What is General or Family Dentistry?
According to ADA – American Dental Association, General Dentistry or Family Dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law.
DDS — doctor of dental surgery
DMD — doctor of dental medicine
Here are dental treatments and procedures we offer at our dental office:
A root canal is a treatment that helps to restore and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. The treatment involves removing the damaged or infected pulp, cleaning the tooth, filling, and then sealing it. A cracked tooth, deep cavity, and frequent dental treatment of the tooth or trauma often cause the pulp to become infected. It is called “root canal” because the dentists are cleaning out the canals inside the root of the tooth.
Many people don’t like to visit a dental office for a cleaning. The strange whirring noise, occasional discomfort, and the prodding of the dentists are the main reasons they prefer not to schedule an appointment. But for most, teeth cleaning is a fast and painless procedure. It is also important to your overall health as it helps to catch cavities and detect potential problems early.
Dentures are a type of dental restoration that can replace lost teeth. These replacement teeth can be removed and placed back to your mouth. It may take some time for first time dentures users to get used to the feeling. Moreover, dentures don’t feel like a person’s natural teeth. Today, dentures have a more natural appearance and are more comfortable than ever before.
Dental bridges are the most affordable solution for missing teeth. It is composed of one or more artificial teeth called pontics and is held in position with two abutments or dental crowns. It can be made of composite, gold, alloy, or a combination of these materials, but the most common is porcelain as it looks and feels natural.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that involves extracting one or more wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the four permanent teeth at the back of the mouth on the top and bottom part. It usually emerges between ages 17 up to 25 years old. If there isn’t enough room for the wisdom tooth to grow, it will be impacted. Impacted wisdom tooth often results in infection, pain, cavities, and many other dental issues; that is why we recommend having it extracted. Wisdom tooth extractions are performed by a dentist or oral surgeon.
Your permanent teeth are made to last a lifetime. However, there are several reasons that they may require extraction. The most common reason is that it is severely damaged because of decay or trauma. Other reasons include crowding and impacted teeth. Sometimes one or more teeth have to be extracted to prepare for braces. Braces are made to align the teeth, and it can cause issues if your mouth is crowded or if the teeth are too big for your mouth. If the teeth cannot erupt through the gums because there isn’t enough space for it, tooth extraction may also be needed.
Our dental office provides treatment not just for adults but for kids as well. Highland Oak Dental teaches children proper oral hygiene practices such as proper brushing techniques, flossing, and checking for dental health problems.
Having good oral health is an essential part of a healthy life, so children should have regular dental visits at an early age. Children as young as one year old can start getting dental exams. The best time for children to visit the dentist is between six months and one year after the first tooth has come in.
Accidents can happen, and when it does, a dental emergency visit to your dentist can help to prevent more serious problems from occurring. Dental emergencies can also help to save a fallen tooth. If you have a dental emergency, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. We specialize in handling dental emergencies, and we take the time to care for those who need us the most. Contact us and make sure to provide as much detail as you can about what has happened. If an emergency situation happens and our dental office is closed, go to your nearest emergency room.
Bruxism or commonly known as teeth grinding is a condition where you gnash, grind, or clench your teeth. This condition happens regardless if you are aware of it or not. People who suffer from this condition are mostly grinding their sleep while sleeping, and they often suffer from other sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Symptoms of bruxism include flattened, chipped or cracked teeth, worn out enamel, pain sensitivity, and many other symptoms.
A tooth filling is a type of tooth color restoration that is made of composite resin. It is made to match the color of the teeth and provides a better alternative to gold or amalgam fillings. Instead of gold or amalgam filling that is visible when you open your mouth, you’ll get one that matches your teeth’s natural color. This treatment also helps patients with receding gums.
Laser Dentistry is a type of dental treatment that uses lasers to perform various dental procedures. Lasers can be used for wisdom tooth extractions, inflammation or infection treatment, bone, and gum tissue reshaping. It can also be used to shift or remove tissues in the mouth to prepare for dental procedures. Laser dentistry provides many benefits, and one of the best benefits is that it doesn’t need to use anesthesia in some treatments that require a drill.