During your first appointment we will fully review your medical and dental history, discuss any questions or dental concerns you may have and fully analyze and document your oral health.This analysis includes tooth by tooth exam, also an exam of your TMJ, introral soft tissue, bite exam and more. We will sit down and work out customized treatment plan that addresses any potential problems or areas of concern.
Additionally, your dental check ups include screening for oral cancer, a serious disease of the mouth, lips, or throat, but curable if detected early.
Oral health is directly connected to our overall health.Research has shown association between poor oral health and Respiratory infections due to inhalation of oral bacteria in nursing home residents Increased risk for heart disease Complications with diabetes
Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It’s very important to have this area checked if you have bleeding during brushing.
What is the difference between an ordinary cleaning and deep cleaning?
Often we are asked what the main difference is between a routine hygiene cleaning and deep cleaning/ root planning. Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planning is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gum-line.
Crowns are dental restorations otherwise known as “caps”. They are used to restore teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to old, over-sized fillings or fractures. There are a variety of materials used to construct these, and by working with the finest laboratories in the country, we are pleased to produce crowns that look and feel like your real teeth. As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay. There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
If you have one or more missing teeth, your smile and dental health can be seriously affected. Missing teeth can cause a shift in the alignment of your teeth and put you at increased risk for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Bridges adhere to your natural teeth and cover gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. With over 3 million successful restorations, and a 95% success rate, the procedure itself is quite easy and may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable.
Before removing your tooth, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed.
The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. There are additional reasons for tooth extraction:
To treat a cavity, we will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived. Composite resins and ceramics are not only used to restore decayed areas, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. They allow us to combine beauty and strength when filling teeth.
There are two types of indirect fillings – inlays and onlays.
Inlays are similar to fillings but the entire work lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of the tooth.
Onlays are more extensive than inlays, covering one or more cusps. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns.
Inlays and onlays are more durable and last much longer than traditional fillings. They can be made of tooth-colored composite resin, porcelain, or gold. Inlays and onlays weaken the tooth structure, but do so to a much lower extent than traditional fillings.
Note: Over the past several years, concerns have been raised about silver-colored fillings, otherwise called amalgams. Because amalgams contain the toxic substance mercury, some people think that amalgams are responsible for causing a number of diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Although we don’t give much thought or even think of the health or importance of the bone our teeth sit in, our bones do in fact serve as the foundation for our teeth and also plays a big part in our appearance. Bone can be lost by tooth or gum disease or, if a tooth is missing or extracted, the bone may collapse into the empty socket and cause a sunken appearance to our cheeks or jaw. A bone graft can fix these conditions caused by dental disease or that result from an accident, and can also be used to create a solid foundation for a dental implant.