Preventative Dentistry is just that; Preventive. It is highly recommended to get regular dental check-ups every 6 months to prevent any future dental problems. Preventative dentistry includes the Exam and X-Rays, Teeth Cleaning, Flossing, Sealants, Gum Care, and many other services.
You should have a standard cleaning at least twice a year. If it has been over a year since your last cleaning, possible treatment will include either Full Mouth Debridement when there is excess build-up on the teeth, Periodontal Scaling (deep cleaning) or Root Planning and Scaling (requires anesthetic).
Dental Sealants create a physical barrier to cavity-causing bacteria. Sealants are applied to the grooves on the occlusal (chewing surface) of the tooth to protect them from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. This service is highly recommended to children to protect their teeth as they grow. Applying dental sealants is a very short and easy process, as they do not require any drilling of the tooth.
Digital X-Rays- X-rays are necessary to help diagnose problems not visible to the naked eye. If you are concerned about radiation, while dental x-rays are completely safe and emit very low radiation, digital X-rays use up much less radiation than regular film X-rays. The standard size of traditional X-rays are very small and can be difficult view. Therefore, once digital X-rays are taken, they pop up right on the computer screen, and can be enlarged or magnified for a better visual of the tooth’s structure allowing the dentist to get a better view of your tooth. If you ever need a copy of your X-ray, digital images can be printed out.
Amalgam Fillings – A “silver” amalgam filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks and fractures, and is primarily used for back teeth fillings where high- pressure chewing require great durability. Dental amalgam is a very hard, durable filling that is stronger than resin-based composite (white). The average life span of silver fillings are 8- 10 years, but many can last for over 20 years. Many patients prefer dental amalgam also for its cost-effectiveness. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a silver filling.
A tooth extraction is recommended for a tooth that is severely damaged and needs to be removed after no other treatment will cure the infection. A simple tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. A surgical extraction involves a tooth that is not easily accessible in the mouth, either because they have broken off at the gum line or because they have not come in yet. Before removing the infected tooth, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you are particularly nervous about treatment, we also provide Nitrous- Oxide. Also, if you are unsure about removing a tooth there are other options (Root Canal Treatment) that could possibly save your tooth.
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown may be needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking, to restore an already broken tooth, or to cover a tooth after a root canal. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. Therefore, patients can also have a crown fitted to make a cosmetic modification. Crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Different type of crowns available at The Dental Doc are: Stainless Steel Crowns, Porcelain Crowns, Gold Crowns, Metal, Ceramic, or Porcelain-fused-to-Metal.
Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side.
When there are multiple missing teeth, weak anchor teeth, or no posterior teeth to anchor on, a removable partial denture may be used to replace teeth. These restorations typically are made of a metal framework and a plastic base with teeth.
Teeth can be become stained, dull, and discolored from medications, age, and certain food and beverages. A take home bleaching treatment with a high concentration gel and a custom fitted tray for effective delivery of the bleaching agent can brighten and improve your smile. At the Dental Doc we also provide Zoom! A chair Side Teeth Whitening System,
We will accommodate emergency or walk-in patients and provide relief from pain or discomfort even without an appointment.
To help protect you against periodontal (gum) disease, we provide deep cleaning services, including scaling and root planing. If necessary, we can also use local antibiotics to reduce gum pockets caused by periodontal disease.
Keep teeth free of bacteria by brushing 2 to 4 times/day, and by flossing every day. Use home fluoride treatment daily and stay away from sweets.
What are cavities? Cavities don’t just suddenly appear. A cavity starts with a healthy tooth. Bacteria that is present on the tooth (“plaque”) digest sugar and produce acid. With each and every exposure to acid (from the bacteria or from carbonated drinks), the tooth dissolves little by little, leaving a hole. The effects are cumulative; it takes hundreds of these small episodes to damage the tooth enough to where we can identify it as a cavity. In some people it takes many years for enough acid exposures to accumulate and make a cavity; in other people, it takes only a few months.
Sugar: Most people know sugar and cavities go hand-in-hand. What many people don’t know is that it isn’t just how sweet something is that makes it bad for your teeth. It’s also how long the sugar is contacting your teeth. That is why soda pop, gum, mints, cough drops, hard candy, and sticky candy cause the most cavities. Antacids, chewable vitamins can also cause cavities.
Brushing, flossing: Cavities are caused when the bacteria on your teeth (“plaque”) changes sugar into acid. The more often you brush and floss, the less bacteria you have on your teeth to produce these damaging acids. Brushing twice a day is a minimum; three or even four times a day is best. Floss once a day. If you are not flossing, the bacteria is never removed from between your teeth. This is why people with good brushing and eating habits can still get cavities between teeth.
Fluoride: Fluoride can help prevent new cavities, and reverse early cavities when they are just starting. In most cases, using a toothpaste with fluoride is adequate. In people with higher tooth decay risk, an extra fluoride supplement is needed. These fluoride gels or rinses should be used consistently once every day on an ongoing basis. Fluoride mouthrinses (Act®; Fluoriguard®) are available in most stores. Fluoride gels (such as Gel-Kam®; Prevident®) are available at your pharmacy desk, or at many dentist offices.