We hope that you never have any serious dental problems. One way to ensure healthy gums and teeth are regularly scheduled cleanings, daily flossing, brushing and good oral hygiene habits. Our team of Dental Hygienists are instrumental in our preventative practice.
We recommend that you have 2 cleanings per year and those are scheduled with reminder calls to help keep you on track.
X-rays and fluoride treatments may also be required. You can discuss this with your hygienist.
Root canals refer to the removal of the dead or diseased pulp tissue from the inside of the tooth.
Once the canals have been thoroughly cleaned, shaped, and sterilized, they are filled to seal the inside of the tooth.
There are times when a tooth is beyond salvage or must be removed due to lack of space in the dental arch for it to function properly.
Dr. Patel can perform most extractions. Some such as completely impacted wisdom teeth may be referred to an oral surgeon.
OTHER REPLACEMENT OPTIONS
Sometimes a single tooth has had all the fillings it can take, putting it at risk for fracture.
A crown can often be placed over the tooth after it has been precisely prepared. This will look natural, restore the strength and proper shape to the tooth, and allow the patient to chew comfortably and without fear.
In the case where a tooth is missing, the tooth on either side of the space can be prepared for crowns.
In this case a fixed bridge that replaces the missing tooth is made by cementing the one-piece prosthesis over the two abutment teeth. It is a strong and natural looking replacement and in some cases can be used to replace several missing teeth as well.
While we still do silver fillings in appropriate situations if requested, tooth colored bonded fillings are more conservative to the tooth and certainly better looking.
These can often be done with the Waterlase (a state of the art dental laser) without the need for local anesthetic.
For children, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) can often be used very safely and without having to give a shot to fill a baby tooth.
Implants are often a wonderful option for prosthetic and may be used in a variety of ways.
In the case of a single missing tooth, a pure titanium cylinder is placed gently and precisely into the area formerly occupied by the tooth root.
It is allowed to stabilize in the jawbone under the surface for a period of time. Dr. |Patel then attaches a special abutment to the implant, which will provide the support for a single crown. The placement of the implant is usually less traumatic than extracting a tooth and allows the patient to avoid the involvement of other teeth.
CONSERVATIVE PERIODONTAL THERAPY
Periodontal (gum) disease is present in epidemic proportions in this country. It is estimated that 90 % of adults have at least one tooth affected by it. Many people now wear dentures because the disease caused them to lose their teeth. “Periodontal” means “around the tooth” and it is the supporting structures (gum, ligaments and bone) which deteriorate.
Almost everyone has heard of plaque, which is the sticky substance secreted by some of the more than 300 species of bacteria in the mouth to allow them to stick to and colonize on the teeth. Plaque is easily removed with proper and frequent brushing and flossing. If it is not removed, the bacterial colonies grow and begin to produce inflammatory toxins which damage the ligaments that hold the gums to the teeth. The plaque will begin to calcify into a hard substance called tartar or calculus which is rough, irritating, and is not able to be removed with a brush and floss. Further damage occurs and the colony migrates deeper into the gum, forming a periodontal pocket between the lining of the gum and the root of the tooth. The toxins begin to dissolve away the bone that keeps the tooth solidly in the mouth. Sadly, this process can often progress quite far without pain until the person begins to notice that a tooth or teeth have become loose.