What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontics treatment option that is transparent often times plastic form used to straighten and adjust teeth.
Here at Lakewood Dental & Orthodontics we use Sure Smile that utilize advanced technology and high quality materials
SureSmile Clear Aligners help you enjoy:
- Straighter teeth
- A confident Smile
How it works:
First we would schedule you for your FREE orthodontic consultation where we would examine your smile and determine the best course of treatment. If you are eligible for clear aligners we will:
- Take your initial photos
- Create your comprehensive customized treatment plan with a SureSmile Digital Lab
- Customize you clear aligners and patient kit
Interested in more information on clear aligners? Give us a call!
Wisdom Teeth and Oral Surgery
Wisdom teeth are third molars that are often times the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in ones mouth. Wisdom teeth can cause pain and endanger a patients oral health when they erupt and force teeth out of alignment and damage the bite, or they can crowd the roots of your other teeth.
Often times the best course of action is oral surgery. If the wisdom teeth are fully erupted through the gum a standard extraction can be performed. If they have not erupted an impacted tooth extraction can be used.
Our team will perform a thorough exam and present you with the best options available for you.
What is periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection often caused by build-up of plaque and tartar when proper dental hygiene is not practiced. This infection affects the gums and tissues supporting your teeth and can present itself in two major stages:
Gingivitis affects the gums and is a mild for of gum disease. This can be reversed if properly treated in a timely manner. Periodontitis is the more serious form of gum disease which can occur if gingivitis is not treated. With periodontitis bacteria can penetrate deeper pockets of tissues disrupting the bone and the support it gives your teeth.
The best way to prevent such disease is by keeping up with your dental hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.
Signs of Possibly Gum Disease
Often times patients claim not to have any pain or discomfort when it comes to gum disease. See a dentist if you are noticing the following:
- Changes to your teeth or bite (loose teeth etc)
- Changes to your gums (redness, puffiness, swelling, bleeding)
- Bad Breath
What is a root canal?
A root canal treatment is needed when a patient has inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. A dentist or specialist (dependent on the size of infection) will remove the pulp that is inside of the infected tooth to clean and disinfect the effected area. Once infected area is cleaned, medicated and sealed a dental crown or other restorative treatment is used to protect the tooth.
For questions on root canals please give us a call or contact us.
What is a tooth filling?
A tooth filling is used to repair and restore surfaces of a tooth that has been damaged. Such filling strengthens the tooth and prevent more invasive treatment in the future.
How to know if you need a tooth filling?
Making sure you keep up-to-date with your dentist in crucial in ensuring you are taking proper care of your teeth. If you notice the following schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible:
- Sensitive teeth (to the touch, or when consuming either cold or hot items)
- Pain when biting
What are veneers?
Dental veneers help improve the appearance of your teeth by creating a custom porcelain overlay that is places on the tooth front surface.
Veneers can be an incredible option for patients who have discolored or stained, chipped or broken, and even irregular shaped teeth. They can also be used to assist in closing the gaps between teeth if a patient is not interested in Traditional Braces or Clear Aligners.
Your oral hygiene is crucial to your overall dental health. In order to ensure you are keeping up with proper hygiene it is recommended to be seen by your dentist every 6 months. During these visits your dentist will check the condition of your teeth and perform a dental cleaning.
Depending on how often you visit your dentist and the state of your overall dental hygiene your dentist may recommend a more thorough cleaning by the dental hygienist.
How can you keep up with your dental hygiene:
- Visit your dentist every 6 months.
- Brush your teeth and use antiseptic mouth wash twice a day.
- Floss daily.
- Clean your tongue regularly.
What is a teeth whitening?
A tooth whitening can enhance the brightness of natural teeth but an individual must check with their dentist to see if they are eligible for such service. There are both at home whitening solutions as well as in office professional whitening. If you are an individual that suffers from sensitive teeth, decay, infections in the gums, or have had major dental work needed please consult with your dentist before hand.
If you are eligible your doctor will provide you with the best option to move forward.
Veneers are also a possible option if you are eligible and would like a lasting solution to bright teeth.
Making sure your children are seen regularly by a dentist is key in obtaining optimal oral health. Our team works with families and individuals of all ages to make sure they are taken care of and are given the tools to maintain optimal oral health. Please make sure your children are scheduled with their dentist regularly.
A dental crown can help restore a tooth’s size, shape and strength. By encasing the visible portion of your tooth it permanently bonded in place and can last anywhere between 5-15 years. For information on dental crowns give us a call today.