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Do You Have Questions? Visit Our Patient Education Page

June 24, 2014

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Do you have questions about any of our services or the tools we use? Or maybe you have questions about dentistry in general. You can find plenty of information about both on the Patient Education page on our website.

For example, you might have questions about how DIAGNOdent works. This article will help you understand how Dr. Salivonchik can use this revolutionary tool to diagnose cavities early.

Our Patient Education page also features an article about digital radiography. Our Coplay office is proud to use digital radiography to take x-rays. Using digital radiography exposes patients to far less radiation than traditional radiography does, and the results are clearer and easier to present to patients.

You will also find helpful articles on what to expect from dental work, our commitment to creative treatment solutions, and the prevalence of gum disease, in addition to a list of frequently asked questions we’re happy to answer for you.

Do you still have questions about a service we offer, or some other aspect of dental care? We would be happy to help you. Call our office in Lehigh Valley today to speak to one of our team members or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salivonchik. We’re happy to serve patients from Whitehall, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and all surrounding areas.

Exceptional Care with Creative Solutions

April 21, 2014

general dentistryIn our last post, we talked about smile designs and how they help Dr. Salivonchik plan the treatment process. For this post, we want to talk about something similar—our commitment to providing creative solutions for patients.

What do we mean when we talk about creative solutions? We’re talking, in part, about the changes in dental technology that have made care faster, more precise, more comfortable, and more affordable. We’re also talking about Dr. Salivonchik’s expertise. With years of experience and training backing him up, Dr. Salivonchik will work one-on-one with you to come up with a treatment plan that matches your needs and medical history.

To read an example of our process visit our creative solutions page. To find out more about our services browse our website. Our office offers a range of today’s best and most up-to-date general, cosmetic, and restorative services, including:

During your consultation with Dr. Salivonchik, we will talk to you about the results you want to achieve so that the final plan we put together really puts your goals first. Call us today for an appointment. We serve patients from Coplay, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and nearby communities.

What Is Plaque?

March 21, 2014

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BrushingPlaque is one of those dental terms that you hear mentioned on toothpaste commercials and visits to Dr. Salivonchik’s Coplay dental office, but do you know what it means?

Plaque results from a buildup of bacteria around the teeth and gums. It’s a sticky, filmy material that contributes to both gum disease and tooth decay. That’s why it’s so important to keep the amount of bacteria in your mouth under control.

One of the best ways to do that is with a dedicated oral health routine. We recommend brushing twice a day, or after every meal if you can. Flossing will also help you control plaque by removing pieces of food from between teeth. For even more protection, consider rinsing your teeth with an antibacterial mouthwash, or a mouthwash with fluoride.

To fully protect your smile, though, you’ll still need to see Dr. Salivonchik for regular cleanings. Some parts of your smile are harder to clean than others. A professional cleaning will make sure those areas get the attention they need. Dr. Salivonchik can also look at your teeth and let you know how they’re doing. If you need extra help, we can recommend one or more of our many general, cosmetic, and restorative services. We design treatment plans with your personal needs in mind.

Do you have questions about plaque, or do you need to schedule an appointment? Contact our Coplay office. We serve patients from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and surrounding communities.

Experience Relief with TMJ Therapy

February 27, 2014

TMJMillions of Americans experience TMJ disorderTMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These joints are located underneath the ears and help us open and close our mouths smoothly.

Pain occurs when one or both of these joints malfunction. What causes them to malfunction? That can vary. Sometimes it’s physical or emotional stress, but a misaligned bite or an injury can also contribute. Other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • A jaw that pops or clicks
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Inability to fully open or close the mouth
  • Chronic earaches

Effective Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy

Dr. Salivonchik uses oral appliance therapy to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. This effective treatment method uses a custom-made mouthpiece that fits over teeth and holds the jaw forward slightly. This action releases tension in the jaw and gives stressed muscles a chance to relax, easing pain as a result.

Do you want to find relief from TMJ pain? Call our Coplay, PA dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salivonchik. Our entire team would be happy to help you. We offer TMJ therapy to patients from all around Lehigh Valley, including WhitehallAllentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and beyond.

Laser Dentistry for Coplay and Beyond

February 25, 2014

laser dentistryIn our last post, we talked about how important treating gum disease is—and not just for your oral health. As we noted, gum disease raises your risk of developing a wide range of health problems, including high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension, pancreatic cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Some patients might be anxious about seeking care for gum disease, but gum disease therapy doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. At Dr. Salivonchik’s Coplay dental office, we use laser dentistry to help patients enjoy better oral and overall wellbeing. Aided by a diode laser, Dr. Salivonchik can comfortably remove bacteria from above and below the gum line and encourage tooth reattachment, all without the need for a scalpel or stitches. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, but with laser dentistry, patients can preserve their oral health and enjoy more of their natural smile for longer.

A diode laser is just one of two lasers you’ll find at our Coplay office, though. A Waterlase laser can not only be used on gum tissue, it can also be used on teeth for fillings and to help with root canal therapy. Treating teeth with a Waterlase laser makes it possible for patients to get important care without the need for local anesthetic. With both of these lasers, our Coplay-area patients can enjoy excellent care that is comfortable and reduces anxiety.

Call our Coplay, PA dental office today to learn more about laser dentistry or schedule a consultation with Dr. Salivonchik. Our office is located in Lehigh Valley and serves WhitehallAllentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and surrounding areas. We look forward to helping you!

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