Good Dental Health begins with regular check ups at our dental office and the preventative work you do at home everyday. Cleanings are recommended every six months and X-Rays to be taken once a year. This can help detect problem areas that may need dental treatment in order to protect the health of your mouth and the beauty of your smile.
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, a 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. The sealant is brushed on, cured and seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Fillings are done to remove decay within a tooth. The tooth material that is removed is then replaced with a bonded tooth colored, composite resin material or amalgam alloy. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and infections at which point more advanced treatments would be needed.
Bonding is another way to repair tooth decay damage, and close gaps between teeth. A bonding is a composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth and is adhered to the front of the tooth. The surface of the tooth is roughened prior to the material placement. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The material is then shaped and polished for a natural and healthy tooth finish.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. These structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in.
If you're having a problem, please schedule an appointment so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic. When the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Dental x-rays are on of the most useful tools for diagnosing dental problems. Our office recommends x-rays once a year to assist our staff in detecting decay, periodontal problems, and/or abnormalities of the teeth and surrounding structures. Most dental issues that are diagnosed with our routine x-ray s can be restored or treated before the patient experiences pain form an otherwise undetected problem. X-rays work by passing through the tooth that is being evaluated. These “rays” leave a resulting pattern that is read and diagnosed by Dr. Kapec. This allows Dr. Kapec to look at the areas not visible to the human eye.
Dental x-rays produce a very low radiation exposure. Our dental film was recently updated to a more sensitive technology so that our radiation dosing is less per patient. This allows for a safer environment for our patients and a peace of mind knowing that your health is our priority.