At your cleaning visits, the Doctor will also perform a routine examination
. She will evaluate your gums, tongue, cheeks, lips and palate. The Doctor will further evaluate your teeth for cavities, impaired fillings, fractures in the teeth, periodontal issues, etc. She will discuss with you any treatment recommendations and options that you may have in order to maintain your smile in its optimum health.
Between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush gently but thoroughly twice a day with an extra soft toothbrush and floss daily.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit sugary & acidic drinks and snacks between meals.
- Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Visit our office regularly
for professional prophylactic cleanings and oral examinations.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
We also present dental facts and information in a way that is understandable for children.
From infancy through the teenage years, our staff focuses not only on proper oral hygiene habits, but on dental issues specific to children. Tooth decay is a chronic disease that is the most common among children - five times more common than asthma.
Your child's first birthday is usually the first time they should be brought in to see our dentistry experts. Little ones will begin with a "Happy Visit." At this visit, we welcome them to the office and get them comfortable in the chair. If they are willing, we will look at the teeth and even polish with the child's permission. As your child grows, they will gradually allow us to do more until we are able to clean and polish their teeth and take xrays at normal intervals. We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!
The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with a blue light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
In our office, we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using 50-70% less radiation than conventional x-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of dental concerns and we are often able to find cavities while they are still very small and treated minimally.