We recommend having an oral exam and prophylaxis every six months. A thorough exam of the teeth and surrounding tissues allows us to screen for decay and other oral diseases. Using scalers and other instruments, our hygienists are able to remove plaque, calculus, and stain that you are unable to remove at home. Polishing of the roughened surfaces creates a smooth surface that discourages the adherence of new plaque, and promotes healthy gums.
Topical fluoride treatments are important for strengthening tooth enamel and preventing decay. The fluoride is placed into soft trays that are held in the mouth for one or two minutes. There should be no eating or drinking for 30 minutes following the treatment to allow the fluoride to continue working.
A sealant is a plastic resin, which bonds into the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of back molars. This coating protects the enamel from decay. Toothbrush bristles are not able to clean all of the food and plaque out of the deep grooves. Sealants protect vulnerable grooves by “sealing out” food and plaque. The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are good candidates for this procedure. Sealants hold up well under normal chewing and usually last several years, getting children through their cavity prone years.
Amalgam (silver) fillings can withstand very high chewing loads and are useful for restoring molars where the chewing load is the greatest. They are also useful in areas where a cavity preparation is difficult to keep dry during the filling placement, such as fillings below the gum line. For questions concerning the safety of the amalgam material, please refer to our FAQ section.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
A crown provides coverage and support of a tooth weakened by a large filling or extensive decay. It protects a weak tooth from breaking or restores a tooth that is already broken. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to cover badly shaped or discolored teeth. Crowns are made of porcelain (tooth colored) or precious metals (gold) depending on the need and desire of the patient.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
A fixed bridge literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth have been removed. The bridge is cemented on the teeth adjacent to the gap and is not removable.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to gum colored plastic bases that are connected by a metal framework. This metal framework clasps on to the remaining teeth in the mouth.
A conventional full denture is made and placed after the teeth have been removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate denture is made prior to the teeth being extracted and is inserted the same day that the teeth are removed. As healing takes place, the tissue shrinks and causes the immediate denture to feel loose. A reline is needed when this occurs.
A root canal is the removal of a diseased or dead nerve from the pulp chamber inside the tooth. If the nerve dies and is not removed, the tooth gets infected and can be very painful. If left untreated the infection can spread to other areas of the body. Once the nerve or dead tissue is removed, the pulp chamber is cleaned and sealed off to protect it from infection. The tooth will oftentimes need a crown after this procedure to strengthen it.
A tooth colored resin that is applied to the front surfaces of the teeth. When polished and complete, it will change the shape, color and appearance of the tooth.
A veneer is a thin custom-made shell that covers the front side of a tooth. It is made of tooth colored resin or porcelain. These shells are created in a dental lab. Veneers can be used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth, or to present a more pleasing smile.
Peroxide containing whiteners come in a gel form and are placed in a mouthpiece (tray) which is custom made. Our office provides in office bleaching that will require about an hour of time in the dental chair. We can also make custom bleaching trays to be worn at home anywhere from 1.5 to 8 hours, depending on the peroxide concentration and the patients wearing preference. Natural tooth shades range from yellow to gray and all teeth respond differently to the whitening process. Existing fillings, veneers and crowns do not lighten along with the natural teeth and may need to be replaced to blend in with the newly whitened teeth. Teeth can become sensitive during the bleaching period. This is usually a temporary problem and the sensitivity goes away soon after treatment is finished. If you have unusually sensitive teeth to begin with, then bleaching would probably not be a good option for you.
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