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Julie M. Gillis, DDS, PC

Taking care of tooth colored fillings so they last!

January 21, 2020

Filed under: Composite fillings,Tooth Colored Fillings — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:04 pm

If you have had white fillings or tooth colored fillings on your teeth, you have probably had your teeth restored with a dental material called a composite.   These ‘white’ fillings or tooth colored fillings are not solid porcelain, in fact the resin matrix is like plastic.  Because of this, tooth colored fillings do require some special care to help these restorations last as long as […]

How to Choose the Best Dentist For You and Your Family

November 18, 2019

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 1:20 pm

What to Consider When Selecting a Dentist? How do you choose the best dentist for you and your family? This is a really good question! Should you look in the phone book?  (Do people still do this?) Should you do an online search? Should you ask your neighbors or friends? Should you call a couple offices for a price check? Should you try to visit […]

What Are the Dark Areas/Brown or Black Discolorations on My Gums?

November 17, 2019

Filed under: Customer Service,Esthetic Dentistry,Oral Cancer screening — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 3:19 am

First of all: What Are the Dark Areas/Black Patches/Discolorations on My Gums? You, or someone you know may have discolorations on the gums that look like the photo of our patient above. These areas shown here are melanotic macules or flat brown pigmented areas.  They are harmless and may have been present since birth.  Doctor are not exactly sure what causes these ‘freckle-like’ areas to […]

What Happens During a Periodontal Exam?

November 3, 2019

Filed under: Periodontal Disease,Periodontal Treatment or Therapy — Dr Julie Gillis @ 5:12 pm

What Happens During a Periodontal Exam? What happens during a Periodontal Exam should be pretty standard in dental offices.  First of all you should know that a periodontal exam means an evaluation of the supporting structures of the teeth including the gums and jawbone.  This type of examination is usually done as part of a complete exam by your dentist.  A Periodontal Exam may also […]

“Can’t you just do a new filling instead of a crown?”

October 29, 2019

“Can’t you just do a new filling, doc?” Dentistry seems so expensive!  Especially when your dentist tells you that your tooth needs a crown.  Is this really necessary?  As part of a dental examination, a good dentist will look at every tooth in your mouth and study the edges of all of your previous restorations or fillings.  You may not think anything is really wrong […]

How Do You Know If You Have Bone Loss and Periodontal Disease?

August 12, 2019

Filed under: Periodontal Disease,Preventive Dentistry — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 12:10 pm

How do you know if you have bone loss and periodontal disease?  This is a good question because periodontal disease is not usually painful! You may know that you have had bone loss around your teeth if they start to feel loose.  A good dentist will always tell you if you have periodontal disease and the best way to manage this disease. Bone loss will […]

What Can Be Done About Brown or Black Areas on the Gums?

August 2, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Laser Treatments,Gum Surgery,Mouth — Tags: , , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:12 am

You, or someone you know may have discolorations on the gums that look like the photo of our patient above. The areas shown here are melanotic macules or flat brown or black pigmented areas.  They are harmless and may have been present since birth.  Doctors are not exactly sure what causes these ‘freckle-like’ areas to occur.  Some people develop areas like this later in life.  […]

How our office is using Perio Protect Perio Trays

June 19, 2019

This blog describes how our office is using Perio Trays.  We are loving the results! If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, there are many options for treatment.  This is great because we are not all alike and finding the right treatment can mean the difference between success – saving our teeth and gums or failure – losing your teeth and gums and jaw bone!  […]

AACD Accredited Dentists – “That’s What We Do!”

May 28, 2019

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Way:  Stories because “that’s what we do!” If you are a dentist, you may be wondering, “Why should you become accredited?”  First and foremost, if you ask other accredited dentists they will tell you that the process of accreditation made them a better dentist.  Accredited members have many things in common, but the main one is a desire to […]

What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease?

May 14, 2019

Filed under: Periodontal Disease,Periodontal Treatment or Therapy — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:01 am

What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease?  So, really, What Are My Options For Treating Periodontal Disease? Okay, so by now you should probably know that Periodontal Disease is the permanent loss of your jawbone!  Currently, there is no predictable way to get all the lost bone back.  You will always have the bone loss, but this can be managed.  Periodontal Disease can be […]