Exams | X-rays | Intraoral photographs | Diagnostic Models | Prophylaxis (Cleaning) | Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Exams and X-ray films are a foundation of correct and thorough game (treatment) plan. The two of them, along with intraoral ( inside the mouth) photographs and diagnostic models, provide dentists with a picture of what is happening in one’s mouth and what, if anything, needs to addressed. Prophylaxis (Cleaning) will remove bacteria and other deposits from tooth surfaces while Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) will alleviate fears and calm nervous patients.
Gum (Periodontal Disease) Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing | Maintenance Procedures | Localized Antibiotic Placement | Prophylaxis (Cleaning)
Periodontal disease is an infection of soft and hard tissues of the mouth by multiple bacteria. That infection, if left untreated, will lead to destruction of jaw bone and tooth loss. While Prophylaxis (Cleaning) is a preventive procedure designed to remove harmful deposits from above the gum, Scaling and Root Planing is the first step in removing tartar and bacteria that is hiding inside the gum and causing bone destruction. Antibiotic gels may be required to help with healing during or after Scaling and Root Planing appointments.
Complete | Partial | Implant Stabilized Dentures
When patients come to an unfortunate situation when all teeth are gone from either an upper or lower arches, a complete denture may be indicated as it will replace all teeth in one removable appliance. Partial denture, on the other hand, is used when only some teeth in an arch are missing. Partial denture is a more economical alternative to fixed bridges. Today, an implant supported complete denture is an option for people who are missing all upper or lower teeth but are not comfortable with mobility of a conventional denture.
Fillings | Crowns | Bridges | Porcelain Veneers | Inlays/Onlays | Implant Crowns and Bridges
Decay or caries is a result of bacteria destroying teeth. Fillings are used to repair small cavities. If the decay and a resultant cavity is too large, a crown or an inlay/onlay may be indicated. In case of a missing tooth, a fixed dental bridge (several crowns connected) may be used to allow for a more comfortable chewing and better appearance.
Root Canal (Endodontic) Therapy
Root Canal Treatment | Re – Treatment of failing RCT
Root Canal Treatment was first invented to alleviate the pain and infection associated with the soft tissues inside the tooth. Since then, that procedure has had tremendous improvements in both techniques and outcomes. However, sometimes, a Re-Treatment of tooth is required to extend its life span.
Porcelain Veneers | Teeth Whitening | Botox | Fillers (Juviderm, Restylane, etc.
Cosmetic dental procedures were invented and are done to make one’s smile better. Porcelain Veneers will change the shape and/or color of teeth while Whitening will make them brighter. These two procedures are often used together to achieve greater overall effect. As we age, our skin and underlying muscles loose tone. That process may be slowed down or lessened by Botox or fillers, which will stop formation and smooth out the wrinkles.
Extractions | Bone Grafts | Ridge Preservation procedures | Implant Placement
When all options of restoring a tooth are exhausted and a tooth has to be removed, an Extraction is performed. In order to replace the missing tooth with an artificial one – an implant – Ridge Preservation Procedures are used to assure there is enough bony ridge for the implant to attach to and be stable in. Bone Grafting may also be used during Implant placement for the same reasons.