COMMON PROCEDURES

COMMON PROCEDURES


REGULAR EXAMS AND CLEANING

When maintaining good oral health regular exams are important. When we do regular exams we:

  • Look for cavities and other indicators of tooth decay
  • Check for any problems you can’t see/feel
  • Do complete teeth cleaning
  • Inspect teeth/gyms for gingivitis and periodontal disease

A regular exam takes around 45 minutes. All regular exams include thorough teeth cleaning. This involves cleaning, polishing, and rinsing the patient’s teeth to remove any build-up of tartar & plaque on the teeth’s surface.

It’s a good idea to visit our dental office every 6 months. This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions about oral health you have. We only offer regular exams through appointments so contact our dental office today to schedule a dental exam/teeth cleaning.

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BONDING

Bonding is a way to repair teeth that are a little chipped, crooked, or discolored. In the process of dental bonding, we place white filling onto your teeth so it looks better. This filling “bonds” with a patient’s tooth and since it’s in a variety of shades of teeth colors it can match up with how the patient’s natural teeth look.

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CROWNS

Crowns is a procedure that restores the tooth’s shape or makes it stronger. Crowns are usually used for teeth that are worn, broken or destroyed via tooth decay.  The crown is a “cap” that is cemented onto a tooth that typically covers the part of the tooth that’s above the gum line. The crown becomes the new outer surface of a tooth. Crowns can be made of either/and porcelain and metal. Porcelain crowns are most popular since they are strong and are clear like natural teeth.

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DENTURES

denturesThese are replacement teeth that can be removed and look like natural teeth. The two kinds of dentures are full and partial. Patients get full dentures when all the natural teeth have been pulled. Meanwhile, partial dentures are connected to a metal frame connected to the patient’s natural teeth. They fill in where permanent teeth are pulled. It’s important for dentures to be cared for properly. They should be cleaned with a gentle cleaner and kept moist when not worn.

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EXTRACTIONS

There are cases when a tooth should be removed. They are included when a baby tooth with long roots doesn’t fall out, or a tooth is so decayed that the teeth around it are at risk of being decayed. A bridge or implant might be recommended. Teeth can also be removed due to infection, wisdom teeth, or orthodontic correction.

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FILLINGS

These are usually made of a silver mixture. This dental material is strong and durable, so it’s a good option when restored teeth must hold up during chewing.

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WISDOM TEETH

These are teeth in far back of a person’s mouth. In the case, they’re “impacted” due to a lack of room in the jaw they should be removed. This can prevent issues like swelling, tenderness, and pain. These teeth are also difficult to clean and are vulnerable to tooth decay, infections, and gum disease.

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DENTAL FAQS

DENTAL FAQS

WHAT EXACTLY IS DENTISTRY?

This is the process of diagnosing, treating, and preventing various conditions, diseases, and disorders of the patient’s teeth, mouth, gums, and jaw. Dentistry can affect the whole body and frequently is considered to be needed for having total oral health.

WHAT IS A DENTIST?

A dentist is a medical specialist who does work for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various oral health issues. The dentist has finished 8 or more years of dental schooling and earned either a degree of a doctorate in Dental Surgery or a degree of doctorate in Dental Medicine. A pediatric dentist specializes in treating children from infants to teens.  Other specialists include:

  • Oral/maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
  • Endodontics (root canals)
  • Orthodontics
  • Prosthodontics (implants)
  • Periodontics (gum disease)

WHY IS VISITING THE DENTIST SO IMPORTANT?

It’s important to visit your dentist regularly to keep teeth/mouth and the entire body healthy. Here are some benefits:

  • Helps avoid tooth decay
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Provides an attractive smile
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Strengthens teeth
  • Keeps teeth bright
  • Protects from gum disease

SHOULD I SEE A DENTIST IF MY TEETH FEEL OK?

Even if that’s the case, you should visit a dentist regularly. You might have dental issues and not know them. For example, your dentist can keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful.  Dentists offer many treatments for issues like stained, broken, or missing teeth including:

  • Fillings that look like natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement
  • Professional teeth whitening

HOW CAN I PICK THE RIGHT DENTIST?

When picking a dentist finding the right one can be tough for you and your family. When you visit him/her the first time you should think about some issues to consider like:

  • Closeness of dental office
  • Appointment schedule’s convenience
  • Cost info shared before treatments
  • Member of American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Methods for good oral health explained
  • Dental history stored in file
  • Clean/orderly office

HOW CAN I CARE FOR TEETH BETWEEN DENTAL EXAMS?

