Comprehensive Oral Examinations
In-office cleanings are an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. When plaque hardens into tartar, or calculus, it can no longer be removed with daily brushing at home. During a professional cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially in areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. The cleaning process takes between 30 minutes and an hour and will be performed during your regular oral exam. It is recommended that you receive a professional oral cleaning every six months in order to remove plaque build up and prevent infection.
If damaged or maligned teeth cannot be corrected with cosmetic or orthodontic procedures, a tooth may need to be removed from the mouth. Some cases in which a tooth might require extraction are if it is blocking other teeth from coming in, does not leave space for orthodontic work, or has deteriorated beyond repair. Extraction procedures are also performed for wisdom teeth if they become impacted and are causing significant pain or discomfort. During the procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth, so you will not feel any pain during the extraction.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a porcelain cap placed over a damaged tooth to restore its natural appearance and prevent further deterioration. Crowns are used in cases of severely chipped or broken teeth, or to cover the exposed area of a tooth following a root canal procedure. When a filling is not a viable solution to correcting the damage sustained by a tooth, crowns can provide a long-term solution to restoring the function or your teeth and enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Dental bridges are a set of crowns used to fill a gap created by multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will create a custom set of crowns for your mouth that will look and function like your natural teeth. The bridge is anchored to neighboring teeth, so you do not have to worry about removing or repositioning the bridge once it is placed in your mouth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, bridges and crowns can solve the problems created by missing and damaged teeth and last for years to come.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that can result in damaged gums and ultimately, loss of teeth. Symptoms include bleeding during brushing, chronic bad breath, red and swollen gums, a receding gum line, and loose or shifting teeth. When plaque builds up along the gum line, gums become inflamed and begin to pull away from the teeth. The early stages of gum disease are classified as gingivitis and if caught early on, the effects of the disease can be reversed. Once the gums and bone begin to deteriorate, the damage is permanent and can only be managed, not cured, with professional treatment. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, but regular oral exams and cleanings are necessary to ensure that all plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and that the signs of gum disease are caught before the damage is irreversible.
White Composite Fillings
Fillings are the restoration procedure of choice for treating tooth decay. We offer tooth-colored fillings that look natural in your mouth and can replace the metallic look of silver fillings. The unique mixture of materials used in composite fillings provides supreme bonding, requires less preparation, and preserves tooth structure.