- Regular Exams & Cleanings
- Fillings, Crowns, Bonding, & Sealants
- Dentures, Implant Restoration, Bridges & Veneers
- Extractions, Wisdom Teeth, & Root Canals
- Fluoride & Mouth Guards
- Intraoral Camera & Laser Dentistry
Regular Exams & Cleanings:
The American Dental Association suggests having a checkup every six months. These checkups usually include a cleaning. During a cleaning, your teeth and gums are inspected for any problems, such as cavities. The dental hygienist will use a small mirror to inspect your teeth and identify the where there are plaque and tartar. During a cleaning, the plaque and tartar are gently scraped away. After that, a high powered electric tooth brush will polish and deep clean your teeth, and to top it all off, they give you a good flossing. After all this, your mouth is going to feel brand new.
Fillings, Crowns, Bonding, & Sealants
A filling is used to restore decayed teeth to normal shape and function. Cavities are a common culprit for why people get fillings. The dentist cleans the decayed area and fills it with the filling material. Getting a filling is common, according to National Smile Month. On average, each adult has seven fillings.
A crown is simply a hat or "cap" for your teeth. It is used to restore a fractured tooth, protect weak teeth, improve a tooth's appearance and alignment, and much more.
A bonding is also used to enhance tooth appearance. It is a composite resin applied to the teeth that may be chipped, fractured, decaying or discolored.
A sealant is a thin plastic coating that covers the top portion/chewing potion of the tooth for the molars and pre-molars. Its purpose is to protect the tooth from decay.
Dentures, Implant Restoration, Bridges & Veneers
Did you know that 120 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth? (ACP).
If you are missing some teeth, getting dentures will help the way you eat, your speech and your smile. Dentures are held in place by attaching to your natural teeth or by mounting onto dental implants. The implants are fused to your jaw bone to provide durable support for the denture or bridge. Implants are also referred to as implant restorations, meaning a new artificial tooth or artificial teeth.
Bridges are also used to replace one or more missing teeth. When there is a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth move to the empty space. This could lead to gum disease. Getting a dental bridge, "bridges" the gap in your teeth.
A Veneer is an ultra-thin, mold of a tooth used to correct the shape and color of the tooth. The veneer is bonded to the discolored/misshapen tooth with dental bonding cement. Porcelain veneers generally last 5 to 10 years (Colgate).
Extractions, Wisdom Teeth, & Root Canals
There are many reasons for an extraction. For example, patients with braces may need to have some teeth taken out to make room for the other teeth to straighten out. Wisdom teeth removal is a type of extraction. Many people get their wisdom teeth taken out simply because there is no room in their mouth. Not enough room to erupt usually causes pain. In the example of braces, the eruption of the wisdom teeth may cause newly straightened teeth to overcrowd. Depending on the case, when a tooth is extracted, either a local anesthetic may be used or a sedation anesthetic.
As for a root canal, an anesthetic will also be used. The root canal procedure is used when the soft tissue in the root canal is inflamed or infected. Having a root canal will save your tooth from further decay. During the procedure, the infected soft tissue is removed, and then the canal is filled and sealed. After this, your dentist may decide to put a crown on the tooth to protect it further.
Fluoride & Mouth Guards
The American Dental Association estimates that one third of all dental injuries are sports related. Using a mouth guard while playing sports can prevent broken and chipped teeth. To further protect your teeth, get a boost in fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. It helps to accelerate the remineralization process on teeth. To get more fluoride, you can use certain toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain extra fluoride.
Intraoral Camera & Laser Dentistry
An intraoral camera looks like an oversized pen that takes x-rays from the inside of your mouth. It is a faster way to take multiple x-rays at one time. Speaking of technology, laser dentistry is gaining some popularity. The first application of laser dentistry was in 1960. Laser dentistry can be used for many procedures and is an option is an option to help avoid the use of a dental drill. Some of the procedures include: teeth whitening, exposing a partially erupted tooth, and cleaning a root canal infection.
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