Preventive care is the practice of caring for one's teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and annual dental cleanings.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or hygienist that should include scaling, root planing and polishing. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.
Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth, topically or systemically, to protect them from cavities. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
A sealant is applied that bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth, which prevents tooth decay. Sealants protect vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Halitosis is the technical term for bad breath. This can be caused by the consumption of certain foods, poor oral hygiene, alcohol or tobacco use, dry mouth, or by certain chronic medical conditions. Your dentist can determine the cause for the halitosis. Make an appointment today!
Gum Disease Prevention
Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line. Brushing, flossing and routine cleanings can prevent gum disease. People usually don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women.
Gum Disease Treatment
The main goal of is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires the patient keep up good daily care at home. The doctor may suggest changing certain behaviors to improve outcome.
Tooth Colored Fillings
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Damage can occur and the inside of the tooth become infected. Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and protects the tooth from subsequent infections.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Bridges may be fixed or removable. Make an appointment to learn more.
A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.
Night / Mouth Guards
A nightguard is a removable, custom-fitted plastic appliance that fits between the upper and lower teeth to prevent them from grinding against each other. A mouthguard is a plastic shield held in the mouth by an athlete to protect the teeth and gums.
A snore appliance is an effective oral appliance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Though snoring is often considered a minor affliction, snorers can sometimes suffer severe impairment of lifestyle. See your dentist today to possible discuss solutions.
A tooth extraction (also referred to as exodontia, exodontics, or tooth pulling) is the removal of a tooth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone. Extraction is performed for positional, structural, or economic reasons. Impaction is a common reason for the extraction of wisdom teeth.