Bonding / filling
Bonding is used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, such as filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth. Bonding is an improvement over unsightly silver fillings.
Bridges are used to span or bridge a gap between healthy teeth due to missing teeth. This procedure is used as a replacement of missing teeth in a patient’s mouth. A dental bridge usually consists of two crowns with a false teeth “bridged” between.
Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
Our dental staff can help you create a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current oral hygiene, please ask us. Your gums are also a very important part of your periodontal health. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Oral cancer screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If not diagnosed and treated early, this type of cancer can be life threatening.
As part of your routine dental exam, your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening exam. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. Our dental staff will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure this plaque and tartar is removed. If your gum line is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that reside in the tartar and plaque. It’s very important to have your dentist check this area if you have any bleeding during regular brushing.
Dental veneers can transform your smile. A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material (usually ceramic) placed over the surface of your tooth to improve the look of your tooth or to protect a damaged tooth. This is an easy way to hide staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other problems.
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from a patient’s mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons including extensive tooth decay, infection, extra teeth, fractured teeth, and impacted or problematic wisdom teeth. There are simple and surgical extractions.
Root canals (Endodontics)
A root canal, also known as endodontics, is a treatment used to repair and save an infected or badly decayed tooth. The nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The tooth’s nerve is not necessary for the tooth’s health and function, it is just sensory. Removal of the nerve will not affect the function or life of your tooth.
Inlays / onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are used to restore decayed or damaged rear teeth. Dentist often used this procedure instead of using a filling or a crown. Inlays and onlays can also be placed on teeth that have had some fracturing. The 2 main types of made from resin and porcelain but can also be made of gold. Inlays and onlays are often used to replace dental fillings to achieve a more natural looking smile.
Post Op instructions
It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. After your surgery the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.