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Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt DDS is a top Dentist in Colorado Springs, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt DDS is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt DDS is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt DDS is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Colorado Springs, Co, Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt DDS is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
26 years Experience
Dr. Jeffery Clair Platt, DDS
  • UMKC
  • Accepting new patients

Is root canal the only way to treat a tooth cavity?

When a tooth has a lot of decay, traditionally, a dentist does a root canal to treat the bacteria buildup inside the tooth. There are other options if the nerve of the tooth is READ MORE
When a tooth has a lot of decay, traditionally, a dentist does a root canal to treat the bacteria buildup inside the tooth. There are other options if the nerve of the tooth is not dead. For example, the dentist can remove most of the decay and kill the remaining bacteria with a couple of different substances like: silver iodine, MTA or Biodentin. My favorite is to use Ozone gas on the tooth. By using some of these, I have had successfully cut down the number of roof canals I did 20 years ago by about 75% and the teeth remain alive for years and even decades without further need for a root canal therapy. A Bio-mimetic dentist usually has the knowledge to treat a tooth that has a lot of decay without having to always do a root canal to treat infection.

Respectfully,

Dr. Platt

What are the different ways of filling in the oral cavity?

There are a couple of ways that a dentist can remove decay without having to numb you. They could use a laser or air abrasion. With either of these options, the majority of time READ MORE
There are a couple of ways that a dentist can remove decay without having to numb you. They could use a laser or air abrasion. With either of these options, the majority of time (90%+) I don’t need to numb my patients to place fillings. If you already have a silver amalgam filling in your tooth, these options do not work; you will need to be numbed up and have the filling drilled out.

Respectfully,

Dr. Platt

Is TMJ genetic?

My experience has been that there is usually more of a connection between siblings than generations. There are definite ways to treat this disorder and make you free from pain READ MORE
My experience has been that there is usually more of a connection between siblings than generations. There are definite ways to treat this disorder and make you free from pain and not have to be married to a piece of plastic or a splint for the rest of your life. Some patients have sleep apnea that is part of the TMJ problem. I treat that with a DNA appliance to expand the airway and the upper and lower jaw in adults and children then the expansion can help with the symptoms of TMJ. The other way I treat TMJ is by using a computer to evaluate the amount of pressure you have to exert from your muscles to close your teeth together to chew. When there is too much pressure on any given tooth and your bite is not perfectly balanced, your muscles are required to squeeze harder to try to get all of the teeth to make contact. That increased force causes muscle tension and pain that is called TMJ. I use a computer aided instrument called T-scan to help identify which teeth are hitting too hard and which teeth are not making enough contact. Combining that with a Bio EMG to evaluate the muscle exertion allows the dentist to balance your bite and make sure the muscles are firing efficiently.

Respectfully,

Dr. Platt

How to fix cracks in the teeth?

Great question and I completely understand because seeing cracks on teeth can be very disconcerting! A couple of things about cracks, first: it is normal to have some very small READ MORE
Great question and I completely understand because seeing cracks on teeth can be very disconcerting! A couple of things about cracks, first: it is normal to have some very small cracks on teeth that is only in the enamel or outer layer of a tooth. Those small superficial cracks usually do not mean anything major, they come from normal hot and cold cycles in our mouth plus the chewing that we normally do each day that we eat. This type of crack is not serious and usually doesn’t require any treatment unless they get deeper and into the next layer deeper of the tooth or the dentin. Which leads me to the second type of crack on teeth. This type of crack goes through the enamel layer into the deeper dentin layer and can be destructive and weaken the tooth and lead to actual fracturing or breaking of a portion of the tooth and become an emergency. This type of crack can be verified by a dentist to be either a major crack or a minor crack. This type of crack, unfortunately can not have vitamins, minerals or any supplement that you would rub on, rinse or bathe the tooth in or swallow to get it to heal. There are a lot of things that you can find on Dr. Google where people have tried to fix or repair their fractured tooth and through the miracle of video it manically appears to be healed. I have seen many patients try many of these remedies all to no avail and no improvement.
My advice would be to have your dentist check the crack and see which one of the two types it actually is, and what the recommendations may be for treatment. They may include any of the following: some form of bonding with composite, something in the crown family like a partial crown, a Bio-mimetic approach to repair the fractured portion of the tooth, or a thin shell of porcelain veneer to cover and hold the crack together.
Thank you for the question!!
Dr. Platt