Dental Care You Can Trust
At Tyma Trachtenberg Dental, we provide patients throughout the Doylestown area with a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services. Drs. Tyma and Trachtenberg, along with their team have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Professional Hygiene Treatment
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a professional hygiene treatment and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Many people have this disease and don’t even know it! It is usually characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. It is the number one reason for tooth loss. Research has shown links between periodontal disease and medical problems such as strokes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy risks. Other studies have shown that periodontal disease can shorten life expectancy by 7 to 10 years. Treatment varies according to the severity of the disease. Early stages (gingivitis) can generally be corrected with regular six-month cleanings. More advanced stages usually require numbing and involves deep scaling and root-planing, followed by more frequent follow-up cleanings. More advanced cases involve being referred to a Periodontist (a gum and bone specialist).
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist help to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Sometimes the best treatment option for getting you back to optimal health involves a tooth extraction. If you need an extraction, either Dr. Tyma or Dr. Trachtenberg will perform the procedure, or they refer you to a specialist. In either case, your extraction procedure will be performed comfortably and safely. And, our team can give you access to a variety of restorative options to replace your tooth and to get you back to your normal life.
Dental fillings are necessary when a tooth has a cavity or has a minor chip or fracture. There are several restorative options available and your dentist will discuss these with you to determine what is best for your individual situation.
Do your teeth show signs of excess wear? Or, do you wake up with tooth pain, jaw pain, headaches, or tension in your neck and shoulders? If so, you may suffer from nighttime bruxism – a condition where you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep. A nightguard is an appliance that is customized to fit over your teeth much like a sports mouthguard. It protects your teeth from coming into contact with one another and helps hold your jaw in a more neutral, relaxed position.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available and your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
A porcelain veneer is a paper-thin, custom-made covering that conceals the front and side surfaces of your tooth, much like a mask or an artificial fingernail. But unlike a fingernail, veneers are made of a very durable ceramic material that actually strengthen your tooth. Veneers can correct stains, breaks, and odd shapes, and they can lengthen individual teeth.
Bonding involves molding material directly onto your tooth, so it can be used either to rebuild apart of your tooth or to attach other materials, such as porcelain veneers. Bonding is useful for many different types of corrections such as replacing old fillings, restoring damaged teeth, closing spaces, or whitening teeth.
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with our dentists to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.
Complete dentures are used to replace a person's teeth when they are all missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. They are crafted to fit your individual mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:
- Help restore your ability to eat and speak
- Replace your missing teeth
- Prevent facial sagging
- Improve the appearance of your smile
For those patients looking to improve the stability of an existing denture, consider connecting your denture to dental implants.
If you happen to be missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you! Dental implants are natural-looking and are permanently anchored into the patient's jawbone and, unlike traditional bridges, no preparation of adjacent teeth is required.
It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental problems. Our doctors have extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions that are custom tailored for each individual patient. When your dental implants are placed, your jaw will bond and attach to the implant making them very strong and functional.
Think of an inlay or an onlay like a partial crown. When you have a tooth that is broken or has too little natural structure to hold a filling, an inlay or onlay can complete the natural shape of your tooth while keeping as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Inlays and onlays are milled from porcelain and are expertly shaped and shaded to match your natural tooth by Drs. Tyma and Trachtenberg.
Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of the dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. Drs. Tyma and Trachtenberg can help identify the root of your jaw pain and create a treatment plan that will help your jaw relax and function properly.
Digital radiographs (X-rays) are a significant improvement over traditional film-based x-rays. They expose you to less radiation than traditional x-rays and provide your dental team with an instant digital image that can be saved in a computer system for future reference. Finally, digital x-rays use less material than traditional x-rays, making them better for the environment and keeping costs down.
When you receive a dental diagnosis that includes a dental treatment plan, the details of your plan may be difficult to follow. An intraoral camera allows you to see exactly what we see in your mouth. We can demonstrate exactly what your treatment plan entails using your own teeth as a visual aid. This way, you can make an informed decision that's right for you.
Traditionally, if crowns, onlays, inlays, or dental veneers were required to restore damaged teeth, multiple procedures and a great deal of waiting time in-between was expected. CEREC® creates quality ceramic restorations within minutes right at our dental office! This means that many treatments can be completed in just a single visit. CEREC® is comprised of several computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine that creates custom ceramic restorative devices. This is of great benefit to nervous patients, and also reduces the cost of treatment.
What are the steps involved?
First your dentist will need to prepare the tooth and area for restoration. The length of preparation differs from patient to patient. Your dentist will then take photos of the tooth where the CEREC® restoration will be placed using one of the CEREC's® imaging solutions. They will use either CEREC® Omnicam or the CEREC® Bluecam. The omnicam takes several different images of the affected tooth, and sends a three-dimensional, colored model to the machine; while the Bluecam consists of your dentist coating the teeth with a contrasting agent before taking images.
Once the design is complete, it will be transmitted into the milling unit. A block of ceramic, matching your tooth color, will be inserted into the machine, and your onlay, inlay, crown, or veneer restoration will be created. Your dentist will then affix the restoration to your tooth giving you a smile you will be happy to show off!
DIAGNOdent® is a specialized laser that can detect the presence of caries (decay) very early in its development, when it may still be invisible to the naked eye. By catching cavities early, Drs. Tyma and Trachtenberg can preserve more of your natural tooth structure and can utilize less invasive treatments to restore your teeth to optimal health.