At your first appointment with Deborah Archilletti, D.D.S., S.C., Family Dentistry, we will provide a clinical examination of the oral tissues, teeth, periodontal screening, oral cancer exam, and radiographs unless there are current x-rays available from a previous dental visit. From there, the doctor will discuss with you how to maintain or improve the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. At your next visit, one of our hygienists will clean and polish your teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist regularly for overall health. Each dental cleaning and exam includes a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, polishing, oral cancer screening, digital x-rays when needed, DIAGNOdent for early caries detection, and fluoride treatments if needed.
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar collects bacteria and can’t be removed with a toothbrush or floss. A dental professional will need to use special instruments to remove the tartar. When tartar is on the teeth for too long, it can cause inflammation to the gums. This inflammation can create pockets between your gums and teeth that fill with more plaque, tartar and bacteria. A non-surgical deep cleaning is necessary to prevent infections, loss of gum and bone tissue and even tooth loss. ARESTIN, an antibiotic, may also be used to help get the bacteria in the pockets under control.
You can help prevent cavities by brushing and flossing regularly; however, you can’t get into every nook and cranny so another way your dentist can help you prevent cavities is by putting a sealant on your teeth. It is a thin, protective, plastic coating that gets applied usually to your back teeth. It is very common for children, but some adults get them too.
And now, you can have the option to use our latest tool-DEXIS CariVu, which is another option to using a traditional x-ray machine. Our CariVu device is radiation free and is nearly 100% effective in detecting tooth decay.
Fillings are used to fill in an area where a cavity used to be or to stabilized a fractured tooth. Fillings can be either tooth-colored made from a resin material or silver called amalgam which is a mixture of metals.
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. If you are missing a tooth, bridges can be used to restore your smile with an artificial tooth. A bridge can be removable or permanent. Surrounding teeth are used to anchor a bridge in place.
Periodically, implants require some general maintenance to keep them clean and stable. This may also involve replacing parts that are no longer functioning as they should.
Ask us about our teeth whitening kits. Our kits are professional quality meaning the concentration of peroxide is higher than in kits available over-the-counter, and the trays are designed to hold the bleach gel correctly in place. Plus, we will work with you to determine what level of gel concentration is best suited to your teeth and help monitor your results.
Regardless of what sports you participate in, there is always a risk for injury; especially, to the teeth, lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent those injuries and even lessen concussive effects to the base of the brain from a blow to the head. Custom fit mouthguards provide comfort, are the correct thickness and provide maximum protection for all your teeth.
Teeth grinding is quite common and can cause some major damage to your teeth. Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard (appliance) to protect your teeth during sleep.
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to a gum colored (pink) plastic base. Sometimes dentures can adhere to the gums with just suction if the patient’s mouth is pretty healthy; otherwise, adhesives specifically for dentures can be used to help secure the dentures. Other options for securing dentures include clasps and implants.
Emergency appointments are available as needed. Here are some tips for common dental emergencies: