An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This expression definitely holds true for dental health. Dental care at home and regular brushing, flossing, water picking and reducing frequency of sugar intake are the most important habits patients can establish to reduce dental decay. Here at Allison & Associates, we want to ensure our patients are well-educated in proper home care. Our office focuses on preventive dental care and offers the following related services:
Most patients refer to these as their "cleaning" appointments or "semi-annual cleanings." For patients with healthy teeth, gums and bone, this appointment involves removal of calculus/tartar above the gums and removal of extrinsic tooth stains. X-rays are taken every 12-18 months to evaluate areas between the teeth for cavities and to evaluate the inter-dental bone health. Oral cancer exams, periodontal exams, and general dentition exams are performed by both the hygienist and dentist. The teeth are polished with a glycerine air-polisher or prophy/cleaning paste.
Digital Dental X-rays - 2D and 3D:
Our dental office utilizes digital x-ray technology to reduce radiation exposure to our patients and reduce environmental waste. We take two dimensional images as well as three dimensional images. Both types of x-rays provide valuable and different information. 2D x-rays are generally taken every 12 months to evaluate areas in between the teeth for decay and bone loss, since these areas are difficult or impossible to see clinically. 3D X-rays are taken to evaluate overall jaw- bone health and tooth root/nerve health. The 3D images give dentists a 3D rendering of the tooth roots and jaw bones and many other facial structures. We can use these to analyze for placement of dental implants, root canal treatment, sinus pathology, and presence or absence of sufficient bone for orthodontic tooth movement. Depending on the 3D volume size, airway space and carotid artery calcifications may be seen.
Apart from the usage of fluoride and good oral hygiene, pit and fissure sealants are an important component of preventing dental caries. Sealants are protective coatings placed in the grooves of non-carious and unstained permanent teeth. Usually these are placed after initial eruption into the mouth. Sealants have been proven to reduce decay in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of newly erupted teeth by 73% when compared to fluoride varnish application alone.
These are also known as orthotic dental splints. For patients who clench or grind their teeth in the absence of sleep apnea, these appliances may be utilized to reduce tooth damage and alleviate muscle pain. The relationship of the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication), teeth, temporomandibular joint and the fifth cranial nerve is different for every patient. Therefore, one size and type of device does not fit every patient and patients may need more than one type of appliance depending on their current situation.
Pinhole Gingival Grafting:
The goal of this technique is to correct areas of recession of the teeth. Recession occurs in areas of thin bone or no bone covering the tooth roots and may occur due to aggressive brushing, grinding/bruxism, orthodontic treatment, habits like smokeless tobacco usage or gum disease. This procedure is an alternative treatment to traditional free connective tissue gum grafting. It is less invasive and healing is faster.
Laser Frenectomy and Gingivectomy:
CEREC Single Visit Crowns and Bridges:
Anterior and Posterior Implants:
Dental implants may be placed in the position of anterior or posterior teeth. Different sizes are available. The final prosthetic outcome and the amount of available bone often determine size and type of implant to be placed. Our office places Ankylos Dental Implants from Dentsply Sirona. These implants have a long-standing history of excellent bone and tissue health which is a result of the platform switch design.