At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we’ve established a reputation for excellence based upon providing skilled and
experienced state-of-the-art care. We’re dedicated to keeping pace with the latest technology and advances in
treatment to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.
Despite the fact that dental enamel is stronger than bone and the hardest substance in your body, your teeth remain
vulnerable to cavities and trauma. While dental fillings can provide an excellent way to repair a decayed or damaged
tooth, they don’t always provide the right solution for rebuilding a strong, functional one. When too much tooth
structure is compromised by dental decay, trauma, root canals, or habitual clenching and grinding, a filling just
won’t do. In these situations, a dental crown, more commonly referred to as a cap, provides a better way to restore
the involved tooth's integrity, function, and appearance.
Thanks to advances in dental ceramics, dental crowns today don’t have to be fabricated from metal or have a metal
substrate. We can now fabricate all-ceramic crowns that offer the benefits of being metal-free, durable,
long-lasting, and as beautiful as a natural tooth.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, patient care, comfort, and satisfaction are our top priorities. We personalize
every treatment plan to address our patients’ oral healthcare needs and fulfill their cosmetic expectations of care.
Why you may need a dental crown
Successful outcomes of care depend on careful treatment planning and paying close attention to a patient’s smile
goals and expectations of care. Whether you need a dental crown or one of the many other services we provide, you
can count on our office to explain your best options in care and to address all your questions and concerns every
step of the way.
A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration that replicates the form and function of a natural tooth. It’s often
recommended in the following the situations:
To repair and rebuild a tooth with extensive structural damage due to decay or trauma
To replace a large or broken filling
To restore a dental implant
To provide full coverage for the abutment teeth, serving as the supporting ends of a traditional dental bridge
To strengthen and protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
To improve the look of an undersized, slightly misaligned, darkly stained, or misshapen tooth
To address bite discrepancies
What are the benefits offered by ceramic crowns?
Out of all the available materials for a full-coverage restoration today, metal-free crowns, also known as
all-ceramic crowns, offer the most lifelike and biocompatible results. Once commonly referred to as “porcelain
jackets,” today’s all-ceramic crowns are fabricated from the most advanced generations of cosmetically appealing,
durable, and natural-looking materials. With strength comparable to traditional metal and porcelain fused to metal
crowns, all-ceramic crowns provide a highly satisfying and long-lasting option in care.
As the name implies, the term all-ceramic crown means the crown's entire thickness is 100% ceramic. While in the
past, porcelain or all-ceramic crowns looked better but did not offer the strength and durability of porcelain fused
to metal crowns, it’s no longer the case. Thanks to advances in dental materials, they are stronger and more
reliable than ever before.
Here are just some of the reasons we recommend an all-ceramic crown:
All-Ceramic crowns interact with light in much the same way as natural teeth and more closely mimic their translucency and luster
All-Ceramic crowns can be made thinner and require less reduction and preparation of the underlying tooth
All-Ceramic crowns are lighter in weight than dental crowns that incorporate a metal substructure
All-Ceramic crowns are also kinder to the surrounding soft tissues.
All-Ceramic crowns are resistant to stain and discoloration
All-Ceramic crowns are metal-free and safer for individuals with allergies or sensitivities to metal
All-Ceramic crowns resemble a natural tooth in its entirety and do not have a metal margin, which is often visible at the gumline
The type of ceramic crown selected depends on your needs
You can rest assured that your new ceramic crown will look naturally beautiful and blend seamlessly with your smile.
Our office never compromises on service or materials; your new crown is milled from the latest generation of durable
ceramic materials, for the most aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results.
With the range of dental ceramics available today, which type gets selected to fabricate your new crown depends upon
the tooth's location, the stresses on that tooth, and the case's aesthetic requirements. Certain types of
all-ceramic crowns are more suited to provide the strength needed for back teeth, while other types better address a
front tooth's aesthetic requirements. Although Feldspathic porcelain has been traditionally used in the fabrication
of porcelain crowns, today, newer generations of dental ceramics provide options that work for the front teeth as
well as the back teeth.
Some of the most popular and effective choices include the following:
Lithium Disilicate Porcelain Crowns
Leucite Reinforced Pressable Porcelain Crowns
Solid or Monolithic Zirconia
High Translucent Zirconia.
With multiple types of all-ceramic crowns to choose from, selecting the right material for an attractive, durable,
and long-lasting restorative outcome is a crucial decision.
At the office Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we carefully analyze your smile's functional and aesthetic requirements to
formulate a treatment plan that's right for you. You can rely on our office to recommend the type of ceramic
restoration that best suits the unique needs of your smile while fulfilling your expectations of care.
Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS?
When it comes to helping patients achieve a smile, they feel confident sharing with the world; you can depend on the
office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS for the highest quality of care. We strive to help every patient maintain optimal oral
health and enjoy the benefits of a smile that looks great and functions at its best. Our practice maintains a
position at the forefront of advances in dentistry to offer patients effective and satisfying solutions for
improving the look, feel, and function of their smiles.
We understand the functional and aesthetic requirements of restoring smiles and provide skilled care that
successfully combines the art and science of dentistry to achieve outstanding treatment outcomes. At the office of
Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we offer a comprehensive range of services to address all your family’s oral healthcare needs.
For more information on our office or to schedule an appointment for care, give us a call today.
+How does a crown differ from a filling?
While a dental filling is designed to replace a portion of a decayed or damaged tooth, a dental crown offers full coverage to restore the tooth’s entire outer surface. A well-fitting dental crown not only protects and strengthens the underlying tooth structure, but it also restores the tooth’s appearance and function.
+What’s the procedure for getting an all-ceramic crown?
The procedure for getting an all-ceramic crown is much like the procedure for getting any other type of crown. In all cases, the tooth needs to be prepared, an impression taken, and a permanent crown cemented into place. A single all-ceramic crown can typically be fabricated over the course of two visits. However, with CAD/CAM technology, a same-day crown can be fabricated from start to finish in a single visit. With the first approach, a temporary crown is typically worn until the second visit, when the permanent restoration is placed. As with every treatment plan, our office will explain your best options in care.
+What’s the difference between a temporary crown and a permanent crown?
As the name implies, a temporary crown is only worn for a short time until the permanent crown is placed. A temporary crown is typically fabricated from durable tooth-colored dental acrylics. While designed to protect the underlying tooth between appointments, and until your new permanent crown gets placed, a temporary crown is also fabricated to look like a natural tooth and maintain the look of your smile.
+Will my tooth feel any different?
While you should feel better having an attractive and functional tooth to restore your smile, your tooth may feel a little sensitive following treatment. This initial sensitivity will subside. We take great care to make sure your new restoration looks great, fits well, and your bite is perfect. However, we’re always happy to make any minor adjustments to ensure your comfort.
+Does a tooth that has had a root can procedure need a crown?
With some exceptions, teeth with root canal procedures are typically restored and protected from further damage with a full-coverage crown. Based on what’s best for your smile, our office will recommend the most appropriate restoration to maintain the health and longevity of your tooth following a root canal procedure.
+How do I take care of my new crown?
A dental crown is a long-term restoration that, if properly cared for, can serve you well for many years to come. Once your new crown is placed, it requires the same brushing, flossing, and periodic checkups as your natural teeth. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard or sticky objects such as ice, pencils, or taffy, which can damage or loosen your crown. Remember, clenching and grinding your teeth puts excessive pressure on both natural teeth and dental restorations. Unless treated, this habit can compromise the longevity and integrity of your dental work, including crowns.
+Does a crown protect my tooth from cavities and gum disease?
Although your new all-ceramic crown restores the tooth's strength, form, and function, you can still develop dental disease in the absence of proper care. To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, it’s essential to brush and floss as instructed and see our office for routine checkups, cleanings, and care.
+How long do all-ceramic crowns last?
How long a dental crown lasts depends on various factors, including your level of oral care, diet, and oral habits. While the standard answer is that dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, existing literature confirms that most dental crowns remain in place at 15 to 20 years.
+How much do all-ceramic dental crowns cost?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we strive to provide the highest quality of care to address all your dental needs. Once we’ve had the opportunity to examine your smile, we can give you a clear picture of any dental issues that are present, along with a quote for how much treatment will be. The cost of dental crowns can vary a little, depending on the type of crown and its location. Our goals are to provide the highest quality of care and help patients begin treatment without additional financial stress or delay. We’re always happy to answer all your questions on dental insurance coverage, available financing, and payment plans.
+Does dental insurance cover all-ceramic crowns?
Coverage for all-ceramic crowns depends on your dental insurance plan. Today, many dental plans provide some level of coverage for all-ceramic crowns. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we work with patients to optimize their dental benefits and get the care they need to maintain healthy and beautiful smiles!
CEREC® offers convenient, faster and more comfortable care to provide a range of high-quality, same-day restorations including ceramic crowns, inlays and onlays.
Enjoy the Benefits of a Beautiful Smile in Just a Single Visit!
CEREC® offers convenient, faster and more comfortable care to provide a range of high quality same day restorations including ceramic crowns, inlays and onlays.
Single Visit Crowns and Restorations
In just one appointment you can have a naturally beautiful restoration to enhance the beauty and function of your smile. With CEREC® there is no need for multiple office visits, messy dental impressions, a temporary crown, or waiting weeks for your dental work to come back from the laboratory. Your new restoration is designed and customized to the exact specifications of your smile all in the very same day!
How Does it Work?
CEREC® is an advanced method of care, which allows for the preparation and placement of same day ceramic restorations. Offering the utmost in terms of quality and convenience, this high-tech system utilizes CAD/CAM technology, or computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing to make every step of the restoration process more patient-friendly and precise. Using an ergonomically designed intraoral scanning wand in place of a conventional dental impression, the dentist is able to capture detailed 3D images of the prepared tooth and surrounding dentition. These images are then integrated by an advanced computer software program to produce an accurate model and plan a precise fitting, functional, and cosmetically pleasing restoration. As soon the restoration is designed and approved by the dentist, the information is sent wirelessly to a chairside milling machine where a ceramic restoration is fabricated as the patient waits.
Naturally Beautiful and Long-Lasting Restorations!
A CEREC® single visit crown offers much more than a convenient approach to getting a dental crown. It is a high quality, naturally beautiful, extremely durable and long-lasting dental restoration!
Frequently Asked Questions
+What are CEREC® same-day crowns?
Today, there's no need to merely imagine how nice it would be to have a dental crown fabricated in a single visit. With CEREC technology and advanced systems of care, multiple trips to the dentist are a thing of the past! Now, one appointment is all it takes for our skilled and experienced dentist to design, fabricate, and place a naturally beautiful and long-lasting same-day crown. And, best of all, unlike conventional methods of care, you won't have to endure messy dental impressions, wear a temporary crown, or wait weeks for your permanent restoration to come back from the laboratory.
+How are CEREC® same-day crowns made?
Offering a level of precision and comfort that exceeds conventional methods of care, CEREC technology is nothing short of amazing! Advanced CAD/CAM technology, which stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, enables our dentist to translate images from an optically scan tooth into a 3D virtual model upon which a custom crown can be digitally designed. Once this step is done, the detailed specs are then wirelessly transmitted to a chairside 3D milling machine to fabricate your new ceramic crown while you wait!
+What are the benefits of CEREC® same-day crowns?
With conventional methods of care, a dental crown can take two to three visits to fabricate and place. However, thanks to the benefits of CEREC technology, we can prepare a tooth, then design, fabricate, and place your new crown, all while you wait.
With CEREC same-day crowns, there's none of the mess of conventional dental impressions, wearing dental temporaries, or waiting for the final crown to come back from the lab. Once the prepared tooth is optically scanned and the restoration digitally designed, your new crown can be milled from the highest quality of dental ceramics that very same visit.
+Will my CEREC® same-day crown look natural?
CEREC same-day crowns and restorations are fabricated from the highest quality of dental ceramics. Because dental porcelain reflects light in much the same way as dental enamel, your new crown will look flawless, completely natural, and blend seamlessly with your smile.
+Do CEREC® same-day crowns last a long time?
A CEREC same-day crown offers much more than a convenient approach to getting a dental crown. It is also a high quality, naturally beautiful, extremely durable, and long-lasting dental restoration! The fact is, with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care your new crown will serve your smile well for many years to come.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide skilled and experienced care to help every patient enjoy the benefits of optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. For individuals who are missing teeth due to extensive decay, periodontal disease, trauma, the result of an illness, or side effect of medical treatment, we offer a comprehensive range of services to rebuild complete, attractive, and functional smiles.
How missing teeth impact the health and function of your smile
Missing teeth do more than cause embarrassing gaps in your smile. In the absence of a replacement, they can affect the health and function of your smile in the following ways:
- Impair your ability to smile, speak, and chew with confidence and ease.
- Allow the adjacent teeth to ever so slowly drift into the unoccupied spaces, thereby changing the alignment of your smile and bite.
- Cause teeth in the opposing arch that no longer occlude with a counterpart to extrude and further compromise your bite.
- Promote cavities and gum disease as the teeth shift out of place and impact the distribution of biting and chewing forces, and become more difficult to keep clean.
Rebuilding a complete smile
Although the consequences of missing teeth can compromise your dental health and overall well-being, modern dentistry offers effective solutions for reestablishing a complete, attractive, and well-functioning smile.
Today, thanks to advances in dental materials, technology, and treatment methods, it's easier than ever before to replace missing teeth and achieve aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting results.
Of course, each smile is different, and every patient has unique needs and individual expectations of care. Helping a patient rebuild a complete and beautiful smile may involve partial or full dentures, fixed dental bridges, or dental implants.
As skilled and experienced providers of care, the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS offers expert guidance on choosing the most suitable treatment option. Whatever type of tooth replacement method you select, you can feel confident that your smile will look good and feel great!
About dental bridges
A dental bridge offers a highly effective, stable, and fixed solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable partial dentures that clasp on to the remaining teeth, a dental bridge relies on the support of crowns attached to teeth adjacent to the edentulous area (space without teeth) or strategically placed dental implants. In addition to restoring the look, feel, and function of a natural smile, they also prevent the teeth from shifting, thereby protecting the alignment of a patient's bite.
Far from a new idea, the history of replacing teeth with a fixed dental bridge goes back thousands of years. Ancient civilizations made impressive use of available materials, including animal and human teeth, bones, gold, and ivory, to fill gaps in a person's smile.
Fortunately, over the millennia, dental materials and technology have evolved. Today, dental bridges are fabricated from the highest quality of dental materials, including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and engineered ceramic products like zirconia. Now, in addition to being stronger and more durable than ever before, they appear more attractive and naturally beautiful.
Depending on the number of missing teeth, the health of the remaining dentition, and other factors, a dental bridge can replace a single missing tooth or multiple ones.
Although most resources list a traditional fixed bridge, an implant-supported bridge, a cantilever bridge, and a Maryland bridge as the four main types of bridges, the most commonly recommended ones are the first two.
Traditional fixed bridge
A traditional fixed bridge typically requires the preparation and crowning of teeth on either side of the edentulous space. These crowned teeth function to support the artificial ones, known as “pontics,” that span the gap. In much the same way a bridge that extends over a body of water relies on the support of strong, sturdy pillars at each end, a dental bridge garners strength and stability from the terminal crowned teeth fused to a single or multiple pontics.
Although related and similar to a traditional fixed bridge, a cantilever fixed bridge differs in one significant way. Only one side of the pontic will get attached to a crown for support.
As the most advanced method for the replacement of missing teeth, dental implants come the closest to replicating the look, feel, and function of a natural smile. For this reason, an implant-supported bridge often represents the best option in care.
With an implant-supported bridge, there's no need to prepare, crown, or involve any adjacent natural teeth. Because dental implants behave in much the same way as the roots of natural teeth, they provide all the support a bridge requires.
