Comprehensive Dental Examination
A vital component to maintaining a healthy smile.
Regular dental examinations not only reveal oral health problems like active decay and gum disease, but can also provide early warning signs of other often fatal diseases like diabetes, oral cancer, and the early stages of heart disease. The combination of a full clinical examination and diagnostic xrays, will provide the necessary information to prevent major pathology and maintain a healthy oral condition.
Digital X Rays
Dental radiographs, or “xrays”, will show a detailed picture of the tooth and surrounding bone. They provide conclusive evidence for the dentist to determine the overall health of your mouth.
Digital xrays are much like traditional xrays. The largest difference is the large reduction in radiation exposure to the patient. They are 96% radiation-free and do not even require a lead apron (although we use it regardless). Also, they appear instantly on the monitor and with modern technology, provide the dentist with different tools to get a more precise picture of the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone.
For those patients in the category of greater risk for oral cancer, we recommend periodic oral cancer screenings with ViziliteTM. This exciting new technology can detect abnormal cells that can potentially lead to life-threatening cancer. Early detection of these cells will greatly reduce the onset of oral cancer and improve the prognosis and survival rate of patients.[/acc_item]
Oral Cancer Screenings
During your comprehensive examination, we will perform a visual oral cancer screening for every patient. Oral cancer has quickly become a cause for concern not only for smokers, but for anyone who is sexually active.
Routine cleanings will keep your and gums healthy, and prevent gingivitis and periodontitis, or gum disease. Cleanings also help prevent oral cancer, halitosis or bad breath, bone loss around the tooth, and maintain good physical health.
Often, the dentist or hygienist may recommend soft tissue management (STM), or scaling and root planing (SRP), or “deep cleaning”. This procedure is recommended for patients with gum disease to prevent its progression, which can lead to losing teeth. Also, it is recommended for patients who show signs of the beginnings of gum disease, such as inflammed gums, bleeding gums, bone loss, and/or visible plaque on the xrays. This procedure requires two separate visits.
Arestin is an antibiotic often used together with soft tissue management (STM), or “deep cleaning”. It is placed into the periodontal pocket, or space between the gum and tooth, to ensure complete elimination of harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
Composite “White” Filling
Metal, or amalgam fillings are unsightly, contain mercury, and cause microscopic fractures throughout the tooth over time. Composite fillings are a superior replacement material, offering numerous advantages over amalgam. Cosmetically, they can match the color of your tooth, making it look like a “new” tooth.
Composite material chemically bonds to your tooth, creating a seal that prevents bacteria and fluid leakage. Its properties allow very minimal removal of your tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are solid fillings used to restore decayed teeth.
They are used for teeth without enough tooth structure to support a traditional composite filling. They are custom made in the laboratory, and for that reason require two visits. They are made of a stronger material than composite, making them more durable over time.
Like composites, they match the color of your natural tooth color.
Crowns, or “caps”, are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size,and/or color of the tooth. They are necessary when a tooth has been damaged significantly, usually by large amounts of decay, and cannot be adequately restored with a filling or an inlay/onlay.
Crowns are also required for teeth with root canals because of their strengthening characteristics. They also serve as a final restoration for implants. They can be used cosmetically to replace badly stained, discolored, and misshapen teeth.
Post and Core Buildup
The core buildup is a technique to restore a more ideal shape for supporting a crown when a tooth is severely decayed or fractured. When a tooth has had a root canal, a titanium post is placed into the open canal to secure the core buildup, providing strength to support the crown.
When a tooth is severely decayed or fractured resulting in minimal support for the core buildup, a dentist will make a customized post and core for the tooth. This laboratory manufactured post and core is all one piece and will provide the necessary support for a crown.
Endodontic therapy, or “root canal”, is a great way to prevent tooth loss when there is damage to the soft core, or pulp, of the tooth. Commonly and incorrectly feared as a painful procedure, it is actually not much worse than getting a filling. During the procedure, the damaged pulp, which contains the nerves and vessels of the tooth, are removed with precise instruments.
The root is then thoroughly cleaned and sealed. A dentist may also elect to perform a root canal when the tooth is severely decayed or fractured, in order to rebuild the tooth so that it may support a crown. (see post and core above) A tooth with a root canal must always have a crown placed afterwards in order to provide strength and stability.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, or to reinforce the strength of weakened teeth. They are permanently cemented in the mouth. Bridges are composed of a string of multiple crowns connected inside, while appearing like natural individual teeth on the outside.
They can also be used with implants to restore large spans of missing teeth.
Dentures and Partials
Complete dentures and partial dentures are removable prosthetic appliances to replace multiple missing teeth. Complete dentures are for patients without any teeth, while partial dentures require teeth to support them. Both are custom made to fit the patient’s individual oral anatomy.
There are two types of partial dentures: acrylic based and cast-metal based. For precision and comfort of the fit of the dentures, multiple appointments are necessary.
Veneers are a great way to improve anyone’s smile. They require minimal tooth removal and are excellent to whiten teeth, straighten teeth, repair chipped teeth, or correct stained or misshapen teeth in only 2 visits.
Think of them as “press on nails” for teeth! Once bonded to the tooth, they are extremely strong and can last up to 20 years.
Tooth whitening, or bleaching, is a safe and effective way to achieve a pearly white smile. We offer numerous products, both in- and out-of-office. Our in-office whitening we are pleased to provide Brite Smile to our patients.
Our out-of-office whitening comes in three different options depending on each individual patients’ needs:
(1) custom trays with whitening gel,
(2) Crest White Strips professional,
(3) Brite Smile portable whitening pens.
Invisalign and Clear Correct
Invisalign and Clear Correct are clear aligner orthodontic (braces) therapies that are removeable and virtually invisible. They can give you the smile you always wanted without the painful metal brackets and wires.
To find out which product is best for you, call for a free consultation.
Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They serve as a foundation to place crowns, bridges, or dentures so that you may have the look, function, and feel of natural teeth.
Implants are titanium cylinders surgically placed into the jawbone.
The titanium integrates with your bone, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, the implant serves to preserve the bone, minimizing the loss of bone that naturally occurs in areas of missing teeth.
This technology truly defines the meaning of improving the quality of your life.