Preventive Care Visits
Your preventive care visit is the bi-annual appointment for cleaning and examination. It gives us a chance to check for any changes in your oral health and thoroughly remove plaque and tartar buildup that can cause multiple oral and physical health issues if not kept in check.
This visit includes:
- Teeth Cleaning: One of our skilled dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar and then polish the teeth to make sure they are clean. They will also floss your teeth.
- Dental X-rays: Periodically, digital X-rays are taken so that Dr. Whipple can check for any issues below the gumline.
- Dental Exam: In addition to looking at your X-rays, Dr. Whipple will do a full examination of your mouth. He will check your teeth for cavities and ensure that any fillings or other restorations are intact. He will evaluate you for gum disease and do an oral cancer screening.
Restorative care consists of dental visits in which we repair or restore any damage to the teeth caused by cavities, cracks, or other issues. Restorative procedures include:
- Fillings: Tooth-colored porcelain is used to fill areas after decay is removed.
- Tooth Extraction: Teeth that must be removed due to damage or other reasons are removed with appropriate anesthetic.
- Bone Grafting: In the event of degrading of the bone under a tooth, a bone graft (remove from the back of the jaw can ) replace the missing bone in preparation for an implant.
- Root Canal: Damage to the root of a tooth by decay is repaired via
rootcanal. We remove the infected pulp from the tooth, clean the inside of the tooth, and add medication if needed. If the area of damage is large and has caused structural damage, a crown may be necessary to strengthen the tooth so it functions appropriately.
- Dentures: In areas where there are missing teeth, removable partial or full dentures can be fabricated to replace the form and function of those teeth.
- Crowns & Bridges: A bridge is a permanent partial denture. The teeth on either side of the tooth are prepared and used to hold the bridge in place. A crown looks just like a natural tooth. It is used to cover a weak tooth, cover a broken tooth, or cover an implant.
- Teeth Whitening: Glo® is the high tech teeth whitening system we use for In-office whitening procedures. Glo® uses an illuminating light that warms the mouthpiece, accelerating the effects of the whitening gel. Whitening is much faster, and patients with sensitive teeth have fewer problems than with other whitening systems.
- Veneers: These custom-made thin shells can cover teeth that are discolored, worn, or chipped. Bonding a veneer to a tooth’s surface can also correct the appearance of uneven or gapped teeth.
- Inlays & Onlays: These can also be considered restorations if they are used to restore the function of the teeth. They are used when old fillings need to be replaced. An inlay is inserted within the cusps of the tooth, and an only covers the top edges. These are used when an entire cover (crown) isn’t needed.
A tooth that has a damaged root requires replacement. An implant is the optimal way to achieve that goal. Before placing the implant, we use a Cone beam CT scan to visualize the entire area with less radiation than a conventional CT scan. The implant post is inserted directly into the socket of the space left by the old tooth. After the bone heals around the implant post, the abutment is attached to the top, and a crown is added. We use CEREC® one-visit-restoration technology to create precision implants and crowns. Along with this, we use BioHorizons® implant systems for the most advanced implants.