Comprehensive dentistry involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the teeth, gums and jaw. At LifeSmiles of Sidney, we believe that preventive care is the most important aspect of comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Dornbier aims to identify and treat problems while they’re still small, which can save you time, money and more extensive dental treatment in the future.
Routine & Preventive Care
Individual Consultations & Dental Exams
At LifeSmiles of Sidney, we believe your first visit should include quality one-on-one time with the dentist. We get to know you – not just your medical history, but your past dental experiences, your reasons for coming to see us and your goals for your smile. It might seem out of the ordinary to be scheduled for a 60-minute new patient visit with Dr. Dornbier and an assistant, but this time has been reserved just for you. We want to ensure that you receive a thorough consultation and have plenty of time to ask our team any questions you may have.
For most people, having a dental cleaning every six months will help them keep their gums healthy, their breath fresh and their teeth white and clean. Dr. Dornbier and her hygiene staff perform cleanings in a very kind and gentle manner, ensuring that you are well taken care of each time you visit. Her goal is to make cleaning appointments effective and enjoyable.
- Most areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations
- Infections in the jaw bones
- Mild to moderate gum disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
Digital x-rays are a fast and comfortable tool we use to assess your dental needs. They’re safe enough to be used during pregnancy, and some studies have found that they emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. With no chemical processing needed, digital x-rays are a good choice for you and the environment.
X-rays are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An x-ray is needed to reveal:
Like digital x-rays, digital photographs with our intraoral camera are a useful diagnostic and patient education tool. Through the use of a tiny camera attached to a hand-held wand we can show you incredibly clear pictures of your teeth and gums. These pictures not only enable us to identify problem areas like a cracked tooth or a broken filling, but we can visually guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options. You also get a much clearer picture of your teeth than what a hand held mirror can show you. The intraoral camera provides you with the opportunity to be a partner with us in keeping your mouth and smile healthy and strong!
Dental Sealants (To Protect Teeth Against Decay)
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film that is applied to the chewing surface of the molars to prevent food particles and bacteria from reaching the depressions and grooves. These sealants have proven extremely effective in the prevention of molar cavities.
Although sealants are often recommended for children, adults too can dramatically reduce their risk for cavities by having a sealant applied to their molars. Please contact us today to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants.
Fluoride Treatments (For Healthier & Strong Enamel)
Fluoride helps strengthen your teeth, preventing the development of cavities. Although most public water systems and toothpastes contain fluoride, Dr. Dornbier may recommend additional fluoride treatments during your visit if they think you have a moderate to great risk for cavity development.
Custom Mouthguards & Nightguards
Dr. Dornbier can create a custom-fitted plastic mouthguard to protect your teeth, gums, lips and cheeks from sports-related injuries. Athletic mouthguards can even help prevent severe injuries to the face, jaw and head.
Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is harmful to your teeth, and may also cause additional problems like headaches, jaw pain and arthritic jaw. Dr. Dornbier can help you protect your teeth from the effects of grinding with a custom-made nightguard. This plastic guard is worn at night while you sleep, and covers and preserves the teeth you’ve been grinding. Nightguards have also been shown to reduce or eliminate jaw pain and headaches that often are associated with bruxism.
TMJ Treatment with Botox®
Botox® is a safe-to-use bacterial protein which, when injected into the facial muscles in small quantities, can be used for treatment of TMJ pain stemming from bruxism, or clenching and grinding of the teeth. By administering this product to these muscles, the muscle activity can be reduced, thereby relieving pain to the muscles and joints. The reduction in forces also protects the teeth that may otherwise be damaged by clenching and grinding. Additionally, the face can appear thinner as those muscles slim down over time with regular treatment. It is a non-invasive and reversible treatment that has been proven to work for TMJ pain.