In addition to providing a self-supporting solution for the replacement of missing teeth, Implant-supported bridges offer the most versatile approach for rebuilding a complete smile. Strategically placed dental implants can support any number of replacement teeth up to an entire set of upper or teeth.
Furthermore, as dental implants provide the same stimulation as actual roots to the surrounding jawbone, implant-supported bridges also help prevent the bone shrinkage that naturally occurs when teeth have been lost. This feature helps maintain normal facial contours.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, our mission is to help every patient enjoy good oral health and the benefits of a beautiful smile. We provide skilled, experienced care and offer the most advanced dental implant-based solutions to transform incomplete smiles into ones that look great, function well, and inspire confidence.
Before a bridge gets fabricated
Successful treatment outcomes rely upon many things, including a careful assessment of a patient's oral health, overall well-being, smile goals, lifestyle, and budget. Whether you're a candidate for a traditional fixed bridge, an implant-supported bridge, or a removable denture will be determined following a comprehensive assessment and discussion with our office. We value patient input and strive to fulfill your expectations of care.
Before the fabrication and placement of a dental bridge, it's essential that your mouth is free from gum disease. If you have gum disease, it will need to get treated in advance of fabricating your bridge.
For traditional fixed bridges, the crowned teeth need to be strong and have sufficient bone surrounding them to offer strong support. Sometimes, a bone-grafting procedure to boost bone volume and provide a solid foundation is required before the fabrication of an implant-supported or traditional bridge.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, the care and comfort of our patients are our top priorities. Our goals are to create healthy and beautiful smiles and make every dental experience a positive one.
What to expect when getting a traditional bridge
Fixed bridges are typically fabricated over the course of multiple visits. The process involves the preparation of the supporting teeth, impression taking, the placement of a temporary bridge, and the try-in and cementation of the permanent restoration.
It begins with a complete diagnostic workup to develop an appropriate treatment plan. For patients getting a traditional fixed bridge, the next step in the procedure involves preparing the abutment (supporting) teeth for full-coverage crowns. Depending on the number of teeth involved and other factors, an impression for the permanent bridge can get taken this visit or the next one. Either way, a temporary bridge or temporary crowns to cover the prepared teeth will get placed to protect the prepared teeth.
Following the preparation of the involved teeth, it's not unusual to experience some sensitivity and gum soreness. This discomfort typically subsides. However, since the fit of a temporary restoration is often less precise than the final permanent crown or bridge, you may still feel some residual sensitivity until treatment is completed.
Until the permanent crown or bridge is placed, it's essential to be extra careful. Temporary restorations are far less durable than permanent ones. If your temporary gets damages or comes off, please hold on to it. Contact our office, and we will set up an appointment to replace it. Do not attempt to do this on your own.
Before cementing your new bridge, the shade, contours, fit, and occlusion are checked. Once that is done, your new, permanent restoration is placed. Since you have been wearing a temporary, your bite may feel slightly different, and you may feel some pressure as the new restoration reestablishes appropriate contact with the adjacent teeth. If the bite still feels slightly off after a couple of days or any discomfort persists, get in touch with our office. You may still require a minor adjustment.
What to expect when getting an implant-supported bridge
Surgery to place the dental implants is typically considered a minor surgical procedure and performed on an outpatient basis. However, the exact extent of the procedure depends upon the type and number of dental implants and whether or not any additional procedures are required to prepare the supporting bone.
As your trusted partner in care, you can count on our office to keep you well informed every step of the way. To facilitate the precise placement of dental implants for your implant-supported bridge, we'll take several detailed diagnostic records, including 3D images of your jaws and the involved area.
Patient care and comfort are our top priorities. We do everything we can to put you at ease and make every visit to our office both comfortable and stress-free. Prior to placing your dental implants, we'll discuss the anesthesia, options in dental sedation, and provide detailed pre-op and post-op care instructions.
Once the dental implants for your bridge are placed, it can take a few months for them to fully integrate with the surrounding bone. In some cases, a same-day temporary bridge can get placed to provide an immediate and cosmetically pleasing look. However, the permanent bridge typically gets placed when healing and osseointegration (fusion) with the surrounding bone are complete.
FAQs On The Topic Of Dental Bridges
+Will my smile feel any different?
Your new bridge is customized to the exact specifications of your smile. Before cementing to the underlying teeth or affixing it to the supporting implants, the shade, occlusion, and all aspects of its fit get carefully checked. In addition to being designed to blend seamlessly with your smile, it's also made to suit your bite and withstand all manner of oral function. We take great care to make sure your new restoration looks great, fits well, and that your bite feels comfortable.
+Does dental insurance cover the cost of a bridge?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge is a worthwhile investment in the look, health, and function of your smile. While many dental insurances offer coverage for a dental bridge, and some toward the cost of implants, the benefits and amounts can vary significantly from plan to plan. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we understand the financial considerations involved in care and do all we can to help patients begin treatment without any additional stress or delay. In addition to doing our best to optimize your dental benefits, we also offer several payment and financing options. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions on the cost of care, dental insurances, financing plans, or acceptable forms of payment.
+What’s the best way to care for my new bridge?
Now that your new permanent crown or bridge is in place, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene. With proper care, your new restorations will last for years to come. Make sure to brush and floss as instructed. We'll show you how to floss under your dental bridge to keep your new smile clean and bright. Remember to make appointments for your routine checkups and professional cleanings.
+How long can a bridge last?
The standard answer is that with routine dental visits and good home care, a bridge can last ten to fifteen years, and in many cases, much longer.
+Why choose our office?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we fabricate your bridge from the highest quality dental materials to achieve the most cosmetically pleasing and lifelike results of care. It's also customized to the exact specifications of your smile and designed for optimal aesthetics, strength, and stability. Once fabricated and cemented into place, you'll feel confident sharing your smile, speaking, and eating your favorite foods.
As your trusted partner in care, we analyze every aspect of your smile to develop a treatment plan that provides aesthetically pleasing, healthy, and long-lasting results of care.
For more information on dental bridges, or any services we provide, give us a call today.
A dental cleaning is a procedure done by a dentist or dental hygienist to get into hard to reach areas of the gums and teeth in order to remove bacteria and food debris. Dental cleanings should be scheduled at least once per year, so that patients can have plaque and tartar scraped off of their teeth. Plaque is a hard substance that adheres to the surface of a tooth. Too much plaque and tartar can cause gum disease and problems with teeth. A dentist has special tools that can remove this plaque and tartar so that teeth are fresh and clean again. Because plaque and tartar buildup happen on a daily basis, patients should still brush and floss regularly.
During a dental cleaning the dentist will get inside the hard to reach areas and clean out the spaces in between the gums and teeth. If the patient is suffering from gum disease or early gum disease, a deep cleaning, periodontal scaling or root planing may be administered. In this procedure, the dentist gets into the flaps of gum under the tooth and into the pockets where bacteria can hide. A patient with pockets deeper than 4 mm is usually recommended to have a root planing or scaling. Patients with periodontal disease may need to have more than one cleaning per year.
Restoring Teeth With Dental Fillings
When dental decay compromises a tooth's structural integrity, a filling gets placed to rebuild its natural form and restore its strength and function.
Because tooth decay, also known as dental caries, remains one of the most prevalent chronic diseases affecting both children and adults worldwide, procedures to place fillings are routinely performed each and every day.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide precise and gentle treatment and maintain a position at the forefront of advances in care to provide patients with the highest quality of aesthetically pleasing and durable dental fillings.
The History Of Dental Fillings
According to archaeological findings, for as long as dental problems have existed, there have been efforts to provide emergency and restorative care. In fact, attempts to place dental fillings have been found in the skeletal remains of people who lived around the year 8000 BC. However, it wasn't until thousands and thousands of years later, in the 19th century, that a variety of metal fillings, including dental amalgam, appeared on the scene. Although gold achieved status as a popular restorative material, it was soon apparent that amalgam fillings, consisting of a mixture of mercury and an alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper, offered a less expensive, durable, and simpler alternative.
Until recent decades, the vast majority of dental fillings remained silver-colored, amalgam restorations. However, as dentistry has evolved in the last 50 years, new filling materials have been developed. While amalgam fillings are long-lasting and durable, today's newer materials offer the benefits of being mercury-free, metal-free, and much more aesthetic. These "tooth-colored or white fillings" invisibly restore the form and function of the involved tooth, while seamlessly blending in with the remaining tooth structure and the entire smile.
Our Commitment To Restoring Oral Health And Beautiful Smiles
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we tailor treatment to address specific dental needs and expectations of care. As with all the services our practice provides, we'll explain all your options in care, including the type of dental filling materials we offer to restore your tooth. Our goals are to gently remove the dental decay and the damaged tooth structure and then rebuild your tooth's form and function while providing you healthy, durable, long-lasting, and cosmetically pleasing results.
What are the different types of dental fillings?
While traditional dental materials like gold and amalgam have been in use for over a century, recent advances in dental technology have made a more expansive and improved selection of restorative choices widely available. Beyond offering strength and durability, these new filling materials provide aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results.
Some commonly used filling materials include the following:
Composite fillings, which are frequently referred to as either "tooth-colored fillings" or "white fillings," consist of a combination of biocompatible resins and finely ground, glass-like filler materials that become strong and durable when set. Available in a complete range of natural-looking shades, composite fillings offer a cosmetically pleasing alternative to traditional "silver" fillings. Composite resins are also used in dental bonding procedures to improve a tooth's color or shape, mask defects, or close minor gaps between teeth.
Composite fillings adhere to natural tooth structure through a bonding process, which also serves to seal and strengthen the tooth. Beyond providing a close match to your natural tooth color, a composite filling does not require removing of as much tooth structure for placement, nor are they subject to expansion or contraction with temperature changes as is the case with dental amalgams. However, composite restorations can be more vulnerable to wear and staining and may require replacement down the road.
Silver Fillings (Amalgam)
For many years, amalgam fillings represented the standard of care for restoring decayed teeth. While they don't offer the cosmetic appeal of other types of filling materials, amalgam restorations are strong, durable, and less likely than some other types of fillings to break or wear down.
Another type of white filling material, glass ionomer cements bond to the tooth's surface to provide a tight seal between the tooth and surrounding oral environment. Besides offering a natural-looking restoration, glass ionomer cements slowly release fluoride to strengthen and help protect the involved tooth from future decay. Since they are not as durable or wear-resistant as other filling materials, glass ionomers are most frequently used to treat baby teeth, cavities near the gumline, and in temporary fillings.
Ceramic fillings, inlays, and onlays are fabricated from the highest quality of dental porcelain and ceramics. As the most stain and wear-resistant option in tooth-colored fillings, these restorations offer durable, attractive, and long-lasting results. While "direct" fillings such as dental amalgam and composite fillings get placed immediately after the tooth is prepared, "indirect" fillings such as inlays or onlays get fabricated outside of the mouth before insertion and cementation or bonding.
Far less common these days and more expensive than any of the other materials, gold fillings remain excellent restorations. With excellent physical and chemical properties, gold fillings are strong, long-lasting, kind to the surrounding tissues, and remain stable over time.
How are cavities treated?
Once our office has a chance to assess your smile, we'll advise you of our findings and outline a comprehensive treatment plan to help ensure your smile is healthy and functions at its best. If any tooth decay is detected, we'll schedule appointments to treat those cavities and place the fillings or restorations that are needed.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, patient care and comfort are our top priorities. While treating cavities and placing fillings are among the most routine procedures in dentistry, our office understands you have questions and concerns and will keep you well informed every step of the way.
Treating a cavity involves the precise and gentle removal of decayed and damaged tooth structure and any preparation of the remaining tooth structure needed to secure your new filling. Although every patient and every smile is different, you can expect your visit to take about an hour.
In most cases, this visit is performed under local anesthesia. As the work gets performed, your tooth is completely numb, and you should not feel any discomfort. A dental drill, dental laser, or air abrasion technology can be used to remove decay. Once the cavity gets excavated, and healthy tooth structure remains, it's time to place the filling. The type of dental filling material being used determines the manner of placement. Composite fillings, glass ionomer cements, and amalgam fillings are typically placed right away. However, in the case of an extensive cavity, a tiny palliative dressing and a temporary filling may be placed. Whatever type of filling is used, our office will check the fit, do any necessary polishing, and meticulously adjust the bite to ensure your optimal comfort and function.
For patients who are anxious about dental work, you can rest assured the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS is mindful of your needs. As skilled and experienced providers of care, we pride ourselves on providing gentle dentistry and do all we can to make your visit comfortable and stress-free. While we perform dental procedures under local anesthesia, we're also happy to discuss options in dental sedation.
What Do I Need To Know Following The Placement Of My New Filling?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, our goal is to help our patients enjoy optimal oral health and to keep them well informed every step of the way.
Immediately after the placement of a new filling, it's essential to keep the following in mind:
Until the anesthesia wears off
Immediately following your dental visit, you may experience a period of lingering numbness. Normal sensation typically returns within an hour or two. However, until the anesthetic has completely worn off, it's essential to protect yourself from unintentionally biting or injuring your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue. Be mindful of chewing, drinking hot beverages, or smoking.
Now that your tooth has been restored and rebuilt, it may feel slightly different
While we take the utmost care to polish your new filling and make sure the bite is correct, on rare occasions, a patient may feel additional minor smoothing or further bite adjustment is required.
You may experience short-term sensitivity
It's perfectly normal for a tooth to feel a little sensitive following the placement of a filling. You may experience a twinge when eating cold or hot foods and beverages. This sensitivity should subside by itself within a few days. If your sensitivity worsens, you experience ongoing pain or develop any other symptoms; please contact our office.
Caring for your new restoration
Our office uses the latest generations of strong and durable filling materials. With proper oral hygiene and routine care, your new filling should last for many years to come. However, in cases of extensive tooth decay or injury to the underlying tooth, even the best restoration may need to be replaced, or further dental work may be needed down the road.
We're passionate about what we do and dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office.
FAQs On The Topic Of Dental Fillings
+Are my teeth just sensitive, or do I have a cavity?
If the pleasure of eating a delicious bowl of ice cream or sipping a soothing cup of tea gets overshadowed by dental pain that makes you wince; it's time to contact our office. As skilled providers of care, we'll determine what's causing your discomfort and perform the treatment required to alleviate your symptoms and get you back on the road to oral health.
+What causes a cavity to develop?
Cavities develop because of an infectious process that causes progressive damage to tooth structure. Despite starting as a pinpoint defect on the outermost enamel layer of your tooth, untreated dental decay progressively compromises more and more healthy tooth structure as it works its way to the inner layers of your tooth.
+Can I still get a cavity if my tooth already has a filling?
Yes, you can still develop tooth decay on other surfaces of the tooth, around the margins of an old filling, or in fewer instances, recurrent decay underneath it. For this reason, it's essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene, a diet low in sugary beverages and sweets, and be sure to visit our office for routine checkups and care. While tooth decay is second only to the common cold in frequency, it's almost entirely preventable.
+Is it possible to have more than one filling done at the same visit?
We value the time and comfort of our patients. If cavities are located on adjacent teeth, or in the same section of your smile, it may be possible to treat more than one tooth during your visit. However, how much is done each visit depends on several factors. We keep our patients well informed and tailor every treatment plan and visit to address their unique needs.
+Are silver amalgam fillings safe?
Addressing concerns on the presence of elemental mercury in silver fillings, the American Dental Association (ADA), The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FDA, and the World Health Organization have all stated that amalgam restorations do not pose a risk to health. However, individuals with allergies or sensitivities to the metals in dental amalgam are advised to pursue other restorative options.
+Does it hurt to get a filling?
Dental fillings are performed under local anesthesia to help ensure your comfort throughout the entire procedure. The involved tooth remains completely numb for the extent of your visit. Within one or two hours after the procedure is completed, the local anesthetic will gradually wear off, and normal sensations return.
+When can I eat after my visit?
