Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By North Main Dental Inc
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Protect a damaged tooth from further damage by getting a dental crown.

Has one of our Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler, told you that you need a dental crown? Read on to learn more about dental-crownsthis treatment, why they are placed, and what they can do for you!


What is a dental crown?

A crown is a custom-made restoration that is created to resemble the crown of a real tooth. In order to create a restoration that looks just like a natural tooth, a dental lab will use durable tooth-colored material such as porcelain or ceramic to craft your crown. A crown is also hollow, allowing it to completely fit over the visible portion of a tooth to protect it.


Why is a dental crown needed?

Your Dayton, OH, general dentist may recommend that you get a dental crown if you are dealing with,

  • A weak tooth
  • A cracked or fractured tooth
  • A large dental filling that can no longer support the structure of a tooth
  • A tooth that is severely worn down
  • A discolored or misshapen tooth
  • A missing tooth (crowns are placed over implants and also hold dental bridges in place)

A dental crown is a commonly used restoration and can last up to 15 years or even longer with the proper care. Since crowns are custom-made to fit over your teeth, you will find it easy to chew, bite down, and speak with your new crown!


How is a crown placed?

Before getting a dental crown we will need to shave down a substantial portion of the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. To reduce any sensitivity you may experience during the reshaping process, our dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia.

Once the teeth are prepped, a picture of the teeth is digitally scanned into a computer. The scan is then sent to a dental lab where they will design and fabricate a crown to fit perfectly over your tooth. Once your crown has been made, you will return to our office so that we can remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in its place.


Contact us today!

Are you wondering if your smile could be improved by simply getting a dental crown? If you want to sit down with one of our Dayton, OH, family dentists at North Main Dental to discuss your restorative dentistry options, then call our office today at (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment!

By North Main Dental Inc
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain   Root Canal  

ToothacheIt's human nature to ignore little aches and pains. After all, most of us don't want to be thought of as complainers. Unfortunately, ignoring the subtle changes that point towards needing a root canal can prevent you from receiving the treatment you need to save your tooth. Your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental, diagnose and treat many types of tooth issues and provide root canals when needed.


Ongoing tooth pain is never normal

Pain in your tooth is a signal that something is wrong. If you need a root canal, the pain is caused by an inflammation or infection in the pulp, a soft collection of nerves, blood vessels, and tissues in the center of your tooth. During root canal therapy, your Dayton dentist removes the pulp, cleans the tooth, shapes the canals with tiny files, and, finally, fills the tooth with a rubber-based filling.

If you have an inflammation or infection, pain in your tooth may be mild, moderate, or intense, depending on the severity of the problem. In some cases, the pain may go away for a few days, only to return again. Does your tooth hurt more when you eat? Inflammations and infections can trigger pain when you put pressure on your tooth or when the tooth is exposed to hot, cold, or sweet substances.


Inflammations and infections can cause noticeable changes in teeth and gum

Pain isn't the only sign that you may need a root canal. You may actually be able to see changes in your tooth or gum. Your tooth may darken, or you might notice that the gum around the problem tooth is red, inflamed, and swollen.


Tooth pain accompanied by fever or facial swelling can be a sign of a serious infection

You'll need a root canal if you develop a bacterial infection called an abscess in your pulp. An abscess is a dental emergency and requires prompt treatment with antibiotics, in addition to a root canal. If you don't receive treatment, the infection could spread throughout your body. In addition to severe, throbbing pain, other abscess symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, pus, or a bump that looks like a pimple on the gum next to the tooth.

Do any of these root canal signs sound familiar? Call your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental at (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment.

By North Main Dental Inc
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresToday's cosmetic dentistry procedures are better and more accessible than ever. At North Main Dental in Dayton, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler offer several aesthetic treatments which change drab, damaged teeth into spectacular smiles. Whether you need a small correction or a full smile makeover, this artistic team can rejuvenate your smile.


What Makes a Smile

Personal taste varies, but in general, you know a great smile when you see it, and so do those around you. In fact, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile is your best personal asset and heavily affects how people treat you in social settings.

So, you want your smile to reflect your personality, but stained enamel, a gap between the two front teeth, and other defects impact your image and self-confidence. Here's where cosmetic dentistry in Dayton comes in.

Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler ask their patients to come to North Main Dental for a personal consultation. This friendly discussion is then used to its best advantage, as you will discuss all the ways you would like your smile to change, allowing your dentist to arrive at realistic ways to achieve those goals. Your consultation will also include a complete oral examination and X-rays.


Offered Treatments

Zoom! Teeth Whitening: Effectively bleaching a variety of dental stains, Zoom! chairside whitening is one of today's most popular cosmetic dentistry services. Accomplished in just one hour, this safe whitening process lifts organic matter from tooth enamel, leaving it bright and shiny. The results are amazing!

