A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. Regular check-up exams will include the following:
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings | Porcelain Crowns (Caps) | Porcelain Fixed Bridges | Porcelain Veneers | Tooth Whitening
In the past decade, there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable treatments.
Cosmetic dental treatments can:
Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A conventional complete denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Interim (temporary) dentures can be made to wear while you are healing and while the final dentures are being fabricated.W
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
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) is removed and the resulting space is filled with special 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.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. While commonly referred to as sleep dentistry, patients using sedation are generally awake. We offer pill sedation only. While you are conscious during the procedure, our patients commonly don’t remember anything about the procedure afterward.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who have a low pain threshold, cannot sit still in a dentist’s chair, have very sensitive teeth, or have a bad gag relax. For more information on sedation dentistry or to see if it is right for you and your family, call our office today.
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