Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental offers comprehensive oral healthcare services including general dental care. From routine checkups and cleanings to fillings and root canal therapy, our team has the experience to help you keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible for a lifetime. The following is helpful information on our general dentistry services.
Dental cleanings and checkups are essential to safeguarding your oral health by preventing disease and
increasing the likelihood of detecting problems as soon as possible. Some folks are surprised to learn how thorough a checkup can be. During oral examinations, our dentists will look for signs of gum disease, bone loss, tooth decay, oral cancer and enlarged glands in the neck. This is done by performing a physical examination and taking diagnostic images like X-rays. Cleanings, like checkups, are very important. A teeth cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease by removing substances like tartar and plaque. When these substances accumulate along the gums, it can inflame and irritate them – leading to the development of gum disease.
Fillings are conservative restorations used to treat minor areas of tooth decay. A filling can be made from amalgam or composite resin. Amalgam is a dark material composed mostly from metal while composite resin is a tooth-colored mixture of durable glass and plastic. Fillings prevent the soft, exposed area of a tooth from widening and deepening.
More invasive treatment is needed for badly damaged teeth. While our practice will do everything possible to save a tooth (as that is normally what is best for a person’s health), teeth cannot always be saved and their retention can be very problematic. If a tooth is abscessed or so damaged/diseased that treatment will not improve it, it is best to have the tooth surgically removed so the infection will not spread to adjacent oral tissue. Removing a tooth is a same-day procedure. Our team will take all necessary measures to ensure that our guests are comfortable throughout treatment. Root canal therapy is a procedure that treats internal (endodontic) tooth structure. This type of treatment can literally prevent the need for the surgical removal of a tooth. Many times, patients receiving this type of procedure are in moderate to severe pain prior to treatment because the inside of their tooth is badly infected. Root canal treatment means that the inflamed or infected tissue will be removed and the inside of the tooth will be sealed to prevent future damage. To schedule an appointment for a checkup or cleaning, call Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental today.
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