Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal Disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It is an infection of the gums, ligaments and jawbone. The disease is almost completely painless and difficult to detect in its early stages. Some early warning signs are: swollen and tender gums, bad breath, and gums that bleed when you floss and brush. Periodontal Disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque. It can be treated, so see us today if you have detected any of these warning signs!
Warning signs are, Early Stages:
- Reddish, discolored and/or bleeding gums
- Swollen, puffy and/or tender gums
- Bad taste and/or bad breath Called PERIODONTITIS
Advanced stages, symptoms are more severe:
- Loose gums and/or teeth
- Gum recession
- Teeth position change
Do you want to prevent Periodontal Disease?
Here are a few things to avoid: Smoking, chewing tobacco, clenching or grinding your teeth, and unwholesome foods high in sugars or starch. Some medications or medical conditions can also increase your vulnerability to gum disease.
Root canal treatment is a common prescription for abscessed teeth. Abscessed teeth have infected tissue (pulp) in the center. This causes pain and/or swelling. During root canal treatment, the tooth is opened and infected tissue removed. The space is then filled and the opening sealed. A crown may be placed to protect the tooth.. A tooth that has had a root canal treatment can last a lifetime!
Many people have the mistaken notion that root canal treatment is painful. This is NOT SO! We can do many things to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. During the treatment, the area around the tooth is frozen. Some patients may opt to use nitrous oxide, or listen to music to help them relax. If there is pain due to infection, the root canal treatment can be stopped and the treated tooth temporarily sealed.
Antibiotics may be used to help control infection. In most cases you can't see or feel any difference in a tooth that has had a root canal treatment. Talk to us today if you have questions about root canal.
Veneers are one of the ways many people obtain a beautiful white smile. Veneers are custom-made, ultra-thin, porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are durable and can match the existing color or whiten your natural teeth. In as little as two visits, you can have custom-made veneers permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great way to correct crooked, cracked, discolored, and misshapen teeth.
Old, unsightly mercury alloy fillings can be removed and replaced. Porcelain restorations can hold and strengthen your tooth structure as mercury fillings often crack and break teeth because they are not bonded to the surrounding tooth structure. Composite resin offer patients metal-free dentistry, which allows light to flow through and reflect off the teeth, leaving a more natural smile. If you would like to remove your unsightly amalgam fillings, speak with Dr. Hamam, Dr. Lamb, or Dr. Turanchik today!
Dentist-prescribed home whitening is a new whitening alternative. It combines the convenience of at-home whitening products with the assistance and expertise of your dentist. Here’s how it works: We take a model of your teeth and use it to make a custom-fitted tray. Then we provide you with instructions for application of the tray, which contains whitening gel. You wear it each day or night for as little as 1 hour, only returning to have the procedure monitored. Patients often see results after the first day. A significant change can be noticed in as little as 3 days. Maximum results will be achieved with use over a 4 to 6 week period. For further information, please speak to a member of Clinton Family Dental today!
Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted. Potential problems caused by the presence of properly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is difficult and ineffective. Such infections may be frequent, and cause considerable pain and medical danger. Another reason to have a wisdom tooth removed is if the tooth has grown in improperly, causing the tongue to brush up against it. If you have questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, call us today!