General dentistry is an essential aspect of healthcare that focuses on maintaining and improving oral health. At the heart of general dentistry is a commitment to patient education and care. Our team understands that your oral health is closely linked to your overall health and well-being, and we are dedicated to empowering you to take an active role in your own oral health. Let us take care of your oral health and maintain your smile with general dentistry!
Regular Exams & Cleanings
Regular exams are an important part of your oral health maintenance. This is where we check for any possible problems, inspect for cavities or other signs of tooth decay, check your teeth and gums for gingivitis, and perform a thorough cleaning.
Bonding uses a white filling that is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance and repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. This white filling “bonds” with your tooth and can be easily matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Bridges & Crowns
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite while crowns are used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Both bridges and crowns replace missing teeth with artificial teeth or a “cap” that looks great and helps to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
Dentures are natural-looking, removable replacement teeth given to patients who have lost or removed multiple teeth. Types of dentures include full and partial. Just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for and cleaned. Our team will instruct you on the best way to care for your dentures!
An extraction is the procedure of removing teeth. In some situations, it is necessary to remove a tooth. A baby tooth that has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out properly, a tooth with decay that puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, problems with wisdom teeth, or an infection can all require tooth removal.
Fillings can also be referred to as traditional dental restoratives, or fillings. They fill gaps in the tooth to help with strength and durability so that the tooth can withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings generally require a couple of visits. Please consult with our office to determine what type of fillings you need.
Fluoride solution helps to prevent cavities and tooth decay as well as prevent plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth. A fluoride treatment is quick and painless and, depending on the patient, may be needed every three, six, or twelve months. Please consult with us to determine a personalized treatment plan.
It is crucial to replace missing teeth. Without all of your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause discomfort. Missing teeth can also cause your mouth to shift and cause other effects to your appearance. Implants are an excellent way to replace your missing teeth and they can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Implants look just like natural teeth and provide extremely satisfactory results.
Root canals help save teeth that have decaying nerves. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria and germs can enter and infect the inside of the tooth. If left untreated, something called an abscess may form. This can cause harm to your jawbones as well as to your overall health. Root canal treatment involves one to three simple visits and provides you with relief and a natural-looking smile.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface, helping to improve the appearance and the feeling of your teeth. Because the surface of your teeth are now smooth, this procedure also allows brushing your teeth to become easier and more effective against tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth an extra layer of protection against decay and cavities!
With veneers, you can correct your teeth’s imperfections with ease, giving you a beautiful smile and new confidence. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front of your teeth. Veneers appear very natural and they are a great option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. You no longer need to hide your teeth!
Wisdom teeth are molars located in the very back of the mouth. They tend to appear in the late teens or early twenties, but may have trouble fully coming in due to lack of room in the mouth. If this happens, it may need to be removed or it can result in gum tenderness, swelling, or severe pain. Extracting a wisdom tooth usually involves numbing the area before pulling or cutting out the tooth. This procedure involves minimal discomfort and a short recovery time. Our team will consult with you if we believe that it might be necessary to remove your wisdom teeth.
Mouthguards & Nightguards
Protecting and maintaining your smile is essential when you are undergoing any dental or orthodontic treatment. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury during sports or intense activity. Nightguards are designed to ease any pain or discomfort from clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep. Both mouthguards and nightguards are an easy, non-invasive treatment for protecting and stabilizing your teeth.
No matter your age, preventive dental care is so important for saving your teeth. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can keep your smile shining and healthy for the long run.
Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
- Eat a balanced diet, avoiding sugary treats.
- Schedule regular appointments with your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
- Get a special mouthguard from your dentists if you play sports.
Our periodontal treatment fights gum disease and other conditions that affect the gums. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, our office offers a variety of treatment options from non-surgical cleanings to soft-tissue grafts. Our team is ready to discuss which option of periodontal treatment is right for you and your needs.
Emergency Dental Care
While dental emergencies are rare, they can happen. If a dental emergency does occur, it is important to know how to respond and how our team can help. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our practice as soon as possible.
Some examples of dental emergencies are:
- Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
- Permanent tooth knocked out
- Object caught between teeth
- Severe toothache