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Your initial comprehensive exam will be comprised of a thorough medical and dental history. We will discuss your current dental concerns and your overall health/wellness profile.
4315 28th St, Suite 1,
Lubbock, TX 79410
Route 1: Exit the loop on Quaker. Head north on Quaker. Turn right on 28th street. We are located on the lower level.
Route 2: Exit Marsha Sharp FWY on Quaker Ave. Turn left on 28th Street. We are located in the building on the immediate right on the lower level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Beard and her staff greatly value the relationships we build with our patients. Your initial comprehensive exam will be comprised of a thorough medical and dental history. We will discuss your current dental concerns and your overall health/wellness profile. As a part of the exam we do a thorough clinical exam of teeth and gums, digital x-rays, a Cone Beam CT and oral cancer screening. Please plan 2 hours for your initial visit. After careful study and evaluation we consult with you so you have a complete understanding of your dental condition and circumstances. We want to give you the most accurate information possible so you can make important decisions most appropriate for you.
We will offer treatment choices, tailer an individual treatment plan that addresses both your dental and medical needs and desires.
Dr Beard only places resin composite fillings. This material is a tooth colored metal-free material. Resin composite is much more esthetic and safe than a silver filling (mercury amalgam). There is no release or “leak” of toxic or potentially harmful chemicals from resin composite. The material is bonded to to the tooth to form a tight seal between tooth and filling.
Mercury is the most toxic, non-radioactive element on the earth. Published research demonstrates that mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium or arsenic. Mercury accumulates in the body with long term low level exposure. NO amount of exposure to mercury can be considered harmless. We follow IAOMT’s SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) technique when removing amalgam fillings.
When a filing is large, roughly 50% of the tooth, the tooth is at great risk of breaking. A crown or onlay (partial crown) can be used to prevent the tooth from fracture and/or needing more invasive treatment. Crowns are also used to repair already broken teeth, to restore them to their original shape and function. They may cover only a portion of the tooth, or the entire tooth. Once cemented permanently in place crowns function and are cleaned the same as a natural tooth. Dr Beard uses the most current, metal free all-ceramic materials, providing a durable, safe and aesthetic outcome.
CEREC (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) uses CAD/CAM technology to allow Dr Beard to prepare, design, manufacture and insert a permanent ceramic crown or onlay in a single visit. NO need for uncomfortable temporary crowns and a second appointment two weeks later to have your permanent crown cemented! With this technology you receive a final restoration the same day!
A dental revision is a process in which potentially toxic material and teeth are removed and replaced with biocompatible materials specific to each patient’s individual immune system. These may include removal of mercury amalgam fills, replacement of crowns and bridges that have harmful nickel and other metals, removal of infected root canal treated teeth, dead or infected teeth, and a thorough debridement (cleaning) of jaw bone (jaw bone cavitation) that is dead or infected. The overall purpose of a dental revision is to remove the mouth’s contribution to the body’s overall infection, toxicity and/or inflammatory load. A dental revision can be done all in the same day with or without IV Conscious Sedation or spread over several appointments.
Every patient and their immune system is different. A simple blood test is used to determine what materials are appropriate for you. This includes filling and bonding materials, crown and bridge materials, cements, temporary materials and denture materials. A biocompatibility test is a laboratory screening process used to help identify existing sensitivity problems (allergies) in an individual patient to various chemical groups and families of compounds used in dental materials. Knowing ahead of time what the patient’s body can accept provides great assurance to the dentist and the patient that the biomaterial placed will have little or no effect on the patient’s intra-oral and over all inflammatory load.
Ozone therapy has been used for many years throughout Europe for the treatment of bacterial,viral and fungal infections. In recent years ozone therapy has been embraced in health centers around the world due to its effectiveness and wide margin of safety. Dr Beard has extensive training in ozone therapy and utilizes this therapy frequently because of its painless application, its effectiveness and its lack of harmful side effects.