Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services. We can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines.
Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
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An amalgam is a blend of several metals. In dentistry the traditional "silver" filling is an amalgam of silver, mercury, copper, tin and zinc. The metals are mixed at the time of placement in the cavity preparation. It is used for small-to-medium fillings on posterior teeth.
Composite (White) Fillings
These are fillings made of a resin that binds a filler material that gives the filling strength and wear resistance. The filler material is typically quartz, silica or glass, and the plastic portion is a polymer of methylmethacrilate. Composite fillings are used for anterior teeth and for small fillings on posterior teeth. Composite fillings are much more esthetic but tend to not last as long as silver amalgams.
Stainless Steel Crowns
These are preformed crowns designed to provide durable coverage of a tooth with severe decay or other deterioration. This crown will restore chewing function of the tooth and help maintain the dental arch. Stainless steel crowns are recommended when the tooth decay is too large for a filling.
A sealant is a protective covering that is placed over the pits and fissures of molars and premolars to help prevent cavities. Sealants do not last the lifetime of the tooth and need to be monitored at each check-up appointment. Sealants do not protect teeth from cavities forming in between teeth and can be prevented by only flossing.
When the decay reaches the pulp chamber (the living portion of the tooth that houses the blood and nerve) a pulpotomy is indicated. The bacteria has reached the pulp chamber that will eventually lead to an abscess (painful swelling) if no treatment is provided which can cause damage to the permanent tooth. A pulpotomy is the removal of the diseased pulp in the coronal (crown) portion of the tooth while leaving the healthy root portion of the pulp intact. The success rate is high (approximately 90%) with this procedure, failures can result due to microscopic bacteria remaining in the tooth and/or inflammation as a result of the procedure itself. Signs and symptoms of a failure would be if the tooth becomes abscessed (gum swollen next to the tooth) and/or pain. If this occurs the tooth will either need a pulpectomy or possible extraction depending on the severity of the infection.
A pulpectomy required the complete removal of the pulp in a tooth (similar to an adult root canal), including the root portion. This procedure is indicated for primary teeth that are painful and/or beginning to abscess. This procedure has a much poorer prognosis due to the extent of the infection, but is indicated in certain situations. A pulpectomy may be indicated for anterior teeth and to save the 2nd primary molar (the baby tooth furthest back in the mouth), especially prior to the first permanent molar (6 year molar) arrives. This is because the second primary molar helps guide the 6 year (permanent) molar into the proper position. However, if the infection is large enough the only way to eliminate the infection may be to extract the tooth at which time a space maintainer is indicated.
When a dental infection becomes large enough that an abscess and/or severe pain develops, then generally an extraction is indicated. If left untreated, the infection can cause severe pain and swelling and may damage the developing permanent tooth. After a tooth is extracted the doctor may recommend space maintenance therapy.
Instructions following an Extraction:
- Have child bite on gauze given for 30 minutes. If after 30 minutes there is still some bleeding then have child bite on a moist tea bag for 15 minutes. It is common for children to wake in the morning with saliva/blood stain on their pillow.
- Continue brushing your child's teeth the day of the extraction, but avoid having your child rinse.
- Your child should eat only after the numbness is completely gone, and please eat only soft foods the day of the extraction.
- Do not allow your child to drink from a straw the day of the extraction.
- Children's Motrin is good for post extraction pain if your child experiences discomfort.
Space Maintenance Therapy
Often times when a tooth is extracted the space remaining where the tooth was needs to be maintained. If the space is not maintained then the teeth adjacent to the space will drift into the area allowing no room for the eruption of the permanent tooth. The type of space maintainer required will depend of the tooth extracted.