| Bonding | Sealants
| Non-Surgical Gum Treatments | X-Rays
Fillings are done to remove decay and replace the affected
tooth structure. They are called fillings because a new material
fills the hole that decay left. These days most teeth are
treated with bonded tooth- colored composite fillings. Caught
early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly.
If not treated, decay can lead tooth pain and/or infection,
and the affected tooth may require root canal treatment or
Bonding involves adhering composite material 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, or for cosmetic purposes.
Teeth may be whitened drastically or slightly with bonding
depending on the patients desires.
These are used to fill in narrow groves 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 of poor brushing, but because the bristles of
the toothbrush cannot reach inside these areas. Cavities may
develop over time. A clear coating is brushed on the tooth
to seal these areas and prevent decay. Sealants are recommended
for both children and adults. Many insurance plans will cover
them for children.
gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation
of the tooth. All structures are referred to as the periodontium.
When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth,
just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a
house. Signs of unhealthy gums may be as follows: gums that
are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that
are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in
the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may
indicate that treatment is needed. With proper care, done
early, it may be possible to return the gums and teeth to
a healthy state. Treatment usually involves a deep cleaning
or root planing sometimes using local antibiotic agents. In
severe cases, extractions may be required, or referral to
a gum specialist (periodontist) for further care.
This is a focused beam of 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
dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary
part of the diagnostic process. An x-ray of the whole tooth,
supporting bone and gum tissues is required to properly diagnose
infection or decay.
office we use digital radiography, which allows us to take
x-rays using 50 to 70% less radiation versus conventional
x-rays. Along with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology
allows us to enhance the images on the screen for more accurate
diagnoses of dental problems.