DIAGNOSTIC & RESTORITIVE DENTISTRY
This includes most of what you already know: exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns (“caps”), and such. In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new a material fills the hole left by decay. We only use non-metal, bonded tooth-colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.We use cosmetic tooth-colored fillings, so no one knows you had a cavity!
Also known as “false teeth”, this is a removable appliance, and can be a complete denture (no natural teeth present) or a partial denture (a few natural teeth present). “Bridge” is a commonly misused term for a partial denture.
Bonding involves adhering color-matched material to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage from decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for other cosmetic purposes. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to obtain a lustrous finish..
Kids are welcome, too, for routine care and small fillings. If the child needs advanced care or behavior control, we refer to a pediatric specialist.
We refer to oral surgeons for this procedure, as patients generally prefer to be “put to sleep” while wisdom teeth are removed. The best time to do this is before age 30.