The health of your mouth has a strong influence on the rest of your body, and this is a connection that Dr. McCarthy considers with every exam and treatment she performs. Her goal is to not only give you a healthy and attractive looking set of teeth, but do it in such a way that it promotes your overall health as well. She does this by using more biocompatible materials and providing a variety of services you just won’t find at your typical practice. This full-body approach helps our patients achieve more than just a beautiful smile whenever they come to see us!
It is well-known that “silver” amalgam fillings are made with 50% mercury, a notoriously toxic substance as well as other metals such as nickel and copper, and many patients would like to have them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings. As a S.M.A.R.T. (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified dentist, Dr. McCarthy is able to do this by minimizing patients to potentially harmful vapors or pieces of mercury fillings. Using a meticulous step-by-step process, she’s able to not only replace old fillings, but dispose of them in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment as well.
People who are afraid of going to the dentist love Dr. McCarthy, and the reason for this is simple: she sincerely listens to their concerns. If you aren’t a big fan of going to the dentist, she’s more than happy to help you overcome your fears with the help of sedation dentistry. Using nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), anti-anxiety medication, or IV sedation, she can help even the most fearful patient enjoy a calm and cool appointment no matter what type of treatment they need.
Ozone is simply enriched oxygen, or O3, and Dr. McCarthy uses it every day to get rid of harmful bacteria in the mouth in the least invasive way possible. Ozone is much gentler than traditional antibiotics, and it’s able to quickly and effectively disinfect the mouth without causing any negative side effects. This gives her an easy way to treat patients dealing with gum disease or rescue decaying teeth.
Using the accepted standard of care through proper application, ozone induces a multitude of natural biochemical and physiologic reactions. These reactions include:
Some of the dental issues Ozone can help treat include, but are not limited to:
PRP/PRF provides a natural way to dramatically speed up a patient’s recovery process after undergoing a surgical procedure. A small amount of a patient’s own blood is placed in a centrifuge and this causes a substance rich with collagen and other helpful proteins to separate from the plasma. Applied to a treatment site, it encourages the growth of new, healthy tissue while reducing post-treatment pain and swelling.
Bone grafting is often necessary when a patient’s jawbone needs to be strengthened so it can safely support dental implants to replace missing teeth. While there are multiple ways to accomplish this, Dr. McCarthy uses a method that has a low risk of rejection as well as a high percentage of success: autogenous grafting using demineralized dentin matrix. Using a portion of a patient's own tooth, she can place it right where an implant will be located to ensure a patient’s new smile will have a strong and reliable foundation.