If you have a broken or chipped tooth that is not the result of a recent trauma, Your dentist can evaluate the tooth for possible treatment. It is still important to have the tooth evaluated right away, because in some situations a minor procedure now can save you from a more significant procedure in the near future!
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (synthetic material) that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support, they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Basically the bone supporting the roots of the teeth is destroyed and the tooth or teeth get loose over time. Because gum disease is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it. For this reason periodontal disease is very dangerous because it often goes undetected by the patient and untreated until a severe problem develops. That’s why routine cleanings and examination by your dentist are so important for early detection and treatment of problems before they get severe.
The Invisalign system is a series of clear aligners used to straighten teeth. The Invisalign aligners are made after the orthodontist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a lab. The lab makes the custom aligners especially for you using computerized technology. After a couple of weeks the clear Invisalign aligners arrive at the office and the first set of Invisalign aligners are tried on your teeth.
Because some cavities are unavoidable even in the presence of excellent oral hygiene and a good diet, your child should see the dentist within one year of the eruption of the first tooth. At Holt Family Dentistry we prefer to see kids at age 4 and above. At this visit Dr. Holt will check your child’s teeth and give you prevention strategies to help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Whitening, also referred to as bleaching is a procedure which is designed to lighten the color of your teeth. When done properly, whitening will not harm your teeth or gums. Significant lightening can be achieved in the vast majority of cases, but the RESULTS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. Whitening, like any other treatment, has some inherent risks and limitations. These are seldom serious enough to discourage you from having your teeth whitened, but should be considered in making a decision to have the treatment.