It is imperative to maintain oral health throughout the year so decay and caries don’t become a problem in your mouth. Our skilled hygienists are trained to make your smile sparkly clean when you leave. Aside from just cleaning your teeth, our hygienists educate you on the importance of brushing/flossing and can instruct the proper and most effective way to do so.
There are different ways to treat gum disease, these are called scaling and root planing. Our hygienist will go through and remove all of the plaque and tarter below the gum line (scaling). Next, root planing involves removing rough patches from the root of the tooth where decay and germs can gather. It is important to remove decay, plaque, and tarter because these factors increase the rate at which periodontal disease occurs.
Composite fillings are appealing for obvious aesthetic reasons. Opposed to silver fillings, the prep is less extensive and preserves the most tooth structure. If less tooth structure is removed, it reduces the chance of cracking or splitting of a tooth. White fillings require a special bonding process that provides more support for your tooth. Cosmetically, composite fillings blend seamlessly with your tooth for a natural and healthy appearance.
When there is a severe amount of decay on your tooth, and the tooth can’t be restored with a simple filling, Dr. Kavanaugh may recommend a crown. We offer Ceramic or PFM (porcelain-fused metal) crowns. Ceramic/PFM crowns are the closest resemblance to the original enamel that covers the tooth possible. When you elect to have your crown procedure taken care of, we split it up into two separate appointments. The first appointment includes the preparation of the tooth, and a temporary crown in fabricated in our office that you will go home with that day. Next, we schedule an appointment about 2 ½ weeks later to place your final, permanent crown. This is known as the “crown seat” appointment, and you will leave with a custom crown that fits your tooth perfectly.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, and the procedure is fairly similar to a dental crown appointment. Bridges are typically used to replace a missing tooth/teeth and are an alternative to a dental implant. A bridge is fixated on the adjacent teeth, thus filling in the gap of the missing tooth. Bridge appointments also take two visits, as we send a final impression to the lab to create a perfect fit for you.
Dental implants are great for many reasons. They replace the root of the tooth and provide a more stable and natural appearance. Another advantage of implants is that they last longer, improve speech, and are much more convenient. Implants are great because they don’t require us to take tooth structure away from other teeth. One goal of dentistry is to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, because it’s the strongest!
A root canal is necessary when there is infection in the root of the tooth. This prevents decay from getting into the blood stream or forming an abscess. During RCT treatment the nerve and pulp in the root canal is removed so a sedative filling can be placed. After the medication is inserted into the root canal, Dr. Kavanaugh seals off the tooth. Once the tooth is sealed off, we take an x-ray so you can see the filling placed in the root canal. Aside from the fact that the filling replaces the decay in the canal, it eliminates sensitivity and feeling for the tooth all together.
Extractions are necessary when a tooth gets to the point of no return. Meaning a simple filling or crown can’t restore the tooth to a functional state. We realize that this can be intimidating for some people, and we are here to make the process as smooth as possible.
There are many reasons as to why you might need dentures. Whatever the reason may be, we are here to help you select an option that is best for you. In dentistry, often times there are several pathways to achieve the same outcome. Since everyone’s mouth is different, we take time to assess the possibilities that are best for you.
Emergencies happen, whether it’s a broken tooth or severe pain, we can get you in the office to have your needs taken care of. It is important to be proactive with your symptoms, as they can be indicative of other problems. Give us a call to schedule an appointment and we will get you in the same day.
Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? Do you have jaw pain? A mouth guard might be something worth consideration. We take impressions in our office to acquire the right anatomical models, and send those to the lab. Based on your occlusion, they fabricate a mouth guard that perfectly fits your mouth. As a result, you will be left with a guard that reduces pain and preserves the structure of your teeth!
Teeth constantly move and shift, even if you have previously had braces as a child. Maybe you have always had one or two crooked teeth that cause you to feel self-conscious and insecure. Invisalign is the best of both worlds because it offers a clear and virtually invisible alternative to braces. We start out with a full examination of your mouth, followed by some impressions. This allows us to determine the course of action/shape of retainer best fit for you. Over the course of several months you will receive different retainers to shift your teeth and adjust your occlusion. At the end of the process you will have the smile you have always dreamed about without the hassle of metal brackets!
Veneers are used to fix all types of problems (generally cosmetic) with your teeth. If you have a tooth that is discolored, worn down, chipped or broken veneers might be something to consider. Veneers can also be used to close a gap between two teeth or even the surface of a misaligned tooth. Dr. Kavanaugh picks a shade that naturally blends with your smile, and then bonds the material to your tooth permanently. Then Voila! Your smile is as good as new.
In our office we use Opalescence products that have an active whitening ingredient that penetrates enamel to get to discolored molecules. We offer an option of in-office whitening or take home products that you can use on the go! You will see results within one hour of your whitening experience with Opalescense.