Dental cleanings, also called Prophylaxis, Full Mouth Debridement, or Laser Periodontal Therapy are absolutely essential to our dental health and recommended every three to six months. No matter how many times you brush or floss daily, tartar will accumulate and can only be removed by a skilled professional. Our registered dental hygienists are trained especially to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar over time.
A preventive dental cleaning is recommended by the ADA every six months to protect against infectious dental disease. Recommended every months by all dental professionals. Typically a patient with healthy gums and bone level will receive this treatment.
A person who is diagnosed with gingivitis or inflamed gums, a reversible form of periodontal disease, needs to remove build-up on the teeth so a full examination can be conducted. Afterward, many patients return to a healthy mouth condition.
A person diagnosed with active periodontal disease cannot benefit from a typical dental cleaning because they require treatment above and below the gum line. These patients generally receive periodontal therapy, a non-surgical treatment that removes build-up, smoothes out exposed root surfaces, and may include the application of localized antibiotics. This treatment may take several visits to complete and continued periodontal maintenance is prescribed at regular intervals of usually every three months. In our office, we always go one step further and disinfect the gums with a dental laser. This helps to ensure that all the bacteria that is causing loss of bone and bleeding of gums is eliminated at the time of therapy.
Our natural teeth are protected by enamel. When the enamel or a tooth has become damaged due to decay or fractures beyond repair, dental crowns are often used to restore the tooth beyond a filling. In order to protect your natural tooth a dental crown will be necessary. Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material such as porcelain or gold, and placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s natural function and appearance.
There are several options for dental crowns depending on the cause of tooth loss and the area of your mouth that they are required to be placed in. Here are a few different types of crowns that would be prescribed.
This type of dental crown may be appropriate for a patient that has cosmetic dental concerns or metal allergies. This type of crown closely mimics your natural tooth appearance. As dental materials improve, Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns are becoming just a durable as metal alloy crowns. When making this decision always consult with your dentist for the best choice. This crown is the best choice for front teeth.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns have been the standard of care for decades. Most dentists used to prescribe this type of crown. Next to all-ceramic crowns, this crown looks most like normal teeth. A dark line, from the metal, could show at the gum line if your gums recede over time. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.
In some circumstances, Dr. Neela Patel may recommend a Full Gold Crown. Metals used in crowns include gold alloy, other alloys, or a base-metal alloy, such as nickel or chromium. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest. Also, metal crowns do not chip or break. The color is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for back molars especially on patients who clench or grind their teeth.
Do you have unsightly silver fillings?
Do you feel that the mercury in a silver filling is affecting your health?
In the past, teeth were filled with silver filling material—or amalgam, a mixture of different metals, including mercury. Composite, tooth colored fillings, are a more natural-looking, metal-free filling and are the standard of care in modern dentistry. Dentists are utilizing tooth-like materials (composite resins and porcelains) that are both safe and predictable. The most important feature, for many people, is that they look and react more like natural teeth.
Are you missing a tooth that is preventing you from chewing properly or that looks unappealing?
There are several replacement options for missing teeth. Fixed Bridges, Dental Implants, and Partials or Dentures are all options for tooth replacement. In some cases, when you have badly damaged teeth around your missing tooth, a dental bridge may be the best prescribed dental treatment for replacement. Very similar to dental crowns, many different materials could be used to make your dental bridge. The most common choices are:
Dr. Neela Patel will assist you in deciding which tooth replacement option would be best for you. If a bridge is the best option then she will work with her laboratory technician to determine the best materials that would be used for your Fixed Bridge.
Do you have a tooth causing you pain?
Have you been told you have decay reaching the pulp of the tooth?
An average of 92 percent of Americans ages 20 to 64 have had a cavity as an adult, and a quarter of that age group have untreated tooth decay [source: NIDCR]. There was a time when there was no other choice than to pull a dying tooth. Dentists today try to help patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible.
Tooth decay can be removed from a damaged tooth, but can reoccur in the future. In some cases, due to a fracture or decay into the pulp chamber, the patient can have extreme pain. The pulp of the tooth, the soft tissue on the inside of the tooth, is the source of the nerves and blood supply of the tooth. During a root canal procedure, decay is removed, the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth, is cleaned and filled, and the outside of the tooth is protected with a crown.
If you would like to prevent the loss of your tooth, make an appointment as soon as possible to have the best chance of keeping your natural tooth. In some cases, a tooth may be too compromised to keep and an option of replacing your tooth with a dental implant may be the best choice.
Dr. Neela Patel may prescribe Digital Dental X-rays when coming in for your dental check up and examination.
Digital Dental X-rays benefit patients because the exposure to radiation is greatly decreased, preventing a large amount of exposure (less than 1/3 of the conventional x-rays).
It is important that you have dental x-rays to see many diseases of the mouth that cannot be seen during your visual examination. Decay in between your teeth & below fillings, damage to the bone from tooth infections, bone loss due to periodontal disease, developmental defects, oral tumors, effects of trauma or force, and unerupted teeth are all seen with dental x-rays.
Some reasons why Digital Dental X-rays are a better solution to traditional ones are:
Using Digital Dental X-rays, Thyroid Collar Shields, and specific designed x-ray heads will ensure that you are getting the highest quality, low radiation Digital Dental X-rays that can be performed.
Reserve an appointment today at Texas Center of Dental Excellence if you would like to have the option of utilizing Digital Dental X-rays at your next routine dental check up!