What are you looking for when you read my Dental xrays?
One of the most obvious things we look for, of course, is decay. (often, dental decay is not apparent upon visual examination. That’s because the decay process often stars between the teeth.)
In addition to decay, there are many other things the dentist looks for on your X-rays:
- Receding bone level ( a sign of periodontal disease)
- Supernumerary (extra) teeth
- Missing, impacted or unerupted teeth
- Bone cancer or bony cysts
- Early signs of osteoporosis
- Root fragments
- Root configuration
- Sinus infection
- Abscesses of the teeth or gums
- Tooth position
- Foreign objects that may be imbedded in the oral tissues
- Hailrline fractures of the teeth or supporting tissues
- Tarter (hardened plaque) below the gumline
- Filling overhang or short or open filling margins
- TMJ (jaw joint) irregularities
Your Dental Health is our first Concern
Because we care about maintaining your smile, dental X-rays are an indispensable adjunct to your clinical records. By taking them periodically we safeguard your dental health, to detect any changes or conditions early before they become big problems
Sealants are a proven technique that may be suitable for preventing decay. Our goal is to help preserve your smile throughout a lifetime, and sealants help make that possible.
Sealants are clear acrylic-like material that helps shield out decay-causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces, forming a protective barrier covering the pits and fissures (depressions and grooves) of the chewing surfaces.
The VELscope helps us identify oral disease early, while it's easy to treat. Adding the VELscope to our diagnostic protocol has been very useful. This has resulted in the detection of dangerous lesions that would have otherwise been undetected. I find the VELscope to be an invaluable tool for the detection of oral cancer. The VELscope helps us discover oral disease BEFORE it can be seen under ordinary light.
There are two types of filling materials normally used. Composite (tooth colored)and traditional Amalgam (silver)fillings, are the two most widely used today.
These fillings are usually applied in one dental appointment. First, we will remove any decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the filling is applied. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when either composite or amalgam fillings are placed, however this will normally subside soon after the tooth or teeth becomes acclimated to the new filling.
A tooth-colored, porcelain crown is a long-term method of replacing missing teeth. A crown is placed on an individual tooth (somewhat like a thimble over your finger) where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place filling.
Dental crowns made of porcelain and metal are stronger than those made entirely of ceramic and are more aesthetically pleasing than those made metal as they can be color-matched to the adjacent teeth. Our goal is to help preserve your smile for a lifetime.
Veneers, usually customized from porcelain, are a thing semi-translucent "shell", permanently bonded to your teeth. While they are not suitable for every patient, veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions including:
- Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained, or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Misshapen or crocked teeth
The decision to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers is a very personal one. Even a subtle change in your smile can make an exceptional difference in the way you look and feel - and on your social outlook. When you look good you feel great. And that helps you project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. Your smile is our business!
A tooth colored Porcelain Bridge is a long-term method of replacing missing teeth. A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch.
When a permanent tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth are affected. Because the support and chewing forces are left altered, the remaining teeth will begin to shift. The tooth above or below the one that was lost will begin to move up and out of its socket. This accelerates periodontal (gum) disease and causes further break down in the dental arch. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth will eventually be lost, due to improper forces exerted during chewing. Your smile is our business.
Partials are essentially an option to replace lost or damaged teeth. It is a prosthetic that clamps on top of the damaged tooth, and is removable. Our team will fit you with the appropriate partial.
Dentures are prosthetic dental devices that are used to replace lost or missing teeth. Conventional dentures are removable, but you can find options that adhere to your mouth as well.
Our skilled dental professionals will perform a dental extraction (removing a tooth) if there is overwhelming decay, or you need wisdom teeth taken out.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. It used to be that a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve had to be removed. In 95% of these cases today, however, this is no longer true. We believe in saving (instead of removing them) and we will make every effort to save yours!
Valaplast Flexible Partial
When you are ready to replace missing teeth, you leave a number of potential solutions available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It’s important for you to consider all of these issues because you are likely to live with your choice for quite a long time.
Your ultimate comfort is one of the most important considerations when restoring your missing teeth.
If cost is your primary consideration, removable restoration are the more affordable solution, and the results can look totally natural.
Removable partial dentures are custom-made appliances that should be taking out periodically for cleaning. That are generally affordable and require only a short time to make. We now have removable partial dentures that are practically invisible and very comfortable.
When considering a removable partial, many people find the Valplast flexible Partial to be the most comfortable.
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