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Reno Dental Services
Dental Cleaning and Scaling
Cleaning your teeth regularly is a must, but brushing your teeth every day is not always enough which is why Reno Dental Associates is here to provide you with quality dental services in the Reno, NV area. A professional dental cleaning is recommended at least twice a year by a dental hygienist. This procedure is recommended to all patients to help remove plaque before it becomes a bigger, more costly problem. In addition, the dental process includes scaling, root planing and polishing.
Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces. There are a variety of scaling methods depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Hygienists generally perform scaling by hand, but new technology has allowed for modern methods like the electric scalers. This tool improves the efficiency of the cleaning process, leading to faster cleanings. As top dental associates in Northern Nevada, we have seen that combining the manual and electric methods have proven to achieve the best results.
Tooth fillings help restore teeth damaged from decay back to a healthy state and function. If you need a tooth filling, the dentist will proceed to clean out the damaged and decayed portion of the tooth. The process requires special tools to clean inside the cavity. After the affected area is clean of harmful decay, the cavity is then filled. The fillings prevent further decay, closing off cracks and spaces. Bacteria will have a harder time entering the filled area of the tooth.
There is a variety of filling materials including gold, silver, plastic, and porcelain. Reno Dental Associates will work with you to determine which material is best for your mouth. The tooth filling material options are dependent upon the extent of the repair. The factors include tooth location and cost.
Composite (plastic) resins are colored to your teeth, creating a more natural appearance.
White fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, but they tend to last between 3 and 10 years. White fillings are not ideal for large cavities because they may chip away over time. Warning: your tooth filling may become stained from coffee, tea, or tobacco.
Porcelain fillings are often referred to as inlays or onlays. Inlay fillings are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be colored to match the tooth, and it is resistant to staining. However, they are about the same cost as gold filling. The porcelain filling technique typically covers most of the tooth, providing a nearly undetectable filling.
Bonding repairs the damaging effects of tooth decay, altering the alignment of the tooth to close gaps between teeth. It is also used for cosmetic purposes. In other words, bonding is the process of adding composite resin to the front of the tooth while matching the color for an unnoticeable result.
First, we roughen the surface of the tooth to help the bonding hold in place. Next, a gel is applied to the tooth surface with a micro etch. A primer agent is then applied in order to stick the material on the surface. After it is placed onto the surface, an intense light is applied to harden the material. Last, the composite resin is polished and formed for a radiant finish.
Oral Hygiene Care
Oral hygiene care provides one of the most important dental services you can give for your teeth and gums. Healthy oral hygiene lets you feel and look good. Eat, speak, and smile. In other words, good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals.
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to.
- Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.
Nightguards and Athletic Biteguards
Mouthguards and nightguards are used to protect you from physical damage to the tooth. If you’re an athlete in any game involving physical contact, you may have already considered a mouthguard. It is worth considering a custom-fitted mouthguard, molded perfectly to the shape of your mouth. Boxing, football, baseball – any physically aggressive game deserves a mouthguard. The custom mouthguards not only protect your teeth, but your jaw as well, saving you from unneeded dental work. If you find yourself under stress at night, you may be gritting your teeth without even knowing it. Some people clench and grind their teeth which can lead to painful toothaches. Custom nightguards are recommended for patients who resemble these habits.
If you have decided a mouthguard or nighguard is right for you, the dentist will take a custom mold of your teeth and send it off to a lab. On average, mouthguards can last between 3 and 10 years.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
The foundation formed around one’s teeth are the gums, ligaments, and bone. These structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When your periodontium is not healthy, it can threaten the foundation of your teeth, leading to painful and expensive moments. Red and bleeding gum, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, and shifts in your bite are signs of an unhealthy periodontium.
If you notice any of these signs it’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This gum treatment can make the difference between healthy and unhealthy tissue. The treatment involves a deep cleaning or root planing with the help of local anesthetic and antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. Be sure to treat this at the first sign of the problem.
Root Canal Treatment
If a cavity reaches its way to the pulp, after neglectful habits, a root canal treatment will become necessary. Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early. Trauma to the tooth may cause nerve damage to the point that a root canal is the only option for deep restoration.
Once the root is affected, the pulp becomes infected and can even begin eating away at the surrounding bone. It is also known as an abscess. If the pulp is affected, it must be treated professionally. The body cannot heal this problem on its own. This problem can even weaken the immune system. Please take this problem because it is a serious and dangerous problem.
Symptoms include sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets, pain, swelling, biting pain or pressure, and a bad taste in your mouth.
In some cases, no symptoms are noticeable and the person may be unaware of the problem. As dental associates, it’s our duty to inform you of such problems and provide excellent dental services in Reno. By doing so, we will perform a root canal procedure to clean out the infected tooth pulp, disinfecting the canals of the tooth. If the treatment is not performed, the only other option is to extract the tooth. After the tooth has been properly disinfected, the canal is then filled. This will prevent further root canal infection. Usually, a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Each tooth we have has small grooves and pits that can allow plaque to build up over time. Due to the narrowness of the grooves, sometimes even with daily brushing the plaque, can continue to accumulate.
Our dentistry team at Reno Dental Associates wants to help in stopping cavities and plaque build-up. Sealant is applied to the grooves in your teeth to seal the plaque and bacteria out. Sealant makes it possible to keep your teeth healthy and clean.