Dr. Donald T. Walters, DDS
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Dental Procedures

Southside Dental Care offers
the following dental services:

• General Dentistry
• Cosmetic Dentistry
• Zoom Whitening
• Implants
• Bridges
• Crowns
• Bonding
• Veneers
• Perio
• Children's Dentistry
• Hygiene

DESCRIPTIONS FOR EACH PROCEDURE:

General Dentistry

A visit to the dentist's office isn't just about checking for cavities anymore – there have been incredible advancements in the field of dentistry, and we have responded by expanding our range of custom dental care services to suit your needs. Our office specializes in:

* Dental Cleanings
* Cancer Screenings
* Fluoride Treatments
* Dental X-Rays
* Regular Check-Ups

We are always at the forefront of the latest research in dentistry and use the most up-to-date methods and technology to help our patients' achieve their desired smiles. At Southside Dental Care, we frequently perform a wide variety of general dental procedures, so you can rest assured that your needs will be expertly performed by Dr. Walters. With an arsenal of state-of-the-art equipment and an expert multidisciplinary staff dedicated to your dental health, we are in a unique position to offer best-in-class dental care.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Innovations in dental technology have made a trip to the dentist's an entirely new experience for millions of Americans - thanks to a relatively new field called cosmetic dentistry.

The main goal of traditional dentistry is to keep your teeth healthy and free of disease and decay; cosmetic dentistry takes oral hygiene to a whole new level, with a concentration on enhancing the overall look of your teeth. With cosmetic dentistry, even getting a cavity filled can be an opportunity to improve your smile. Our office specializes in:

* Dental Implants
* Veneers
* Bonding
* Teeth Whitening
* Dental Crowns
* Dental Bridges

The smile is our window to the world, and it's the first thing that makes an impression on people we meet. So it's no wonder that more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry for corrective procedures and aesthetic enhancement.

So whether you want to fix a chipped tooth or get a complete smile makeover, we can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

Zoom Whitening

Tooth Whitening is a well-established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Hydrogen Peroxide, the active agent in ZOOM!®, has also been used safely for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissue. The whitening process is effective on most discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, are more difficult to whiten. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth.

Implants

When it comes to replacing one or more teeth in your mouth, a dental implant is often the treatment of choice and is also one of the most conservative treatments for tooth replacement. Implants are biocompatible posts that replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are physically and biologically designed to attach to your jaw bone and become the foundation for a natural looking restoration.

Your new tooth or teeth will have excellent stability and strength, and will look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental Implants help to:

* Replace Missing Teeth
* Repair Damaged Teeth
* Improve Overall Smile & Boost Confidence

If you think dental implants may be right for you, please contact us.

Bridges

We will prescribe a bridge when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. Bridges can be made from three types of material, solid gold for reliable long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and beauty, and high-strength metal-free porcelain for optimum cosmetic results. With proper care, your new bridge will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.

Crowns

Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, it might be necessary to:

* Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
* Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
* Get a complete "makeover" on the affected tooth

For cases like these, a crown is the most logical option.

While inlays and outlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth - which is why they are sometimes referred to as "caps." A part of your tooth remains but is essentially "rebuilt" to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.

While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth - not simply for cosmetic purposes.

Bonding

Bonding is a quick and easy way to repair minor faults in a tooth – whether from discoloration, cracking, or chipping. Unlike other procedures, all the materials are available in the office – no waiting for molds and custom-fitted devices – and unless the repair is being done on a decayed tooth, no anesthesia is necessary.

The procedure is as follows:

1. The tooth is cleaned and prepped for bonding.
2. The proper color resin is chosen to match the tooth exactly.
3. The resin, a malleable composite material, is applied to the tooth, molded into place, and as it hardens, it is smoothed out and polished to resemble the rest of that tooth as well as neighboring teeth.
4. You're done! Simply stay away from foods and beverages that can stain the resin for 48 hours, and your bonding will last for years.

See if bonding is right for your dental needs today.

Veneers

Veneers are used by our dentists for a variety of cosmetic applications, including:

* Repair of small chips or cracks
* Filling of unsightly spaces
* Making teeth even and uniform
* Covering severe dullness or discoloration

Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers, ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.

Veneers are made from either porcelain or a resin composite, either at our dental lab or in the office. When a veneer is used for repairing just one tooth or a small number of teeth the color is matched to your other teeth after a professional cleaning.

The procedure for veneer applications is performed over two visits. The first visit is crucial, as that is when your teeth are examined and the overall health of your mouth is determined as being acceptable for veneers. Then, we work with you in choosing the proper color and advise you of what you can expect once the veneers are applied to the teeth.

Also during this first visit, we prepare your teeth for the veneers and make a mold of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. If possible, we'll fit you with temporary veneers so you can get a better idea of what to expect.

Perio

Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily.

For more information on periodontics or the schedule an appointment call Southside Dental Care at 360-752-9000.

Children's Dentistry

Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive, and less expensive, treatment for your child and it begins with the first tooth.

Tooth decay is the most prevalent oral disease among children. A child's first visit to the dentist should be as early as two and a half years old. Tooth cleaning and polishing and fluoride treatments are all part of your child's first visit.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.

Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child's brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums. Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable. It takes only one visit.

Hygiene

The basis of sound dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize cleanings on the basis of your periodontal, (gums and bone), health. We utilize medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas if necessary. Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.

Sealants should be used as part of a child's total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. It is an easy three-step process: We clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. A special cleansing liquid, on a tiny piece of cotton, is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.

Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes.

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