A tooth-colored composite filling is fully hardened and set by the end of your visit. However, we may advise you to wait a couple of hours until the local anesthesia has completely worn off. This advice is to help ensure you don't accidentally bite your lip, cheek, or tongue while still numb.
+How long do dental fillings last?
The lifetime of a dental filling varies depending on the type of material used. While popular dental materials can last a decade or more with proper care, they can degrade over time, wear down, or even break. When this happens, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, a jagged edge, or a loose or dislodged piece of filling material. Whatever the case may be, it's essential to get the filling replaced before the tooth sustains further damage or other consequences arise. Beyond taking good care of your smile we can help ensure the longevity of your fillings, our office regularly checks the status of your existing fillings as part of a routine checkup exam.
+How much do fillings cost?
Dental fillings are an essential investment that serves to preserve and protect the health of your smile. With that said, how much a filling costs depends on the number of surfaces of the tooth involved and the filling material that is used. Amalgam restorations are the most economical. While tooth-colored composite fillings have a slightly higher cost, they offer the added benefits of being metal-free and much more aesthetically pleasing. Ceramic fillings, inlays, and onlays are more expensive than the preceding options but provide outstanding, long-lasting, and natural-looking results.
+Does dental insurance cover the cost of getting a filling?
Dental insurances typically cover the cost of dental fillings. While we work with you to maximize your insurance benefits, there may still be an out-of-pocket expense. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we strive to help you begin care without any additional financial stress or delay.
Thanks to advances in dental materials, technology, and methods of care, it’s easier than ever before to replace
missing teeth with the most natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing treatment outcomes. While
dental implants and
fixed bridgework provide effective and satisfying solutions for missing teeth,
removable dentures remain a tried and
true method for reestablishing a complete smile.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we fabricate dentures from the highest grade of dental materials for a precise
and comfortable fit. Our dentures are meticulously designed to rebuild beautiful smiles and support natural facial
contours while enabling patients to speak, smile, and chew with renewed confidence and ease.
We’re dedicated to helping patients to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile and take pride in offering
personalized solutions to address their dental needs, lifestyle, and budget.
How missing teeth affect your smile, your health, and your outlook
According to recent statistics, it’s estimated that across the country, over 175 million adults have lost at least
one tooth, and close to 40 million are missing all of their teeth. In most of these cases, tooth loss is the end
result of extensive dental decay, advanced gum disease, a traumatic injury, a congenital anomaly, or associated with
a medical condition.
In addition to the psychological and social consequences having embarrassing gaps in your smile often produce,
missing teeth can affect your ability to speak clearly and eat a satisfying and nutritious diet. Left unaddressed,
missing teeth can also cause gradual changes to your appearance and the alignment of your remaining teeth. These
changes not only affect your bite, but they have the potential to create more unsightly and unhealthy gaps in your
smile. Furthermore, without the support of a complete set of teeth, facial contours may also begin to look more
sagged and haggard over time.
While it’s never too late to rebuild a complete and beautiful smile, it’s always best to replace missing teeth
sooner than later. Both partial and full dentures from the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS offer an effective and
satisfying solution for reestablishing a complete smile.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that are designed to precisely and comfortably rest on top of the gums that cover
the jawbones. They consist of natural-looking artificial teeth set in a supportive base. In addition to offering a
cost-effective solution for the replacement of missing teeth, dentures are quite versatile. They can be used to
replace either a few teeth that have been lost or all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaws.
While conventional bridgework and dental
implants offer fixed solutions for rebuilding complete smiles, partial and
full dentures are removable oral appliances. This statement means it’s possible to take dentures out of the mouth to
clean and maintain the health of the underlying tissues and any remaining teeth, as well as clean the dentures
themselves, or remove them while sleeping.
Types of Dentures
You can rest assured that rebuilding your smile is in the best of hands at the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS. As
skilled and experienced providers of care, we’ll carefully evaluate all aspects of your smile, the health and
integrity of any remaining teeth, along with the surrounding tissues and the supporting bone to develop a treatment
plan that satisfies the functional and aesthetic requirements of your case.
The two main types of removable dentures are full dentures and partial dentures. Which of these types offers the
best solution for your smile depends on how many natural teeth are still present in your mouth and the health of
these remaining teeth. While a partial denture can offer an effective solution in cases where some sturdy natural
teeth remain, you may be a candidate for a complete denture when all the upper or lower teeth are missing or require
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, can effectively replace all the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both
the upper and lower teeth. As with other types of dental solutions, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for every
case. The ultimate design, fabrication, and insertion of a full denture can vary based upon a patient’s specific
Conventional Full Denture
This type of denture is fabricated and placed after all of the remaining teeth are removed, and the surrounding
tissues have adequately healed. Fabricating a full denture when healing is complete supports a precise and
With an immediate denture, a patient does not have to go without teeth while waiting for complete healing of
the extraction sites. Although an immediate denture offers the advantage of not having to go without teeth
for any length of time, it can require a reline and adjustments as the tissues remodel and heal. In some
cases, for optimal comfort and fit, a conventional denture may eventually be required.
An overdenture is a type of complete denture that receives added stability and support from special
attachments that are secured to the remaining underlying teeth or specialized dental implants.
As the name implies, this type of denture attaches to a select number of strategically placed implants in
the upper or lower jaw. These small surgical posts provide precise points of attachment for the overlying
denture and add a significant measure of stability and retention.
In situations where some sturdy teeth remain, partial dentures can offer an effective solution for the replacement
of missing teeth. Partial dentures typically achieve adequate retention and stability with clasps or precision
attachments on the teeth adjacent to the edentulous areas (the spaces formerly occupied by the missing teeth).
Removable partial dentures can fill the void left by individual missing teeth and multiple ones to restore the look
and function of a complete smile. At the same time a partial denture fills the gaps left by missing teeth; it also
stabilizes the dentition and bite and prevents unwanted drifting of the remaining natural teeth.
As with full dentures, partial denture design and fabrication varies based on a patient’s specific needs. With
advances in dental materials and technology, partial denture wearers have more options than ever before. Today, a
partial denture’s supportive framework can be fabricated from various materials, including cast metal, flexible
resins, and hybrid materials.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we’re dedicated to building healthy and beautiful smiles. As your trusted
partner in care, you can depend on our office to design and fabricate a denture that will look good, fit
comfortably, and serve you well for years to come.
Providing integrated solutions to rebuild smiles
Fabricating an attractive, well-fitting, and long-lasting denture requires a comprehensive understanding of oral
function, facial aesthetics, dental materials, and appliance design. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we maintain
a position at the forefront of advances in care and successfully combine the art and science of dentistry to provide
patients with outstanding treatment outcomes.
Once we’ve had an opportunity to review your medical and dental history, assess all aspects of your smile, and
discuss your expectation of care, we’ll discuss the best options for restoring and rebuilding your smile.
Based upon a comprehensive analysis of your case, including advanced diagnostic imaging, we’ll advise you if any
dental work, additional procedures, or extractions are required prior to the fabrication of a partial or complete
denture. It’s essential that any remaining teeth are healthy and have sufficient bone support. Sometimes, a
pre-prosthetic procedure to improve the tissue anatomy and ensure a denture’s optimal fit is recommended.
Having a denture or set of dentures made is a sophisticated process involving dental impressions, framework try-ins,
selecting the right shade, shape, and size of the artificial teeth, and making sure that the bite and all aspects of
oral function are comfortable and healthy. Whether it takes a single visit or a few visits to fabricate a partial or
complete denture, a satisfying and healthy outcome relies on the careful execution of every step in care.
What To Expect When You Receive Your New Denture
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, our patients' care and comfort are our top priorities. Our goal is to help
patients enjoy optimal oral health and to keep them well informed every step of the way.
Adjusting to wearing a new denture
Getting used to wearing a new denture, especially a full denture, can take a little time. It’s not unusual
to need some minor adjustments as you begin to speak, chew, and function with your new teeth. It can take a
few adjustments to fit completely and feel comfortable. If you have a sore spot, try to wear the denture at
least the day before your adjustment visit. In this way, we can see exactly where we need to relieve the
area causing your irritation.
More saliva than usual
One of the natural responses to a new denture is for your mouth to produce more saliva. Not to worry, this
is only a temporary reaction. The flow of saliva gradually decreases back to a normal level.
Speaking with ease
While it may seem challenging to speak clearly at first with a new denture, that feeling will pass within a
few days. It’s important to keep talking, as usual, to allow yourself to adapt to your new set of teeth. You
can help things along by reading some passages from printed materials or a computer out loud.
Getting used to eating with a denture
If this is your first denture, it can also take some time to adapt to eating with your new prosthesis.
Getting used to eating with a full denture is typically more challenging than doing so with a partial
denture. It’s best to start with soft foods and to avoid chewing on just one side. Your tongue, lips,
cheeks, and soft tissues will soon adapt to chewing with your new denture, and from then on, you’ll be able
to eat with ease.
Taking care of your dentures
It’s essential to keep your denture clean! Rinse your dentures after eating and brush them daily. In
this way, you can prevent stains and bacteria from accumulating on your new set of teeth. It helps
use a brush designed for dentures. Also, remember to soak your dentures in water when you’re not
them and at least once a week in the recommended denture cleaner.
Brush any remaining teeth as well as your gums to keep them clean and the tissues healthy and firm.
you wear an upper denture, rinse and gently clean the roof of your mouth as well.
Take your dentures out at bedtime. This practice gives the gums and the jawbone a chance to rest,
helping to prevent irritation and infection as well as bone resorption (shrinkage).
Due to the status of the underlying tissues and other factors, there are some cases where full dentures
benefit from additional means of retention. While denture adhesive is often sufficient, full dentures that
are implant-supported or clip onto special attachments offer added stability and retention.
Maintaining oral health and overall well-being involves routine checkups and care. At these visits, we not
only check the fit and condition of your dentures but we also perform a comprehensive
exam to check the
status of any remaining teeth as well as assess the health of all of the soft and hard tissues in and around
the oral cavity.
Over time, the tissues supporting the denture can change. As the shape and contours of these tissues shrink
or remodel, your denture may not fit as comfortably or feel as stable as it once did. A separate procedure,
which is known as a reline, may be recommended.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. If you have any
additional questions or concerns about your new dentures, feel free to contact our office.
+What the best way to replace missing teeth?
Today, it’s easier than ever to replace missing teeth and achieve natural-looking, durable, and
long-lasting results! Depending a patient’s dental needs, lifestyle, expectations of care, and
budget, choices can include conventional fixed bridgework, dental implants, or removable partial and
complete dentures. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we’ll discuss all your options in care and
answer all your questions as you choose the solution that’s right for you.
+Do dentures provide natural-looking results?
With advances in dental materials and technology, today’s dentures are more comfortable and
realistic-looking than ever before.
+Do I still have to see a dentist if I wear
Whether you wear partial or complete dentures, it’s essential to see the dentist for routine care.
Besides checking the fit and condition of your dentures and making any necessary adjustments, you’ll
also receive a comprehensive exam to check on the health of any remaining teeth as well the soft and
hard tissues in and around the oral cavity.
+What’s a same-day denture?
A same-day denture offers an accelerated design and fabrication process that allows a patient to go
from impression taking to denture insertion in a single day.
+What is the main benefit of an immediate
For patients who don’t want to wait after having teeth extracted, an immediate denture can be
inserted the same day your teeth are removed. Sometime later you may need the denture reline to
address any changes in its fit once the extraction sites have completely healed.
+What if I break my denture?
While no one wants to drop or break a partial or complete denture, accidents do happen. The good
news is that in some cases, your partial or complete denture is reparable. It all depends on the
extent of the damage. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you’ve broken or damaged your denture.
We’re happy to help.
+What if the clasps on my partial have loosened?
The simple act of taking your partial denture in and out can cause certain types of metal clasps to
loosen over time. When you come in for your checkup visit or contact our office for an adjustment,
we’ll assess the fit of your partial and tighten the clasps for improved stability and comfort.
+How much do partial or complete dentures cost?
While rebuilding a complete smile is a worthwhile investment, our office is sensitive to the costs
involved in dental care. We customized care and will discuss which treatment options address your
needs, lifestyle, and budget. How much a new denture will cost depends on the type of the
prosthesis, its design, and the materials used to fabricate the supportive base, teeth, and clasps
or precision attachments. Dentures that include the placement of dental implants for added retention
and stability typically involve additional costs.
+Does dental insurance cover the cost of
If you have dental insurance, your coverage may include a new or replacement set of dentures. Our
staff is happy to review your coverage with you to ensure you are maximizing your insurance benefits
while minimizing any out of pocket expenses.
+Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide an extensive range of dental services, including the
latest and most effective methods to help patients with missing teeth rebuild complete and beautiful
smiles. As skilled and experienced professionals, we recognize that every patient is different, and
every smile is unique. We’re passionate about what we do and take great pride in providing
personalized treatment plans while treating our patients as valued partners in care.
By using intra-oral optical scanning devices, the need for patients to have a messy conventional dental impression taken of their teeth is eliminated. Digital optical impressions enable the dentist to more efficiently and effectively obtain an accurate computer generated representation of their patient’s teeth along with the surrounding tissues. In addition to being much more comfortable for the patient, a digital impression eliminates the need for the dentist to either create a stone model from the impression, or to mail the impression directly to the laboratory for any type of work to be done. Digital impression information is transmitted electronically, significantly reducing the turnaround time of any needed outside laboratory work. Digital impressions are also integral to systems that produce same day, in-office ceramic restorations.
Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. It offers several advantages over the older traditional film based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of these advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, can be seen simultaneously as needed by multiple practitioners, and can be easily shared with other offices. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
An electronic pad, known as a sensor is used instead of film to acquire a digital image. After the image is taken, it goes directly into the patient’s file on the computer. Once it is stored on the computer, it can be easily viewed on a screen, shared, or printed out.
Are You Looking For An Emergency Dentist In Raleigh?
Whether you or any member of your family are suffering from a chipped tooth, toothache, wisdom teeth issues, or other problems affecting your oral health, you can be sure to get the prompt attention and skilled care you need at the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS.
While emergency dental care is a service we hope you'll never need, Beverly Thurmond, DDS can help! As anyone who has ever had a toothache or sustained a dental injury can attest, the experience is both painful and upsetting. Although getting some measure of relief is a paramount concern, timely care is critical to prevent further consequences to your oral health and overall well-being.
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, our experienced, compassionate dental team provides a broad range of services to address dental emergencies in Raleigh and the surrounding communities. We can assure you that your smile is in the best of hands with us. Patient care and comfort are our top priorities. Our practice maintains a position at the forefront of advances in diagnostic and treatment technology to provide precise, gentle, and safe care.
We treat many types of dental emergencies and urgent oral health problems, including:
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Loose or broken fillings
- Dislodged or lost dental crowns
- Broken, ill-fitting, or lost dentures
- Problematic wisdom teeth
- Acute Periodontal Problems
- Loose or broken down teeth
- Swollen, bleeding gums
- Bacterial, viral, or fungal Infections affecting the tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, or other soft tissues of the mouth
- Oral pain or swelling of unknown origin
- Suspicious bumps, spots, and lesions
Let Beverly Thurmond, DDS Help Alleviate Your Discomfort and Restore Your Oral Health
Our goal is to get you back on the road to oral health as quickly as possible. As a trusted emergency dentist, you can count on our office for prompt, skilled, and reliable care.
Treatment for dental problems such as a toothache or a fractured tooth can vary. It all depends on the extent of the damage caused by the decay or trauma. Care may involve the placement of a new dental filling, dental bonding, or a larger restoration such as a crown to rebuild the tooth's form and function. If the damage has reached the tooth's nerve and vital inner tissues, you may need root canal treatment to save your natural tooth. Root canal treatment is a highly effective procedure with a greater than 95% success rate. Although we provide leading-edge care and do all we can to help save your tooth, in some situations a dental extraction is required. While losing a tooth can feel a little overwhelming, there's no reason for despair.
