Arbor Pointe Family Dental Care
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CHECK UP and CLEANING: Our Standard of care is to recommend a check up and cleaning
(prophylaxis) twice a year. We also recommend digital bite wing x-rays once a year and a
full mouth x-ray once every five years.
DIGITAL X-RAYS: Digital x-rays are the safest and one of the most advanced imaging options
available. Digital x-rays provide clear dental photos and expose you to less radiation than a
SEALANTS: Sealants are a painless procedure where an acrylic-like material is applied to the chewing surface or grooves of the tooth. This will help protect the tooth and shield out decay-causing bacteria. Depending on chewing patterns, the sealant may last many years. Occasionally we might need to replace the sealant to keep the protective barrier strong and effective.
TEETH WHITENING: Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom made trays, made in our office, and whitening gel available only to the dentist. The gel is placed in the custom fitted trays by you and used in your home at your convenience.
PERIODONTAL ROOT PLANNING AND SCALING: Gum disease or periodontal disease is caused by buildup of plaque, a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth and if left untreated can damage the gums. Periodontal disease forms below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth . Periodontal disease has two stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease which leads to red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated can turn into Periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious condition that occurs when the structures that support the teeth your gums and bones, break down from infection. If left untreated can cause teeth to become loose, or fall out. Signs of this disease are pain, bleeding gums, gums that pull away from the teeth, persistent bad breath or unpleasant taste, pus between your teeth and gums.
MOUTH GUARDS: There are two types of mouth guards; one for sports and a bite splint or mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding (bruxism) or clenching. A sports mouth guard is recommended for all our patients playing sports. A sports guard is custom made in our office. A mouth guard/bite splint is recommended for all our patients that have grinding, clenching, and jaw issues. A mouth guard or bite splint is a hard acrylic appliance, worn on the upper teeth usually at night, to help protect the teeth and alleviate jaw pain. A bite splint is also custom made by our dental lab.
Crowns: A crown is a restoration that covers or "caps" a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size and or function. A crown can strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown is needed to restore a tooth when there is not enough of the tooth remaining due to decay, provide support for a large filling, cover a root canal and to cover an implant. . A crown protects a weakened tooth from fracture, restores a fracture or correct a badly shaped tooth, or a discolored or worn tooth.
VENEERS: Veneers are natural in appearance and work well for patients who want to correct the imperfections of their teeth.. A Veneer is a thin custom made cover or shell that covers the front of your tooth, usually for front teeth only.
BRIDGE: A bridge is a natural looking way to replace a section of missing teeth. They, like a crown, are custom made and help restore the natural contour of the teeth as well as the proper bite relationship. Like a crown, a bridge is permanently cemented in place.
FILLINGS: Restorations or fillings that are made up of ceramic and plastic compounds, called composites, that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Fillings are used to restore teeth from decay, and to improve strength.
Air ABRASION: Air abrasion is a very quick and easy process. Some cavities when caught at a very early stage can be filled without Novocain or 'drilling'. We simple use the Air Abrasion to 'power wash' the surface with the cavity, then place a filling.
BONDING: Bonding is a conservative way to repair a chipped, discolored or crooked tooth. A white filling is placed onto the tooth to improve its appearance.
ROOT CANAL: When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infection is not removed, pain and swelling can result and, without proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
DENTURES: Dentures are natural looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures full and partial. Full dentures are for patients that are missing all of their teeth. They replace an entire arch and are removable. Partials are for someone missing 2 or more teeth on either the upper or lower arch, also removable.
IMPLANTS: An implant is a new tooth made of titanium & porcelain that looks like a natural tooth. It has two steps, a titanium implant body that replaces the missing root, which is placed by an Oral Surgeon and the crown and abutment that is cemented on top of the implant which is placed in our office.