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Your Allentown Dentist

July 7, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-177720514It’s never easy to decide on a new medical or dental practice. Whether you’re new in town, are looking for a new practice because your dentist retired, or you’re unhappy with your current practice for any reason, Consider visiting Dr. John Salivonchik’s convenient Allentown, PA practice today. Dr. Salivonchik offers a full range of dental health care, but his goal is to help people maintain their natural smile for life. Meeting his goal starts with preventive dentistry checkups that go beyond just the surface level examinations and cleanings. Call to schedule your checkup today.
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Dr. S. John Salivonchik: The Allentown Dentist for Families in Lehigh Valley

June 15, 2015

465162307When it comes to the health of you and your family, you only want the best. And dental health is no exception. Dr. S. John Salivonchik is the dentist in Allentown that more Lehigh Valley families trust with their oral health. As your general dentist, Dr. Salivonchik and his staff will first and foremost work to prevent any oral health problems from happening. Doing so helps our patients enjoy happy and healthy smiles for many years. If you’re looking for a general dentistry practice that can provide all of the dental health care services your family needs, look no further than the Allentown dental office of Dr. Salivonchik.

General Dentistry in Allentown

The cornerstone of general dentistry is the regular exam and cleaning. In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Salivonchik would like to see you and each member of your family every six months for dental checkups. At these appointments, one of our dental hygienists will clean your teeth and remove plaque, assess the health of your gums and other soft tissue, visually check for signs of tooth decay, and take digital x-rays when necessary in order to find any cavities that may be hiding in between teeth or just below the surface.

Additionally, these appointments allow us to regularly monitor for other conditions such as TMJ disorder, gum disease, and oral cancer. Of course, if we find anything of concern, then we will recommend the best course of treatment, so you can get back on track toward optimal oral health.

Sedation Dentistry

If you experience anxiety over just the thought of seeing the dentist, then know that Dr. Salivonchik practices sedation dentistry, so you can relax and have the dental treatment you need. Depending on your level of anxiety, we will can offer either nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, or IV sedation. One of these safe and reliable sedatives will calm you through any procedure.

Call Our Office Today

If you’ve been searching for a general dentist in Allentown who will professionally address all of your and your family’s oral health needs, then call the office of Dr. Salivonchik in Allentown. Our practice, located in Lehigh Valley, PA, happily serves Coplay, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and the surrounding areas.

Non-Invasive TMJ Therapy

March 20, 2015

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be an absolutely crippling, painful problem that can seriously affect your day to day routine. Although the disorder does not get much media attention, and it may not be as well known as other dental issues, more than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ-related pain. That is a staggering number of people who feel the pain and suffering from this treatable condition. So, how do you know if you deal with this disorder? What steps can you take to treat it?

What Causes TMJ and What Are the Symptoms?

Though the origin of the disorder is still unknown, many dentists believe the issues arise when the two small joints in front of the ears experience some sort of malfunction. These joints control the opening and closing of your jaw, but when disturbed by physical injury, bite misalignment, any aggressive stress, or excessive grinding of the teeth, the joints and the surrounding muscles become over-stimulated, which causes tremendous pain.

There are various symptoms that overtake the face and body when TMJ becomes a problem, including chronic headaches, unexplained facial, neck, shoulder, jaw, or lower back pain, popping jaw, bruxism, inability to fully open or close your mouth, chronic ear aches, and tingling in the hands or fingers.

Is There an Effective Treatment?

166637352Dr. Salivonchik, head of Lehigh Valley Dental Health, has years of experience evaluating and treating this condition. In order to effectively treat your issue, he will perform a comprehensive examination of your head, neck, mouth, and jaw to properly isolate and treat the source. He will then create a custom oral appliance, or nightguard, to fit comfortably within your mouth to relax the stressed jaw muscles and relax the mouth. The appliance will ease the tension and correct the displacement experienced, decreasing the pain and eliminating the problem altogether. A three-month regimen of nightly oral appliance is required to rid the distress.

I Really Need Help Getting Rid of My TMJ.

