Frequent checkups help maintain good oral health and will actually be a cost saver in the end. We recommend every 6 months, that way if there is a problem, we are able to catch it while it is small and can treat it much more easily. This decreases time spent at the dentist and out of pocket expenses.
In order to restore a tooth that has decay, we can remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure with either a bonded composite resin (tooth colored) filling or an amalgam (silver) filling.
Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth could need root canal treatment or extraction.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Your health and comfort are our goals, should an extraction be necessary.
Sometimes a permanent tooth may not be erupting properly and the baby tooth may need help coming out. At other times, a tooth may have too much decay to be repaired, and removal and replacement with a bridge or implant is recommended. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal.
Crowns cover weakened or unsightly teeth to provide strength, function, and aesthetics.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. During the first appointment, any decay is removed and the tooth is shaped to accept the crown. An impression is made of the tooth for fabricating a crown and a temporary crown is placed on the tooth. During the second visit this temporary is removed and the permanent crown is cemented in place.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth, formed to look and function like the missing tooth and cemented to the neighboring teeth. Considering requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics, the bridge may be made with gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. Like a crown, this will also take two visits.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible because a missing tooth allows for shifting of the surrounding teeth, which can cause other problems in the future.
Root canal treatment is done to save a severely decayed tooth in which the nerve is involved. It may also be necessary if a tooth becomes infected or has trauma. The procedure cleans out the affected nerve and the canals are filled to prevent further pain and infection. Most of the time, after a root canal, the tooth needs to be restored with a crown.
X-rays allow for the diagnosis of otherwise undetectable disease, especially hidden tooth decay. With an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone, it allows the dentist to diagnose pathology and recommend treatment options.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.
Dentures replace all natural teeth in the event that they are already missing or nonrestorable and need to be extracted. This allows the patient to chew, speak better and have an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Partial dentures connect to existing teeth when some of the teeth are missing and the patient would like them replaced in lieu of bridges or implants.
There is an adjustment period after dentures or partials are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. This usually requires follow up visits for adjustments, in order to become pain free and function chewing. Once accustomed, all the normal functionality and appearance return, and one carries on as usual. Implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
Cosmetic dentistry can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it changed.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.