BASIC HEALTH

FILLINGS
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new a material fills hole that decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need extensive treatment. 

SEALANTS
This is used to fill in narrow grooves 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 the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also 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 periodontium (gum disease) 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 mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away.

X-RAYS
This is a focused beam of X-Ray 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 that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

WE HAVE DIGITAL X-RAYS TO OUR OFFICE, FOR YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY! REDUCING YOUR EXPOSURE BY MORE THAN HALF!

SEDATION NOW OFFERED! NITROUS OXIDE (LAUGHING GAS)

Nitrous oxide is a sweet smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that you can breathe.  It has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry with the patient receiving 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide. Patient can breathe on their own and maintain full body control.  Patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of the appointment.

ADVANTAGES OF NITROUS OXIDE:

  • Depth of sedation can be altered at anytime to increase/decrease
  • There is no after effect such as "hangover"
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with side effects to your heart, lungs etc.
  • It works rapidly, in as little as 2-3 minutes the relaxation will kick in.
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.

Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide

You should not use Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Though there are no other major contraindications to using Nitrous Oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties breathing.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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