Lavelle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to be your dentist in the Louisville area, offering a wide range of cosmetic, family, and general dentistry treatments. Below is an overview of our general dentistry services offered at our Prospect, Ky., dental office. Please follow each link for further information. We hope that you will select us as your dentist.

Check Up & X-Rays

Dental problems such as cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth loss can absolutely be predicted and prevented by complete and regular dental check-ups and X-rays. We recommend that all our patients come in every six months for their dental check-up, X-rays, and cleaning at our Prospect, Ky., office. Often these visits are fully covered by insurance.
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Preventive Sealants

Dental sealants act as a preventive barrier from plaque and bacteria that accumulate in these hard to clean surfaces. A properly placed dental sealant can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The dental term for this decay is occlusal caries.
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Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings, or composite fillings, come in all shades to match your natural smile color. The filling is a much more conservative treatment because it does not require excessive destruction of tooth structure. After placement and polishing, even trained dentists often cannot identify tooth-colored fillings from the actual tooth structure! These fillings are a great advancement to dentistry.
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Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are caps that cover, strengthen, and protect teeth that have had large fillings, cracks, or root canals. A bridge is a treatment to fill a space left from a missing tooth by placing crowns on the teeth on both sides of the gap which secure a “bridge” or “pontic” tooth in between. A dental bridge restores balance and function that was lost with a missing tooth.
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Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth or are wearing dentures, dental implants may be an excellent option that is right for you. Dental implants are the most natural option for replacing missing teeth because they are supported by your jawbone in a manner very similar to a natural tooth. Implants may be used on front and back teeth, require relatively minor surgery, and provide a positively satisfactory result.
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Gum Therapy

Gum and bone disease, known as periodontal disease, is responsible for bone loss around teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums, bad breath, and swollen gums that are red in appearance. Many adults are not even aware that they have this disease, which over time can cause irreversible bone or tooth loss. At our Prospect, Ky., dental office, we screen every patient for signs of periodontal disease and assess your current risk.
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Root Canal Therapy

When bacteria has spread through the outer enamel and through the next layer of inner dentin, it can eventually infect the pulp. Dental pulp is the innermost space of the tooth, consisting of the tooth’s nerve and blood supply. When dental pulp is inflamed or infected, one may often feel extreme throbbing tooth pain, swelling, or severe sensitivity to heat, cold, chewing, or touch. When a tooth is infected into the dental pulp, antibiotics alone are not effective. Root canal therapy is often the only treatment to save the tooth.
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Sleep Apnea Appliances

If you are interested in learning more about our sleep apnea dental appliances, which can be used as an alternative to the CPAP machine, please contact us today. We also offer custom-fitted sport mouth guards which decrease your athletic injury risk by about 50%.