During a new patient appointment your overall oral condition will be assessed to determine what type of cleaning is needed, check for cavities, evaluate your risk of developing oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. The exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. We can discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.
For your child, the doctor can see how your child's growth and development is progressing, detect cavities, discuss healthy eating habits to prevent decay, show you and your child proper tooth brushing techniques and see your child's response to a dentist visit.
We check for decay and make sure any fillings are still intact. It is best to catch any problems early while they are still small and less extensive to fix. This is usually completed at your re-care appointment.
Regular dental exams and cleanings by a dentist are important to keep your mouth healthy and your smile happy. During your re-care visit the dentist will examine your teeth and customize your cleaning as part of your personalized care.
These films let the doctor see decay in between the teeth while it is still small. If we didn't take these films the cavities could be very large by the time we could see the decay just by looking in the mouth.
These show us where the permanent teeth are, if there are any extra teeth, missing teeth, orthodontic needs or pathology. These issues would not be detected on a routine film.
If a lot of tooth structure is missing due to trauma or decay, this may be suggested to save the tooth and hold on to it until your child is 12-13 years old. This tooth is needed to hold the space in the mouth for the permanent tooth to come into. If this tooth is lost you can create unnecessary orthodontic problems.
If a primary/baby tooth is missing -these hold the space open for the permanent tooth to erupt into and assist in minimizing orthodontic needs in the future.
This protective layer fills in the pits and grooves of the tooth where the toothbrush cannot reach and bacteria can start cavities.
When an abscess/infection has destroyed the support for the tooth and the tooth cannot be saved, it is necessary to remove the tooth. Pain or sickness can result if the tooth is not removed.
This helps children be more relaxed and calm for treatment and can create a more positive dental experience for your child.
Sometimes sedation is a safer option for your children that are uncooperative, apprehensive or have extensive treatment. We can help you coordinate this if it is recommended for your child.
Most people need at least one dental filling in their lifetime, most commonly to treat cavities. They're also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time.
This treatment is done with a more concentrated form of Fluoride and will re-mineralize areas that are the beginnings of decay. Fluoride will bind the tooth structure and make it more resistant to decay.
This removes the infection inside the tooth caused by the decay growing into or approximating the nerve. This is used to try and maintain the tooth and holds the space for the permanent tooth.
When much of the tooth structure is compromised a crown may be recommended this is a covering to replace the major part or whole crown of the tooth (what you see in the mouth). Sometimes if a tooth is missing a bridge can be used to replace that space and crown the adjacent teeth.
If the pulp tissue or nerve inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected, it can become tender and you may need a root canal procedure. The most common cause is tooth decay, but other causes include trauma, multiple fillings, or a tooth needing a crown.
Also known as a "deep cleaning" it is used to treat periodontal disease. More than 75% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease - also called periodontal disease - and many don't even know it. Some symptoms include bleeding, bad breath and sore, swollen gums. When pockets form around between your tooth and gum it creates an environment for bacteria to grow. Untreated these pockets came become deeper with time and can lead to tooth loss.
Removable partial or complete dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic/acrylic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a denture for you.