Preventive Dentistry

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth

Preventive Dentistry

We take care of your mouth and teeth to keep them healthy. Preventive Dentistry helps to avoid gum disease, cavities, gingivitis and other oral health problems.

Preventive Dentistry

Procedures List

ProcedureIndicationsMaterialAppointmentsLab DaysTipsInfo
Routine Cleaning
Deep CleaningThis special cleaning is needed when tartar buildup has caused infection of the gums. Pockets form, a widening of the gum line that has pulled away from the tooth. Loss of this connective tissue can lead to bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss.1Deep dental cleaning will control the infection and promote healing. As you may know, preventing infection and inflammation anywhere in your body—including your gums—is important to heart health and may help you live longer.Download PDF
InlayInlays are usually used when difficulty is anticipated or experienced in obtaining an acceptable contour, contact point and occlusion on a directly placed restoration.Porcelain Free Of Metal11 – 3ceramic inlays may also be chosen for their aesthetics in situations where strength is not a major requisite. This can be particularly relevant for the mesial surfaces of upper premolar teeth and the occlusal surfaces of lower teeth when appearance is important to the patient.
Root CanalsEndodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.1There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal—
Severe pain while chewing or biting
Pimples on the gums
A chipped or cracked tooth
Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
Swollen or tender gums
Deep decay or darkening of the gums
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Fiber Glass PostIdeal properties for the post material include physical properties like modulus of elasticity, compressive strength, flexural strength and thermal expansion, similar to that of dentin. It should esthetically resemble and bond efficiently to the dentine.1Teeth that have short clinical crown, which are not alone enough to support the definitive restoration can be best treated using the post and core system. The advantages of fiber post over conventional metallic post materials have led to its wide acceptance. In addition to that the combination of aesthetic and mechanical benefits of fiber post has provided it with a rise in the field of dentistry. Also the results obtained from some clinical trials have encouraged the clinicians to use the fiber posts confidently.Download PDF
Core Build UpCore buildup is a dental restoration used to repair an excessively decayed, traumatized or otherwise damaged tooth. The term core is used to define the main body of the tooth's structure that excludes the root.1With this dental procedure code, a white or tooth-colored filling made of composite resin is used to repair the damaged areas of the tooth, typically in preparation for the eventual placement of a prosthetic crown.
Such resins are considered tooth-colored because of their unique ability to mirror the color, texture and luminescence of your own teeth. Resin also bonds more securely with the healthy portions of a tooth than traditional amalgam.
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RetreatmentsIf a tooth is becoming painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If this happens to your treated teeth you have a second chance to save the tooth with retreatment. An additional procedure may be able to diminish dental pain or discomfort and promote healing. If you suspect a tooth that had a prior root canal requires retreatment, visit your dentist or endodontist for evaluation.1As with any dental or medical procedure, it’s possible your tooth won’t heal as expected after initial treatment for a variety of reasons, including:

Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure.
Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure.
The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment.
The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth.

A new problem can also jeopardize a tooth that was successfully treated, such as:

New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection in the tooth.
A loose, cracked or broken crown or filling can expose the tooth to new infection.
A tooth sustains a fracture. During retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were placed in the root canals during the first procedure. The endodontist then carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infection. The endodontist then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and places new filling materials. The opening is then sealed with a temporary filling. Once the tooth heals, which may require more than one visit, a new crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it.
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Crown LengtheningDuring the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile2 – 3Crown lengthening can be necessary if there isn’t enough of the tooth in place to hold the crown on its own. Teeth that are broken or affected by tooth decay may prohibit a crown from firmly attaching.
Crown lengthening reduces gum tissue and shaves down bone when necessary so more of the tooth is above the gum’s surface. A properly fitted crown allows for better oral hygiene and comfort.
Some people seek crown lengthening to alter a “gummy smile,” in which the gums are visible above the teeth when smiling
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White FillingBy using enamel and dentin bonding techniques, white fillings restore teeth that have become damaged as a result of tooth decay or injury. White fillings are used as an alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings, which are aesthetically poor and contain mercury.1Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.Download PDF
RelineBasically, a denture reline is exactly what it sounds like — putting a new lining in your dentures so they fit properly in your mouth. Relining your replacement is simple and affordable and can make your day-to-day life so much more comfortable.1 – 21 – 2Whenever your tooth is removed from its place, the tissue in that area starts a breakdown on a cellular level. Basically, the tissue is taken back into the body to be used elsewhere. Obviously, this means your gum tissue will change density and shape as it heals.Download PDF
Teeth WhiteningZoom Whitening is an in-office bleaching process that is widely known for its ability to quickly brighten teeth from the effects of discoloration.1The complete procedure takes about one hour, but a preliminary evaluation and teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the treatment.Download PDF