About General Dentistry Services

A General Dentist Discusses His Services

A UKMC, the journey to practicing medicine successfully can be a long one. We decided to interview a dentist that, after that long road was over, the wait was well worth it. R. Anthony Matheny of St. Lucie Center For Cosmetic Dentistry contributed quite a bit of his time to outfits similar to Sojourner Clinic. His practice often discusses the cosmetic dentistry services that he provides, so he’s going to take some time to discuss general dentistry services offered in such clinics in his area of practice at his Port St Lucie, Florida dental office.


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Dental Exam

We suggest a professional dental exam at least once every six months. While most important for prevention, we can also stop existing problems from getting worse and also prevent development of dental problems in future. Here, your teeth are examined for signs of tartar, plaque, and tooth decay, as well as for gum disease symptoms like puffiness or discoloration of gums. The Dental Exam also includes a regular teeth cleaning.

White fillings

Silver tooth fillings have been replaced by white fillings. White fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are made of composite resin and are considered an excellent option for mid-sized cavities.

Night Guards

One of the best solutions to teeth grinding at night that cause headaches, jaw soreness or fractured teeth is to be fitted with a mouth guard for the protection of teeth while sleeping.

Digital Dental X-ray

Today dental x-rays are faster, safer and more comfortable to use. Digital x-rays are the latest and more advanced dental technologies that provide a bigger, clearer and high-quality image of your teeth that can be easily viewed and diagnosed. It reduces the radiation up to 90% and provides exceptional diagnostic information so that problems can be easily diagnosed at earlier stages.

CEREC Crowns

Cerec is an emerging and innovative technology that enables patient to receive crowns in just one visit. It avoids having to get temporary dental crowns, messy impressions, and to have multiple dental visits. CEREC crowns look like real teeth and are convenient, comfortable and look beautiful.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are considered to be durable, conservative and less expensive for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth.
There are three fundamental types of dental bridges:
• Traditional bridges; have dental crowns or dental implants and a replacement tooth.
• Maryland bridges; is made up of a resin that is cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth
• Cantilever dental bridges; are used in filling the gaps between the surrounding teeth and only on one side of the missing tooth.

These are just some general dentistry services we’ve provided locally for free that we thought we’d share with you. Good luck to all those involved at Sojourner Clinic!

How Pain is Minimized While at the Dentist


Most people would admit that one of the reasons for their fear of their dentist – read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dentist – is the pain that they (or to be more specific and fair to their profession, the procedure) could cause them.
While pain is something that is to be expected in most dental procedures, one should not worry so much because there are numerous ways on how dentists can decrease this. Below are just a few of the safest and most effective ones:

1Local Anesthesia

This is the most common way to lessen one’s pain sensation especially during tooth extraction or drilling procedures. Lidocaine is the favorite anesthetic these days although any drug ending in ‘-caine’ is categorized under this type of medication. Local anesthesia is administered using a needle and syringe.

Nitrous Oxide

One might think that using ‘laughing gas’ for dental procedures is stuff for legend or jokes but it has been used since the mid-1800s. While it does not alleviate pain, it could help one relax so some dentists still make use of this gas on their patients.

General Anesthesia

This is used for more complicated dental procedures like surgeries. Because it causes people to be unconscious, a tube will be inserted into your mouth to your trachea to allow you to breathe as the procedure is ongoing.

G.A. is a more complex anesthetic procedure; hence, this must be done by licensed professionals only.

Conscious Sedation

There are a few people who really cannot take the prick of the needle on their gums, the sight of the sharp silver instruments or the burr of the drills. This is why sedatives are used on the patients, helping them alleviate their anxieties and relax during the procedure.
Take note that not all dentists are allowed to put their patients under sedation. Additional certification is required for this.