Bad Breath or Halitosis
Bad breath can interfere with many aspects of your life, particularly your relationships and your career. This problem which is called Halitosis, is now treatable and can be eliminated.
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from the treatment of bad breath, the solution is just a telephone call away. Call today for a private consultation.
Composite Bonding is one of the most conservative, versatile and affordable ways to esthetically restore a multitude of dental cases. We use this natural-looking, resin material to:
- Restore cavities in front and back teeth
- Replace old or unattractive “Silver Fillings”
- Repair root abrasion
- Close diastema (spaces between the teeth)
- Restore chipped or fractured teeth
- Improve or change the color of permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Improve tooth sensitivity related to enamel erosion or recession of the gums
Available in a variety of colors and special shades, bonding can be made to look as natural and pleasing as your own tooth.
WHY DO WHITE/COMPOSITE FILLINGS COST MORE?
Composites are very technique sensitive and require more care in placement due to a number of different steps. Each step must be carried out meticulously. Also, composites are cured by a special light form. To insure proper placement and good restorative prognosis, each stage requires more time and skill. The materials used are state-of-the-art and costly.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by PLAQUE, a colorless film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Plaque is most harmful when these bacteria form into colonies-that takes about 24 hours. If not removed daily, plaque mixes with sugars and starches in the diet to form acids and other by-products in the mouth. Plaque irritates the gums, causing them to become red, tender and swollen. It also causes the gums to bleed easily.
If not removed, plaque gardens to form calculus (tartar) around the necks of the teeth. Eventually, the irritants in plaque destroy the tissue that attaches the gums to the teeth. The gums pull away from the teeth and small pockets from between the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with more plaque. Eventually, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed. Periodontal disease is usually a slow, painless, progressive disease. Most adults with gum disease are unaware that they have it. If diagnosed early, however, the teeth can be saved.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
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. However this is not true in 95 percent (95%) of these cases today.
We believe in saving teeth (instead of removing them) and we will make every effort to save yours!
Here is how your teeth can be saved with endodontic treatment. First, the tooth may be isolated with a piece of rubber dam. This confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents. An opening is made through the crown into the pulp. We then remove the diseased pulp. A temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until the next visit. At the next appointment we sterilize the inside of the tooth, to remove the bacteria. Throughout the root canal procedure we take X-rays to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed and that the walls inside the canal are smooth. Finally, the root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed. In 95% of cases the endodontically treated tooth then needs a crown
Sixty million American have it. It’s more common in the elderly, and affects men and women equally. Its exact cause is unknown, but women are nine times more likely than men to seek treatment for this malady. The lower jaw (mandible) is attached to the skull by a joint on each side of the face, called the temporomandibular joint.
We refer to it as the TMJ. Any number of problems associated with the chewing muscles, ligaments, bones or the joints can prevent the TMJ from functioning properly; hence, the term TMJ Syndrome. There are many signs and symptoms of TMJ syndrome, not all necessarily present in all cases. The following symptoms are some of the most common:
- Tenderness of the jaw muscles;
- Pain in or around the ear, that often spreads to the face;
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth;
- Pain or difficulty in chewing, yawning or opening wide;
- Jaws that “get stuck” or “lock”
Because every patient is different, treatment also varies from patient to patient.
With the help of your dentist, preventing tooth decay can become even easier. You may already be aware that daily brushing and flossing are the most important weapons against the formation of plaque, the primary cause of cavities. To supplement your regular routine of brushing and flossing, your dentist can apply a coat of plastic material — called a sealant — on the top, or biting, surfaces of your teeth. This plastic coating creates a barrier between your teeth and the decay-causing bacteria that live in plaque.
*WHAT IS PLAQUE AND WHY DOES IT CAUSE CAVITIES?
As you or your children eat and drink during the day, the food in your mouth combines with bacteria to produce a sticky film called plaque that attaches on and in between tooth surfaces (tooth enamel). Plaque often is found on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, from which it is difficult to remove by brushing and flossing alone. If plaque is not removed regularly from your teeth, it can produce acids which will attack the tooth enamel and create pits or holes (cavities) in the tooth. This is tooth decay.
*HOW CAN SEALANTS HELP PREVENT CAVITIES?
Coating your teeth with a slippery plastic material makes it harder for plaque to stick to the tiny grooves on the biting surfaces of the teeth – reducing the risk of forming cavities and tooth decay.