Dental Health

Preventative Care

Preventive care is the best possible way to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

Routine dental exams and regular cleanings may help prevent the incidence of higher-cost treatments such as periodontal surgery, root canals, extractions and fillings. Early detection and prevention are key to minimizing your need for more serious dental treatment. Preventive care is just as important in young children as it is in teens and adults.

We recommend children be seen 6 months after the first tooth erupts, usually between 12-18 months. Keeping up with routine exam and cleanings as well as proper oral hygiene at home can help prevent gingivitis which can lead to more serious peridontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are infections of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. In advanced stages, they lead to painful chewing problems and even tooth loss.

White Fillings/Bonding

Bonding is a popular method to enhace the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after decay has been removed, or to cover up stains and discolored teeth. A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, an ultraviolet light is used to cure the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile. Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.

X-Rays

This is a focused beam of x-ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and if not used, it can lead to undiagnosed disease or problems. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

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 monitorying, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.

Chewing surface before sealant

Chewing surface before sealant.

Tooth protected by shaded sealant.

Non-Surgical Gum Treatments (Deep Cleaning)

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.

 

Dental sealants are a thin resin coating that is applied to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that has deep chewing surfaces. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because they’re too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time if not taken care of. So in order to prevent decay, the plastic coating is placed and cured making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

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