No Limits Dental Services and Recomendations
WHITE FILLINGS (COMPOSITE RESTORATIONS)
White fillings or composite may be necessary to restore your tooth if you have decay, a cracked or chipped tooth or to change the appearance of your teeth. Anesthesia or "getting numb" is not always required for white fillings and may be discussed with one of our dentists.
PORCELAIN AND CERAMIC CROWNS (CAPS)
Sometimes a crown or a cap is necessary to restore your tooth to better protect your tooth and to provide a longer lasting restoration. We provide metal free crowns which have a more natural appearance and are easier to clean compared to metal crowns with white porcelain on top. Crowns are typically durable and last longer than fillings, however may still need to be replaced depending on your oral hygeine and care.
A comprehensive dental exam is completed by your dentist during your initial visit. The dentist will look inside your mouth and evaluate the condition of your teeth, gums, bone and previous dental work done (fillings, crowns, etc.) Dental radiographs (X-rays) are taken to check for cavities between teeth, cysts, tutors and bone loss around your teeth. Radiographs are an important, preventive diagnostic tool that allow dentists to detect abnormalities that would otherwise be undetected during a clinical exam. Dental X-rays are also important to form an accurate treatment plan.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING (DENTAL PROPHYLAXIS)
An ultrasonic scaler is gently used to loosen and remove calculus (tartar), plaque and stains. Teeth are then polished to remove stains and unveil a shiny, naturally healthy smile. Calculus (tartar) is the collection of food and debris that calcifies against your tooth when the tooth is not properly cleaned. The only way to remove calculus is with special gentle dental instruments. Plaque is a clear film of sticky bacteria that release toxins causing gingival inflammation, which is the first phase of periodontal disease.
Dentistry has made huge advances in the restoration of missing teeth. The days of replacing teeth with a removable appliance (partial denture or denture) are gone and most often missing teeth may be replaced with dental implants.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures placed into bone by an oral surgeon and are restored by our general dentists with a crown.
Dental implants are function as normal teeth do and thus need to be maintained with good oral hygiene to prevent failure. We are happy to discuss whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Straight teeth are not only important for esthetics (good looks), but also for good oral hygiene. Mal-aligned teeth are more difficult to clean, can lead to periodontal disease, heart disease, joint pain in the jaw and teeth are subject to more chipping and wear. To preserve and improve your healthy smile, ask one of our dentists if invisalign is right for you.
Many times patients ask, are dental X-rays safe?
Absolutely. We are naturally exposed to radiation in our environment. To put it into perspective, the amount of radiation a patient receives from a "full mouth series" or 18 radiographs is similar to the amount of radiation people receive from a cross country flight. We have also limited the amount of radiation our patients receive through the use of digital imaging which traditionally uses less radiation than standard film X-rays.
Patients also ask, how often should dental X-rays be taken?
The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient's individual dental needs. It is often recommended that a full mouth series (or 18 complete radiographs) are taken on new patients and bite-wings (or 4 radiographs) are taken during 6 month check up visits. Usually a full mouth series is retaken every 3-5 years.
Oral cancer screening: an exam of your lips, cheeks, tongue, throat and gums in completed to check for possible signs of oral cancer.
Periodontal screening: the dentist evaluates the condition of your gums and bone surrounding your teeth by measuring the size of your gingival pockets around your teeth. This exam determines if you suffer from "gum disease."
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY/GREEN DENTISTRY
Dentistry is always evolving and as with most new technology, it has taken on the task of becoming more "green." In the past, radiographs (or X-rays) required many chemicals and exposed patients to much more radiation; silver fillings contained mercury. Not to mention the amount of paper wasted in the offices.
Our office has made significant efforts to stay up to date with the demands of the green market. We use digital imaging (digital X-rays) to decrease patient exposure to radiation by 75-90% and have completely done away with film. We no longer place amalgam (silver-mercury) fillings and have a water filter that prevents pollution of our water supply when silver fillings are removed. We keep digital patient charts and communicate electronically whenever possible to avoid wasting paper.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canals are notoriously known as one of the most dreaded procedures by patients. Modern root canal therapy however, is not the same procedure your parents and grandparents suffered through. In our office root canal treatment can often be completed in one visit and for many patients it is the "life changing" procedure, especially when they arrive in pain and leave the office out of pain and smiling.
Root canal therapy is an attempt at saving a tooth that would otherwise have to be taken out. When bacteria and decay extend into the nerve of the tooth root canal therapy is the only option to save the tooth. The decay, bacteria and nerve tissue is removed and medicated dental materials are placed in its place to restore the tooth.
You may need a root canal if:
- Your tooth is causing lingering pain (severe tooth ache)
- You have pain to hot or cold
- Pimple or abscess on your gums, swelling/ tenderness of the gums
- You have a cavity or decay that has infected the nerve
- Your tooth has suffered injury or trauma