In recent years, more and more studies have shown that good overall health has a direct connection to good oral health.
In fact, when you do not take care of your mouth, you can put your entire body at risk for serious diseases such as heart problems, stroke, and some kinds of cancer. When you come in to the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings, you can easily stay ahead of dental issues that can get worse and impact your entire body.
Are you looking for a dentist who will take care of you as well as your family?
Dr. John S. Kittrell can meet the majority of your dental needs in just one office. Whatever stage in life you are at, we want to help preserve your healthy smile with our general dentistry services.
Preventive Dentistry Means Healthy Mouths and Healthy Bodies
When it comes to dentistry, prevention is key, and routine cleanings and checkups make that possible.
During twice-yearly cleanings, we can remove bacteria and plaque from those areas you simply cannot reach with a toothbrush and dental floss. With examinations, we can detect changes in your teeth and gums when they are at their earliest—and most easily treatable—stages.
We also perform an oral cancer screening of the soft tissue of the mouth, which is critical to early detection of oral cancer. For this purpose, we have a new piece of technology called a Velscope. This high-tech device is a powerful way for us to detect oral abnormalities early on.
Restorative Dentistry Preserves Dental Health
Even if you are practicing good oral care at home, problems can still occur. If you have teeth that are infected or decayed or you are missing teeth, we might recommend the following treatments to improve both the form and function of your teeth:
Root canals—Although it is one of the most feared procedures in dentistry, its reputation is undeserved. Root canal therapy should should get more credit! We take great care to perform comfortable root canals, and a root can save your tooth.
When the pulp of your tooth is infected, the tissue needs to be removed, and the empty canal left behind needs to be cleaned and filled to prevent more problems. The tooth structure that remains after a root canal is covered with a natural-looking crown, which blends in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth and strengthens what is left of the treated tooth.
Tooth extractions—If a root canal or other treatment isn’t possible and a tooth simply cannot be saved, removing it might be the best answer. This is done generally as a last resort, and we can discuss options to fill in the gap left behind, ensuring the health of your remaining teeth.
Dentures—Dentures restore your smile after tooth loss, making sure you can feel self-confident about your appearance once again. With dentures, you will also be able to eat and speak properly.
Fillings—When decay is present in your teeth, we offer traditional amalgam fillings as well as more modern tooth-colored composites. Fillings will stop the decay from worsening.
We Welcome All Ages
From kids who are experiencing their first time in the dental chair to an older patient visiting the dentist in their wheelchair to young and middle-aged adults in between, we can accommodate patients of all ages and needs.
With children, we want to ensure good hygiene habits are established early; in addition, we want to make sure they feel good about visiting the dentist. We offer a number of treatments to protect young teeth, including sealants, fluoride, and professional cleanings and checkups.
For our older patients, we know that poor oral health can have a significant negative impact on lives. Older patients are often at an increased risk of periodontal disease because of other health factors, and we take that into account. We strive to make their visits to the dentist as comfortable as possible, particularly if they are suffering from decreased mobility.
New Patient Visits
We believe that new patients are very important.
We know you were probably referred to us by a friend or family member who has already experienced our care and compassion for our patients. Or perhaps by your physician who knows our quality of care. Or maybe it was your insurance website.
However you heard about our practice, we are thrilled that you have found us!
We will work hard to make every visit to our practice enjoyable, starting with your new patient visit. At this appointment, you will meet one of our doctors, a hygienist, and our front office team members. Your visit will consist of:
- A thorough review of your medical and dental histories
- Blood pressure screening
- Oral cancer screening using Velscope early detection light
- Periodontal screening to evaluate the health of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth
- Any necessary x-rays appropriate for a complete diagnosis
- A thorough dental exam to look at all your teeth
- A thorough teeth cleaning
We recommend you plan to allow about an hour and a half for this new patient visit.
There are times when we meet a new patient who has not seen the dentist for a while. This is not something to be embarrassed about because our goal is always to help our patients have healthy mouths no matter how much time has passed since they saw a dentist.
Depending on the findings from your examination, you might be asked to return for a special no-charge consultation visit with Dr. John S. Kittrell to discuss treatment needs in detail.
From professional teeth cleanings to tooth extractions and from dentures to teeth whitening, we offer personalized care under one roof for all ages. Visit Kittrell Family Dentistry, where experience, quality, and personal attention create exceptional smiles.