Oral HygieneBooking an appointment with one of our hygienists is much more than a cleaning. It gives the dentist an opportunity to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums. The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum (periodontal) disease, the good news is that gum disease can be prevented. Our dental team will provide you the best in periodontal care, customizing your oral care program and frequency of visits. We use the latest ultrasonic scaling and hand scaling techniques to give you the most comprehensive dental cleaning. Visits to our office with home care are your best defense strategy for achieving optimum oral health.
AmalgamFor strength and durability you may want to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay with amalgam fillings. The silver fillings are carefully carved to provide you with a long-lasting yet affordable way to remove decay.
CompositeWe can match the color of composite fillings to your teeth to create esthetically pleasing results. The material is bonded directly to your teeth with a curing light which sets the material immediately. This will also provide strength for the decayed teeth. Composite fillings are a great way to restore your teeth while maintaining your own natural looking smile.
Root Canal TreatmentWhen a cavity is neglected and the decay reaches all the way to the pulp of the tooth root canal treatment is necessary. When the decay attacks the pulp, the pulp becomes infected and this infection can reach all the way to the root tip and begin eating away the surrounding bone, this is know as an abscess. At this point the tooth must be treated and cannot heal on its own.
When a Root Canal Treatment is performed the dentist will go into the tooth and clean out the infected pulp, and the canals of the tooth are disinfected. Once the canals are sterile they are filled/sealed with a plastic like material called guttapercha. Finally the tooth is filled with either a temporary or a permanent filling. Usually a root canalled tooth is recommended a core build up and a crown for strength and durability.
Post-Operative Instructions For Extractions
- Take 1-2 Ibuproben (Advil, Motrin) or Tylenol tablets in 30 minutes. After the first dose, 1-2 tablets every 3 to 4 hours ONLY AS NEEDED FOR PAIN. Children can be given children's Tylenol AS DIRECTED.
- Bite on the gauze in your mouth for 30 minutes after you leave our office. Only place a fresh gauze if the area is oozing blood when you remove the old one.
- NO RINSING the mouth today. Tomorrow, warm salt water rinses can be done every few hours to speed up the healing.
- NO ALCOHOL for 24 hours.
- NO SMOKING
- NO drinking through straws. (These actions can cause dry sockets, a very uncomfortable symptom. Call our office if you develop an ache that isn't relieved with Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
- A soft diet is recommended for a day or so. (Pasta, rice, soup, yogurt, bananas, mashed potatoes etc...)
- No undue physical exertion-limit your activity level for today.
- Phone our office if you have excessive pain, bleeding, or swelling post-operatively.