GENERAL DENTISTRY
 

FILLINGS
Fillings are done to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called
filling because new material fills a hole that decay left. Most teeth are treated with
bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. If Caught early enough, cavities can be
treated easily and painlessly with no shots and air abrasion. If not, decay can lead to
tooth pain and/or infection and the tooth may need root canal therapy or an extraction.

 


 

BONDING
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth,

to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair any damage done to the tooth by decay,

to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic

purposes. First, the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding

and hold it. A gel is applied to micro-etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent

is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on

the tooth and hardened with an intense light. The composite resin material is shaped

and polished to get a lustrous finish as the  last step. 


SEALANTS
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned

by brushing. In some cases, the 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, and you don't want that. To prevent this, Dr. Madson and his staff will

examine a patient's teeth with a special device, which detects decay, known as

Diagnodent. Then they will place a special cavity-detecting dye on the tooth and

closely examine the tooth with a television microscope to determine the best

treatment for that tooth. If decay is found, then the areas of decay are removed

with air abrasion (no shots needed). Then they will brush on a coating that seals the

grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy. 



NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth.

All 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, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away.

The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local

anesthetic, along with bacteriocidal laser therapy, special rinses, targeted nutricial and

local antibiotic agents. If 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. 


X-RAYS

This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on

special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar

black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays

are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to

undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and

gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.


DENTURES

There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function.

They replace teeth that have become loose or have been lost due to bone loss.

When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let

them fall out, it's time for dentures. 

The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will

have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted.

Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth,

depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in

the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. Often implants can be used to further

stabilize the dentures. 


CROWNS

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to 

break  or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly

done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole

made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed.

Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind

that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to

tremendous pressures. Crowns cover and protect  the weakened tooth, providing strength

and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more

serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as

making for a nice smile.

 

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. At the first, any decay is
removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is
made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits, the crown
is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold.
During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit, this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

 





COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth.
Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show,
usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed
when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show.
The color, alignment, spacing, as well as regularity of the teeth, are the characteristics
that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look
to the mouth.


We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.   



VENEERS

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

There are two indirect techniques that usually involve two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. The first technique allows the veneers to be fabricated without shots or drilling and no loss of tooth structure after a temporary "snap-in smile" is made to see what your final result will be. Then the impressions are taken for the laboratory to fabricate the veneers. These veneers are made of a new super-strong tooth-colored porcelain that allows them to be carefully crafted as thin as a contact lens. Upon completion of the laboratory work, the veneers are then tried in and evaluated for their final appearance and bonded to the teeth. In the second technique, the teeth are minimally prepared, impressions are also taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding. 

 


 

INVISALIGN
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. Ask us about whitening your teeth while you're using the Invisaligners.

 


 

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