ROUTINE CLEANINGS, EXAMS AND CHECKUPS
Monitoring and tracking your oral health helps to catch/treat small issues before they become large
Bi-annual appointments are recommended and advised for most by the American Dental Association.
Removal of plaque and stains that are missed or can’t be removed with at home care alone. Bitewing X-rays are advisted once a year to check for any decay in between teeth we cannot see.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Crowns are synthetic restorations normally made of porcelain and placed on top of the tooth. Used to restore tooth’s function and appearance.
Tooth will be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. Then an impression is made which gets sent to a lab who manufactures your custom-designed crown. Most of the time, you will leave with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready to be cemented in (about 2 weeks).
Crowns are also used for bridges. Unlike crowns, bridges can help replace a missing section of teeth.
Titanium fixture that is embedded into the bone (by/at the Oral Surgeon’s) requires a healing period of 4-6 months before the crown may be placed on top for the finished product. When finished, the implant will look and act like a normal tooth.
When cared for properly, implants can be one of the best long-term options for replacing missing teeth. Consultation required (in office and at the Oral Surgeon). Not everyone is candidate for dental implants. Proper bone density and strong immune system are required.
You and your dentist should discuss the best option for material used to restore your teeth.
Amalgam Fillings (Silver)
Amalgam Fillings (silver) are the best bet normally for molars or any place where aesthetics are not a concern.
Composite fillings are most commnly used to seal up a filling but can also be used to rebuild worn or chipped teeth. They are well suited for visible areas.
Complete Dentures (Replace All Teeth)
There are two kinds of complete dentures, conventional and immediate. The main difference being when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are placed immediately after the teeth are removed. One advantage of this is not having to be without teeth for a period of time. Normally, this will require further appointments for adjustments to be made. Conventional dentures are placed once the tissues have healed from the teeth being removed, typically 6-8 weeks.
First an impression will be taken which will be sent to a lab for denture creation. Then an appointment will be made to try on the dentures and confirm the final fitting.
Depending on the repair needed, we will need to send it into the lab. However, some repairs can be done in-office.
SEALANTS & FLUORIDE
Sealants are a great way to protect your back teeth against decay and cavities. They are used on molars because they are the most vulnerable to decay and cavities because they are used for chewing and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Adhesive is applied to the teeth and a sealant is placed over it in liquid form. When the liquid hardens, it creates a barrier between your tooth and any bacteria, plaque or food particles.
Tooth decay has significantly gone down over the years do to the use of fluoride! Fluoride varnish helps protect against caries, erosion and sensitivity. It is advised to be applied two times yearly for all children over the age of 2.