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Comprehensive Exams are provided 2x a year. During this exam, we will evaluate your periodontal health, conduct an Oral Cancer Screening and determine if there is any decay or problems with your teeth. With these exams, we also take necessary x-rays and take intra-oral cameras. X-rays are needed for us to be able to see between the teeth and under the gums. We evaluate bone depth and any issues below the gum line.
The AGD strongly recommends that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. This professional dental cleaning reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
People who regularly practice good oral hygiene at home with proper brushing and flossing techniques typically do not experience discomfort during a cleaning. However, those who have neglected their oral hygiene habits may experience some discomfort or sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate any discomfort.
We offer several different types of cleanings tailored to our patient’s needs. If a patient does not have periodontal disease, a standard cleaning will be performed. Below are a few services that are offered during all of our cleanings;
- Removal of plaque and tartar
- Stain removal
- Fluoride application
- Polishing teeth, including fillings and crowns
- Cleaning and adjustment of dentures and partial dentures
At Trinity Dental Care, we utilize state-of-the-art dental equipment. Dr. James has invested in all the latest technology in order to provide excellent care. Our x-ray machine transmits very low doses of radiation for your and the environments protection. X-rays are used to see any disease or decay under the gums. Intra-oral photos are used to show decay or disease above the gums. These technologies make it possible for Dr. James and her team to provide unparalleled service. If you have any questions, please call our office and we would be happy to answer any questions.
Did you know 1/3rd of the population in the United States has been diagnosed with Periodontal Disease? Periodontal Disease is incredibly common but needs to be treated like any other disease. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth soon after you have brushed. In an effort to get rid of the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that inflame and damage the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, a sign of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease). Damage from periodontal disease also can cause teeth to become loose. This is a sign of severe periodontitis (the advanced stage of disease).
- Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
- Hormonal changes in girls/women.
- Other illnesses and their treatments
- Genetic susceptibility.
If Periodontal Disease goes untreated, it can cause heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses. Just like any other disease in the body, Periodontal Disease needs to be treated and maintained.
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Tooth Colored Fillings
Fillings are needed when decay covers a surface of the tooth. Dr. James uses high quality materials to ensure long-Gevity and are aesthetically pleasing
The material used for tooth-colored fillings is composite resin. Composite resin is made of a white plastic, tinted to match the enamel of the tooth being filled. Additionally, composite fillings are metal-free which means they contain no heavy metals (such as mercury).
Composite fillings look so natural that many of our patients have difficulty seeing where they have been placed in the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are also very durable and can endure the rigors of chewing, even on molars.
Just like fillings, Crowns are a restorative procedure that is needed when decay covers more than 3 surfaces of the tooth. We restore teeth with Crowns when we see the decay spreading and jeopardizing the structure of the tooth. A Crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Dentures & Partials
One of the options for denture patients at our office includes the choice of whether they’ll go with a full denture or a partial denture. A full denture is made after all the remaining teeth in our patient’s mouth have been removed, and these dentures serve as a completely new set of teeth. There are also partial dentures which our patients’ natural teeth are used as an anchor for a metal framework. With partial dentures, it is common to have crowns placed on your existing teeth to properly anchor the dentures on to them in a secure fashion.
Dr. James is devoted to bringing her patients the very best in dentistry. If there is a space or gap in your smile where teeth are missing, a dental bridge serves to fill that space. When one of our patients has a dental bridge procedure performed on them, their bite and the shape of their face is preserved. Dental bridges will be secured to existing teeth with a special dental cement at our office and will become a permanent fixture of a patient’s mouth.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Some patients may want to extract the tooth rather than saving it, but in most cases, it’s better to save your tooth. Extracting your tooth may cause more issues down the road and end up becoming costlier. Our root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove teeth that have become damaged, decayed or are causing other oral problems for a patient. Dr. James will make every effort to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to keep your mouth healthy. This procedure can typically be done right in our office in a short visit. Depending on which teeth are removed, Dr. James may recommend that they be replaced with a dental implant or bridge to “replace” the missing tooth in your smile.
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root (metal posts) that is placed in the jaw to support a replacement tooth or appliance. The implant is placed in the jawbone beneath the gums. Dental Implants are used for any patients that may have lost a tooth due to injury or in other cases periodontal disease. Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like a natural tooth.
Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. A veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of the tooth” according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Veneers can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Veneers are also used as a cosmetic source to enhance the brightness of their teeth or to correct discoloration or fractures.
Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. The American Dental Association lists whitening as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures chosen by dental patients. Professional whitening is done right here in our office under the supervision of Dr. James and her team of dental professional, but is also available in a take home kit that will allow you to whiten in the convenience of your own home. Be sure to ask our team which option is best for you to help you on your way to a new smile.