General

Dental Cleanings and Periodontal Disease

Your smile creates a lasting impression and has a big affect on your appearance. Your oral health also significantly  affects your overall health and quality of life. Getting your teeth and gums professionally cleaned and checked by a dentist regularly is the best way to keep your teeth and gums looking great and to prevent serious problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. You can trust the professionals at our offices to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to keep your smile looking its best.

Gum disease

Sometimes, a patient’s gums develop a large amount of calculus build up, or “tartar.”  Bacteria adheres to this tartar and release toxins, which cause inflammation and loss of the bone that holds teeth in place.  This inflammatory process is known as “gum disease.”   There are several stages of gum disease including gingivitis and periodontitis.  If left untreated, a patient will eventually lose all of their teeth due to bone loss caused by gum disease.   If a patient has gum disease, they may not be eligible for a regular cleaning and may need more advanced treatments.

At Windstone Dental and JBS Dental, all of our patients are evaluated to determine if there is any gum disease present.  Once properly diagnosed by a doctor, a patient is then treated by our hygiene department.  This treatment could include a regular hygienic cleaning or, in the case of advanced gum disease, a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing.

Extractions

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.  We take every precaution to ensure that our patient’s extraction process is as pain-free and pleasant as possible.

Why tooth extractions?

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, our dentists will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there may have been too much damage for the tooth to be repaired.   Additionally, tooth extraction may best fit a patient’s needs and budget.

Other Reasons for Extractions:

  • Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in, typically during the late teens or early 20’s. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not grow in properly. They need to be removed if they are decayed or cause pain. Some wisdom teeth are blocked by other teeth or may not have enough room to come in completely. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling.   We generally refer extraction of third molars to an Oral Surgery specialist.
  • People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

Fillings

Windstone Dental and JBS Dental care offer both traditional metal fillings and tooth colored fillings.

A tooth colored filling, also known as a composite filling, is a plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.

Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.

While composite fillings offer many advantages, there are still situations when traditional metal fillings are best.   The dentist will work with you to determine what filling type is best for you.

Root Canals

Root Canal therapy is a dental procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. The procedure involves removing the nerve and the pulp from the center of the tooth, and then cleaning and sealing it.  Due to the advanced training and experience of our doctors, we are able to perform most of our root canals in house.

The “root canal” refers to the natural cavity in the middle of a tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve is located within the root canal. Tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, cracks, chips and trauma to the face can cause a tooth’s nerve and pulp to become irritated, inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

Contact one of our offices today to learn more about this procedure or to schedule an evaluation appointment.