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Dentist in Holland

Dentist in Holland

Dental accidents happen. Maybe you broke a tooth during a fall from your bike yesterday. Or maybe that cavity just got out of hand and burrowed its way deep into your tooth. Whatever the circumstances, pulp (the soft tissue inside teeth that contains blood vessels and nerves) can be damaged beyond hope of repair a number of ways, the only viable treatment option being root canal therapy to alleviate pain and avoid infection. Chances are you’re dreading the procedure, even though you may not know exactly what’s involved. This is perfectly natural, but our Holland dentists of Lakeside Smiles have found that education tends to take the edge off medical-related anxiety. If you come to us for a root canal, we want you to come knowing what to expect.

Painless Root Canals Holland

Painless Root Canals Holland

At the outset, it’s important to have a basic picture in your head of what the inside of a tooth looks like. Each of the teeth in your mouth has four basic parts that are arranged in concentric layers. In the same way that the planet Earth has a crust on the outside, a mantle further down and core at the very center; teeth have enamel on the outside, dentin a little further down and then the pulp. Normally when you have a cavity, all our Holland dentist has to do is drill a hole into damaged enamel or dentin to get rid of the decayed lesion and then fill the hole in. It’s relatively simple business. But when your pulp gets damaged — whether due to trauma or an especially bad cavity — the experts here at Lakeside Smiles will need to take somewhat more drastic measures, namely, we’ll need to perform a root canal. We’ll start off the procedure by giving you a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout the operation. Second, we’ll drill a hole wide enough and deep enough to allow our Holland dentist access to the damaged pulp. Next, we’ll use specially-designed files to scrape the pulp not only out of the center of your tooth, but also out of the roots of your teeth. Finally, once everything’s cleaned out, the space left behind by the filing will be packed with a rubber compound, and the initial hole we drilled will be filled like a normal cavity.

Our Holland dentists of Lakeside Smiles know that the injuries and oral disease that lead to root canals are no fun. Thankfully, though, we are experts at performing the root canal itself, which should give you peace of mind.

Root Canal Therapy Holland
571 Michigan Avenue
Holland, Michigan 49423
616-604-4937

Holland Cosmetic Dentist

Holland Cosmetic Dentist

Cavities! You can do a lot to avoid them, particularly in regular brushing, flossing, avoiding sweets, and coming to our Holland cosmetic dentist for periodic dental exams, x-rays, and professional cleanings. But if you do get a cavity, you’ll want to get your dental fillings at Lakeside Smiles. Here, Dr. Michael E. Myers and Dr. Katherine Vanderwal provide you not only with the best options in fillings, from more traditional choices like amalgam and composite, but we also work with the newer ceramic and plastic compounds. These more modern filling materials look more like your natural teeth. Our dentists will consult with you on which type is best for you and your unique circumstances.

Holland Dental Exams

Holland Dental Exams

The best dental care begins with prevention. Dental plaque can build up between your teeth and cause tooth decay. Left untreated, that tooth decay will become a cavity. Our Holland cosmetic dentist will discuss the best strategies for staying on top of this at home. Proper brushing technique is essential, as is thorough flossing. Using dental rinses can be very helpful, too. Combining a smart at home plan goes hand in hand with regular dental checkups. Even the most diligent person can get plaque. Professional dental cleaning will find and eliminate that plaque. An exam and x-rays will ensure that you have no tooth decay that needs attention. And if you do, we’re at the ready to make it as comfortable and painless as possible.

If you need a filling, our Holland cosmetic dentist will numb the affected area and then remove the decayed part of the tooth. After ensuring that all of the decay is gone, the next step is to clean the area of any bacteria and debris. If you’re getting tooth-colored filings, those are applied in layers and are just a little more involved than a standard filling.

Choosing the right filling material is will be between our Holland cosmetic dentist and you Such factors as which tooth and the location of the filling will play into the decision as will your personal preferences regarding appearance. You can count on our Holland cosmetic dentist to assist you in making cavities a rarity, and making your fillings simple and easy on you when yo do get a cavity.

Holland Dental Checkups
571 Michigan Avenue
Holland, Michigan 49423
616-604-4937