We value your comfort and your time, which is why we utilize the latest advances in modern dentistry. Dr. Dernick believes that early detection and less invasive treatment means faster healing times and better results for you.
Intra-oral camera makes you a part of the team
Dr. Dernick believes you should be an active participant in your dental treatment, which is why he uses the intra-oral camera. This high-tech tool is a miniature video camera that shows the inside of your mouth on a computer display. You can see what work needs to be done and which teeth are doing fine. As an active participant in each dental decision, you'll love how this works!
The cleanest your teeth can be
You can experience cleaner teeth with less scraping than from regular scaling instruments. The Cavitron Scaler™ is a high-frequency vibration (ultrasonic) tool that enables us to easily remove hard deposits. It works especially well under the gum-line and even into the deep pockets that can form around teeth, which is advantageous in the event that you need gum disease treatments. Many patients report that they experienced less discomfort with the Cavitron Scaler than with traditional instruments. Your teeth have never felt so clean!
Improving the way we see your mouth
Our practice uses digital X-ray technology. We can take an image of your mouth and immediately view it on our computer screen. This allows us to view your entire mouth in one panoramic picture, including your upper and lower jaws. Even better, digital X-rays expose you to 75% less radiation than non-digital (film) X-rays, and this digital technology is "green" technology.
No more "fat lips" or numbness after treatment!
Have you ever experienced that "fat-lip" feeling that comes from having your mouth numbed before treatment? The sensation can last for hours, making it hard to eat or even talk. Well, we say, NO MORE to "fat lips"! Instead, we offer our patients OraVerse™. After your treatment is complete, we can use OraVerse to reverse the effects of the anesthetic. It reduces the amount of time you're numb in half and helps your mouth get back to normal sooner.
Whiter teeth equate to an amazing smile!
Restore the brilliant white to your smile in just one visit. With our in-office whitening treatment, it's possible to remove years of staining and discoloration caused by beverages, tobacco use, or the side effects of certain medications. The results of our professional bleaching process can last for years! We also offer custom whitening trays made in our own lab. You receive supplies and instructions, allowing you to safely and effectively whiten at home.
Headache and migraine sufferers - we may have your miracle treatment!
There is a drug-free method to prevent migraine and tension headaches. This FDA-approved miracle device known as a NTI™ works by relaxing the muscles under your scalp. In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers had relief from their headaches and overall experienced a 77% reduction in their migraine events. NTI has been talked about by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America and written up in People Magazine. The results have been outstanding. Best of all, the device is fast, easy to use, painless, and inexpensive. If you have a history of migraines or know someone who does, then be sure to ask us about this exciting new treatment.
Do you have pain in your temples or jaw joints?
Are your teeth sore or sensitive?
When dentists speak of "occlusion," they are referring to how your jaws and teeth align when you bite down. Perhaps you've done the test, in the past, where your dentist has you bite down on something that looks like a piece of carbon paper to determine how everything fits within your mouth. If your bite is out of alignment, you may experience headaches or pain in your teeth, jaw and jaw joints, or neck muscles. In more severe cases, it can also cause fractures in teeth and crowns or lead to nighttime teeth grinding. At Smiles of Memorial, Dr. Dernick uses a state-of-the-art instrument called the Tekscan™. This computerized bite analysis ensures your teeth are properly aligned so we can address the problems that come with a "bad bite."
Defeat gum disease painlessly
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, generates more tooth loss than decay. Dr. Dernick is pleased to offer his patients a powerful weapon in the fight against gum disease. Available in powder form, ARESTIN™ contains tiny microspheres, which deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the site of the infection, those tiny spaces between gums and teeth. If you have gum disease, it can now be treated painlessly - and that's truly good news.
Custom mouthguards created for you
You play to win, and that means playing hard, which increases your risk of accidentally damaging a tooth. In fact, within the United States an estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out or damaged every year. Wearing a mouthguard can help, but the one-size-fits-all guards found in stores are a sloppy fit, offer very little protection, and can make proper breathing during an active performance difficult. On the other hand, custom-made sports mouthguards fit well, protect well, and can be worn for any sport. As an added bonus, a custom guard will properly align your jaw and improve your breathing capacity during training. We offer custom mouthguards by PlaySafe™ and recommend them for a multitude of sports from acrobatics to football - from martial arts to wrestling.