Dental Care for the Entire Family
Schirmer Dentistry in Sarasota, FL offers a range of general and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. Dr. David Schirmer has the expertise and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatment.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Preventive Care (Dental Cleanings)
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by Dr. Schirmer. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Your dentist will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a routine dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Periodically we will suggest a fluoride treatment for your teeth. It’s a simple and quick process and can be done during your routine exam. No extra appointment is necessary. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and is applied to your teeth. This strengthens the enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.
Sealants are a very efficient and successful method for preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. They are primarily placed on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth. The sealants are maintained through out childhood and can last well into adulthood. Sealants are made of a flowable resin that is applied to the deep pits and fissures of teeth protecting them from harmful acids and plaque build up commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring a short appointment and are proven to be effective in preventing decay in children.
When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing tooth. Since the color is the same as your original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.
When permanent teeth are significantly damaged, extracting the compromised teeth can, in some cases, help you return to optimal oral health. After discussing your various treatment options with you and deciding on an extraction, your dentist will perform your treatment in the comfort of our office. Your treatment will be:
- Completed in one visit
Following the extraction, it is important to replace the tooth to prevent problems with the surrounding teeth. You can discuss your tooth replacement options with your dentist during your initial consultation.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile With our whitening services, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear, leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with our dentist to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that your dentist uses to improve the appearance of your smile. He will bond the veneers to the surfaces of the teeth to correct certain dental flaws. Your porcelain veneers are customized for a perfect fit and natural appearance. When in place, porcelain veneers can:
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Lighten and brighten the teeth
- Improve the beauty of your smile
- Repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth
- Correct teeth that are misshapen, crooked, or uneven
The procedure usually requires two visits to our office to complete. When your veneers are in place, you can enjoy a radiant new smile.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
In the United States, approximately 25 million adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is a chronic condition which causes individuals to stop breathing hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissues to collapse and block the airway. This results in breathing pauses, which are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep. Common signs of sleep apnea include gasping, snoring, or choking sounds during sleep. Sleep apnea is more common in men, and having a narrow airway, misaligned jaw and excess body weight all increase risk of sleep apnea.
Leaving sleep apnea untreated can raise the risk for serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic acid reflux, stroke, diabetes and erectile dysfunction. There are a range of treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea including oral appliance therapy, CPAP therapy, and surgery. Together, we will help you decide which treatment option best fits your needs and health.
Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. It provides patients with a long-lasting result and helps preserve existing bone structure, therefore preventing future tooth loss. A dental implant consists of metal frames or posts which are surgically placed into the bone beneath the gums. Once the posts have been placed, they fuse to the jawbone. Implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or provide a foundation for permanent or removable dentures.
Invisalign clear aligners provide patients with a more discreet option for straightening their teeth. Invisalign aligners are made from almost invisible polyurethane plastic and are completely removable. Invisalign systems consist of custom-made aligning trays that gradually straighten teeth. These trays can be removed when eating, brushing your teeth, and for important social occasions. This treatment option can correct a number of malocclusions, but there are still some situations where traditional braces are the better treatment option. Our team will determine which tooth straightening system fits you and your dental health needs.
A dental emergency can happen at any time. Pain, swelling, or fracture are reasons to seek care, and we leave time in our schedule each day to help patients who need emergency care.
Please call 941.256.3675 so that we may help you.
Although Dr. Schirmer is a very experienced general dentist, he knows when a referral to a dental specialist should be made. He works directly with some of Sarasota's finest dental specialists. Should the need arise for specialist treatment or second opinion, you can count on Dr. Schirmer to place you in the hands of a knowledgeable, skillful, and board certified specialist.
CEREC CAD-CAM Same Day Crowns
As well as traditional methods, we also utilize CEREC technology to create and place your crown, onlay, or veneers in one appointment. There are no impressions, temporaries, or second appointment.
Your tooth is prepared, and within an hour later, your new restoration is placed. Our patients really appreciate the convenience, comfort and results.
Air Flow Cleaning
Gentler, yet more effective and less time consuming, we utilize the EMS Air Flow Cleaning system for teeth and gingivae(gums). A directed spray of air, water, and glycine crystals are directed to the area to remove biofilm(plaque) and stain. Then piezon energized tips remove calculus (tartar).
Studies show that this is an improved method, and our patients prefer it.