Our office performs a comprehensive dental exam at your initial dental visit. Read all about your initial dental exam by visiting our New Patients page, What to Expect section. During regular check-up exams, we perform several diagnostic exams.
- Thorough review of X-rays to diagnose tooth decay, infections and bone health
- Visual inspection of your face and neck to check for bumps, lumps or swelling
- Careful inspection of the mouth tissue for any ulcers or abnormal discoloration
- A thorough examination of your gums and for any signs of early and undiagnosed disease
- Examination of existing restorations
At Falls Family Dental our dental cleanings are performed by a Licensed Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, chips, cracks and fractures.The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a tooth-colored filling material.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Falls Family Dental typically will discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
“One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to 2012 published study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” See www.perio.org to learn more.
Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition which affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth; also the jawbone itself when in its most advanced stages.
Periodontal disease often times starts as gingivitis which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the destruction of the connective tissue and jawbone. If left untreated, it can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Falls Family Dental uses several surgical and nonsurgical treatments depending upon the exact condition of the teeth, gums and jawbone. A complete periodontal exam of the mouth will be done before any treatment is performed or recommended.
Common treatments for periodontal disease:
- Scaling and root planing
- Tissue regeneration
- Pocket elimination
- Dental implants
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay, infection or a cracked tooth. In order to save the tooth, the living tissue inside the tooth, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed. The remaining hallow space is filled with specialized dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
- An abscess (or bubble) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe pain.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and just like an implant, the treated tooth requires a crown to cap or seal the tooth allowing its appearance to be fully restored.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – Complete and Partial Dentures.
Complete Dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while Partial Dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
- Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing and speech.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures takes a few appointments over a period of several weeks. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.