We don’t just care about teeth. We care about the whole family.
At RR Dentistry, we are a family dental practice. We want the whole family to have beautiful, healthy smiles for a lifetime. We would rather be proactive, than reactive to your oral health. But, no matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and stains start to build up on the teeth over time. Then, pockets of bacteria collect in hard-to-reach places, and cavities may start to form beneath the surface. Because home care isn’t enough, the American Dental Association recommends regular checkups and hygiene visits for the whole family.
General and Preventative Dentistry covers a wide range of treatment recommendations. Here are the services and treatment options we have available for your family’s uniques oral care needs:
The best time to catch tooth decay, cracks, and fractured teeth is in the beginning phase of the problem. Some people say,” but, I am not in pain.” Usually if you feel pain associated with an issue it will require more work, time and money to fix it in comparison if we had caught it earlier. Every tooth has a nerve that lives with in it. The closer the decay gets to the nerve the more you will feel it, whether it is decay (cavity) or fractures within the individual teeth.
A sealant is a protective coating placed in the grooves or valleys of the back teeth. These valleys are found on the biting surfaces of your teeth and are the most common place to get cavities. This place is the most common due to the grooves being deep and differing architectures. A sealant is a liquid flowed down into the grooves and is solidified by a specialized light source. Thereby filling the space in without using any numbing agents.
Most insurances only cover adult molar teeth, however, to get the most protection and to avoid getting cavities on these surfaces you can have them placed virtually on every back tooth. One can get sealants on any and all of the posterior teeth whether baby (deciduous) or adult teeth (dentition).
The sooner this can be done in a child’s life the better protection they can provide. The cost of a sealant is about a third as costly as a filling (restoration) is.
Recare and Maintenance Program
The recare program is our hygiene department. We have four very skilled knowledgeable hygienists who care about and value your individual oral health. Usual recare is every six months for those individuals not suffering from periodontal disease. This six-month recare allows your teeth to get cleaned in a way that your toothbrush cannot achieve. It also allows the doctor to take a look at your mouth and early detect any areas of concern. X-rays are recommended once a year due to decay occurring between the teeth and undetectable on a visual exam alone.
An implant is a permanent tooth replacement. When missing a tooth or having a tooth pulled an implant is used to restore form and function. Where the replacement tooth is needed a titanium post is placed and a crown attached to it. This treatment is permanent and the best alternative for teeth replacement if the individual can accept an implant. Adequate bone and other factors are important when considering this option. An appointment will need to set up and exam completed to give input into whether this option is right for you.
Crown and Bridge
A crown is a cover that restores a tooth to its normal shape size and function. It reinforces and strengthens the tooth and is used to protect a tooth from further wear, breakage and decay.
A Bridge is used to permanently fill a space. A space may be due to a missing tooth that you were born with or a tooth in which you had to have pulled (extracted). It will permanently be placed and is attached to either tooth on each side of the missing tooth.
A removable partial denture (RPD) is an appliance worn in the mouth with the sole goal of replacing missing teeth. It is fitted to the individuals mouth my making molds of the patients dentition and sending to a specialized laboratory. From a prescription made by the dentist a base is made which can contain metal or no metal. On top of this acrylic or porcelain teeth are attached. It is fitted and stays in the mouth by attachments that hold on to the remaining teeth you still posses.
RPD are removable and are bulky to some and in most situations are an option but more permanent fixed options serve tooth replacement better for most individuals.
A Denture is made for someone who has no more teeth remaining. Most often made of acrylic with teeth attached to them. For better fit and staying ability they can be attached to implants by nylon snaps so they can fit nice and tight.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a term given to when a dentist removes the nerve of a tooth, which is found in the roots of a tooth. A root canal is done mainly to remove an infected nerve. This nerve can get infected by decay (bacteria) or a crack that gets too close to the nerve. The nerve gets bacteria into or around it and the body tries to fight those bacteria off. Once this happens the only thing to do is root canal the tooth to remove the dying nerve. You will most likely be put on a course of antibiotics to help control the infection and make sure it does not spread.