No matter your dental needs, from a complete exam and cleaning, to a full-mouth restoration, we promise to provide you with exceptional care. Here are just some of the procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients to enhance the natural beauty of your smile. You are our first and only priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.
The best way to ensure you enjoy good oral hygiene is through regular teeth cleanings and dental checkups.
There are many benefits to having your teeth cleaned regularly. In addition to maintaining your best appearance, regular cleanings help prevent gum disease and bad breath, while at the same time giving you a whiter, brighter smile. Also, regular dental checkups help prevent small issues from becoming painful conditions.
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Most notably regular dental cleanings help prevent bad breath but there’s more. Our gums and teeth are routinely being affected by the foods we eat, the bacteria in our mouth, our saliva, and our genetics. When we eat, some of the food sticks to our teeth and this stuck on food is called dental plaque.
Some patients refer to plaque as “the fuzzy slipper feeling on my teeth”. If the plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing the minerals of our saliva begin to harden the plaque into dental tartar. These mineralized deposits of tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing; they need to be removed with special instruments.
When tartar and plaque are not controlled our gums begin to react to them as if they are infected. Our gums become red, irritated, and often bleed very easily. This inflammation of the gums is what is called gingivitis. If the gingivitis is not controlled then over time the gums will pull try to pull back from the tartar dissolving the supporting bone of the teeth in the process, this is called periodontitis. If left unchecked these two conditions can contribute to more cavities, tooth loss, and pain.
In most cases the recommended treatment for a routine cavity is to restore the softened area with a dental filling. This is done by removing the infected area of the tooth, cleaning the tooth, and restoring the tooth back to its original size and function. The most common filling materials are white composite and metal amalgam.
White dental fillings, called dental composites, are most commonly a mixture of synthetic resins. Once a cavity is removed from a tooth, the area is cleaned and prepared by etching and placing a bonding agent. The white filling material is then incrementally placed to restore the tooth. Composites become with the help of a curing light.
Silver dental fillings, or amalgam fillings, are also a mix of materials. The mixture is activated by shaking and then placed with special instruments into the cleaned area of the tooth. Amalgams are very durable and typically last a very long time. One notable disadvantage is simply the dark color of the silver filling. Typically they are used on back teeth where they are not noticed.
Both materials have their strengths and weaknesses. The best restorative material is selected after evaluating the cavity and patient preference.
A crown is a type of tooth restoration that is typically recommended when a normal filling would be inadequate to restore the tooth. When a tooth has a very large filling, breaks in some manner, or has received a root canal, the tooth needs a restoration that will help strengthen and relieve and splitting pressures.
A crown covers the entire tooth, protecting the tooth from splitting or breaking any further. Also, a crown is a good option to cover teeth that are badly discolored or misshapen.
Each of our teeth have a nerve and blood vessels on the inside. This is an area called the pulp. If the pulp is irreversibly damaged due to trauma or decay, it can cause extreme pain and/or infection. A root canal is a procedure done to clean the inner tooth space and then fill the space with a material, most commonly with a filling called gutta percha.
A root canal is the treatment of choice in order to save a tooth from extraction and relieve the symptoms of an irreversibly damaged pulp.
Dental implants are a great option to restore a single tooth or teeth after an extraction/s. The implant is placed in the bone where the tooth was removed and, when ready, is restored by attaching a dental crown.
Dental implants offer the most natural restoration option for missing teeth and have many benefits such as preserving bone around adjacent teeth, function like a normal tooth, and are aesthetically pleasing.
Bridges are another choice if you are missing one or more teeth. By placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth and adhering a fake tooth in-between, the gap is restored to full functionality. Bridges are cemented to the teeth and are permanently retained in the mouth.
When the overall health of the teeth is insufficient for a good long term prognosis, and the patient is ready, dentures are used to replace the missing teeth. Dentures can be used to completely replace all teeth or may be used to replace areas of missing teeth when some healthy teeth remain. With the advent and ease of dental implants, treatment options with dentures have greatly increased and allow for a more natural restoration.