Advanced Dentistry of Kearney

FAQs

Yes, we are currently accepting new patients.

Advanced Dentistry of Kearney does accept insurance as an out of network provider.

At Advanced Dentistry of Kearney, Dr. Reece sees patients of all ages from newborns to seniors.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we will see what we can do to offer you a same-day appointment.

The following are examples of true dental emergencies where you would need immediate dental care to protect your long-term oral health:

  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • A loose or knocked-out permanent tooth
  • An injured jaw
  • Painful swelling
  • Painful toothache (dental abscess)

Dr. Reece focuses on Health-Centered Dentistry, which is a whole-body approach to dental care. In her experience, Dr. Reece has seen how poor growth and development during infant and childhood years can affect people’s oral health as well as their whole body health into their adult years. With this knowledge and her years of learning through continued education and experience, she is better equipped to help treat and direct her patients’ oral health to improve their whole body health.

To keep your teeth healthy, follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Replace your toothbrush three to four times a year
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria from your mouth and help freshen your breath Floss daily
  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Visit your dentist

Check out this video from Mouth Healthy brought to you by the ADA on “How to Brush Your Teeth.”

Anyone with a missing tooth who is healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction can be considered for a dental implant. The only requirements are healthy gums and enough bone volume to hold the implant in place. However, individuals suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiac problems need to be evaluated individually to decide whether they should get a dental implant or not. If you have a missing tooth and are interested in being evaluated for a dental implant, contact us today to request an appointment.

The following are symptoms of an infant having issues with lip-tie or tongue-tie:

  • Slow Weight Gain
  • Poor Latch to Breast or Bottle
  • Seems Unsatisfied After Feedings (still hungry)
  • Excessively gassy/colicky
  • Frequently Spitting Up
  • Lip Blistering
  • “Clicking” Sound During Feeding

Yes, we do offer cosmetic dental services, including tooth whitening and bleaching, veneers, and tooth bonding.

Dr. Reece conducts an occlusal analysis to ensure all the parts of a patient’s bite works together. Occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and the way the teeth meet when the lower jaw (mandible) and upper jaw (maxilla) come together.

A bite adjustment or occlusal adjustment is done to correct minor interferences that prevent your teeth from coming together properly. When your teeth work together properly, there’s less wear and tear on your mouth, a decreased risk of chipping or cracking your teeth, and a decreased risk of developing stress-related problems like jaw strain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.

Occlusal equilibration (or occlusal adjustment) is a dental procedure that involves selective adjusting of tooth surfaces to allow your lower teeth to contact your upper teeth evenly all the way around your mouth. This treatment is done to create a solid bite that prevents any further stress on individual teeth and reduces stress on the jaw muscles and jaw joints.

The signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

Dr. Reece offers patients conservative TMJ treatment that includes splint therapy. With splint therapy, Dr. Reece fabricates an occlusal mouth guard, bite plate, or another type of oral apparatus to help resolve TMJ pain and discomfort. Splints can be either hard or soft and can cover a few teeth or all of them.

Protocols for Patients:

  • All patients are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth when coming to the office.
  • Pre-Visit: Our office may communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions.
  • Upon Arrival: You’ll be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office. We will also be taking your temperature when you arrive at the office.
  • Social Distancing: Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
  • Checking-In: Upon arrival at our office, we may ask that you call us before entering the office to let us know you have arrived.

Protocols for Office and Staff:

  • Team Members: Our doctors and team will be wearing all of the most effective personal protective equipment (PPE) and will also be going through a screening process before every shift.
  • Surface Cleaning: All operatories and waiting areas will be wiped down with disinfectants between patients. For the time being, you may see that our reception area will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, and so forth, to further limit surfaces where aerosols may land.
  • Barriers: Clear screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk and checkout window to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens.
  • Aerosols: We are reducing aerosols by using technologies such as high-volume evacuation (HVE) to reduce the aerosols generated by dental procedures.
  • Filtration: HEPA air purifiers have been installed throughout the practice to help improve the air quality in the area for all patients and the team. iWave-R ionization units have been installed in our heating and air duct systems to purify the air supply, killing mold, bacteria, and viruses more actively.

For Inquiries Regarding Schedules for Childbirth Classes

Rose Salvucci, nurse manager for the practice will be coordinating the class schedules. All inquires regarding schedules, availability, and cost should be sent to Rose. Rose can be reached by email at rsalvucci@partners.org or by calling (617) 332-2345, or on our Patient Gateway.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery FAQs

Minimally invasive surgery allows our physicians to use specific surgical techniques that limit the size and number of incisions that need to be made during a surgical procedure. As a result, they can perform surgery without cutting into a lot of skin and muscle, as is done with open gynecologic surgery. Less trauma to the muscles results in less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery times.

Minimally invasive surgical approaches can be faster, safer, and require less recovery time. Other potential benefits include

  • Better cosmetic results from smaller skin incisions
  • Less blood loss from surgery.
  • Reduced risk of muscle damage due to reduced trauma to the muscles and soft tissues.
  • Reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain.
  • Faster recovery from surgery and less rehabilitation required.
  • Diminished reliance on pain medications after surgery.

Depending on the baseline health of the patient, many minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.

Typically, patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can return to normal activities within a few weeks. Oftentimes, patients can begin their physical therapy and recovery program sooner than patients who have had open gynecologic surgery, because their pain is less severe. Patients who have conventional (open) gynecologic surgery, typically, have a 6 week recovery period.

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