Category Archives: Orthodontist

Fluoride Treatment

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Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.  The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Fluoride works in two ways:

Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay.  We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.  Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums.  We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies.  It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician.  Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years.  It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests.  If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.  Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  • Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
  • Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
  • Recent history of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay!  It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

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Digital X-Rays

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Digital radiography (digital X-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays.  This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of X-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems more easily.  Digital X-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental X-rays.

Dental X-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without X-rays, problem areas can go undetected.

Dental X-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental X-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Digital X-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.  Not only are digital X-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the X-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  These precautions include only taking those X-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary X-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Diagnodent

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Tooth decay can be extremely painful and puts the teeth at risk. Many extractions and restorative treatments are performed every single day because tooth decay has become too severe for the tooth to be saved.  Diagnodent® is a safe fluorescent laser that detects hidden tooth decay accurately, quickly, and in its earliest stages.

All dentists are advocates for healthy, natural teeth. Restoration devices like crowns and bridges are popular because they allow the natural tooth to remain in the mouth.  Diagnodent® accurately exposes areas of tooth decay without scratching, probing, or “opening up the tooth.”  This provides a greater chance of identifying, treating, and retaining a natural tooth without the need for expensive and time-consuming restorations.

How can Diagnodent® help me?

Diagnodent® accurately exposes more caries than X-rays and examinations.  In fact, this revolutionary diagnostic tool is over 90% accurate. Sometimes, caries “go underground” due to fluoridation.  This essentially means that lesions that once lay on the surface of the tooth bed down, and remain invisible to the naked eye.  Because Diagnodent® exposes caries earlier, more treatment options are possible.

Here are some of the other benefits associated with Diagnodent®:

  • Allows dentists to perform treatment with greater confidence.
  • Allows for the investigation of suspicious areas.
  • Completely safe.
  • Cost effective.
  • Empirically measurable results.
  • Helps reduce future dental procedures.
  • More accurate than any other diagnostic tool.
  • No exposure to X-rays.
  • No need for invasive investigations.
  • No pain or scratching.

What does the Diagnodent® process involve?

The Diagnodent® process is performed within the scope of a regular dental checkup.  It is strikingly similar to having a laser pointer aimed at the teeth.  Diagnodent® is a hi-tech tool, which first scans a clean tooth surface with a laser beam.  This scanning procedure serves to calibrate the instrument by providing information about the tooth structure.

The Diagnodent® System is actually measuring the amount of laser fluorescence within the tooth.  As each tooth is scanned, the amount of reflected laser light is recorded to produce a digital readout.  If the tooth contains little or no decay, little or no laser light will be reflected back to the instrument.  However, if a tooth contains caries of any significance, more laser light is reflected back.  High readings (compared to the tooth originally scanned) indicate that caries are present within the structure of a particular tooth.  The amount of laser light reflected back correlates with the amount of decay within the tooth.

Once we determine which teeth are suffering from decay, a plan can be formulated and treatment options can be discussed.  In most cases, the early detection of caries means more treatment options and a greater chance of saving the affected tooth.

If you have any questions about Diagnodent®, please contact our office.

Welcome

Welcome to All NeedZ Dental in Kountze and now in Silsbee, Texas – Serving Hardin County

Welcome to All NeedZ Dental, your home for comprehensive dentistry in Kountze, TX, and Silsbee, TX, serving the surrounding areas of Village Mills, Evadale, Lumberton, Buna, Warren, Fred, Spurger, Batson, Votaw, and Honey Island. Our experience and commitment to patient care allows our team — Dr. Craig Worsley, Dr. Zach Worsley, Dr. Loftin, and Dr. Matouk — to help you achieve renewed oral health and improved confidence.

Caring for all of Your Dental Needs

Our staff of general dentists provides comprehensive care that prevents the need to visit other dental offices for specialized procedures. All NeedZ Dental offers big city technology in a comfortable, small town atmosphere.

Our treatments include:

• Cosmetic Dentistry
• Dental Implants
• IV Sedation
• Root Canal Therapy
• Teeth Extraction
• Dentures
• Same-Day Crowns
• Fast Braces®

At All NeedZ Dental, our treatments fit every member of your family, from children as young as three years of age who need preventive care and teeth cleanings, to senior dental patients who need complex restorations.  With special training and certifications that include IV sedation, our Kountze and Silsbee dentists can effectively help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

Our Dentists Put Your Comfort First

During new exams, we help patients familiarize themselves with our team by giving tours of our large office and accommodating treatment space. Your first examination includes a full set of digital diagnostic images and a thorough consultation on your oral health, including teeth and gums. In developing treatment plans, we have a platinum rule: we do to you what you would like to have done — no unnecessary over-treatment or up-selling on services.

At our Kountze Office we even offer a full comfort menu where patients can choose to have a massage chair, music of their preference, blanket, or a refreshing bottle of water as well as a full range of sedation options. All of our 12 operatories are private rooms with doors for privacy and personal attention. With three experienced doctors and four hygienists on staff, we can care for as many patients as needed, without keeping you waiting. Drs. Worsley, Loftin, and Matouk, take treatment at a patient’s pace, paying careful attention to your comfort at all times.  At our Silsbee office we are quickly upgrading with digital imaging and modern technologies.  Dr. Zach Worsley is also IV sedation certified for the ultimate in treatment comfort.

Visit our Kountze or Silsbee Dental Offices Today!

Our dentists make it easy to get all of the care you need in one of our offices. We welcome patients from all over Hardin County, including  the communities of Kountze, Honey Island, Evadale, Silsbee, Village Mills, Lumberton, Fred, and Warren.