Prevention of dental disease is the key to having a healthy, beautiful smile. This starts at home with good oral hygiene and balance diet.
Our office offers the following services:
Dental cleaning and oral exam
Professional dental cleaning includes removing plaque (sticky film of saliva, food debris and bacteria) and calculus (hardened plaque).
Oral exam during regular check- up include examination of diagnostic x-rays, tooth decay, existing restorations, gum and oral cancer screening.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE CARE
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys bone and gum tissues that support the teeth. It is the major cause of adult tooth loss.
Initially gingivitis (gum inflammation) is present.
In the early stages of gingivitis bacteria in plaque (sticky film of saliva, food debris and bacteria) build up causing the gum to become inflamed and easily bleed during brushing. At this time the bone that support the teeth is intact.
Treatment for gingivitis involves a good oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing and a balanced diet.
When gingivitis is left untreated it can advance to periodontal disease. There is an INCREASED RISK of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems related with periodontal disease.
Mouthguards are an appliance used to protect teeth from sports injury or from grinding.
A custom fitted mouthguard is done when an impression (mold) of your teeth is made.
Due to the use of special material and the work involved in the laboratory, this custom fitted mouthguard is more expensive than other types. But it provides the most protection and comfort.
A filling is used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture or cracks.
There are many types of filling materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
The most widely used today are composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings.
Composite (tooth colored) fillings are used in the front or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Silver amalgam fillings are still used for the not so visible areas of the teeth and for a less expensive alternative.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown (cap) is used to cover the entire tooth surface, protecting and strengthening the tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings. It is indicated for a tooth that has a root canal therapy, fractures, implant or large fillings.
A bridge is used to connect two teeth with a missing one in between. The two teeth on either side of the space are crowned, with a replacement tooth in between attached. It is all in one piece and fixed in one prosthetic. Once cemented it will replace the missing tooth both aesthetically and functionally
There are many materials available. The most common ones are porcelain fused to metal and ceramic crowns/bridges.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacing missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing.
Partial dentures are used when some teeth are missing and some natural teeth are present. It is very important to replace missing teeth in the spaces to achieve full function, and to prevent other teeth from shifting.
There are different kinds of materials used for partial dentures. The most common being all plastic or plastic attached to a metal framework. For complete dentures only plastic material is used.
Dentures will last for many years. Some may have to be readjusted, repaired or remade due to normal wear.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is indicated when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. Especially if the tooth has good bone support, a root canal therapy can save the tooth. This is usually the treatment of choice rather than an extraction.
It involves removing the living tissues inside the tooth (nerves, blood vessels) and filling the space with a special dental material. Afterward the tooth is restored with a filling, or post and filling, and a permanent crown (cap).
In order to have a whiter and brighter teeth, a tooth whitening can enhance your smile. There are a number of ways to do this. The one offered in this office is a take home whitening system involving two appointments.
Initial appointment is where impressions (molds) of your teeth are made to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays. At your second appointment, the trays are delivered together with the whitening gel. The whitening trays should be used overnight or twice a day for 30-60 minutes, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. Touch up treatment can be used to maintain your new smile.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
The primary reasons for tooth extraction are infection and an overcrowded mouth, preparing the mouth for braces.
In the case of emergency outside regular business hours, our office will do our best to be of service. An emergency comprises of severe pain that disturbs the patient from normal activity.
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