Fillings are an effective means of removing decay and replacing affected tooth structures. Fillings are referred to as such because material fills a hole that was left by decay. These days most teeth are treated with bonded colored composite resin fillings. When caught at an early stage, cavities can be treated painlessly and easily. When not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection and the tooth may need treatment or extraction.
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately attended to during brushing. Oftentimes tooth structures have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque; this is not due to a lack of brushing but is due to the narrow and hard-to-reach structures of the tooth. Sealants serve to coat pits thus preventing plaque from getting trapped inside.
Our dentist office uses X-rays that use 50-70% less radiation than conventional x-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance images for the better diagnosis of any dental concerns. Talk to us today to learn more about your dental health
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Involving the adhering of composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, bonding takes place at the front of the tooth. When damage has been done by tooth decay, bonding may alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between teeth or give your smile a more pleasant aesthetic.
Non-surgical gum treatments
Gums, ligaments and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. These structures are also referred to as the periodontium. Signs of an unhealthy periodontium include: 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. Proper dental maintenance however can return your teeth to a healthy state. Such treatments usually involve a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local aesthetic with local antibiotic agents.