STARTING OFF WITH GOOD DENTAL CARE
General & Family Dentistry
Family dentistry is for patients of all ages offering complete, comprehensive dental care.
At Dentalia we offer professional dental health care including checkups, oral health consultations and any necessary dental treatment. Teaching children about oral hygiene can help them maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
Tooth PainTooth pain can be caused by various problems. Oral examination can help determine the cause.
Broken or Chipped ToothChipped teeth can be treated either by cosmetic bonding or porcelain restoration.
Cavities & DecayWe use modern technology to detect decay in the earliest stages, saving and preserving your teeth.
Tooth StainsWe offer a couple of whitening procedures to brighten your teeth and return the smile yo tour face.
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see between the teeth, below the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
An ultrasonic cleaning is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleaning. An ultrasonic scaler (rather than a hand instrument) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high frequency sound-waves. Many patients find ultrasonic more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothed. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
If you've been told you need a dental filling, you're not alone: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are the tried-and-true treatment for treating cavities – and they come in a variety of options to suit every need. Dental fillings can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for more than a century and are still the most common and cost-effective type of dental filling. But composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred dental filling due to their natural appearance and durability. The type of dental filling used is determined by a number of factors, including size and location of the cavity, as well as your budget. More and more fillings are composite (white) and placed when appropriate. In many cases they are the material of choice.
A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Dental crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure. Made of ceramic, ceramic with metal or gold, dental crowns are placed during a multi-step process and require more than one dental visit. The first step is a dental impression. A temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory to create the final restoration. Virtually all of our single crowns or small span bridges are ceramic and fabricated by computer at the lab to ensure a precise fit. The esthetics of a ceramic crown is excellent. With good oral hygiene and minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns can last for many years.
Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost effective options for bridging the gap caused by missing teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape in tact.
There are several types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by the adjacent teeth. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges usually take at least two visits to complete and the patient can expect the bridge to last many years.
Gum Disease Treatment
Red, swollen gums are a red flag for one thing: gum disease. If you have the symptoms, you're not alone. More than 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments. For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line. There are also a variety of medications and rinses that can reduce infection and inflammation. If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a gingivectomy or periodontal surgery may be necessary. A patient may be referred to a specialist if needed.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea is a condition that may have very adverse effects upon your health. At our office we can help with the diagnoses and treatment of sleep apnea by fabricating an appliance that will alleviate this condition. Sleep apnea should not interfere with a healthy, reparative sleep.
If you've been living with persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, you could have TMJ – temporomandibular jaw disorder. TMJ can often be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face. TMJ treatment from a dentist can relieve the discomfort. Although TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards. The goal of TMJ treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain – and without pain! Fortunately, the vast majority of TMJ dysfunction is soft tissue related. Our treatment is geared to restoring the soft tissue to a relaxed non-stressed condition. Think of this treatment as physical therapy for the jaw.