Specialty Dental Services
In Waverly, Dr. Jonathan Smiley and his team strive to provide your family with comfortable, comprehensive care that is truly exceptional in quality. Trips to outside practices for advanced treatments are frustrating and time-consuming which is why we’re happy to offer specialty services not available at just any general dentistry office. We hope you’ll choose to make Smiley Family Dentistry your oral healthcare home for years to come!
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most common oral health problems patients face, and left untreated, it leads to bone deterioration and tooth loss. Studies have shown that periodontal disease contributes to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Common symptoms you can look for when practicing oral hygiene at home include:
- Gums that are especially tender or swollen
- Severe, constant bad breath
- Teeth that feel loose
- A shift in the way your bite fits together
- Bleeding that occurs while brushing or flossing
Periodontal disease also manifests with no obvious symptoms until the more advanced, destructive stage. That’s why attending regular check-ups at our Waverly, IA dental office is so important! If we find telltale signs of periodontal disease, Dr. Smiley and our dedicated team can reverse the effects and help you regain optimal oral health. We offer several effective treatment options including antibiotic therapy, more frequent cleanings, root scaling and planing, and more.
Here in Waverly, Dr. Smiley enjoys offering patients the latest in dental tools and techniques so care is smoother than ever, and our state-of-the-art digital radiography system is a big part of that! X-rays have always been a crucial part of accurately diagnosing oral damage and pain, but while traditional X-rays exposed patients to significant radiation and took hours to develop in a darkroom with hazardous chemicals, digital X-rays are faster, simpler, and much safer for patients of all ages.
The process of capturing a digital X-ray is simple. We place a small sensor in your mouth, take pictures, and instantly transfer images to a computer for easy viewing. We can magnify, rotate, color-code, and even add contrast to images for educational purposes. It’s simple to duplicate and transfer the X-ray, if needed for insurance purposes or specialists. Digital storage allows us to get rid of inconvenient filing systems, and overall, they’re much better for the environment. Best of all, patients are exposed to up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.