General Dentistry with Passion and Precision
When you seek care at our office, Dr. Lloyd and her staff use the latest technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many dental procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team.
The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Ashley Lloyd and receive a straightforward answer. Our entire team follows procedures recommended by several federal agencies: theOccupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
Digital Imaging Instead Of Film
Dr. Lloyd chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us
- to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes;
- to detect cavities in between your teeth,
- determine bone level,
- analyze the health of your bone,
- examine the roots and nerves of teeth,
- diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as
- assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal.
Dr. Lloyd utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office.
With digital imaging, radiation exposure is 70% less when compared to traditional radiographs and we can often see cavities better.
Dr. Lloyd uses intraoral camera technology to enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera that allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, or insurance companies.
Restoration Dental Treatments
What Is A Crown?
When a tooth has been weakened by decay, large old fillings, cracks or breaks a crown may be reccomended. Crowns are often called ‘caps’ because they form a cap over the tooth to strengthen and protect it. Crowns can be made of porcelain (tooth-colored), gold with other precious metals mixed in, or a combination of materials.
Two appointments are needed for crowns: one to prepare the tooth, take impressions for the laboratory, and make a temporary crown. And then a second appointment is scheduled two weeks out to deliver the crown and cement it in place.
This video describes in more detail what a crown is and provides more information about this dental treatment:
What Is A Bridge?
This video describes a bridge and the benefits of getting this dental treatment should this be needed:
What Is An Implant?
What Is A Partial Denture?
Home Care Instructions After Treatment
Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When your bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at 919-828-1001 so we can schedule a simple adjustment appointment.
It is normal to experience some temperature sensitivity and pressure sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums and areas where you received anesthetic may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol should ease any residual discomfort if you can take them comfortably.
- Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. Reading aloud is a great way to retrain your tongue to know it’s new boundaries.
- Daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintain the quailty of your new dental work.
- Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.
- Foods that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth.
- Avoid hard foods and substances (corn nuts, peanut brittle, hard candies, ice, and biting fingernails/pencils).
- Try to minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea, berries, pomegranates. If you do eat them swish with water afterward.
If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard.
If you grind your teeth, you must consider wearing a night guard to protect your investment.
Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know.