This particular x-ray is used for our orthodontic planning. Your digital images are taken in less than a minute and are available immediately for our team to view. Panorex x-rays provide the highest level of detail available in dentistry today.
Our office has the capability of taking a full set of digital x-rays to completely assess your oral health. With digital x-ray technology, radiation exposure is dramatically reduced and no chemicals are used to process the images, making it a safer choice for both our patients and the environment.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease that affects only the tissue (not the bone). Some forms of gingivitis affect as much as 50% of the general population, without their knowledge.
Indications of gingivitis include red and swollen gums that bleed easily. When treated early, the tissues can heal very quickly. Gingivitis is often an early sign of pregnancy in women.
Untreated gingivitis can progress into periodontists, which can eventually destroy the gum tissue, bone, and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. While gingivitis only affects tissue, periodontists silently eats away at the bone around a tooth, usually without any pain or warning signs that it’s happening.
This means that even though a tooth may be healthy, it can still be lost if there is no bone left to hold it in place. As the infection spreads, other parts of the body can be affected, including your heart and vital organs, with serious or even fatal consequences. Studies have linked gum disease to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth-weight babies, and other health issues.
At each cleaning, our hygienist uses this software to measure the health of your gum tissue at six locations around each tooth. This amazing customization of your hygiene allows us to monitor your oral health from visit to visit, and ensures early detection of potential problems. It also aids in creating a solid foundation of gum health before proceeding with a cosmetic and/or functional enhancement.
Ultrasonic Instrumentation is a revolutionary way to remove stains and hard deposits from the teeth in an efficient and comfortable manner. Our hygienist uses ultrasonic instrumentation before each cleaning to flush bacteria from under the tissue and to promote tissue healing and health.
Your oral health and the appearance of your gum tissue are important elements that help determine the look of your smile. Our office employs antibiotic placement and laser therapy administered by well-trained hygienists to help improve and maintain the health of your gum tissue.
Excessive or irregular gum tissue may need to be reshaped in order to help you reach your cosmetic goals for your smile. The use of lasers enhances tissue health and creates ideal tissue symmetry, helping to provide exceptional results.
Lasers serve several important functions when it comes to teeth cleaning. They’re the latest technology to help reduce bacteria during a cleaning, promoting tissue healing and health and preventing periodontal disease. A laser can determine the difference between healthy tissue and diseased tissue, with extreme precision and little postoperative discomfort for the patient. With all their benefit, lasers only add about five or ten minutes to a normal teeth cleaning and are well worth the minimal time investment.
Once a portion of infected tissue has been cleaned, we offer a localized antibiotic, Arestin, to help the healing process. Arestin is placed quickly onto the area and the antibiotic is time-released for two weeks under the tissue, giving it the best chance to heal.
Early detection of oral cancer saves thousands of lives each year. Since it’s often difficult for patients to detect cancer in their mouths themselves, dental professionals are often the first to detect the signs. Both the dental hygienist and doctor check for oral cancer during each visit.
Teeth can often become sensitive to hot and cold. Luckily, this situation can be resolved in a number of ways, using laser technology, MI Paste, or Fluoridex toothpaste to help make dental surfaces strong and resistant to sensitivity.