Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe provide quality restorative, cosmetic, and general dental services to families in Media, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area. We afford patients a wide range of treatments to accommodate all the oral health needs of your entire family, including teeth cleanings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and gum disease treatment. From routine preventive care to advanced solutions, our dental team is equipped for the highest standard of care.
Early visits will include dental cleanings, digital x-rays, and an examination. As patients get older, we can advise and guide them on topics such as at-home dental care, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth removal. Additionally, regular dental visits are also important to establish a relationship with the dentist and alleviating the stress and anxiety often associated with dental care.
Family Dental Care
Our practice has a long tradition of family dental care in Media, Pennsylvania. We are a family-run practice that began in 1909 by Dr. Hillyard’s grandfather. Many families in Media, PA, and the surrounding areas have been loyal patients at our practice for decades. Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe treat multiple generations of patients.
We have built long-standing relationships and created ongoing preventative treatment plans to ensure the long-term stability of a growing and changing smile. Our children’s dental services are tailored to the unique needs of the individual child. Our hygiene team providers age-appropriate advice for at-home oral hygiene, helping young patients learn to care for their teeth and gums on their own.
A lifetime of good oral health and wellness begins with early dental care. The establishment of a good daily oral hygiene routine for your child supports their oral health development. We strive to be a partner in your family’s healthcare with personalized dentistry performed in a caring, compassionate environment.
Accommodating Your Family’s Needs
We treat patients of all ages. Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe aim to accommodate all of your family’s needs in the most convenient manner possible with:
- Early morning hours so you can visit our office before work
- Evening hours every Wednesday
- Flexibility to bring your entire family at once
- Emergency dental care
Our friendly dental team is committed to treating patients with compassion. They accommodate patients of all ages for comfortable and stress-free dental visits.
Sealants are a treatment option often recommended for younger patients from 6 to 12 years old. As soon as molars erupt, these natural grooves are too deep to be thoroughly cleaned. However, using air abrasion, we can remove any debris from these grooves and then use a sealant. A sealant is a composite resin that bonds to the tooth for a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. This treatment decreases the likelihood of tooth decay in younger patients.
Is a fluoride treatment worth it?
Yes. Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay in teeth. It is especially beneficial for people with a high risk of developing tooth decay since it can attach to the structure, making them stronger. Fluoride treatment can even reverse cavities at their initial stage, stopping them from progressing.
How long do dental fillings last on your teeth?
Dental fillings last anywhere from 5 to 10 years with proper oral health care. However, the duration of the tooth fillings depends on the filling material. Some dental fillings are provisional and can last only up to 3 months. The dentist needs to replace these temporary fillings even if they are intact. Moreover, they are not as resistant and aesthetically pleasant as a regular filling.
At what age should my child go to the dentist?
Experts recommend that your child’s first dental visit should occur within six months of the first tooth eruption, but no later than their first birthday. The goal of the first dental visit is to allow the dentist to examine the child’s teeth and gums, develop a treatment plan if necessary, and answer any questions the parents may have.
What does a full dental exam include?
A full dental exam includes a complete and extensive analysis of the patient’s gums, teeth, and jaw. You will also receive a dental x-ray. The dentist will examine each area and create a personalized dental treatment plan. The most common conditions dentist search for are cavities, chips, fractures, signs of bruxism, gum disease, and even cancer.
How often should my dentist take dental X-rays?
Your dentist should give you a dental x-ray at least once a year. However, it depends on the case. People with high tooth decay risk need x-ray examinations as frequently as every six months. However, not every patient has the same risks.
What can dental X-rays detect?
Dental x-rays are a good tool for diagnosing early tooth decay and assessing bone loss. Sometimes, they can show cavities that are not visible clinically. They can also help to evaluate existing restorations and infections on the bone.
Request a Dental Exam & Consultation Today
Learn more about our family dentistry services. Call our Media, PA dental office at 610.756.0649 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe are passionate about helping patients of all ages find the right solutions to their dental concerns.
If you have any questions about their dental treatments, feel free to ask. They will be happy to help. Additionally, if you have been away from the dentist and would like to restore a healthy smile, we offer treatment for complex dental problems, including bite disorders such as TMJ.