ABOUT OUR office
If you are looking for a dental office, for you and your family, we would love to get to know you. The office goal is to make you feel comfortable and provide outstanding dental care. The staff provides a welcome family environment. It is all about the experience and Maryville Dental Care wants to make yours wonderful.
Cleanings, Exams & x-rays
Throughout the day, plaque and bacteria collect in your mouth and on the surfaces of your teeth. Even though they are completely natural, they can be quite harmful. Plaque is naturally acidic. Bacteria produce acids as they eat the lingering sugars in your mouth. When these acids are left on the surfaces of your teeth too long, they can lead to tooth decay. Plaque and bacteria can also irritate your gums, increasing your risk for gum disease. Brushing and flossing are important habits for eliminating this buildup. However, even if you brush twice a day, you may miss parts of your mouth, or not clean them thoroughly.
Cleanings are designed to help eliminate all buildup from all surfaces of your teeth, including from the areas that you cannot access on your own. We are also able to remove any tartar, or calcified plaque, that has accumulated. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing.
Exams are typically performed in the same visit as your cleaning. With exams, we take a close look at your teeth and your gums, checking for signs of decay, damage, and gum disease. We are trained to spot the earliest warning signs before you even notice any symptoms, which allows us to then provide you with prompt treatment before the condition worsens. Along with checking your teeth and your gums, we also perform an oral cancer screening, which involves scanning the soft tissues in your mouth to check for abnormalities.
Dental x-rays are an important part of your exams. While not typically performed at every exam, x-rays allow us to see the hidden structures of your mouth. We can check for cavities between your teeth, examine the roots of your teeth, monitor the condition of your jawbone, and more. They allow us to see issues that we might not otherwise notice until the condition worsens, and symptoms begin appearing.
We offer Nitrous Oxide for those patients with dental anxiety. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dr. Giacomini can skillfully create a brighter or straighter smile using porcelain veneers.
We create custom trays in our office to be used with the REV At-Home Bleaching Kit.
We use dental crowns for several situations. A crown is most commonly used to protect a weak tooth from breaking. For instance, a cracked or decayed tooth can be held together using a dental crown. Crowns can also be used to restore a tooth that is severely worn down. If a large filling falls out, or there is not a lot of tooth structure left, Dr. Giacomini may repair it with a crown. Other uses include:
-Holding a Dental Bridge in Place
-Covering a severely discolored tooth
-Covering a severely misshaped tooth
-Covering a dental implant
-Covering a root canal
-Make some other cosmetic alteration
Dental Implants replace missing teeth. Dr. Giacomini works closely with the Oral Surgeons from start to finish throughout the implant process.
Implant Retained Denture
Before the advent of dental implants, patients missing all or most of their teeth only had one option, dentures. A denture consists of artificial teeth set in a gum-colored acrylic base. Unfortunately, a traditional denture is insecure, which can cause embarrassing slips. Over time a denture may also become lose or ill-fitting due to bone deterioration in the jaw. To solve these problems, we use a series of implants to retain the denture. While it is still removable, an implant-retained denture reduces the risk of slips and trapping food particles underneath the base. The latter often leads to an infection. Plus, the implants will protect the underlying bone from future deterioration, a huge benefit of implants.
Dental bonding is the application of tooth-colored composite resin material to a tooth in need of cosmetic repair. Bonding is considered to be a conservative and cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. This is because bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. The procedure is called bonding because the material literally “bonds” to the tooth.
Bonding is most commonly used to improve a chipped or discolored tooth, but it can also be used to close a space between two teeth, make teeth look longer, or change the shape of a tooth. At Maryville Dental Care, we also offer dental bonding as an alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings.
Dentures and Partials
A complete denture is used when all of the teeth are missing. In some cases, we may extract the few remaining teeth to make way for the denture. There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Both consists of false teeth set a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The base of an upper denture will also cover the palate. A lower denture is usually shaped like a horseshoe to make space for your tongue. Dr. Giacomini may also recommend dental implants to better secure your lower denture.
A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has properly healed. As a general rule of thumb, your conventional denture will be ready for placement about eight to 12 weeks later.
An immediate denture is made in advance and placed directly following your extractions. Immediate dentures come with advantages and disadvantages. For one, you will not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Unfortunately, your gum tissue and bones will shrink during this time. This means your immediate denture will require several adjustments to achieve the proper fit. For this reason, an immediate denture should be considered a temporary solution, until we fabricate a conventional one.
For patients who are only missing a few adjacent teeth, we also offer removable partial dentures. Most partial dentures rely on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. In some cases, crowns can also serve as the anchors for your restoration. A partial denture is a removable alternative to a traditional bridge.
“The very best dental care that I have ever received. The staff is super friendly while remaining professional. I have and will continue to recommend Maryville Dental Care to all my family and friends.”
“Very careful and caring. Concerned about her patients
Entire staff is Great! Been going to her nearly 20 years! Husband too! Son who is grown loves her as well. Good with children or anyone! Very careful and caring. Concerned about her patients
Entire staff is Great! Been going to her nearly 20 years! Husband too! Son who is grown loves her as well. Good with children or anyone! ”
“I love Dr G!!! I had a horrible fear of the dentist for over a decade…..she (and her staff) have finally gotten me over the fear.”
“I finally found a dentist office I’m not scared to go to. My teeth cleaning was quick and painless. They have a relaxing environment with good music and humming birds right outside the windows.”