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Routine Dental Hygiene Treatment
Your dental hygienist will begin your appointment by exposing digital radiographs which assist in diagnosing your periodontal health. They will then begin to assess your gingival tissues to determine what kind of cleaning is best for your oral health. Many people see their dentists routinely, every 6 months. For patients who have been absent with dental care for an extended period of time, your dentist and dental hygienist may recommend that you complete a two-step cleaning, SRP.
The hygienist will complete your assessment and begin your cleaning. They may use a combination of an ultrasonic scaler and hand scalers, polish your teeth, floss and recommend fluoride if needed to prevent tooth decay.
The Standard of Care at Grove & Platt Dental Associates PLC, requires radiographs to be taken every 12-24 months. Our office will take a Panoramic radiograph every 5 years, starting at age 6. Bitewing radiographs will be taken starting at age 3-4 years old, once a year.
If you have active tooth decay or gum disease, your dentist and dental hygienist will talk to you about changing and improving your brushing and flossing habits. In severe cases, he or she may recommend special mouthwashes, or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear healthy, your dentist will recommend that you continue your usual brushing and flossing habits.
Tooth restorations include several different ways to repair teeth, improve aesthetics, or replace missing teeth.
- Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Fillings can be either Amalgam (silver) or Composite (tooth colored).
- Crowns, also sometimes known as caps, are tooth colored and help restore shape, size, and appearance or help protect from future fracture after a large filling is placed or a root canal is completed.
- Bridges are essentially three crowns fused together to fill in a space where a tooth/teeth are missing.
- Implants are a great tooth replacement option and have become the standard of care in dentistry, your dentist will refer you to a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon for placement and to evaluate healing. You will then return to our office to have the implant restored with a crown.
- Dentures and Partials are removable replacements for a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Partials are made when some or most natural teeth remain and can either be made with all acrylic or acrylic and metal. Dentures are fabricated to replace all missing teeth on an upper or lower arch.
Cosmetic Dentistry is for the treatment or repair of a tooth due to discoloration, chipping, or uneven shape or size. Cosmetic Dentistry procedures can include the following:
- Dental Bridges
- Smile Makeovers
- Porcelain Veneers
- Cosmetic Contouring
- Composite White Filings
- Bleaching: custom trays or pre-fabricated trays
- Repairing chips or reshaping in front teeth with the placement of tooth colored fillings that match the adjacent tooth structure.
- Crowns or veneers can be fabricated to close spacing in between teeth, correct unevenness in shape or size of the teeth, or restoration of missing tooth structure.
We love kids! And, we love teaching them the proper way to brush and floss, so they have a lifetime of healthy teeth!
It is good to plan your child’s first dental visit by his or her first birthday, or 6 months after the first primary teeth appear, whichever comes first. After your first visit, schedule regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends. However, babies with dental problems caused by injury, disease, or a developmental problem should be seen by a dentist right away.
SureSmile Clear Aligner vs Traditional Braces
SureSmile Clear Aligners are a great alternative to the Traditional Braces. Used for less complex cases, your dentist will use scans, photos and x-rays to create a customized treatment plan to ensure a straighter smile. You will then change your trays every two weeks for gradual movement and straightening of the teeth.
With Traditional Braces, after placement, you/your child will need to return monthly for periodic checks. Traditional Braces includes the placement of brackets.
In some cases, it is necessary for us to refer to an Orthodontist for more complex cases. Our office has great relationships with specialists in the area to ensure you get the best result.