Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
March 16, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Family Dentist  

When you have a large family, ensuring that each member gets proper dental care each year can be complicated. The best thing to do is choose one dentist who can treat the whole family—that includes young toddlers and seasoned seniors. Having one dentist will make it much easier for you to keep up with regular checkups for everyone so that your family can maintain a legacy of good dental hygiene. You’ll find a trusted, reliable family dentist with Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA.

Regular Dental Visits for the Whole Family

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly dental appointments for professional cleanings and checkups. When you have a large family, it’s best to schedule those appointments around the same time and at the same place. Pick months that will likely be most convenient for your schedule and that of your children. For instance, the summertime is usually a good time for kids, and the few weeks before the holidays may also be most convenient.

What Your Family Dentist Can Do

A family dentist can offer you more than just clean teeth. Besides professional cleanings, here are a few other treatments available:

- Crowns, veneers, and inlays for restorative and cosmetic improvements.

- Root canal treatments for cavities.

- Fluoride treatment.

-And more!

Benefits of One Dentist

It’s a blessing to have one dentist that you can trust for all of your family's dental needs. Here are a few specific benefits to think about:

- Your children have a better chance of becoming comfortable with going to the dentist, as they get familiar with one provider over the years.

- In some cases, you can schedule joint or family appointments.

- After just one call, you can get everyone scheduled in for bi-yearly visits.

Your "One and Only" Dentist

Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, is a family dentist who is committed to caring for the entire family. Find out why you should choose them to be your “one and only.” Call (360) 895-4321 today to schedule an appointment.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
August 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Dental fillings are a vital part of preventative and restorative dental care. At Family Dental Associates, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser in Port Orchard, WA, can help answer your questions.

Why You Should Consider Dental Fillings

After the decay is removed from inside the tooth, fillings replace the damaged part of the tooth. These fixes allow you to eat and speak normally. Fillings also prevent teeth from shifting and protect permanent teeth below the gumline by preventing an abscess.

Want to avoid amalgam?

Your Port Orchard dentist understands if you want other options. Here are some other materials you may consider:

  • Composite fillings - This is a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glass-like particles. It's durable and resistant to fracture.
  • Ionomers - These tooth-colored materials are made of acrylic acids and fine glass powders that fill cavities. An interesting aspect of ionomers is that they release fluoride to help prevent decay.
  • Porcelain dental materials - These are ceramic dental materials used as inlays, onlays, crowns and aesthetic veneers. It's a very thin shell of porcelain that replaces or covers enamel and is highly resistant to wear.

The Procedure

  1. The dentist cleans the surface of the tooth using a cleaning agent then removes the cleaning agent.
  2. They then apply a gel or etching solution and rinse it off after 15 seconds.
  3. When the tooth is dry, the filling material is applied and hardened using a curing light.

Need to contact a dentist?

For more information about fillings restoring damaged teeth, contact Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser in Port Orchard, WA. Call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321 today.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
January 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're unhappy with your smile, your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Drs. Tracy Sullivan and Peter Grieser can help. The dentists offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that will enhance your smile.

Got a dull smile? Teeth whitening can renew your appearance

Teeth naturally become duller over time. Aging and food, beverage and tobacco stains may make your teeth look stained and yellow. Fortunately, your dentists can help you get rid of stains with teeth whitening. The professional whitening gel they use breaks apart stains deep inside your tooth enamel, leaving teeth as much as eight shades whiter. As one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry services, whitening is a good option if you'd like to revitalize your appearance without spending a lot.

Have you lost a tooth? Your dentists can fill the gaps

Gaps completely change your smile, but luckily, the changes don't have to be permanent. Bridges, dentures and dental implants replace your lost teeth, improve your appearance, restore your normal biting power, making it easier to speak clearly, and prevent bite problems due to shifting teeth.

