Routine Preventive Dental Care
Routine care includes dental exams, teeth cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and treatment planning (comprehensive). Routine preventive care is critically important to preventing decay and gum disease and maintaining your oral health for a lifetime.
Root Canal Treatment:
Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp) and cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma to it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root. Decades ago, root canal treatments were painful and scary. With dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little if any pain with a root canal today.
One of the ways we fight against tooth decay in vulnerable teeth is by using a Sealant. Sealants are plastic coatings that are “painted” onto the teeth to protect against cavities, especially those found on the chewing surfaces of premolars and permanent molars. The Sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from bacteria, plaque and acids. A recent national study found that children with sealants had significantly less dental decay than children without sealants.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Fillings are one of the simple ways for the dentist to repair decayed or damaged teeth. We use various restorative options that includes White (composite) or Amalgam (silver) fillings. A composite resin filling is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles and matches the color of the tooth. Thus, composite fillings are used most often on front teeth or the visible parts of the tooth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, reducing the drilling needed compared to Amalgam fillings that need more drilling and are less esthetic in appearance(Silver fillings are silver and black in color).
Periodontics specializes in treating and preventing gum and tissue diseases. Our Periodontist uses deep cleaning, gum surgery, grafts (bone and gum) to prevent and treat gum disease. Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, some form of gum disease affects about three out of four adults after the age of 35.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. In the early stage of gum disease (or gingivitis), the gums can become red, grow swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
Gum disease is usually painless and you may not know you have it. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth may become loose, fall out, or have to be removed by a dentist or periodontist.
Dental Implants are the most natural and secure way for you to replace your natural teeth if necessary. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture in place. Implants typically take two to six months for the bone and implant to bond together to form anchors. During this time, a removable temporary tooth replacement can be worn over the implant site.
A Dental Bridge is used to literally bridge the gap between the missing teeth with artificial ones. A bridge can be fixed (made out of alloy, porcelain or a combination of both) or removable (made out of metal or acrylic or a combination of both). A removable bridge can be removed any time. A fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
Crowns serve many purposes including strengthening and improving the appearance of discolored or fractured teeth, supporting a tooth with a large filling, protecting a weak tooth from breaking or restoring one that’s already broken and also is used to cover a dental implant. Crowns are made out primarily porcelain to match the tooth color although sometimes they can all metal or porcelain with metal inside.
Porcelain Veneers are thin, custom-made shells (laminates) made out of tooth-colored Porcelain or Ceramic or Composite resin material that we use to cover the front side of your teeth to correct stained, badly shaped or crooked teeth for good cosmetic/esthetic purposes.
In the bonding process, we apply or “bond” tooth-colored material to stained, chipped, broken or cracked teeth or to minimize gaps between teeth. Bonding is also the process by which we commonly attach white (composite resin) fillings to teeth after removal of decay.
In teeth whitening, a whitening or bleaching agent is applied to teeth to brighten or whiten discolored or stained teeth. In our office, our patients have options of ZOOM one-hour whitening or take home in office bleaching kits. Tooth whitening has become increasingly popular especially for weddings, official photographs for special events and to have a beautiful white smile in general :).
Dentures (Complete or Partial)
Dentures are a complete or partial artificial replacement of natural teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures can improve your smile and your whole facial appearance, as well as make it easier to eat and speak as opposed to having no natural teeth.