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. Whether you’re a returning or new patient, we’ll take care of all your oral health needs at your next appointment.
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.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.
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.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides 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.
Fluoride treatments are quick, simple, and can be easily applied to your teeth without scheduling a new appointment. Fluoride is a mineral that prevents tooth decay and strengthens enamel.
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.
We use composite fillings to fix decayed, fractures, and cracked teeth.In one appointment, the injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled to match the color of your existing tooth. These fillings are aesthetically a great choice, and will be unnoticeable within your newly healthy 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
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 your overall dental health. Bridges are permanently cemented to close these gaps, stop pain, and return your smile to its natural strength and beauty.
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.
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 further infections, and help heal your tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
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 appointmenta> for a consultation with our dentist to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells used to improve the appearance of your smile. We will bond the veneers to the surfaces of the teeth to correct any dental flaws for a beautiful smile.These customized veneers are often used to:
- 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
Dentures are removable dental appliances to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They look similar to your natural teeth and can enhance your smile!
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Invisalign aligners provide patients with a discrete option for teeth straightening. They are made from almost invisible polyurethane plastic and are removable. These custom trays can be removed when eating, brushing your teeth, and important occasions. They’re custom designed to gradually straighten your teeth with each new aligner. There are still some situations where traditional braces are the better treatment option, let our team will determine which straightening system fits you best.
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.
Dr. Schirmer works directly with some of Sarasota's finest dental specialists, and knows when to make special referrals for patients. 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, your new restoration is placed. Our patients really enjoy the convenience, comfort and results.
Air Flow Cleaning
We utilize the EMS Air Flow Cleaning system for a gentler, faster cleaning of the teeth and gingivae (gums). A directed spray of air, water, and glycine crystals are directed to the area to remove biofilm (plaque) and stains. Then piezon energized tips remove calculus (tartar).
Studies show that this is an improved method, and our patients prefer it.