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Dental Office in Merrimac

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Dental office in Merrimac

Dental office in Merrimac

A good dental practice endeavors to keep a patient’s dental health in tip top shape through programs of preventative care that include regular checkups and cleanings, proper at home tooth maintenance and the early identification and treatment of any decay or disease that does arise before it turns into an acute or emergency situation. Our dental office in Merrimac at Amesbury Family dental tries hard to alleviate all the causes of unexpected dental problems, especially mouth pain.

Mouth pain most often arises suddenly and is severe enough can cause a dental emergency that our dental office in Merrimac will treat whenever the need arises. The most common cause of mouth pain is decay in a tooth or the roots of a tooth. Decay attacks the tooth’s surface and over time it will form holes in the tooth and create painful spots that may also be sensitive to hot or cold. If the decay gets into the soft core of the tooth, the pulp it will cause an infection in the root, which can be very painful. Often an infection due to decay will cause an abscess, which is usually extremely painful. In cases of advanced decay our doctor will drill out the decayed spots and clean out any bacteria and infection and fill the remaining cavity. If the pulp has been infected our doctor will perform an endodontic treatment. In cases of large areas of decay on the tooth’s surface or with endodontic treatments a crown is usually placed on the tooth to protect it and to restore functionality. If an abscess is present it will be drained and antibiotic medication will be used.

Gum disease can also cause tooth pain because the gum will start to pull away from the teeth and bacteria can get inside the enlarging pocket between them causing pain. Problems within the jawbone are also extremely painful, these maybe the result of an impacted wisdom tooth, advanced periodontal disease or even cancer. Our doctor will check for each of these more serious causes of mouth pain. If you have pain please call our dental office in Merrimac for relief at any time.

5A Elm Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 712-4089

Dentist in Merrimac

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Dentist in Merrimac

Dentist in Merrimac

Taking good care of your teeth isn’t really all that complicated, so long as you follow a few simple guidelines. Eat a nutritious diet, watch your sugar consumption, brush after meals, floss daily, and make an appointment twice per year to see us at Amesbury Family Dental. Our dentist in Merrimac will perform a comprehension oral exam that includes checking your teeth, gums, and bite; a teeth cleaning; and a screening for oral cancer.

A physical and visual examination of your teeth will allow our dentist in Merrimac to notice any loose teeth, fillings, or restorations. In addition, any abnormalities will be noted. X-rays are a vital, because they reveal what’s going on inside your teeth, beyond what the naked eye can detect. Catching a small cavity now prevents it from growing and making you more prone to an infection, needing root canal therapy, or having to get a tooth extracted. And even better, our x-rays are all done digitally. This means that you’re exposed to a lot less radiation than with standard x-rays; as much as two-thirds less.

Your gums, as a foundation for your teeth, are crucial to your dental health. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If our dentist in Merrimac finds signs of it, the good news is that it can usually be reversed with a simple teeth cleaning (or two). Speaking of which, this is the part of your twice-yearly exam that really sets the stage for the future well-being of your teeth and gums. Plaque is the number one enemy of your oral health, causing both tooth decay and gum disease. The small amounts that get left behind when you brush and floss can harden into tartar, which cannot be removed except with a professional cleaning. After you get yours, your mouth will feel fresh, because it is. It’s like hitting the reset button on tooth decay and gum disease.

And finally, the next best thing to prevention with any cancer is early detection. And so the same goes for oral cancer. Our dentist in Merrimac will check you for any signs, and refer you promptly to an appropriate specialist if detected.

205A Elm Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
978-712-4089