Routine Care

Cleanings

A routine cleaning (prophylaxis) focuses on preventive dental care and the maintenance of healthy teeth and oral tissues by the removal of calculus, plaque, and common stains. Typically performed twice a year by a Registered Dental Hygienist, your “prophy” is completed in one appointment. At this appointment you’ll likely have an examination performed by the dentist and dental x-rays may be used to identify tooth decay and bone loss. Catching tooth decay early is critical to preventing more severe dental concerns.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is naturally occurring in nature. With the correct amount, fluoride can help minimize the effects of acid on teeth which ultimately helps prevent cavities from starting. Townships often add fluoride to the drinking water to gain its oral health benefits, but families that get there water from a well or bottled water, often do not get enough fluoride. We strongly recommend the use of fluoride treatments for most patients as it can give a boost to your teeth to help prevent cavities and reduce sensitivity. For more information, the American Dental Association has more information at www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation/ada-fluoridation-policy

Teeth Whitening

At Mauthe & Associates, we have many tooth whitening options for a brighter smile. Whether your teeth are stained from smoking, coffee, tea, or soda drinking, or they’re just not as naturally bright as you’d like, we can help. Talk to your dentist before starting any whitening plan. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile:

  • Tooth Whitening Toothpastes – All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Look for the ADA Seal for safe whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents to provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike in-office or at-home tooth whitening products from your dentist, these types of ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.
  • In-Office Whitening – This procedure is often called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.
  • At-Home Whitening – At-home whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agents from over-the-counter sources is typically lower than what your dentist would offer.

Fillings

When treating a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

  • Composite Filling or Dental Bonding – A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide durability for small to medium cavities. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look. A composite filling can be used to restore a cavity in a decaying tooth, to repair a chipped tooth or broken tooth, to replace amalgam fillings or for decreasing the gap between teeth with dental bonding.
  • Amalgam filling – Amalgam fillings (sometimes referred to as “silver fillings” because of their color), once the standard in cavity restoration, are now used quite sparingly. An amalgam may be used in an area that cannot be kept dry enough to place a composite filling. Amalgam fillings are effective in filling cavities in a moist environment.

Root Canals

A root canal is a simple treatment that can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for a dental implant or a bridge.

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp within the tooth becomes infected. This can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as a visible crack or damage to the tooth, swelling of the tissue near the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, Mauthe & Associates DDS may recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. We will either perform the procedure at our office, or refer you to an endodontist.

The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in greater than 90% of cases. We use local anesthesia to eliminate pain and reduce discomfort. Once the nerve is removed from the tooth, there will be no more pain within the tooth.

Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. Most commonly, the tooth will be best restored with a crown.

Extractions

Tooth extraction is the most common oral surgery procedure. Modern dental techniques and technology allow us to save teeth that would have been pulled in years past. Pulling a tooth is considered a last resort in dental treatment today. While pulling a tooth seems simple, our team of dental experts will focus on your comfort and make the process as pain-free as possible.

Dentures

When tooth loss becomes impossible to prevent, removable dentures are a suitable course of treatment for many people. Dentures are made to look as natural as possible. Dentures are made from a special acrylic base that helps prevent the denture from shrinking and warping.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a limited number of teeth, and not an entire set. Partial dentures are a single piece fitting that is supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They are much more secure than standard full dentures, and are more comfortable.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

The pinhole surgical technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. For more information, you can go to www.pinholesurgicaltechnique.com/Consumer-site/

Botox

Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is a purified protein that is administered in a simple, non-surgical procedure to temporarily reduce moderate to severe wrinkles and frown lines around the eyes and forehead. Botox has been used for cosmetic purposes for nearly 20 years, with no significant side effects and little or no recovery time, and its safety is unparalleled.

Dr. Mauthe recently completed his continuing education courses at the Esthetic Skin Institute in Chicago, and is now certified to administer Botox. We would be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation visit with Dr. Mauthe, at which time you would discuss your cosmetic concerns and address any questions you may have regarding treatment, costs, etc. You may also visit www.botoxcosmetic.com for additional information.