At No Smile Left Behind, we offer a variety of services to care for your mouth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.
Examinations – A complete and thorough dental examination is the critical first step in determining which treatment, if any, is needed. An examination typically consists of X-rays and a tooth-by-tooth assessment for health. In most patients, the gums will also be checked for disease. At the end of an examination, a treatment plan will be created and discussed. The treatment plan is your road map to a healthy mouth.
Cleanings/Gum Treatment – Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue and the tooth-supporting bone underneath become infected. It is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums. If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease. When plaque hardens into rock-like tartar (“calculus”), it can only be removed by a professional in a dental office.
Preventative Treatment – The goal of any quality dental treatment plan should be to prevent as much disease as possible. Professional fluoride application is done to strengthen the teeth against decay or to slow or stop existing decay. Sealants may be applied to adult molars in order to provide a highly effective barrier against decay. Education about healthy habits which promote lasting and total oral health will be provided.
Fillings – Dental fillings are used to fill cavities after decay is removed, as well as to repair cracked and broken teeth. Fillings can be done with metal or a tooth-colored material called “resin composite.” No Smile Left Behind always uses tooth-colored fillings to create a natural, beautiful smile.
Extractions – An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and the dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area. Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. The dentist will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoid activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area for 72 hours.
Dentures – Dentures, also commonly called “plates,” are removable appliances used to replace all or several missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing. There are conventional and immediate complete dentures. Conventional complete dentures are made and placed 3-6 months after all the teeth have been removed. Immediate complete dentures are made in advance and placed as soon as all of the teeth have been removed. Conventional dentures tend to have better outcomes and be more predictable than immediate dentures.