As your family and cosmetic dentist in Oklahoma City, Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry offers a wide range of Preventative, Cosmetic and Restorative dental services perfect for patients of all ages. To keep our patients looking and feeling their best, we only use the latest and most advanced dental care technology available. If you’re looking for a dentist in OKC, Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry can provide the oral health care you need in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
Preventative Dental Care
Our staff at Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry strives to ensure every patient enjoys a lifetime of quality oral health. While it’s easy to think of your oral health as only pertaining to your teeth and gums, recent research has found surprising links between an individual’s oral health and his or her overall health. Studies have found that individuals who suffer from gum disease have a significantly higher risk of developing a range of chronic illnesses that include heart disease, diabetes, dementia, depression, stroke and oral cancer. While researchers continue to explore what links poor oral health to these serious illnesses, it’s clear that protecting your oral health needs to become a top priority.
Enjoying a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums requires practicing quality daily oral hygiene, which includes:
- Brushing at least twice a day. Brushing at least twice a day is recommended by the American Dental Association. While brushing after every meal would be ideal, brushing for at least two minutes in the morning and again before bed will help remove harmful bacteria and lingering food particles that cause tooth decay.
- Floss daily. To many within the oral health community flossing plays a more important role in protecting the health of your teeth and gums than brushing. That’s because flossing removes bacteria and food particles from between teeth and below the gum line, areas of the mouth your toothbrush cannot easily reach. Even if you don’t enjoy flossing or don’t think you have the time, flossing before brushing your teeth at night or after meals will make a huge difference to your long-term oral health.
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing helps to eliminate oral bacteria from the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth easily missed when brushing. While not as important as brushing and flossing, rinsing with mouthwash will more throughly clean your teeth while also providing fresher, better-smelling breath.
While practicing these daily oral hygiene habits will help to dramatically improve your oral and overall health, enjoying outstanding oral health requires scheduling regular checkups and cleanings with our OKC dentists at Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry.
Dental Exams & Digital X-Rays
Receiving regular dental exams and cleanings ranks as a vital part of maintaining and improving your oral health. Regular dental exams allow our OKC dentists to monitor your oral health and spot any signs of decay or disease early on while still easily treatable. Early detection provides our dentists with the opportunity to treat these types of oral health conditions more effectively, so any damage to your oral health can be repaired and future problems prevented.
Our dentists typically recommend that patients visit our office every six months. However, patients that suffer from certain types of oral health conditions such as dry mouth, gum disease or severe tooth decay may require more frequent exams. Patients suffering from an existing medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes may also need to receive more regular cleanings and exams.
The grooves in our teeth make an excellent place for food and bacteria to hide. These areas of the mouth can also be difficult to adequately clean, especially for younger patients who don’t possess the manual dexterity or focus necessary to brush properly. To prevent decay in at-risk areas like the back molars our dentists can apply tooth sealants to effectively “seal” the deep grooves and protect tooth enamel from plaque.
This simple and discomfort-free procedure be be completed in just one visit. By applying a simple tooth-colored acrylic coating directly to the surfaces of the at-risk teeth, younger patients can have their risk of tooth decay dramatically reduced. Tooth sealants are safe and require only a few minutes for application. Sealants are also incredibly durable and can least several years before a reapplication is needed.
One look at the amazing results offered by teeth whitening treatments and it’s easy to understand why teeth whitening has become the most popular and commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure in the U.S.
Teeth whitening is a simple and safe procedure that provides patients with the option of whitening either their top teeth or both their top and bottom rows. With the advanced Zoom Whitening treatments offered at Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry, our dentist can transform your teeth into a shade noticeably whiter after just one treatment!
Schedule an appointment with our staff at Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry to see if your teeth are healthy enough to receive whitening treatments.
Dental bonding uses a resin applied to the front or back teeth to lighten stains, close minor gaps, correct crooked teeth or restore teeth effected by decay. After preparing a tooth for treatment, a bonding resin is placed on top and the tooth is then shaped and contoured to improve the appearance of your smile. Finally, the tooth is cured with a high-intensity light before the surface of the tooth is polished.
Tooth bonding generally lasts from three to five years before repair is necessary. Tooth bonding can often completed in just one visit. If you want to have the appearance of your teeth significantly improved so you feel better and more confident about the state of your smile then dental bonding is right for you!
Restorative Dental Care
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp – the delicate interior of a tooth – becomes infected or inflamed. The infection or inflammation can have a variety of causes: tooth decay, repeated treatment to the tooth, broken or defective crowns, or a chip or crack in the tooth.
During a root canal, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and sterilized, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. Following the treatment, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.