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Dr. Yarbrough practices general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from porcelain veneers to dental implants, crowns and bridges. Dr. Yarbrough has advanced training in IV Sedation, Wisdom Teeth Extractions, Implant placement, Tissue/Bone Grafting, and Advanced Root Canal Therapy Treatment. He can also correct a wide variety of cosmetic dental problems, and can literally redesign your smile utilizing the revolutionary onsite CEREC milling machine. At Westgate Family Dental, we hold our standards exceptionally high and it is our philosophy that the best dentistry is the least dentistry. By applying this philosophy to the practice as a whole, you will find a very intelligent, faithful and helpful staff. Dr. Yarbrough and likes to keep his practice as a one stop shopping experience by providing as many procedure options in house as possible. One thing you can count on with Westgate Family Dental is consistency and proficiency; from the moment you walk through our door, taken to the back, and checked out, you will be taken care of!
Mon: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thur: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PMAvailable for Emergencies
A thorough dental examination that includes evaluation of the teeth, gums and other soft tissues, an oral cancer screening, and evaluation of certain head and neck structures. Usually accompanied by diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-rays) of some sort.
1. New Patient Special - $11900 Examination
Steven L. Yarbrough D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
General practice residency Fellow of the Academy of General Dentists Preceptorship at University of Texas Health Science Center for implantology Trained in Oral and intravenous contious sedation
"The Preceptorship consists of a curriculum, which is clinically focused while incorporating the latest research from the clinical basic sciences. This will provide the participant with an understanding of the rationale and scientific basis for the clinical practice of implantology. The participants meet for six weekend sessions, which include didactic sessions and some hands-on training experiences in an interactive learning environment."
GPR (General Practice Residency)
"The GPR program is a hospital-based program that allows a dentist to further hone his/her skill set in most of the traditionally defined disciplines of dentistry, These programs afford trainees the opportunity to learn from the attending dentists/specialists who serve as a supervisory role, generally unavailable in private practice. This residency not only afforded him his certification in IV Sedation, but he also completed advanced training in Wisdom Tooth Surgery/Extractions, Periodontal Surgery/Tissue/Bone Grafting and advanced Root Canal Therapy procedures."
Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Yarbrough has earned Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). To earn Fellowship in the AGD, dentists must take more than 500 hours of educational courses in various areas of dentistry. Candidates also must pass a rigorous exam. The award is then presented to general dentists in a formal ceremony. Dr. Yarbrough is one of only 7 percent of AGD dentists who have achieved this honor. To learn more about this award or the AGD, visit www.knowyourteeth.com.
Dr. Yarbrough is a Certified Invisalign Provider
IV Sedation Certified
Dr. Yarbrough has been performing IV Sedation Dentistry for over 30 years. He was specially trained during his General Practice Residency.
The Importance of Dental X-Rays April 18, 2013, 3:45 a.m.
Have you ever wondered why we take dental x-rays once a year? Sometimes the response from patients is they think that it isn''t pertinent or do not want to get exposed to radiation. At Westgate Family Dental we want to set up our patients with success and manageable oral health that doesn''t turn into expensive dentistry. This all starts with frequency. And with frequency we mean, cleanings every 6 months, exam 2 x’s a year and x-rays 1 x year. This sometimes seems like a lot, but look at as an investment into your oral health. And here’s why…
For starters we use digital sensor x-ray technology which is proven to be the safest and smallest form of radiation. Meaning, there is a 70% decrease in exposure to radiation than tradition x-ray films. On top of that, you receive more exposure to radiation from the being in the sun for 20 minutes than you would in a lifetime of dental x-rays once a year. For example, according to recent statistics, “a full series of 18 dental X-rays has 27 times less radiation than a lower gastrointestinal (GI) series and 20 times less radiation than one year of normal background radiation from the environment. The 4 bitewing X-rays taken during dental checkups have 79 times less radiation than a year of normal background radiation.” Digital x-rays are safer, clearer, and instantaneous; they also give us better diagnostic information than traditional films. We are able to diagnose better as clinicians and see things we were unable to measure and see before.
Frequency and Reason
Why do I even need x-rays and why do I need them so often?
First of all, without x-rays it is impossible to complete a full examination of the mouth. X-rays show us teeth, bone, tissues and cavities which better help us diagnose as they show us hidden dental artifacts and structures such as impacted wisdom teeth, bone loss and decay, all things that sometimes cannot be seen during a visual examination as these can be hidden either under tooth structure or tissue. Using x-rays during our examination allows comprehensive diagnosis and allows us to take care of smaller issues before they grow into larger, progressed lesions (cavities), abscesses, cysts, growths, bone loss or deterioration of tissues. If these things are caught early, they are more likely easier to treat and less inexpensive. Without x-rays, it is like driving blind and likely that decay in between the teeth can be missed in its early stages.
What are the different types of x-rays?
In our office we take different types of x-rays, for different types of reasons…
These are called cavity detection x-rays. These are the x-rays we take once a year during one of your two cleaning appointments. These pictures show cavities between the teeth, bone loss and tissue recession. These x-rays are so vital to a complete examination; it is like getting your oil changed without putting oil in your car. You could probably start up your car and drive for a while but over time things will self-destruct. We do not take x-rays to make money; we simply do it because that is standard ADA protocol and it is to better help and serve our patients dental needs long term. By taking these x-rays once a year we are able to diagnose early on and avoid expensive treatment in the future.
Full Series of X-Rays or FMX
We take a full series of x-rays every 3-5 years. This series of x-rays shows us everything; we are able to see teeth, tissues, bone, hidden tooth structures and the roots of your teeth. These x-rays show us the entire crown down to the rip of the root; they also assist us in diagnosing any abnormalities in the root and bone structures in addition to abscesses, these are called periapical x-rays.
Panoramic or Pano
If there are issues with the development of wisdom teeth and possible impaction, we will take a panoramic x-ray. The reason for this x-ray is it is a full x-rays showing us the entire mandible, mandibular nerve structure and where the wisdom teeth are in relation to this nerve. It also shows the magnitude of impactions, and also assists us in implant placement by allowing us to measure the depth of bone. This can also assist in the discovery of tumors in the jaw bone as well.
When it comes to your oral health, x-rays are our best defense to the potential threatening oral diagnosis. X-rays allow us to see what we can’t see with the naked eye and in return create a more accurate treatment plan that represents the patients without guesswork. In the end, we are able to keep your dental costs down, by taking dental x-rays by catching things early on instead of allowing decay, bone loss, tissue recession, and abscesses to go without diagnosing. In the end, we want what is best for our patients, more importantly we want our patients to know and understand why we do what we do. Our patient’s best interest is always our highest priority!
Video review on 26 May 2015