Basic Cleaning and Polish
This basic cleaning and polish is the most common, routine teeth cleaning. During this service, we remove surface stains and other debris on each tooth’s surface above the gum line. We also scrape the edges of each tooth to remove tartar, plaque, and mineral deposits. Most insurance plans cover this type of cleaning.
Full Mouth Debridement
This type of cleaning is typically necessary if it has been longer than one year since your last cleaning. It is a common treatment for patients diagnosed with gingivitis. This cleaning removes heavy calcium and mineral deposits under the gum line that are fused to the tooth and roots. Please note that this service may require a longer appointment or may be broken up into two visits.
Deep Scaling and Root Planing
This type of teeth cleaning involves treating areas both above and below the gum line. Patients go through a non-surgical treatment to remove buildup of minerals and calcium and smooth out exposed root surfaces. This treatment may also include fluoride and local antibiotics, depending on your needs.
Because these dental procedures are more invasive, they can cause higher levels of discomfort for patients. However, it is important to remember that deep scaling is necessary in moderate or advanced stages of gum disease. This treatment is often completed through the course of several visits, as it is also followed by a normal cleaning and evaluation several weeks after treatment, along with periodontal maintenance visits in three month intervals until normal tissue health is achieved.
A filling is used to repair a cracked or broken tooth, and it is commonly used during cavity treatment. To treat a cavity, we start by removing the decayed part of the tooth. We then “fill” the area of the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Our team utilizes tooth colored composite resin for our patients.
Root canals are dental procedures used to either repair or save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Dental implants are ideal for patients who have one or more missing teeth, or are about to lose teeth due to tooth decay. The dental implant itself is an artificial tooth-root that is inserted into the jawbone and acts as an anchor to support a replacement tooth or teeth.
Dental implants look, feel, and work very much like natural teeth because they are integrated with the bone and don’t require adhesives or artificial gum lines. They are also never removed. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper dental hygiene and routine visits.
Dental Bridges and Crowns
A crown is used to entirely cover or cap a damaged tooth. The crown can be used to strengthen a damage tooth and improve its appearance, shape, or alignment. We often fabricate our crowns in-house utilizing the ceramic and substrate material.
A dental bridge is used to fill in gaps left by missing teeth. The bridge prevents the surrounding teeth from rotating or shifting into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth, and they span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are available in porcelain or ceramic, and are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.