We recommend our patients have their teeth cleaned anywhere from 2-4 times a year. Our routine maintenance procedures include periodontal probing which along with x-rays and an exam will help determine the health of your tissues. A routine maintenance removes plaque and light calculus from your teeth and underneath your gums. Both hand and ultrasonic instruments may be used for this procedure, which is followed by polishing the teeth.
We know that preventative care is essential to your dental health, we will put together a detailed plan of action both for in office and home care. There are multi level types of teeth and gum procedures, ranging from simple teeth maintenance to detailed periodontal therapy. Our office works with you to create the most effective oral hygiene program for your individualized needs. We will ensure that after your visit with us you are fully aware of your oral status.
Missing teeth can lead to a multitude of problems, from bite problems to speech difficulties. A dental bridge is used if you have one or two missing teeth. A bridge is a false tooth supported on either side by one or two porcelain crowns. Our cosmetic dentists use bridges to aesthetically eliminate the gap of a missing tooth or teeth, thereby giving you back your beautiful and fully functional teeth again.
Inlays & Onlays
They restore areas of a tooth that are damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays and onlays are crafted in the dental lab from hard ceramic material and permanently cemented to the tooth. Inlays fill cavities in the middle of the tooth surface, and onlays restore a damaged cusp to provide added support. These premium dental restorations can last for many years providing you with a beautiful smile.
Sealants are used to protect your healthy molars from cavities. Usually sealants are done in children starting at age 6 and going up to age 12. A sealant is a clear or whitish coating that goes on top of your teeth to act as a barrier against bacteria and plaque and may reduce the possibility of getting a cavity. Adults may choose to have sealants placed on their molars as well.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth.
When considering tooth fillings, one of the options available are composite fillings which are made from durable plastics that are similar in color to natural teeth. Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they are compatible with sealants allowing your dentist to perform both procedures in a single sitting preventing further decay.
It is no secret that most of us do not like going to the dentist. In fact, many people go years without even a check-up or cleaning. Some reasons for avoiding the dentist include:
- Fear of needles, drills, or other dental instruments
- Past traumatic dental experiences
- Sensitive teeth and/or difficulty getting numb
- Discomfort with the smells, noises, and tastes that accompany dental work
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused most often by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed. Other contributors to this disease include medical issues such as diabetes and consuming too much sugary food or drinks. We are highly recognized for our outstanding treatments for periodontal disease.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is an extension of a routine hygiene maintenance appointment. If we recommend scaling and root planing for our patients then it is evident that you have more build up and inflammation that is done in our routine cleanings. This appointment may require anesthesia to keep you comfortable and it may require anywhere from 2-5 appointments depending on the severity of your condition. We not only use hand instruments but incorporate an ultrasonic scaler as well.
Laser procedures can be more precise. Also, lasers can reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during surgery.
Periodontal maintenance is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque colonize on the gingival (gum) tissue, either above or below the gum line. These bacteria colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation which in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the body begins to systematically destroy gum and bone tissue, making the teeth shift, become unstable, or completely fall out.
It’s a powder composed of 100,000 tiny microspheres that release antibiotics over time. In a single visit, your dentist will add ARESTIN® to the pocket between your gum and tooth. It’s a painless procedure, and ARESTIN® with SRP can make your gum disease treatment more effective by killing bacteria left behind after SRP.
Oral irrigation aims to cleanse plaque from the interdental (between teeth) and subgingival (under the gumline) regions of the mouth in order to prevent the colonization of harmful oral bacteria. Oral irrigation is a versatile dental treatment used for several different preventative purposes. Oral irrigation may be performed as part of a professional dental cleaning.
Our general dentists prevent, evaluate, diagnose and treat diseases of the oral cavity to maintain the function and appearance of teeth. Working with dental hygienists and specialists, general dentists diagnose and treat problems using advanced techniques and technologies.