Great oral health starts at home. Proper brushing and flossing are important to your teeth as well as keeping your gums healthy. Your mouth is often known as the window to your body and overall health so keep it in good shape!
Fluoride is a substance that is found naturally in low concentrations in regular drinking water. Along with proper oral care at home, it reduces the rate of tooth decay.
Sealants are resins that are usually applied to the most difficult and cavity prone areas in your mouth (molars and premolars), which often have deeper grooves and crevices which are harder to keep clean. Bacteria adhere to food particles stuck in these grooves forming an acidic environment which break down tooth enamel and cause destruction. Sealants deter this destructive process from happening.
Hygiene care involves a periodic oral exam, removing soft and hard deposits that build up on the surface of teeth, application of preventative measures (fluoride/sealants), and patient education of appropriate hygiene strategies to ensure a healthy smile.
Your initial visit begins with a comprehensive oral exam (which includes a visual inspection of intraoral, extraoral, and surrounding soft tissues, detection of gum disease, oral cancer screening, blood pressure check and a review of your medical and dental history). This lays the foundation for periodic oral exams which is recommended twice yearly.
Our x-rays are 100% digital. The panoramic xray incorporates a new technology which include "bitewings". What that means for you is less sharp oral xrays (often completely avoidable on your first visit) more comfort, no gagging, and far more efficient. And if intraoral xrays are needed, our sensors are of the lowest profile with rounded corners to maximize comfort. Sharp sticky film sensors are a thing of the past. "Digital" means less radiation, instant viewing, digital enhancement for more accurate diagnoses, no chemical processing, and electronically stored for easy access and transferability.
Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment. This will allow enough time to fill out a health information form and insurance information.
Teeth with minor decay, cavities, or that which are cracked often require fillings to prevent future decay and deterioration. Composite resins can match the natural color of your tooth.
Onlays provide restoration of moderate decay or fractured teeth too large for a filling but not needing a crown
A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, or a series of crowns, fills the void where an existing tooth once occupied that space. This prevents shifting of existing teeth which can alter the shape of your face, cause bite problems, affect speech, and increase periodontal disease.
When decay becomes a threat to the overall health of the tooth (large cavities), crowns are needed to prevent future deterioration and restore the health of the tooth.
A root canal is performed in order to save an infected or severely decaying tooth. With proper anesthetics and tools, root canals are relatively painless and will actually relieve the pain (from nerve inflammation or damage) you may be experiencing.
Due to extensive decay, a crown is often needed to provide strength and complete the restoration.