Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Low radiation digital imaging allows for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Custom Oral Appliances
Our office can fabricate custom oral appliances that can protect your teeth and gums during sports, alleviate sleep apnea symptoms to provide an open airway while you sleep, or relieve stress on the temporomandibular joint caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth.
If your teeth or jaw are not properly aligned, you may experience pain or discomfort when eating or speaking. This can also lead to symptoms of TMJ disorder or teeth grinding. Using a procedure called equilibration, we can identify and correct dysfunctional contact between the upper and lower teeth arches by making small adjustments to the biting surfaces that relieve pain and discomfort and improve overall function.
Scaling and Root Planing
Management of Cracked Teeth
Teeth with cracks come in all shapes and sizes. Symptoms of a cracked tooth are varied and may include pain when chewing, temperature sensitivity or pressure sensitivity, or a combination of these. Depending on the status of the remaining tooth structure, health of the nerve, and patient factors such as bite strength and grinding habits, different treatment options may exist. Since each situation is so unique, it's best to come in and be evaluated.
Extractions may be necessary for a variety of reasons: in preparation for orthodontic treatment, before dental implant placement, or if a tooth is not able to be saved with restorative procedures.