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GENERAL DENTISTRY

General dentistry is the type of dental care a person receives when they visit their regular dentist for the following procedure

Fillings

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Dental fillings replace parts of a tooth that has been damaged due to injury or decay. Also known as dental restoration, a filling preserves the integrity of the tooth and prevents further damage from cavities. Fillings can also restore the chewing surfaces of teeth that have become worn. Avoiding damage from decay or injury is preferable, but fillings are a good way to prevent the eventual loss of a tooth. Most cavities and fractures that are caught early are good candidates for restoration with fillings.

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Crowns

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When a tooth has a cavity or has suffered damage that cannot be repaired by fillings, a crown, which is a tooth-shaped cap, can be made to go over the affected tooth. The procedure usually begins by making an impression of the tooth. The crown, which can be produced from a variety of materials, is made according to the exact shape of the tooth and then fitted onto the tooth. It covers every part of the tooth down to the gums. The end result of a crown is that while it strengthens the damaged tooth, it is also aesthetically pleasing.

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Implants

A dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw for holding a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth either by a periodontal disease, a severe injury, and many other related reasons.
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Dental fillings replace parts of a tooth that has been damaged due to injury or decay. Also known as dental restoration, a filling preserves the integrity of the tooth and prevents further damage from cavities. Fillings can also restore the chewing surfaces of teeth that have become worn. Avoiding damage from decay or injury is preferable, but fillings are a good way to prevent the eventual loss of a tooth. Most cavities and fractures that are caught early are good candidates for restoration with fillings.

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Bridges

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A dental bridge is designed to replace a missing tooth when there is a health tooth on each side of the absent tooth. Instead of going through a procedure to install an implant (which consists of inserting a post through the gums and possibly securing it in or through the jaw bone), the bridge uses a crown placed on each of the neighboring teeth with a false tooth going in the middle. The crowns act as anchors, holding down the false tooth.

A bridge is important to help maintain the current tooth position as teeth can begin to shift when there is a gap for an extended period of time.

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Sealant

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Dental sealants protect or “seal out” food particles, acids and plaque from the pits and fissures in back teeth of both children and adults. Sealants provide an extra level of protection to the grooves and depressions of the molars, an area vulnerable to cavities, since a toothbrush does not easily reach those areas.

Dentists easily apply sealant, made of a plastic resin, by painting it onto the tooth enamel. The procedure is not painful and bonds quickly. Patients can resume chewing normally and with confidence that the sealant helps maintain oral health, along with regular dental visits and proper oral health care routine.

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Sedation

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Some people have such a high level of anxiety about seeing a dentist that they haven’t made an appointment for simple routine care and treatment in years. With sedation dentistry, a patient can have a procedure performed and have no recollection of it whatsoever. Sedation might be given orally with a pill, by inhalation of nitrous oxide or intravenously. Sedation dentistry is very safe and effective. It offers the most comfortable choices for dental treatment available. Patients are completely relaxed with sedation dentistry, and they experience no anxiety or pain during their procedures.

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Dentures

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Dentures are a removable appliance that helps restore a person’s smile and missing teeth. Dentures also helps a person eat and speak more naturally and can help maintain facial profile and appearance after a person has their natural teeth removed.

Immediate dentures are placed the same day the dentist pulls remaining teeth. The dentist may make adjustments as the patient heals.

Conventional dentures, explains the ADA, get placed once teeth are pulled and the patient’s mouth heals.

Other dentures provide stability and support to small numbers of remaining teeth.

Practicing proper oral hygiene, including brushing dentures daily, is still crucial to maintaining good oral health.

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Bondings

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Bonding is a procedure that can be used to address a variety of dental issues including cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth and discoloration. Because bonding involves very little preparation, can often be completed without the use of anesthesia and typically takes only between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, it is a popular alternative to crowns and veneers. When bonding a tooth, the dentist applies a plastic material that is durable, called resin, to the tooth. Using a specialized light, the dentist hardens the tooth-colored material, bonding it to the tooth underneath.

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Root Canal

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Large, untreated cavities and certain injuries can lead to severe damage and inflammation to the root of a tooth. This causes great pain and often results in the need for a root canal. After the tooth is numbed, the dentist drills a small hole to the bottom, called the pulp chamber. Through the narrow opening, the dentist uses files to remove dead pieces of pulp. The tooth then receives antiseptic treatment, sealing, and a temporary filling, which will eventually need to be replaced with a permanent filling or crown. Patients are prescribed antibiotic medication and advised to follow directions carefully.

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Deep Cleaning

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Deep cleaning is the process of root planing, or scaling, to take off plaque and bacteria that is hidden below the gums. It is usually performed when there are signs of pockets of air around the gums, loss of bone or gum inflammation. Deep cleaning reaches the debris collecting beneath the gums that cannot be removed by regular brushing, flossing and cleaning. The dentist can determine if deep cleaning is necessary with probing the area and taking x-rays . This process treat patients suffering from chronic gum disease and can help avoid bone loss that leads to loose teeth.

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Inlays & Onlays

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Over time, dental filling get old and need to be removed or replaced. When this happens, the dentist will use inlays and onlays. A dental inlay is similar to a filling, as it fits inside the top edges of the tooth. A dental onlay is a more extensive treatment, and it extends over the cusps of the tooth that is being treated. The material used consists of either gold, porcelain, or a composite resin

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Dental Checkup

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The American Dental Association says that more than 100 million Americans fail to get an annual dental checkup. Getting a regular dental checkup can prevent many dental problems from occurring. Even more importantly, regular dental checkups can detect problems early on, before a person realizes a problem exists.

Even if an individual does not have pain or other symptoms, dental health issues can still exist. Getting a regular dental checkup not only helps maintain oral health, but overall health as well. Dental infections can result in serious complications due to delaying dental checkups. Maintain a healthy smile by getting a regular dental checkup.

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Hygiene Therapy

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Good oral hygiene is important to keep teeth and gums strong and healthy. Important hygiene habits begin at home with regular brushing and flossing. However, there are nooks and crannies that can’t be reached by regular care. Bacteria can accumulate along the gumline, which is the space separating gums from teeth. This bacteria can lead to gingivitis, which results in more serious ailments. An oral hygiene therapist is skilled in detecting and removing plaque that builds up on teeth as well as tartar. Besides general cleaning, hygiene therapy also includes scaling and polishing treatments to prevent oral diseases.

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Dental Extractions

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While unpleasant, dental extractions are necessary for the health and well-being of the patient. If teeth have decayed or broken past the point of repair, extractions can reduce the amount of pain a patient is in while sparing him or her from infection and disease. Even if the teeth are not decayed or broken, a dentist may elect to remove one or more if the jawbone isn’t large enough to accommodate all of the teeth. Over-crowding on the jawbone will cause pain and create a larger risk of decay and periodontal disease. Dental extraction is a useful tool in safeguarding the long-term health of the patient.

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Dental Emergency

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A dental emergency can be any critical dental issue arising suddenly that requires immediate care, such as the loss or loosening of teeth or dental devices from injury or accident; a fracturing, chipping or cracking of a tooth; or severe pain associated with tooth or tissue decay, loss and sensitivity. Dental emergencies usually require immediate appointments, and patients may need extractions, fillings or other dental devices. Often, severe pain must be alleviated with anesthesia and/or pain relief medication. Contact our office immediately in the event of any of these situations, and we’ll attempt to see you as soon as possible.

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Oral Cancer Screen

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Regular oral cancer screening is an easy, unobtrusive way to remain in top health. This procedure can be done along with a general visit, so there is no need to make a special appointment. The dentist will be able to spot any abnormalities during the screening. Early detection of cancer is a primary means of fighting the dreaded disease. With oral cancer on the rise because of the spread of papillomavirus infection (HPV), it is even more imperative today than ever that patients undergo periodic screenings when coming in to visit the dentist.

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