Sealants are used to fill in the narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits that are impossible to clean with a toothbrush. These teeth have a higher chance of developing cavities over time (children are especially susceptible). The procedure of sealant placement consists of the dentist or the dental hygienist brushing on a coat of sealant material that seals the grooves and pits of the tooth, preventing plaque from becoming entrapped, and as a result, reducing your chances of getting a cavity.
In our office, we use digital radiography, which allows us to take x-rays using significantly less radiation than conventional film x-rays. A set of bitewing x-rays emits about the same amount of radiation as watching a few hours of television, taking a short airplane flight (cosmic radiation), or spending an evening in a basement (radon radiation). The result is a highly detailed image that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment. We also are the only general dental office in the area that offers 3D scans to better visualize the jaw joints, implant sites, and root canals.
Mouthguards– custom designed mouthguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and contact sports.
Nightguards– custom designed nightguards can be made in-office or sent to a lab. This will depend on the type of nightguard that the patient needs. Nightguards are made for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night.
For the services mentioned above, the dentist or assistant will take an impression of your teeth, which will be used to make a custom appliance specifically for you.
The gums and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. These structures are referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is unhealthy, it jeopardizes the stability of the teeth. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. With proper gum treatments, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing procedure done under a local anesthetic. A local or systemic antibiotic agent may be needed as well. Periodontal disease is a chronic condition and needs to be monitored closely to maintain ideal oral health for the periodontal patient. If the periodontal disease gets too severe, the patient may need more invasive treatment, such as gum surgery or extraction.