Here are brief descriptions of some of the services we offer. We know that for some, going to the dentist can be a stressful experience ... that's why your comfort is one of our top priorities. Your Dentist or Hygienist will answer any questions you may have before treatment starts.
Getting your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist every six months is one of the foundations of good dental health. Cleaning appointments take just under one hour and are usually painless. Hygienists use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar that can't be removed by brushing or flossing at home. Regular cleanings by your hygienist accompanied by good home care will help prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum (periodontal) disease. Depending on your dental health, your dentist will normally give you a quick exam at every regular cleaning appointment. Down to Earth Dental takes your busy schedule into consideration by offering cleaning appointments both early and late in the day.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, you may need a more aggressive approach to getting your teeth cleaned. Some patients require a one-time non-surgical gum treatment (scaling & root planing) followed by maintenance cleanings (perio maintenance therapy) 3 or 4 times a year. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Warning signs include: gums that bleed easily; red, swollen or tender gums; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath or bad taste.
Some patients may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that's already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It's also used to cover a dental implant. If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist's primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.
Tooth-colored fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size cavities that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth and are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural - in a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly.
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally "bridges" the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on the foundation, so it's very important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong.
Down to Earth Dental offers both in-office and take-home whitening. For in-office whitening, we use a gel to protect your gums and then we apply a whitening agent to the teeth. In-office whitening usually requires a one-hour appointment. Call us for pricing and appointment times. For take-home whitening, we fit you with a special mouth guard and give you whitening gel to use at home. If you like the results, you can buy a one-year supply of whitening gel for future home applications. In-office whitening definitely yields better results, but both procedures will lead to a brighter and whiter smile.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial for you. A partial may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a partial is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments which are generally better looking than clasps. Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a partial. Partials with precision attachments generally cost more than those with clasps. Your dentist will help you figure out which type is right for you.
Full Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That's because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth - things that people often take for granted. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (the soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels and nerves) becomes inflamed or diseased. Causes of an infected pulp could include a deep cavity, a cracked/broken tooth or injury to the tooth. During root canal treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result and your tooth may have to be removed. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.
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Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant. First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Next, the bone around the implant heals. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Finally, it's time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. Click here
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