Signature Dental

The real answer to the question “What should I do about...?”is: “It depends”.

Every clinical scenario is slightly different. Thus, the information on this page is not intended to replace the clinical advise of your dental professional. It is meant to give you a starting point for having a conversation with your primary dental care provider who will take the time to explain in further detail the options presented below.

For further information, please contact us.

 

A guide for the perplexed

WHAT DENTAL CONCERN WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADDRESS?

CAVITIES

Depending on the extent of damage caused by your cavities, teeth can be treated either with a single-visit filling, a dental crown, or removal of the tooth.

BLEEDING GUMS

If your gums (gingiva) bleed when brushing and flossing, you may have early gum disease (periodontitis) and you will benefit from a professional dental cleaning. If you are experiencing enlarged and spontaneous bleeding of your gums, see your dental care provider to rule out other conditions.

LOOSE TEETH

Some of the signs of advanced gum disease are loose or separating (shifting) teeth. To rule out other reasons for loose teeth and to determine the best course of action for you, see your dental care provider. A professional dental evaluation will help determine if the teeth in question can be saved.

BROKEN TEETH

Based on the amount of tooth structure lost, the position of the tooth and its function, options may be fillings, crowns, Bioclear bonding or veneers.

MISSING TEETH

Options we offer include dental bridges, single implants, removable dentures and implant-supported dentures.

CROWDED TEETH

Improperly positioned teeth are at a higher risk for gum disease, cavities and tooth loss. Clear aligners (Invisalign) are the service we offer to bring teeth into an ideal position.

TOOTHACHE

Depending on the cause for the pain, options we offer include fillings (for cavities), root canal therapy (for damaged or dead tooth nerves), crowns (for fractures) or teeth extractions (if non-restorable).

TOOTH WEAR

Worn teeth may be rebuilt using white filling materials, crowns or a combination of both. A nightguard for protection while you sleep will be prescribed to you. If the wear is the result of exposure to acid (i.e. reflux, diet), please see your dentist for a more complete assessment and treatment plan.

SENSITIVE TEETH

As uncomfortable as this condition is, it may have a simple solution such as changing your toothpaste. Other habits that lead to tooth sensitivity (i.e. clenching, grinding, acid reflux) may require the use of a nightguard or more involved restorative solutions to stop it.

REGULAR CARE

This involves dental examinations and x-rays (radiographs) at regular intervals with our dentist and periodic care cleanings with our expert hygienists. People with more dental restorations or gum disease will need to be seen more regularly to maintain good oral health than the typical individual.

CHILDRENS DENTISTRY

We welcome children! Caring for children’s teeth beginning in infancy (6 months) promotes good oral health care habits for life and increases the chances of a child maintain healthy permanent teeth in adulthood. We will give you tips and techniques that will help you reinforce the healthy habits you teach at home.

DRY MOUTH

This ailment can impair the quality of life of an individual. Regular dental visits will help detect dental cavities early and at the same time present an opportunity to give you instructions on how to prevent complications that accompany this condition.

JAW PAIN

Treatment options vary and may include medication, habit changes or a splint (dental appliance) to help stabilize your jaw.

BUMP IN THE GUMS

This is a dental infection. As such, either root canal therapy or removal of the tooth might be necessary to eliminate it.

MOUTH SORES

If you wear dentures, an adjustment might relieve the spot that rubs against the gums causing the sore. Mouth sores not related to denture wear will require visual and perhaps radiographic evaluation to determine its cause and treatment approach.

STAINED TEETH

Superficial stains can be addressed with a professional cleaning or whitening. Deep stains can sometimes be lightened with whitening. Bioclear bonding (white fillings material) or crowns will cover deep-seated stains as well.

TOOTH GAPS

Clear aligners (i.e. Invisalign), Bioclear bonding, veneers or crowns (or a combination thereof) can address large spaces in between your natural teeth.

MOUTHGUARDS

Mouthguards are an investment that will protect your teeth in case of an accident while playing sports.

BAD BREATH

Two common and treatable causes of bad breath are active cavities or hard deposits (tartar) around your gums. A proper examination with radiographs will confirm whether dental fillings or a professional cleaning are needed.

DENTAL FEAR

Feeling apprehensive about having dental treatment done? We offer nitrous sedation (laughing gas) and oral sedatives to take the edge off your visit.