Scaling and Planing
If it has been longer than a year since your last professional teeth cleaning, it is possible that you will require periodontal scaling, or cleaning of the tooth below the gum line. Stubborn tartar deposits can develop in these hard-to-reach areas, resulting in tooth decay or gum disease. If these conditions are already present, Our doctors can use advanced tools, including ultrasonic technology, to remove these deposits and treat any damage that has occurred in the tooth or surrounding gum tissue. In some cases, a tooth root may require planing. This means that the texture of the tooth was made rough during the cleaning, and it needs to be made smooth again to allow gum tissue to better attach itself and foster proper healing. To ensure your comfort through these treatments, we can administer a local anesthetic.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a classic and often essential method of salvaging a tooth that has experienced advanced decay. If decay has spread to the tooth pulp (the inner chamber containing nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue) and extended to the tiny inner portion of the tooth roots, a root canal procedure can remove the tooth pulp and clean deep within the roots, leaving a healthy outer tooth structure. Next, the tooth's inner chamber is filled with a rubber-like material, and the access point is sealed. Finally, you are left with a healthy-looking tooth that can help you chew comfortably and enjoy a balanced bite.
If decay has gone untreated for too long and spread too far, a tooth extraction may be necessary to create a healthy new foundation for rebuilding your smile. Fortunately, powerful anesthetics and sedatives make this process far less painful than ever before. In fact, in most cases, patients experience little or no discomfort whatsoever.
Whether you are a serious athlete or just enjoy playing sports from time to time, a mouth guard is essential in protecting your teeth from injury. Our doctors can provide custom mouth guards to help you protect the integrity of your teeth while playing contact sports. Similarly, if you grind or clench your teeth, a custom made nightguard can help protect the integrity of your teeth. Depending on the peak times of your grinding/clenching habit, our doctors will advise you when the most appropriate time to wear the nightguard will be.
Adult Braces (Orthodontics)
Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults. Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer. We also offer Invisalign® (clear braces) in our offices so please ask our doctors if Invisalign® is the right choice for you.
One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The dentist changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions - meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas", is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.