A filling is a procedure that removes decay, and replaces the affected tooth structure with an appropriate dental material. Today, most fillings are bonded, tooth colored composite resin. Caught early, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated early, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth may then need root canal treatment or an extraction.
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material, of a matching tooth color, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage created by decay, alter alignment of certain teeth, close spaces between teeth, and for other cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and adhere the materal. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the tooth surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. Tooth structure may have fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque. These grooves may decay over time. The dental assistant will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for the teeth. These structures are also referred to collectively as 'the periodontium'. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are a reddish color and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth (recession), loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may suggest a disease state called 'Periodontal Disease'. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return your tissues to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment may involve a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic. Local antibiotic agents may be part of a conservative treatment regimen. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
X-RAYS OUR OFFICE -ONLY- USES THE CUTTING EDGE DIGITAL TECHNOLOLGY of DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY (Digital X-rays) Digital Radiography (Digital X-rays) allows our patients to be exposed to -50-75% less radiation- in comparison to conventional X-rays Coupled with our High Resolution Graphic Computer....Our digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for the BEST COMPUTER GENERATED DIAGNOSTICS. This allows us better imaging for better diagnostics of any dental concerns.
An X-ray is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structures through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not using them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.