Composite Resin Bonding: Dr. Shepler uses a tooth-colored mixture of glass particles and acrylic to reshape and strengthen chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. The material is layered and hardened with a special light, creating a bond which lasts.

Porcelain Veneers: These shells of dental porcelain camouflage the front of teeth which have more extensive cosmetic problems such as large chips or stains that don't respond to whitening. Veneers are permanent, strong and realistic, blending in well with the rest of your smile.

White Fillings: These restorations rebuild decayed teeth with seamless, tooth-colored composite resin. Unlike metal fillings, they bond right to existing tooth structure and actually flex every time you bite and chew.

Invisalign Clear Aligners: This customized orthodontic system improves smile alignment for healthier, straighter teeth in half the time of conventional braces. Great for older teens and adults just like you! Invisalign appliances are completely unnoticeable, removable, and easy to maintain.


Come See Us!

Drs. James and Jamie Shepler love seeing their patients smile with health and confidence. If you'd like to enhance your teeth and gums, arrange a consultation at North Main Dental. Come in and share your ideas with us! We know we can translate them into your best smile. Call today: (937) 275-0076.

By North Main Dental Inc
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants   Healthy Teeth  

Children with SealantsPits and fissures are the grooves hidden in the chewing sides of your children's back teeth. As food particles and bacteria collect in these crevices, cavities happen. What can you do? At North Main Dental Inc. in Dayton, your dentists, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler, may advise placing plastic sealants on youngsters' teeth. Sealants are wonderful insurance against the ravages of tooth decay.

The process of decay

Even the healthiest of teeth are prone to decay because as we eat and chew, plaque, and its hidden germs, build up on and around teeth. Those tiny germs give off acids which corrode teeth.

Particularly prone to cavities are the back most premolars and molars. In fact, Dear Doctor magazine cites research which shows that while only 14 percent of children's teeth are at genuine risk for decay, a full 43 percent of cavities develop in those back teeth.

Why is this so? The reason is not just poor oral hygiene. Rather, it's how those back teeth are surfaced. Plus, children's teeth simply decay more easily. Their enamel is not as highly calcified as that of adults.

Of course, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler carefully check those little teeth, and the hygienists take extra care in cleaning them. However, wouldn't you like an extra layer of protection for your children's oral health?

Sealants are the answer

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children have their molars and premolars sealed as soon as they erupt. How hard is the sealant process? Frankly, it's so simple it just takes about five minutes per tooth.

First, your child receives the usual hygienic cleaning at North Main Dental. Then, the Dayton dentist dries the tooth, applies an etching solution (to ensure a good bond) and paints the clear liquid sealant on the chewing surface. A final step cures the plastic coating with a special blue light.

That's it. Dr. Shepler repeats the process on the other back teeth as needed. He tells parents to expect the sealants to last up to a year.

Your child's best smile

Work toward that goal with plastic sealants. The doctors and their dedicated team will show you and your children other ways to prevent oral health problems and keep smiles healthy and bright.

If it's time for that all-important six-month check-up, contact North Main Dental in Dayton, OH today for an appointment: (937) 275-0076. Ask about sealants, and we'll be happy to explain this great preventive service.

By North Main Dental Inc
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

When it comes to smile repair and improvement, popular cosmetic procedures like professional teeth whitening and veneers are often the first thing to come to mind. But if your teeth have been damaged by extensive tooth decay or trauma, dental crowns are the perfect option to both strengthen and improve the tooth's function, and make your smile look better than ever in the process. The dentists at North Main Dental Inc., Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler, offer cosmetic, general, and emergency dental services in Dayton, OH.

A Stronger and Healthier Smile with Dental Crowns in Dayton, OH

Crowns have been a staple of dentistry since the primitive days of the profession, and they have endured because they are one of the most reliable and effective methods for preserving and saving a badly decayed or damaged tooth, while also improving the cosmetic quality of your smile. Other uses for dental crowns include:

  • Change the size/shape of a cracked or broken tooth
  • Replace tooth surface and function lost to decay
  • Replace a missing tooth
  • Strengthen teeth weakened by wear and tear or trauma from an accident

Crowns are a great option if you are looking for a durable, affordable, and minimally invasive option for some of the most common dental problems.

Get Whiter Teeth

Did you know that some types of dental stains do not respond to surface whitening products? Although lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking coffee or red wine are among the most common culprits for dull, discolored teeth, some dental stains are caused by trauma or as a side effect to certain medications, which develop at the dentin layer below the enamel. This type of stain (known as intrinsic) usually requires treatment with a veneer or dental crown to cover the tooth.

Find a Dentist in Dayton, OH

To learn more about dental crowns and other dentistry services, contact North Main Dental Inc. by calling (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment with Drs. James or Jamie Shepler today.