PREVENTATIVE DENTAL CARE
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form their foundation. When this foundation is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. This is known as gum disease. Here are some unhealthy signs of gum disease: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong.
With the proper care it may be possible to return your mouth, teeth and gums to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done completed by our prevention specialists. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter. There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost.
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through root canal therapy.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be repaired with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment or when a large filling wears out.
Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A crown can lengthen the life of a tooth. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.
Implant technology has come a long way and implants are a great option for tooth replacement. It’s very important to completely understand the situation when it comes to tooth replacement. Considerations include the integrity of the bone structure as well as the health of the surrounding teeth. We’ll make sure you understand your tooth replacement options.
X-RAYS (Full Mouth)
This is the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention
Some procedures require a specialty dentist for further treatment or investigation. If you have questions about a possible referral come see us for a FREE second opinion. Our purpose is to make sure you get to see the right specialist for your needs when and where you need it.
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In some cases, a tooths structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. Sealants help fill in these areas and seal out decay, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason. Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay. We can do a Fluoride treatment every time you visit our office.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a trained professional to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure. If your office is not doing these on every routine visit, your not getting the best care!
Pregnant? Planning to Become Pregnant?
Oral care and oral health are very important when you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. During a pregnancy, oral problems can easily become worse and cause lasting negative effects on both the mother and the baby. We provide great care for expectant mothers and those in the planning stages to work towards to best dental care and results possible during this very important time.