With advances in dentistry, there are several options available for the replacement of missing teeth, including dental implants, conventional fixed bridges, and partial or complete dentures. Today, dental implants represent the most advanced method for replacing a lost tooth and reestablishing a complete and beautiful smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
−What is a dental emergency?
Pain is your body's way of signaling that something is not quite right and though there are many reasons for oral pain, one of the most common complaints and reasons for seeking urgent dental care is a toothache. Whether you simply need a dental filling, a crown, or require a root canal procedure to save your tooth, we'll alleviate your discomfort and restore the look and function of the involved tooth.
Dental trauma can result in a defect as minor as a small chip in tooth enamel to a more extensive and painful crack or fracture. With sufficient force, a tooth can even be displaced or completely knocked out of its socket. With prompt emergency care, many injured teeth can be restored and saved.
The last teeth in your mouth to develop, wisdom teeth often do not have enough room to fully erupt or may be positioned in the wrong direction. These issues can affect your dental health as well as overall well-being. Our office provides skilled care to address the complications caused by problematic wisdom teeth.
Broken or Lost Dental Appliances
A broken or lost dental prosthesis or restoration can cause embarrassing gaps in your smile as well as compromise your ability to eat and speak with ease. If you've lost or broken a dental filling, denture, crown, or other dental appliance, you can rely on our office to perform a prompt repair or provide a durable and cosmetically pleasing replacement as quickly as possible.
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, emergency appointments are always available. Of course, in addition to providing top treatment for dental emergencies, we also welcome patients searching for high quality and affordable care. We offer a complete range of the latest and best cosmetic and dental services for every member of your family.
+How long do I have to wait for an emergency dental appointment?
If you are suffering from a toothache or have sustained a dental injury, it is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible before more serious complications arise. Whether your dental emergency is painful, if it affects the appearance of your smile, or if you suspect that an infection is present, our office will make every effort to see you as promptly as possible for care.
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we treat your dental emergency as our top priority. Our caring team will respond to your emergency call right away, making sure you get the gentle, state-of-the-art care you need without delay.
As your trusted emergency dentist in Raleigh, we provide the highest quality of care to mitigate the stress, anxiety, and discomfort of dental problems. Our dedicated team will help you start feeling better as soon as we receive your emergency call.
+Do I need to go to the emergency room or hospital?
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide skilled and experienced care to effectively resolve a broad range of dental emergencies, restoring a patient's oral health while protecting their overall wellbeing.
However, even so, specific dental emergencies pose significant threats to one's health. These situations require immediate, emergency room care. Serious and potentially life-threatening dental emergencies include significant oral and facial trauma such as jaw fractures, deep wounds or lacerations to the face and mouth, an abscess or infection that causes widespread facial or submandibular swelling, or affects breathing and swallowing.
+How much does emergency dental treatment cost?
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide prompt, skilled, and experienced care to address dental emergencies. We understand that finances are always a concern and do our best to provide options in care that are both affordable and respect your budget.
Once we've had the opportunity to examine your smile, we can give you a clear picture of any existing dental issues, along with a quote for what the cost of treatment will be. The cost of care all depends upon the extent and complexity of issues affecting the health or appearance of your smile and the types of procedures that are required.
To help alleviate any additional stress or delay, you can count on our staff to work with you to optimize coverage for your dental care and to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. For patients without insurance, we strive to make things easier as well! We invite you to visit our financial information page or speak to an expert in our business office.
+Why Choose Beverly Thurmond, DDS For Your Emergency Dental Treatment In Raleigh?
Dental emergencies are often painful and debilitating experiences. For this reason it's important to have an emergency dentist in Raleigh, who welcomes patients with urgent dental needs while providing the prompt care required to restore oral health.
Here are just some of the reasons why so many patients choose our office for emergency dental care and to meet their family's dental needs:
- Skilled and compassionate care for patients of all ages
- Ultra-modern office designed with patient comfort in mind
- Professional team experienced in all facets of care
- State-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology
- Precise and gentle treatment using leading-edge systems of care
- Careful attention paid to patient input and treatment expectations
- Detailed explanations of treatment options and every step in care
- Provision of a broad range of dental services and emergency procedures
- Recognizes the specific needs of each patient and the unique requirements of every smile
- Provide patients with the education and tools to establish a strong foundation for optimal oral health
We're dedicated to helping patients enjoy good oral health and beautiful smiles. We look forward to helping you keep your smile in tip-top condition. You can rest assured that our highly skilled office team will provide you the highest quality of state-of-the-art dental care and have you smiling again in no time!
To make an appointment or for more information on our office and the many state-of-the-art services we provide, give us a call today.
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, We Provide Care To Support Ongoing Oral Health And Help Prevent Dental Emergencies
While some dental emergencies cannot be predicted or avoided, practicing good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and routine care go a long way to protect the health of your smile.
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we emphasize taking a preventive approach to care to help you and every member of your family maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. By coming to our office as recommended for checkup visits and routine care, we can help to prevent both the onset and progression of many oral health problems. We offer a comprehensive program of preventive care, including examinations, professional teeth cleanings, and oral cancer screenings, along with patient education on hygiene, diet, and healthy practices.
Your oral health and overall well-being are our top priorities. Remember, it's best not to hold off seeing the dentist until you're in terrible pain or think there's something wrong. By scheduling a routine appointment for a comprehensive checkup, a professional cleaning, and routine dental care, our skilled dental team can help you keep your smile looking and functioning its very best.
An estimated nine out of ten children suffer from one or more symptoms related to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). – JAOS, Bergersen / Stevens
These children experience a wide range of debilitating SDB-related health disorders, such as:
- Lower IQ
- Chronic Allergies
- Aggressive Behavior
- Mouth Breathing
- Swollen Adenoids & Tonsils
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Crooked Teeth
- Restless Sleep
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes
- Frequent Headaches
- Arrested Growth
- Low Grades in Math, Science & Spelling
The HealthyStart® System is an oral appliance therapy that promotes natural growth and development, which addresses the root causes of SDB. Research has shown that SDB-induced oxygen deprivation is a major contributing factor to the childhood health disorders shown above.
The HealthyStart® System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth. As these areas develop many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear. When kids can breathe properly, they can begin to learn, grow, and blossom into their true potential … just as nature intended.
Many kids with the above health disorders are being “treated” with powerful drugs without evaluating a possible root cause. Dr. Thurmond can help evaluate your child and indicate if there is a breathing and sleeping issue. Please ask us for an easy sleep and speech questionnaire to make an initial evaluation of your child.
Healthy Start not only addresses the root cause of Sleep Disorder Breathing, it simultaneously straightens your child’s teeth without braces. Best of all, when treatment begins early, the perfect smiles that the HealthyStart® Appliance System creates are less likely to relapse!
HealthyStart® creates healthier, happier kids who can breathe. Rarely has there ever been a single appliance or system with the power to impact your child’s health in so many positive ways. As a parent, you owe it to your child to give them every chance to succeed. Call today for more information on how to help children achieve their full potential.
Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start!
HealthyStart® Appliances are FDA Cleared, BPA, Silicone and Latex Free, ISO Certified, and a Health Canada Class II Medical-Grade Device.
Treatment with the HealthyStart® Appliance System promotes natural growth and development and is safe and effective. HealthyStart® is non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, pain-free and non-invasive therapy, is soft, comfortable and worn at night (or as directed) to assist parents whose children struggle with Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder, a restricted airway and crowded or crooked teeth.
Healthy Start Cases:
An innovative, discreet, and effective system of care, Invisalign® treatment offers a cosmetic way to align
your smile with minimal interference to daily activities using a series of clear aligners.
With aligners that are practically invisible, only you will know that you're undergoing
orthodontic care! Invisalign may, in most cases, eliminate the need for
unsightly, uncomfortable, unattractive bands and wires. Whether you are a teenager who needs
braces to correct a malocclusion or an adult who would like to straighten out
some crooked teeth, Invisalign may well be the answer for you!
Invisalign utilizes 3-D computer imaging technology to correct problematic bites or malocclusions by planning a
complete sequence of custom-made clear aligners. This series of clear aligners incrementally move the teeth into
place until the final desired corrections are reached.
With Invisalign® clear aligners, your treatment is tailored to you. Innovative technology combines
with a personalized treatment plan to make custom clear aligners for creating your new smile.
As pioneers in the field of aligner development and technology, the folks at Align Technology, Inc. gather data
from millions of treated smiles to design treatment systems that:
- Are faster, more advanced and comfortable than other options in care.
- Are able to address a broad spectrum of malocclusions ("bad bites") and teeth alignment issues.
- Allow more precise planning and control of multiple types of tooth movement.
Custom-made to the exact specifications of your smile, Invisalign clear aligners are designed to incrementally
move your teeth into their correct positions over time. Simply swap-out last week's aligner for the next one in
the series and watch as your smile progressively shows signs of improvement.
And, because Invisalign clear aligners are removable for short periods of time, as opposed to
traditional braces, you can still enjoy the foods you love as well as brush and
floss your teeth with ease!
Whether you are a teen who needs braces or an adult who yearns to "fix" their smile, Invisalign clear aligners
may be the perfect solution for you! Contact our office for more information and to schedule a consultation for
Come in for a consultation
Your doctor will examine your teeth and show you what Invisalign treatment can do for you.
Get your personalized treatment plan
Start with a fast, precise digital scan. Then your doctor will map out a custom treatment plan just
for you. You will even get a preview of your smile.
Your aligners are customized for you
Your clear aligners are created using industry leading technology based on your customized treatment.
Your aligners are created with comfort in mind.
Pick up your first aligners
From the first day of treatment to the last, you're never on your own — your doctor will be with you
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The difference is clear
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Frequently Asked Questions
+I want to straighten my teeth but I don't want metal
braces. What are the alternatives?
There are many options for patients who want to avoid metal braces! The most popular alternative
orthodontic treatment is Invisalign®, which are clear plastic aligners designed to straighten
teeth. After an examination of your teeth, your dentist will determine which option is best suited
to your wants and needs.
+Is Invisalign® expensive?
According to the Invisalign® website, the cost for treatment is approximately the same as the
cost for metal braces. A portion of this cost may be covered by your insurance. Please call
Beverly Thurmond, DDS to set up a consultation and discuss potential payment plan options.
+How does Invisalign® work?
The first step is to schedule a consultation with your doctor, so they can devise a treatment plan
that is best suited to your individual dental needs. Once approved, you will receive your first set
of aligners. Your doctor will then regularly monitor the movement of your teeth and new aligners
will be ordered according to the progress made in your treatment plan.
+What is Invisalign® made of?
Invisalign® aligners are made of clear, flexible plastic. The company received a patent for this
material – SmartTrack® – to be used exclusively for Invisalign treatment purposes. These
aligners are FDA approved and nearly invisible!
+How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
Your doctor will give you an estimate regarding how long your Invisalign® treatment should take,
which will depend on your specific needs. The average length of time for treatment is approximately
12-18 months. However, some patients may see results far sooner. Remember to wear your aligners
exactly as instructed by your doctor to obtain the best results.
+Are Invisalign® results permanent?
Your doctor will most likely recommend that you wear retainers following your Invisalign®
treatment. This is a precaution that will prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original
positioning. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions exactly to ensure long-lasting
+How often must I wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and
regular oral hygiene.
+Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in
No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating.
Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after
+Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the
aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
+Is there any discomfort with Invisalign®
There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This
is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
+Can I chew gum?
It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the
+Can I smoke with the aligners in?
We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
+How do I keep my aligners clean?
Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
+How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing
Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is
progressing as planned.
+What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need
All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with
your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
+How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be
shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.
+Does Invisalign work for kids?
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.
Chronic jaw clenching and grinding one’s teeth is called bruxism. While it can happen any time of day, it often occurs at night causing an individual to wake up with any number of symptoms including jaw pain, headaches, and sore teeth that may feel loose. Although, stress and anxiety are the most common causes of bruxism there may be other contributing factors such as a sleep disorder, an abnormal bite, as well as teeth that are missing or poorly aligned.
To alleviate the symptoms of bruxism, wearing a night guard while sleeping is frequently recommended. This appliance is designed to fit over the teeth and to keep the jaws slightly apart. Wearing a night guard prevents a number of damaging events, including muscle strain, excessive pressure on the jaw joint (the TMJ), and such dental damage as chipped or cracked teeth resulting from the teeth grinding against each other.
In addition to preventing damage to the soft and hard tissues surrounding the orofacial cavity, a custom night guard fabricated at the dental office can help curb a bruxism habit and give the wearer a better night’s sleep.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we emphasize taking a proactive approach as the best way to maintain a healthy,
beautiful smile. By coming to our office as recommended for checkup visits and routine care, we can help you and
every member of your family prevent the onset and progression of many oral health problems. As skilled and
experienced providers of care, we offer a comprehensive range of preventive services, including examinations,
professional teeth cleanings, and oral cancer screenings, along with patient
education on hygiene, diet, and healthy practices.
What Happens at the First Checkup Visit?
Your first visit to our office establishes your oral health baseline and provides essential information on your
dental interests and needs. We begin by carefully reviewing your medical and dental histories and taking special
note of all of your dental concerns, as well as any symptoms that you may be experiencing. This initial conversation
is followed by a thorough clinical examination, including an oral cancer screening,
periodontal evaluation, and an analysis of your occlusion (bite).
To perform a comprehensive oral exam, we'll recommend and take diagnostic films as needed. As we take a close look
at your smile, we'll examine your teeth, the supporting bone and soft tissues, and the surrounding areas of the
mouth, head, and neck. We'll make a note of any signs of clenching or grinding your teeth and assess your TMJ
(temporomandibular joint) function. A comprehensive oral exam can also reveal the consequences that certain
dietary choices, eating disorders, medications, harmful habits, and inadequate oral hygiene practices may have on
We want every patient to enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, you
can rest assured that your oral exam is performed with the utmost care and that every member of our team is
sensitive to your needs. Based on your oral exam findings and what we see on your diagnostic films, we'll outline
what further treatment, if any, may be needed and discuss all your options in care.
A Healthy Smile is Vital to Your Overall Well-Being
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we recognize that a healthy smile is more than just an attractive asset; it is
also essential to one's overall well-being. Harmful conditions affecting your teeth, gums, jaws, and structures in
and around the oral cavity can impact your overall well-being. As we perform an oral exam and check for the
development of common dental conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease and screen for oral
cancer, we also take note of any signs of problematic health issues that may have originated
elsewhere in the body.
Today, researchers are establishing more and more links between poor oral health and systemic disease. Mounting
evidence supports the idea that dental disease contributes to a range of health issues, including the following
The reverse is also true. Just as oral health problems can be linked to systemic illnesses, diseases in the body can
likewise produce oral health issues. According to statistics, more than 90% of all systemic diseases (conditions
affecting organs and systems in the body) can manifest signs and symptoms in the oral cavity. Experiencing dry
mouth, bad breath, gum problems, ulcerations, or other oral lesions may be indicative of an underlying medical
The Importance of Routine Checkups and Professional Dental Cleanings
Enjoying a smile that looks good and functions at its best is not something you can take for granted. To maintain
optimal oral health and a vibrant smile requires an effective dental hygiene regimen, a nutritious diet, routine
checkups, professional cleanings, and a comprehensive program of preventive care.
Remember, it's important not to hold off seeing the dentist until you're in terrible pain or think there's something
wrong. By scheduling a routine appointment for a comprehensive dental checkup and professional cleaning, we can help
you keep your smile looking and functioning at its very best.
Our office encourages patients to come in twice a year for routine checkups and professional cleanings. In this way,
we can monitor your oral health, reduce your risk of dental disease, and detect any issues early in their onset when
they are typically the simplest to treat.
