Prophylaxis: is also referred to as a cleaning. It is preventive care performed by a hygienist that removes calculus (tartar), plaque and common stains from teeth. The cleaning is generally above the gum line and is completed in one appointment. It is recommended that most people have their teeth cleaned semi-annually. However, some patients may benefit from more frequent visits. Talk with your dentist and hygienist at one of our offices to set up a cleaning schedule.
Fluoride: Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids — formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth — attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay.
Oral Hygiene Instruction: Daily brushing and cleaning between teeth are important to your dental health because it removes plaque. Plaque is a thin, colorless, sticky bio-film that constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat foods containing sugars and starches, the bacteria in plaque produces acids, which attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with the teeth. After such attacks, the enamel breaks down and a cavity forms. If plaque is not removed with daily brushing, it can harden into calculus (tarter).
Sealants: A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities. Studies have proven that properly applied sealants are 100-percent effective in protecting the tooth surfaces from cavities. As long as the sealant remains intact, small food particles and bacteria that cause cavities cannot penetrate through or around a sealant. Sealant protection is reduced or lost when part or all of the bond between the tooth and sealant is broken. However, clinical studies have shown that teeth that have lost sealants are no more susceptible to tooth decay than teeth that were never sealed.
Space Maintainers: A space maintainer is made of stainless steel and/or plastic. It can be removable. Some space maintainers are cemented onto the teeth on either side of the space in the child’s mouth. This is called a fixed space maintainer. There are several kinds of fixed space maintainers. One is called a band-and-loop maintainer, another type is called a distal shoe appliance. If missing several teeth, a partial denture may be used instead of a space maintainer.
(Includes prophylaxis (cleaning), fluoride, oral hygiene instruction, sealants, space maintainers)
The word Endodontic (say: en´ do-dontik) means inside the tooth. This is a field of dentistry that treats diseases that are found inside of a tooth. Part of the inside of a tooth is called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. A root canal filling is a restorative technique used to fill the space where the dental pulp normally resides.
A dental restoration or dental filling is a dental restorative material used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma. It is also lost intentionally during tooth preparation to improve the aesthetics or the physical integrity of the intended restorative material.
Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with toothache. Sometimes wisdom teeth are impacted (stuck and unable to grow normally into the mouth) and may cause recurrent infections of the gum (pericoronitis). In orthodontics if the teeth are crowded, sound teeth may be extracted (often bicuspids) to create space so the rest of the teeth can be straightened.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that is completed purely for cosmetic reasons. Cosmetic dentistry may be sought after for a multitude of reasons, but the desired result of dentistry work in the cosmetic field is an improved smile.
When considering cosmetic dentistry, there are various procedures that can be completed to gain the look you desire. Procedures that may be offered in a cosmetic dentistry office include, whitening of the teeth, braces to straighten teeth, reshaping of teeth to repair cracks and chips, dental bridges to fill in areas from teeth that are missing, and veneers which are bonded directly on the teeth and can completely renew your smile.
Cosmetic crowns are tooth-colored fixtures that fit perfectly over the tooth. Dentists use such crowns for different purposes such as strengthening the tooth, changing its size, protecting it, or making it more attractive for the patient. Installation of dental crowns is easy for the dentist and the patient. The dentist places a cement on the tooth and then places the crown on top of the cement. An effective crown placement gives the visual image of a perfectly white tooth in the patient’s mouth.
Patients get dental crowns for a wide variety of reasons. Crowns can protect a chipped tooth from breaking. A crown can also support a tooth that has a large filling it. Additionally, a crown can cover up a slightly crooked or discolored tooth to restore a patient’s self-esteem. Additionally, dentists sometimes use crowns to connect dental bridges and cover up dental implants.
A person who would like to save a tooth that has been severely damaged from decay can get a crown. Crowns are the perfect saviors for those teeth that are not strong enough to maintain fillings. Patients can request metal, ceramic, or stainless steel crowns. They can be temporary solutions or permanent fixtures for anyone.
Have you ever wished that you had the perfect smile? We have many cosmetic services that will give you a smile that you can be proud of. Braces, invisalign and implants are some of the cosmetic services that we offer at One Stop Implants. We have friendly staff members who will make sure that your needs are taken care of. We also have affordable fees that will make it more convenient for you to get the treatment that you need.
Having a smile with nice bright teeth can help improve our confidence. The smile is one of the first things people notice. A healthy smile shows that one has a friendly, feel-good attitude. However, teeth can lose their shine and become stained over time. The beverages we drink and the food we eat can stain our teeth. Tobacco products can also stain the teeth. Additionally, genetic, environmental and pharmaceutical issues can cause tooth staining.
The outer surface of the enamel will stain first. Eventually, these stains will affect the dentin. The dentin is located between the pulpy interior and hard enamel. Dentin is made up of porous living cells. It is yellow in color. This makes staining more of an issue because the enamel is translucent.
There are a variety of whitening methods that can be used in order to remove stains. Some methods are abrasive and can remove stains from the surface of the enamel. However, they may not remove stains from the dentin. Chemical methods involve using a variety of ingredients to whiten the teeth.
Periodontal treatments prevent and treat gum disease. The Dentist will examine and determine a course of actions for achieving and maintaining gum health. When there is gum disease, the Dentist will develop a plan of treatment. The diagnosis of gum disease includes determining gum line recession. This is the assessment of how far the gum has receded and bone is exposed.
For maintaining gum health, the Dentist will take a course of preventative care and cleaning of plaque off the teeth. This includes using instruments such as a probe to measure the depth of gum pockets. The pockets are swollen areas of the gum where there may be inflection. In cases where there is gum disease, the primary treatment is scaling and root planing which involves cleaning and removing damaged tissues from sore and infected gum areas. The periodontist does this by scraping and scaling the teeth, and in severe cases the Dentist will use surgical procedures, and remove the inflected areas of the gum.
It is important to maintain gum health. Everyone should have regular cleaning appointments with their dentist.