Why do some patients need a dental clearance prior to heart surgery?
While I practice the full scope of general dentistry, there are some aspects that I really enjoy very much, including, for example the cosmetic side of dentistry. In dental school we do not get a tremendous amount of exposure to the cosmetic dentistry, and it is very rewarding here in practice to be able to see a case through from start to finish with a patient. When the patient smiles, beaming ear to ear after their treatment, I am thrilled to have done the work to improve their health and esthetics of their smile.
Extracting teeth is also a part of general dentistry that I find to be very rewarding because I am providing immediate relief when a tooth must be removed. Many people are afraid of extractions, but we keep patients comfortable and remove teeth quickly and efficiently.
The diagnostic part of being a general dentist is also fascinating. At West Park Dental we see a number of patients who are on several medications that could affect their health and dental treatment. It is important to me to be able to treat a patient as their physician would, knowing common linkages and talking through the situation with the patient during diagnosis. I love that problem-solving aspect of diagnosis and treatment planning. It is a bit like putting together a puzzle.
I also like performing root canal treatments, which allows me to focus on a tiny aspect of the tooth and fix it completely. With root canals I am able to get the patient out of pain which is very rewarding to me as a practitioner. By working with specialists and also by doing treatments such as root canals here in our practice I have been able to expand on my own abilities and that of the practice itself long term.
Working here at West Park Dental is a great experience for me and I am proud to continue the family tradition.
Dr. Brian Gallagher
West Park Dental
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If you are looking for a gentle, courteous, and friendly dentist, then you've come to the right place. Our practice offers dental services for the entire family. Your oral health has a significant impact on your overall well being and our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible.
The first thing most people notice about you is your smile. Advances in cosmetic dental care have made it possible for a dentist with the right training, qualifications and expertise to completely redesign your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. The doctors at West Park Dental use the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Do you find yourself waking at night gasping for breath? Are you exhausted all day long because you just can't get a good night's sleep?
'Apnea' is a Greek word meaning "without breath"; people who have apnea literally stop breathing in their sleep. A cessation of breath lasting for 10 seconds in adults, or 2 and 1/2 breath cycles in a child, is the clinical definition of sleep apnea.
To help patients who grind their teeth, the first step is to get to know the patient and learn about their lifestyle. So many people have excess stress in their lives that often leads to clenching the teeth or grinding the teeth, or both.
When a patient tells me, they want to be smart about their insurance and make sure they are choosing a company that will cover them in the best possible way, I offer my services to the patient.