Why are we different, you ask?
Market Street Family Dentist is proud to provide the Troy community with the best in cosmetic and general dentistry services. We strive to make your visit to the dentist as painless and anxiety-free as possible by implementing state-of-the-art technologies and the least invasive methods possible. Be proud to show your smile, and let us help you restore, enhance and maintain your teeth.
Market Street Family Dentist offers a full range services to keep your smile intact and healthy.
Dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure that is crucial for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis as well as improving the aesthetics of your smile and breath. Bacteria will build up in the gum tissue and eventually cause serious chronic inflammation and irritation if left untreated. The body will respond by attacking the bacteria along with infected gum and bone tissue, often resulting in tooth loss. The pockets between the gums and teeth become deeper and house more bacteria which may travel via the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Prophylaxis is recommended twice a year but can be double that for more advanced cases of periodontitis.
Fluoride helps protect the enamel of your teeth, prevents bacteria from penetrating the surface, and increases your body’s ability to rebuild enamel.
Sealants are an effective way to prevent cavities from forming in the indentions in molars. Bacteria feed off of the plaque and food particles that will often evade your toothbrush in hard-to-reach crevasses, causing serious damage to the enamel in your tooth. Sealants deprive these bacteria of their favorite hiding spots and help protect your oral health.
Conventional and digital x-rays
X-rays allow dentists to pinpoint problem areas in teeth. Market Street Family Dentist uses digital x-rays for immediate inspections using less radiation and traditional film x-rays for better image quality to provide you with the best information to make decisions about your dental health.
Oral cancer exams
Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be treated if caught early enough. Market Street Family Dentist works on the frontline of the fight against cancer and is perfectly equipped to spot the warning signs with regular appointments.
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the health of the gums and jawbone, requiring several extra years of dental training. The gums and jaw are specifically grouped together because of how the gum tissues surround and support the teeth while anchoring them to the jawbone below. Periodontal disease often begins with a mild gum inflammation known as gingivitis, but left unchecked, it is the leading cause of tooth loss in the developed world. The typical symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums, but it is important to see a professional since sometimes no symptoms are displayed at all until it is too late.
Sometimes, damage to a tooth is too extensive to be saved. In such cases, your dentist will cleanly remove the problematic tooth from the gum and jaw, making sure to leave no room for further infection. Prosthetic teeth are available, so you can still have a perfect smile afterwards.
For patients with minor cracks, breaks or cavities, we can restore teeth using composite fillings. This tooth colored-restoration blends in naturally with the rest of your teeth and can usually be done in a minimally invasive manner.
When your tooth has suffered a deep crack or fracture, a crown may be the best option to restore integrity. Crowns are very durable and can typically blend in with the surrounding teeth while providing excellent reinforcement of the tooth below. With dental crowns, the root is left in place.
Root canal therapy
The term “root canal” is often associated with a painful procedure to stop infections of the pulp and nerve endings. Thankfully, with modern dentistry this is no longer the case at all! This treatment can often be completed in one or two visits to the dentist, and the experience is often compared to a routine filling. Fully grown teeth no longer need the pulp, as they can be adequately nourished by the surrounding tissues, allowing you to continue to make full normal use of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are conservative alternatives to crowns and repair teeth that have large defective fillings or that have been damaged by decay or trauma. The only real difference between an inlay and an onlay is that onlays cover a bit more of the tooth, usually when one or more of the chewing cusps have been damaged. These restorations are custom made from composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain in a professional dental laboratory. While they are very durable and will enhance your smile and ability to chew food for years to come, they may someday require replacement.
A dentist specializing in the oral health of kids must focus on four things: education, monitoring of growth, prevention, and intervention. Children are sponges for information, and if good dental habits can be presented in a fun yet meaningful way, kids will internalize the information for the rest of their lives. Because their bodies are constantly changing, it is important to monitor the physical development of the teeth and jaw to head off any issues before they become painful problems. Finally, a pediatric dentist must be very skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that do occur, whether it be an injury, malocclusion or bruxism.
A child’s first visit to the dentist is incredibly important for making a good lasting impression! This impression goes both ways, as it is important for us to learn about a child’s habits, family health history and to give any specific recommendations. Our offices are designed with child psychology in mind, and provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere.