In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. Every patient is a great candidate for general dentistry treatments. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. We will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as treatment for dry mouth (Xerostomia) or night guards to protect against Bruxism & TMJ. Preventative dentistry benefits patients by preventing them from pain or expensive treatments in the future.
If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a root scaling or planing. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth. Contact our office to learn more about the general dentistry procedures we offer in our office.
A bonding is a composite resin that is used as an alternative to amalgams and veneers. This is an excellent cosmetic option for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their mouths and do not want the expense of veneers. Bondings can be used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, or stained.
The bonding procedure is usually completed in one visit. The first step is to remove the decayed or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a liquid or gel and a bonding agent is then applied. This will allow the composite resin to be placed in the prepared tooth. The resin is then trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking restoration.
Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability is not as strong as other types of restorations. These resins typically last from 4-7 years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens, the restoration will need to be replaced.
Digital x-rays are now the standard in dental imaging.
Dr. Pottorff uses the Sirona Galilieo, a state-of-the-art digital 3D CT scanner that allows us to achieve much better view of your teeth and potential dental conditions. The digital imaging software allows the doctor to see a number of different views of the tooth to gain a better understanding of the proper course of management. This 3D imaging system increases patient comfort, convenience, and overall accurate treatment planning. Not only are they an excellent diagnostic tool, but they decrease radiation to the patient by over 80%.
During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the periodontist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.
An intraoral camera is a diagnostic device that takes pictures of the outside of the gums or teeth. The ability to view and take photos of the teeth or gums from a variety of angles makes diagnosing a variety of dental concerns such as tooth decay or gum disease far easier. Not only can we diagnose and treat oral conditions with increased accuracy and speed, intraoral cameras allow our patients to actually see what’s happening inside their mouth for an interactive, educational experience.