At your first dental exam, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The dentist or hygienist will start by talking to you about your medical and dental history, including any medications you are taking and any concerns you have. They might then take X-rays of your teeth and jaws to get a better look at your overall dental health. Followed by a dental cleaning and a discussion of their findings and any necessary treatment. The entire process should take about an hour.
Routine Teeth Cleaning
A routine teeth cleaning is a preventive dental procedure that helps to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth after you eat or drink. Tartar is hardened plaque that can build up on your teeth below the gum line.
During a routine teeth cleaning, the hygienist will use a variety of tools to remove plaque and tartar, including a scaler, a polisher, and a floss. The hygienist may also apply fluoride to your teeth to help prevent cavities.
Routine teeth cleanings are typically recommended every six months, but your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings if you have certain risk factors for tooth decay or gum disease.
Routine teeth cleanings are an important part of maintaining good oral health. By getting regular cleanings, you can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
A dental filling is a material that is used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. Fillings are typically made of metal, composite resin, or ceramic. The type of filling that is used will depend on the location and severity of the damage, as well as the patient’s preferences.
Silver Amalgam Fillings – Metal fillings (also known as mercury fillings) are made from strong and durable materials that can withstand the forces applied to the teeth while chewing. They are not made for aesthetics and can make the surrounding tooth structure appear discolored. Generally, silver amalgam fillings are used for the back teeth as they are more durable for the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Composite White Fillings – Tooth-colored fillings are ideal for patients wishing to maintain the natural beauty of their smile. Composite fillings are closely matched to the natural color of your teeth and bond well to the tooth. While not as strong as metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are durable and should last up to 6-12 years. Composite fillings are usually used on the front teeth offering optimal aesthetics.
We will work with each patient individually to determine which type of filling would be best for you.
Fillings are a safe and effective way to repair damaged or decayed teeth. They can help to prevent further damage, restore the tooth’s function and appearance, and relieve pain and sensitivity.
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket. Tooth extractions may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including:
- Severe decay
- Gum disease
- Fractured teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Orthodontic reasons
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions are typically performed on teeth that are visible and can be easily accessed. Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that are impacted or difficult to access, such as Wisdom teeth.
To perform a tooth extraction, the dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist will use specialized instruments to loosen and remove the tooth. After the tooth is removed, the dentist may place a stitch or two to close the gum tissue.
Tooth extractions are a relatively common dental procedure, but there are some risks associated with the procedure, including bleeding, infection, and dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site dislodges.
If you are considering a tooth extraction, it is important to talk to your dentist about the risks and benefits of the procedure. Your dentist can help you decide if a tooth extraction is the right option for you.
A root canal is a dental procedure that removes the infected or inflamed pulp from the inside of a tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. Root canals are performed to save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
During a root canal, the dentist will first create an opening in the top of the tooth. Then, the dentist will use specialized instruments to remove the pulp from the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will fill the tooth with a rubbery material called gutta-percha and seal it with a filling.
Root canals are a safe and effective way to save teeth that are infected or inflamed. They can help to relieve pain and sensitivity, prevent further damage to the tooth, and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. TMD stands for temporomandibular disorder, which is a group of conditions that affect the TMJ and the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
TMD can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain and tenderness in the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, and headaches. TMD can also cause earaches, dizziness, and ringing in the ears.
The exact cause of TMD is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, injury, and stress. TMD can also be caused by other dental problems, such as grinding or clenching of the teeth and misaligned teeth.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for TMD. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Treatment options may include over-the-counter pain relievers, relaxation techniques, physical therapy, and mouth guards. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, it is important to see a doctor or dentist to get a diagnosis and treatment plan.