It’s been said that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and so it goes with optimum oral health. The preventive area of our practice is geared toward “ounce to help YOU minimize or avoid any tooth, gum tissue or bone problem. The comprehensive exam initially gives us our guideline and consists of x-rays (full mouth) oral cancer exam, bite analysis, jaw joint analysis, decay exam, blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen utilization check, full face and some intraoral photos as well as jaw models.
After proper study, a plan of therapy followed by a regularly scheduled maintenance plan is instituted.
Maintenance scheduling includes regular periodic cleanings, the use of fluoride for both children and adults, and the placement of sealants on the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent decay in children and susceptible adults.
For adults who show a tendency towards grinding their teeth a night guard or protective appliance can be used to prevent further damage.
One final preventive service is that of assisting with patients who have sleep apnea in constructing appliances to help them keep their airways open.
Decay breakdown may occur sometime throughout our lives and may be taken care of by a simple restoration or “filling” to return the tooth to optimum health. Sometimes due to fracture, parts of the teeth may be lost and may need re-enforcing by placing small pins to increase filling retention.
Some individuals may experience traumatic injury to some of their teeth such as a blow or an auto accident, which may in turn break teeth off across the nerve tissue. Decay can also reach a point where it exposes the nerve and may cause it to infect or die.
By the use of endodontic therapy, that broken or decayed tooth may be maintained by removing the nerve portion that is exposed from trauma or the dying portion caused by decay or infection. The area where the nerve once lived in health is then filled with a material non reactive to your body and sealed with a proper restoration in the form of a filling or a crown. The tooth may then be again functional and not lost.
Tooth loss can become a very devastating sacrifice as the remaining teeth may shift in position, fall on their sides, or the opposing tooth opposite the space may “grow” up or down into that space. Not only will function be lost from the missing tooth, but the remaining teeth may be compromised due to no longer meshing properly. Missing teeth should be replaced to avoid the scenario previously mentioned and can be done in a fixed (not removable) or removable nature.
The maintaining of the arrangement and integrity of tooth structure of the dental arch is necessary for optimum oral health and total body health. Tooth loss can and will affect the form of the food we try to chew and if too large or unchewed will cause our digestive tracts to work overtime and thus affect how our bodies utilize the energy (food) source.
With some individuals excessive staining, discoloration and malformations may cause a great deal of self-consciousness and perhaps cause a low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. Modern dentistry today can rectify many of those occurrences by the use of individual crowns, porcelain veneers or direct composite (white fillings) build-ups.
Twists and turns, odd shapes, space closure can all be in many cases solved by the use of these modern materials at our disposal. Our examination can help inform you if these are restoring options. We also provide Zoom tooth whitening as well as some tray whitening services.
Our smiles are our calling cards. We have a tendency to judge how we feel about people if their smile is pretty or straight verses one with teeth protruding, crossed and overlapped or out of position. By minor movements we may be able to rectify some of the problems and improve your overall appearance. This is usually evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on the severity of the necessary correction.
ORAL SURGERY AND IMPLANTS
Occasionally due to severe fractures or severe decay it is necessary to remove those affected teeth. We perform most oral surgical procedures for removal and preparation for receiving dentures in our office. Dependent on the difficulty of removal some third molars may be referred. Other surgical procedures and biopsy procedures are also usually done “in house”.
Our office has been performing the placement of implants since 1969 and we continue to place implants in adequate areas of bone in both upper and lower jaws. Implants may be done as freestanding replacements for single teeth or in multiples for placement of fixed appliances or denture stabilization depending on bone that remains.
Because bone fuses to implants, they may last a lifetime.
We also do extraction socket grafting to maintain the width and height of bone for possible future implant intervention. Candidates for these procedures are considered by results of the comprehensive examination.
COMPLETE AND PARTIAL REMOVABLE DENTURES
We provide complete and partial denture reconstruction for cases with some, many or all missing teeth and may combine these modes of therapy with the use of implants to stabilize these reconstructive appliances. Cracked dentures, lost denture teeth, broken clasps or frame works can also be repaired, many of these “in house”.
The above-mentioned services, if indicated within a treatment plan, will be presented with a full explanation during a consultation before any treatment begins. At that time alternate treatments option can be explained as well as estimated time of completion and estimated cost.
It is important to us that YOU HAVE all pertinent information regarding your plan of care BEFORE we start on our journey together.
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