Dr. Patricia Webb and her friendly staff are pleased to be able to serve the Sebastopol community with the highest quality of dental care possible. We strive to make each patient’s dental experience a positive one, and are proud of the excellent reputation we have earned through word-of-mouth referrals. Come visit us and see why we are your best choice to help you attain optimal dental health.
We have new technologies that benefit you, the patient!
Did you know that Dr. Patricia Webb practices mercury-free dentistry and observes mercury-safe protocol when she removes mercury fillings? For more information regarding mercury-free and mercury-safe dentistry, click here.
Dr. Webb also incorporates oxygen/ozone in her dental treatments to treat periodontal disease and tooth decay more effectively.
Dr. Webb performs an oral cancer exam as part of each patient’s yearly examination. She also uses digital radiography.
Our patients appreciate the fact that they receive 100% of Dr. Webb’s attention during their appointments, which makes them feel well-cared for and special. All of our patients are individuals with unique dental needs and goals. Dr. Webb creates custom treatment plans for each patient she sees, and always strives for the best possible results.
We truly care about the well-being and comfort of our patients. We place follow-up calls after lengthy procedures and fillings involving anesthesia to ensure our patients are recovering well and are comfortable.
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal
We follow the approved protocol for removing mercury amalgam fillings, established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine. In addition to a protective rubber dam, we use a HEPA filter vacuum that draws the amalgam and toxic vapors away during the drilling and removal process.
In addition, we use mercury ionizers that act as magnets for any mercury that should escape into the room. Oxygen is brought into the room for added office purification and protection of staff and patients.
Given the many new choices of dental materials available, we offer a variety of mercury-free options for fillings, crowns, and inlays. As older mercury amalgam fillings become worn out, we can replace them with less toxic materials that are bio-compatible for the patient. These materials can also be matched to the teeth in color, so they look much more natural.
Oxygen / Ozone Treatments
Ozone is a safe and effective way to reduce harmful bacteria in our mouths. It is produced using medical grade oxygen and equipment, which enables our office to provide a technology that is fast, painless, and environmentally friendly. We have combined ozone with conventional dental care to benefit our patients.
How does oxygen/ozone therapy work?
Oxygen/ozone, when introduced into the living system, creates a "transient oxidative burst" by introducing high levels of oxygen. The infective microorganisms have no natural defense against this reaction; they are overstressed and die, leaving the healthy cells to flourish.
Oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome of all facets of dentistry by killing disease-causing microbes. For example, periodontal disease is a chronic gum and bone infection. By utilizing the different application forms of oxygen/ozone such as ozonated water, ozonated oils, and placing oxygen/ozone directly into the infected gum pockets, periodontal disease can be arrested without the use of pharmaceutical drugs and the associated side effects.
After removing the decayed portion of the tooth, we apply ozone to the prepared tooth to kill the decay-causing microbes safely and effectively, and create a thoroughly disinfected tooth upon which to place the final restoration. Great results have been seen using these techniques, including reduced sensitivity after dental work and improvements in periodontal health.
It is impossible to be allergic to oxygen/ozone. Ozone is just an energized form of oxygen, which is naturally formed by the sun and lightning in storms. Ozonated water is just hyper-oxygenated water, two primary nutrients of life! The scientific literature is vast in support of the effectiveness and safety of oxygen/ozone therapy. For more information regarding oxygen/ozone, click here.
Oral Cancer Exams Using VELScope®
It is estimated that of the 36,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer each year, only a little more than half will still be alive in five years. Because of the proximity of the oral cavity to the lymph nodes of the neck, oral cancer can spread quickly to other parts of the body. Finding oral cancer in its early stages is key to survival.
Dr. Webb has incorporated the use of the VELScope fluorescent light in her annual exam. She feels strongly that you should have the most advanced standard of care available for the early detection of oral abnormalities, which include cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.
This new technology, which uses no rinses or dyes, causes no discomfort, takes only two minutes, and identifies changes in the soft tissue of the oral cavity.
VELScope is a hand-held device that uses a non-invasive blue fluorescent light to detect oral diseases by exciting molecules deep in the tissue, creating a contrast between normal and abnormal tissues. It is an invaluable tool for the detection of oral cancer.
Digital X-rays offer many advantages over traditional X-rays. The main benefit is that patients’ exposure to radiation is greatly reduced. Another benefit is time saved. Since the digital images are available immediately, there is no waiting. The elimination of chemical processing also keeps the dental office environment cleaner and more eco-friendly.