Dental Exams & Cleanings
We begin with a comprehensive examination of teeth and gums in order to create a treatment plan that is customized for your individual oral health needs. During your comprehensive examination, we will perform digital radiography, which is a technique in which an electronic sensor is utilized. This electronic sensor captures and stores the digital image on a computer, which can then be instantly viewed by your dentist and hygienist. These images can then be contrasted and enlarged to help the dentist and hygienist detect problems more easily. Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. During your examination, we will also conduct an oral cancer screening by visually examining the soft tissues of your mouth or using a special tool to detect abnormalities. We will also look for any areas of decay, gum disease or any other issues in the mouth.
During your cleaning, your dental hygienist will carefully remove any plaque and tartar utilizing both hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler to gently break up plaque and tartar that build up below the gum line. We will also tell you what you need to know about home care between visits so that future cleanings will be effortless and easy.
A filling is best for cases of mild to moderate decay. If decay is more extensive or extends over one or more cusps, a larger restoration, such as a crown, may be required. Treatment for cavities is simple and cost-effective and can be designed to fit your budget.
When it comes to having a cavity filled, it’s important to know that you have the right to decide, after consultation with your dentist, what treatments and materials are used for your dental care. Your dentist considers materials to use on an individualized basis, taking into account the size and location of your cavity. Cosmetic considerations, how long the filling could last, insurance coverage and out of pocket costs are some other factors you might want to consider. The ADA encourages you to talk with your dentist so that together you may choose the material that’s right for you.
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.
Teeth whitening is a simple and highly effective treatment to lighten your smile! Some people get their teeth whitened to remove stains, while others just want a brighter smile. Discoloration, which occurs when a tooth’s enamel wears down, can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes as well as genetics and natural aging processes. Teeth whitening can be performed by your dentist in the office or at home under dental supervision. We can provide you with a custom-made tray for at-home whitening and instructions.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite materials that are permanently placed over the front teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces, unevenly spaced or crooked; or on teeth that already have large fillings placed. Veneers can be used to treat some of the same issues as direct bonding and crowns.
Bonding, which is also called direct bonding is the use of tooth-colored material to fill in gaps or chips or to change the color of teeth. Bonding lasts several years and often requires only a single office visit. Bonding is also used to fill small cavities, to close small spaces between teeth or to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth.
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant. If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.
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A fixed bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth, thus bridging the space between two adjacent natural teeth or implants. A traditional fixed bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth fused between two crowns that are cemented on the surrounding teeth. An implant bridge is fastened to two or more implants that are submerged in bone tissue.
A bridge is a great option if you are missing any teeth. The resulting space from missing teeth can cause speech or chewing problems and can cause your remaining teeth to move out of position. With a fixed bridge, you can replace the missing teeth, correcting your bite, improving your chewing and speaking abilities and maintain the shape of your face.
A dental implant is a post, usually made of titanium that serves as a substitute for a tooth’s roots. The implant is placed in the jawbone so that it may fuse with the natural bone to become a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support a bridge or denture containing multiple teeth.
Dental implants can be provided to most patients who are missing teeth due to decay, disease, injury or other medical conditions. You may also be a candidate for a dental implant if you can’t wear dentures or find them uncomfortable, or if you don’t want to sacrifice existing tooth structure to support a dental bridge.
Ask us about how implants can help you get back a healthy smile today!