General Dentistry in Skippack, PA
At Skippack Village Dentistry, we believe in total dental care from start to finish, beginning proper oral hygiene education and regular and thorough examinations and deep cleanings, all of which aid patients in the prevention and early treatment of dental problems. For dental problems that need to be addressed, we offer an extensive range of dental services to help restore your mouth to a healthy state.
Dr. Hunter offers the following in general dentistry care:
- Dental exams
- Dental cleaning
- Oral health instruction
- Periodontal (gum) treatment
- Oral cancer screening
- Tooth fillings
- Root canals
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Dental crowns
Regular oral hygiene habits are essential for preventing problems like tooth decay and gum disease. We give our patients thorough instruction on proper oral health routines so that they can maintain optimal dental health.
At Skippack Village Dentistry, we believe that regular dental visits to check the health of your teeth and gums is critical in preventing problems from forming or worsening over time, causing painful and often costly oral health conditions that could have been avoided. This is why we promote the ADA recommendation of a minimum of two dentist visits per year.
Regular dental visits include a thorough exam of your teeth and gums, an oral cancer screening, teeth cleaning, and treatment plans, as needed. We will also discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have. The initial exam will last longer and include a more extensive exam, a consideration of your dental and medical history as well as instruction on proper oral hygiene.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry: digital radiography (X-rays). These X-rays take significantly less time to generate and are safer than traditional X-rays, reducing radiation exposure by 90 percent.
Oral Cancer Screening
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 40,000 people in the U.S. alone were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2014.A person with oral cancer has an 80 to 90 percent survival rate when the cancer is found in its early stages, which is why early detection is critical. As part of your regular exam, Dr. Hunter will perform an oral cancer screening that will help detect irregularities in the teeth, the gums and the rest of the mouth that may indicate cancer.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Getting a dental crown is an essential part of general dentistry. Many dental procedures like a root canal require a post-operative crown to restore the surface of the tooth. Other cases, like broken teeth, or teeth that have suffered severe decay also require the installation of a crown. The crown is custom-made, based on the patient’s exact measurements and is attached using special dental cement. Most crowns require a “temporary” crown while the custom crown is being manufactured offsite. When the crown is complete, the patient then returns to the dentist, has the temporary removed, and is fitted for the permanent crown, which is then cemented into place. Afterward, the crown looks and feels natural.
General Dentistry FAQs
- How often should I see a dentist?
- What should I expect during my appointment?
- What does “painless dentistry” mean?
- What if I have an emergency?
- Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
- What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
Q. How often should I see a dentist?
A. Our practice promotes the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines, which recommend dental visits at least twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings.
Q. What should I expect during my appointment?
A. On your first visit, your exam will last approximately one hour. We will compile your medical and dental history and then provide a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, including an oral cancer screening, taking X-rays of your teeth as needed and completing a TMJ (temporomandibular, or jaw joint) exam. Afterwards, we will review your dental profile and discuss a diagnosis with you. If any treatment is needed, we will discuss your options for treatment, plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist, and discuss fee payment options.
For regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will also discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.
Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?
A. Dr. Hunter provides painless dentistry as a means of ensuring that your experience is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. This includes treatment options that require no local anesthetic and, whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.
Q. What if I have an emergency?
A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you are having a dental emergency. We will be glad to fit you into our schedule during regular business hours. If your emergency occurs after regular hours, over the weekend or during a holiday, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?
A. We offer several forms of teeth whitening: in-office (using the Zoom technique, which takes less than two hours with instant results), overnight or daily (both of which take approximately two weeks, with gradual results over that period of time).
Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.
Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
A. Porcelain veneers or bonding may be good options for you. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.