The Dental Health Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Our goal is to help you enjoy the benefits of a problem-free smile. One of the ways we do that is by listening to your concerns, answering your questions, and working with you to find solutions that make sense for you. Every time you ask a question, we get a better understanding of what matters to you and how you would like us to help you.

We hear lots of questions at our office, and here are some that our patients ask most often. If you have a question and don’t see it here, please feel free to call our office at (610) 494-0404 or send us an email using our handy online contact form.

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Both manual and power toothbrushes can be used to effectively remove plaque from teeth.
However, for the majority of people, an electric toothbrush will provide better and more efficient plaque removal over a manual brush.  This is especially true for people with limited dexterity or people that have difficulty working with a manual toothbrush.  Many power brushes have additional features such as timers and pressure indicators that can help to ensure you are brushing long enough and with proper pressure.  There are even some brushes for kids that can be linked to a smartphone or tablet that can make teeth brushing more interactive and fun for them.   Most patients will see an improvement in dental health from the proper use of a power toothbrush. 

 

Many patients are anxious about dental visits because they worry that their procedure will hurt. At The Dental Health Center, we do everything possible to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable and efficient as possible.

The Scariest Part

One of the most common fears people have about visiting the dentist is the dreaded needle, which can be scary for even the most courageous patients. But we have replaced the old-fashioned syringe with the latest technology in dental anesthesia. We use an instrument called The Wand that is popular with our patients because it delivers injections that are virtually pain-free.

The Wand is a computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery system that is the size of a pen and is less scary looking than a dental syringe. Combined with our soft-touch dentistry, The Wand ensures a painless delivery of the local anesthetic and a comfortable experience during the procedure.

Your Comfort & Health Is Our Top Priority

Dr. Seger is committed to providing painless dentistry and combined with his soft-touch approach, The Wand ensures that you will have the most comfortable experience possible.

If you are interested in seeing how The Wand can improve your experience and change your attitude about dental care, please call our Aston, PA dental office to arrange a dental appointment.

We are in-network with most major insurances and have an insurance expert on staff who can help you navigate your coverage.

What We Can Do

We can also spread a treatment plan out into separate phases to keep your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum. If you would like more information about which insurances we accept and the financing options we offer, please check our Financial page or call our office for assistance.

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If you want to make sure that you will be covered at our office, give us a call today!

Children's Dentistry

Many parents think baby teeth are not very important because they eventually fall out. However, they are just as important as the permanent teeth that will follow. Baby or primary teeth help your child learn to chew and speak and also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth to emerge correctly.

When Children Should See The Dentist

Dr. Seger likes to see children when the first baby tooth appears but no later than age one. He needs to monitor your child’s oral health from the time baby teeth first erupt because decay in baby teeth increases the risk of cavities in permanent teeth. Your child is at a higher risk of decay if teeth are exposed to sugar for long periods, which is why you shouldn’t put your baby to sleep with a bottle in their mouth.

How Early Appointments Benefit Children

Early visits also benefit your child because we want them to get comfortable with Dr. Seger and our team slowly and at their own pace. It’s crucial that we first see your child when they aren’t experiencing any pain. We don’t want you to wait until there’s a problem because the chances are that your child will associate the discomfort they feel with dental visits, which can result in a lifetime of dental anxiety.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your child’s first appointment, please call our Aston, PA dental office at (610) 494-0404. We look forward to welcoming your little one and helping them get started with a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.

Preventive Services

Many dental and health problems can arise without any symptoms. X-rays allow us to see into parts of the body that we cannot visually examine.

Why X-Rays Matter

Early to moderate tooth decay generally has no symptoms and can occur between teeth where we can’t see them. Digital dental x-rays allow us to identify decay in these areas, which would not be possible without their use. We also use x-rays to check for possible infections around the roots of your teeth. Dental abscesses can develop without any symptoms and are usually not detectable without an x-ray.

Our Promise To You

If you’re concerned about your safety, you’ll be pleased to know that at The Dental Health Center we use state-of-the-art digital x-rays. This technology allows us to take highly detailed images of your teeth and reduce your exposure by about 80 percent compared to film x-rays. Another advantage of digital x-rays is that we can share the images with you on your chairside monitor. When you see the problem for yourself, you can easily understand why you need treatment and how it will benefit your long-term oral health.

We want you to feel completely safe and comfortable with your treatment, so if you have concerns about x-rays, please call our office.

Developing tooth decay is usually a slow process that can sometimes take years to progress into a cavity. It begins as enamel breaks down and loses some of its mineral content. As the process continues, enamel loses more mineral content until the structure breaks down and a hole or “cavity” is formed.

Some Cavities Do Not Have Symptoms

Early and moderate tooth decay often has no symptoms, or you may notice only some sensitivity to temperature and sweets. The lack of symptoms from early tooth decay is due to the fact that the nerve tissue in teeth is located at the center of the tooth. It takes some time before tooth decay can penetrate far enough into the tooth for the nerve to become affected and become symptomatic.

When Cavities Can Severely Hurt

The problem is that by the time the nerve is involved and causes pain, the cavity is at an advanced stage and the tooth will require further treatment to correct the problem. When Dr. Seger identifies and fixes cavities before they affect the nerve and become painful, he can generally fix the tooth with smaller, more conservative fillings instead of using advanced restorative techniques.

The best time to schedule an appointment is when you don’t have any symptoms. Routine visits to The Dental Health Center as instructed by Dr. Seger will keep your smile healthy and a step ahead of serious dental conditions.

If you want to avoid problems by maintaining good oral health, preventive dental cleanings are essential. The general recommendation by the American Dental Association is to have cleanings every six months. But each of our patients is unique, and if Dr. Seger suggests more frequent intervals, it’s because they're needed to help you stay a step ahead of gum disease and tooth decay.

