We use the KaVo KEY Laser 3 in a wide range of applications, including periodentics, conservative therapy, endodontics and surgery. The unique feedback system allows for controlled concrement removal without the risk of thermal side effects.
Dentures and Implants
Dentures are made of an acrylic or metal base with porcelain or acrylic teeth. We take accurate and detailed impressions of the remaining oral structures to custom fit you with natural looking dentures. If only one or two teeth are missing, an implant would be a better option. Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth – they are also fixed in place and eliminate the need for removable particles or fixed bridges.
Most tooth extractions can be prevented, but there are certain conditions under which tooth removal is necessary, including severe decay, gum disease or impaction (which is often the case for wisdom teeth). Most tooth extractions are simple – the offending tooth is loosened and quickly removed from the mouth.
Professional oral cleaning encompasses the removal of hard and soft deposits from the teeth and polishing the teeth during an oral prophylaxis. It is important to have the cleaning performed by a dentist or hygienist on a regular basis to ensure continuous maintenance and good health of the gums. Treatment can include scaling, root planning, polishing and fluoride treatment. A complete dental examination is usually carried out during the same visit, when x-rays may also be taken for diagnostic purposes.
Cavities start mainly in the grooves and pits on the biting surfaces of the posterior teeth. Not only are these fine grooves inaccessible to your toothbrush, but they also have a thin layer of protective enamel making them more susceptible to decay. A sealant is a plastic material that flows into the grooves and depression of the back tooth, filling them in and rendering these areas resistant to tooth decay. Sealants are often used for child patients to protect their new teeth.
Once cavities have been detected in a tooth, the only way to stop its progression is to remove the decay until sound tooth structure has been reached. The teeth are then filled with either silver, composite or inlay fillings.
Root canals treat the irreversibly damaged nerve and blood vessels of the tooth, returning the tooth to a comfortable functioning state and facilitating its preservation. An abscessed tooth is one of the more painful dental emergencies, and that pain is alleviated by root canal therapy. If you suspect you are suffering from an abscessed tooth, call our office immediately.
X-rays are an integral part of regular dental treatment. They allow the dentist access to areas unseen by the naked eye, including under the gums, in the jawbones and between and inside the teeth. For your convenience, we use low-radiation digital x-rays.