X-rays are the tool we use to find dental decay early, before it becomes a major problem. At Piedmont Oaks Dental we make your overall health our top priority. We use Suni Ray 2 digital x-ray sensors. This x-ray sensor requires lower radiation than any other dental sensor on the market.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Although oral cancer does not happen often, it is very dangerous when it does. By completing periodic oral cancer screenings we can catch the cancer early when it is treatable and has a much greater likelihood of a complete recovery.
Bonding or composite fillings are white fillings that recreate the natural color and shape of your existing teeth. These fillings make it possible to restore cracks and chips in your front teeth to their natural color and shape. They also allow us to restore your back teeth to their natural color.
Sometimes due to a tooth breaking or large decay, it is necessary to restore your tooth with a full coverage crown. Crowns come in many varieties and we evaluate each tooth individually to determine which material to use to give you the longest lasting and most esthetic restoration possible.
Implants are a wonderful restoration option instead of a bridge. The advantage to restoring a missing tooth with an implant instead of a bridge is that the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are not affected at all by the restoration. Implant restorations take a little more time to fully restore, but act and feel much more like natural teeth.
For many people their jaws are not big enough to fit all 32 teeth in their mouth. When this happens the last molars can create problems. They are often difficult to clean which leads to decay. Also, the last molar will sometimes erupt at an angle against the tooth in front of it. This can compromise the front teeth and create major problems in the future. After taking x-rays and examining the patient, it is sometimes necessary to remove the wisdom teeth. We are able to do most wisdom tooth extractions in our office with local anesthetic.
At Piedmont Oaks Dental we offer ClearCorrect invisible braces. ClearCorrect is the clear and simple alternative to braces. It’s a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them, each aligner moving your teeth just a little bit at a time. They’re practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re in treatment, they fit you perfectly, so they’re more comfortable than regular braces, and they’re removable, so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally.
Our goal is prevention. We strive to prevent decay before it starts. Sealants are a minimally invasive white coating that covers the small pits and grooves on your back teeth. Sealants cover the areas on the tooth that often times is difficult to clean with a toothbrush. No anesthetic or drilling is needed to place sealants.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the sliding hinge joint that allows your lower jaw to open and close. Causes of this disorder a many, but oftentimes we can alleviate or even completely eliminate the pain caused by this disorder. Generally, pain associated with TMJ Disorder can be from arthritis in the joint, dislocation of the joint space, or muscle spasms associated with clenching or grinding. We take the time to evaluate your symptoms and discuss a plan of treatment to improve your quality of life.
These all-ceramic restorations allow us to change both the shape and color of your front teeth to give you a full smile makeover. Veneers are a great option that allows us to make an incredible difference in your smile with minimal drilling on your teeth.
Unfortunately we sometimes loose teeth from trauma, bone loss, or decay. When this happens it is possible to restore your tooth to a highly esthetic and fully functional form with a bridge. Simply speaking, a bridge is preparing the teeth on either side (abutments) of the missing tooth for crowns and having the replacement tooth (pontic) connected with the crowns as one unit.
Sometimes the nerve inside the tooth becomes infected and dies. This can lead to significant pain and discomfort. These teeth can still be saved by root canal treatment. The treatment includes accessing the nerve of the tooth, removing the residual nerve tissue and and disinfecting the canals, then filling and sealing the empty canal space. With today’s anesthetics and treatment methods, we can often complete root canals with minimal discomfort to the patient.
If you have a wedding, graduation, or other big event coming up we can help you smile by offering office strength take-home whitening kits. These kits can make a huge difference in as little as a couple days. Most people use them for up to one week to get the maximum benefit.