The type of cleaning a patient needs depends upon the amount and location of any tartar present as well as the current and past health of the surrounding gum tissues and bone.
Radiographs and a thorough periodontal examination are key tools in deciding where and how often to clean your teeth.
X-rays and radiographs are necessary so that your dentist can evaluate for cavities between the teeth as well as other potential problems. Not everyone has the same amount of risk for dental disease and therefore each person is different in how frequently radiographs will be recommended.
We offer both tooth colored (resin) fillings as well as amalgam (silver) fillings to meet your needs and your budget.
Crowns otherwise known as caps have the job of making a tooth stronger. They can be made of metal or porcelain and will take two appointments for completion.
Implants, bridges and dentures are all ways to replace missing teeth.
Typically your dentist can explain these options and which are better suited to your personal situation.
Implants are the newest method of tooth replacement. They involve a titanium screw placed into the jaw bone which holds a specialized “tooth” on top. Implants are preferred in areas where bone is adequate and the teeth near the space have little to no filling already present.
If the teeth near the space are healthy but have large fillings and are at risk of fracture, bridges might be the best option. A bridge will not only replace the missing tooth but also reinforce the weak teeth near the space.
For patients with risk of dental decay or cavities, fluoride treatments can slow down and prevent damage from acid producing bacteria.
Typically these treatments are in the form of a varnish, which you can actually feel working for hours after the application. You can eat and drink almost right away after this type of treatment, but please don’t brush for at least 4 hours.
Patients wishing they had their own teeth, only lighter, have found dental bleaching an easy and effective way to do so.
Multiple methods can be used to whiten teeth whether it be with a pre-formed strip or custom fitted trays. The strips can be started immediately whereas the custom trays require time for fabrication at the office.
First, impressions are taken of the teeth and then individualized custom trays made to fit snug. Each day at home a peroxide gel is put into the trays and then worn for the desired amount of time until a satisfactory color is achieved. The results are nearly permanent and the process very safe.
When multiple teeth are missing, removable tooth replacements otherwise known as dentures may be made to minimize the impact of tooth loss on your chewing and social life.
A full denture generally replaces all of the missing teeth while a partial denture has anchor teeth to hold on to. Unfortunately since dentures are made to be removable they can become loose. You might want to talk to your dentist about how to optimally secure them.
Sometimes treating dental disease involves tooth removal, otherwise known as extraction.
For this procedure local anesthetic will be given to get rid of your pain and the problem tooth/teeth will be removed. It is very important to follow post-operative instructions provided by your dentist. When needed, your dentist will recommend this procedure be done by an Oral Surgeon who specializes in difficult cases.