Routine dental health maintenance is very important for good oral hygiene and overall general health. Recent research has proven a link between a patient’s oral health and their general well-being, including a connection to heart attack, stroke, healthy newborns and insulin control for diabetic patients. Professional cleaning by our hygienists will remove bacterial plaque and tartar that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are hard to reach. It is recommended you schedule a recare appointment once every six months.
Both children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from fluoride products. These include professionally applied gels and varnishes as well as mouth rinses and dietary supplements. For patients who primarily drink bottled water or if the water source is from a well, fluoride can be one of the greatest deterrents from new and recurrent tooth decay.
Sealants are liquid fluoride releasing resins that are hardened to adhere to teeth. We use sealants as part of a child’s total prevention dental care. They can be applied to the chewing surfaces of any posterior tooth, mainly the 6 and 12 year molars. Since most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces, sealants do an outstanding job of preventing tooth decay through the teenage years and when kids aren't the best at brushing. They can last 5 to 10 years and are checked at re care visits and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place
Arestin Gum Therapy
ARESTIN® is a locally administered antibiotic treatment for gum disease. It's a powder composed of 100,000 tiny micro spheres that release antibiotics over time. In a single visit, your dental professional will add ARESTIN® to the pocket between your gum and tooth. It's a painless procedure, and ARESTIN® with Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) can make your gum disease treatment more effective by killing the bacteria left behind after SRP. Best of all, ARESTIN® keeps working long after you leave the dentist's chair.
Soft Tissue Diode Laser
The primary use of a soft-tissue laser is the modification or removal of intra-oral soft tissue. The photo-thermal effects of the laser’s energy allow the operator to modify tissues and control hemostasis at the same time by coagulation. The post-operative response of the laser care will usually produce a cleaner and healthier surgical site with less discomfort when compared to alternative methods of surgery. Soft tissue lasers enable minor surgical procedures and decontaminate the area at the same time. There is less chance of infection, and some soft tissue procedures around the gingiva can be completed without anesthesia. Excess tissue following orthodontics or from a medication's side effects are ideal to treat with laser therapy. The "gummy smile" effect can be greatly reduced. The laser also promotes healing for infected and irritated tissues. Since there is a favorable response to laser treatment, the resultant healing is less complicated and often shorter when compared to traditional techniques. In many cases, the laser can also be used to treat deep gingival pockets that harbor bacteria and cause gum disease. An additional benefit of dental diode laser technology is its ability to reduce the pain and longevity of cold sores and fever blisters.
Oral Cancer Screen
Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.
Our office utilizes the latest in diagnostic technology to differentiate healthy tissue from unhealthy. These include VelScope and Oral CDx.
Laser Cavity Detection
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Dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.
Tooth-colored fillings that are designed to match the color of your teeth are called composites. Composites are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size restorations that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They are generally used on either front or back teeth.
Composites are "bonded" or adhered in a cavity. This can allow your dentist to make a more conservative repair to your tooth, meaning less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth. This may result in a smaller filling than that of a metal (amalgam) filling