Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment
Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause not only tooth loss, but also serious health issues throughout your body. Its main cause is bacterial plaque (the thin, sticky film that covers your teeth), but gum disease can also be caused by genetics, tobacco use, stress, medications, poor nutrition, and other factors. Red, swollen or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath are warning signs of gum disease. These signs may indicate that you have the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis. With professional treatment and good oral hygiene, gingivitis is reversible. To schedule a dental examination to survey for gum disease, contact River Square Family Dentistry today.
There are several reasons why you and your dentist may decide that a tooth extraction is necessary. A tooth that is extensively decayed or in the advanced stages of gum disease may need to be pulled. A poorly positioned tooth (like an impacted wisdom tooth) or a tooth that is broken beyond repair may also need to be removed. If we cannot find an alternative to extraction, one of our dentists will use a local anesthetic to diminish any pain during the procedure. Your dentist will also discuss options of a bridge, implant, or other restorative options to close the space left by the extracted tooth.
Dental sealants can be used to protect teeth from decay. Generally, tooth sealants are placed on the teeth of children and teenagers, but adultsâ€™ teeth can also be sealed when needed. During the sealing process, a plastic coating is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to act as a barrier against the bacteria generally left on teeth from plaque and food. Back teeth are usually targeted since their location makes them more difficult to properly clean. Schedule an appointment with our convenient Rochester Hills Office to have your or your childâ€™s teeth evaluated for dental sealants.
Fluoride is a natural element that helps to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Our practice recommends fluoride treatments for both children and adults. Children need the increased fluoride provided by in-office treatments to protect their vulnerable teeth from decay. Many adults erroneously think that they have outgrown the need for dentist-administered fluoride treatments, but we encourage adults to get fluoride treatments for the prevention of cervical root decay. The procedure for fluoride treatments is simple. Immediately following a cleaning, the treatments are administered with a tray filled with a fluoride gel, strengthening your teeth against decay.
When describing your smile, are "white" and "bright" the first words you use? If not, you should consider our in-office and take-home whitening solutions. Our practice uses an excellent whitening system to put the dazzle back in your smile. Out Whitening System can whiten your smile up to ten shades in very short time. If you would prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of home, our office will provide you with the take home Kit, complete with customized trays. After few days of home treatment, you will have noticeably whiter teeth. To learn more about both of our whitening solutions, contact River Square Family Dentistry today.
If stained, chipped, or crooked teeth detract from your smile, porcelain veneers may be the solution for you. Dental veneers are thin shells of highly stain-resistant porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, creating a natural looking smile. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where your porcelain veneers will be custom manufactured. In about two weeks, your veneers will be completed and ready to be attached. Dr. Gehan Girgis will carefully bond the veneers to your teeth, and you will leave our office with a gleaming new smile.
Dental bonding is an alternative solution to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. The process requires less time than the application of porcelain veneers and, depending on how many teeth are being repaired, can usually be completed in one visit. Bonding involves a composite resin being applied to a tooth to alter its appearance. Prior to the procedure, our dentists will select a shade of the resin that matches the color of your teeth. After the bonding material has been applied, the tooth will be shaped and polished to complement the size and finish of your surrounding teeth, leaving you with a beautiful new smile. Contact our practice today, to learn more about dental bonding and how it can help reshape your smile.
Having cavities no longer needs to mean having conspicuous fillings. Today, tooth-colored composite fillings are a viable alternative to the metal fillings of the past. Unlike traditional metal fillings containing mercury, tooth-colored fillings are formed with durable composite resins and plastics, resulting in restorations that have a more natural look. Bonded directly to the tooth, the composite fillings are durable and strong.
Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, are restorations placed over a badly damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can also be used to conceal an unsightly tooth or to hold a dental bridge in place. Porcelain crowns are made of ceramic and customized to match the natural color of your teeth.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth and to restore function and balance to your mouth. Bridges are comprised of two crowns surrounding and securing an artificial tooth. They are custom-designed to fill in the gap and are natural in appearance. We ensure that each bridge is secure and comfortable.
Inlays and Onlays
In the spectrum of dental procedures, inlays and onlays fall between crowns and fillings. Similar to crowns, inlays and onlays partially cover the tooth instead of full coverage of the crown. Inlays and onlays, however, do not completely cover the tooth, but correct a surface area closer to that of tooth-colored fillings. Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays strengthen the tooth structure.
When the structure that needs to be replaced lies within the cusp tips of the tooth, an inlay is the preferred treatment. If the damaged area of the tooth is more extensive and covers one or more of the cusps, then an onlay is used to restore the structure.
Dentures, unlike dental bridges, are removable replacements for missing teeth. We offer both complete (or full) and partial dentures. These dentures are finely crafted and custom-fitted and will provide support for you to speak and eat with ease. For natural looking, strong, comfortable dentures, contact our Rochester Hills office. Dentures can be Implanted Supported over dentures or Non Implanted Supported. depending on the specific clinical care.
Dental implants are titanium tooth roots that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. The implants bond with the bone over time and act as anchors for replacement teeth. After the implants are inserted, once the healing period of 3-4 months is completed, you will have the restoration done in our office which will take 2-3 weeks, artificial teeth are crafted to be placed on the implants. The procedure for dental implants is lengthier than restorative procedures for bridges or dentures, but the results are more secure and longer lasting. Once completed, dental implants leave you with a confident and natural looking smile.
Perhaps there are several cosmetic improvements that you want to make to your smile. Dr. G. can design a complete smile makeover for you. The makeover may combine any number of the procedures we offer, ensuring that you get the smile that you have always dreamed about. Contact River Square Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation to create your perfect smile.