine the mouth for things not visible to the naked eye. You can take steps now to help prevent oral cancer by making lifestyle choices such as not smoking or drinking regularly. However, if you do it is important to have regular screenings with you dental health professional.
There are many procedures that can be done to return your teeth back to a healthy state, however, some of these procedures require you to properly take care of them afterwards. Dr. Khan will inform you on proper post-operational care, but if you need reminded, instructions are below.
Endodontics or Root Canal Care
As with any procedure dealing with anesthetic, there will be soreness in the teeth and gums after a root canal is completed. For comfort and to ensure proper and quick healing it is recommended to not chew on the side of the mouth where the procedure was performed.
To repel infection that could gain access to the area, and antibiotic will be prescribed and over the counter pain medications should do the trick when it comes down to soreness and pain. If your body does not react well to any medication, you have increased amounts of pain, or the filling comes out of your tooth, call us immediately.
Crown and Bridge Care
There are a few steps for when you receive a crown and/or a bridge. After the initial procedure is done, you are fitted with a temporary crown or bridge until the final custom ones are created. In the meantime it is very important to take care of these temporaries as if they were your own teeth, but more careful. Soft brushing and flossing is helpful, however when flossing do NOT pull up on the bridge or crown, this could pop them out of place and cause problems in the future.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is really chewy food or candy’s that could grab onto the temporaries and pull them out of place as well. To go along with this, you may be experiencing pain or irritation around the area where the crown or bridge has been placed, over the counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will help this subside and give you more comfort.
After your new crown or bridge comes in and is placed, it may feel strange for a few days, however everything will adjust with time and it will feel like it is just a part of your new smile. Once the permanent is in and ready to go, care for it as you would a normal tooth with regular brushing and flossing, however if your bite feels strange and not normal, call us and discuss it with someone immediately.
White Fillings (Bonding) Care
As with any procedure requiring anesthetics, your gums and teeth will be sore and irritable. To avoid any unnecessary pain, try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and drinking any hot or cold beverages, as the area will be sensitive to extreme temperatures. Once the pain and sensitivity has subsided you can return to a regular routine of brushing and flossing with care and eating and drinking foods with ease.
Scaling and Root Planing Care
Depending on how intensive the procedure was, you may be experience more or less soreness. For the next few days you may take over the counter pain relief medicine and should rinse with warm salt water 2 to 3 times a day. The proper mixture for this is 1 teaspoon of salt for every 8 ounces of water. It may be stressful considering the pain, but it is important to continue proper dental care after the procedure by brushing and flossing regularly, however be gentle.
It is recommended to stick to softer foods while the area heals until you feel comfortable eating more solid, chewy foods, this will help with discomfort when eating and ensure proper healing. If after a few days you are still experiencing pain and swelling, call us and discuss it immediately to find a solution.
When you choose to get a veneer you will receive a temporary one before the final is created for you. While you have the temporary in it is important that you continue your normal dental care by brushing and flossing regularly, however be much more gentle as the area will be sensitive and the temporary could become dislodged. As with other temporaries, it is important to stay away from chewy foods and candy as they could pull the temporary out of place, causing issues. As for pain, over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil or warm salt water will help ease the pain and sensitivity.
The proper mixture for salt water is 1 teaspoon of salt for every 8 ounces of water. Once the permanent veneer is placed, your mouth and bite may feel a bit awkward, but it should feel perfect after about a week. Continue normal dental care by brushing and flossing, but pay close attention to where the veneer sits. If you notice anything strange or the veneer does not seem to feel right, call us immediately to discuss a solution.
After this procedure you will need to take it easy and let your body rest for a while. You will need to have a friend or family member present to take you home due to the anesthetics that will be shrouding your motor skills and judgment. Once the surgery is complete you will have gauze on the areas of operation to help control and coagulate the blood. The gauze will need to be changed periodically when they become soaked and new ones will need to take their place. If bleeding does not subside after 24 hours, call us immediately.
Dr. Khan may prescribe you pain medication, antibiotics, and/or cleaning solution to help you feel comfortable during the healing process. Laying flat will encourage the area to continue bleeding, so prop your head up on a pillow to help the process. You will need to eat soft foods in order to feel comfortable and not interrupt the healing process, good examples include soups, smoothies, pudding, mashed potatoes and other foods that don’t require chewing. Do not smoke and when you drink liquids, do NOT use a straw, the suction will pull out the blood clotting and prolong the bleeding.
If you feel concerned about any or all of these things or you feel the area is not healing right, call us.