Our goal is to provide each patient with excellent oral care so we offer a full range of general dental services to help you maintain a healthy mouth. General dentistry covers regular checkups as well as treating and preventing cavities, screening for oral cancer, root canals, and tooth extractions. We encourage patients to schedule regular checkups at least every six months to ensure long lasting oral health. During each checkup we will examine both your teeth and your overall oral healthy. Regular visits mean we can provide general preventive treatment options to protect your teeth and gums.
Unfortunately, you cannot treat a broken tooth on your own at home. It is necessary to be treated by a dentist. Sometimes, a broken tooth looks like it is okay but it hurts when you eat or drink something cold or hot; or it hurts when you eat.
Caps and Crowns
Caps and crowns are two terms that are used to describe the same dental procedure. A crown is actually a cap which is shaped like a tooth and then placed over the tooth.
“Cavity” is a word used for tooth decay. Whether or not you have cavities is determined largely by lifestyle, oral hygiene habits, your diet and whether you have fluoride in your water and toothpaste.
Checkup and Cleaning
Dentists recommend individuals get a checkup and cleaning at least once a year, however, a dental professional might suggest more or less frequent checkups depending on each person’s specific situation.
Scaling is a dental procedure which is used to treat gum disease, or periodontitis.
A dental professional may recommend scaling to treat gum disease that is in the moderate category, but not yet considered to be severe.
If you have a true dental emergency, it is important to get proper treatment quickly so it does not become more serious. If you ignore a dental problem, you take a risk of developing permanent damage and can end up needing more extensive treatments later on.
Dental sealants are a fairly new procedure which is used to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. This is different than fillings which are used after a cavity or erosion has occurred.
Extractions/Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dental professionals will perform wisdom teeth extractions in order to correct a problem or sometimes to prevent problems from occurring in the future.
Dentists use filings to restore a damaged tooth. By using a filling in a tooth that has undergone decay, the tooth is restored to its normal shape and function.
Gum disease is when the gums become inflamed and then it progresses into the bones supporting and surrounding your teeth. The cause of gum disease is bacteria which is found in plaque.
Pediatric dentistry is dedicated to helping maintain the oral health of children from the time they are born through their teenage years.
Lasers are used in a wide variety of ways across many medical fields. One of the latest advancements is in the field of dentistry where they are used for periodontal therapy, or to treat gum disease.
Root Canal Therapy
If you have a tooth that is damaged badly or it is infected, especially deep in the root, you may need root canal therapy. This is a procedure which involves the removal of the most damaged area of the tooth, or the pulp.
Sedation dentistry can be a great solution to relieve some anxiety. Sedation can be used for a wide variety of treatments but how it is used will depend on how severe the fear is.
When someone has a sensitive tooth, just a bite of ice cream or a sip of coffee can cause pain. For many people even brushing and flossing their teeth becomes painful. If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to consider tooth desensitization.