General dentistry involves diagnosis and treatment of general conditions affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. If you need treatment provided by a dental specialist, Dr. Temesgen considers it part of her responsibility as your general dentist and primary dental healthcare provider to assist you in coordinating that treatment. General dentists can provide overall oral healthcare for patients of all ages. Dr. Temesgen is highly educated and trained to provide a variety of dental services.
At Premier Family Dental in Austin, we believe prevention should be the main objective of general dentistry. We aim to identify and treat problems before they grow to become serious, more painful and more expensive. Regular checkups with us (every 3–6 months), combined with proper home care, will result in better oral health. We believe a healthy body needs a healthy mouth!
Routine & Preventive Care
Individual Consultations & Dental Exams
At Premier Family Dental, we believe your first visit should include quality one-on-one time with the dentist and her team. Dr. Temesgen will review proper home care. She will order necessary X-rays. She will take intraoral pictures to better help you see what she sees, thus allowing you to better understand your prescribed treatment. She will also measure your bone level (periodontal/gum probing) in order to get an idea of your bone and gum health. From this information, Dr. Temesgen will customize your periodontal and restorative dental treatment in order to help you achieve oral health.
Dental Cleanings & Deep Cleanings (When Needed)
At your initial visit with us, Dr. Temesgen will take measurements of your bone and gums (periodontal probing). She uses this information, along with reviewing your X-rays, to diagnose your gum and bone health. A regular dental cleaning, also known as “prophy” or “prophylaxis,” is recommended for a patient in generalized good gingival/gum and bone health. We recommend coming in for these cleanings every six months.
A “deep” cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is usually recommended for a patient with periodontal disease or bone loss. Deep cleanings are probably the most common and also the most conservative treatment for periodontal disease. Once a deep cleaning has been done, we recommend that patients begin a periodontal maintenance schedule of appointments every 3–4 months. A full mouth debridement may be required prior to periodontal probing if a lot of time has passed since the last cleaning and/or if there is a lot of tartar present, preventing accurate assessment of periodontal measurements.
Custom Athletic Mouthguards & Occlusal (Bite) Guard
Many professionals agree that an abnormal bite is among possible causes for bruxism, along with stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, and crooked or missing teeth. Bruxism is the involuntary or habitual grinding together of upper and lower teeth. It often happens during sleep, and it can put unhealthy pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other surrounding structures of the jaw. It can also cause jaw joint disorders, headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, ear pain, tense muscles, and excessive wear on your teeth. An occlusal (bite) guard is the most commonly used treatment method for bruxism. Ask us how an occlusal guard could help you have more peaceful nights and more pain-free days!
Oral Cancer Screenings
We perform oral cancer screenings during exam visits. Dr. Temesgen checks your mouth and throat for red or white patches, swelling, lumps, or other abnormalities. If she sees anything of concern, she’ll then refer you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy that will be sent to a pathologist for evaluation. These screenings are important because oral cancer is actually curable in 80–90% of cases when it is caught in its early stages. We want to help protect your overall health by keeping an eye on your oral health!
We are pleased to develop comprehensive treatment plans to help patients achieve and maintain smiles that maximize their personal health and appearance, including restorative and cosmetic procedures in addition to preventive general dentistry treatments.
Some of the most basic activities in life — including eating, talking, smiling, and laughing — can be challenging for people who are missing teeth, but these can all become easier again with restorative dentistry! The word “restore” means to return something to a former condition. Dr. Temesgen desires not only to restore your smile to its former health, but also to make it look and feel even better than before. From natural-looking dental fillings and crowns to dental implant restorations and dentures, Premier Family Dental offers a range of restorative treatments for patients whose smiles need a second chance.
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored dental fillings, often called “composite fillings,” are made of quartz filler in a resin medium. Composite fillings can be adhesively held in place or “bonded.” Because they can be bonded to teeth, composite fillings allow for more conservative preparations where less healthy tooth structure is removed. This often results in smaller fillings than that of amalgam (silver fillings), and composite fillings are more natural looking. The composite filling is cured with a special light and then the surface is shaped and polished, rendering the final result undetectable to the eye and very natural feeling in the mouth.
Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges
Dental crowns are necessary to restore teeth to their appropriate shape and size once they have been compromised by large fillings, fractures, parafunctional habits, or weakening forces such as intense clenching and grinding. Crowns can be used to attach bridges, cover dental implants, restore seriously discolored or misshapen teeth, and even as a preventive measure to protect a tooth in danger of breaking. Crowns provide added support by completely covering the worn tooth, thereby creating an even disbursement of forces placed on the tooth. Crowns can be made of all-porcelain (ceramic) material, porcelain fused to metal, and gold alloys (high noble).
Because we use CEREC® technology to make crowns in our office, the majority of crowns we make are all-porcelain. However, Dr. Temesgen will assess your dental needs and concerns to determine the best crown option for your customized treatment plan.
Fixed bridges bridge gaps left by one or multiple missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap serve as anchor teeth, also called “abutment teeth.” Each anchor tooth has a crown that attaches to the false tooth/teeth of the bridge. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth with crowns on top, or by implant-supported crowns.
