Everyone focuses on the procedure they need done, whether it’s a routine cleaning or a something more involved like gum scaling. Just to keep everyone up to date, here’s a list of our most common services, treatments, and procedures at Gentle Dental.
Oral health exams: X-rays, TMJ, oral cancer screenings, along with a visual examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw are involved here. We look for signs of decay, disease, misalignment, spaces, and other issues.
Prophylactic cleanings: We remove minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavity formation. Every six months is the right interval.
Gum disease intervention: To head off gum disease, we usually only need to do some scaling of the teeth. This sounds serious, but really is simply scraping off tartar below the gum line where it builds up and begins to cause gum irritation.
Fluoride treatments & dental sealants: Usually for children, but occasionally requested by adults, fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. We apply a topical gel twice a year. Sealants are long-term plastic filling applied to the deep grooves in the molars. It can last for decades.
Root canals: When decay reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, it’s time for a root canal. This basically cleans out the interior of the tooth, removing the infected tissue and nerves and replacing it with rubber-based substance. The tooth is then usually capped. Root canals save teeth from needing extraction.
Extractions: Pulling teeth. These can be baby teeth that have overstayed their welcome, wisdom teeth that were never invited in the first place, or any other reason a tooth needs to come out.
Fillings & crowns: A cavity is simply an area of decay in a tooth. Usually, routine fillings address decay before it really damages the interior of the tooth. You can opt for metal amalgam or composite fillings. Crowns are what used to be called caps, because they are placed atop the damaged tooth to return strength and functionality.
Tooth whitening: Stains happen, especially if you drink coffee, tea, red wine, and other staining beverages. Also, some medications can cause staining. Our whitening services remove the stains and whiten your teeth by many shades.
Call us at Gentle Dental for your next appointment, (732) 549-5660.