Good dental preventative care is really important to ensure a healthy mouth, including your gums and teeth.
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that get stuck to your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes (or longer), though most people rush through this time. You need to make sure that you reach every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep your breath fresh, you should also brush your tongue. Then, you can begin flossing.
Cleanings And Exams
Having a dental practice perform a checkup and regular cleaning gives a preventive approach to dental care. These general dentistry treatments help prevent problems with your teeth, gums and jaw bones, or they catch and manage problems before they worsen. During your visit, our doctors will take a picture of the current standing of your dental health and what would be needed to keep your oral hygiene in its best state.
Composite fillings act as a dentistry solution for problems such as tooth decay or cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth.
Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.
An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area.
Sedation Dentistry/Wisdom Teeth
We understand that going to the dentist may be a nerve-racking experience for some. In order to ease patients' anxiety, we do offer sedation dentistry.
We also offer wisdom teeth extractions when necessary. When wisdom teeth grow in, they may cause great discomfort, pain, and shifting of teeth if not taken care of properly. Consult with us today to see if you are in need of a wisdom teeth removal.
Orthodontics is the dental specialty that involves correcting teeth that are improperly positioned, often using braces. Dr. Petersen frequently treats malocclusions which are otherwise known as bad bites that can cause health issues such as difficulty chewing, poor oral hygiene, and in some cases, bacterial infections in those hard to reach places. A large focus of orthodontic treatment is correcting and properly developing the facial bones and jaw so your mouth and teeth can align more easily. Whether you need headgear, plates, or just traditional braces, we’re eager to find the best orthodontic treatment plan for you.