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Healthy Smiles, Inc.

 SERVICES

 

Our office is pleased to offer information about the following services in our office:

Oral Hygiene Care
Dental Cleaning
Halitosis
Sealants
Bonding
Fillings
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Sedation Dentistry

Oral Hygiene Care

 

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth, gums and overall health. Healthy teeth and gums not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Most importantly,  good oral health is important to your overall well-being.  Did you know gum disease has been linked too other systemic health problems? Preventive care, including proper brushing, flossing, and maintaining regular four or six month recare visits with your dentist, can help to prevent and control these problems.

 

 

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day
  • Floss once daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Make sure your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area
  • Visit your dentist every 4-6months for professional cleanings and oral exams
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

The following are indications of good oral hygiene:

  • No bleeding present when brushing or flossing
  • Gums are pink and not tender
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem

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Periodontal Health

 

After evaluating the health of your gums your Dentist or Dental Hygienist will determine the level of gum therapy that is best for you as an individual at that present time. Your gums surround your bone and the bone is the foundation and support of your teeth. Did you know gum disease is the #1 reason for early tooth loss ? What determines the level of gum therapy you will need to keep your gums healthy ?  First a measurement of the socket of each tooth is taken. During this measurement the dentist or hygienist will look for bleeding, plaque and tartar levels and swelling. A healthy mouth will have minimal plaque and tartar build up, minimal bleeding and pink gums. This patient can receive a dental cleaning. If plaque and tartar levels are high, there is significant swelling and bleeding and redness in the gums to sufficiently remove the debris non-surgical periodontal therapy is necessary.

 Each patient is unique and a full evaluation of the gums in first priority to maintain a healthy mouth.

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Halitosis

 

Halitosis is sophisticated word for “bad breath”.  Depending on the cause, bad breath may strike on occasion or may be a more persistent condition.  The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria.  Because the mouth is moist and warm, it creates perfect conditions for the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth.  In fact, approximately 80% of bad breath is caused by something in the mouth. Brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash will usually take care of the problem.  Regular visits to the dentist should be made for dental examinations and for professional teeth and gum cleaning.

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Sealants


This is 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, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

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Bonding
 

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes.

First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond 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.

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Fillings

 

 

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain.  The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost.   Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:

·       Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place.  While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material.  Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.

·         Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear. However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.  Recently,  concern has been raised regarding the safety of amalgam fillings, which contain mercury.  For this reason, our office has chosen to be amalgam-free, using only high grade, non-toxic materials to treat our patients. 

·        Composite (plastic) resins are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. White while fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years.  They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco. To read more about white fillings, click here.

·         Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.

If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through root canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping.

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Non-Surgical Gum Therapy

The removal of plaque and tartar that has built up below the gum-line causing an infection. Topical Anesthetics are used for patient comfort. After a through exam of the gums shows bleeding, swelling, and redness this might be what is best for you to return your gums to health. Tartar is plaque that has hardened to the tooth. Once tartar forms gum-line the gum-line it is closer to your bone and you have become at risk for bone loss due to the toxicity of bacteria comprising the tartar. A Non-surgical gum therapy program will be followed through upon diagnosis.

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Sedation Dentistry/Dental Anxiety

Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia.  We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible.  Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients, who otherwise might avoid the dentist, to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile. Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.

 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable.  This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation.  Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.

 

Oral Sedatives

This medication can be given to a patient the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes to an hour prior to the dental appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety.  Oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anesthetic will also be administered.

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