While maintaining a healthy smile depends upon keeping your teeth and gums clean at home, even for the best
"brushers" and "flossers," it's difficult to reach every nook and cranny between the teeth and gums. For this
reason, we emphasize the importance of professional teeth cleanings. In this way, our hygienist can thoroughly
remove any accumulated plaque and tartar from between the teeth and gums, including areas that you may have missed.
Since dental plaque harbors the bacteria that are responsible for cavities and gum disease, its removal prevents
these disease processes from occurring. Following a dental cleaning and polishing to remove any superficial stains
from your teeth, your mouth will feel fresh and clean.
Checkup and cleaning visits also represent an opportunity to educate patients in the best oral hygiene homecare
methods and routines to maintain a healthy smile. As your trusted partner in care, we'll carefully explain and
demonstrate the proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and other healthy oral care practices.
Even though proper dental care is essential at every stage of life, it's especially important for children to
establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health. With routine checkups, preventive treatment, and
age-appropriate education in the best methods for taking care of their teeth, we can help your little ones protect
their smiles from dental disease. We also monitor your children's dental and jaw development as they grow; keeping a
close watch to determine if any orthodontic intervention will be needed to align
Our goal is to help you and every member of your family establish healthy practices that will last a lifetime. At the
office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we're proud of the reputation we've established for providing skilled and compassionate
care. We work hard to make every visit to our office a positive experience while building long-standing
relationships with our patients and achieving outstanding treatment outcomes.
What Do Dental X-Rays Show?
Although we perform a thorough visual inspection of every aspect of your smile, the only way to see the deeper
structures of the teeth, as well as the surrounding tissues and bone, is with dental x-rays
or radiographs. Diagnostic x-rays not only reveal the presence of dental disease, but they
also provide valuable information on the development, health, and integrity of teeth and orofacial structures.
Thanks to advances in technology, x-rays have entered the digital age. Instead of using traditional film-based
methods, which involved long-exposure times and developing solutions, digital x-ray images can now be acquired,
stored, and managed via digital sensors and integrated software programs.
Digital radiography offers several benefits to the patient, including
Quicker with minimal exposure to x-ray radiation
Images can be viewed immediately after acquisition
Images can be electronically shared
Digital radiographs do not require any developing chemicals, create less waste, and are safer for the environment
Images are immediately stored in the patient's electronic file, where they can be easily viewed on a screen, shared, or printed out.
What Are the Different Types of Dental X-Rays?
The type of diagnostic images our office will recommend depends on the nature of your visit and your oral healthcare
Here's a list of some of the most common diagnostic films and the value of these images:
Periapical x-ray - This small film is typically taken of an individual tooth and provides a view of the entire tooth from the top of the crown to the tip of the root and bone adjacent to it.
Bitewing x-ray - This small film captures detailed views of the crowns of the premolars or molars and is typically used to check for dental decay.
Full Mouth Series - This set of x-rays consists of bitewing and periapical views of all the teeth.
Panoramic Film (panorex) - This film provides a 2D panoramic view of all the teeth and the left and right sides of the jaw. It offers a view of erupted teeth, developing teeth, impacted teeth, and allows an assessment of the health and integrity of the jawbone.
Cephalometric Film - This film provides a profile view of the face and jaws and is often used by orthodontists to assess a patient's skeletal facial and jaw growth.
Today, it's also possible to capture detailed three-dimensional images for diagnostic purposes, treatment planning,
and the delivery of care. By using Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) your dentist can acquire,
analyze, and reconstruct 3D images of a patient's teeth, jaws, and surrounding anatomy. This technology is often
employed for diagnosis, surgical planning, treatment, and the accurate placement of dental
Frequently Asked Questions
+Are you accepting new patients?
Yes. We always welcome new patients and their families for care. Feel free to give us a call or reach
out to us online to schedule a first visit or for any additional information on our office. We look
forward to hearing from you!
+How often do I need to get a dental checkup?
Routine dental checkups and professional cleanings help ensure your smile remains in tip-top
condition and that any developing problems receive the prompt care they require. While it's a good
idea to schedule a checkup and cleaning twice a year, longer or shorter intervals between routine
visits depend on your specific needs.
+What if I haven't been to the dentist in a long
We understand that life gets complicated and busy, and for various reasons, you haven't been able to
get to the dentist for care. Don't worry; it's always a good time to get back in touch with the
health of your smile.
At Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we offer skilled and compassionate care to address a wide range of dental
needs. Whether you need a simple checkup and cleaning, restorations,
periodontal treatment, root canal therapy, or the
replacement of missing teeth to get your smile back into shape, we provide precise, gentle,
stress-free treatment to give you a smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy.
Give us a call today; we're happy to address all your questions and concerns about getting your smile
back in tip-top condition.
+Should pregnant women get a dental checkup?
For pregnant women practicing good oral care and seeing the dentist to maintain a healthy smile is
considered an important component of prenatal care. Researchers have found that pregnancy not only
increases the risk of oral health problems, but these problems may also lead to pregnancy
complications. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide the skilled and compassionate care
required to help expectant mothers keep their teeth and gums in tip-top condition. While certain
procedures are not recommended during pregnancy, we provide the necessary care and take all the
necessary precautions required.
+How can I improve the appearance of my smile?
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, teeth that have been affected by a range of imperfections or
that have sustained damage from trauma or dental decay can be restored to produce a naturally
beautiful looking and functional smile.
As skilled and experienced providers of care, our office can effectively improve and enhance the
appearance of teeth that are stained, discolored, misshapen, chipped, fractured, gapped, crowded, or
broken down due to dental decay. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we offer a comprehensive
selection of the leading-edge cosmetic solutions from teeth whitening procedures, dental bonding,
tooth-colored fillings, and veneers, to prosthetic solutions and dental
implants to rebuild complete and beautiful smiles.
Contact our office to learn more about the many ways we can help you create the smile you've always
+How should I prepare for my dental appointment?
If you're visiting Beverly Thurmond, DDS for the first time, it is helpful that you contact your former
dental office and have your records sent over to us. Make note of any problems you may have so that
you can discuss them with your dentist.
To provide efficient service, we ask you to please bring your insurance card, an ID, plus any
referral slips or diagnostic records given to you by another office. If you are taking medications,
please note or make a list of what they are as you will need to provide that information. If you'd
like to save some time, you can fill out some of our forms online.
+Does Beverly Thurmond, DDS treat patients of all
Yes! We assure you that both you and your family will be in good hands at the office of
Beverly Thurmond, DDS.
+What if I'm anxious about seeing the dentist?
We do our best to make sure every patient who steps into our office for care is put at ease. We
provide precise and gentle care and our skilled, compassionate team strives to make every visit
stress-free. You can rest assured that your smile is in the best of hands and that we are doing all
we can to ensure your comfort throughout every procedure. While we always take the time to explain
every step in care, feel free to ask us any questions about local anesthesia and methods of dental
+How much does dental treatment cost?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we strive to provide the highest quality of care to address all
your dental needs. Once we've had the opportunity to examine your smile, we can give you a clear
picture of any dental issues that are present, along with a quote for what the cost of treatment
will be. The cost of care all depends upon the extent and complexity of issues affecting the health
or appearance of your smile and the types of procedures that are required. Our goal is to make
dental care more affordable so that you can begin treatment without any additional stress or delay.
Keep in mind that with routine dental checkups and periodic care, we can help prevent dental disease
while treating emerging problems early in their onset to avoid larger issues and more expensive care
down the road.
+What if I have dental insurance?
Routine dental checkups and preventive care procedures may be covered under your dental insurance
plan requiring little to no out-of-pocket expense. We invite you to speak to an expert in our
business office who will advise you of your plan, and if you have any other questions about dental
insurance, dental savings plans, forms of payment, or financing options. We welcome your inquiries
and do our best to help you begin care without additional stress or delay.
+What is the best method of replacing missing
If you've lost a tooth due to injury, decay, gum disease, or any other reason, we recommend
dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants
come the closest to replicating the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.
+Is flossing as important as brushing?
Absolutely! Both flossing and brushing regularly are equally important to maintain your oral health.
While brushing cleans the surface of your teeth, flossing cleans in between them. Flossing is
important to prevent plaque buildup, which can cause gums to recede and lead to
+Do you still need to see a dentist if you have
Even if you have dentures, it is still necessary to see a dentist! Dental checkups help ensure that
your dentures are comfortable, fitting properly, and that there are no other problems. Beyond
assessing your dentures, our dentist will also perform a thorough examination of the jawbone, and
surrounding soft tissues both inside the mouth, the face, and neck, to confirm that you remain in
good oral health.
+What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
Emergency dental care is a service we hope you'll
never need- but if you do, the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS is here for you!
Whether you're suffering from a chipped tooth, toothache, or any problem affecting your oral
health, you can be sure to get the prompt attention and compassionate care you require at our
office. Patient care and comfort are our top priorities, and we offer a comprehensive range of
the most advanced services to address a broad spectrum of dental needs.
While the pain of a toothache is one of the more common reasons that patients come to our office
for emergency dental care, we also promptly treat
emergencies that are not necessarily painful like crowns that have been dislodged and broken
dentures that leave embarrassing gaps in one's smile.
You can rest assured that your oral health is in the best of hands at our office. We'll quickly
determine exactly what's wrong, explain your treatment options, and then provide the precise and
gentle care you require to alleviate your discomfort and get you back on the path to oral health
Your health and comfort are our top priorities. If your dental
emergency is painful, if it affects the appearance of your smile, or if
you suspect that an infection is present, our office will make every effort to see you as soon
as possible for care.
+Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we welcome patients of all ages for care and offer a
comprehensive range of services designed to help every member of your family maintain a beautiful
and healthy smile. Whether you or a loved one needs a routine checkup and cleaning, fillings,
same-day crowns, a cosmetic smile makeover, the replacement of missing teeth or require the services
of a skilled and compassionate emergency dentist, you can rely on our office for the highest quality
For more information on our office and the many services we provide, or to schedule an appointment
for care, give us a call today.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, the health and development of your child's smile are our top priorities. Our
goals are to help children establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health and experience the
benefits of healthy, beautiful smiles.
Excellent Oral Health Begins With Good Oral Care
All parents want what's best for their families. When good oral care, including routine
checkups, start at an early age, our office can closely monitor the development and
health of your
child's smile as they grow. It's essential to keep in mind that preventive care and timely treatment for
emerging dental issues not only helps to ensure ongoing oral health but also supports overall
contributes to a positive self-image.
You can rest assured that your child's smile is in the best of hands at our office! We provide gentle
care in an environment that's comfortable, warm, and engaging. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we
comprehensive range of dental services designed to address the dental needs of children of all ages.
your little one's first trip to the dentist, a routine visit, treatment for a
emergency, or more, we're well equipped to provide the care that's needed.
We take a proactive approach and emphasize the importance of dental prevention as the key to good oral
provide you and your child with the resources as well as the tools to establish an effective brushing
routine and offer nutritional guidance and advice on potentially harmful oral habits. Our entire team
make each visit with your child a positive, informative, and beneficial experience.
The Importance Of Regular Checkups And Routine Care
Studies show that children and teens lose an estimated 51 million school hours each year to dental problems.
your child maintain optimal oral health and a smile that's healthy and bright, we recommend dental checkups
cleanings twice a year.
As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we understand all aspects of dental development and are
the unique needs of children. At each periodic exam, a member of our professional team will review your
medical and dental history and then perform a thorough clinical assessment of the teeth, gums, jaws, and the
surrounding oral tissues. We'll also check your child's bite, jaw alignment, and function.
Because it's vital to see what's going on below the surface, we'll take digital radiographs as needed, to
the presence of any cavities, or infection and to evaluate the position of your child's developing teeth and
health of jaw bone. We'll also perform a professional dental cleaning to eliminate any plaque or debris that
accumulated between the teeth or in hard to reach places.
Tooth Decay Is The Single Most Common Chronic Childhood Disease
At every stage of your child's development, we'll advise you on the most effective methods of keeping his or
teeth clean and discuss the foods, beverages, and harmful oral habits that can lead to problems. While it
difficult sometimes to get children into a regular oral hygiene routine, we'll give you tips and advice on
make brushing and flossing a fun part of their daily activities. As your trusted partner you can rely on the
of Beverly Thurmond, DDS to keep a close watch on your child's oral health and development.
By following these simple guidelines, you can help your child maintain optimal oral health and develop a
attitude towards dental care:
Establishing a dental partnership when your child is small
Keeping your baby's and toddler's teeth clean
Not allowing your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice.
Bringing your child to the dentist for routine checkups and care
Leading by example and encouraging the recommended tooth brushing and flossing routine
Promoting wise dietary choices and healthy snacking, including replacing sugary drinks with water and limiting sweets
Providing supportive guidance to help your child put away their pacifier and stop thumb or finger sucking at the appropriate time
Making sure your child wears a mouthguard when playing specific sports
Your Baby's Smile
Even before your child is born, your little one's first set of teeth is already forming. As a matter of
time your baby is a year old, some of the front teeth will have already emerged into place. For this reason,
essential to establish an oral care routine at an early age. As per the recommendations of the American
Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents are encouraged to have their baby see
dentist around the time of their first birthday.
More On Dental Care For Children and Teens
Childhood is a time of incredible physical and emotional changes. As kids go through several stages of
so do their teeth. Many things, including both genetic and environmental factors, contribute to the health
appearance of your child's smile. While some issues cannot be prevented, there's still a lot you can do to
ensure your child experiences optimal oral health and develops an attractive, functional smile. Our office
sure your children are instructed in the best methods for caring for their teeth and will provide them with
age-appropriate information on following a healthy diet as well as make them aware of which oral habits and
activities may be harmful to their teeth and overall well being.
Assessing Facial Growth And Dental Development
In addition to checking for the presence of dental disease, we also monitor your child's facial growth, jaw
development, and alignment of their smile. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, we'll advise you of our
recommendations for care. Since many children and teens wear braces, paying
attention to what they eat and how they maintain their oral hygiene is of the utmost importance.
Good nutrition is essential for a healthy smile
Beyond good oral hygiene and routine dental care, a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for a healthy
growing child. Sticky, sugary foods and drinks are not only harmful to children's oral health but also
to their overall well-being. A diet rich in nutrients is critical for optimal growth and development and
teeth and gums strong.
FAQs On The Topic Of Your Baby's Smile
+When will my baby's first tooth appear?
A baby's first teeth begin to appear in the 6 to 12-month range. Typically, it's the two
ones that appear first. The baby teeth come into place from the front of the mouth and then
the back. With that said, most children will get all of their baby teeth by the time they
+How should I clean my baby's new teeth?
For babies with new teeth just emerging, we may recommend just a washcloth or infant
start. As your baby grows and more teeth come into place, an age-appropriate soft bristled
and a tiny dab of toothpaste will be recommended. One word of caution; be careful that your
does not swallow the dab of toothpaste. When your child gets older, we will teach him or her
about the responsibilities of self-care and oral hygiene.
+What should I do if my baby is teething?
While getting teeth is an important milestone in a baby's development, it's essential to be
that teething can make a baby quite irritable. Your little one may act fussy, have trouble
avoid eating, and drool quite a bit. While you are powerless to speed up the process of
there are a few things that you can do to soothe your baby as their new teeth are erupting
place. Common approaches to helping your baby feel more comfortable while getting their new
include safe teething rings, a cold spoon, or a moist gauze rubbed over their gums.
can always call our office if you have any concerns.
+Why are baby teeth so important?
The first set of teeth not only makes it possible for your baby to smile, eat, and speak, but
also play the critical role of serving as placeholders for the permanent teeth. Losing a
too early can potentially result in a misaligned smile.
+Can babies develop tooth decay?
When caring for your child's smile, it's important to remember that baby teeth are just as
susceptible as the permanent teeth to decay. In fact, more than 50% of children develop
before the age of five. Not only does tooth decay pose a risk to the health of the involved
teeth, but untreated cavities can also have consequences for your child's overall well-being
permanent teeth that are yet to come into place.
+What is baby bottle syndrome?
Baby bottle syndrome, which is also known as nursing bottle syndrome, refers to the rampant
decay that results from babies sleeping with a bottle containing milk or juice. While the
most prevalent in the front teeth of the upper jaw, extensive dental work is typically
restore the toddler's oral health and prevent infections. New parents are advised not to let
baby sleep with a bottle or at least swap the juice or milk for water.
+Will thumb or finger sucking affect the
my child's smile?
Some children persist in sucking their thumbs or fingers beyond their preschool years. For
children, the activity continues to be a source of comfort, relaxation, and security. It may
help them fall asleep at night. However, it's essential to be aware that in the long-term, a
sucking habit is not healthy.
If your child is still thumb or finger sucking by the age of five or six years, it's time to
constructively help them stop the habit. If it has caused any alterations to the alignment
teeth or jaws, or if it is affecting your child's speech or swallowing patterns, it's likely
child requires orthodontic care.
FAQs As Your Child Grows
+How often should my child have a dental
The American Dental Association advises parents to bring their kids in for a routine checkup
preventive care once every six months. At this time, our dentist will examine the teeth,
jaws to assess your child's overall dental health and development. Your child will also have
dental cleaning performed in addition to receiving age-appropriate oral hygiene instructions
nutritional guidance. If any emerging issues are detected, our office will provide the
required to address these problems early in their onset.
+What if my child is anxious and has difficulty
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we take pride in providing gentle, compassionate care in
environment that is designed with comfort in mind. However, every child is different. While
children, a trip to the dentist is taken in stride; for others, it can present challenges
produce significant anxiety. If your child is apprehensive, has a medical condition, special
or difficulty sitting in a dental chair, we can discuss the best choices for the provision
and options in dental sedation.
+Why are back-to-school checkups so
Helping your child start the school year on the right foot not only means getting the correct
supplies, but it also involves making sure your child is in the best of health. One key to
setbacks during the academic year is to make sure your child's smile is in tip-top shape! At
office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we specialize in addressing the dental needs of children as
helping them establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health.
+What causes cavities?
Cavities develop when plaque is not consistently removed from around the teeth and gums. Due
inadequate oral hygiene practices and dietary habits, children are especially prone to
cavities. As an added level of protection against tooth decay in children, our office
recommends periodic fluoride treatments and
+What is a space maintainer?
Sometimes, due to tooth decay or a traumatic injury, a child may lose a primary tooth early,
the permanent one underneath is ready to come into place. When this happens, our dentist
consider the best way to hold the space left by the baby tooth in order to maintain a clear
the succeeding adult tooth. Sometimes a small dental appliance, known as a space maintainer,
required to make sure the permanent tooth does not become crowded out of the dental arch or
by shifting adjacent teeth.
+When is the best time to begin orthodontic
In addition to checking for the presence of dental disease, harmful oral habits, as well as
presence of other unhealthy activities or conditions, our office will also monitor your
facial growth, jaw development, and alignment of their smile. If orthodontic treatment is
we'll advise you of our recommendations for care. One common misconception regarding
treatment is to wait until all of the permanent teeth (except the wisdom teeth) are present.
However, most problems involving the alignment of the teeth and jaw growth can be identified
time a child is in the first or second grade. For this reason, the American Association of
Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check up with an orthodontic specialist no
than age 7.
+What's the best way to protect a child's smile
If your child or teen plays sports, a sports mouthguard is an
excellent idea. Properly fitted, mouthguards are a fundamental component of protective
and have been demonstrated to reduce trauma to the teeth, tongue, lips, and jaws. Based on
child's involvement in a particular sport, we'll advise you on the most appropriate
protect his or her smile.
+Why are dental sealants recommended?
After your child's permanent molars and premolars come into place, we typically recommend the
placement of dental sealants. As an ultra-thin, clear coating that is painlessly applied to
biting surfaces and grooves on the back teeth, dental sealants block the bacteria and acids
+Will my child's wisdom teeth require
Wisdom teeth, which are also known as the third molars, are the last permanent teeth to
the oral cavity as well as the final ones to come into place. However, as is often the case,
wisdom teeth do not have sufficient room to erupt, are not developing correctly, or are
issues for the adjacent teeth and the surrounding tissues. If the wisdom teeth are not fully
partially impacted, they tend to emerge between the ages of 17 and 21 years. At every
our office will monitor the development and position of your child's wisdom teeth recommend
when any extractions are indicated.
+What if my child has a dental emergency?
Recognizing the fact that children have active lifestyles means there is always a chance an
involving a hit or blow to the mouth or teeth can occur. These traumatic injuries can happen
home, in the playground, or on the playing field. Common injuries to the teeth and oral
in a pediatric dental office include everything from soft tissue lacerations of the lips,
tongue to chipped, fractured, dislodged, or "knocked out" teeth.
Equally frequent reasons for children to require urgent dental care are painful toothaches,
infections, and mouth ulcerations. Whatever your child's dental
emergency may be, you can rely on our office to provide skilled,
compassionate, and reliable care. Our goal is to get your child back on the road to oral
while alleviating any associated discomfort and preventing more serious consequences to
health and overall well-being.
+Why choose the office of
Beverly Thurmond, DDS
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we welcome patients of all ages for care and provide a
comprehensive range of services designed to address the needs of every member of your
passionate about what we do and maintain a position at the forefront of advances in
offer our patients the best options in care. You can depend on our office to help you and
children enjoy good oral health. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our
us a call today.
Did you know that the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease? According to statistics from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults over the age of 30 in the United States has
periodontal disease. However, the good news is that periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable. At the
office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we offer a comprehensive range of services to help patients maintain optimal
periodontal health and enjoy the benefits of a smile that look, feels, and functions at its best.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a set of inflammatory diseases that affect the
"periodontium", which are the hard and soft tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. Just like tooth decay,
gum disease is attributed to the harmful bacteria in dental plaque and tartar that accumulate around the teeth and
under the gums.
Since the progression of periodontal disease is often painless, you may not even be aware of an ongoing disease
process. For this very reason, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene and schedule visits for regular
checkups, professional cleanings, and routine care.
Taking care of your smile includes being mindful of the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Some indications that you may have periodontal disease include:
Inflamed and red gums
Bleeding when brushing or flossing
Receding gums and exposed tooth root surfaces
Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
Teeth that feel loose
New spaces developing between the teeth or a change in the bite
Change in the fit of existing partial dentures
Discharge around the teeth and gums
Sharp or dull pain when biting down or chewing food
The Importance Of Good Oral Health
Taking care of your smile does more than keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition; good oral health also
supports systemic health. In addition to being the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, researchers are finding
more and more links between periodontal disease and a number of medical problems, including heart disease, stroke,
diabetes, and respiratory problems.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we emphasize the importance of prevention, early detection, and timely treatment
of periodontal disease. We provide patients the guidance, support, and care required to maintain optimal periodontal
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis represents the initial stage of gum disease. Although it doesn’t cause overt discomfort and often goes
unnoticed, there are specific signs to be aware of that indicate the start of a problem. If you notice your gums
bleed when you brush, look red and inflamed, or feel a little tender, you more than likely have gingivitis.
The good news is that by treating gingivitis early, the tissue damage associated with more advanced stages of gum
disease can be avoided. Despite the presence of inflammation, the overall integrity of the periodontal tissues in
this stage remains intact.
Treatment instituted at this point is often sufficient to reverse the course of the disease and to avoid any
permanent damage to the periodontal tissues. A series of deep dental cleanings, an improved home care regimen and a
commitment to regular maintenance may be all that is required to prevent this stage of periodontal disease from
What is Periodontitis?
When left untreated, a case of gingivitis develops into a more advanced and damaging stage of gum disease, known as
periodontitis. At this point, the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place begin to break down. With
the progression of periodontal disease and periodontitis, more and more tissue loss ensues. Damage often includes an
increase in pocketing between the teeth and bone, gum recession, and bone loss. As unresolved periodontitis goes
from mild to moderate to severe, it increasingly compromises the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth.
Periodontal treatment in this phase is designed to halt the progression of the disease and to restore tooth support
as possible. Treatment may involve medications to control the bacteria and reduce the size of the pockets between
the teeth and gums, gum surgery, as well as bone and tissue grafts.
Let Us Help You Maintain Optimal Periodontal Health
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we offer personalized, state-of-the-art solutions to help you maintain healthy
gums and an attractive, well-functioning smile. As skilled providers of care, we utilize leading-edge technology and
treatment methods to address a broad range of periodontal conditions and needs.
Thanks to advances in care, periodontal treatment today not only helps to halt the progression of gum disease but
also delivers effective solutions, including bone grafting and regenerative procedures to repair tissue damage,
restore bone volume, improve cosmetics, or provide adequate support for the placement of dental implants.
How is gum disease treated?
The type of periodontal treatment you receive depends on several factors including the stage of periodontal disease,
the extent of tissue damage, your overall oral health, existing medical conditions, and other considerations in
care. After a thorough assessment of your case, we’ll discuss your options to reestablish and maintain optimal
periodontal health. We welcome your questions and are always on hand to provide guidance and address your concerns.
Periodontal treatment can be categorized in the following ways:
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
When periodontal disease is detected early in its onset, conservative or non-surgical methods of care
combined with improved hygiene routines can restore periodontal health. While periodic, professional
cleanings are sufficient to maintain periodontal health in patients that do not have gum disease, once
gingivitis is present, deeper cleanings and possibly other non-surgical methods of care are recommended to
treat the condition.
The American Academy of Periodontology emphasizes achieving periodontal health by means of the least
invasive and cost-effective treatment approaches to care. Deeper cleanings, which include Scaling and Root
planing, are non-surgical procedures that are considered the first line of defense against the progression
of periodontal disease.
With scaling and root planing, any plaque and tartar (hardened dental plaque) that have accumulated below
the gumline are carefully removed, and then the root surfaces of the teeth are smoothed. Since periodontal
disease is an inflammatory response to plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins, by simply mechanically
eliminating these agents, the progression of gum disease can be halted. In addition to removing plaque and
tartar with a scaling and root planing procedure, antimicrobial medication placed under the gumline or
systemic medications can be used as adjuncts to care to further reduce the bacterial population.
If non-surgical approaches to managing periodontal disease do not achieve the desired outcome, surgery may
be recommended to halt its progression and repair damage as possible.
When gum disease has advanced beyond the initial stage, periodontal surgery is often recommended to
effectively remove bacteria and tartar from around the teeth, reduce gingival pocket depth, restore lost
tissue as possible, and halt disease progression. It’s essential to keep in mind that gum disease is a
progressive condition. If appropriate measures are not taken, gum disease continues to compromise the
support of the teeth and have consequences to one’s overall dental health and well-being.
As untreated gingivitis evolves into more advanced stages of gum disease, periodontal pockets deepen, the
bacteria become more difficult to remove, and the gaps between the surface of the teeth and gums get larger.
When pocket depth increases to the point of being beyond the reach of deep cleanings and other conservative
methods of care (5mm or more), gum surgery to clean and treat the damage to gums and underlying bone is
The good news is that with proper surgical treatment followed by improved oral hygiene, the chances of tooth
loss, further damage to the bone and soft tissues supporting the teeth, and complications from health
problems that are linked to periodontal disease can be decreased.
The goals of pocket reduction surgery are to accomplish the following:
Remove sub-gingival bacteria beneath the gums and from the surfaces of the roots of the teeth
Halt damage to the underlying bone, and recontour the affected hard tissues as needed
Reduce pocket depth to facilitate easier cleaning of the teeth and gums and the maintenance of optimal periodontal health
In many cases, a periodontal procedure, which is known as flap surgery, is frequently recommended. During
this procedure, the gums in the affected area are reflected away from the teeth and supporting bone. Now,
the pocket and roots of the teeth can be thoroughly cleaned and supporting tissues recontoured as needed.
When this step gets completed, the tissue flag gets sutured back into place.
Today, in addition to conventional surgical approaches to care, dental lasers are also used to perform
select periodontal procedures. When applicable, laser technology can help treat periodontitis, reduce pocket
depth, address peri-implantitis, and remove or recontour gingival tissues for cosmetic purposes.
Gum Disease FAQs
+How common is gum disease?
Most people don’t realize that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two
adults over the age of 30 in the United States has periodontal disease.
+What causes gum disease?
You may be surprised to learn that the human mouth is home to a wide variety of microbes. The fact
is that over 700 different strains of bacteria have been detected in the oral cavity. Although some
of these bacteria are beneficial, others are harmful to oral health. Without proper oral hygiene and
routine dental care, these harmful bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, compromising both
your oral health and overall wellbeing.
+Are there other risk factors for periodontal
In addition to inadequate oral hygiene and infrequent professional care, other factors, including
smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes, can contribute to the escalation of periodontal
+Why are healthy gums so important?
Your gums and teeth have an interdependent relationship, which means healthy teeth depend on the
support of healthy gums. Also, taking care of your smile does more than keep your teeth and gums in
optimal condition; good oral health also supports systemic health. In addition to being the leading
cause of tooth loss in adults, researchers are finding more and more links between periodontal
disease and a number of medical problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory
problems, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-term and low birth-weight babies.
+What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
If you notice that your gums are bleeding with the slightest pressure while brushing or flossing,
it’s a sign of gingivitis. Although gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, it can easily
be reversed with deeper cleanings as well as an improved regimen of oral hygiene at home.
+What happens as gum disease progresses?
In the absence of professional treatment and better home care, gingivitis progresses to the next
stage, which is known as periodontitis. In this stage, the connective tissue and bone that hold the
teeth in place begin to break down with an increase in pocketing between the teeth and bone, gum
recession, and bone loss. Without proper treatment by your dentist, periodontitis will progress from
a mild to moderate loss of supporting tissue to the destruction of the bone around the teeth.
+What are the best ways to manage and treat more
advanced gum disease or periodontitis?
Although gingivitis can often be reversed with improved oral hygiene and professional cleanings, as
periodontal disease advances, more extensive procedures are required to halt its progression. Based
on a complete assessment of your periodontal health and a review of possible contributing factors,
our office will recommend the best options in care. Treatment for periodontitis may include a series
of deeper cleanings known as root planing and scaling, surgical procedures to reduce pocket depth,
bone or tissue grafts, laser procedures, or antimicrobial medications.
+How much does periodontal treatment cost?
The cost of care depends on the type of procedures required to restore your periodontal health. If
you have dental insurance, plans often cover treatment to prevent gum disease as well as many
procedures to treat the various stages of gum disease. Our goal is to help patients restore and
maintain good oral health. We do all we can to help you begin care without additional stress or
delay. Our business office works with you to maximize your benefits and provide easier, more
convenient payment options.
+What is the best way to prevent gum disease?
By seeing our office regularly for care and doing your best to eat a healthy diet and practice good
oral hygiene, you can keep your smile in tip-top shape as well as protect your overall wellbeing.
+Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS for
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide a comprehensive range of services to address all your
oral healthcare needs. You can rest assured that your smile is in the best of hands at our office.
Our skilled and experienced team maintains a position at the forefront of advances in care and
remains dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate treatment.
For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.
According to recent studies good oral hygiene is essential not only for your dental health, it is important to your overall health and well-being. Our comprehensive dental hygiene program is designed to preserve your teeth and the supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental disease.
To maintain your optimal oral health we recommend periodic professional dental cleanings. Removing plaque and debris from teeth, especially from places where a toothbrush can't reach, like underneath the gum line and in-between teeth is extremely important.
It is also important to keep in mind that in conjunction with periodic dental professional cleanings, a good dental home care regimen is necessary. As part of the preventive program at this office your current home care practices will be reviewed. Following that, we will make recommendations as to what areas require improvements, and instruct you in the proper methods of brushing and flossing.
Additional preventive services may be indicated for individual patients. An integral part of our preventive program for pediatric patients includes periodic fluoride treatments and the application of dental sealants.
If you are told that a tooth requires a root canal procedure, there’s no need for alarm. Today, a root canal
procedure is as routine and comfortable as receiving a dental filling. As a
matter of fact, a root canal procedure
is typically the best way to relieve toothache pain, save a damaged tooth, and preserve your natural smile.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we use the latest technology to provide precise and gentle care to help patients
maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Patient care and comfort are our top priorities, and you can rest assured your
oral health is in the best of hands.
An effective way to preserve your natural smile
With a demonstrated success rate of well over 90%, root canal procedures remain the most effective way of saving and
retaining a tooth that has been severely compromised by dental decay or injury. Because having a healthy natural
dentition supports your oral health and overall well-being, root canal therapy, as opposed to having the involved
tooth extracted, is a routine and widely recommended procedure. Across the United States alone, root canal
procedures are routinely performed almost 41,000 times daily and close to 15 million times per year.
Why you may need root canal therapy
Your teeth are much more than just the hard outer biting surfaces and the roots. Inside each one is a central
chamber containing connective tissue, a nerve supply, and blood vessels. Collectively, these core tissues, known as
the dental pulp, help your tooth to grow and mature before it emerges into the mouth. Once your tooth is in place,
the dental pulp provides nourishment, keeps the tooth vital, and alerts you of problems.
Having sensitivity to various stimuli like biting down and eating or drinking hot or cold items is a warning from
the nerves inside your tooth that dental decay is present, dental trauma has occurred, or infection is brewing. The
degree of pain that you experience depends on the extent of the damage and nerve involvement.
When a tooth needs a root canal, it is because the dental pulp has become irreversibly damaged or has died. However,
if enough intact tooth structure remains, and there’s good bone support around the compromised tooth, you do not
need to have the tooth extracted. A fully developed tooth does not require the dental pulp to remain functional. You
can preserve your natural tooth by having your dentist perform a root canal on the tooth.
Although not every instance of dental discomfort indicates the need for root canal therapy, some of the warning
signs that you might require this procedure include the following:
Unresolved, persistent pain
Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something is amiss. Although, there are many explanations for oral
pain, one of the most common reasons is a toothache caused by decay or damage that has affected the tooth’s
inner vital tissues. Patients in need of root canal therapy often report dental pain that wakes them up at
If the pleasure of sipping hot beverages or foods are overshadowed by dental pain that makes you wince, it's
time to contact our office. Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks can indicate an inflamed,
irritated, or non-vital dental pulp.
Discomfort with pressure or the slightest touch
If it hurts when you bite and chew or when you just touch the tooth, it may indicate pulpal involvement,
irreversible damage to the inner vital tissues of the tooth, or the presence of an infection.
Darkened, discolored tooth
A discolored tooth is often a message that the inner vital tissues, including the tooth’s nerve and blood
supply, have been compromised. Teeth that have sustained an injury may demonstrate discoloration as the
internal tissues have devitalized.
Chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth
An injury that chips or fractures a tooth can also traumatize the dental pulp or even compromise so much
tooth structure that a root canal procedure is required to save the tooth.
Swelling around the tooth and gums
Swelling of the gums around a tooth may indicate that an infection has developed. While the swelling can
worsen and cause more harmful consequences, sometimes a dental abscess starts to ooze pus and drain. In
either case, prompt care is required.
The pathology associated with a tooth need of root canal therapy can damage the bone supporting the tooth
and produce some mobility. Root canal therapy can often resolve this issue as tissue healing occurs.
The importance of timely care
While some of the above signs and symptoms can indicate other dental problems, they all require prompt evaluation
care. In some cases, a tooth in need of root canal therapy has not yet demonstrated overt symptoms. It may first get
diagnosed and brought to your attention following a comprehensive, routine exam.
Typically, these teeth show
radiographic evidence of periapical pathology (root end pathology) or other types of structural damage.
It is essential that when a root canal is recommended that you receive timely care. Delaying the procedure increases
risk of more widespread and severe symptoms developing. A dental infection can pose significant consequences to your
oral health and even threaten your overall health and well-being.
How is a root canal procedure performed?
With the modern dental instruments and advanced techniques available today, having a non-surgical root canal
procedure is often as comfortable as getting a routine dental filling.
While some root canals can be completed in one visit, others may involve 2 or 3 appointments. How long it takes
depends on factors such as the number of canals in a tooth, its anatomy, and whether an active infection is present.
During a root canal procedure, our dentist will remove the diseased dental pulp, clean the internal portion of your
tooth, and then fill all the prepared canals with a biocompatible filling material. Root canal therapy is typically
performed under local anesthesia, but additional options in dental
sedation are available to reduce any anxiety
associated with dental procedures.
What to expect following root canal treatment
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, the care and comfort of our patients are our top priorities. Our goal is to help
our patients enjoy optimal oral health and to keep them well informed every step of the way.
After your root canal procedure, you may experience the following:
Until the anesthesia wears off
Immediately following your dental visit, you may experience a period of lingering numbness. Normal sensation
typically returns within an hour or two. However, until the anesthetic has completely worn off, it’s
essential to protect yourself from unintentionally biting or injuring your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue. Be
mindful of chewing, drinking hot beverages, or smoking.
A root canal procedure will alleviate the pain of a toothache. However, you may still experience some mild
to moderate discomfort in the immediate aftermath when the anesthesia wears off. These feelings should
subside within days. To help prevent any undue pressure, which may cause pain, the biting surface of the
involved may be slightly filed and taken out of occlusion. Our office will also recommend appropriate
over-the-counter pain medications and provide a prescription if indicated.
Take any antibiotics as prescribed
If you have been given a prescription for antibiotics to treat or prevent an infection, it’s essential to
complete the course of medications as prescribed.
Be mindful of the involved tooth
Even with a temporary filling, a tooth with a root canal remains vulnerable to stress and can fracture until
a permanent crown or suitable permanent restoration is placed. In the interim, be mindful of the involved
tooth. Try to chew on the opposite side of the mouth and avoid hard and sticky foods.
Continue to brush and floss
While you need to be mindful of a tooth that has received root canal therapy, it’s essential to continue to
brush and floss. By maintaining proper oral hygiene, you’re preventing further problems as well as
supporting healing and optimal oral health.
Get the tooth restored in a timely fashion
To rebuild the strength and integrity of a tooth that has received a root canal therapy, it needs to be
restored with a permanent crown or suitable restoration. Until that time, the remaining tooth structure is
weak and vulnerable to fracture. The sooner a permanent restoration is placed, the sooner you can bite and
chew with confidence and ease.
With proper maintenance and care, a tooth that has been treated with root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. If you have any
additional concerns, continuing discomfort, or signs of an infection, or concerns following your procedure, contact
our office for prompt attention and care.
+Why have a root canal procedure?
A root canal procedure is the best way to save a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury and
preserve your natural smile. The alternative is an extraction and
treatment to replace the tooth.
While at times a tooth is non-restorable and an extraction is the only option, when possible, it’s
best to try and save your natural tooth. With proper care, a tooth with root canal therapy care can
serve your smile well for many years to come.
+Is a root canal procedure painful?
Despite lingering myths from before the age of modern dental anesthesia and technology, having a
root canal procedure today is as routine and comfortable as visiting the dentist for a filling.
While the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with your tooth completely numbed, we can
also discuss options in dental sedation.
+Do I need to have a root canal procedure if I’m not in
Whether the symptoms of a dental infection subside after a course of antibiotics, a draining abscess
provides you with some temporary pain relief, or a tooth with radiographic evidence of pathology has
not yet developed symptoms, it’s essential, before an infection worsens or occurs, to have a root
canal procedure performed. In this way, the tooth can be disinfected, filled, and sealed to protect
your health and avoid further problems.
+Do you offer emergency appointments?
If you have sustained a dental injury, have a toothache, jaw pain, swelling, or are experiencing any
other unusual and uncomfortable oral symptoms, contact our office immediately for care. Dental
problems that have not been evaluated and treated can significantly worsen, producing more severe
damage and consequences for the involved teeth, your oral health, and even your overall wellbeing.
Once you get in touch with our office, our friendly and compassionate office team will get you in
for care at your earliest convenience.
+How long does a root canal procedure take?
While some root canal procedures can be completed in one visit, others may involve 2 or 3
appointments. How long it takes depends on various factors, including active infection, the number
of canals in the tooth, and the tooth’s location or anatomy.
+How successful is root canal therapy?
With a success rate that exceeds 95%, root canal therapy remains the most effective procedure to
save a tooth in which the inner vital tissues have been damaged. However, as with all healthcare
procedures, there are a small percentage of cases where the teeth become symptomatic a second time.
The good news is that many of these teeth can still be saved with root canal retreatment or a minor
surgical procedure known as an apicoectomy.
+What’s the best way to take care of my tooth root canal
The best ways to maintain a tooth with root canal therapy are to get the proper restoration required
to rebuild and protect the tooth, maintain proper oral hygiene, and schedule appointments for
routine dental checkups and care.
+How much does root canal therapy cost, and does dental
insurance cover it?
Saving a tooth with root canal therapy is a wise investment that, in the long run, is typically less
costly and invasive than having the tooth extracted and replaced with a fixed
bridge or implant. As
far as the exact cost of care, it can vary depending on which tooth is being treated. Many dental
insurance plans provide coverage for root canal therapy. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we do
our best to optimize your dental benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. Our staff answer
all your questions about the cost of care and discuss all your payment options.
+Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we use the latest technology and most effective methods of care
to provide precise and gentle care. Our reputation for excellence is based upon a consistent record
of achieving successful treatment outcomes while providing prompt, stress-free, and convenient
treatment for every type of dental need.
Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when there is an obstruction of an individual’s airway that interferes with the flow of oxygen through the nose or mouth during sleep. In someone afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the throat and mouth relax during sleep to the point where they fall back into the upper airway and create a blockage that restricts breathing.
The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours may include, loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation, abrupt awakenings, episodes of gasping for air, along with difficulties getting a good night’s sleep. An individual with sleep apnea will exhibit problems during the day as well. Sleep apnea can lead to a morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
A sleep study is typically conducted to determine the severity of the disorder. The results of this study along with other medical findings will play a role in determining the recommended therapy. The most common form of therapy is a CPAP machine that is worn when sleeping. This device provides a steady stream of pressurized air into the respiratory system through a mask.
In situations of mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance may be deemed the appropriate treatment. Worn in a similar fashion to a mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer, it is designed to help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, thereby enabling the airway to stay open during sleep. An oral appliance is easy to wear, easy to care for, comfortable, and portable. Oral appliances are individually fabricated, and customized for both maximum effectiveness and comfort.
Getting a full night of sleep is essential to your overall health. Being well rested helps you to feel good and to function at your best. One of the most common problems that can affect the quality of your sleep is snoring. According to statistics, about 90 million individuals in the United States snore while they sleep. While for about half of these people the problem is simply snoring, the others may be afflicted with a serious disorder known as sleep apnea. Therefore, before any type of treatment can be prescribed, it must be determined whether the problem is sleep apnea or “simple” snoring.
If it is determined that your problem is simply snoring, and you are what is known as a primary snorer, then an oral appliance can help you as well as any of your roommates enjoy a quieter and more comfortable sleep. A custom fabricated oral appliance to address snoring fits somewhat like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer and is only worn while you sleep. As a removable and non-invasive treatment for snoring, your appliance slightly repositions your jaw to allow for a less restricted airflow to promote a quieter and more restful sleep.
Every year millions of cases of dental and facial injuries occur as the result of sport-related trauma. While all sports have some risk of oral injury, it is especially prevalent in recreational activities that involve frequent body contact with other players or the ground, as well as the possibility of being struck by other objects such as, balls, bats, or sticks.
One way to significantly reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, cheeks, lips, tongue, face, or jaw as the result of a sports-related injury is to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a removable appliance made of a sturdy plastic that sits comfortably over your teeth. Typically, mouthguards are designed to cover just the top teeth but may also be fabricated to include the lower teeth as well depending on your particular situation. Individuals who wear braces or have some types of dental work may require a specific type of mouthguard that provides more coverage.
There are three types of sports mouthguards on the market, including pre-formed and ready to wear stock mouthguards, boil and bite mouthguards, and custom mouthguards fabricated by your dentist. Our office will help you to select just the right sports mouthguard to protect your smile. While the first two choices offer some level of protection, the best and most comfortable mouthguards to safeguard your smile are the ones individually designed and customized by your dentist.
Improving the appearance of your smile can make a difference in your confidence and overall quality of life. At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we provide experienced care, skillfully combining the art and science of dentistry to give patients teeth that are as beautiful as they are healthy.
If your teeth appear dull, drab, discolored, or stained, don't despair. Thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry, you too can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile. With a teeth whitening procedure from our office, we can quickly and dramatically lighten and brighten your smile.
You can rest assured your smile in the best of hands with us. We use the latest generations of professional strength teeth whitening systems to transform the appearance of your teeth and give you a smile that's several shades lighter, brighter, and more vibrant than before your procedure.
Personalized care to achieve your cosmetic goals
As dedicated providers of care, our goals are to help every patient maintain good oral health and wear their best-looking smile. We tailor treatment to address individual needs and meet every patient's expectations of care.
After examining your smile and determining if a teeth whitening procedure is suitable for you, we'll recommend the best in-office procedure or a take-home whitening system to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Factors that influence the color and vibrancy of your smile
How white your teeth look depends on how they reflected and scattered light. Although external staining is typically due to certain foods, beverages, or tobacco use, internal tooth discoloration is usually the result of genetics, certain medications, tooth decay, restorations, and trauma. Aging also plays a significant role in tooth color. Over time, as the outer layer of enamel thins, the yellow inner layer of dentin becomes more apparent.
About teeth whitening
Teeth whitening or bleaching simply refers to any process that will make the teeth appear whiter. Today, there's an abundance of choices in teeth whitening products and procedures available to you. Options run the gamut from over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses, strips, or gels to professionally supervised in-office treatments and customized take-home kits.
With so many choices in care, how do you know which one to select? Despite the many over-the-counter products on the market today, it's essential to keep in mind that the premiere teeth whitening systems are the professional-strength ones provided by the dentist. Not only do these whitening systems offer a higher concentration of whitening components than the ones available in stores or online, but they also get delivered to the teeth in the safest, most effective, and well-supervised way.
While you may be tempted to purchase a kit in the drugstore or online, be careful. Some over-the-counter teeth whitening products can damage the teeth and soft tissues in the mouth. Even though many work when healthy teeth and gums are present, they may be ineffective or problematic when sensitive teeth, exposed roots, cavities, broken fillings, cracked teeth, or loose dental work exist.
How does a teeth whitening procedure work?
Whitening products typically fall into one of two of the following categories:
- Peroxide-containing bleaching agents.
- Whitening toothpastes or dentifrices.
Under the category of peroxide containing bleaching agents, most whitening systems contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. While both can readily permeate the enamel to achieve pleasing results, the concentration of either one of these ingredients determines the strength, effectiveness, and safety level of the whitening system.
Teeth whitening systems rely on a chemical reaction between the bleaching agent and the discolored molecules. As the latter get oxidized, the stains and discoloration get broken up and erased.
Considerations in care
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we combine the art and science of dentistry to create beautiful and healthy smiles. We value your investment and provide treatment that supports good oral health while fulfilling your smile goals and expectations of care. We offer a range of advanced cosmetic dental services and will help you choose the option that's right for your smile.
