Three steps are taken to design a dental care plan that is right for you.
First, we seek to gain clarity about your history, your concerns and your priorities.
Secondly, after evaluation, and, based on your interests, Dr. McIntyre present her findings and their significance.
Finally, after discussing options (and their pros and cons), we work with you to devise a plan that works for you. Our team strives to deliver clarity regarding costs, objectives, and steps. We want your experience to be as comfortable and as smooth sailing as possible.
I work with two talented, caring hygienists who take pride in providing excellent and comfortable care. I get great feedback from patients about their experiences. The hygienists collect diagnostic data and assist in planning the appropriate cleaning for each individual. Some folks need just a basic cleaning. Other folks need cleaning to remove build-up under the gums. We use anesthesia as needed to be able to get the job done with comfort for you. We work hard to ensure our patients get the care they deserve. We take seriously helping patients achieve and maintain healthy gums. We strive for no inflammation of the gums. Whereas most people do well with two cleanings per year, there are those who need more frequent cleaning intervals. As always, we personalize care plans to your needs.
Fillings / Crowns
When teeth have defective fillings, new decay, cracks, or fractures, they need to be restored. If the structural damage is minimal, simple fillings (tooth-colored “composite”) can be placed. When the damage is greater, restorations which cover and protect the tooth are more predictable. With today’s materials and techniques, the design of the restoration follows the needs of the tooth–I am able to be as conservative as possible to deliver the best possible result. As always, I take great pride in creating great restorations! Precision fits and beautiful results are what I like.
Pain and sensitivity of dental origin involves either soft tissue (gums, nerve tissue) or hard tissue (crack in tooth). As always, the key to resolving problems is the right diagnosis. My team and I collect the needed information and educate you about the problem and solution options. When specialty care is indicated, I ensure information is shared so that you have the smoothest possible experience.
The way the upper and lower teeth touch can contribute to cracks. For patients who exhibit wear and cracks in their teeth, it is smart to look at the harmony between your jaw joints (TMJ–temporomandibular joint) and the way your teeth fit together. For those who experience head and neck pain, it is smart to diagnose the origin of the pain. Often it is of muscle origin and can be relieved. Again, the key to effective management is correct diagnosis.
The jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint. This joint and the muscles associated with jaw movement can develop dysfunction and pain. Diagnostics is the key to proper management.
When a tooth cannot be saved, it can often be replaced with an implant crown. After I get the go-ahead from the surgeon who places the implant, I take great pride in restoring the implant with a well-fitting, functional, and beautiful crown.
Alternatives to implants include bridges which use the teeth on either side of the space to support the teeth being replaced.
Have a question about Wallingford Dental Arts?
Call us at (206) 633-4007
Wallingford Dental Arts
3941 Wallingford Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (206) 633-4007