You should see a dentist twice a year for a general dental exam, including x-rays. The goal of these exams is to catch any problems before they get big and to take other measures to prevent problems from developing in the first place. These visits include x-rays, a thorough cleaning, and an examination. If we notice anything amiss, we will talk to you about treatment options and schedule the needed procedures.
While dental cleanings are part of our routine checkups, we also offer them on their own. These are ideal for special occasions when you need your smile to look polished in person and in photos. This cleaning removes tartar and plaque buildup and makes the teeth look shinier and healthier while actually making them healthier by reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease developing.
This is the most common approach to tooth restoration. With a composite filling, we fill the areas of the tooth that have been removed due to tooth decay or damage. We can use these fillings on patients of all ages as long as there is enough of the original tooth left to complete the procedure. If there is not enough of the original tooth structure left, all is not lost; there are other restorative processes we can complete.
When people experience tooth aches, there are many possible culprits, but the most likely one is an infection in the pulp of the tooth. When this occurs, a root canal is used to relieve the pain and prevent the infection from spreading any further. This procedure removes the infected pulp. We then restore the tooth with a filling, or in the case of more extensive damage, a crown. Tooth pulp infections can occur for many reasons, including:
Faulty dental procedures
Cracks or chips in the tooth
Too much previous work on the tooth
In some cases, the problem with the tooth is too extensive to be remedied with a root canal. Should this be the case, an extraction is needed. We ensure that our patients are comfortable throughout all of our procedures, including those for tooth extraction and can offer various options for replacing the missing tooth.
Reasons for tooth extraction:
- Teeth blocking new teeth growth
- Baby teeth remnants
- Orthodontic Preparation
- Some cases of infected teeth
- Decayed or impacted wisdom teeth
Many people have a fear of the dentist due to personal space issues, poor portrayals in popular culture, or—unfortunately—due to past experiences. For these individuals, dental care is still just as vital as it is for others, but it can be too much to handle for them to simply walk into an office a receive care. For these individuals, we offer sedation dentistry. With this, we prescribe sedatives for the patient to take before coming to the office. These sedatives relax the patient and also erase the memory of the procedure while still allowing the patient to communicate like normal.