Preventive Dentistry in Forest Hills
Keeping smiles whole and healthy for life is the top priority for Forest Hills dentist, Robert Miller, DMD and his dedicated dentistry team. We work hard to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment. Our team offers personalized, friendly care, a number of patient comforts and amenities, and a variety of sedation dentistry options to help patients achieve their ideal state of relaxation during dental care. Regular preventive dentistry helps patients avoid more complex and potentially painful treatments, so even if you have dental anxiety, regular checkups might save you time, money, and discomfort in the future. Contact our team to find out more or schedule an appointment with us today.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Dental checkups with Robert Miller, DMD and his dedicated team are different than those you've probably experienced before. Our dentist and team go above and beyond to ensure patients feel completely comfortable from start to finish. Our treatment philosophy is to address the whole patient: heart, head, and health. We start by getting to know you, your concerns, fears, and other emotional barriers that may stand between you and your ideal smile. Then, we discuss the details. What will make you feel at ease? What are your goals? What are your options? Finally, we take time to create a treatment plan that meets all of your needs while allowing you to remain comfortable. We promise you won’t be rushed from room to room or treated like just another number. We take time to ensure every aspect of your dental checkup and professional cleaning is comfortable and effective. These regular checkups help our team keep patients’ smile whole and healthy avoiding potentially painful, time consuming, and costly procedures later on.
Gum Disease Treatment
Most people associate dentistry with care of the teeth, but did you know that care of the gums, and the underlying bone, is also very important for good health? Gums maintain the position and stability of teeth. Like the teeth, gums are susceptible to problems, which are labeled as gum disease (periodontal disease). About 80% of American adults, and many children, have some level of gum disease. Sometimes, the symptoms are easy to recognize: bleeding, sensitive, red, or swollen gum tissue. However, in other cases, there are no symptoms and the problem is diagnosed in the course of a thorough dental examination.
If left untreated, gum disease may lead to other problems of soft tissue and the underlying supportive bone. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, as well. Recent studies link the condition with increased risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, low birth weight, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and other serious health concerns.
Your regular checkups and cleanings allow our team to take a proactive approach to oral health. At your checkups, Dr. Miller will assess your existing dental work, search for new or potential tooth damage, and inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer and gum disease. During cleanings, our hygienist removes built up plaque, tartar, and decaying food particles from teeth. She'll also record information about your gums so we can analyze your gum health over time.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease – whether mild gingivitis or invasive periodontitis – Dr. Miller and our hygienist will provide prompt, comfortable therapy to reverse damage and restore optimal periodontal health.
Fiber therapy is a new non-surgical procedure, which can treat some gum infections and help to save natural teeth. It is specifically designed to treat localized problematic areas of the gum.
As a non-surgical adjunct, we use one of the leading periodontal fiber therapies, Actisite. The tiny fiber, about as thick as dental floss, is gently placed into the infected space between the gum and tooth, then secured with a dental adhesive to keep it in place for about 10 days. The fiber releases an antibiotic into the pocket to kill bacteria and relieve infection. If the antibiotic successfully treats the gum infection, the patient will experience a reduction in the depth of the pocket and the area will be easier to keep healthy.
Dental Care for the Medically-Involved Patient
For the person who lives with long-term or chronic illness, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or Parkinson's disease, many aspects of life may be complicated including routine dental care. Dr. Miller and our team have the knowledge and experience of coordinating dental care when medical professionals or equipment are involved.
- Heart patients - During dental treatment, a patient with hypertension, a pacemaker, or a cardiac arrhythmia can be monitored with an electrogram, as well as continued checks on blood pressure and pulse rate.
- Diabetics - Diabetics can be monitored during treatment by frequent testing of blood sugar levels.
- Parkinson's disease - Proper pre-medication or co-medication can control the symptoms of Parkinson's disease so that dental treatment can be successfully completed.
- Alzheimer's - For patients with early or advanced Alzheimer's disease, sedation prior to dental treatment may be necessary, even for simple procedures. The choice of sedative medication should be made by the dentist, in conjunction with the patient's physician. More extensive dental treatment, such as fillings, gum treatment, and extractions, can be performed under IV sedation. Dr. Miller's training in dentistry and anesthesiology reduces the strain and pain of dental care for the patient with Alzheimer's disease.
Our team is equipped to provide comprehensive dental care to medically compromised and special needs patients. Learn more about sedation dentistry here. We work with patients, caregivers, families, and medical professionals to ensure optimal results. Various levels of sedation dentistry can improve the experience and results, and Dr. Miller offers sedation in our Forest Hills dental office.