Your teeth can and should last a lifetime. Prevention and early detection are key to avoiding costly and painful dental treatment. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause of decay and gum disease.
Fluoride- Fluoride exists naturally in water sources and is derived from fluorine. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. It plays an important role in healthy tooth development and cavity prevention.
Dental Sealants- Sealant treatment consists of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth for the intended purpose of preventing cavities or other forms of tooth decay.
Tooth Polishing/Prophylactic Cleaning- Polishing of tooth surfaces is used to make these surfaces smooth, which makes it more difficult for plaque and debris to accumulate on our teeth and cause decay or gum disease. Polishing is a preventive procedure used as a first-line defense against dental problems.
Periodontal/Gum Therapy- If you have developed gum disease, periodontal therapy is an umbrella term for an array of treatments you may need to undergo. These treatments are an important part of restoring health to your teeth and gums, as well as preventing tooth loss. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for gum disease. Your best option will depend upon your individual case, but generally, the least invasive procedures are preferred whenever possible.
Whitening– Custom teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth. This is a very popular procedure, and it is a great way to enhance your smile! Treatment includes re-usable take home trays and whitening gel.
Opalescence Go whitening kits are also available for a more budget friendly option with no appointment required.
Bonding- Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
Veneers- Porcelain veneers can be placed over the front of teeth that appear too small or large or slightly discolored to create a new smile.
Bonded White Fillings– Teeth bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.
Crowns- When a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. Crowns are very durable and can often save a tooth from needing to be extracted.
A root canal is a procedure involving the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp form a tooth, cleaning the canal or channel in the tooth root, and then filling and sealing the space; thus, saving the tooth rom extraction. A crown or other restoration then protects the tooth and restores it to normal function.
Tooth/Teeth Replacement Options:
Dental Implants- Dental implants replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that does not fit well and can offer an option when a lack of natural teeth roots does not allow building denture or bridgework tooth replacements.
Bridges- A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically they are made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
Partial Dentures– A removable partial denture is a denture for a patient who has several missing teeth who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons and who cannot have a bridge for any reason, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge or financial limitations.
Full Dentures- A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.