Basic Dental Health
Our office has chosen to stay on the cutting edge of Dental X-Rays using the “Digital Method”. This means the x-rays taken of you are processed via the computer, and are available for viewing instantaneously! A bonus is that the x-rays can be greatly enlarged for on-the-spot scrutiny, and require much less radiation exposure.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. When any of these structures are not healthy, it jeopardizes your teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of your house. Signs of Gum Disease include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of your teeth. Any of these signs indicate something is wrong. The good news is that, with proper care, it may be possible to return your gums to a healthy state. This is why it is important to get treatment at the first sign of a problem.
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by just brushing. Over time, these tiny grooves can develop cavities. Many children have these grooves filled in to make brushing easier, and to prevent the possibility of decay forming in the grooves. The procedure involves brushing a coating on the tooth that seals the grooves and pits.
Fillings are done to restore the shape and function of your teeth. Most teeth are treated with tooth colored composite resin material that is bonded to the tooth. Caught early, decay can be treated easily and painlessly. Untreated decay can lead to tooth pain, and infection.
The term bonding describes a process of adhering composite resin materials thatmatch in color, to the tooth. This might be done to repair damage to a tooth, or to reshape the tooth more ideally.