Cleanings and Preventative Treatments
Exams and Diagnoses
Cleanings and Preventative Treatments
Teeth Cleaning and Prophylaxis
Teeth cleaning is a routine procedure that happens during your regular dentist appointments. Tartar and plaque buildup is removed from your teeth to prevent the growth of bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Prophylaxis is the medical term for teeth cleaning, a preventative dental health care option recommended twice a year. During prophylaxis, a dentist will remove dental plaque and other irritants in your mouth that can’t be removed by flossing or brushing your teeth.
A dental sealant is a preventative treatment used to protect your teeth from cavities. Sealants are placed most commonly in the deep pits and fissures of your molars, preventing bacteria from getting stuck in the groves.
Oral Hygiene Maintenance
Oral hygiene maintenance is strongly encouraged by your dentist in order to prevent tooth decay and expensive restorative procedures. We recommend brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day as well as eating and drinking a healthy and balanced diet.
Fluoride is a mineral that prevents tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to damaging acids. Although fluoride is found in our water, a concentrated level of fluoride can be applied to your teeth in order to increase protection. Your dentist might also prescribe fluoride supplements.
Unlike normal teeth cleaning, this process includes smoothing the root surfaces of teeth and removing infected tooth structure as well as cleaning tartar from the surface of the teeth. Also referred to as deep scaling and root planing, this is a common treatment for gum disease, as it cleans the deepened gum pockets under the gum line.
When teeth become so damaged they are irreparable, they need to be removed, or extracted. Using a local anesthetic, we can extract the damaged tooth rather quickly. There are several options to replace the removed tooth that can be discussed prior to treatment.
Tooth Color Restoration
Tooth color restoration is the process in which a filling is bonded to the remaining tooth structure to improve the appearance and structural integrity of the tooth. A custom shade guide is used on every filling to be sure the restorative material is a near perfect match to your tooth.
Teeth Whitening (Bleaching)
The whitening process involves treatment of peroxide solution to the enamel, which penetrates through to whiten the dentin layer underneath. Teeth whitening can be an extensive process depending on the state of your teeth, but we are equipped with several options and will help educate you so that you can choose the option that is the best fit for you.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells placed on the front side of teeth to improve their appearance. Attaching laminates is a fairly normal and easy fix for chipped, worn, discolored, or misaligned teeth.
Partial and Full Dentures
We work with highly trained lab technicians that provide the best quality removable appliances to suit your needs. We have a vast array of options to accommodate both your budget and your restorative expectations.
We work with an extensive network of specialists that place all of our implants. Once the implant is in place, we will be able to provide all the restorative needs for that implant or implant systems.
Full Porcelain Crowns
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over a damaged tooth to improve its shape, strength, and appearance. Full porcelain crowns look most like your normal teeth.
Fixed Partial Denture (Commonly known as a bridge)
This is a common procedure used when one or more teeth are damaged or missing. A bridge permanently joins artificial teeth to adjacent teeth and is stabilized by crowning the adjacent teeth to support the bridge structure. This is a more complex restorative procedure and can take several dental appointments to complete.
If you should sustain dental trauma or need help during off hours, we have an emergency line that goes straight to Dr. Ellett. He is very prompt to return your phone call and will work to get your problem resolved in a timely manner.
Exams and Diagnoses
These X-rays offer detailed imaging of your entire mouth in order to insure a complete diagnosis of your dental problems. Digital X-rays are different from film in that they expose you to less radiation and produce higher quality images faster—making for shorter dentist appointments.
Sometimes dental impressions are required for your dentist to properly diagnose your mouth. An impression of your mouth is created by using elastic material to make an imprint of your teeth, which is then molded into a plaster replica of the inside of your mouth.
Cracked Tooth Test
Sometimes a tooth can crack without completely breaking, causing discomfort but also making the cracking difficult to diagnose. Cracked tooth syndrome is commonly diagnosed with a bite test, and depending on the depth of crack, is fixed by a root canal, crown restoration, stabilization, or tooth extraction.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
Consultations are offered to all new patients in order to establish a full understanding of their dental history and potential necessary procedures.
Comprehensive Oral Exam
Comprehensive oral exams evaluate the health of your mouth in its entirety. These exams include an analysis of the gum, teeth, supporting bones, saliva, and jaws as well as scans and X-rays that check the soft tissues of the throat and mouth for cancer. At the end of this exam, Dr. Ellett will have a full understanding of your oral health and any procedures needed to improve it.
For many people, visiting the dentist can cause fear and anxiety, especially if you have an uncomfortable procedure ahead of you. Nitrous gas, also known as laughing gas, is a pretreatment option available for patients, causing you to be relaxed, calm, and sedated without actually putting you to sleep. Patients who’ve been treated with nitrous gas are normally fine to drive themselves home after treatment.
Do you have a bad gag reflex or dread the runny, bad tasting impression material? Fear no more. We are equipped with a digital scanner that alleviates the need for the traditional impressions. We use the scanner for just about any procedure that requires an impression; from crowns and bridges to dentures and bleaching trays. The digital scanner will help take that fear out of the impression.