A dental filling is a treatment that restores the function and shape of any missing tooth structure resulting from decay or trauma. Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars found in food and drinks producing acids that attack the teeth. The acid eats away at the tooth and can cause decay. If the cavity is caught at an early stage, a dental filling can treat the decay. Missing tooth structure can also come from trauma, and in certain situations, these can be restored with a filling. After a cavity is removed, the area must be filled with some material to protect the tooth from further damage. We offer both composite (tooth-colored) and amalgam (silver) restorations.
A crown is a permanent covering that is built to fit over an existing tooth damaged by decay or trauma. Damaged or cracked teeth are protected from further harm, and your smile is restored to its full potential. Crowns are made from a variety of different materials. These materials may include porcelain, gold, E.MAX, or Zirconia. East Ridge Dental is proud to offer patients the cutting edge technology of “same day” crowns. East Ridge Dental offers its patients CEREC CAD/CAM Technology, (a system of four-dimensional imaging, and an actual computerized crown mill in office). Dr. Reckling, Dr. Seaborn, and their highly trained assistants can use this system to scan your tooth and mill the crown in the office. This ensures that your crown fits well, looks great, and saves you time away from work or family obligations.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair the most central portion of the tooth if it is injured. The pulp (the central portion that contains the blood vessels and nerves) may need to be repaired due to a crack in the tooth, a deep cavity, problems with a large filling, or a serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp. If the pulp is not removed, the tissue around the root of the tooth can often become infected. Root canal treatments generally involve one or more visits. The doctor will remove the pulp of the tooth and fill the root canals and pulp chamber with medicine to help get rid of the bacteria, followed by a rubber-like material to seal them. In the final step, the tooth may be restored by a crown or filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks.
Occasions can arise which call for the removal of a tooth or teeth due to damage or decay. When your dentist recommends an extraction, or when an extraction is required, our goal is to provide you with the most comfort possible.
Should you experience tooth loss, a bridge may be the best way to fill the empty space in your smile. A bridge is a fixed prosthetic dental device that is made using porcelain. It adheres to the neighboring teeth of the missing tooth. A dental bridge is built to match your other teeth and it will restore both function and beauty to your mouth.
Dentures can be either partial or complete and are removable prosthetics that replace any missing natural teeth. Dentures consist of a flesh colored acrylic base that fits over your gums and secures the prosthetic in place.
An implant supported denture is a denture that is supported and attached to implants. Being able to attach a full denture to implants provides a superior fit. To be able to have an implant supported denture your dentist will determine if you have enough bone in the jaw to support it.
Veneers consist of a thin shell of porcelain material, which are custom molded and then applied to the front of your tooth using a special cement compound. Veneers are commonly used to hide imperfections and damage. Other dental conditions can also be corrected using veneers including slightly crooked teeth, chipped teeth, or gaps between teeth.
East Ridge Dental can provide you with a whitening system that is customized and effective. After making an impression of your teeth, and the application of the initial Philips Zoom Whitening Varnish, we provide custom trays and prescription strength whitening gel for you to take home and continue the process of whitening your teeth. The process can give you a whiter and brighter smile after just a few treatments!
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque colonize on the gingival (gum) tissue, either above or below the gum line. These bacteria colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation which in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the body begins to systematically destroy gum and bone tissue, making the teeth shift, become unstable, or completely fall out. The pockets between the gums and teeth become deeper and house more bacteria which may travel via the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Prophylaxis is an excellent procedure to help keep the oral cavity in good health and halt the progression of gum disease.
Digital radiography allows us to use digital sensors to capture images of your teeth and surrounding structures such and your roots, bone, joints and certain abnormalities that don’t present themselves clinically. They are time-efficient and allow us to visually share the information we find with the patient. The different types of x-rays we take include:
Sealants are most commonly used on the permanent teeth of children, as they are more prone to having cavities. However, sealants can also be effective in the prevention of decay in adults. Many adults who are at high risk for developing caries (cavities) due to chronic dry mouth (a very common side effect of numerous medications), are good candidates for sealants. Sealants consist of a transparent coating that is applied in the grooves of the biting surface on the back teeth. This coating helps to protect the tooth from bacteria and plaque that lead to tooth decay.
Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Healthy gum tissue fits like a cuff around each tooth. When someone has periodontal disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, causing a periodontal pocket. As the disease gets worse, the tissue and bone that support the tooth are damaged. Over time, teeth may fall out or need to be removed. Treating periodontal disease in the early stages can help prevent tooth loss.
Periodontal treatments depend on the type of the disease and how severe it is. The first step in treating the disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing”. During this treatment, plaque and tartar are removed out of the periodontal pockets and the root surfaces are smoothed (or “planed”) to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. This treatment may be done over several visits, depending on your needs.
