Family care and general dentistry has always been and always will be the foundation of our practice!
There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with the transformation of smiles through smile makeovers. Dr. Kirtley and his staff are endowed in the work of general and family dentistry, and are fixated on the care and treatment to the broadest of individuals from youngest to oldest. Following a program based on prevention, Dr. Kirtley believes that the overall dental health of a patient starts at the youngest of ages. The main goal at the practice is to prevent the need for any major or involved treatment. With years of experience on our side, our hygienists and assistant staff following Dr. Kirtley are trained in the delivery of care for the entire family. If any major issues do occur, we are confident that Dr. Kirtley and his staff will be able to assist you through all your dental needs.
The road to a healthy mouth with periodontal issues is something Dr. Kirtley works hard on preventing. Periodontal treatment is an enduring process that will leave you with the healthiest set of teeth at the end of the day. Treating periodontal problems will ensure the longevity of your dental health. Through a process of proper treatment, proper home care, and regular dental visits, a large amount of patients should be able to keep their teeth forever! After evaluating your periodontal health, Dr. Kirtley will assist you in creating the most effective treatments to ensure your oral health stays at its' most prime.
A sealant is a plastic object that dentists apply to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, or the premolars and molars. The plastic is supposed to bond into the grooves of the teeth and serve as a barrier to protect your teeth
from plaque and acids that are found in food particles.
Although brushing and flossing daily help a great deal to remove food particle and plaque, toothbrush bristles lack the capability to reach into the depressions and grooves located on the back of your chewing teeth, ultimately leaving those areas susceptible to plaque and acids. Sealants help protect the most vulnerable areas of the teeth by "Sealing Out" those areas, preventing the plaque and food to stay.
Before non-metal fillings were invented, patients would leave the office with no choice but to keep the dark an unattractive metal crowns, almost always sparking a sense of self consciousness and anxiety when you smile.
The good news is that porcelain fillings are now available and taking over the dark days of metal fillings!
Porcelain fillings offer a more appealing option to the old metal crowns that were offered before. The porcelain holds the tooth structures together and work to not only improve the appearance of your teeth, but strengthen the bonds that you teeth hold.
Fluoride is an ongoing treatment that has been used in oral care for years. Fluoride itself is a natural occurring element that strengthens the teeth and prevents tooth decay. Through Dr. Kirtley's in office fluoride treatments, your teeth will be polished and then fluoride will be applied for about four minutes. Fluoride treatments are available to both children and adults. Depending on an evaluation through Dr. Kirtley, you will be given options in helping prevent tooth decay in your mouth!
We are all guilty from binging on items that make our teeth suffer. Coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, antibiotics, and age can all take a toll on the whiteness of your teeth. With all of the everyday extremities constantly
darkening your teeth, patients have the option to whiten their teeth! There are two options that patients get to choose from:
• If you don't have the time to make it to your dentist for a long extended of time, try At-home bleaching kits! This procedure uses carbamide peroxide solutions to oxidize and bleach your teeth. After a consultation with your dentist, you will get a customized tray for your mouth based on plaster molds of your teeth. Place the solution in these trays, then hold the tray in your mouth for the amount of time specified by your dentist. He or she will determine a duration of treatment. In a few weeks, return to your dentist for a follow-up appointment.
• If you do have a little more time to go in to the office, In-office bleaching (also called chair side, light-activated or one-hour bleaching) is the choice for you. This procedure uses hydrogen peroxide gels and a heat or light source, these treatments lighten your teeth by six to eight shades in one to three visits, and sometimes less. The light source can be a plasma arc lamp or a laser. The dentist applies the gel to your teeth, then shines the light source, quickening the work of the gel. When a lamp is used, three twenty-minute gel applications are required. When a laser is used, the dentist treats each tooth individually.
When your teeth needs restorations, consider Dental Crowns! Crowns (or caps) are essentially dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function.
If you find yourself missing teeth, a bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. There are a multitude of types of crowns or bridges that you may use to fit your dental needs. One type of bridge consists of crowns
placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Bridges can also be
supported by dental implants.
If you're looking for an extra appealing alternative to crowns and bridgework to restore your teeth, Natural-looking crowns and bridges can be an ideal solution to replace or support missing or damaged teeth. Thanks to Dr. Kirtley's state-of-the-art equipment, these procedures are much simpler and the results are much more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.
One innovative solution to restoring and creating the most healthy and attractive smiles possible are dental implants. Implants are used for multitude of reasons, however they are most often used as ways to replace missing teeth. These can be used in place of bridges or dentures. Dental implants maintain bone mass, furthermore acting as an aide to help prevent additional tooth loss as well as an unattractive facial appearance due to the lack of missing teeth. Dental implants are indeed a surgical procedure in which dentists implant bio-compatible titanium screws that act as the basis for screwing in your implants in the end. The process altogether takes a couple of months, however leaves you with the most healthy, natural looking teeth in the end.
Dr. George E. Kirtley is currently one of the most active members in the dental community. Inducted into the GenR8Next Dental Hall of Fame for his work in Smile dentistry in March 1999, he truly is one of the masters of his craft.
Kirtley is one out of the three dentists in the world holding the prestigious honor of being accredited by both the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In 2001, Kirtley was recognized
by nationally syndicated "More Magazine," as one of America's top ten cosmetic dentists and in 2012 he was selected by Consumers Research Council of America as one of America's Top Dentist. In addition to that, he received an "A"
consumer rating on Angie's list. Awards and recognitions aside, Kirtley takes part as an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Society of Dental Aesthetics, and the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry.
As Dr. Kirtley is an active member in the dental community, it is no surprise that he takes part in almost every aspect of the Dental industry. He owns his own practice in Indiana, Indianapolis, serving tons of satisfied customers with his general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures. Aside from that, he serves as a product research consultant for Dental Product companies. Dr. Kirtley also serve as an instructor for Aesthetic Advantage Programs at New York University, NYC and West Palms Beach Atlantic Coast Research Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. Through his teaching techniques, he is constantly inspiring his students who aspire to make a career in the dental industry. Kirtley is a national lecturer and the author of a plethora of Cosmetic and Dentistry articles published in a widespread of dental journals in the United States and Europe. Some journals include: "Dentistry Today and Contemporary Esthetics," "Inside Dentistry," "Compendium," "Dental Implant and Esthetics (UK)," and "Aesthetic Dentistry (UK)."
Joining Dr. Kirtley in his dental practices is his fully trained staff who focus on advanced dental techniques aimed to provide patients with the most beautiful smiles. Using an innovative video imaging software created by Dr. Kirtley himself, patients have the luxury of viewing their smiles before dental procedures begin.
With a long list of procedures offered by Dr. Kirtley such as bonding, veneers, gum tissue contouring, bleaching, and full mouth rehabilitation / reconstruction, any individual could fix the problem they have with their teeth!
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