We know a healthy beautiful smile contributes to your sense of well being and that is why we offer comprehensive family dental care with a full range of services.
In our modern comfortable Livonia office we care for our patients using advanced procedures involving bite mechanics to ensure your smile not only looks great for years to come but also to keep you free from pain. Our goal is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Please browse our services, or jump to a specific item blow:
- Cleaning and Prevention
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Digital X-Rays
- Periodontal Therapy
- White Fillings
- Porcelain Onlays
- Occlusal Appliances (Bite Splint)
- Root Canal
Cleaning and Prevention
A focus on preventive care helps you maintain the highest standard of oral health, while limiting dental expenditures.
At home, prevention may include brushing and flossing along with a specialized rinse or toothpaste. Your diet plays a critical role in oral health as well. Many acidic foods and drinks can accelerate deterioration of your teeth. We believes in bringing your efforts and ours into balance for optimum health.
Regular dental exams and cleanings prove vital in preventing decay and gum disease as you keep daily habits consistent. With a proactive approach, together we can prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society reports that more than 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer out of the 30,000 annually diagnosed cases. How many of these deaths could have been avoided with an oral cancer exam and early detection?
At your periodic cleaning both the hygienist and the doctor will do an oral cancer exam. If a red or white lesion is observed, Dr. Terri or Dr. Cindy will decide if it needs to be monitored or biopsied. Early detection and treatment of a cancerous lesion significantly increase the chance of a positive outcome.
How are Digital X-Rays Different from Traditional X-Rays?
Although dental x-rays are generally safe and do not expose patients to a great amount of radiation, digital x-rays can use up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. This makes digital x-rays an excellent option for anyone who requires frequent x-rays or who is concerned about the amount of radiation they are exposed to.
Digital x-rays are also environmentally friendly, since no chemicals are required for film development.
Digital x-rays use an electronic sensor that quickly captures images of your teeth and you do not have to wait for us to develop your x-ray film. In our office the images are immediately projected onto a large monitor facing you.
Our patients have a better understanding of any dental problems compared to traditional x-ray film, because the images are much bigger and much easier to see from dental chair.
The increased accuracy of digital x-rays makes it easier for Dr. Todaro to visualize and diagnose any problems.
With digital x-rays, your dentist is also able to quickly and easily transfer your dental records to a dental specialist or get a second opinion.
Periodontal disease – or more commonly known as gum disease – is the most common dental affliction today. It’s a “silent” disease because it’s painless and invisible to the untrained eye in its early stages. Many people are walking around with it, unaware irreversible damage is occurring in their mouth.
Not only is gum disease a frequent cause for tooth loss in adults, but it can also prompt other health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s.
Regular dental exams, cleanings, and good oral hygiene practices at home will help reduce your risk for gum disease. Todaro Dental also offers exceptional, non-surgical periodontal therapy by University of Michigan trained hygienists.
Treatment of gum disease varies with the severity. If caught in the very early stages of inflammation (gingivitis), one or two dental cleanings should abort the progress and get your gums healthy again.
If the inflammation has slightly advanced to into gum disease, a deeper cleaning – scaling and root planning – is necessary. This process calls for numbing your gums to remove tartar and plaque above and below the gum line. Dr. Todaro may also advise you to use medicated mouth rinses and electric tooth brushes to promote healing and contain infection.
After the scaling and root planning, if your pockets do not heal, periodontal surgery may be required.
White Fillings (Composites)
Cavities and small fractures leave many teeth with defects that progress over time if untreated. In the past, metal restorations (amalgams) served a need, but left many teeth discolored and strained from the wedging effect of the metal. Today, tooth-colored composites blending into tooth structure provide an excellent option for restoring defects. Composites can often be placed in thinner layers than metal, preserving more of the natural tooth.
Composites serve both functional and esthetic roles, often at the same time. For example, a cavity invading the front of a tooth along the gum line may be visible in your smile. By gently cleaning out the soft, discolored area the decay ceases to destroy healthy mineral surfaces. The tooth can then be restored with a composite filling perfectly matching the shade of the tooth and sculpting into place. The outcome is a tooth that looks realistic and better than ever.
Porcelain onlays are beautiful and conserve your natural tooth. Unlike a conventional filling, which is molded into place with a soft resin, porcelain overlays are made from solid, custom-shaped porcelain that is bonded to the tooth.
One of our goals is to provide the most conservative treatment possible in every situation. Oral appliances offer simple, non-invasive care for a variety of conditions. Regardless of the application, every appliance we prescribe is custom-crafted for you with excellent fit and function.
Appliances designed on models of your teeth can be used to fit on either upper or lower teeth, or on both at the same time. Whether we are treating night-time sleep grinding, bite problems, or jaw joint disorders, appliance therapy may benefit you and help reduce tooth wear, eliminate pain, and restore a healthy dental system. Drs.Terri and Cindy employ a variety of innovative designs depending on treatment goals and your preferences.
Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies and can withstand a tremendous amount of force. Damage can still occur to this highly mineralized surface, especially when grinding forces start to wear it away. A habit of nighttime clenching or grinding will harm teeth, muscles, and jaw joints over time. Protecting against abrasive forces is critical in these cases.
When a tooth becomes infected or severely decayed, a root canal is often required to save it. The “root canal” is the natural cavity in the center of the tooth, with a soft chamber containing pulpy tissue and the tooth’s nerve.
The nerve is not vitally important to a mature tooth’s health and function, and when it’s inflamed, it may cause discomfort. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This eliminates the source of discomfort and helps ensure the tooth won’t become infected again.