O'Donnell Family Dentistry The doctors and staff of O'Donnell Family Dentistry are unconditionally committed to excellence in every aspect of what we do. We care about your experience from beginning to end, from the front desk to the doctors; each team member is a consummate professional who takes your cosmetic dentistry as seriously as if we were working on our own family members, making the offices of Dr. O'Donnell your number one choice for Lexington dentist.
Preventive Dentistry ď ˝
O'Donnell Family Dentistry provides Lexington, KY with the best in dental services, but our goal is to help you prevent dental problems and help you keep your smile healthy. O'Donnell Family Dentistry provides Lexington, KY with the best in dental services, but our goal is to help you prevent dental problems and help you keep your smile healthy. When you think of Lexington dentistry experts, we want you to think of us! A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by the doctor and hygienist at your initial dental visit and at regular check ups. Each exam will include the following.
Cosmetic Dentistry ď ˝
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient's smile! Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be retightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Restorative Dentistry ď ˝
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and the dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by the dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up. A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper. The dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into a category below:
Treatment ď ˝
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. The dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!