Your smile can have dramatic effects on your overall appearance and self-esteem. Visiting your dentist at least once every six months and practicing proper oral hygiene are the building blocks for a healthy smile. Here are some of the treatments that your dentist may provide to improve the health and aesthetic of your teeth.
Routine Cleaning: If you routinely visit the dentist, you will receive a basic cleaning. This entails cleaning above the gum line, removing plaque, and getting those hard to reach spots in your mouth.
Deep Cleaning/Scaling: If you have not had your teeth cleaned in over a year, you will most likely need to have a deep cleaning. Plaque and tartar deposits under the gum line will be removed using an ultrasonic scaler.
X-Rays: X-rays are often taken to look for hidden dental problems such as cavities and bone loss.
Fillings: Cavities are one of the most common tooth problems. If left untreated, a cavity can turn into a more severe problem. Cavities should be immediately filled to prevent future tooth decay.
Composite Fillings: A composite filling, used to repair a damaged tooth, is colored to match your existing teeth. For front teeth or teeth that are more visible, composite fillings are an aesthetically pleasing option. Like silver amalgam, composite fillings are very durable and will last for many years.
Teeth Whitening: Bright, white teeth can dramatically improve your smile and self confidence. While you can purchase over-the-counter teeth whiteners, you will get instant and longer lasting results with in-office treatment options. To find out more about the teeth whitening procedures available, contact your local dentist.
Bridges: Dental bridges are fixed, non-removable appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth next to the existing space are crowned and used to anchor the bridge to restore functionality and aesthetics. A properly installed bridge will restore your smile and ability to bite and chew normally.
Crowns: When the surface of the tooth is damaged, crowns are an excellent way to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens a tooth’s structure when it cannot be repaired with fillings or other types of restorations.
Inlays / Onlays: Dental inlays and onlays, made of tooth-colored porcelain, composite resin, or gold, are used when the damaged area of the tooth is too large for a traditional filling or crown. Dental inlays and onlays are designed to fit perfectly over damaged teeth to create a natural look and feel.
Bonding: As an alternative to veneers, bonding is a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misarranged. The surface of the tooth is lightly etched before a tooth-colored resin is applied, sculpted, and polished into the desired shape for a natural appearance.
Veneers: Porcelain veneers are lightweight sections of a ceramic material that are bonded directly to the front of the tooth. Veneers are an excellent solution to fix discolored, chipped, or broken teeth, restoring a beautiful, confident smile.
Dentures / Partial Dentures: Dentures, complete and partial, are a removable dental appliance that serve as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and enhance your smile.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth, without altering additional teeth. A small titanium screw is implanted in the jaw bone to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.