While teeth whitening procedures in most cases produce highly satisfying results, not every type of stain or discoloration responds well to one. First of all, a teeth whitening procedure only works on natural teeth and does not change or improve the color of dental fillings, crowns, or bridges. It should also be mentioned that just as individuals with yellow tones to their teeth typically respond well to a teeth whitening, brown and grayish teeth can respond less well and may require more intensive whitening regimens or alternative cosmetic treatments. Furthermore, a teeth whitening procedure may not be recommended in the presence of sensitive teeth, worn enamel, and significant gum disease.
You can trust us to take a close look at your smile and advise you if a teeth whitening is right for you, or if another cosmetic procedure offers healthier and better results.
What to do and what to expect after a teeth whitening procedure
Watch what you eat and drink
Maximizing the benefits of a teeth whitening procedure involves being mindful of what you eat and drink. This guideline is especially true for the first 48 hours following an in-office treatment. The reason is the ultra-thin, membranous protective layer of the tooth that was temporarily removed as a result of the whitening procedure takes a couple of days to reestablish itself.
You can protect the results by avoiding deeply colored foods and beverages that can stain your teeth!
Refrain from drinking coffee, red wine, dark soft drinks, and teas. Stay away from fruits like berries and grapes, and chocolate products as well as other foods that are darkly colored.
Feel free to eat and drink foods with a low potential to stain your teeth!
Beverages such as water, milk, white wine, and clear soft drinks are okay. Eating fruits such as a banana or peeled apple are fine. Cheeses, as well as white foods like chicken, fish, pasta, oatmeal, potatoes, and bread prepared without red sauces or dressings, are acceptable as well.
Smoking stains and yellows your teeth under the best of circumstances. If you are a smoker and have just had your teeth whitened, it's a good idea to refraining from the habit for at least the first couple of days. Of course, smoking less frequently after that or quitting the habit altogether not only benefits the appearance of your smile but also your oral health and overall well-being.
Some sensitivity is normal.
You may experience some sensitivity to cold and hot for a couple of days. This discomfort typically subsides. We recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication just as you would for a headache. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may also be helpful.
While teeth whitening procedures provide satisfying outcomes of care, it's essential to keep in mind that results vary from patient to patient. Both short-term and long-term results are influenced by the original shade of the tooth, diet, and oral habits.
Also, as explained before treatment, teeth whitening procedures do not change the color of existing fillings, crowns, bridgework, or dental bonding. If this issue presents an aesthetic concern, we can discuss replacing a restoration.
Keeping your smile bright
Maintaining the results of treatment also rely upon proper oral hygiene and routine dental care. We'll also discuss a take-home whitening system if any periodic touch-ups are indicated following the procedure or down the road.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we're dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your teeth whitening procedure, feel free to contact our office.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
+What's the best way to whiten my smile?
While an overwhelming selection of over-the-counter teeth whitening products is readily available for purchase at stores or online, it's imperative to keep in mind that the healthiest and most effective methods of care are those professionally supervised by your dentist. With a teeth whitening procedure provided by our office, we can safely, comfortably, and effectively transform your smile by up to several shades in a short amount of time.
+How does a teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening offers a simple and non-invasive to whiten and brighten your smile. Whitening products contain various strengths of biologically safe hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide that act as bleaching agents on stained or discolored dental enamel. By breaking the stains into smaller pieces, these bleaching agents make the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
+Is teeth whitening painful?
Every patient is different, and despite the fact that many people experience no sensitivity or pain with a professional teeth whitening, there are some that do. Although considered a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, some temporary discomfort during and following the procedure may ensue. It helps to stick to room temperature beverages for a few days following a teeth whitening. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication as you would for a headache. If you have a history of sensitive teeth, we may select a gentler formulation of whitening products or an alternative procedure.
+Does a teeth whitening procedure work for all types of stains and discolorations?
It's essential to keep in mind that every patient has unique needs and specific requirements of care. In general, individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best to teeth whitening. Brown and grayish tinted teeth bleach respond less well and may require significantly longer dentist-supervised tooth whitening regimens or alternative cosmetic treatments. Finally, teeth whitening may not be recommended in the presence of sensitive teeth, worn enamel, and significant gum disease.
+What if my teeth are darkly stained?
For darkly stained teeth, a whitening procedure may not provide the cosmetic results desired. In these cases, we'll talk about alternative options such as porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns.
+Will a tooth whitening procedure work on crowns, veneers, bonding, or tooth-colored fillings?
Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. The fact that whiteners do not affect the color of existing dental fillings, veneers, bonding, crowns, or bridges on the front teeth remains an important consideration when choosing the best cosmetic option in care.
+Is teeth whitening safe?
As a rule, the healthiest and most effective methods of teeth whitening are the ones managed and supervised by your dentist. You can count on our office to provide the most effective, safest, and satisfying professional-strength options to whiten, brighten, and lighten your smile! Stay away from over-the-counter products, which may be overly abrasive or put the health of your teeth and the surrounding soft tissues at risk. While these products may work when healthy teeth and gums are present, they're often ineffective or problematic when sensitive teeth, exposed roots, cavities, broken fillings, cracked teeth, or loose dental work are the case.
+How long do the results of teeth whitening last?
How long your teeth whitening lasts depends on your lifestyle. Your eating, drinking, and smoking habits can have a significant impact on maintaining your result. Of course, the best way to ensure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful is a good daily oral healthcare regimen, along with regular dental checkups and cleanings.
+Does dental insurance cover teeth whitening procedures?
It's essential to keep in mind that as a cosmetic dental procedure, a teeth whitening may not be covered by your insurance plan. We understand the financial considerations involved in care and do our best to help you get the treatment you need without any additional stress or day. We offer several payment options and financing plans to make things easier.
+Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we want every patient to enjoy the benefits of a smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. In addition to offering a comprehensive range of advanced services to keep your smile in tip-top health, we also provide leading-edge cosmetic solutions to transform less-than-perfect-looking teeth into ones that dazzle.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), temporomandibular joint disorders
(TMJ), also referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), are the most common source of chronic facial pain and
jaw dysfunction. It is estimated that more than 10 million people in the United States are affected by
temporomandibular joint problems.
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
There are two temporomandibular joints that connect the left and right sides of the lower jaw to the temporal bone.
Both joints and their associated muscles, ligaments and tendons work together to allow for all manner of oral
function as the jaw moves up and down, front to back and from side to side. Containing a shock-absorbing, soft disc
that sits between the rounded condyles of both sides of the lower jaw and the corresponding concavities in the
skull’s temporal bone, the TMJ makes chewing, speaking, yawning and all jaw movements possible.
Since the TMJ is a joint with both up and down hinge-like movements, as well as side to side and front to back
sliding motions to perform, it is often considered one of the most complicated joints in the body and one of the
most difficult to treat when problems arise.
Types and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders can fall into one or more of the following three categories:
Myofascial pain- Refers to pain in the area of the jaw joint due to various causes of increased muscle tension and spasm
Internal derangement-Involves displacement of the disc, jaw dislocation or trauma to the condyles of the jaw
Degenerative joint disease -Arthritis
The risk for developing a TMJ problem is greater in the presence of long-term teeth grinding or bruxism, a jaw
injury or various types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, the
manifestations of a TMJ disorder can vary from person to person with a wide range of symptoms possible, including
earaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), headaches, back and neck pain, vertigo, muscle spasms and joint tenderness
as well as jaw pain, popping or grating sounds with jaw movement, jaw locking and limited jaw movement. For some
people a TMJ disorder can be resolved within a relatively short period of time, while for others it will continue to
persist despite extensive therapy.
Diagnosis and Treatment
When evaluating for the presence of a TMJ disorder, the dentist will perform a thorough clinical assessment of joint
symptoms and function. Special radiographic imaging and other diagnostic tests will be ordered as needed. The
treatment of a TMJ disorder may include oral appliances such as night guards or stabilization splints to alleviate
strain on the joints. Other types of therapy may include steroid injections, occlusal adjustments as well as
orthodontic or prosthodontic treatment to improve occlusion. In cases of persistent and serious TMJ problems,
surgery may be recommended.
Methods of self-care can be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Patients are typically
advised to eat soft foods, avoid extreme jaw movement such as wide yawning and gum chewing, to practice stress
reduction and relaxation techniques and applying ice packs or moist heat as directed. If recommended, a patient
should follow the dentist or therapist’s instruction for gentle stretching exercises. The short-term use of
over-the-counter, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications may provide relief. If not the dentist
or physician may prescribe stronger pain or anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or anti-depressants.
As the most recognizable expression and the universal sign of happiness, a beautiful smile is an important asset. Studies show that an attractive smile can boost your self-confidence, contribute to your overall well-being, and help make a positive impression on everyone you meet.
Transforming Smiles With Porcelain Veneers
If your front teeth are stained, discolored, chipped, worn-down, misshapen, a little gapped, or slightly misaligned, you're not alone. According to statistics, more than one-third of adults in the United States are dissatisfied with the appearance of their smiles. Cosmetic imperfections may be due to genetics, excessive wear and tear on the teeth, the aging process, dietary choices that stain the dental enamel, smoking, or as a side effect of certain medications.
In some cases, if the imperfections are minor ones, a teeth whitening procedure or cosmetic bonding may be all it takes to create a more perfect-looking smile. However, darker dental stains, discolorations, and more significant flaws involving the size, shape, and alignment of the teeth, are sometimes better addressed with porcelain veneers.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we recognize that every smile is different and tailor treatment to address individual needs and expectations of care. Whether your smile is best served by the fabrication of dental veneers or another cosmetic dental procedure we provide, you can count on our office for the latest, most effective, pleasing, and healthy solutions for your smile.
What are dental veneers?
One of the most conservative yet highly effective and aesthetically pleasing ways to transform the appearance of imperfect looking teeth is the fabrication of dental veneers. Fully customized to the exact specifications of your smile and the cosmetic corrections required, veneers are ultra-thin facings, seamlessly bonded to the fronts of the involved teeth.
This versatile and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure conceals a range of imperfections to dramatically improve the look of teeth that are misshapen, exhibit minor chips, enamel defects, or stains. They also provide an excellent solution for closing small gaps as well as addressing other minor alignment issues.
Among the chief benefits offered by veneers are that they require little to no preparation of the underlying tooth and offer a relatively quick way to achieve long-lasting and pleasing results. And because they are ultra-thin, veneers preserve the maximum amount of natural tooth structure and are kind to the tissues along the gumline.
With veneers, your smile looks naturally beautiful.
Whether you're looking to improve the appearance of a single front tooth or multiple ones, dental veneers can turn a less-than-perfect smile into one that appears naturally beautiful and flawless.
Your veneers are fabricated from the highest quality of dental-grade porcelain to recreate the natural translucency of healthy tooth enamel. Since porcelain reflects light in much the same way as dental enamel, veneers produce a vibrant, flawless, and naturally beautiful-looking smile.
From preparation to taking an impression and placement, the entire process of getting dental veneers only takes a few visits. Furthermore, even though a veneer is fragile to handle before placement in the mouth, once it gets bonded to the underlying tooth, it becomes quite strong and durable. With proper oral hygiene and care, you can maintain your new veneers for many years to come.
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we successfully combine the art and science of dentistry to create healthy, beautiful smiles. We've helped many patients enhance the look of their smiles and feel confident we can do the same for you.
What to expect when getting veneers
Initial consultation and care
The process of getting dental veneers begins with a consultation and thorough assessment of your dental health, oral function, and smile aesthetics. We'll also discuss your smile goals and treatment expectations. Although getting veneers is a relatively quick process, it's essential to address any periodontal problems or cavities in the involved teeth before your new veneers get fabricated.
Tooth preparation and Impression taking
While the amount of tooth preparation varies, depending on the unique requirements of the case and the type of porcelain veneer, the removal of tooth structure from the front and sides of the tooth is typically quite minimal. It's just enough enamel for the ultra-thin facing to look most natural and remain sturdy and strong when placed.
Once the teeth are prepared, an impression gets taken, and an appropriate shade of porcelain is selected, your new veneers are ready for fabrication. Porcelain veneers are most often sent out to a dental laboratory for custom fabrication. For the short time it takes the permanent ones to come back from the lab, attractive temporary veneer facings cover the teeth.
Fitting and placement
When your veneers are ready, it's time to check their fit, size, shade, and shape. Prior to getting affixed to the teeth, any adjustments to ensure a precise fit and optimal aesthetics are made. At this time, we'll also confirm that you're pleased with the look of your new smile. Once fitted and approved, the involved teeth are then cleaned, and the veneers are permanently bonded in place with composite resin cement. Following placement, any further adjustments or minor refinements are performed as needed.
+Will I need a veneer or a crown?
Determining if a veneer is suitable or a full-coverage crown is required depends on the extent of the tooth's defects and the remaining amount of healthy tooth structure. For teeth with imperfections that cannot be remedied with a teeth whitening procedure, dental veneers often provide the desired cosmetic improvements. However, a significantly undersized, misshapen, chipped, or darkly stained tooth usually requires a full coverage crown.
+Do veneers look natural?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated from the highest grade of dental ceramics, which reflect light in much the same way as the enamel of natural teeth. In addition to this feature, dental porcelain is resistant to stains and discolorations, keeping your smile white and vibrant for years to come.
+How long do dental veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin customized facings that become strong and durable once bonded to the underlying teeth. With proper hygiene and routine dental care, veneers provide a cosmetic solution that not only looks and feels completely natural but is also long lasting.
However, just as harmful oral habits can affect your natural teeth, they can also cause damage to your veneers. To prevent chipping, cracking, or dislodging a veneer, avoid nail biting, chewing on hard candies, ice, pens, or pencils, and opening bottles or other objects with your teeth. Also, remember to protect your smile on the playing field by wearing a properly fitted sports mouthguard.
Tooth grinding or bruxism is another important consideration in care. If you clench or grind your teeth, you may need to wear a night guard to help protect your new smile or discuss other options with our office.
+How many veneers will I need?
As versatile as they are beautiful, dental veneers can be applied to a single tooth in need of cosmetic improvement or multiple front teeth to dramatically improve the look of your smile. Whatever the case may be, dental veneers provide highly satisfying results to create a smile; you'll feel confident sharing with the world.
+Can veneers address more than one cosmetic problem?
Among the many benefits offered by dental veneers is their ability to mask a range of imperfections at once. In addition to covering stains or discolorations on the front surface of a tooth, the size and shape of a veneer can also be customize to improve the tooth's contours and dimensions. At the same time veneers create a whiter and more vibrant smile; they can also lengthen or widen a tooth, close minor gaps, and address other minor alignment issues.
+Are there different types of veneers?
The two most common types of veneers are porcelain veneers, also known as porcelain laminates, and composite veneers. Although porcelain veneers are the most commonly offered option in care, composite veneers fabricated directly on the tooth can also achieve excellent results. You may have also heard the term no-prep veneer. It refers to a type of porcelain veneer that requires little to no preparation of the underlying dental enamel. At your consultation visit, we'll discuss your best options in care.
+With dental veneers, can I clean my teeth as before?
Once they're in place, your veneers are also easy to care for and maintain. Simply by brushing, flossing, and visiting our office for periodic checkups, you can successfully protect and preserve your new and beautiful smile.
+How much do dental veneers cost?
Although certain procedures that are considered cosmetic may not be covered by dental insurance, veneers remain a worthwhile investment in your smile. Based on the unique considerations of each case, we develop treatment plans that consider specific dental needs, cosmetic goals, and budget. Our experienced and friendly office staff can address all your insurance questions and review various payment and financing options.
+Why choose the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS?
At the office of Beverly Thurmond, DDS, we value patient input and pay close attention to your treatment goals, concerns, and expectations in care. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, we recognize that every smile is unique and never take a “one size fits all” approach to care. We utilize the most advanced diagnostic technology and treatment methods to assess your smile and to design your porcelain veneers for a precise fit and optimal aesthetics.
As experienced providers of care, we provide highly personalized treatment, combining state-of-the-art technology with an artistic touch to produce long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results of care.