  • Brush all your teeth 2+ times per day and floss 1x
  • Avoid sugary foods since it boosts bacteria/plaque
  • Avoid tobacco since it can cause stains/gum disease
  • Brush your entire tongue
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Schedule a routine dental checkup

HOW EARLY SHOULD MY KID FIRST VISIT A DENTIST?

The US’ Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that kids visit a dentist the first time between 6 months and one year old. The baby teeth start growing in during that time, and the dentist can inspect the new teeth. Your child should get a dental checkup every six months afterward.

HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I VISIT THE DENTIST?

Kids and adults should get a dental checkup once every six months. If you’re at a much greater risk of gum disease or oral cancer you should get more than 2x checkups per year. Your doctor can help with this issue.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A CAVITY/FILLING?

A cavity is a small hole in the tooth due to tooth decay. This happens when the build-up of plaque results from sugars/starches from food. This creates an acid that can eat the tooth’s enamel. Cavities can be prevented by brushing/flossing teeth regularly.

A filling is a type of material that’s used to fill a cavity following the removal of the tooth decay. It’s important to talk to a dentist about which type of filling is best for your situation.

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ORAL CANCER SCREENING

ORAL SCREENING for CANCER

Our office is dedicated to improving your smile. However, we can offer much more because in fact we also dedicate resources to our patients’ total wellness. Our dental clinic takes a holistic view of providing dental care. That includes a regular dental exam that also includes oral screening for cancer.

Why do we include this as part of the exam? Oral cancer is like several other types of cancer that if it’s not diagnosed/treated early it can become life-threatening. This is a serious situation, so we want our patients to know if they have this condition.

Our clinic has the skills/tools needed to make sure that we can identify the early signs/signs of oral cancer/pre-cancer conditions. These conditions could, in fact, result from problems that are less serious but it’s important for our patients to visit our dental office. This can help us determine if they have oral cancer. The ultimate goal is to provide early diagnosis and treatment to prevent major issues from occurring. Some of the most frequent types of symptoms include:

  • Sore that easily bleeds or doesn’t heal
  • Lump/thickening/rough spot
  • Problems swallowing, chewing, or speaking
  • Difficulty moving jaw/tongue
  • Red/white spots/ sores in the oral cavity
  • Pain/tenderness/numbness in mouth/on lips

Our dental team has the training to provide screening that’s simple and quick. These are both important features to make sure you get the best results from the screening. It includes inspecting the patient’s entire oral cavity rather than just their teeth. The goal is to find cancerous as well as pre-cancerous conditions that must be treated immediately. We don’t just do a visual examination of the patient’s mouth but also inspect the tissue of the patient’s mouth and throat to search for any abnormalities.

In the case, we find an area that’s a problem we might conduct a simple test like a brush test. This test is an important one, and the goal is to collect tiny cells from a possible lesion in the mouth that is then sent to one of our labs for analysis. We make sure that all our labs conduct very meticulous work to make sure that you’re provided with the most detailed and accurate results possible In the case this test returns abnormal or positive our dental office, we may recommend a biopsy.

You can take several steps to stop oral cancer from forming. As the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.” The options include an oral cancer screening when you get your next dental check-up. This is, in fact, the first action to take since it’s a basic test and you can get good results. Here are some of the best ways to prevent oral cancer:

  • Drink moderate alcohol
  • Avoid all tobacco products
  • Limit sun exposure and wear UVA/UVB sunblock to protect skin
  • Eat a healthy/balanced diet

When you have your next future dental check-up make sure to ask the dentist to provide an oral dental exam. Getting early detection for oral cancer is important. That’s because it can boost the chance that your treatment will be successful.

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PERIODONTAL TREATMENTS

PERIODONTAL TREATMENTS

TREATMENT OPTIONS

In the case you’ve received a diagnosis of gum disease, you have different treatment options based on your situation’s details and severity of your condition. We start with less invasive options that don’t require surgery. In situations that are much more serious surgery could be needed.

NON-SURGICAL TYPES of TREATMENT

A cleaning known as “scaling and root planning” is the first option when fighting the symptoms of gum disease. In this process, we use an ultrasonic cleaning tool to take off plaque/tartar from the teeth that standard cleaning devices can’t get to. This results in a clean and healthy surface so gum tissue can attach to the particular tooth more easily.

If you deal with gum disease before it becomes a major problem then scaling/root planning might become the only type of treatment needed. An after-care visit is critical though. Daily brushing/flossing is needed to keep teeth healthy and prevent future gum disease. Other important steps include a healthy diet, regular dental check-ups and avoiding tobacco. If you take care of your teeth after this procedure, you probably won’t get gum disease once again.

