Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Tiernan is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry available.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Have you been putting off their removal? Dr. Tiernan can help. At some point in your life, most everyone requires that their wisdom teeth be extracted as a measure of preventative dentistry. A number of painful and lasting problems can occur due to the arrival of wisdom teeth. But with today’s dental technology, this procedure has been improved to maximize your comfort and speed along your recovery time.
Before extracting your wisdom teeth, Dr. Tiernan will administer a local or general anesthetic, based on your own needs and patient history. Then he will open up the gum tissue over the tooth, remove any bone covering the tooth, separate any connective tissue, and remove the tooth itself. If necessary, Dr. Tiernan will use stitches to close up the surgical wound.
In most cases, your recovery from wisdom tooth extraction will only last a few days. Dr. Tiernan’s team will provide with you with detailed information on the do’s and don’ts of recovery, and you will be prescribed medication to manage any pain. Finally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re no longer at risk for the many problems wisdom teeth can present!
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable ― especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. Tiernan takes advantage of advances in technology and in dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective, while also taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth (the pulp) when it has become infected and inflamed. Dr. Tiernan will gently file the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (where the procedure gets its name) and will fill the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or, in some cases, a crown./p>
Sometimes injury or decay extensively damages a tooth. And, in certain cases, extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health Dr. Tiernan will gently extract your troublesome tooth, giving you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and for completing your beautiful smile once again.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of Americans every year, and one case in four is fatal. As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% success rate after diagnosis. Dr. Tiernan is truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. He and his team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from Dr. Tiernan. With the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.
“Dr Tiernan is a great dentist! His work is amazing and he genuinely cares for his patients and the work he provides! My family come to Dr TieRNaN and I would recommend Dr Tiernan to everyone!”Sarika P.
“Dr. Tiernan provides excellent services to me and my family. If I have any questions regarding any of the procedures, everything is always explained to me with great detail. The moment you walk into their offices you can feel the care and the assurance they provide for their patients. Due to my personal experience with the dental work I will never use another dentist again. Dr. Mark Tiernan is the choice for me and my family.”Penny W.
“My family and I have been going to Dr. Tiernan’s office to receive top quality work for years now! They are not only great at what they do, but are also a blast to be around! The whole staff is so fun and Dr. T is hilarious! I most def can’t recommend them enough! Be sure and tell them Joe sent ya! I’m trying to save up enough reference points for a new toothbrush I have my eye on!”Joseph F.
A night-guard is a simple solution that protects your teeth and jaw from the harmful results of teeth grinding and clenching. Dr. Tiernan provides a custom-molded, plastic mouth guard to comfortably fit over your upper or lower teeth, creating a barrier between your teeth. The cushion of the night-guard between the teeth absorbs the force of teeth grinding. A night-guard reduces teeth clenching and grinding, as well as TMJ problems by helping the jaw muscles to relax. Finally, you may rest comfortably again!
While night-guards protect your teeth from grinding against one another and becoming damaged, a NTI is another solution.
A NTI is a small device that only covers your anterior teeth. Similar to a night-guard, it is made from acrylics and hard plastics. In addition to preventing the grinding of teeth, the extra benefit of the NTI is that over time, the device teaches your muscles to relax. In this way, a NTI may be able to help you break the habit of grinding all together. If you are suffering from frequent migraines as well as damaged teeth, a NTI may be the answer. Ask Dr. Tiernan’s Dental team if an NTI is right for you.
If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect their teeth from potential injury. They are easy to clean, come in many color combinations and are custom made to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth.
You deserve the smile you've always wanted.
In addition to treatments designed to give you a beautiful, youthful smile for life, Dr. Tiernan makes Botox® treatments available to you.