Fillings are used to remove decay, and to replace the affected tooth structures. It is called a filling because a new material fills the hole that the decay causes within the tooth. Most teeth are currently treated with tooth colored, composite resin fillings. In the early stages, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. However, if the tooth is not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, which will in turn lead to more serious complications.
Bonding involves adhering composite, resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This procedure is used to repair damage to the teeth that occurs through decay, alteration to the alignment of the teeth, closing of gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. The surface of the tooth is roughened for the bonding to stick to the tooth surface. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth’s surface, and a primer/bonding agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite, resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
These are 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. This does not occur because the person does not brush. These grooves will develop cavities over time, which is not wanted by any patient. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and the pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bones surrounding the teeth form the foundation for ones dental health. When this foundation is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth that are connected. Signs of an unhealthy foundation may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, loose teeth, and changes in the position of the teeth. Any of these signs may be indicators that something is wrong. With proper dental care and gum treatments, however, it is possible to return them to a healthier state. The treatment involves a deep cleaning or root planing, which is done under a local anesthetic, along with a follow-up antibiotic. If the gum disease is severe however, it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to seek treatment if any indicators of this condition are noticed.
X-Rays use a focused beam of X-Ray particles which pass through the bone to produce an image on a special film, showing the teeth structure through which it passed. This process gives images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process. 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.In this office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.