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. Our environment was designed to make new and returning patients feel comfortable asking any questions they may have about their dental treatment or our services.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
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.
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. We will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque and calculus. Potentially, we may take X-rays to detect cavities between your teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Airflow® Cleaning System
We utilize the EMS Air Flow Cleaning system for a gentler, faster cleaning of the teeth and gingivae (gums). A directed spray of air, RO water, and glycine crystals are directed to the area to remove biofilm (plaque) and stains. We then use piezon energized tips remove calculus (tartar). This two-phase cleaning procedure is surprisingly efficient and comfortable. Airflow® is especially innovative for care in cosmetic restorative work, bridges, implants, and orthodontic appliances, like braces. Studies show that this is an improved method, and our patients prefer it.
Crowns and Bridges
When a filling cannot restore severe tooth damage or decay, crowns are used to cover the remaining tooth. There are several materials available, including non-metal options. Bridges are used when tooth loss occurs to prevent greater problems for the surrounding teeth and overall health.
Bridges are permanently cemented to close gaps, stop pain, and return your smile to its natural strength and function.
CEREC CAD-CAM Same Day Crowns (Full Mouth & Single)
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, your new restoration is placed.
Our patients really enjoy the convenience, comfort and results. This method is also used for full-mouth makeover restorations. In one day, Dr. Schirmer and his team can work with patients to re-create their smile and better function of their teeth.
Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth and preserve existing bone structure. A dental implant consists of metal frames or posts which are surgically placed into the bone beneath the gums. Once the posts are placed, they fuse to the jawbone. Implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or provide a foundation for permanent or removable dentures. Dr. Schirmer chooses from top local specialists for surgical implant placement.
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. If 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 a bad taste in the mouth. Some patients are not aware of the infection until they are seen by their dentist and have an x-ray taken of the site.
Dr. Schirmer will remove infection from the pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals are filled with a special material to prevent further infections and help heal the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
When a permanent tooth is significantly damaged, extracting the compromised tooth can, in some cases, help you return to optimal oral health. If an extraction is right for you, Dr. Schirmer will perform your treatment in the comfort of our office. Your extraction will be:
- Completed in one visit
Following the extraction, it is important to replace the tooth to prevent problems with the surrounding teeth. Dr. Schirmer will discuss tooth replacement options during your initial consultation.
Dr. Schirmer works directly with some of Sarasota's finest dental specialists, and knows when to make referrals for patients. For specialist treatment Dr. Schirmer selects only from top board certified specialists, those of whom he has personally chosen based on their skills and results.
We use composite filling to fix decayed or fractured teeth. In one appointment decay is removed and the area cleaned, then filled to match the existing color. These fillings are aesthetically a great choice, and will be unnoticeable among healthy teeth.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
In the United States, approximately 25 million adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a chronic condition which causes individuals to stop breathing hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea occurs when 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 sleep. Common signs include gasping, snoring, or choking sounds during sleep. Sleep apnea is more common in men, but having a narrow airway, misaligned jaw and excess body weight all increase risk of sleep apnea.
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 including oral appliance therapy, CPAP therapy, and surgery. Together, we help decide which treatment option best suits your needs and health.
Though your mouth may feel healthy periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. Early treatment and prevention is key. Dr. Schirmer will routinely make sure your oral health is at its best to avoid future periodontal disease.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells used to improve the appearance of your smile. We bond veneers to the surfaces of teeth to correct dental flaws for a beautiful smile. Customized veneers are often used to:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Lighten and brighten teeth
- Improve esthetics
- Repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth
- Correct misshapen, crooked, and uneven teeth
A procedure usually requires two visits to complete, depending whether patients want to use our same day CAD CAM system.
Facial Pain Relief With BOTOX®
While BOTOX® is popular to help smooth fine lines and facial wrinkles, most people don't know is it is also prescribed to relieve pain associated with TMJ, bruxism, and migraines. Since BOTOX is a muscle relaxant, it decreases the muscle contractions occurring in the face that cause TMJ and other facial pains. Experience relief today!
With our whitening services, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration will slowly disappear after receiving a treatment. Schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.
Invisalign aligners provide patients with a discrete option for teeth straightening. They are made from removable, almost invisible, polyurethane plastic. These custom trays can be removed when eating, brushing teeth, and important occasions. They’re custom designed to gradually straighten your teeth with each new aligner. There are situations where traditional braces are the better treatment option. Dr. Schirmer helps patients determine which straightening treatment best achieves results.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provide important information not visible during a routine dental exam. We use x-rays to safely and accurately check for dental problems that would otherwise go unnoticed, and start your treatment as soon as possible.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They look similar to your natural teeth and can enhance your smile.
Complete dentures are used if all teeth are missing, but partial dentures can be fabricated when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in spaces created by missing teeth, it also prevents other teeth from shifting.
Complete and partial dentures may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture 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, 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.
We can help remake, repair, and readjust dentures as normal wear and tear occurs.
Sealants are a way to prevent decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. They are typically placed on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth and are maintained throughout childhood, lasting 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. The application is quick and requires a short appointment.
Fluoride is a mineral that prevents tooth decay and strengthens enamel. Fluoride treatments are quick and simple, and can be applied at a same day appointment.