It is suggested that patients schedule a dental cleaning and exam every six months, more frequently, if recommended. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth, leaving behind a bright and polished smile. In addition to your cleaning, patients will receive a dental examination to diagnose any potential or existing oral problems in an effort to maintain overall health.
In the event that a tooth must be removed from a patient's mouth, we will utilize the latest methods in tooth extractions to keep the patient comfortable. Extractions are necessary when a patient has a tooth or teeth that are severely decayed, damaged, or infected, with no possible restorative processes.
When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or damaged area will be removed, cleaned, and filled to restore the stability of the tooth. We use tooth color fillings and upon completion, the restored tooth will be back to its natural look.
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with fillings. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics.
Root canal therapy is necessary when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth, causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Signs that a pulp is infected include; sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam. A root canal will be conducted to remove and fill the affected tooth in an effort to eliminate pain and restore functionality.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are used to improve the appearance of your smile. We will bond the veneers to the surfaces of the teeth to correct certain dental flaws. Your porcelain veneers are customized for a perfect fit and natural appearance.
When in place, porcelain veneers can:
• Close spaces between the teeth
• Lighten and brighten the teeth
• Repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth
• Correct teeth that are misshapen, crooked, or uneven
The procedure usually requires two visits to our office to complete. When your veneers are in place, you can enjoy a radiant new smile.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution for you. Dental implants are natural-looking and permanently anchored into the patient's jawbone. It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of dental problems. Where teeth are lost, bone is also lost. When your dental implants are placed, your jaw will bond and attach to the implant. To see if you're a candidate for dental implants, call us today and make an appointment!
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, we will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.