General & Preventive Dentistry
During your dental exam, your dentist will carefully evaluate your oral hygiene practices and thoroughly check your oral health. They will also carefully evaluate your bite and check for unusual changes as well as assess your risk of developing bone or gum disease. They may also take x-rays of your teeth to provide them with a view of how your inner tooth and bone structure is changing over time. One of the most important things your dentist will do during your regular exam is perform an oral cancer screening. Though it is one of the lesser-known forms of the disease, oral cancer affects nearly 41,000 people each year in the United States. As with other cancers, early detection and treatment is essential to ensuring a successful outcome.
Regular Dental Cleanings
When plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), brushing and flossing alone cannot remove it.The accumulation of plaque above or below the gum line can cause a bacterial infection that may lead to bad breath, tooth mobility, tooth loss, and other serious problems when left untreated. Having professional dental cleanings is a very important preventative measure to help maintain your oral and overall health.The American Dental Association recommends that you keep your smile clean and healthy by scheduling a dental cleaning at least once every six months. Regular cleanings are a cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay and the need for more expensive dental treatments.We treat each patient based on their current dental and medical condition . We approach your care with a commitment to restoring and maintaining excellent oral health in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Our dentists are extremely gentle and make your comfort a priority .
Deep Cleanings (Scaling & Root Planing)
Deep cleanings are typically recommended for patients who have exposed tooth roots or in cases where their tooth structure has been compromised in places. While your dentist will perform regular cleaning procedures to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth during a deep cleaning appointment, they will also do some planing of exposed tooth roots to ensure they are smooth. They may also remove any tooth remnants that may or may not be infected to ensure your mouth and gums stay healthy. Rough tooth and tooth root edges will be smoothed to make you more comfortable and relieve any pain they may have been causing you. At times, another session of deep cleaning using local anesthetics, or surgical treatment may be prescribed. This is necessary in order to create a more permanent, healthier environment around the teeth.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. While we will try to do as much as we can to save your teeth, it is not always possible. Extractions are sometimes the only treatment that can be done for a tooth that has a deep stress fracture, a l amount of decay, or is severely broken.
A dental filling is intended to replace tooth structure lost to decay. Amalgam fillings (silver fillings) have been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. However, it’s composed mixture of mercury, silver, copper and tin content has raised safety concerns. Small amounts of mercury vapor can be released from amalgam during placement and regular brushing. Advances in modern dental materials and techniques have offered new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking and safer smiles, steering away from amalgam. White, composite fillings can cosmetically blend with the adjacent tooth structure much better than old metal fillings, and they also offer a number of health-related benefits. As opposed to metal fillings, tooth colored fillings are bonded to healthy tooth structure.