A dental cleaning is an excellent way to prevent dental problems. During the dental cleaning visit your hygienist is able to see inside your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, oral tissues, and tongue with her loupes (magnifying lenses). She may also take intraoral photographs that allow you to see inside and look at outside of specific teeth. If she sees an area that causes concern, it may be necessary to look in between the teeth or inside the tooth to be able to determine if the tooth is healthy or if it needs dental treatment. Fortunately, even though our dentists and hygienists don't have x-ray vision, our digital x-rays can often allow us to detect issues while they are small and less expensive to treat. X-rays can detect small areas of decay between teeth and under existing fillings or crowns. People who have more existing dental work and those who tend to be more prone to having cavities may need dental x-rays more frequently than others who have never had a cavity and have immaculate dental home care.
Our ProMax Imaging System lets us take 3D images of your teeth, as well as take comfortable cavity-detecting x-rays and gives us valuable information prior to providing dental treatment. It also allows us to take panoramic images of your entire jaw to see:
Many people do not see a dentist for regular visits, even when they have dental insurance that pays for preventive care. Instead they call only when they are in pain or have an "emergency". One of the problems with "crisis treatment" rather than "preventive treatment" is that you relinquish control when you rely on the WTH (Wait 'Til it Hurts) method of dental care. Whether you are trying to control your costs, your time, or your comfort, you benefit from being proactive and seeking preventive care on a regular basis. When cavities and other dental issues are detected early, you can save money and time by having the tooth treated before the problem gets more involved and more expensive. (A preventive resin restoration is significantly less expensive and less time intensive than a root canal and crown!)
Toothaches seem to happen at the least convenient times and can ruin a vacation, weekend, or holiday.
Tooth-colored composite resin is applied to repair teeth that are chipped, decayed, fractured, or discoloredBridges
Cosmetic bonding and contouring can used to improve the appearance of your smile in a single visit. We can change the appearance of your smile through cosmetic contouring. Simply by removing a few millimeters of tooth enamel or by adding tooth colored material to your natural tooth, we can change the shape of your tooth or close gaps between teeth. This may eliminate the need for minor orthodontic treatment. The benefits of cosmetic bonding are:
Crowns are used to:
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth - restoring your smile and your ability to eat and speak. Types of dentures:
If a tooth is unrestorable due to disease or injury, it may be necessary to remove or extract it. Dentists classify the type of extraction according to degree of impaction of the tooth or the need to perform surgery to order to safely remove the tooth.
Dental fillings are used to restore small defects in teeth where the majority of the tooth is still healthy, strong, and intact. We typically use composite resin material made of a combination of glass and resin to fill in the areas affected by tooth decay. This highly durable tooth-colored material allows anterior (front) fillings to be natural looking while providing an excellent chewing surface for posterior (back) teeth. Occasionally, we may use a silver-colored or amalgam filling in areas where it is difficult for the composite material to bond adequately to the natural tooth structure.Root Canal Therapy | Endodontics
Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic treatment) is often recommended when a tooth becomes infected by a deep cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, or an injury to the tooth. If the soft tissue (pulp) inside the tooth is untreated, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected leading to pain, swelling, and a potential abscess inside the tooth or in the bone around the tip of the tooth root. To avoid permanent damage and loss of the tooth, an root canal may be necessary.Sealants
Sealants are thin protective coatings used on difficult to clean rough, uneven molar teeth to "seal" the tooth surface and reduce the risk of decay. They work like a protective shell for your teeth to keep bacteria and acid from remaining on your teeth and creating cavities (holes).