You may not realize that when you visit your dentist at Lynn Dental Care, we are not just caring for your oral health. We are also caring for your overall health. In fact, current research shows a direct link between the health of your mouth and your overall health. When you are a patient at our office, your complete health is our top priority and we want to be a part of your integrated healthcare team. This holistic care begins with oral health because your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. We are leading the way in preventative care – not just cavity prevention.
At Lynn Dental Care, we understand that great oral health is the foundation for a stunning smile. We work with our patients, helping them develop good habits, which are essential for the prevention of infection, cavities, and other problems. Dr. D. Brock Lynn is an experienced north Dallas dentist with extensive training. He provides comprehensive dental care for residents of Dallas, Texas. Whether you need a minor procedure such as filling a cavity, or complex issue such as TMJ disorder, Dr. Lynn has the expertise to provide top quality treatment. Contact our Lynn Dental Care Dallas office today to schedule a consultation.
Cracks, chips, and other minor tooth damage can usually be repaired quickly and simply using dental bonding. For this procedure, a biocompatible resin material is placed directly on the tooth, then shaped and hardened. It is comfortable, conservative, long lasting, and usually completed in just one appointment. Dr. Lynn can also use this technique to alter the length or shape of teeth. The appearance of bonding material mimics that of tooth enamel for a beautiful result.
Our goal here at Lynn Dental Care is to preserve oral health while optimizing aesthetics. Cosmetic fillings are a safe and natural looking alternative to silver amalgam. Lynn Dental Care has been mercury free since 1993. These fillings can strengthen a compromised tooth, and they may last longer than alternative materials. Dr. Lynn also takes proactive measures to preserve the teeth, using a laser-assisted technology known as DIAGNOdent to detect decay early on.
Inlays and Onlays
These restorations provide a solution for teeth that do not require a dental crown but have too much damage for a simple filling. They are custom made of high strength porcelain, and very little tooth preparation is needed. Inlays, also called indirect fillings, are used on the inside of a tooth. Onlays, also known as partial crowns, cover one or more cusps (tips) of the tooth. Inlays or onlays can help protect a tooth from further damage, decrease sensitivity, and restore aesthetics.
Dental sealants are used to help prevent the enamel erosion that leads to cavities. Dr. Lynn places this tooth colored coating on tooth surfaces that are especially susceptible to infection. This simple procedure seals out bacteria, acid, and other harmful substances, helping the patient avoid the need for more time-consuming and costly dental treatment in the future.
Endodontic treatment, usually referred to as root canal therapy, is a dental procedure that is focused on the nerve of the tooth. If an infection spreads to the tooth’s root, Dr. Lynn will perform treatment to save the tooth and avoid extraction. This treatment will vary based on the severity of the infection and location of the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy causes minimal discomfort thanks to modern techniques and the use of anesthesia.
Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Therapy)
When it comes to dental care, early detection of cavities and decay is vital to preserving oral health while preventing infection and the need for more extensive oral surgery. Infection occurs when a cavity becomes especially deep or if there is trauma to the tooth. The root canal of the tooth consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue which, when infected, can compromise a tooth’s structure, increase bone loss in the jaw, and cause persistent pain. Endodontic treatment, usually referred to as root canal therapy, focuses on the nerve of the tooth and may be necessary for salvaging the remaining tooth structure and avoiding extraction.
How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?
Lynn Dental Care performs root canal therapy to eliminate infection and minimize damage to the surrounding tooth. Our Dallas dentistry team uses expert knowledge in sedation dentistry and local anesthetics to make this process much less painful than you might expect. During an initial endodontic treatment appointment, Dr. Lynn will examine your mouth to determine the degree of infection and decide if you need a procedure. The following are preliminary indicators that you may need root canal therapy:
- Persistent toothaches
- Discomfort when chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling of the gums
- Bad breath or foul taste in the mouth
- Fever—in severe cases
If you need treatment, the Lynn Dental Care team will seal the canal to prevent further infection and potentially add a crown for the sake of added strength and appearance. Endodontic treatment is the only way to save a natural tooth once an infection gets into the root. Root canal therapy also prevents infection from spreading to your gums. This procedure will increase your comfort and prevent bone deterioration. Conversely, extraction can cause jaw misalignment. Contact Lynn Dental Care for a free consultation if you experience symptoms of root infection.
Healthy gums are essential for healthy teeth and overall health. However, many people neglect their gums and do not brush or floss regularly. Dr. Lynn is experienced in both diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases. He is one of only a few doctors in the Dallas area who is both board certified in periodontics and a general practitioner, making him uniquely equipped to treat all of your dental needs. Dr. Lynn was the first Board Certified Periodontist to offer Periolase treatments.
TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is a complex condition affecting the jaw joints. It can lead to headaches, neck pain, difficulty or pain when chewing, and excess wear on the teeth resulting from grinding. After a comprehensive examination, Dr. Lynn will devise a customized TMJ treatment plan designed to alleviate discomfort and help heal the joint.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Dr. Lynn understands that early detection is the key to successful treatment and speedy recovery from oral cancer. We incorporate oral cancer screening into every appointment. The Velscope is a handheld light that is shone around the mouth to pinpoint possible risk areas, which will appear darker than healthy tissue. This is one of the most advanced screening methods available today.
Metal Free Dentistry
In the past, most restorations from cosmetic dental clinics came in the form of metal dental crowns, usually made of gold or amalgam. These materials may present a problem for patients with specific allergies. Additionally, many people express concerns regarding other potential health issues that have been raised in recent years. Of equal concern for many Lynn Dental Care patients is the appearance of dental crowns.
Beautiful smiles have been prized throughout history, and more so in today’s society than ever before. Very few people want the look of gold crowns or silver fillings. Thankfully, advances in modern dental materials have rendered metal unnecessary for most applications. At Lynn Dental Care in Dallas, Texas, we are proud to offer a wide array of metal free, cosmetic restorations.
Cosmetic Restorations Available at Lynn Dental Care
One of the fastest, most conservative methods of restoring teeth with minor damage is dental bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin is applied directly to the tooth surface and sculpted as necessary. It can be used to repair cracked or chipped teeth, as well as filling cavities. The material can be sculpted to alter the length or shape of a tooth for aesthetic enhancement. The composite material provides a natural appearance, mimicking tooth enamel. After Dr. Lynn has finished shaping the material, he will polish and harden it for a beautiful, long-lasting restoration.
Our goal at Lynn Dental Care is preserving your oral health; however, we are mindful of aesthetics with every procedure we perform. Cosmetic fillings are colored to match your teeth for an indiscernible restoration. They are safe and longer lasting than amalgam fillings. Cosmetic fillings strengthen the tooth structure, and they can last longer than alternatives. Dr. Lynn also takes proactive measures to preserve the teeth, using a laser-assisted technology known as DIAGNOdent to detect decay early on.
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns
Lynn Dental Care offers porcelain crowns and offers porcelain veneers, and uses porcelain for many other dental restorations. It is considered by many to be the ideal dental material because it is hard, strong, and beautiful. The surface has opalescence and light handling properties that mimic tooth enamel very closely. Traditionally, it was considered too brittle for many applications, but today’s advanced dental porcelains have superior strength and beauty.
If you are interested in these or other beautiful, metal free dental options call Lynn Dental Care in Dallas, Texas, at 855-596-0728 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Lynn to discuss your options.
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General Dentistry Options from Lynn Dental Care
Dr. Lynn and his dental team are passionate about caring for your complete oral health, and offer a full range of treatments to preserve your vibrant smile. If you are interested in learning more about any of the general dentistry procedures that we offer, please contact our Lynn Dental Care office today to schedule a consultation.