A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that serves as a foundation for a permanent replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Once healing has occurred after the implant surgery, a custom abutment with an implant crown is then secured to the top of the implant. Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever developed and have a success rate of over 98%.
For patients with the early stages of gum disease, a scaling and root planning procedure may be required to properly remove plaque and tartar creating deep pockets below the gumline. When plaque is not removed appropriately, it turns into tartar. If left untreated, the tarter build-up can lead to periodontal disease. Scaling and root planning, also known as a initial periodontal therapy, is an effective procedure to treat the early stages of gum disease. The objective of this procedure is to encourage the gum to reattach to the tooth and reduce the depth of the gum pocket.
Arestin is a powder form of the antibiotic, Minocycline, a derivative of tetracycline that is placed into a deep pocket after scaling and root planning. It can help your body to heal the deep pocket and allow reattachment of the collagen fibers of the gum to the tooth.
Fluoride treatments are an important component of a comprehensive preventive dental care plan and can be used for both adults and children. Fluoride treatments can prevent tooth decay, remineralize exposed root surfaces reduce sensitivity of exposed root surfaces and enhance the longevity of crowns by strengthening the interface area to the tooth. The process of applying fluoride to the teeth is painless and can be completed in a matter of minutes in the comfort of our dental office.
On the chewing surfaces of your teeth, there are small grooves and valleys. In some cases, these depressions can trap food and plaque, which regular brushing cannot remove. In order to close over these grooves, we will recommend a dental sealant, which is a thin plastic layer that fills in the nooks and crannies of the teeth. It is a simple and painless process to receive a dental sealant. Sealants can benefit both children and adults to protect their adult teeth.