Routine and comprehensive dental examinations are essential to maintaining the health and vitality of teeth. Professional dental exams are all about taking preventative measures to ensure prevention of dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem at an early stage.
At our office your teeth will be thoroughly examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which can indicate gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth.
We Strive to offer our patients the leading edge advancements in dental research and innovation We are pleased to offer digital x-rays, one of the latest dental technologies available, which produces high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are identified in their earliest stages.
A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove deposits of plaque and tartar, which build up over time, and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. We offer a variety to teeth cleaning methods to suit your needs and preferences.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. An ultrasonic scalar is used to remove deposits as well as, clear any harmful bacterial build up, in a painless and quick process.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have accumulated below the gum line. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS
In order to restore and strengthen teeth that have deteriorated from cavities and decay, tooth-colored fillings are an aesthetic and durable solution. Unlike the amalgam (metal) fillings of the past, tooth colored fillings blend in naturally with your teeth, making them virtually undetectable. We are committed to Holistic Dentistry. Amalgam fillings pose potential health risks, because they can contain mercury, with composite fillings those risks are eliminated and can be used on patients of all ages.
A crown is a tooth-shaped covering for a tooth which gives support to a weak tooth, help support a bridge, or cover up a badly chipped or cracked tooth, restoring that tooth to its proper form and function. Crowns can be made of ceramic material or full or partial gold. With good oral hygiene and minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns will last for many years.
DIAMOND DENTAL CROWNS
Diamond dental crowns match the natural color of your teeth and are virtually undetectable by the naked eye. And because they’re metal-free, diamond dental crowns are an excellent option for patients with metal sensitivities. These are the strongest and longest lasting of all the aesthetic back teeth restorations. Once the tooth is properly prepared, the crown supports the tooth during heavy biting loads, thereby protecting the tooth and the nerve within. We use optimum materials specific to your case to ensure we are one of the leading cosmetic dentistal options Roseville has to offer. When strength combined with perfect aesthetics are called for, crowns are the best solution.
Today, dental bridges are still regarded as one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other options, such as implants.
We provide our patients with a variety of natural-looking and comfortable denture options for replacing missing teeth. Made with high quality and durable materials dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth comfortably. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be the best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
The keys to overcoming oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams.
Red, swollen irritated gums may be signs of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum therapies on offer. For mild forms of gum disease such as gingivitis, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line. Laser gum surgery, a new alternative to scaling and root planing, uses beams of high-speed light to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a gingivectomy, or periodontal surgery, may be required.
A common misconception is that a root canal is an uncomfortable and complicated procedure. With modern technology and skilled practitioners root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal discomfort.
Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
• Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
• Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
• Tooth decay
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Blow to the tooth
• Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
• Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above.
Oral surgery encompasses surgical treatments such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions and bone grafting. Dental implants, an excellent solution for missing teeth, are surgically placed tooth roots that hold dental crowns in place. A wisdom tooth extraction may be recommended if there isn’t enough room in your mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth and they become impacted, partially erupted or infected. Bone grafting transfers bone to extraction sites when required, usually to accommodate a dental implant. While a general dentist can perform some oral surgery procedures, an oral surgeon is required for others.
If you’ve been experiencing persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, temporomandibular jaw disorder or TMJ may be a primary cause. TMJ can often be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face. TMJ treatment from a dentist can relieve the discomfort. Although TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards. The goal of TMJ treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work in proper alignment without strain – and without pain. Through increased awareness of TMJ and appropriate treatment, the quality of life for people with this syndrome can be greatly enhanced.
Catering to the dental needs of kids requires a special and gentle touch. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat the oral health needs of children, from infancy through their teenage years. This involves in-depth knowledge about children’s behavior, as well as their growth and development. Our aim at American Family Dentistry is to detect any problems early and treat them with minimal intervention, so that extensive treatment is not necessary in later adult years. Pediatric dental offices are also designed to make kids feel comfortable and relaxed – with plenty of toys, activities and a warm, inviting and fun décor.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is a non-invasive sedation option which induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of ease during dental procedures. The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, allowing the person who administers the gas to increase or decrease the depth of sedation. Nitrous oxide helps you stay calm and wears off quickly allowing for a seamless dental experience. In addition, we offer conscious sedation in a semi sleep, deeper state of sedation. You will need a driver to bring you to the office and take you home afterward.