A deep cleaning is required to treat a gum disease also known as Periodontitis. Left untreated is how you can lose all your teeth and you end up in dentures. Getting regular cleaning is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Periodontitis is when plaque (or tarter) around teeth have inflamed the gums (gingivitis) and bone loss has occurred. Periodontitis is a form of gum disease that can destroy the bones, gums and tissue that support the teeth. MINT dentistry is very aggressive in the treatment of periodontal gum disease because once bone is lost, it’s gone forever. The deep cleaning treatment process, known as “Scaling and Root Planning”, removes bacteria, calculus (tartar), and debris that has collected under the gum line that fosters bacteria growth. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only three out of one hundred will ever get treated before it’s too late.
Why use MINT?
Periodontal cleanings (or Scaling & Root Planning) require the kind of skilled and compassionate hygienist you will find at MINT. We have the technology and know-how to remove tartar above and below the gum line. In many cases, we will employ a strong topical agent (or local anesthetic) to help make the cleaning more comfortable for the patient- along with massage chairs to relax you, Beat Headphones playing your favorite music, , and sunglasses to prevent splash-you get to keep.
MINT dentistry is a mercury free zone. MINT dentistry knows that the mercury in mercury fillings are poisonous, that they can leak causing discoloring on adjacent teeth and that they can actually weaken the tooth structure. Instead we use composite resin fillings for fillings, and crowns. Not only are they safer, they match the existing tooth structure. Often patients will ask us to replace all their silver fillings. Really this is our bread and butter, and we use only the most expensive restorative resins with the least amount of shrinkage and best clinical trials. We do recommend that all patients come back for a bite adjustment after getting fillings to insure the bite is perfect. Bite complications are almost unavoidable (being numb), so we recommend everyone stopping by after getting a filling.
Why use MINT?
- Our skilled dentists, using the highest quality materials and newest equipment can have you in and out of the chair quickly.
- Your filling will be chemically (and many times mechanically) bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth.
- Our fillings are durable, tissue compatible, and kind to the opposing teeth.
- Our technique allows us to preserve the greatest amount of natural tooth structure. And lower the complication rate.
- Color and shading can be matched to the existing tooth.
- The biggest reason to use MINT, is our unique technique of prepping teeth, etching, and bonding teeth (our secret sauce), used in combination with our high grade composites give us a complication rate significantly lower than industry standards taught in dental schools.
MINT customers expect to have the most natural looking teeth in the world. And we’re ok with that because we use porcelain crowns and zirconia based bridges. MINT Crowns and bridges are extremely reliable for repairing the most severe dental problems including broken or lost teeth. We place crowns on teeth when cavities are so big they literally cover the majority of the tooth structure. Also when fillings have failed and recurrent dacay is so big a filling is too risky (cause the tooth will hurt or facture), or if the tooth is cracked, and over root canals to prevent breakage because root canaled teeth get very brittle. We almost never use metals under crowns or bridges, only in very rare circumstances with the patients consent would that ever be indicated at MINT. Most people don’t realize, metal underneath the porcelain is what causes the grey gum line most often seen in patients from other practices. We strive to be metal free for multiple reasons, beyond cosmetic concerns, people can have allergic responses to metal as well. Porcelain is proven to integrate with gum tissue way better. We were one of the first practices to implement E-Max Porcelain Crowns (many years ago) which were the industry changing, which many dentists today are still learning about- and switching to, but it helps every dental practice move away from metal with stronger porcelain than dental industry previously had.
A bridge is used when there is a gap in the smile, whether it’s one missing tooth or several. A MINT bridge is made up crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — and a (Pontic) attached porcelain tooth in between. They are highly recommended with teeth in the smile line. Implants are a common mistake patients and doctors routinely diagnose for missing teeth in the smile line. In addition to having less risk and being less expensive than implants, bridges more consistently beautiful for missing front teeth and recommended at MINT (in most cases). They are a great choice for any missing teeth in general, both posterior and anterior. They have a long history of success. And a MINT bridge should never be noticed by the patient or friend.
Why use MINT?
It takes a skilled dentist to remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown. Then on a subsequent visit, to fit, adjust and cement the final crown or crowns in place. Our advanced techniques and premier materials insure your crown will fit right and can last for decades (if you keep coming back).
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
For all the talk about root canals, here are the facts. They can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. And they’re not near as painful as urban legend has it. In fact, a root canal at MINT where we combine sedation therapy with nitrous oxide and massage chairs will make you wonder what all the talk was about.
Why would you need a Root Canal?
At the center of your tooth is the pulp chamber. Infection or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or other dental procedures. You’ll know something is wrong either because you can see a visible injury or swelling of the gums near the tooth, or you’ll experience moderate to severe pain. If the tooth pain lasts for more then 10 seconds or wakes you up at night, or pain happens spontaneously you will most likely need a root canal.
Why use MINT?
The doctors at MINT use a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. We can relax you with nitrous oxide or relaxation therapy. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine. It is worth noting, whether MINT does your root canal, a specialist, or another office, root canaled teeth no longer are living, and they are in your body. You now have a tooth which normally had a blood supply, no longer getting blood- and the body can sometimes reject the perfectly done root canal years later. At MINT, our goal is to prevent root canals, we will do everything we can to avoid it for you, because we know, the entire point of going to the dentist to prevent root canals. But evening know the risks, root canals are still highly recommended over just pulling the teeth, and substantially less expensive than an implant, and for that reason we highly recommend them to patients who indicate the need for one.
MINT recommends dental implants to replace missing posterior teeth whenever possible and under dentures when applicable. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium posts, which act as tooth root substitutes and create a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts or attachments are then connected to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts or attachments provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. There is a good chance we might have to refer you to another one of our offices to get the implant as not all of dentists are certified to place them, but those that are will make sure it’s worth the drive.
Why use MINT?
MINT dentists undergo special training to perform all aspects of dental implant surgery. We know what the best candidates for successful dental implants look like. We have the special know-how to prepare and place the implants in the mouth. We carefully monitor your progress until the implants have bonded to the jawbone insuring you of greater success. Only then do we begin to install your new teeth. Finally, MINT implants are so life-like, they look, feel and act like natural teeth.
BRIDGES AND DENTURES
Missing teeth can impact your life, in the way you chew, the way you speak, even the way you look. Dentures replace natural teeth and provide support for the cheeks and lips. Full Dentures and Partial Dentures – or bridges – are a common and inexpensive way to replace natural teeth. MINT dentistry creates customized dentures and partials that are comfortable, affordable, and make it possible for people to feel good about their smile again. Implants are highly recommended under dentures for comfort and strength.
When to use full Dentures.
Full dentures are used when most of the teeth are damaged beyond repair. Bridges are the ideal solution to replace a section of missing teeth, restore full chewing ability and to support your lips and cheeks.
Why use MINT?
Poorly fitted dentures can be an expensive, painful experience. Our special training in new denture technology puts incredibly comfortable dentures within everyone’s reach. This is an area where you need to consult with a true expert about different options and then be fitted properly. We excel in this treatment.
MINT has been named Best Family Dentist two years in a row and one reason is that is the way we treat kids 4-years old and older. When they roll into the door, we’ll give them an iPad already loaded with great kids games to keep them busy. Then a talented dentist will make sure their teeth have no cavities and everything is growing in correctly. We suggest you bring young 18-months olds in so a MINT doctor can make sure there are no problems with an overbite or something structural. We’ll teach you the best way to care for your kid’s teeth so they can enjoy the benefits of healthy oral care all their lives.
Iris loved her Mint teeth cleaning.
My experience was great today. I didn’t have to wait long. Doctor Brown was in and perform the work and very timely. Once she was done with my dental work, I received my cleaning, which Jeff performed the cleaning. He was great and very easy to talk to. I really enjoyed my experience at mint dentistry.
Anrica loved her fast teeth cleaning at Mint.
Great visit! Their smiles were so bright that I had to wear the shades they gave me. Jeff Chen was great and fast… Awesome service. Dr. Toliver was so nice and comforting. Great job Mint. See you in 6 months.
Abby recommends the Mint hygienist for teeth cleaning.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the dentist; so I was really nervous when I came in. The front staff was really comforting and my whole visit really great. I will be coming back to mint dentistry for my next dentist appointment and check up. My hygienist was awesome! Jeff was really informative and knew all the answers to my questions. Would recommend him for cleanings!
Lacharrye loved her Mint teeth cleaning and exam.
Mint Dentistry in Cedar Hill was an awesome experience from the beginning. The receptionists at the front desk were very inviting and friendly. I had the pleasure of having Lindsey as my hygienist. Lindsey was very patient, friendly, and explained and answered any questions with knowledge. The doctor came in and gave me positive feedback to make sure I continue to take care of my teeth, and get those cleanings ever 6 months. Overall experience was excellent.
