For optimum oral health, we recommend a professional dental cleaning and exam twice a year. Each patient’s cleaning is customized to their own periodontal (gums and bone) health needs.
Medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses are sometimes recommended for problem areas to help improve oral health.Sometimes ultrasonic scalers and local anesthesia are used to help make the procedure more effective and comfortable for the patient.
DIGITAL X RAYS
State of the art, digital X-rays and digital cameras are used in our office to help accurately diagnose dental problems.
Digital X-rays use less radiation than original X-ray film to capture diagnostic images of the teeth, and since chemical processing of X-ray film is no longer used, we are helping to preserve our environment.
Fillings are indicated where decay has been removed or when a tooth has been fractured. Technical advancements in recent years have greatly improved our options for dental restorations.
Composite (tooth-colored, resin-based) fillings are preferred over amalgam (silver) fillings in most cases.
Crowns are recommended when a tooth is decayed , cracked or broken to the point that it cannot be adequately restored with a filling. We also recommend crowns for teeth that have had root canals, as it provides additional strength to the tooth.
Crowns are made of gold and/or porcelain and offer years of strength and beauty. If a crown is indicated, the doctor will recommend the type best suited to your specific dental need.
When one or more teeth are missing, and if there are healthy teeth with good bone structure on both sides of the open space, a bridge may be recommended. There are generally three types of materials used for bridges:
1) Solid Gold – for long wear and stability.
2) Porcelain fused to a gold base – for beauty and strength.
3) High-Strength Metal-Free Porcelain – for the best cosmetic results.
When the nerve or pulp of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, a Root Canal (also known as endodontic treatment) may be necessary. Several things can cause irritation to the nerve of the tooth such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures or trauma to the tooth, or a chip or crack in the enamel. After a tooth has had a root canal, it is more brittle and the dentist may recommend crowning the tooth to give it additional support and strength.
DENTURES AND PARTIALS
A denture is a removable appliance which simulates the appearance of natural teeth and gums. Dentures are typically made of an acrylic-type material. There are two types of dentures available. A Complete Denture is used when all the teeth are missing. A Partial Denture is used when some of the natural teeth remain.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic restoration. A dental veneer is a thin, porcelain shell, custom made in a dental lab, and then permanently bonded to the front surface of the tooth.
Veneers are used to change the appearance of a tooth or teeth caused by discoloration, excessive wear, chips or breakage, irregular shape or to help close gaps.
Sealants are a great way to help prevent tooth decay from forming in the grooves of children’s teeth. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating which is painted on the chewing surface and forms a protective covering over the tooth enamel.
Sealants are generally recommended as a child’s first permanent molars erupt.
Everyone loves a bright, white smile.Today there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color of your teeth.
Some whitening agents can even be purchased over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter whitening agents will typically not whiten your teeth as quickly or as effectively as those delivered by a dentist.