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Periodontal Treatment

The hectic pace of today's lifestyle often leaves little time for the daily oral health care routine needed to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. This is unfortunate since periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. An estimated 75% of Americans reportedly have some form of periodontal disease, i.e. gingivitis.

Early detection of periodontal disease reduces the risk of permanent damage to teeth and gums and can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in later years. Regular professional visits every six months or as scheduled by your dentist or dental hygienist, will help you learn more about proper care for your teeth and gums.

Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. If caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not, untreated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and possible root canal treatment or extraction.

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth. This is done to repair damage to the tooth by decay or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.

Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.



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