Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.
Today’s advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience, and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.
The dentists at Concerned Dental Care can now correct a wide variety of so-called “permanent” dental problems:
Prosthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on restoring and replacing natural teeth and gums that have been damaged, diseased or lost. As people live longer and longer, they often outlive their teeth, coming to prosthodontists to restore their appearance and (since loss of teeth interferes with biting, chewing, and talking) their oral function. Prosthodontists are capable of using their considerable skills to replace a single lost tooth, several damaged teeth, or an entire set of teeth and gums. They can also repair birth defects, such as cleft palates, treat TMJ, and repair damage that has occurred as a result of injury or radiation treatments for head and/or neck cancer. No matter how minor or extensive the procedure you require, your prosthodontist is ready to restore your smile and renew your self-confidence.
Your prosthodontist is fully prepared to provide you with:
- Complete or partial dentures
- Dental implants
While dental implants have become the modern method of choice for replacing teeth, there are still a great many patients who, for a variety of reasons, choose other types of tooth replacement. Your prosthodontists will help you determine which type of dental repair is right for you.
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the structures that support the teeth: gums, connective tissue, and surrounding bone. Typically, patients consult with periodontists when they are experiencing receding, swollen or bleeding gums, loose or sensitive teeth, pain during chewing, or intractable bad breath — all possible symptoms of the inflammation and infection that characterize periodontal disease. Often, these conditions are first diagnosed by their general dentists, hopefully at the early stage categorized as gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, however, a buildup of plaque below the gum line can cause inflammation and infection to spread. Once bone and other supporting tissue are destroyed, teeth will loosen and fall out. In worst case scenarios, untreated periodontal disease puts patients at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. If periodontal disease is diagnosed at a later stage, oral surgery may be necessary.
Fortunately, periodontists have a number of methods to treat periodontal disease successfully, including:
- Scaling and root planing
- Antiseptic chips
- Antimicrobial mouth rinses
- Enzyme suppressants
- Oral antibiotics
- Flap surgery
- Bone and tissue grafts
Whichever methods are used, periodontal treatment is designed to control the infection and restore the patient’s oral health.
An oral surgeon specializes in performing operations to treat disease conditions or injuries that affect the teeth, mouth, jaws, and sometimes the face and head. Normally, a patient is referred to an oral surgeon after being examined by a general dentist who diagnoses the need for a surgical procedure. A common reason for going to an oral surgeon is the need to have one or more impacted wisdom teeth extracted. Dental extractions are also performed fairly regularly on children whose teeth are overcrowded and who will subsequently require braces. Other reasons patients may consult with an oral surgeon include full or partial tooth loss, conditions involving the jaw, such as temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), facial injuries around the mouth, and oral growths, whether benign or malignant.
Oral surgeons perform a broad range of dental operations, including:
- Tooth extractions
- Root canals
- Facial and jaw reconstructions
- Dental implants
- Surgeries to treat diseases that affect the mouth area
- Surgical procedures to treat certain varieties of oral cancer
Because of the trauma involved in any surgery, it is important to find an oral surgeon who is calm and compassionate as well as highly skilled.
Your family dentist is your first line of defense in protecting the health and appearance of your teeth and gums, the primary care professional to whom you and your family come for diagnosis, oral hygiene, and other types of prophylactic care. Your general dentist will give you guidance concerning how to best care for your mouth on a daily basis, recommending ways to brush, floss, and remove plaque buildup. You should feel confident coming to your family dentist with common problems like bad breath, tooth decay, sensitive teeth, suspected gum disease (swollen, tender, or bleeding gums), mouth sores, abnormal lesions in the mouth, and any type of pain or discomfort when chewing. When a dental emergency arises, such as a cracked or broken tooth or severe dental pain, your general dentist is the one to contact.
The services provided by a general or family dentist include:
- Oral examinations
- X-rays to diagnose cavities, impactions, abscesses, bone loss, tumors, etc.
- Professional dental cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Application of dental Sealants
- Inlays/onlays to replace old fillings
- Tooth extractions (including wisdom teeth)
- Instructions on proper dental hygiene
Family dentists treat children, adolescents, and adults and are trained to detect mouth problems at their earliest, most treatable stages.
Since our smile is often the most visible and memorable aspect of our facial appearance, cosmetic dentistry has become an important component of the dental profession. In addition to keeping our teeth healthy and functional, we all want to keep our teeth as white and straight and pleasing as possible. Talented cosmetic dentists are not only able to correct bite dysfunction and replace lost fillings, but are fully capable of replacing missing, chipped, worn, cracked or discolored teeth and filling in the gaps between teeth effectively and efficiently.
At our many modern offices, we are proud to provide you and your family with a comprehensive array of cosmetic dental services, including:
- Porcelain veneers
- Various types of dentures
- Teeth whitening procedures
Whether you need one or several of these services, making positive changes to your appearance will really give you something to smile about.
In addition to the specialties mentioned, Concerned Dental Care offers a wide range of other services, including Children’s Dentistry, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Sedation Dentistry, Retreatment of Root Canal, Apicoectomy, and Advanced Smile Design™.
We are pleased to provide these educational animations to help you understand the care and preventative maintenance of your teeth. You can read about many of the treatments available at Concerned Dental Care by selecting a treatment from the list below.