As part of our comprehensive exam for new patients, we always need a full mouth x-ray series within the last five years. If you have had one recently and can get copies of it, that would be great. If not, we will take the necessary x-rays to complete your comprehensive exam.
During this time we will evaluate your periodontal tissues or the gum and bone around your teeth. We will determine the health of your gum tissues and what type of cleaning would be the best therapy for you. If you do not have many issues, then a regular cleaning or prophy will usually do the job and you will be done in one visit. If you have gum disease, it will require more work and deeper cleanings to address this underlying disease. This will usually take multiple visits and we will come up with a plan that fits you and your schedule well.
Often an alternative to crowns, veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain that is glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the dentist to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases.
It is important to ask your dentist how much tooth will be removed. In some cases more tooth will need to be removed, which may increase the risk of trauma to the tooth. Veneers are created from an impression taken in your dentist's office. Your custom veneer is then cemented directly onto your tooth. Veneers won't stain, making them a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from 10 to 15 years, and come in shades that will brighten dark teeth.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.
Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter, brighter teeth.
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, such as Velscope, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light that allows us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gumline. The two processes tend to blur together since during the cleaning process, the hygienist scales away tartar and performs any necessary root planing at the same time. Any roughness can be planed away to result in a silky smooth surface. Scaling and root planing helps the gums to reattach to the tooth roots. Often times this procedure will reduce gingival bleeding, diminish inflammation, and cause the spaces & probing depths around the teeth to decrease. This will allow you better access to clean these important areas.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
Digital x-rays are a form of x-ray imaging where sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. X-rays allow your dentist to see hidden abnormalities, like tooth decay, infections and signs of gum disease, including changes in the bone and ligaments holding teeth in place.
Many dentists use dental loupes (glasses) to enhance their vision during dental procedures. Dr. Schiffman has visualization to a higher level. He uses a microscope designed specifically for dentistry. With a turn of a knob Dr. Schiffman can see from 3 to 20 times normal size. The quality of care provided through advanced magnification is remarkable.
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