Although twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are excellent for maintenance between office visits, regular examinations, oral cancer screenings, cleanings, and even fluoride treatments, are an absolute necessity if you are to maintain a healthy mouth. Regular dental care can reduce the need for more extensive dental treatments. Our staff will help you keep your teeth and gums strong and disease-free. To schedule a cleaning or consultation, please contact our office today.
Soft Tissue Management
If it has been a few years or more since your last cleaning appointment, you may require additional periodontal treatment through our Soft Tissue Management Program. Symptoms that include gums that bleed, sensitive teeth, or bad breath can be indicators of a more serious condition. This program is an individualized plan that focuses on eliminating the infection of the gums and root surfaces through a series of therapy appointments. Our hygienist always use state-of-the-art procedures to make your treatment sessions as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Upon completion of the program, patients have disease-free gums, a fresher breath, and are educated in how to effectively maintain their oral health. For patients that require many restorative or cosmetic procedures, it is absolutely necessary to have stable gums before beginning any treatment.
Unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile - it can cause loss of teeth and, eventually, if left untreated, serious health problems. Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth's soft tissues. Early warning signs of the disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse some of the damage through our Soft Tissue Management Program. Dr. Denholm works closely with a fully trained Periodontist who can help you achieve maximum oral health.
Composite restoration materials are used by this office. The bonding agents of composites link the restoration to the remaining tooth structure. This bond allows the removal of less natural tooth and helps support the remaining tooth structure. If there has been significant damage to the tooth due to decay, large restorations, cracks, etc., crowns can be utilized to repair the damage.
Each of our teeth contains a nerve, with one or more segments that supply the tooth's root. If the pulp of the nerve becomes infected or injured, the tooth's nerves die and often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. During the procedure, a small opening is made into the tooth's crown, the diseased nerve is removed, and the canal is permanently sealed. The tooth can then be restored and maintained. Most root canal therapy is performed in our office, although, in some instances the patient might be referred to a specialist (Endodontist) for treatment.
In only the most extreme and necessary cases - such as when its' roots are severely damaged beyond repair - we may extract a tooth, or refer a patient to an oral surgeon for the surgery in preparation for a restorative dental procedure, such as implants or implant-supported dentures. The restorative replacement procedures would then be done in our office.
The intraoral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more easily identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intraoral camera can be inserted into a patient's mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intraoral camera saves time and makes problems easily visible to both patient and doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable. The accompanying software also provides clear and accurate data so that the best treatment options can be selected.
Gone are the days when you had to try to understand a condition while looking at a 1" film. Instead of film, we use a digital sensor, allowing you to see you the x-ray findings on a computer screen. You have an immediate and enlarged view of the conditions present that you can actually see and understand.