CONTINUING DENTAL CARE Regular cleanings and six month check-ups are a vital part of maintaining oral health. We provide oral hygiene recommendations, fluoride treatments, and low dose digital x-rays as needed.
PEDIATRICS We are happy to welcome children to our office. By establishing a trusting, comfortable relationship with every child, we are able to ensure a lifetime of oral health for all of our pediatric patients. We emphasize prevention, which is why we recommend a child's first visit occur by age 1 or upon eruption of their first tooth. This recommendation is in accordance with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
SEALANTS Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time. To prevent this the dentist will apply a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
FILLINGS Fillings are done to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that decay left. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
X-RAYS This is a focused beam of high energy light particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process; not using them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation than conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitors, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.