At Chevy Chase Dentistry in Lexington, KY, we are dedicated to improving the oral health and overall wellness of our patients.
Our Dentist, Brandi Yates, DMD, aims to provide patients with a safe, comfortable,and relaxing environment that supports and encourages the continuance of regular oral health care. We offer general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services to be your comprehensive family dentist. Call our dental office and schedule a visit today and find out how we can help make you smile!
Some of the services we provide:
* Tooth Whitening
* Scaling and Root Planing “SRP”
* Bite splints
* Routine Cleanings
* Digital x-rays with decreased radiation and increased patient comfort
* Esthetic tooth colored fillings
* Athletic mouth guards
* Nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas)
* Pit and fissure sealants
Whitening allows teeth that have darkened over time due to coffee, wine, smoking, or age to return to a whiter and younger look. Our office offers Opalescence GO that is pre-filled professional whitening trays only available through your dentist. You can get a more customized whitening treatment with our custom made take-home trays. This second option fits more closely to your teeth and allows you to purchase bleach refill tubes at our office as needed. We also provide in-office whitening for faster results.
A bridge is a porcelain or zirconia appliance that is used to replace a missing tooth. It is an alternative treatment option to that of an implant. When a tooth is missing, a crown can be placed on the tooth in front of and behind the missing tooth, and a fake tooth (or pontic) is connected between the two crowns. This type of tooth replacement is fixed into place with cement and cannot be removed by the patient. The custom bridge provides a great cosmetic option to replace a missing tooth.
Implants provide the latest technology in replacing teeth. Whether replacing only one tooth or multiple teeth, implants are a great option for the long-term results. An implant is made from titanium and surgically placed into the bone. It functions similar to the root by supporting the tooth. After the implant is completely stable in the bone, the abutment (a small connector) and custom crown are placed. The dental implant provides a strong and durable way to restore chewing function.
A crown (or what many call a cap) is a full covering of a tooth to strengthen and protect a fractured or weakened tooth. When a tooth has a large filling that needs to be changed, many times if an even larger filling is placed it can weaken the tooth. It’s at this point that your dentist may recommend a crown. Typically made of porcelain or zirconia, a crown matches your tooth in color and is custom made to fit your tooth.
Scaling and Root Planing “SRP”
If it has been awhile since your last dental check-up or if you have swollen, red, and tender gums you may be a candidate for SRP. Scaling and Root Planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a non-surgical therapy done to treat gum disease. This procedure is performed to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that has accumulated under the gum line. The build-up causes tissue inflammation and bone loss and ultimately leads to loosening of teeth and tooth loss. Early intervention is also important due the link between oral health and some chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Deep cleanings may take a series of appointments depending on the severity. After the procedure, it is recommended that you are monitored and cleaned on a more frequent basis. To help you heal, your dentist and dental hygienist may recommend a prescription strength rinse or gel.
Bruxism occurs when you grind your teeth or clench your jaw. You may suffer from this if you experience headaches, jaw pain, sensitivity, and broken/worn teeth. Bite splints or occlusal guards can be used as a treatment for bruxism. The appliance is custom made by your dentist to be worn on your upper or lower arch. Bite splints prevent your teeth from touching and can relieve pressure on your jaw joints.
Regular dental visits every six months is essential to your oral health. These routine visits sometimes can help you save time and money by catching small problems before they turn into extensive treatment. Routine cleanings prevent the bacteria from building up that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. At your visit, your dentist can also take x-rays to identify any hidden problems that need to be addressed.