Digital Dental X-Rays
Using the latest cutting-edge technology, digital X-Rays instantly provide crisp clear images of your teeth, which your dentist can review with you on an LCD monitor. Because digital X-Rays reduce radiation exposure up to 90%, they’re safer than traditional X-Rays. Additionally, digital X-Rays give your dentist the highest quality of diagnostic information, enabling them to catch potential problems early.
In addition to digital X-Rays, your dentist might use intraoral photography as another alternative to traditional dental X-Rays. Using clear photographic imaging with a 35mm or digital camera, your dentist can use intraoral photography to diagnose dental problems such as fractures, cavities, or teeth discoloration.
Exam & Cleaning
If you want a bright and healthy smile, brushing, flossing, and getting a regular dental exam every six months are the key. Regular dental exams give your dentist the opportunity to catch any potential problems in their earliest stages. Seeing your dentist every six months can prevent existing dental problems from progressing as well as prevent any future problems from arising, which is sure to benefit your pocket book. During your exam, the dentist will examine your teeth for any signs of plague, tartar, or decay. He or she will also check your gums for signs of gum disease, which include discoloration or puffiness. A full set of dental X- Rays may aid the dentist in diagnosis of any problems. The dentist will finish the exam with a dental cleaning to remove buildup and surface stains.
Oral Cancer Screening
To avoid being one of the nearly 35,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer every year, early detection and early treatment are vital. Your dentist can administer a pain-free oral cancer screening as part of your regular dental exam in just minutes. Because men are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer as women, the screening is especially important if you are male. Tobacco smokers, heavy alcohol drinkers, and people over 60 are also at a high risk of getting oral cancer and need to be screened regularly.
Plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth, even with regular brushing and flossing. A professional teeth cleaning by your dentist can get rid of these deposits and prevent your teeth from developing any serious problems in the future as a result of the deposits. Advances in technology give dentists more efficient ways of removing plaque and tartar deposits.
An excessive buildup of deposits may require a deep cleaning, especially if deposits have formed below the gum line. Deep cleanings involve removing stubborn deposits followed by a smoothing of the root surfaces. A deep cleaning restores the health of gum tissues and aids in preventing periodontal disease.
Silver fillings often make people who have them feel self-conscious about smiling. Fortunately, white fillings, which are just as durable, are an excellent replacement because they match the natural color of your teeth. Made from a strong, stain-resistant resin, white fillings are best for small to mid-sized cavities and allow you to maintain more of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
An attractive and long-lasting alternative to crowns made from silver, gold, or stainless steel, porcelain dental crowns blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Patients with metal allergies can take comfort in a crown that is metal-free and durable.
Dental bridges are an affordable and long-lasting option for patients who have a gap in their teeth due to a missing tooth. A dental bridge can prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of position and help the patient improve chewing and speaking. The three types of dental bridges are 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges.
Traditional bridges consist of either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth and a replacement tooth. This tooth is secured in place by a dental abutment.
Cantilever dental bridges are required if there are only surrounding teeth on one side of the missing tooth.
Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework, which is secured to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Dentures are a great way to improve your oral health and give you a more attractive smile if you’re missing teeth. Today’s dentures consist of either a gum-colored plastic resin or an acrylic base and replacement teeth made from either resin or porcelain. Comfort is important because dentures are custom designed for your mouth.
Full dentures are likely the best option for patients who have several teeth or all their teeth missing from the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can either be fixed or removable and are ideal for patients with missing teeth that are scattered along the upper or lower jaw instead of all in one place.
The process of getting fitted for dentures can take a few months over several dental visits, but there are occasions when same-day dentures are a possibility. Same-day dentures are created in the dentist’s office as opposed to an offsite laboratory. Same-day dentures aren’t ideal for patients, however, that need a lot of customization to their dentures.
Dentures, much like your regular teeth, require daily care and can last up to 5-7 years. Over the course of that time, your dentures may need periodic relines, which involve resurfacing the base to fit your mouth comfortably, due to changes in the contours of your mouth.
If your dentures break, it is highly recommended that you avoid home denture repair kits, which can damage your dentures further, and instead bring them to your dentist for professional repair.
Though root canals often carry the baggage of being an intensely painful last option, the truth is that a root canal can be a surprisingly fast and comfortable option for removing infection caused by decay or injury infecting the inner tooth (the pulp). Thanks to laser root canals, dentists can be more thorough than with a conventional root canal.
If a root canal still isn’t what you want, pulp capping is an alternative when the infection hasn’t yet penetrated the pulp. Pulp capping can also prevent large dental fillings from getting too close to the nerve of a tooth.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease, which affects more than 80% of adults, is usually the culprit if you’re experiencing red, swollen gums. Treatment for gum disease can take many forms and is generally pain-free.
Gingivitis, for example, is a mild form of gum disease that can be treated by a thorough dental cleaning and regular brushing and flossing.
Periodontal disease is a more advanced form of gum disease that requires the dentist to scale and root plane to remove stubborn deposits formed below the gum line. Alternatively, laser gum surgery removes plaque and tartar buildup with beams of high-speed light.
A gingivectomy or periodontal surgery may be necessary if non-surgical gum disease treatments are ineffective.
Wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and bone grafting are all surgical dental treatments. Wisdom teeth are often removed when they become infected, impacted, or partially erupted because the space in your mouth isn’t adequate to accommodate them. Dental implants are tooth roots surgically placed by the dentist to secure dental crowns in place. Bone grafting involves the transfer of bone from one part of the jaw to another. This is usually done to accommodate a dental implant.
Some oral surgeries can be performed by your dentist, but others may require an oral surgeon.
A serious condition that negatively impacts a person’s daytime moments, sleep apnea is most often treated with CPAP. Oral appliance therapy is a healthy and comfortable alternative. An oral appliance, much like a mouth guard or orthodontic retainer, is a small plastic device that fits over your teeth during sleep to prevent the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing your airway. Though it is a quick and easy procedure, an oral appliance can greatly improve your daytime quality of life.
In-Office CT Scan (CAD CAM)
CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) is a high-tech dental technology that dentists can use to take high-quality images of a patient’s teeth and use a computer to design a custom restoration plan based on those images.
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