Preventative Dentistry

Call our specialists if you have a dental emergency in Somerset, KY

Our dental center is designed to make your visit to the dentist a positive one
Due to the incredible advancements in the field of dentistry, a visit to the dentists is no longer about just checking for cavities. We have a full range of custom dental care services to suit your needs.
Always at the forefront of the latest research in dentistry, we are certain to use the most up-to-date methods and technology to help patients achieve their desired smiles. We frequently perform a wide variety of general dental procedures so you can be assured that your mouth will be in the hands of a skilled and experienced medical professional. With our state-of-the-art equipment and expert multidisciplinary staff, we are in a unique position to offer a world-class dental atmosphere. Talk to us today about preventative dentistry in Somerset, KY.

Cleaning and consultation

In addition to keeping your teeth shiny, good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a range of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, stroke, heart disease and even diabetes.
It is recommended that you get your teeth cleaned twice per year. Teeth cleaning involves the removal of dental plaque and tartar to prevent gingivitis, cavities and gum disease. The procedure is rarely painful and takes around 30 to 45 minutes.
We specialize in and frequently perform a range of dental cleaning procedures – from scaling to whitening, so rest assured you are in good and experienced hands.

Tooth extraction

We always make every attempt to treat your teeth and remedy any dental malady at Tohill Dentistry. Unfortunately, the damage to teeth is so advanced in some cases that tooth extraction is necessary sometimes.
When a tooth becomes broken, cracked or extensively decayed it may be necessary to remove it. Furthermore teeth that are poorly positioned, non-functional or associated with periodontal disease should also be removed. Our commitment is to provide you with premium preventative dentistry in Somerset.

Composite fillings

For the past 150 years, cavities have been filled with a mixture of metals including silver and mercury. In these days it was perfectly normal to see dark gray areas when someone opened their mouth to laugh.
Today you can get your cavities as well as other smaller hollow areas in your teeth filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are created out of resin to match the natural color of your teeth; hence they become invisible when applied.
Tooth decay can also be prevented by use of composite fillings as they provide an excellent seal of affected areas. The following are some of the reasons why composite fillings are used:
• The size of the area that needs to be filled
• The location of the affected area in the mouth (i.e., a tooth that is heavily relied on for chewing)
• Allergies the patient might have
• The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth
• Whether it is necessary cosmetically to have a tooth-colored filling

Sealants

Dental sealants serve as a barrier that protects teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are composed of a plastic material that is typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – the premolars and molars. The plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of chewing surfaces on the back teeth; this prevents against enamel from plaque and acids.
Although thorough flossing and brushing helps to remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of the teeth, toothbrush bristles cannot reach into pits to fully extract all the food and plaque. Sealants fill these pits to limit the risk of bacteria and plaque.
Sealants are not difficult to apply; they will take just a few minutes. First the teeth to be sealed will be cleaned and then the chewing surfaces are roughened with acid solutions to help sealants adhere to the tooth. Sealants are then painted onto tooth enamel where they bond directly to the tooth and harden. In some cases a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
When sealants remain intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants typically hold up well under the force of normal chewing and last a few years before another application is needed. Throughout your regular dental visits, your dentists will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when needed. Let us help you today with our many variations of preventative dentistry in Somerset.
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