What are dental sealants and how do they work?
Sealants are clear or shaded plastic applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Sealants fill in the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, which are hard to clean, and shut out food particles that could get caught, causing cavities. Fast and comfortable to apply, sealants can effectively protect teeth for many years.
Tooth colored fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are used to restore small to moderate sized cavities and broken or chipped teeth. Tooth-colored composite is a popular option for many of our patient’s most visible teeth as it closely matches the shade and color of the natural tooth.
Air abrasion delivers excellent results in the restoration of teeth without the use of a drill. It is ideal for treating small cavities in the early stages of formation. Air Abrasion delivers small particles through a safe channel of high velocity air pressure used to resurface damaged tooth surfaces. This minimally invasive tool generates no heat, sound, or pressure and is a much gentler process than drilling, often reducing the need for anesthetics.
A frenectomy involves the removal of a small band of connective tissue (called the frenum) between the upper lip and the gum tissue. If the frenum is too tight, short or thick it may interfere with the alignment of healthy teeth. A frenectomy ensures a healthy balance is restored to the mouth for the growth of the teeth and gums.
Tongue tie is a condition that occurs when the lingual frenum, connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is constricting the tongue’s range of motion for speech or eating. The removal of the lingual frenum provides for greater extension of the tongue and alleviates many of the associated problems with tongue tie. A frenectomy is simple and performed with a variety of anesthetic options to ensure the patient is comfortable.
Our practice maintains a conservative treatment philosophy in all procedures. We do everything in our power to provide alternative options to extracting a tooth. However, if the tooth is too deeply damaged or could compromise the integrity of other healthy teeth, extractions are often recommended. We offer safe and effective conscious oral sedation options to ensure the comfort of our patients.
For dental procedures that require sedation, we offer a range of options to accommodate our patients’ well being. Nitrious Oxide is a low-risk form of sedation that is administered in gas form. It is most popularly used to relieve nerves and provide relaxation during procedures with our youngest patients. Oral conscious sedation is an option for patients receiving extensive dental work, or for those with special needs who may not tolerate sitting still long enough to receive safe treatment. General anesthesia is a last resort we use for the safety of our patients during more invasive procedures that would be difficult for a patient to tolerate consciously. We consult every parent with a full range of options for addressing their child’s treatment needs before proceeding with any decision.