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Keeping our patients informed about the benefits of excellent oral health is the cornerstone of our Metairie practice. We think you’re more likely to take steps to protect your oral health when you know the impact that healthy teeth can have on your life.
We don’t expect you to be an expert about dentistry, and we’re here to answer any and all of your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.
If you don’t see your question listed here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Drs. Patterson uses digital dental x-rays to diagnose many dental problems. An accurate diagnosis allows for proper dental treatment. You will typically have one set of x-rays per year unless you have a problem that warrants additional x-rays. The number of x-rays will vary based on age, how long it has been since your last x-rays, and how much dental work you have had. Digital dental x-rays have drastically reduced the amount of radiation.
Digital X-Rays in Metairie
In fact, you are exposed to more radiation on some airplane rides than you are with a full mouth set of x-rays.
At Oak Family Dental we stress preventive dentistry. That means we try to prevent problems such as disease, decay, and tooth loss. For most people, two visits a year is sufficient, however, more visits may be required if problems are detected.
Regular Dental Cleanings
At these periodic visits, patients receive a professional cleaning, necessary radiographs, and the dentist will review your dental and medical history, perform an overall examination of the mouth including an oral cancer screening and will address any questions or concerns you may have.
It depends on the age of the patient. When your young child comes to the dentist at a very early age, we are primarily looking to ensure your child’s comfort in the dental chair. Beautiful, healthy teeth that last a lifetime start with early education on preventive care. Good home care is essential, as are regular trips to the dentist for cleanings and examinations.
Your Child's First Visit
Your child’s initial visits to the dentist are primarily to ensure that dental care is a regular part of his or her wellness routine. Your Metairie children’s dentist will also be on alert for any signs of common dental conditions, including cavities and gum disease.
Adult Dental Exam
For adults, we work hard to stay ahead of dental problems with regular examinations and cleanings, and by taking digital x-rays and using intraoral cameras. With both of these options, we can see beyond what can be seen with the naked eye. This way, when dental issues do arise, we can treat them as early as possible. When dental issues are addressed early, treatment is almost always less expensive—and less painful!
Whether you need a Metairie children’s dentist or family dentist, Oak Family Dental can take care of smiles at any age! Call to schedule today!
Most children tend to be scared of doctors in general. To them it is a very unfamiliar and uncomfortable place. That is why we take the utmost care with your children to make sure they feel comfortable. The Pediatric Dentist at Oak Family Dental stress routine visits with children. We make these visits as easy and fun as possible! This allows children to become familiar with our office and staff. We find children that have met us in the past tend to do much better during treatment if they have a dental emergency.
Sedation Dentistry for Children
We also offer conscious child sedation as well as nitrous to help ease the child’s fears and to keep them safe. Both options are completely safe for your child and will put them at ease so they can get the dental services they need.
Call our office located in Metairie, LA to schedule your child's first appointment so they can get familiar with our staff!
Emergency Dentistry at Oak Family Dental
A cracked tooth is simply what it sounds like, a crack in the tooth. Teeth are made up of three layers, the hard outer layer the enamel, an inner layer the dentin, and the nerve of the tooth lies below the dentin. Cracks typically start in the outer layer of the tooth and can progress into the underlying layers if no treatment is rendered. Early detection is key because as cracks progress in the tooth, they can lead to an infection and loss of the tooth.
Make Your Emergency Dental Appointment
For more information on cracked teeth, or for more information on our dental services, give us a call here at Oak Family Dental today, located in Metairie, LA.
A full mouth debridement may be necessary if you have thick or dense deposits of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Debridement is necessary when the deposits are too heavy to allow proper visualization of teeth and gums for a dentist to do a proper examination and diagnosis.
Following the debridement, a comprehensive examination by the dentist can be completed. Findings on this examination may include additional treatment such as a deep periodontal cleaning or regular dental prophylaxis to polish the teeth.
So, if you think you may be in need of a full mouth debridement then please, don't hesitate to contact our Metairie, LA dental office today!
Tooth wear starts when the outer layer of teeth, enamel, starts to wear down prematurely. Many factors including the way we chew, our diet and medical problems, such as acid reflux can cause teeth to wear. Clenching and grinding during sleep even cause tooth wear.
To prevent wear, we recommend regular removal of bacterial and acids from the mouth through brushing and mouth rinses. It is also a good idea to reduce the amount of acid in our diet, such as sodas. If you are clenching and grinding at night, a nightguard may be recommended. The treatment of tooth wear depends on the underlying cause of the wear so the first step is to diagnose the cause of the tooth wear. This may require visiting a physician for a physical.
Fixing Tooth Wear
There are many ways to build teeth back up to prevent wear or to at least slow the damage. We can build your teeth back up through the use of tooth-colored dental bonding. Bonding acts as part of your natural tooth and is completely unnoticeable.
Pain occurs in teeth when the inner layers of the tooth are exposed. The white enamel portion of teeth is a strong protective layer. When enamel is damaged, hot, cold, and sweets can cause pain. Tooth decay, erosion, grinding and clenching, as well as bite problems, can damage the enamel.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
To treat sensitivity, the dentist must first diagnose the cause of the problem. Next, the doctors and staff at Oak Family Dental will work with you to suggest several effective treatments that may include changing oral hygiene habits, diet, fluoride, desensitizing toothpaste, restoring a damaged tooth or correcting the bite. Sensitivity can be a sign of a serious dental problem down the line; you should see the dentists at Oak Family Dental right away if you suffer from tooth pain.
For more information on sensitive teeth, and our other dental services give us a call at Oak Family Dental today.
Cracks in teeth typically start in the outer layer of the tooth. Cracks can occur from factors that weaken teeth such as cavities and existing large fillings. Even biting on hard foods and objects can crack teeth.
Preventing Cracked Teeth
To prevent cracks, we recommend regular brushing to prevent the build-up bacteria which cause cavities, and not chewing hard objects such as ice and popcorn kernels.
For more information on broken teeth or any of our dental services, give us a call here today at Oak Family Dental in Metairie, LA.