SEALANTS This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Detecting the invisible
If you cannot detect the disease, how can you treat it? Dentists often experience anxiety when attempting to diagnose the phenomenon known as hidden caries. A suspicious-looking tooth presents a treatment dilemma for dentists. Should the tooth be opened up? What if no caries is found? Should the tooth just be watched, or does that give caries more time to destroy the tooth's surface? A changing caries model: due to floridation, caries has gone "underground". While helping to improve the oral health of many Americans, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Incipient caries lesions that once began on the tooth's surface have no migrated below the surface. Proven clinical results: Treatment decisions require a higher degree of certainty. The DIAGNOdent laser caries detection aid removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden caries ore questionable stained grooves. The device's ability to see into occlusal pits and fissures enables dentists to treat sub-surface caries lesions with confidence.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.
ORAL CANCER DETECTION (OralCDx)
OralCDx BrushTest, or oral brush biopsy, is an essential in-office tool for early detection of oral dysplasia and cancer; combining an easy-to-use, proprietary tissue sampling brush with a revolutionary computer-assisted cell analysis system. With its high sensitivity, it is the only painless and reliable way to rule out the presence of pre-cancer in your patients while it is still harmless.
What is the BrushTest? The BrushTest is a service more than just a single product. It consists of 3 main components: 1. Sample collection A specially designed brush allows the dentist or doctor to painlessly obtain a full transepithelial sample of an oral spot. The BrushTest requires no anesthesia, causes no pain and minimal or no bleeding.
2. Analysis Once collected, the sample is sent to OralCDx Laboratories, a specialized laboratory, where specially-trained pathologists use highly sophisticated computers to analyze the specimen to help detect abnormal cells.
3. Results & Follow-Up Once completed, the pathologists will issue a report that is faxed to the dentist. Our Clinical Support Team works is available to discuss specific cases with the doctos to help with possible next steps.
What does it test? The BrushTest is used to test the common, harmless-appearing, small white and red spots that dentists and dental hygienists see several times each week, to determine if they contain precancerous cells. Most people will have a small oral spot like this at one time or another and they can be seen in up to 10% of carefully examined adults.
Is the BrushTest accurate? The BrushTest is very accurate as confirmed in many published clinical studies It has been used by over 30,000 U.S. dentists, and more than 10,000 precancerous spots have been detected with the BrushTest - long before they could cause any harm - long before they could turn into cancer.