A smile is one of the most memorable things about you. Receiving general dentistry services such as cleanings and X-rays on a bi-annual basis is one of the best ways to maintain an optimal smile, not to mention an important way to manage your health. General dentistry services can also include extractions, root canals, periotherapy to treat infections of the supportive tissues of the mouth, fillings and nightguards. By employing the use of the latest dental technologies, Drs. Waters and Davidson can help keep your smile looking its best for years to come.
Dental cleanings not only help brighten a smile; they are also an important step in the prevention of periodontal disease and the protection of your overall health. Left unchecked, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and complicate other conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Regular cleanings every six months, along with daily brushing and flossing, promote good oral hygiene and improved overall health.
Sealants are a protective measure designed to block the bacteria and acids causing tooth decay. The barrier, applied to the surface of the teeth, provides a protective measure against cavities in the premolars and molars of the permanent back teeth.
A radiograph is the image resulting after an object, such as teeth, is exposed to an X-ray. We use radiographs for conservative diagnosis and also for preventative purposes to highlight oral care issues before they become a problem. We are proud that our digital radiographs use much less radiation than the traditional.
Tooth-colored fillings are a welcome replacement for the dark silver amalgam fillings of the past. No longer a one-size-fits-all solution, the fillings can be sculpted and shaded to create a natural look that blends with existing teeth. The resin-based fillings are attractive and functional, minimizing the development of future decay.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease results from aggressive bacteria infecting the gums. Inflammation and infection can cause red, swollen gums that bleed easily and then the bone around the teeth is destroyed resulting in eventual tooth loss. Thankfully, good oral care including brushing, flossing and dental cleanings can usually keep gum disease at bay.
A root canal is necessary when a large cavity or injury damages the nerve in a tooth. This routine procedure removes the inflamed or infected tissue inside of a tooth. After cleaning and disinfection, the tooth is capped with a crown to protect the area from further infection.
Tooth disease, shifting teeth and decay take a toll on the mouth in the eventual form of missing teeth and tissue loss. Without these elements, the mouth and jaw lose its natural shape, making a basic task like chewing a challenge. Full or partial dentures can restore the look of the mouth and make eating food easier.
Types of dentures include:
Conventional complete dentures
One of the most common types of dentures, these are used when all of the teeth are missing. Conventional dentures are made after the mouth has healed from extractions.
Partial dentures are used when two or more natural teeth remain. The partial dentures are attached to a plastic base which then connect to natural or implanted teeth into the mouth.
Fixed hybrid dentures
The hybrid combines a fixed replacement with a removable denture—hence, a hybrid! This is usually an ideal option for patients who have bone loss in the jaw but don’t want their teeth removed. Hybrid dentures are attached to the jaw with implants and don’t require daily removal. They’re widely thought to be more comfortable than removable dentures.
Interim (temporary) dentures
Also known as immediate dentures, these are made in advance and placed in the mouth directly after teeth removal. Due to changes in the gums and bones over time, interim dentures are meant to be a placeholder until conventional dentures can be positioned.
Typically, a denture rests directly on the gums. Instead, an implant overdenture uses attachments that connect to an implant in the jaw bone. Implant overdentures are more commonly used in the lower jaw, where conventional dentures tend to be less stable.