Gingivitis is a gum infection that is a precursor to periodontal disease. During gingivitis therapy, the infected gum tissue is treated with micro sonics and laser therapy to reduce the bacterial load at the gum line. This treatment will diminish bleeding and inflammation, and the tissue will become healthy again. Gingivitis is a reversible infection.
Periodontal disease is an infection where not only the gum tissue is infected, but the bone supporting the tooth is destroyed. In periodontal therapy, the use of micro sonics and laser is used below the gum line (in the deeper pockets) to reduce the bacterial load. The goal of therapy is to halt the breakdown process. If left untreated, adult periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and an increased risk for developing more serious diseases. Periodontal disease is not curable; it is only controllable through proper home care and frequent dental hygiene visits after completion of perio therapy.
Oral DNA testing provides a means of assessing an individual’s genetic risk for periodontal disease, the most common cause of tooth loss. It helps detect the genetic trait of each individual patient. Since each patient and each periodontal infection is different, with the OralDNA test we know exactly how susceptible each patient is and how to treat in an individual manner.
The MyPerioPath® salivary diagnostic test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® helps support the clinician with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable outcomes. When combined with Laser periodontal/gingivitis treatment, targeted antibiotics can lead to higher success rates.
Who should be tested?
- Patients presenting with signs and symptoms of a periodontal infection
- Patients with pockets of 4mm or greater with clinical signs of a periodontal infection
- Patients presenting chronic periodontal disease who are not responding positively to their current treatment
- Patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Patients with a history of cardiovascular disease
- Patients who use tobacco products
- Patients who will undergo surgical procedures or radiation treatment
- Can be used for establishing a “baseline” for any patient who may be at increased risk for periodontal infections
Now It’s Possible: Reversing Numbness with OraVerse™
Now you can get on with your day after routine dental procedures thanks to a new product that reverses the effects of local anesthesia. This new measure of comfort is for patients who dislike the lingering numbness that can last for 3-5 hours after leaving our office.
To deliver superior care, we’re always finding better ways to ensure your comfort and improve your dental experience. OraVerse is the first and only product proven safe and effective in accelerating a return to normal sensation and function after a local anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor has been used. So now in about half the time, you’ll be talking, smiling and drinking just like normal.1 And OraVerse can benefit nearly any patient, but is not recommended for children under 6 years of age or weighing less than 15 kg (33 lbs).
We want you to have the most comfortable experience possible. It’s a commitment that begins when you walk in the door and extends long after you leave. So if you’re among the many patients who dislike lingering numbness and its limitations, let’s discuss whether OraVerse is the right choice for you during your next dental visit.
Important Safety Information
Tachycardia, bradycardia, and cardiac arrhythmias may occur with the use of phentolamine or other alpha-adrenergic blocking agents. Although such effects are uncommon with OraVerse (phentolamine mesylate), clinicians should be alert to the signs and symptoms of these events, particularly in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease. Following parenteral use of phentolamine at doses between 5 to 15 times higher than the recommended dose of OraVerse, myocardial infarction, and cerebrovascular spasm and occlusion have been reported, usually in association with marked hypotensive episodes producing shock-like states.
Median time to recovery of normal sensation was reduced by 85 minutes (55%) in the mandible and by 83 minutes (62%) in the maxilla compared to control. Median time to recovery of normal function was reduced by 60 minutes (50%) in the mandible and by 45 minutes (43%) in the maxilla.
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and have been used very successfully for the past 20 years. Dentists have come to rely on them for solving cosmetic dentistry problems that used to be insolvable.
A crown is a tooth-colored, custom made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.
An onlay is a tooth-colored, pure porcelain, custom made covering that partially encases the tooth, restoring it to its original size and shape. Onlays protect and strengthen teeth with minimal reduction of natural tooth structure. They can be ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.
Veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damage, discolored, poorly shaped or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are more stable and “real” feeling that most types of dentures. Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving the patient a strong, stable and durable solution to removable dental appliances.
We perform conservative treatment modalities including guards for clenching and bruxism, and supportive care. In some cases we will refer to physical therapy for further treatment.
Also known as “bonding”, composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill gaps and protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
Athletic Sports Guards
An athletic sports guard is a resilient plastic appliance that is worn to protect the teeth and gum tissues by absorbing the forces generated by traumatic blows during sports or other activities.
We use state of the art digital x-rays and digital cameras to help with an accurate diagnosis of any concerns.
On initial visits, and recall visits, we take a series of digital photographs to aid us in diagnosis as well as to give you a close-up view of your mouth and any oral conditions.
We offer a number of different options including bleaching, bonding, porcelain veneers, and in some cases, implants and/or orthodontic care is utilized in our smile makeover planning.