OPTIONS for SURGICAL TREATMENT

If the issue/bone around your teeth can’t be fixed with non-surgical types of procedures, then many surgical procedures can be used to prevent major damage and restore a beautiful smile. The best procedure is based on your teeth/gum condition. Here are some kinds of periodontal surgery:

Pocket Depth Reduction

In the case of a healthy mouth, the gum tissue surrounds the teeth, and the bones support the jaw. These issues are damaged in the case of periodontal disease. This causes spaces called pockets surrounding the teeth. The bigger the pockets are he easier bacteria forms in them. This results in more damage. After a time the tooth drops out or must be removed.

Procedures for pocket reduction involve folding the gum tissue back and removing the bacteria under it. Damaged tissue is also removed. The next step is to sew up the patient’s healthy tissue where it should go.

Regeneration

When the bone/tissue that supports the teeth are lost because of major gum disease our clinic can restore the areas using a regeneration process. In this procedure, we start to fold back gum tissue and take out bacteria, tartar, and plaque. Based on the situation we might do a bone graft to fix the regions that the disease destroyed.

Graft of Soft Tissue

A common symptom caused by gum disease is known as gum recession. When the gums start to recede, then more roots are then revealed. The result is the teeth can look longer and cause sensitivity to cold/hot drinks/food. It also causes the patient’s tooth to be exposed to more damage due to gum disease as plaque, bacteria, and tartar try to attack the tooth’s surface and root. In the process of a soft-tissue graft, some tissue taken from the mouth’s top or other areas is sewed by a surgeon to the patient’s gum area. This covers the roots while also restoring the gum line to its healthy location. The process can also be done for cosmetic purposes.  It depends on the wants and needs of the patient.

 

 

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PERIODONTAL FAQS

WHAT IS PERIODONTICS?

Periodontics is defined as one of 9 specialties in dentistry that the American Dental Association recognizes. It centers on the study/ treatment of the bone and soft tissue that support a person’s teeth and jaw.

WHO IS A PERIODONTIST?

A periodontist is one kind of dental specialist who possesses the training/experience that the American Dental Association requires for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various kinds of periodontal/gum disease.

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?

Periodontal disease is also called gum disease and often starts with a build-up of plaque on the surface of the tooth close to the gum line. In the case brushing/flossing isn’t used to remove the plaque it can harden and form what dentists refer to as tartar. Plaque keeps building up over the teeth’s tartar, and within time causes the gums to get swollen, irritated, and red. Gingivitis is the name of this condition, and it’s periodontal disease’s first stage. If gingivitis isn’t treated within time, it can become periodontal disease.

WHAT ARE PERIODONTAL DISEASE’S SYMPTOMS?

  • Swollen/red/sore gums
  • Teeth that look longer or become loose
  • Gums that bleed after brushing/flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gums that start to pull away from teeth
  • Big spaces that form between a person’s teeth

In the case the periodontal disease isn’t treated it can affect various other health problems like diabetes and heart disease. That’s a situation you’ll certainly want to avoid. If the patient is patient, periodontal disease has been connected to low birth weight or premature birth. The overall health of a person’s body is affected by their smile’s health.

CAN PERIODONTAL DISEASE BE TREATED?

Gum disease can be treated and prevented. Periodontal treatments today offer several different options that are safe, effective, and gentle. If you’ve received a diagnosis of gum disease or gingivitis a

A periodontist can figure out which treatments are right for a particular patient. Some of the different periodontal treatments available include:

  • Periodontal therapy
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Dental implants

There are also various options for at-home care including special toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, and treatment trays)

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM AT RISK OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE?

You might be at risk of acquiring periodontal disease if you don’t brush/floss regularly, smoke cigarettes or cigars, or have various health conditions like heart disease,  diabetes, or osteoporosis. You also might be at risk if any of your family members also have gum disease since it’s sometimes a result of genetics. In the case you have any of these gum disease symptoms, make sure to make an appointment with a dentist since they can figure out if you need treatment.

DO INSURANCE COMPANIES COVER PERIODONTAL TREATMENT?

Several insurance plans offer financial help for periodontal treatment. Our dental practice knows your dental health is very important, and we want you to get the best experience possible from any dental treatment you get. Our practical will assist you in teaming up with your health insurance provider, so your treatment is within your budget and prevents you from worrying about the situation.

 

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