While there are many specialized forms of dentistry we offer, most of our patients come to us for our general dentistry services. These services include things that everyone needs to keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible, as well as treatments that address some of the more common oral health ailments. Here is what you need to know about our general dentistry offerings.
While we are able to effectively treat all dental conditions, it is better to stop them from occurring in the first place. This is why preventative care is so important. Patients should visit our office every six months from the moment they get their first tooth. At this visit, our team will perform various tasks meant to prevent problems from developing as well as catching any issues already occurring early on. While this does not replace effective dental care at home, it is still a vital part of having a healthy smile.
Our General Dentistry Services
ORAL HEALTH EXAM:
The oral health exam is a standard check of the teeth, gums, and jaw to make sure that everything is in good health and correctly aligned. X-rays are a key part of the oral health exam, as well as a visual inspection. We may also screen for TMJ and oral cancer as part of this exam.
After the oral health exam, we complete a prophylactic cleaning. This treatment removes plaque and tartar that has built up despite the patient brushing and flossing their teeth at home. Everyone needs this cleaning every six months as at-home dental care, even when done correctly, cannot take care of everything.
GUM DISEASE INTERVENTION:
When gum disease is noticed, it must be treated quickly. When gum disease is allowed to advance, it leads to painful and unsightly conditions, including tooth decay and tooth loss. The most common early-stage treatment for gum disease is tooth scaling, which involves scraping tartar that has gotten under the gumline. Root planning to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup can also be used.
FLUORIDE TREATMENT AND DENTAL SEALANT:
These treatments are used on children to help ward off tooth decay. In some cases, adult patients may benefit from them as well. Fluoride treatments are done twice a year while dental sealants last several years.
Toothaches are most commonly caused by infection in the pulp of a tooth. Root canals are used to relieve the pain and stop the infection from spreading. With this procedure, the infected pulp is removed and the tooth is restored using a filling or a crown, depending on what is needed.
Whenever possible, we avoid tooth extractions, but sometimes they are needed. From removing adult teeth too damaged to save to taking out baby molars that have splintered apart, we can complete extractions for any patient who requires them.
FILLINGS AND CROWNS:
When parts of the tooth are removed, the tooth must be restored to prevent further decay and damage. Two of the most common forms of tooth restoration are fillings and crowns. Fillings can be used on patients of all ages while crowns are best for those with all adult teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses procedures that are meant to improve the appearance of the teeth more than the function of them. The end goal is to have teeth that are white, evenly spaced, well sized, and attractive. Patients can pick and choose the treatments they want to achieve the look they desire.
Why Consider Cosmetic Dentistry? +
Some people assume that because cosmetic dentistry does not improve function, it isn’t important. However, our smiles have a major impact on our lives. When we worry about how our smile looks, we don’t act confidently, and this can impact the perceptions others have of us. By correcting cosmetic issues, we can see benefits personally and professionally.
Problems Cosmetic Dentistry Can Address +
- Chips and fractures along the edges of the teeth
- Surface cracks that make the enamel look broken
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained enamel or dark dentin
- Teeth that look too short or stubby
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped
- Metal amalgam fillings that show when you smile
- Gum tissue that is uneven or that covers up too much of your teeth
Who Is a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry? +
Cosmetic dental treatment is an option for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile and has good oral health. For cosmetic treatment to work, the teeth and gums must be healthy and functioning well. If a patient interested in cosmetic treatment has underlying issues, we need to address those first.
Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Tooth Whitening +
When done at our office or with our professional at-home kits, patients can whiten their teeth by six to 10 shades. The end result is a smile that appears more youthful and attractive. Our in-office treatments offer instant, dramatic whitening while the at-home kits are more gradual.
Dental Veneers +
Veneers can be used to hide visual problems with the surfaces of the teeth. They are also used to correct the shape and size of the teeth when needed. Our veneers are made from porcelain and are cemented to the teeth for a long-lasting correction.
Cosmetic Bonding +
Cosmetic bonding is accomplished using a tooth-colored resin. The procedure is fast, done in a single appointment, and can correct the shape of teeth that have been chipped or are otherwise misshapen.
Gum Recontouring +
For some patients, the problem isn’t their teeth; it is their gums. When the gums cover too much of the teeth, it causes a “gummy” smile and can also make the teeth appear too small. We are able to remove excess gum tissue to bring the smile into the correct proportions.
If it has been six months or more since your last checkup, now is the time to
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When teeth are lost, they need to be replaced. Missing teeth reduce function, appearance, and make it easier for teeth to shift. There are numerous options for replacing missing teeth, but dental implants have become the industry standard.
Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The initial part of the implant process is placing a metal post beneath the gum. It fuses to the jawbone and functions as the root of a tooth does. Then a false tooth is attached to the post. Once everything is healed, the dental implant will be indistinguishable from the natural teeth.
Not all patients are candidates for dental implants. As it involves surgery, the patient must have good overall health. Healthy gums and bones are also vital. To find out if dental implants are an option for you, schedule a consultation.