- How often should someone see the dentist?
- How does Dr. Voller keep up on all of the current techniques and materials?
- My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?
- Is there anything you can do to help me relax when I come in for my appointment?
- I'm so used to my smile, I take it for granted. How can a Smile Analysis help me determine what changes would be most beneficial?
- What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
Around the Web
- American Dental Association - Clients and Consumers Guide - Information about many different dental procedures, information for parents, online list of dentists, and advice about dental insurance
- CDC's Oral Health Program - Information on oral health surveillance activities, prevention strategies such as fluorides and dental sealants, and recommendations for infection control
- Orthodontic Information Pages - Information for clients about braces; definitions of common dental terms
- American Academy of Periodontology - Information about gum disease
- Sports Dentistry Online
- Implant Dentistry Communications - Education about implant dentistry, clinical case reports, and links to manufacturers of dental implants
Your dental health needs will dictate our recommendation regarding the intervals between re-care appointments. Professional cleanings and checkups are recommended for most adults every six months; this can vary considerably depending on your general health, the extent to which you've undergone restorative or cosmetic treatments, and your hereditary tendencies to oral health problems.
Hygiene visits allow for removal of hardened tartar in areas where your brushing and flossing hasn't reached. Cleanings go a long way toward preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and the entire cascade of events that follow these problems. During checkups, we evaluate existing restorative/cosmetic work and screens for hidden concerns, such as bite problems and oral cancer.
Dr. Voller pursues the latest dental research, technology, techniques, and materials. He subscribes to industry journals, devotes considerable time consulting with other industry leaders by reading and posting clinical information on an international dental experts' site. Dr. Voller also devotes significant time to continuing education from some of the most renowned institutions. He enjoys the hands-on experience he receives with some of the modern masters of dentistry. Dr. Voller’s articles have been published in more than a dozen dental journals, and he is a frequent lecturer, teacher, and mentor to fellow dental professionals.
Absolutely! Bleeding gums may require professional attention, depending on the source of the problem. They can be caused by improper, rough, scrubbing of the teeth instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.
If your problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing or occurs every time you brush, you may have some level of gum disease. We recommend you set up an evaluation with Dr. Voller so that he can treat your condition and get you back on the road to great gum health.
We strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. For example, we will take time to get to know you, understand and talk through all of your concerns, and help alleviate them. We have a TV in every treatment room to help you relax. If necessary, we can provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation prior to a procedure. When you come in for your evaluation, tell Dr. Voller how you're feeling, and we'll work to put you completely at ease.
Typically, smile analysis involves emotional questions to determine how your smile affects your self-image, your interactions with others, and your relationships - and objective questions to determine what structural/physical aspects of your smile concern you. You can even try answering these at home before you visit!
To do an emotional smile evaluation, ask yourself the following questions:
- How do you feel about your smile?
- Do you love its appearance?
- Does it make you feel confident?
- Do you turn away from people while smiling or hide your mouth with your hand while talking?
- Do you cover your smile with your lips, or refrain from letting yourself smile fully in front of others?
- Do you close your mouth to smile for pictures?
- Do you hold back your true laugh so that your smile won't show?
- Are you embarrassed by the condition of your teeth, or by the length of time that's passed since you've seen a dentist?
- Have you ever wished that you had someone else's smile?
- How would a new, beautiful smile make you feel about yourself and about life?
- What would you like to change about it in order to make it seem beautiful to you?
To do an objective smile evaluation, stand in front of a mirror using your normal smile. Now, think of something truly funny, and give yourself a big, laughing smile. If you're unhappy with your smile or your teeth, you probably don't use that smile very often. However, you could freely use such a contagious, happy smile if you felt confident about it! So, ask yourself the following questions:
- What color are your teeth-white, yellow, darkened, or badly stained?
- Are there spaces or missing teeth anywhere?
- Are any teeth crooked, uneven, or out of alignment?
- Do they slant one way or the other?
- Do the biting edges of your upper teeth follow your lips' curvature?
- Are the edges even with each other, or are some too long or too short?
- Do the edges of your canine teeth look too long, sharp, or out of line?
- Do you grind your teeth? Are the edges chipped or worn?
- Are any teeth too short, fat, small, or large?
- Does the midline of your two front teeth center with your face and nose?
- Does your smile show too much gum, thick gums, receding gums, puffy gums, or uneven gums?
- Do you have silver/mercury fillings in any teeth?
- Do you have old, unnatural-looking crowns with darkened edges?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you'll be happy to know that we have answers for you. Contact us today to share your answers with us, and obtain our professional evaluation.
We allow time for emergencies every day. If you experience a problem after hours, don’t worry. Dr. Voller is available 24/7 by cell phone, so you can reach him when you need him most. If you leave a message, Dr. Voller will return the call as soon as possible and provide as much information as possible over the phone. He’ll arrange a time to see you in person if necessary.
The team at Voller Dentistry has provided Kittanning and Pittsburgh area families with excellent dental care since 1981. Call the Voller Dentistry location closest to you to reserve a checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit with Dr. Voller. We serve patients from Harrison Township, Freeport, New Kensington, Oakmont, and beyond.