TMJ is a persistent problem and one that should be fixed immediately. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you feel that this is a growing issue for you, contact our offices as soon as possible and schedule a consultation for TMJ therapy. Our practice, located in Lehigh Valley, PA, happily serves Coplay, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and the surrounding areas.

Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions

October 25, 2014

477563171If you have severely stained, broken or chipped teeth it might be time to consider a cosmetic dentistry solution. Most procedures can be completed in one visit. Thanks to advances in Sedation Dentistry techniques these procedures are not only quick, but can be completed with practically no pain or discomfort. There is no reason to put off the dental repair you need any longer. But with so many different repair options, you may be confused about what would work best for you. The first step toward fixing your smile is to make an appointment with Dr. Salivonchik today. If you live near Coplay or Allentown, PA, Dr. Salivonchik can help you find the perfect cosmetic dentistry solution.

  • Cosmetic BondingA tooth-colored composite material is bonded to the tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened and polished. For patients with minor cosmetic flaws, cosmetic bonding is the answer. It can fix a broken or chipped tooth, close small gaps between teeth and fill in cavities. However, unlike cosmetic crowns and porcelain veneers, dental bonds can become discolored over time.
  • Cosmetic VeneersVeneers are tooth-colored shells that cover your natural teeth. Made of porcelain or composite, cosmetic veneers can easily repair discolored, slightly crooked or gapped teeth. The veneers are completed in three visits where the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel, take an impression of your teeth, send the impressions to a dental lab for fabrication and then apply the veneers in the final visit. Cosmetic veneers are durable and permanent.
  • CEREC CrownsTraditionally dental crowns took two to three visits to complete, but CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns can be applied in just one visit. The dentist will take a 3D image of your tooth for the CEREC system which can mill an all-ceramic restoration in about an hour. CEREC crowns are highly durable and permanent.

Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions in Allentown, PA

You don’t have to live with broken, chipped or stained teeth any longer. There are a variety of quick, easy and painless cosmetic dentistry solutions available. Make an appointment with Dr. Salivonchik for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. If you live in the vicinity of Coplay or Allentown, PA, Dr. Salivonchik can help you get the bright beautiful smile you deserve.

How Do You Cope With A Fear Of The Dentist?

September 25, 2014

454389001It is natural to fear the unknown. Children can be especially fearful of the dentist because they don’t know what to expect during a dental visit. Adults can have a fear of the dentist as well because of past negative experiences. You can alleviate the fears of children by educating them on the importance of taking care of their teeth.  You can alleviate your own fears by learning how Dr. Salivonchik uses the latest technology and Sedation Dentistry to make a visit to his office stress and pain free.

Addressing Common Fears of the Dentist

It’s important to distill fears of the dentists early in a child’s life. If you don’t, a childhood fear of the dentist could become a lifelong fear. This results in many people avoiding the dentist as adults, causing the condition of their teeth to further deteriorate and creating a vicious cycle. You can prevent this cycle by taking your child to see the dentist early and often.  Common coping methods include:

  • Distraction- Counting or playing games to get you to think about something else.
  • Distancing – Engaging in positive thought exercises like meditation.
  • Self-Efficacy – Reinforcing your sense of personal strength
  • Optimism – Thinking positive thoughts about how much better you will feel after treatment.

If these techniques don’t work to alleviate your anxiety or fear of dental visits, you can rest assured that the Dr. Salivonchik’s Sedation Dentistry practice will help you through the dental treatments you need.

A Fear Free Dentist Visit for Coplay and Allentown, PA Residents

Dr. Salivonchik embraces technology and incorporates Sedation Dentistry techniques to alleviate the pain and anxiety that some patients may experience. He also uses the latest in laser diagnostics to find tooth decay problems in its early stages, often preventing the pain associated with decaying teeth. IV Sedation is available for patients with severe anxiety or pain sensitivity. Dr.  Salivonchik stands out among Coply and Allentown, PA dentists through his dedication to patient relaxation and care. Contact Dr. Salivonchik’s office today to set up your next dentist appointment.

Take a look at how Dr. Salivonchik recently helped a local family from Coplay, PA get over their fears of the dentist. http://www.wfmz.com/news/Sunrise/life-lessons-help-kids-with-a-fear-of-the-dentist/27851332

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