Dental cleanings and oral health exams are recommended on a regular basis. Exams are essential to ensure that there are no tooth, periodontal (gum) or other oral health problems (such as growths or lesions) present that can only be diagnosed by a license and board certified dental team.
Fillings are done when there is a cavity (dental caries) in the tooth or if the tooth has broken slightly. A filling restoration procedure may be done if there is enough healthy tooth structure available to support the tooth colored filling material and bring the tooth back to its original shape.
Dental bonding is the procedure utilized with all filling procedures however it may also be performed to close spaces or change the shape and possibly even the color of teeth. The bonding procedure is achieved by treating the tooth surface with a solution to obtain a microscopic mechanical lock of the filling material to the treated tooth surface.
Root canals are a procedure performed to save a tooth where the tooth nerve (dental pulp) becomes irritated and painful or has died. The nerve is removed from the body and root portions of the tooth, the chamber is sterilized and then the canals in the root are filled with a material to occupy the space the nerve use to be. The tooth remains in the mouth but no longer has a live nerve in it.
Periodontal Gum Treatments
These treatments are for the supporting gums and bone of the teeth. This condition may be of short term situation, however it is most often a long term chronic and episodic disease that may require the services of both a General Dentist and a Periodontist (a dentist that specializes in treating the supporting structures of the teeth).
Extraction is a procedure where a tooth and its roots are completely removed from the mouth. An Extraction is performed when a tooth cannot be saved with any of the above treatment procedures or the expense to save the tooth may not be justified for that particular patient.
When a tooth is missing a dental implant can often times be surgically inserted to replace it. Once the implant body is placed in the bone and it has fully integrated or healed, a post or "abutment" will be placed into the implant body and a crown will be made over the post to give the natural appearance of a tooth.
This procedure may be done when there are teeth strong enough around the missing tooth (or teeth) to receive crowns or bonded support arms. These crowns are attached or cemented to the natural teeth adjacent to the empty space and support the missing tooth replacement(s).
Tooth whitening is a procedure where the patient can "bleach" or remove stains that have accumulated in the pores of the tooth enamel. These procedures must be done on a regular basis to keep the teeth cleansed. For this reason the most effective procedures are those that are able to be repeated at home with custom trays made by the dentist.
Any procedure to enhance an individual’s smile. This may include replacing missing teeth with Permanent Bridges, Implants or Dentures or changing the appearance of a tooth or several teeth. These changes in appearance may be accomplished with dental bonding, veneers, crowns or whitening. The most important aspect of any cometic procedure is to give a “natural” appearance to the smile.