During Your Cleaning:

During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienist uses specialized dental instruments to get in the tiny spaces between your teeth and gently clear away plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can’t reach. If we don’t routinely remove this debris, it attracts bacteria that increase your risk of decay and gum disease.

For patients with a history of gum disease, we usually recommend cleanings at three to four-month intervals to help ensure that gum disease does not progress or recur. If you experience rapid tartar buildup, you will require more frequent cleanings.

Make Sure To Maintain Your Dental Cleanings

Dr. Seger and our team are committed to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Our personalized treatment plans take your unique needs into account, and sometimes that involves more frequent dental cleanings.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your next exam and cleaning, please call The Dental Health Center, and we will be happy to assist you.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Once the cavity has been removed from the tooth, we begin to place the tooth colored filling material. An adhesive bonding agent is placed that creates a bonded attachment between the tooth and the filling.

Sculpting for a Natural Look

The resin is then placed and sculpted to replace the missing tooth structure. A special curing light is then used to set and harden the resin material.  After the filling is placed and set, we will adjust and fine-tune the filling so that it fits within your normal bite, and then polish everything back to a smooth shine.

The Final Look

The results are very natural and seamless and blend in with the rest of the natural tooth structure. The majority of tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible and will last for many years. 

There are two primary benefits to choosing tooth-colored composite fillings:

Cosmetic Benefits

One of the reasons we like using composite fillings for esthetic repairs is that we can closely match the shade of the filling to the color of your natural dental enamel. Dr. Seger carefully sculpts the material to match the contours of your tooth, creating a discreet repair that even you won't be able to detect.

Health Benefits

Our goal is to preserve the natural structure of your teeth for as long as possible. So unlike metal fillings that require us to remove a lot of your tooth, tooth-colored fillings are bonded directly to the remaining tooth structure. The advantage is that we can preserve the structure, and bonding the material directly to your tooth creates a strong, durable bond and a long-lasting repair.

Call our office today if you are interested in tooth colored fillings.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a healthy solution for replacing missing teeth. They may seem like a recent innovation, but implants have actually been used successfully for over 40 years!

The Anatomy of an Implant

A dental implant is a small titanium post placed in your jaw by a skilled oral surgeon and takes the place of the lost root. Titanium is a biocompatible material, meaning your body easily accepts it. During healing, the implant bonds with bone and tissue in your jaw and becomes a permanent part of your dental structure.

After the implant heals, we can choose one of several dental restorations to act as the visible, functional part of the implant. Depending on your needs we may recommend a dental crown, bridge, or full or partial denture.

The Final Touch For Your Crown

The end result is a new tooth that feels and acts as close to a natural tooth as possible. Your implant is permanent, and your restoration won’t decay. However, you still need to be proactive with your oral health because healthy gums are essential to the success of your implant.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please call our Aston, PA dental office to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Seger.

 

Crowns & Bridges

The initial visit will consist of your Aston dentist removing the area that is compromised by either bacteria or breakage.

The Molding Process

At the initial visit for a crown, the tooth is shaped to make room for the crown, and then an impression is made. The impressions of your teeth are sent to a dental lab that will use the impressions of your teeth to make your crown.

Your Temporary Crown

A temporary crown is fabricated and cemented in place with temporary cement. After two to three weeks, the lab will send us the finished crown. At the second visit, we gently remove the temporary crown and then cement in place the lab created crown. Any necessary fine tuning is also completed during this visit.

Crowns are used to restore teeth that are heavily damaged by cavities, fractures, or severe wear.   A crown is much like a cap that goes over the top of the tooth and replaces the lost or damaged enamel.  A crown can help to protect a weakened tooth and prevent further breakdown.

Dental Bridges in Aston PA

A bridge is similar to a crown but usually serves a different purpose.  Although bridges can serve to repair and protect badly broken down teeth, its primary purpose is to replace missing teeth.  A bridge is 3 or more crowns that are made as one piece in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth in the middle.  At least one tooth on either side of a missing tooth is needed to support a bridge.  The bridge is then cemented in place. 

Want to Fill in a Missing Space?

Bridges and crowns can help restore your bite and smile to a more comfortable and aesthetic look. Give our office a call today if you are interested!

 

Invisalign

Many patients tell us that they would like straighter teeth, but do not want to go through the process and social stigma that comes with traditional metal bracket and wire braces.

Clear Braces for Your Solution

Invisalign clear aligners may be the answer for many of these patients. With the Invisalign system, we use a series of virtually invisible clear trays to reposition and straighten teeth. Thie method is great for adults of any age and teens.

Call Our Office Today!

If you would like a consultation appointment to see if you can qualify for Invisalign, call our office today! You can learn more on our Invisalign service page.

To begin Invisalign treatment, we take photographs and make impressions of your teeth and send them to the Invisalign lab.  The lab will then convert the impressions to a 3D model of your teeth.  With the 3D model, we can create a simulation of the treatment that will allow us to visualize the final position of the teeth after treatment. 

What We Will Go Over

We will go over the treatment plan with you and have the ability to customize it based on your input.  Once we are happy with the treatment plan, we will submit the approval and the Invisalign lab will begin creating your customized sequence of clear aligner trays.  Each set of trays are worn for 1 week, and then you switch to the next set.   Every set of trays have small changes to them that work to move and reposition the teeth to their desired place.  The majority of Invisalign treatments are completed in 6 months to 1 year.  

Get Your Free Consultation Today!

We offer free Invisalign consultations for anyone interested in straight teeth without braces! These clear trays are great for adults and young teens.

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