Services and Procedures
The practice of dentistry encompasses an array of services and procedures, all with a common goal: to help you to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, ensure your oral health, and keep you looking and feeling great throughout life.
There’s so much that can be done these days to improve the appearance of a person’s smile — at any age. From powerful professional whitening treatments to amazingly realistic porcelain veneers to state-of-the-art dental implants, there’s a wide range of exciting possibilities.
The first step in any smile makeover is a thorough dental examination to make sure that your cosmetic problems really are just that, and not a sign of underlying dental disease. Once your health has been established, your smile can be cosmetically enhanced in a variety of ways.
What kind of dental care should I expect from my dentist?
A trip to the dentist should be a relaxing experience focused solely on you and your oral health. Beyond a comfortable setting, the practice should make use of the latest technology such as Panorex panoramic x-ray systems and intraoral photographs. Every visit should involve an update on your entire medical and dental history. Your dentist should screen for any signs of oral cancer, and then move on to an examination of your teeth for signs of decay and gingivitis or gum disease. Cleanings should be thorough, yet comfortable. If additional procedures/treatments are necessary, you should be educated as to all of thespecifics needed and why they’re necessary. Finally, your dentist should be a lifelong source for your oral health. Whether it’s a first visit for your child, Invisalign aligners for a teen, a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, or just routine exams and cleanings every six months, your dentist should be a trusted, relied-upon resource.
Cosmetic & General Dentistry Procedures
Modern dentistry offers a wide range of services to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well, and look great. These procedures include:
- Cleanings & Oral Exams, to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and catch early signs of dental disease
- Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect a dangerous disease that can be cured if caught early
- Tooth Decay Prevention, so you keep your natural teeth as long as possible
- Emergencies, including Gum and Orthodontic
- Tooth-Colored Fillings, for a completely natural, healthy look
- Sealants, to help prevent cavities
- Amalgam Replacements, to help prevent further decay, fractured teeth, & root canals
- Cosmetic Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks
- Onlays, Crowns, & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth
- Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth
- Root Canal Treatment, to rescue diseased teeth
- Extractions, to remove unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved
- Removable Dentures, to help you smile again
- Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today
- Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position
- Invisalign Clear Aligners, for highly discreet orthodontic treatment
- Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile
- TMJ Treatment, for pain in the jaw area that can interfere with biting and chewing
When to Visit the Dentist
Many people only go to the dentist when something is wrong. That truly is a shame, because they are missing out on so many preventive services that can save discomfort — and expense — down the road. Regular dental visits are essential to make sure oral health problems — from tooth decay to oral cancer — are detected and treated in a timely manner. Some individuals may need to see the dentist more often than others to stay on top of problems like plaque buildup and gum disease, but everyone should go at least once per year.
Your regular dental visits will include a thorough oral exam to check the health of your teeth and gums; an oral cancer screening to spot any suspicious signs early; and a professional cleaning to remove stubborn deposits and make your teeth look and feel great. So don’t miss out on the many benefits dentistry offers you and your family!