Bi-annual oral exams are vital to ensuring dental health. At these checkups your dentist will use a powerful light, magnifying lenses, and x-rays to look for signs of early decay or periodontal disease. If these visits are missed, small pockets of decay could be left to develop into larger instances requiring more extensive procedures such as crowns, root canals, and potentially extractions.
Teeth cleanings, much like oral exams act as preventative measures to stop decay from developing due to plaque buildup. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, plaque can still build up and it can't be brushed away with a normal toothbrush. During a dental cleaning your dentist will use a scaler to remove built up plaque and tartar to prevent decay.
X-Rays are a common tool used in every dental office. They use a small amount of radiation in order to allow the dentist to see any cavities, infections, root health, tooth placement and much more.
Dental fillings are sometimes necessary when bacteria has eaten away the structure of a tooth. "Fillings" are a term used to mean a synthetic material used to replace the lost material that has been drilled away to get rid of the bacteria. Today fillings are usually made of a resin composite material that is cured using a UV light and perfectly matches the tooth's natural color.
Crowns are necessary when a large portion of the natural tooth has been decayed by bacteria. In these cases attempting to drill out and replace the material would be too difficult, so your dentist will remove most of the tooth above the gum and adhere an artificial tooth made from a mold.
A bridge is multiple crowns linked together. This can be required because of extensive decay or to replace multiple missing teeth at once.
A root canal is necessary when the pulp,or material within the canals of a tooth, becomes infected and must be treated. Often this procedure includes drilling into the roots of a tooth, extracting the nerve and pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the canals and filling them with a synthetic material.
Tooth extractions are can be necessary when teeth are completely decayed and an implant is recommended to replace them, or for placement reasons such as wisdom teeth pushing on other teeth or coming in at an angle.
Dentures are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. They can come in partial form or complete upper and lower sections. Some designs rely on implants to attach to the jaw, while others simply sit on the gums and can be removed anytime for cleaning and fit maintenance.
Orthodontics range from braces, to retainers, to night guards. We offer multiple options to align crooked teeth. (Invisalign coming soon)