Do you feel self-conscious because of dental flaws? Veneers may offer the ideal solution

Tooth-shaped shells called veneers keep many types of flaws out of sight. The shells are no thicker than a fingernail and are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. The restorations are very effective in:

  • Hiding tooth damage, such as cracks or chips
  • Smoothing uneven teeth
  • Changing the shape or length of teeth
  • Concealing discolorations or whitening your entire smile
  • Improving the appearance of oddly shaped teeth
  • Closing slight gaps

Do you have fragile, broken or unattractive teeth? Multi-purpose dental crowns offer the ideal solution

Versatile crowns improve the appearance and function of your teeth. The hollow restorations fit over the tops of teeth and cover them completely. During your visit to the Port Orchard dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • Your tooth is broken or fractured.
  • Your tooth danger of breaking or fracturing because it's fragile or cracked.
  • Your tooth is too short or oddly shaped.
  • You have discolored teeth or other flaws.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Call your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Drs. Tracy Sullivan and Peter Grieser, at (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridge  

When taken care of correctly, dental bridges can last for several decades, but eventually, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Dr. Peter A. Grieser and Dr. Tracy C. Sullivan are dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. They are dedicated to providing the best quality dental treatment for each of their patients. They can fix you up with a replacement dental bridge or crowns.

Why You May Need to Replace your Dental Bridge

Typically, Port Orchard dental patients’ dental bridges are comprised of porcelain prosthetic teeth cemented to a metal frame. Occasionally these devices can fail. Problems with a dental bridge include:

  • Fractured abutment teeth
  • Decay in abutment teeth
  • A cracked crown
  • Structural problems with the bridge

Dental Bridge Repair

If you are having problems with your bridge and crowns or you notice cracks or chips in the bridge, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be possible to repair the bridge, but this will depend on the cause of the failure. If there is only minor damage to the coating of the crown, this can be repaired with bonding. But often, if the bridge is old, it will need to be replaced.

Taking Care of Your New Bridge

The best way to ensure the longevity of your bridge and crowns is to practice good oral care. That means brushing your teeth twice each day with good fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily. If you are not sure which is the best toothpaste to prevent cavities and plaque buildup on your abutment teeth, ask your dentist to make a recommendation.

If you live in Port Orchard and you are looking for a family dentist, call Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan at (360) 895-4321 to schedule an appointment.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let a cavity go ignored.

We know that finding out that you have a cavity is never the news you want to hear from our dentists Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan. Unfortunately, cavities are one of the most common dental problems to affect everyone from children to seniors. Here at Family Dental Associates, you can rest assured that you will always get dental fillings from our Port Orchard, WA, dentists that are made from high-quality material that resembles real tooth enamel.

Why choose tooth-colored fillings?

In the past, it was more common to place metal fillings. Perhaps you have one or you know someone who has an amalgam filling. Of course, these fillings are quite visible. This is why our Port Orchard, WA, dentist provides patients with tooth-colored fillings. These restorations blend right in with the rest of your tooth so no one, not even you, will notice it.

What are tooth-colored fillings made from?

The most common material used for these types of fillings is a composite resin because it can be matched to the color of your tooth. This resin is also moldable, making it easy to apply and shape the filling to restore the tooth after the decay has been removed.

Once the filling is in place, our Port Orchard, WA, dentist will need to use a laser to permanently bond the filling directly to the tooth. Since this type of filling bonds directly to tooth enamel, we can preserve more of the tooth’s healthy structure than we would with amalgam fillings.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

You may be surprised to discover that composite resin fillings are actually quite durable. The material alone is strong and, coupled with the fact that it bonds directly to the tooth, makes it even more resilient. Most people can maintain fillings for up to 10 years or more before they need to be replaced. Of course, during your six-month cleanings our Port Orchard, WA, family dentist will also check your filling to make sure that it doesn’t need to be replaced.

Do you have questions about getting tooth-colored fillings? If so, call Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, today at (360) 895-4321 to learn more.

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