Routinely scheduled dental visits are essential for anyone who prefers to stay a step ahead of oral health problems. Whether you’re at risk for cavities or oral cancer, detecting and treating the issue as early as possible is our top concern. To do so, we provide a range of general dentistry services that are designed to keep your teeth healthy, functioning properly, and looking great! From professional cleanings and checkups to modern restorative procedures, our first-class dental team is prepared to attend to all of your most pressing dental needs.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
When scheduled at least twice each year, a professional cleaning is an important key in the prevention of common dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease. In conjunction with periodic dental exams, a routine cleaning can provide a great opportunity for Dr. Stevens to take a closer look at the overall health of your mouth while also checking for specific problems.
When the tooth’s protective enamel has been penetrated by a cavity, a small composite filling is an effective way to seal the hole in your tooth and prevent the problem from spreading. Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that are now frequently used in place of older metal fillings.
Root Canal Therapy
A tooth with a nerve that is damaged or dead can be preserved when a root canal procedure is performed. The procedure involves the cleaning and removal of the diseased pulp within the center of the tooth. The space within the tooth is then sterilized and reshaped before being filled and sealed with an inactive filling material. Root canal therapy allows us to eliminate the infected or unhealthy interior of the tooth while maintaining the body of the tooth.
When a badly damaged or fractured tooth is found to be beyond repair, or when there is only a minimal chance of successfully restoring the tooth, we may recommend having the tooth removed. To ensure your complete comfort, tooth extractions can be performed with the use of local anesthetics and sedatives. Prior to removing a tooth, we will take the time to discuss your options for replacing it. Your replacement solutions might include a dental implant, a permanent bridge, or a removable partial.
For additional information about our general dentistry services, please contact our office today.
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We are now accepting CHiP and Medicaid! Here at A Smile Above we cater to most insurance plans, such as; Humana, Delta, Metlife, Unite, and much more! We also offer Care Credit, and prepayment financing plans.
Those with healthy teeth and gums should receive two cleanings per year, every six months. Some patients may require dental cleanings more often if they have a history of gum disease. Teeth cleanings are incredibly important for controlling tartar buildup, which is a major contributor to periodontal disease. Even if a patient practices adequate oral hygiene, cleanings are still a necessity. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which brushing and flossing alone cannot do.
Oral hygiene at home is the foundation of good oral health. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. One of these brushings should occur just before bed. When brushing, be sure to clean your tongue, the gums, and the linings of your cheeks. Be sure to brush in gentle, soft circular motions with ADA-approved toothpaste and toothbrushes. Flossing is very important as well. People should floss at least once each day. Not only does flossing clean deep between teeth where a brush can’t reach, it helps prevent tartar buildup along the gum line by disrupting colonies of bacteria.
A tooth-colored filling offers many advantages. Beyond effectively protecting a decayed tooth from future damage, a tooth-colored filling maintains the aesthetics of a tooth by providing a discreet and natural looking restoration. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, a white compound that is tinted to blend in with natural tooth structure.
Once a tooth is decayed, professional treatment is necessary to prevent the cavity from deepening. Teeth, unlike other parts of the body, do not regenerate new tissue and therefore can’t heal on their own. This means that fillings are necessary to address small areas of tooth decay. A filling will fill in the cavity and protect the tooth from further damage.
Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars that have not erupted through the gums in an upright position. This means that the wisdom teeth are “stuck” in the gums. When teeth are impacted, they can produce very serious threats to oral health and quality of life. Patients whose wisdom teeth are impacted are more likely to develop periodontal disease and dental caries. Discomfort in the form of facial tenderness and frequent headaches are common, too. For these reasons, removing wisdom teeth is often recommended.
When performing a tooth extraction, our practice takes precautions to maintain a patient’s comfort. We will administer local anesthetics around the extraction site to effectively numb nerve endings and other sensitive tissues in the area. If necessary, patients may receive mild sedation such as nitrous oxide gas to promote a positive experience. Since local anesthetics are effective, the main sensation patients experience during tooth extraction is pressure, not pain. After an extraction, there is some mild discomfort but this is alleviated with over the counter or prescription analgesics.