Preventive dentistry is one of the most valuable tools available to those who wish to preserve good oral health. At our office, we believe that prevention is the most effective way of protecting our patients’ teeth and gums, from childhood to mature adulthood. We work to provide preventive care to every member of the family, taking measures to safeguard against oral disease such as decay and gum disease. By identifying problems in their earliest stages or avoiding these conditions altogether, patients enjoy improved outcomes and lower treatment costs long term.
As you may know, fluoride treatments, along with regular oral hygiene care, aid with the prevention of cavities. Tri-calcium phosphate fluoride varnish is easy to apply to your or your child’s teeth and can be done without any risk of swallowing as it adheres to the teeth as soon as it comes into contact with saliva. Since the varnish contains components such as calcium and phosphate which are naturally occurring in your saliva, it allows for targeted and sustained fluoride release. Your saliva and the tri-calcium phosphate fluoride are working together to continuously release fluoride over a 24-hour period. Besides the benefits of optimal fluoride release, you will be happy to know that eating and drinking are perfectly fine immediately after treatment with a few minor exceptions.
Early Childhood Visits
We recommend that you bring your child in for his or her first dental visit by one year of age or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. Subsequent dental exams every six or nine months will allow us to catch any problems while they are still small. Our hygienists and dentists can give you pointers about how you are doing caring for your child’s teeth through oral hygiene instructions and diet advice. We may also want to take x-rays of your child’s teeth to check for tooth decay and the development of their teeth. These early appointments will also help your child learn that visiting the dentist is an important part of staying healthy and that it can also be a fun visit!
Dental fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth. Structural damage can be caused as a result of tooth decay, wear or trauma. After the removal of a problematic tooth structure, the tooth is restored with one of several filling materials, each with its advantages. Your dentist will work with you to determine which material is appropriate for you.
Bonding involves using composite resins to “glue” materials to the surface of a tooth for restorative purposes. Chipped or cracked teeth are typically repaired through bonding. An enamel-like composite resin material is applied to the surface of a tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured and polished, making the crack or chip invisible. Bonding can also be used to close spaces between teeth or to change the shape of a tooth for aesthetic reasons.
If you have missing or damaged teeth that need to be replaced, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants can restore your ability to eat and speak properly, and are designed to look, feel, and function the same as your natural teeth. With dental implants, you can restore form and function to your teeth. This can be achieved with natural-looking results.
Crowns & Veneers
Dental crowns can repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Dental crowns can be made of gold metals, porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal. Our skilled dental laboratories may use CAD/CAM technology for the fabrication of dental crowns. In some cases, conservative dental veneers can be used to enhance the esthetics of your teeth.
Emergencies Seen Same Day
We cannot plan when a dental emergency will occur. We pride ourselves on seeing patients with emergencies on the day they call. Whether it's a cracked tooth, a periodontal emergency or something else, get in touch right away!
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted because of severe decay, advanced periodontal (gum) disease involving loss of supporting bone, orthodontic correction, or fractured teeth or roots. After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
Root canals have a reputation for being extremely painful, but the truth is that this procedure is used to alleviate pain. If a cavity or infection reaches the pulp (nerve) of the tooth, it is going to hurt and there is a risk that the infection can spread. We use the most advanced technology and effective techniques to relieve your pain through root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can save your tooth. A root canal involves opening the top of the tooth in order to access the infected area. We will use tools that allow us to be conservative, and once we clean the infected tissue and root canal spaces, we will fill the tooth with a material that will help ensure that it doesn’t get infected again in the future. When the root canal is done, the tooth will be restored to its normal strength and functional capacity. More importantly, you’ll have relief from the pain of an infected tooth.
Sleep is an essential time for our bodies to heal, repair and to consolidate memories. Without a good night’s rest, you can feel not only tired the next day, but your concentration, mood, memory, reflexes and driving ability can all be affected. If Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the cause, you could be at risk of heart disease or stroke. Sleep disordered breathing in children and teenagers may even be the cause for problems concentrating in school, their moods or even ADHD.
Dr. Kiran Grover has undertaken extensive training in Dental Sleep Medicine and is passionate about helping her patients that suffer from sleep disordered breathing.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the jaw joint located on the left and right sides of your head to move your lower jaw during regular actions such as chewing, talking, and swallowing. There are several muscles that support your jaw and allow for its movement. There is also a shock absorbing disc which sits between the lower jaw and the skull to cushion the load placed on the jaw as it functions. A TMJ disorder can prevent the functioning of the muscles, bones, ligaments, or discs, and can interfere with chewing, talking, and swallowing. Symptoms can include jaw pain, headaches, difficulty opening your mouth, and ear pain. Seeking treatment for these disorders can improve your quality of life.