Initial Oral Examination
Composite Resin Fillings
Crown and Veneers
Root Canal Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Extractions (including wisdom teeth)
INITIAL ORAL EXAMINATION
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
COMPOSITE RESIN FILLING
Also known as white fillings, a composite resin is a tooth-colored filling that is used primarily for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth--another alternative to restoring damaged or decayed teeth.
CROWNS AND VENEERS
You can have a new smile with all-porcelain crowns on the anterior teeth. For the posterior, we use porcelain fused to the metal.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic composed of a false tooth known as a pontic and two anchoring dental crowns, or abutments. The crowns are secured to the teeth on either side of a gap, anchoring the pontic in place of the missing tooth. The dental bridge, as its name implies, “bridges” this gap; though the pontic is secured with dental cement to prevent bacterial buildup between the prosthetic and the gums, there is no physical connection between the false tooth and the jawbone. Though bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including silver amalgam or gold, they are commonly made from porcelain for aesthetic considerations.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Scaling and Root Planing cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. We may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, 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. However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, the distinction being whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or on the maxillary arch.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.