Providing the highest quality GENERAL DENTISTRY AND SPECIALIZED Dental health care to Gloucester and Cape Ann for more than 30 years.
Composite Fillings +
Tooth-colored fillings which are used primarily to restore small to moderate-sized cavities. They bond to tooth structure and are esthetically more pleasing.
Restoring teeth that are cracked or badly decayed may require full coverage with a crown. Our office uses solid zirconia crowns for posterior teeth and the strongest cosmetic crowns for anterior teeth.
Dental Examination and Oral Hygiene +
Our office takes great pride in the prevention of dental decay. For this reason, our hygienists spend extra time reviewing with you the areas of plaque retention in your mouth.
We start by examining your teeth and showing you areas where your may have missed plaque during normal brushing. By sharing this hands-on approach, we're educating and encouraging positive oral hygiene habits. This will help control the cause of gingivitis and periodontal disease (bacterial plaque) and help prevent cavities.
After the oral hygiene exam, a prophylaxis (regular dental cleaning and polishing) is performed. During this procedure, deposits of plaque, calculus and stains are removed from the surfaces of the teeth.
Digital Radiography +
It’s been over 100 years since the “birth” of the dental x-ray, a major tool in the practice of dentistry. X-rays show us the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement, and the overall composition and health of your facial bones. They reveal abscesses and abnormal growths such as cysts or tumors, and help us locate exactly impacted teeth, and pinpoint the location of cavities. They can also determine the presence and extent of periodontal disease.
We are happy to announce that we utilize the latest in digital x-ray technology. Digital radiographs emit an extremely low-level radiation, very similar to the normal background radiation we all get from the sun, the earth’s crust … even the air we breathe!
While digital x-rays still require a patient to “pose” for a picture, the process and results are dramatically different. Instead of film, a highly sensitive electronic receptor is inserted into your mouth. An electronic image is captured instantaneously and stored on our computer’s database. These digital x-rays give us a clear, high-resolution view of teeth, bone, root and tissue, all while using up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
This new technology is just one more tool we can use to provide you with the best and most efficient dental care possible.
Emergency Care +
Dr. Ahlin is often just a phone call away—ready, willing, and able to assist with any dental emergency care.
Endontics treats the dental pulp, the soft inner tissue inside the tooth. This type of treatment can eliminate pain caused by a cracked or fractured tooth or replant a permanent tooth that has fallen or been knocked out. Root canals are sometimes provided as part of this treatment regimen.
Fluoride Treatments +
If you, or a family member, are at a moderate-to high risk of developing caries, a fluoride treatment can help. Fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes.
After the treatment, we ask that you do not rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas.
Why is a mouthguard important?
A mouthguard protects the teeth from possible sport injuries. It does not only protect the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw bone as well. It can contribute to the protection of a child from head and neck injuries such as concussions. Most injuries occur to the mouth and head area when a child is not wearing a mouth guard.
When should my child wear a mouthguard?
It should be worn during any sport-based activity where there is risk of head, face, or neck injury. Such sports include hockey, soccer, karate, basketball, baseball, skating, skateboarding, as well as many other sports. Most oral injuries occur when children play basketball, baseball, and soccer.
How do I choose a mouthguard for my child?
Choose a mouthguard that your child feels is comfortable. If a mouth guard feels bulky or interferes with speech to any great degree, it is probably not appropriate for your child.
There are many options in mouthguards. Most guards are found in athletic stores. These vary in comfort, protection as well as cost. The least expensive tend to be the least effective in preventing oral injuries. Customized mouthguards can be provided through our practice. They may be a bit more expensive, but they are much more comfortable and shock absorbent.
What are sealants?
Tooth sealant refers to a plastic that a dentist bonds into the grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth as a means of helping prevent the formation of tooth decay.
How do sealants work?
In many cases, it is near impossible for children to clean the tiny grooves between their teeth. When a sealant is applied, the surface of the tooth is somewhat flatter and smoother. There are no longer any places on the chewing part of the tooth that the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach and clean. Since plaque can be removed more easily and effectively, there is much less chance that decay will start.
What is the life expectancy of tooth sealants?
The longevity of sealants varies. Sealants that have remained in place for three to five years would be considered successful, however, sealants can last much longer. It is not uncommon to see sealants placed during childhood still intact on the teeth of adults. Our office will check your child’s sealants during routine dental visits and will recommend repair or reapplication when necessary.
Which teeth should be sealed?
Any tooth that shows characteristics of developing decay should be sealed. The most common teeth for a dentist to seal are a child’s back teeth, and of these teeth, the molars are the most common teeth on which dental sealants are placed. Recommendation for sealants are considered on a patient-by-patient basis.
What is the procedure for placing sealants?
Generally the procedure takes just one visit. Placing dental sealants can be a very easy process. The tooth is cleaned, conditioned, and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of the tooth where it is hardened with a special blue light and then buffed. All normal activities can occur directly after the appointment.
How important is brushing and flossing after sealants are applied?
It is just as important for your child to brush and floss their teeth. Sealants are only one part of the defensive plan against tooth decay.
How much does it cost?
This treatment is quite affordable, especially when you consider the value of protection against tooth decay. Most dental insurance companies cover sealants. Our office can check with your insurance company to learn if they are covered.
Teeth Whitening +
Dental whitening for individual permanent teeth may include discoloration resulting from a traumatic injury, discoloration due to diet or teeth that are not as white as you would like them to be. Please ask us about teeth whitening options.
Tooth Extraction +
The removal of a tooth when the tooth is unrestorable. From time-to-time teeth may also need to be removed before starting braces.