Preventive & Diagnostic
Sealants are a protective, tooth-colored dental material that is applied to the back teeth of the mouth that have deep grooves, which are hard to reach areas making them susceptible to dental decay. It is important to prevent food, especially sugary foods, and bacteria from getting stuck in these areas and causing cavities over time! Why treat a cavity when you can prevent them with sealants?
Here at Spring Hill Smiles, we offer fluoride treatments at continuing care appointments as an extra preventative measure for dental cavities. Not only can in-office fluoride treatments help prevent decay, it can also help stop early decay from progressing and help decrease tooth sensitivity. We may also recommend a prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste if we feel you are at a high-risk of dental decay.
Many patients complain of jaw tenderness, headaches, and/or TMJ issues such as popping or difficulty opening. Some patients can have no symptoms of jaw issues, but show signs of wear on the teeth where the enamel has been wore down. Over time, this wear can affect your bite. Mouthguards can benefit these patients by helping to relax the muscles at night, reducing muscle tenderness. They can also help reduce the amount of wear on your teeth and damage to current fillings/crowns, allowing your smile to last a lifetime.
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a tooth that is cracked, broken, worn down, or severely decayed. Dental crowns are usually completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is fabricated. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place.
Sometimes, a tooth is a good candidate for CEREC which is a same-day crown that we make here in our office. We like to be able to offer this convenient option for you so that you only have to make one visit.
A bridge can replace missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. A bridge is composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth or teeth. Crowns are typically placed on the teeth on either side of the space, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached in between.
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. We offer a fantastic at-home whitening system called KöR.
A wisdom tooth that is deemed problematic is normally extracted to avoid any oral complications. To have a wisdom tooth removed, a small incision is made to open up the gum tissue over the tooth and remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Once the tooth is in view, it is gently grasped with a dental instrument, known as a forcep, and gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and surrounding ligaments. Sometimes the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces to make it easier or removal. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a wisdom tooth.
We often refer patients to an oral surgeon for care.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is often an effective treatment option for sleep apnea. With this approach, our office creates a custom-fitted oral appliance for patients to wear when they are sleeping. The appliance aids patients during sleep by positioning the lower jaw and tongue in a way that minimizes airway obstruction.
People of all ages can experience dental anxiety. We invite you to share you feelings and concerns with us so we can help you receive the dental treatment you need in an environment that makes you feel comfortable. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a prescription sedative (such as Valium or Halcion) shortly before your visit. By the time you arrive at our office, you will feel significantly relaxed. Best of all, you can stay awake while still experiencing a feeling of calm and well-being. We may also administer nitrous oxide before your treatment begins.
We also have the option to have IV sedation performed by a special dental anesthesiologist here at our practice.