Full Mouth Exam and X-Rays:
At your dental care appointment, you’ll receive a panoramic X-ray and a comprehensive exam of your mouth. We will discuss your dental health and provide you with an estimated treatment plan and fee if needed.
Panoramic X-ray: This provides us a good view of all the soft and hard tissue of your oral cavity. It takes less than one minute to complete and greatly reduces the amount of radiation to which you are exposed.
Bitewing X-rays: To complement the panoramic X-ray, we get a set of bitewing, or “cavity detection,” X-rays that allow us to see in between your back teeth. This is one of the most common spots where cavities develop. Bite-wing X-rays are composed of two X-rays on each side of the mouth.
During a dental exam, our dentist checks your fillings and may suggest that you replace any loose or broken ones. We’ll also look for signs of decay, such as brown or black spots. We may want to use X-rays to take a closer look at problem spots.
If you have a cavity, your dentist may simply keep an eye on it (if it’s small) or fill it right away. If a large cavity is not filled, it can grow and cause pain. The tooth may even have to be removed and replaced with an artificial tooth. If you need a filling, there are different ways to do the job.
Dental Sealants are a plastic coating placed on the biting surface of the teeth, and are effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants work by filling in the crevices on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth and cause cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
A bridge is a false tooth that is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place are attached on each side of the false tooth. The bridge is not removable because it is secured into place.
If your tooth has been damaged, a crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance, and function. You may need a crown if you also have a root canal or a large filling.
A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. It restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, and they look and work very much like a natural tooth.
A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. Before removing your tooth, our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If several teeth need to be removed, we may opt to use a general anesthetic, which is stronger. General anesthetics prevent pain throughout your body and will make you sleep through the procedure.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. They are made of acrylic plastics, as well as porcelain and metal materials. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth.
A partial denture is for those who still have some of their natural teeth. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting position.
There are many options to consider if you want to obtain whiter teeth and a more attractive smile.
In-Office Bleaching– If you’re a candidate for bleaching, our dentist may suggest chairside bleaching, which may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. During the process, the dentist will protect the oral soft tissues with either a protective gel or a rubber shield. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. leaching solutions contain peroxide, which bleaches the tooth structure. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouth guard. We can create a custom-fitted mouth guard that will fit your teeth precisely, ensuring a more uniform and effective action.
In-Home Bleaching– There are several products available for use at home, which can either be dispensed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter. While these products have improved over the years in effectiveness and ease of use, professional supervision increases success. This insures the proper fit of trays, diagnosis of discoloration, progress monitoring, and the management of side effects.
A root canal is a procedure used to remove dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth. If you have an infection that affects the nerve in the root of a tooth, you’ll most likely require this. Generally, there is pain and swelling in the area. The infection can be the result of a tooth crack, cavity, or injury. A root canal can save your tooth, because without treatment, the tooth may need to be removed.
Sedation allows dentists to create a state of relaxation and remove or reduce the anxiety some patients experience during procedures. There are several different types of sedation in dentistry.
Local anesthesia is administered by injecting medication into tissue or by applying it topically to an area to eliminate sensation.
Minimal sedation is used most frequently in dentistry and involves taking medications orally. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on his or her own. The patient may respond normally to verbal commands and may experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their dental appointment. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” may be used to achieve minimal sedation in combination with oral medication.
Moderate sedation is achieved by using medications that can be taken orally or intravenously. Patients who undergo moderate sedation are awake and respond to touch and/or verbal commands. All bodily functions remain normal, and the patient does not need assistance breathing.
Deep sedation can be achieved by injecting medication or giving oral medications in combination with gases. Patients who are deeply sedated are not easily awakened but may respond to some stimulation. Patients may need some breathing assistance at deeper levels.