Our diagnostic treatment consists of doctor evaluation and assessment of the patient’s oral status after examination. Examinations are important because neglected oral conditions can lead to serious problems such as infected teeth, tooth loss, shifting teeth and loss of jaw bone.
Professional dental cleaning is needed to remove plaque and tartar which can remain on your teeth even after properly brushing and flossing. Plaque that remains turns into tartar and if not removed effectively by a dental cleaning is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Depending on your unique situation, we may recommend a cleaning every 3, 4, or 6 months. We will clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar and then polish them to remove some staining on teeth. X-rays will be taken at least yearly and the doctor will recommend any treatment if needed. They hygienist will also perform an oral cancer screening at each visit.
Fillings: Fillings are necessary when decay has been detected via x-ray or visual examination. The doctor will remove the decay and restore the affected area with either a composite filling material (tooth colored white) or an amalgam filling material (silver).
Crowns: Crowns are a tooth shaped covering that is placed over your natural tooth to strengthen and protect your tooth. It seals out plaque and bacteria and prevents further decay. After determination that a crown is right for you, you and the doctor will discuss the best crown for your situation, taking into concern function, aesthetics, and budget concerns. Crowns consist of at least two appointments.
During the first appointment, an impression will be taken of the original tooth, the doctor will remove any decay or old filling material and shape your tooth to hold the new crown. If necessary, a build up is placed to ensure there is enough tooth structure to support the crown. We take a final impression to send to the dental lab where they will precision craft a crown to perfectly match your teeth. At this point, a temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth during the time between your first and second appointment.
During the second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and check to be sure the fit and aesthetics of the permanent crown are perfect. Your new crown will be cemented in place and we will advise you about proper care of your crown to ensure it lasts for years to come. We do recommend regular professional cleanings continue as a part of proper care.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. At regular check-up, yearly the hygienist or dentist will measure the depth of the shallow v-shaped crevice between your tooth and gums to identify whether you have gum disease. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line where they can cause the attachment of tooth and supporting tissues to break down.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease; the gums become red, swollen and bleeds easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually by eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease; the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged. At this point, the teeth can become loose, fall out, or have to be removed by a dentist.
Root Canal Therapy: Root canals are the tiny passages that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth vertically until they reach the tip of the root. Infection that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissue. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. First indications of a possible problem are pain and sensitivity, but pockets of puss can develop leading to an abscess. Treatment of a root canal can consist of one – three appointments. The first appointment a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber is cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown. The restored tooth can last almost as long as it’s healthy original.
Pulpotomy: Pulpotomy is the removal of diseased pulp with the aim of maintaining the vitality of the rest of the tooth after an adequate dressing has been applied. A pulpotomy is usually done on children with great results.
Implants are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, as they fuse to the jaw bone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or dentures. Implants offer stability because they fuse to the bone. Healthy gums and adequate bone is a must for implant patients. Our office does not place the implant but we do craft the restorative tooth/teeth that attach to the implant. It is very similar to a crown only it is attached to the implanted anchor. This can be done for a tooth, multiple teeth, or denture. This may take one to two months to complete because several fittings are required. Regular dental cleanings are still recommended.
Whitening procedures effectively restore the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco. More and more people today are choosing tooth- whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains. Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. Bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products are also not effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth colored fillings. Professional whitening is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Dr. Boudreaux and the staff have been trained and are certified in this exciting whitening procedure. Our office offers chair side whitening in ONE appointment! You will leave our office with whiter and brighter teeth the very day of your whitening appointment.
Should you face a dental emergency please call our office. If you are a patient of record and call after our regular business hours, you will be instructed on what number to call for assistance and a staff member will promptly return your call.