Erie's Dental Talk

Posts for: April, 2014

By Modern Dental Group
April 28, 2014
Category: Oral Health

What Kind of Dentist Should You Look For?

That sounds like an odd question. Of course, you want a trustworthy dentist. No one wants his or her teeth to get worked on by a quack.
It’s a given you want a dentist that you can trust with the welfare of your teeth. However, that’s not the only thing you should consider. There are many factors to think about before you head off to the first dental appointment. Local Dentist
If you live in the surrounding area of Erie, you should continue reading this post. If you haven’t made a commitment to pick a dentist, you should primarily for six-month checkups.
The annual dental exam is one of the most important things you need to check off your to-do list each year.
If you think a yearly physical is important, dental checkups are just as important. You use your teeth to smile, eat and talk. To maintain function and esthetic appeal of teeth will depend on how you take care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis.
Those regular dental exams and cleanings verify whether you are keeping up with your oral hygiene regiment.

Your quest to find a great dentist- Let Us Help

If you are searching high and low for just the right dentist, check out this checklist of key factors that will make your dental experience and search the best it can be!
  • Variety of dental services
  • Experienced dentists
  • Good reviews
  • Payment options
Ask yourself what you need. Do you want general dental care? Are you looking for cosmetic treatments? You need to know what your dental needs are.

Finding the right Local dentist in Erie, PA

Our Erie dentist office works hard each day for one goal—to improve the overall oral health of the Erie community members. It’s our job to help you find the best dental care. You can put your trust in us.

What can we offer you at our dental practice?

Not everyone just needs a dental exam and professional polishing. There needs to be other treatments available.
At Modern Dental Group, we provide services in varying fields, such as cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry. From teeth whitening to dental implants, we got out patients covered.
Our dentists improve their skills and knowledge by attending continuing education courses. They dedicate their time to understanding the changes related to dental techniques, protocol and equipment.

Looking for a dentist in Erie?

Here we are!  If you want to get a feel for us, continue looking through our website. Or you can call our office at (814) 456-0710.

By Modern Dental Group
April 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

If you haven't seen a recent picture of Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in all eight Harry Potter movies, you may be in for a surprise: It seems the plump, awkward teenager from Gryffindor has been magically transformed into a post-Hogwarts hunk. What kind of wizardry did it take to change his memorably snarled teeth into a leading man's sparkly smile? The kind skilled cosmetic dentists perform every day!

While special effects created some of the character's dental disarray, the actor's own teeth were far from perfect. And, as Lewis recently noted, the film studio urged him to postpone cosmetic dental work until the movies were all done. “It was something I'd always wanted to do, but it would have meant me wearing a brace for two years,” he told an interviewer with the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Warner Brothers said if I put it off until we'd finished filming they'd pay for it — and they did.”

There are plenty of people, like the twenty-something actor, who put off orthodontic treatment until after their teen years. If you're wondering whether there's still time to get orthodontic work done, then take heart — it's never too late to straighten your teeth!

Today, an estimated twenty percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Compliance with the orthodontic program (meaning thorough regular brushing and flossing, wearing elastics, etc.) is often less of an issue with adults than with teens. Plus, there are some options that can help ensure your orthodontic appliances will fit in with a more mature image.

One is colorless braces. In this system, the brackets (the parts that are bonded to the front teeth and hold the archwire) are made of a clear ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color. This makes them hard to see unless you look closely. Inconspicuous yet effective, clear braces have been the first choice of many celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and Faith Hill... and lots of “regular” adults too.

Another option is lingual braces. These are truly invisible, because they attach behind the teeth (on the tongue side) instead of in front. They work just like the standard braces, and they're appropriate in many situations. However their cost is higher, and the space they occupy in the mouth may take the wearer a bit of time to get used to.

A third option is clear aligners. Unlike braces, which aren't normally removed until orthodontic treatment is nearly complete, clear aligners are easily removable. They consist of a series of transparent trays made of special plastic, which are worn over the teeth 22 hours per day. Each tray in the series is worn for a few weeks, and each moves the teeth a small amount; all together, they can accomplish a big change.

Aligners work well for correcting mild to moderate malocclusion (bite problems). Plus, you can temporarily remove them for important social occasions. But best of all, they're virtually undetectable — so whether or not you play the role of a wizard in the movies, you won't need a magic spell to make them invisible!

Which option is right for you? That's something we would be happy to discuss. If you would like more information about adult orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”


Local anesthesia has emerged over the last half century as one of the most effective tools in dentistry. Its use has literally revolutionized pain control and led to a new description of care known as comfortable dentistry.

The term “local” indicates that the numbing agent is applied only to the area affected by the procedure to temporarily block nerve sensation while the patient remains conscious. Some topical anesthetics are applied to the surface of the lining tissues of the mouth with a cotton swab, adhesive patch or spray to immediately numb the area. While topical anesthetics are sometimes used to increase comfort during teeth cleaning, they’re most often used to block the feeling of the needle prick of an injectable “local” anesthetic. Injectable “local” anesthetics provide a deeper numbing of the teeth, gums and bones.

Along with other calming or sedative techniques, local anesthesia is especially helpful in lowering a patient’s anxiety and stress levels during treatment. It’s a necessity during treatments like decay removal, deep root cleaning, fillings, tooth extractions or gum surgery because the nerve-rich tissues of the mouth are especially sensitive to pain. There are some treatments, however, that don’t call for anesthesia such as enamel removal or shaping (unless the more sensitive dentin below the enamel layers has been exposed).

One common complaint about local anesthesia is the lingering numbness a patient may continue to feel even a few hours after their visit. This inconvenience can be reduced by using different types of anesthetics, and there are now agents that can be applied after a procedure to reverse the effects of an anesthetic.

Local anesthesia benefits both you the patient and your dental professional — you’re more comfortable and less stressful during your visit, and your dentist or hygienist can work more effectively knowing you’re at ease. A pain-free, anxiety-free treatment atmosphere contributes greatly to your long-term dental health.

If you would like more information on the use and benefits of local anesthesia for dental procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”