ROUTINE DENTAL CLEANING

The dental Hygeinist examines patients for cavities and other oral problems and routinely cleans their teeth and gums. Using skillful hands she preforms the technique necessary for keeping patients free from tooth decay and gum disease.

 

FLUORIDE

Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth in order to prevent tooth decay resulting in cavities. Fluoride is applied topically to the teeth using gels, varnishes, toothpaste/dentifrices or mouth rinse.

 

SOFT TISSUE MANAGEMENT

The goal of soft tissue management is to resolve the signs of inflammation, reduce pocket depths, and detectable plaque to a level associated with good periodontal health. A detailed periodontal charting is created to determine the health of your gums. After reviewing your chart and X-rays the Doctor will asses  the proper course of treatment and determine the frequency of visits based on your individual needs.

 

CROWNS

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is either likely to break, or is too damaged to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly used after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage.

 

COMPREHENSIVE PERIODONTAL EVALUATION

Evaluates the periodontal condition, probing and charting, evaluation and recording of the patients dental and medical history, oral cancer screening and general health assesment.

 

ROOT PLANNING AND SCALING

The scaling procedure removes plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth. Root planing is a specific treatment that removes roughened cementum and surface dentin that is impregnated with calculus, microorganisms and their toxins. Thus helping establish an oral cavity that is free of disease.

 

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is  necessary when a cavity reaches all the way to the tooth's pulp. Sometimes, deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged, to the point that it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone. At this point,  it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold, sweet foods, pain, swelling, pain when chewing, pressure, or a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a dental exam. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.

 

BRIDGES

This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be porcelain, ceramic, or total zirconia. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced, as soon as possible, for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, starting a bad chain reaction.  Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to "fall". As this worsens, the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, (e.g. TMJ). The surrounding teeth deteriorate and in a matter of time they, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues. 

 

DENTURES

Dentures function as a replacement to teeth that have become loose, or have been lost due to bone loss. Once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual.