The Comprehensive Exam is an assessment of the head, neck, TMJ and mouth, including an oral cancer screening. X-rays are taken to help detect cavities between teeth and under existing fillings and crowns. Through the collection of this information, Dr. Clayton will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan.
A Dental Cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and calculus from the teeth. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is an essential part of preventative dentistry. It allows us to remove the bacteria that sits in the gums, which is the leading cause of bone loss and loose teeth.
Fluoride is a mineral that is absorbed by the enamel of teeth, making it stronger. As a result, teeth can better resist the attack of bacteria and acids in the diet. Fluoride is also incredibly effective in the treatment of sensitivity caused by gum recession.
The application of Fluoride is a very simple procedure. Since teeth must be very clean for the fluoride to be absorbed effectively, we will normally apply it at the end of a patient’s cleaning appointment.
Root Canal Treatment is most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. Soon after the root canal if performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling which both protects the tooth and restores it to normal function.
Dr. Clayton believes that natural teeth should be preserved for as long as possible. There are times, however, when a tooth cannot be saved and tooth extraction is the best course of action. This procedure is performed after the tooth area is numbed with anesthesia.
Dentures are an affordable option for the replacement of missing teeth. Unfortunately, jawbone shrinkage is a common occurrence which can lead to unstable dentures, gum irritation and improper chewing. Dr. Clayton will fit the denture in a manner that minimizes (or eliminates) shrinkage of the jaw bones, hence reducing the need for periodic maintenance.
Frequently used in sports, the custom mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth, and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Custom night guards are effective for the treatment of Bruxism, a condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth. This common problem can severely wear down teeth, making them more sensitive to temperature change and more vulnerable to tooth decay. It can also cause damage to the jaw, resulting in chronic pain. A custom-fitted mouth guard, which is only worn to bed, provides a protective cushion between teeth.
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