Cleaning, Dental Exam & Prevention
Professional dental cleanings are done by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam, removal of calculus, removal of plaque, teeth polishing and information on:
- Proper Brushing and Flossing
- Oral Health Nutrition
- Periodontal Care
- Fluoride Treatment Options
- Whitening Systems
- Oral Cancer Prevention
You can count on our team to provide you with the most advanced information and are always advocates for your best care and will work with you to design solutions for optimum wellness. Our team is dedicated in creating an atmosphere for open dialogue, where patients are encouraged to ask questions and answers are readily available. Of course our team is gentle and makes every effort to make your appointment easy and comfortable.
SEALANTS, FLUORIDE TREATMENTS
A sealant is a thin, plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth-premolars and molars and any deep grooves of the teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep groves because they are hard to clean and very susceptible to decay. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids and creates a smooth, easy to clean surface. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at your regular dental visits.
Who benefits from sealants?
- Baby teeth - Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and/or your child is cavity prone.
- Children and teenagers – As soon as the six-ear molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
- Adults - Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
It only takes a few minutes to seal and teeth do not require drilling or removing structure. Teeth are cleaned and the chewing surfaces are roughened with a solution to help the sealant adhere. The sealant is then carefully “painted” onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds and hardens.
During your cleaning appointment a periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the space or pocket between the tooth and the gums. If the pocket measures three millimeters or more, Dr. Star and your hygienist will use the pocket depth, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc to make a diagnosis that will fall into three categories.
1. Gingivitis - It is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed and likely to bleed.
2. Periodontitis - The plaque hardens into calculus and your gums have started to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.
3. Advanced Periodontitis – Teeth lose more support as the gums, bone and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.
If the disease progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done by quadrant of the mouth while the area is numb to remove tartar, plaque and toxins above and below the gum line and rough spots are made smooth. This procedure will help your gum tissues heal and pockets to shrink.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, Dr. Star and your dental hygienist will recommend you have regular periodontal cleaning, usually four times a year.
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control.
Root Canal Therapy
A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, having minimal pain and save your tooth. Dr. Star will keep you comfortable while he is finding the cause and treating the problems of the tooth’s soft core. A root canal is commonly needed if:
- There is a deep cavity
- A cracked tooth
- A blow to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot or cold
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, call our office for an evaluation of your problem.
For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was normal to see dark grey areas in someone’s mouth when they laughed. But today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller hollow areas in your teeth filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth-colored restorations for a beautiful smile.
Tooth Extraction is an option when:
- Tooth is impacted
- Preparation for orthodontics/braces
We help ensure your comfort during and after the procedure through appropriate use of anesthetics and pain medications, Dr. Star and his team will then be giving you direction on follow-up care to make sure the socket heals properly.
Snore Guards – Snoring is no laughing matter. If you or someone you know snores, you know all too well it can cause sleep deprivation. You also know it can cause daytime drowsiness, irritability and lack of focus. Dr. Star offers several special customized snore guards to advance the lower jaw slightly and pull the tongue forward helping prevent snoring. Ask which one is best for you or someone you know.
Night Guards – Grinding your teeth is more problematic than most think. When the upper and lower teeth grind against each other, abnormal wear and tear, fractured crowns and broken teeth are common damages created. Grinding can bring about mouth, jaw and face problems, chronic headaches, and many others. It is important to talk with Dr. Star about your grinding habit before any further problems develop.
Sports Guards – Unfortunately, over 5,000,000 teeth are lost each year due to sports-related injuries. Both children and adults who play contact sports such as football, soccer, hockey, and karate, can benefit from customized mouth guards. Even those participating in non-contact sports such as gymnastics and any recreational activity like skateboarding and mountain biking that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth. Sports guards can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. They can help prevent chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth and even tooth loss.