Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that decay left behind. Currently most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.
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 secure 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 of the tooth. 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 final step.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone structure around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. The periodontium is the foundation of the teeth. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and/or bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that pull away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs indicate that there is a bacterial infection present. However, it is also possible that a patient may not be aware of any signs or symptoms of their periodontal disease. There is strong clinical evidence that periodontal disease is linked with heart disease and aggravated by diabetes. With proper care, it may be possible to return the gums to a healthy state. If you are having any dental issues, make an appointment so we can care for you immediately. The treatment for gum disease usually involves a deep cleaning otherwise known as root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. When gum disease is identified and treated early, surgical treatment and or extractions can often be avoided.
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 unwanted cavities over time. For sealants the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep the teeth healthy.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. This is the new and improved environmentally concious way of taking radiographs that illiminates harmful lead waste into the environment. Coupled with computer monitorying, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental issues and concerns. Digital x-rays also makes it possible for the patient to easily view what the doctor views and understand the patients dental treatment and diagnosis.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. 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.