Cleanings & Prevention
The least invasive and safest advanced digital X-ray technology is installed in our office.
Digital X-rays save time, provide higher clarity dental photos, as well as exposing patients to less radiation than with traditional X-rays.
Periodic dental checkups are an important part of maintaining your oral health and preventing disease. During your regular checkup, we will:
- Look for cavities, defective fillings or any other signs of tooth decay
- Check for any potential problems which you may not see or feel
- Inspect your gums and teeth for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Perform a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
Visiting the dentist at least every six months gives you chances to talk with your doctor and receive answers for any questions you may have about your oral health.
Checkups also provide and opportunity for you to find out about new treatments that may benefit your smile.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by helping re-mineralization and coating your teeth which hardens the surfaces from wear, also deterring plaque from building up.
You can get fluoride two ways, topical and systemic:
- You can do topical fluoride treatment at home by using toothpastes and mouth rinses with significant quantities of fluoride.
- We can also help you find higher fluoride toothpastes that aren’t available on supermarket shelves.
- To get the most benefit of fluoride there’s no need to swallow it, just coat your teeth and rinse lightly.
- We can apply systemic fluoride treatments in the office which are not often available for in-home use.
Receiving a systemic fluoride treatment in our office:
- It takes just a few minutes.
- Best if you don’t rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes after the treatment in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
Generally we can do a systemic fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
We will also coach you on how to find the right in-home fluoride treatment, just ask!
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you have to have a tooth pulled, or lost functional teeth for any other reason, it is important to replace them for the following reasons:
- Chewing and eating can destabilize your bite causing discomfort and accelerated tooth wear on your remaining teeth.
- Your remaining teeth are actually mobile and will slowly change position in your jaw.
- Bone is lost wherever the teeth are missing, the lack of contact and pressure causes the body to absorb the “unused” boney portions of your jaw.
- Your speech changes.
- Visually, your self image isn’t helped.
Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth and, if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain, when done well, it looks just like your natural tooth.
An implant has two main parts:
- Titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root.
- Tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant.
You can live and smile with confidence, as implants are usually undetectable from natural teeth!
Dentures are realistic looking replacement teeth that are removable.
- There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
- Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
How do I know if dentures are the right choice for me?
Dentures are not for everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.
Caring for your dentures:
- Dentures, just like natural teeth, require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. Keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so it’s important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it’s important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask your dentist about which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask your dentist which solution is best for you.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it’s important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.
- If by chance your dentures do break, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation to your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.
Dental Health and Root Canals
- A root canal can save your tooth and your smile!
- The reason why is that a tooth with a diseased nerve can be preserved instead of having it pulled.
- Root canals are relatively simple, usually taking one to three office visits.
- A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. The nerve is there to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
What are the signs that a root canal may be needed?
- Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful.
- However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.
- If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.
When is a root canal recommended?
- When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth.
- If left untreated, an abscess may form.
- If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result.
- This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health.
- Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
What is the process of getting a root canal?
- Root canal treatment involves one to three visits.
- During treatment, the affected tissue is removed.
- Next, the interior of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
- Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite (white filling).
- If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage.
- As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
- A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
- A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
- A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
What is Sedation Dentistry?
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
If your gums bleed easily, or you have chronic halitosis, it could be signs of a developing Periodontal Disease. You can often avoid Surgical Periodontal Therapy by getting Deep Cleanings on a 3-4 month hygiene schedule which can actually reverse early Periodontal Disease! With each Deep Cleaning our Hygienist determines if the disease is being diminished, and then applies localized antimicrobial therapy and laser therapies.
When your therapy is done, your gums won’t bleed easily, your breath will be fresher, your pockets in the gums and between your teeth will be diminished so your mouth will stay fresher and cleaner.