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- Comprehensive exams, along with x-rays, aid in diagnosing conditions that could affect your teeth (cavities), bone(periodontal disease), and soft tissues(oral cancer).
- Limited exams are useful in emergency situations or times when a tooth or area of the mouth needs particular attention.
Thorough cleanings are a vital part of your oral health. There are a variety of cleaning treatments and each one is aimed at removing debris from your teeth to maintain optimal gums and bone support and prevent progression of gum disease.
This popular cosmetic procedure is a great way to freshen your smile. Using custom trays and bleaching-agent gel, whitening can lighten stains caused by various sources. We currently offer “at-home” kits and instructions.
If you have one or more crowns on your upper front teeth and want to have all teeth lightened including the crowns, whiten the natural teeth surrounding the crowns first. It is much easier for the dentist to match the shade of your crowns to your new natural teeth than to match the shade of the crown.
This is an in-office preventative treatment for children and adults. Fluoride is specially-formulated to penetrate enamel, giving your teeth beneficial resiliency.
When a tooth has decay or a small fracture, fillings are essential in recreating the tooth’s structure and beauty.
- Composite fillings (or bonding) are created with a bonding material that is closely matched to your tooth’s natural shade.
- Amalgam fillings, which are less commonly used, are silver fillings that have a proven track record of strength and durability.
When a tooth has significant decay or fracture(s), crowning the tooth is an ideal choice. Crowns are esthetically designed to look and feel like “real teeth.” The advantages of crowning teeth are teeth can be lightened, and some realignment or straightening of teeth may be possible. Care must be taken to maintain the integrity of the crown as well as the natural tooth structure underneath the crown. Yearly fluoride treatments may be advised as well as essential maintenance at home with proper brushing and flossing every day. Crowning procedure involves two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown and a second visit to place the permanent crown. Crowns are available in three options: all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and all metal.
Bridge is an esthetic permanent solution to restore one or more missing teeth in the mouth. Simply, a bridge is cemented into place by crowning the two adjacent teeth to replace the lost tooth. Bridges can look and feel like “real teeth.”
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
When a tooth has significant decay or fracture(s) the tooth may be very painful because the nerve within the tooth is affected. In many cases it will be necessary to remove the nerve in order to treat the pain symptom. We usually call this procedure root canal therapy. Root canal therapy may also be necessary to save an otherwise non-restorable tooth that may need to be extracted.
When a tooth cannot be saved with root canal therapy it will need to be removed in order to prevent further infection. We call this process of tooth removal tooth extraction.
Dentures are removable appliances created to replace missing teeth. With a range of options(full dentures, partial dentures, flippers), it is a good choice for restoring your smile and reinforcing your ability to chew evenly and speak naturally. For ill-fitting dentures, there are several procedures, ranging from implants to lab relines, available to correct fit and function.