Virginia rated Mint’s teeth cleaning 5 Stars.
The staff here was great and explained everything in detail. The doctors were amazing and made me feel as ease and comfortable throughout my dental visits. Highly recommend and I will definitely be back!
Jonathan says his Mint Best Experience Ever.
My first time going there was AWESOME! The lady at the front desk was great but I don’t remember her name. She was tall, skinny and light skinned with a great smile & the lady that cleaned my teeth was also very nice as well her name was ROSY. I’ll definally be back in the near future. BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!
Denise listened to Pandora during her Mint teeth cleaning and exam.
My visit was wonderful, Rosy was my hygienist and she explained her job well and done an amazing job, not to mention I had a choice to watch netflix or listen to Pandora and I chose Pandora witch made the procedure even more relaxing. Thanks Mint
Karah watched Netflix while getting her teeth cleaned.
Today was my first time at Mint Dentistry and they have great customer service and let you watch Netflix or listen to music while you wait & get your teeth cleaned, which I got done today by Jeff. He let me watch the boondocks on Netflix while I was getting my teeth cleaned.
Reginald says Mint teeth cleaning keeps his smile perfect.
I love the environment. I received a cleaning from Jeff who was awesome. The team was super amazing and very helpful. We all want perfect teeth and they are the only people I trust to make that happen. I drive 45 minutes just to keep my great smile. Thanks so much Jeff and team!!!
Rhonda says Mint Cedar Hill is best for teeth cleaning and exam.
Great treatment..first visit was wonderful! Staff were awesome and answered all of my questions. Definitely a positive experience. Ask for Jeffrey, he is the best!
Katrina loves Mint Dentistry Cedar Hill.
Mary Kay is a great tech she took the time out to explain my procedure in full detail. She provided me with great comfort in knowing I was getting the best care Mint has to offer. I love Mint Dentistry!
Ruby rates her Mint deep cleaning and fillings 5 Stars.
My phobias for coming to the dentist have now been erased.. My visit today was very pleasing.. I did not know what to expect and was terrified but from the time I entered the establishment I felt welcomed and the staff here makes you feel at ease.. I ended having to get a deep cleaning and two fillings.. And when I tell you I barely even felt any discomfort.. They explained to me every step of the way what was being done to me.. It was prefect.. Thanx Mint.. I will refer my friends and family..
Diana loved the free whitening and cleaning at Mint Cedar Hill.
Yay free whitening! My boy friend hasn’t been to the dentist for a long time and was really afraid of coming, but everyone made it very enjoyable. Jeffrey sat us down and made sure we felt welcomed. Did his cleaning and none of it hurt him at all. Really recommend him because he is so patient and made us laugh the whole visit! 5 stars.
Briana rates her teeth cleaning appointment 5 Stars.
Came in to the office everyone was pretty nice, got to use the iPad, Beats, and Netflix. I got a cleaning from Jeff he was awesome at it, very nice!!!! Will definitely be coming back 🙂
Fran loved her Mint teeth cleaning and dental exam.
Once again another great visit. My hygienist was awesome Kordell! They make you feel right at home and offer several options to sooth your stress! My favorite…the massage chairs😆
Brendan loved his 5 Star teeth cleaning and exam.
Excellent service here at Mint by Mary Kay and Mrs. V! They are very efficient and straight to the point. . .in the nicest possible way of course. Awesome first visit!
Caleb Leatherwood loved Mint’s teeth cleaning.
This was my first time going to Mint and I absolutely loved it! The staff was super friendly and informative and made me feel welcome! I would recommend this place to anybody who’s looking for a dentist office to use that wants to also feel comfortable and pampered.
Ernestine recommends Mint teeth cleaning and dentist.
From the time I walked into the office at Mint I felt really welcome. The office was appealing and inviting. The receptionist spoke immediately and was helpful with the paperwork. When the dental hygienist, Jeff, called my name he had a smile on his face and I felt comfortable right away. Jeff explained my entire experience to me and gave me a tour of the facility. Jeff made absolute sure that I knew everything I needed to know step by step! Dr. Harris introduced herself but what was most impressive was that she allowed me to explain what I was going through with my teeth and my expectations while listening patiently. I had a great experience and would recommend Mint to friends and family.