When a tooth is severely damaged, endodontics offers an option to save the structure of the tooth and prevent extraction. This dental specialty focuses on injuries and diseases that affect the soft tissue within a tooth (often known as the pulp).
It’s important to seek these services without delay to maintain a beautiful smile and eat the foods you enjoy. Many times, a tooth can be saved so you can maintain a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Root canals are the most commonly known endodontic treatment. Other endodontic treatments might be considered, depending on your unique needs. Each patient receives a personalized care plan based on the specific dental issues that are being addressed.
When gum disease is present, then you need periodontic services to treat the infection and protect your smile. Periodontic treatments address the dental structures that support and surround the teeth, including the soft tissue and gums. A dentist who offers periodontic services specializes not only in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic gum inflammation and infection but also offers care to prevent recurring infections in the future.
The most common periodontic treatments include root scaling and planing. This deep cleaning service removes the plaque and tartar under the gums, helping the gums to hopefully re-attach to the teeth. Other localized treatments can also be used, such as antibiotic placement in pockets of infection. Since gum recession is irreversible, it’s important to seek periodontic treatment as soon as possible to eliminate gum disease right away.
Tooth misalignment not only affects your overall appearance but can also take a toll on function and jaw alignment. If you have any bite issues or dental misalignment, orthodontics can be an excellent investment. These treatments gently move teeth into the desired position, helping you create the smile you’ve always wanted.
For many years, traditional braces were the main treatment for orthodontics. Now, alternative options are available if you don’t want to wear metal wires and brackets. For example, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that move your teeth into place. The clear plastic blends in with your natural smile. Plus, you have the option to remove the aligners as desired to enjoy your favorite foods and meals.
Oral Surgery Treatments
Sometimes general dentistry isn’t sufficient to treat moderate or severe dental issues. Our team can talk to you about oral surgery, including reconstruction and treatments for the gums, jaw, teeth, or surrounding oral tissues. Even though the treatment is more invasive compared to other services, it’s worth the recovery time because of the long-term results that can be achieved.
The most common types of oral surgery involve tooth extraction. For example, if the wisdom teeth are compacted, oral surgery might be required to remove these back molars. The treatment is a preventive way to avoid long-term complications. Other examples of oral surgery treatments include dental implants, gum grafts, and more.