Thorough brushing and flossing helps remove food and plaque from teeth, but they can’t reach all the way into deep grooves. While fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect the surfaces of teeth, dental sealants add extra protection for grooved and pitted areas.
Placing dental sealants does not require drilling or numbing medications. Your clinician will first polish the surface of the tooth. After that, they will isolate and dry the tooth before etching the surface. Your clinician will then apply the dental sealant material to the tooth. A light will be used to bond the sealant to the tooth. Finally, the clinician will evaluate the dental sealant. Once it has hardened you can chew on the tooth again.
Gum disease occurs when enough bacteria builds in the mouth to cause your gums to become inflamed. Gum disease can vary in severity, from gingivitis to more severe forms of periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause bone loss and gum recession and even tooth loss. To diagnose gum disease, your dentist and hygienist perform a thorough assessment to classify the severity and extent of bone loss. Bleeding, overall health status and risk factors are also considered.
Understanding proper brushing and flossing techniques and eating a well-balanced diet can go a long way toward preventing cavities. It’s also essential to maintain routine dental visits to help remove tartar build-up and detect any potential problems before they worsen. This can even help you save money by avoiding costly dental treatments down the road.
Individuals who may be anxious or require extensive dental treatment may benefit from sedation treatment. Our doctors may recommend sedation if they believe it will help you feel more comfortable during your visit. If you are interested in learning more about the sedation options available, our friendly staff would be happy to discuss them with you in more detail.
Sedation is generally safe for most people. However, it is important to talk to your dentist to make sure you are a good candidate for sedation to avoid any potential complications. Our dentists and support staff have prioritized extensive training to ensure patient safety for sedation treatments.
Mini dental implants are small, threaded titanium posts that are surgically placed into your bone beneath your gums. On top of each post, your dentist places an abutment which connects the implant to the replacement tooth. Replacement teeth, or crowns, are custom-made to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth due to injury, illness or gum disease – you can probably benefit from dental implants! Mini dental implants are generally used in situations where there is not enough room for a traditional dental implant. During your visit, your dentist will want to learn more about your dental history, overall health and how you’re currently feeling.
Patients with all types of dental implants report a higher quality of life – including more comfort while eating and greater confidence when they smile! Dental implants feel natural in your mouth and can be brushed and flossed just like your other teeth.