Once periodontal disease is brought under control with treatment, it is very important that you get dental care on a regular basis. Periodontal maintenance involves a cleaning that is deeper than a normal cleaning. Because plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is always forming on your teeth, if it stays on the teeth, it can harden into a rough surface called calculus (tartar). This can only be removed by having a professional cleaning. Patients that have periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings due to the pockets and other effects of the disease making it hard to keep your teeth clean. With regular maintenance appointments, the plaque bacteria are reduced and this allows the infection to get better, pockets to shrink and the gums to become healthier.
Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth
Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease. Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodontal health. With good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced. Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.
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We Are a Digital Impression Practice Proud Owners of an iTero® ElementTM Intraoral Scanner
The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system
that eliminates the need for messy putty in your mouth. With our iTero
Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed 3D model of your
teeth and gums. Not only is this process far more comfortable than the
old putty based impressions, but it’s faster and can offer a superior
CariVu™ by DEXIS™
CariVu™ – Caries Detection Device
DEXIS™ CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries (cavity) detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of tooth decay without the use of traditional X-ray.
What makes CariVu unique?
East Ridge Dental can utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. We can show you images of your dentition at a greater resolution, and exactly what our doctors and hygienists are seeing.
What is an Intraoral Camera?
An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practitioners to view clear, and precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums. This allows us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. These images are available for our patients to see in high definition on the television screen right in the patient exam room at the time of service.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patient can breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
THERE ARE MANY ADVANTAGES TO USING NITROUS OXIDE
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or if you are currently pregnant. Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulty with breathing.
You may want to ask your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., cold or other difficulties with breathing.
You may want to ask your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.
When many people hear the words “cosmetic dentistry,” images of Hollywood stars and models come to mind. Often, it is believed that cosmetic dentistry is only for a select few, and its only purpose is to look better. The truth is that cosmetic dentistry is an important area of dentistry that provides benefits to all types and all ages of people. The benefits go deeper than mere appearance. In fact, cosmetic dentistry can have a genuine effect on your self-confidence and overall health. Restorative dental procedures and cosmetic dentistry not only make your smile white and bright, they include other practices that repair damage and decay that can lead to significant issues with your teeth and your general health. Advances in technology, better-trained dentists, and new materials have made cosmetic dentistry services available to anyone. East Ridge Dental specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has the experience and the tools to provide you with best-in-class cosmetic dentistry services of all kinds. Below are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry services we provide.
Even the best preventative care cannot always eliminate the possibility that damage or tooth decay may occur. Younger adults and children are more likely to develop dental caries (i.e. cavities) or suffer oral trauma from sports and activities. Older adults face concerns of tooth wear, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other serious health concerns. East Ridge Dental specializes in restorative dental services for every member of your family. We can help with tooth-colored fillings, same day crowns, bridges, and dentures. We are passionate about providing comprehensive restorative services so that whatever your needs may be, we have you covered. Some of the most common restorative services are listed below.
East Ridge Dental takes pride in our dentistry, and we strive to keep costs as reasonable as possible. Our financial policy is payment is due at the time of service, unless other arrangements have been previously made.
We accept the following forms of payment:
Insurance: We will file your insurance for you when provided with the insurance information and we will help maximize your benefits to the best of our ability.
At East Ridge Dental, we believe in a patient-centered approach to quality, affordable dentistry. Our business office works with patients to help them make the financial arrangements necessary to invest in the health of their smile.
Our “Smile Savings Plan” is not dental insurance… It’s better! This is an annual reduced-fee savings plan for individuals and families who value their dental health. There are no waiting periods, no deductibles, and no yearly maximums. Plan members enjoy the benefits of the plan immediately upon registration and payment. Our “Smile Savings Plan” is administered by our office independently, meaning we do not use a third-party administrator. We handle everything for you, so you will always have a personal contact for plan questions and information.
Our patient’s dental health is our number one priority, and unfortunately, with dental insurance limitations we are starting to see shrinking benefits, excessive pre-authorization requirements, and decreased reimbursement in all areas, causing more treatment denials. With our “Smile Savings Plan,” you will receive twice-yearly cleanings and exams, necessary x-rays, and more. These regular check-ups will give us the opportunity to address any concerns early on, resulting in less complex and less expensive treatment.
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You will need to fill out our New Patient Forms. In addition to filling them out, we ask that you please bring any insurance cards you may have, so that we may properly file your claims for you.
If you have been to see another dentist within the past 3 years, we ask that you contact them and request copies of any “current” x-rays, you may have. (Your previous dental provider will know what a “current x-ray” entails.)
We are looking forward to seeing you! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming appointment.
Manual versus Electric Toothbrush
Caring for a Hybrid Denture
Caring for a Bridge (Traditional)
Caring for a Dental Implant
Home Maintenance for Oral Appliances
Home Maintenance for Dentures
Proper Toothbrushing Technique
Proper Flossing Technique
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