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Your teeth can look great again once we remove decay and place fillings. Our experienced dentists can use resin fillings that look extremely natural. Make an appointment to have your teeth examined today, and decrease the risk of infection that may require an extraction or root canal. We offer complete dental care for the entire family.

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Get thorough, efficient dental care in a clean and comfortable environment. We'll answer all your questions about our full-service clinic:

Caring, complete dental care

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth, referred to as the periodontium, form the foundation for one's teeth. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows:

 

• Gums that are red and bleed easily

• Persistent bad breath

• Gums that are pulled away from the tooth

• Loose teeth

• Changes in the position or bite of the teeth.

 

 

Reverse early gum disease

Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.

Easy and painless fillings

Restore damaged or decaying teeth

• Comprehensive exams

• X-rays

• Fillings

• Bonding

• Sealants

• Non-surgical gum treatments

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes.

 

First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the 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.

Understand bonding

This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist 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.

Prevent future problems now with tooth sealants

This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure 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 to use 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.

 

In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.

X-rays allow for a full examination of your teeth and jaw

 

Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them 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 usually involves a deep cleaning or root planting done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. 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.

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