Family dentists provide dental care for an individual from infancy through adulthood, if chosen to do so by the patient. This allows the dentist to keep a detailed record of the patient’s dental care history and needs. In addition, an entire family can visit the same dentist, which saves time and results in more personalized care.
Dental Cleaning – Prophylaxis dental cleanings are used to clean healthy teeth in order to prevent them from becoming affected by tooth decay or gum disease. Prophylaxis cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the front, back, and sides of teeth using a dental scaler or water stream. Most dental patients only require a prophylaxis cleaning, especially if they have kept up on daily dental hygiene and semi-annual dental appointments.
Extractions -There are many reasons why it may be necessary to remove an adult tooth, but all of them share the same basic underlying premise—if leaving the tooth in place will do more harm than good, it should be removed.
Fillings – Tooth fillings are dental prosthetics that fill the area of a tooth that has either sustained damage due to injury, or has been eaten away by tooth decay. There are different types of tooth fillings that can be used, but they all have the same goal—to restore the functionality of the damaged tooth.
Pediatric Dentistry – Many children nowadays are exposed to several tooth diseases and tooth decay is quite common in them. Baby teeth go away with time but the important ones are the permanent teeth which need exceptional care. If the oral hygiene is not taken care of, a child has to go through painful procedures and treatments. At our office we do treat lots of children for tooth decay.
Periodontal Treatment – Scaling and root planing cleanings, also known as deep cleanings, are used to both the teeth and gum pockets in order to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. Deep cleanings for gingivitis are usually completed in a single dental appointment. Deep cleanings for periodontitis, on the other hand, may require multiple appointments and local anesthetics depending on the severity. Scaling is the process that removes plaque and tartar from the tooth’s surface and in the gum pockets below the gum line that form as a result of gum disease. Not only does this remove bacteria, but it also helps to reduce gum inflammation. Root planing is the process of smoothing the tooth roots, which helps the gums reattach to teeth and eliminate gum pockets.
Preventative Services – Preventive dentistry includes services to reduce the likelihood of contracting oral health conditions that can be more expensive to treat and uncomfortable to experience.
Root Canals – Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp tissue (nerve, vascular, lymph tissue) of a tooth is affected by decay, infection, or trauma. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, 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.
Tooth Bleaching – This is one of the most popular options for people who want a fairly quick and simple way to change their smile. It’s great for people who don’t need anything more than a little bit of brightening, or for people who don’t want to make a huge commitment. Plus, it’s one of the more affordable options. Tooth whitening can be done in the office or at home, but it’s wise to get the bleach from your dentist. Over-the-counter bleaching products don’t always provide the brightening most people desire.
Enamel Bonding – Dental bonding is a great procedure for people who have deeply stained or chipped teeth. The composite bonding material is typically the same which is used for white dental fillings. This material is moldable, which means your dentist can shape the material to fit the ideal, beautiful shape you want. The drawback of this procedure (and why a lot of people choose veneers instead) is because the life-span of the enamel bonding isn’t nearly as long as dental veneers.
Dental Veneers – Dental veneers have been the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry for decades. Veneers are thin porcelain shells which fit over the facial surface of the teeth. The enamel of your tooth is gently filed down, and then an impression is taken. The impression is sent to a dental lab for custom veneers. You will have temporary veneers until the permanent ones.
Invisalign Braces – Most people think braces are for kids, but more and more adults are getting braces to get the smile they’ve always wanted. Invisalign braces are a great option for adults because no one can tell you’re wearing them! Braces are not only for aesthetics. This dental procedure can correct misalignment causing pain, like chronic headaches. The benefits definitely make this procedure worth the investment. get back from the lab. Veneers are ideal for people who have dark staining which doesn’t go away with bleaching, as well as chipped or fractured front teeth.
Enamel Abrasion – This procedure is another way to remove discoloration. The procedure uses a fine pumice in a micro-abrasion machine to remove surface stains. This removes superficial stains from tobacco products, wine, soda, and coffee. Enamel abrasion doesn’t work for intrinsic stains, or stains inside the tooth, though.
Crowns – A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. A crown restores a damaged or missing tooth to its normal shape, size and function. A crown can protect the tooth or improve the way it looks.
Bridges – A dental bridge is a fixed (permanent) restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Dental bridges mimic the look, shape, and function of natural teeth. They are also custom-made for every patient.
Dental Implants – A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant.