We are now recommending that all adults have their teeth cleaned every three months. this will help fight against periodontal disease, plaque build-up and will make your cleanings easier in general. Most insurances cover two cleanings per year, so we are now offering "ALA-CARTE" cleanings for $75.00. You can schedule any time of year, at your convenience.
We are also offering "ALA CARTE" flouride treatments for $20.00 as well as adult sealants for $25.00. These three offerings will help immensely with your dental healthcare even when your insurance no longer can.
CHECK-UPS AND CLEANINGS
During your bi-yearly visit our hygenists will do the following so that you can feel confident about your oral care all year round.
- Check the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Remove any plaque and tartar
- Polish your teeth
- Floss between your teeth
- Review recommended brushing and flossing techniques
Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, they’ll tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations. It’s important that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because a new material fills the hole that decay left. Often teeth can be treated with tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, resulting in potential root canal treatment or extraction.
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to seal the bonding to the tooth surface. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is then shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish .
Also known as fissure sealants, are defined as a preventive dental treatment, where a plastic material is placed in the pits and fissures or chewing surfaces of primary or permanent molar & premolar teeth at the back of the mouth. These molar teeth are considered the most susceptible teeth to decay due to the anatomy of the chewing surfaces of these teeth, which unfortunately inhibits protection from saliva and fluoride and instead favours plaque. The aim of fissure sealants is to prevent or arrest the development of tooth decay from the pits and fissures of the teeth. It is achieved by the fissure sealants blocking these surfaces and therefore stopping food and bacteria from getting stuck in these grooves and fissures. Fissure sealants also provide a smooth surface that is easily accessible for both our natural protective factor, saliva and the toothbrush bristles when cleaning our 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.
DENTURES AND PARTIALS
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable (removable partial denture or complete denture). However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants (fixed prosthodontics). There are two main categories of dentures, the distinction being whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the upper or lower arch. Dentures can help patients through:
*Mastication, as chewing ability is improved by replacing edentulous areas with denture teeth.
*Aesthetics, because the presence of teeth gives a natural appearance to the face, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and corrects the collapsed appearance that results from the loss of teeth.
*Pronunciation, because replacing missing teeth, especially the anteriors, enables patients to speak better. There is especially improvement in pronouncing words containing sibilants or fricatives.
*Self-esteem, because improved looks and speech boost confidence in the ability to interact socially.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth.They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. These structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it may be refered to as periodontal disease. Unstable periodontium jeopardizes the teeth just as an unstable foundation would threaten the integrity of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, gums receding or teeth appearing longer, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The sooner the better. The treatment may involve a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents if needed. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
is a form of x-ray imaging, where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. .In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitorying, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns also the digital radiography is enviormentally friendly.
NIGHT GUARDS AND APPLIANCES
Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.
Children's Dental Care
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as most pediatricians recommend that all children have their teeth checked by age 1 (or when they get their first tooth). This suprises most patents but national studies have shown that many children have cavities by age 2. 1 in 4 children has a cavity by age 4. An early first visit to the dentist can ensure a healthy start for your child and their oral health care.