Naperville Family Dentist

Joseph A. Haselhorst D.D.S

General Dental Information and Education Page

 

Introduction

Fillings

Gum Disease

Root Canals

Tooth Extraction

Crowns and Bridges

Dentures and Partials

Orthodontics

Implants

Laser Dentistry

X-rays

Nitrous Oxide

Insurance

Cosmetic Dentistry

TMJ

Child's First Visit

Doctor Haselhorst is a general dentist. He is highly skilled with the knowledge and expertise needed to provide for most of your dental care needs. Doctor Haselhorst practices family dentistry, providing care for the entire family, children as well as adults.

The doctor does both composite and amalgam cavity restoratives (fillings). He prefers composite (tooth colored) over amalgam, but if requested by the patient he will use amalgam. The doctor provides crown restorations for major decay or tooth fracture. Restoratives make up approximately 40 percent of the dental care provided by Doctor Haselhorst for his patients.

Occasionally a tooth’s pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged and a root canal treatment is need to save the tooth and repair the damage. Doctor Haselhorst is skilled at performing endodontic treatments, which are about 12 percent of the dental care he provides.

Healthy gums are vital to overall oral health. Gum disease is a major dental health issue today. Doctor Haselhorst is experienced in all periodontal procedures and is qualified to treat all of your periodontal problems. Periodontal care makes up around 23 percent of the dental care provided by Doctor Haselhorst. Making it as common as tooth decay and if left untreated will lead to tooth and bone lose.

The standard of dental care provided in the United States today is so high that massive tooth lose is not common. As a result of this high quality of dental care the need for dentures is becoming negligible. Dentures are only around 2 percent of the dental care Doctor Haselhorst provides. Because of the significant impact dentures have on the quality of life for his patient that need them, Doctor Haselhorst maintains the highest standards of excellence for denture dental care.

This standard of excellence is also practiced with bridge dental care. Again, with the decline in tooth lose and extraction (except for wisdom teeth) the demand for this type of dental care has declined. Of all the dental care Doctor Haselhorst provides, only about 4 percent is for bridges.

Doctor Haselhorst believes in doing everything possible to restore a tooth to vitality and avoid extracting (pulling) teeth. Some teeth, such as wisdom teeth, frequently have to be extracted to avoid future jaw problems. Extractions and TMJ treatment are around 12 percent of the dental care provided by Doctor Haselhorst.

Since most insurance companies will not cover adult orthodontics, this treatment is most often provided for children. Although children make up a minority of Doctor Haselhorst's patients, orthodontic care is about 6 percent of the total dental care provided in our office.

Regular checkups or recall patient care is most often provided by our Hygienist and dental assistants. Prophylaxis (polishing), x-rays, and scaling are example of this type of dental care. The staff members providing these types of dental care treatments are knowledgeable and highly qualified professionals. The majority of our patients visit our office at least twice a year to receive regular checkups.

Although the doctor prefers to avoid inconveniencing patients by referring them out to a specialist. Occasionally, when he believes it is in the patient's best interest, the doctor will refer a patient out to a dental specialist.