General Dentistry Overview
A Full examination (Check-Up) is done on your first visit to a dental practice. This appointment takes 30-45 min on average and includes:
- A thorough examination and diagnosis of all the teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, salivary glands, temporomandibular joints, and extra oral tissue.
First, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser will be used to remove the decayed area. The choice of instrument depends on the individual dentist's comfort level, training, and investment in the particular piece of equipment as well as location and extent of the decay.
Inlays and onlays are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are created in a laboratory. This protects the tooth from fracturing and actually strengthens the tooth. In addition, inlays and onlays fit almost perfectly into the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the restoration and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the restoration.
We use crowns to restore teeth with extensive decay, fractures or wear. Crowns are made out of various materials and cover the whole tooth.
Root canal therapy can be defined as the removal of the pulp (nerves) of the tooth, the subsequent cleaning of the canals and the filling of the hollow canals with a filling material.
CEREC is an acronym, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
It is a system that consists of a chairside computer and a milling unit.
This revolutionary piece of technology enables our dentists to make porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays quickly and bond them into a tooth in a single appointment.
For many years, "amalgam" or metal-based fillings, and gold crowns and bridges were the norm in restoring damaged teeth. Although not visually appealing, these metals were regarded as the best solution for managing tooth restoration.