Dentures & Removable Partial Dentures
Dentures have changed significantly over the years. Now there are several options available for denture wearers, offering more stability and comfort. Removable partial dentures are a good option for people who are only missing some of their teeth, but not all their teeth. Removable partial dentures are designed to fit around natural teeth. These dentures can be rigid or flexible, depending on your specific need. Complete dentures can be made and inserted in the mouth either immediately after the removal of remaining teeth (immediate dentures), after the gums have healed for a period of time (conventional dentures), or fixed to the bone by support of implants (implant-supported overdentures). With immediate dentures, measurements are taken and models are made before the removal of teeth so the dentures are ready to be worn immediately after removal of the teeth. Because gums and bones can shrink during healing, immediate dentures often need to be rebased or relined later to continue fitting properly. Once the mouth tissues have completely healed, a conventional denture or an implant-supported overdenture can be prepared and placed.
Even with dentures, good dental hygiene and a balanced diet are very important to help keep the mouth healthy. Brush gums, tongue, and palate daily with a soft toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Dentures should also be brushed daily. Since they are delicate, they must be treated with care and properly stored when not being worn. Over time, dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced as they show signs of age and wear or become loose. Ill-fitting dentures may result in sores and infection that are not only uncomfortable, but that can also cause other health problems. Proper follow-up care is important in order to resolve such areas of discomfort.
If desired, dentures can be fashioned to look like your natural teeth did, to minimize any change in your appearance. And, like millions of other denture wearers, after a little practice and patience, you too can eat foods you love, speak with greater ease, and smile with confidence again!
Contact us now to learn more about how our restorative treatments can give you back your smile.
A healthy, beautiful smile can make life more beautiful. It can raise self-esteem, increase confidence, help you make better first impressions on others, and improve your personal and professional life. There are several subtle yet noticeable ways we can enhance your smile, and there are also more dramatic cosmetic dental treatments, often called “smile makeovers,” that can make the smile of your dreams a reality! Ask us at your visit about the possibilities for your smile.
- Porcelain Veneers
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Crowns & Fixed Bridges
- One Visit Crowns
Get a brilliant, beautiful new smile with a cosmetic appointment.
Periodontal (Gum & Bone) Disease
According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, over 80% of U.S. adults have some form of periodontal disease, ranging from gingivitis to the various forms and stages of periodontitis. The prevalence of periodontal disease increases with age, because teeth wear down and become more sensitive as time passes, gums naturally recede, and systemic conditions and medications can affect oral health.
Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease
If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may have periodontal disease. Other warning signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth, loose teeth caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss, and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various serious health problems.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
If you have any degree of periodontal disease, we want to help. Periodontal disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is still an option and sometimes needed, many cases are now treated with less invasive techniques first, such as deep dental cleanings, local antibiotics, and special mouth rinses.
If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of periodontal disease, call us now to schedule an appointment.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help our patients relax. We want you to get the dental treatment you need and feel at ease during the process. Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of gases that can create feelings of well-being and tranquility when inhaled. Some patients even describe a sense of floating or giddiness, which is why it is called “laughing gas.” This safe and easy dental sedation option helps many people feel comfortable during treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you have felt fearful about dental treatment in the past, you are not alone. We want you to know that such feelings are common and people of any age can experience them. We also want you to know that we can help! Oral conscious sedation dentistry — sometimes referred to as “relaxation dentistry” — is another option we offer to help you become as comfortable as possible through a simple pill. Some people mistakenly call is “sleep dentistry,” but though you will feel very calm and relaxed during treatment, you will still be awake and able to respond. Thanks to oral conscious sedation, more patients can have all necessary treatment completed in one day, and they regain alertness feeling refreshed.
If you have avoided seeing a dentist because of dental anxiety or fear, please call us today to schedule an appointment. We want to help you get the dental treatment you need, just the way you need it.
In addition to making dentistry more efficient and interesting for us, advancements in dental technology also make more comfortable and convenient care possible for patients. New technologies and ever-improving dental treatment methods give patients more choices, too; many times, more affordably than ever before.
Digital X-rays are comfortable for you and they are faster than traditional X-rays, with the images available to be enlarged and viewed on a computer or TV screen within seconds. Digital X-rays are also safe. They can even be used during pregnancy, and some studies cite that they emit up to 90% less radiation! With no chemical processing needed, digital X-rays are a good choice for you and the environment.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages. Many problems with teeth and the surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An X-ray is needed to reveal:
- Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- Deep cavities
- Infections that can develop in the jawbone
- Deep gum disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
Like digital X-rays, digital photographs with our intraoral camera are a diagnostic and patient education tool we think you will appreciate. Using the camera, we can give you a “tour” of your mouth on a TV or computer screen. This shows you what we see, guiding you through your diagnosis and treatment options.
On our end, the camera allows us to visualize more and diagnose issues we might not have been able to see without the up-close view that the intraoral camera gives us.
Call today to schedule an appointment and see how our technology can improve your oral health.