Keeping your teeth and gums clean and fresh is the best way to ensure long and successful oral health. Park Avenue Dental Center offers a number of general and family dental care options that can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums and prevent problems from occurring down the road. From routine oral exams and cleanings to root canal therapy and oral cancer screenings, our dentists offer a comprehensive array of treatment options to meet your needs.
- Oral Hygiene
- Dental Cleaning
- X-Rays and Digital X-Rays
- Tooth Extractions
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, especially gingivitis, and bad breath. Teeth should be cleaned
professionally at least twice per year. Between cleanings, oral hygiene is essential to stop tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above.
This is done by carefully and frequently brushing with a toothbrush and the use of dental floss to prevent accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Talk to a Park
Avenue Dental Center dentist about what types of oral hygiene products will be most effective for you.
For more information about proper oral hygiene and techniques, please view our movie.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter. There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. A Park Avenue Dental Center dentist will work with you to determine which material is best, depending on the extent of repair, where the filling is needed, and cost.
X-Rays and Digital X-Rays
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
At Park Avenue Dental Center we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
A branch of dentistry involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root which contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. The pulp can be severely damaged due to a tooth fracture, periodontal disease or other problems.
Park Avenue Dental Center dentists are experts in every aspect of endodontics, and will be happy to discuss your treatment options with you at your convenience. To learn more about endodontics and its treatment please view our movie.
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although our dentists use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted for various reasons.
Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialized oral surgeon. For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be loosened with a tool called an elevator and then removed with dental forceps. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches. We will then provide you with care instructions to alleviate discomfort and ensure proper healing.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last molars or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaws. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20 and are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted , they may also grow in sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or use sedation so you are asleep during the procedure. After the tooth is removed, we will then provide care instructions to ensure proper healing.
Healthy gums enhance the appearance of your teeth. When your gums become unhealthy, they can either recede or become swollen and red. In later stages, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out. Periodontal Disease damages the teeth, gum, and jawbones of more than 80% of Americans by the age of 45. Your best offense is a good defense. Make sure your gums, as well as your teeth, are examined on a regular basis. Often, in the early stages of periodontal disease, non-surgical therapies can be used. A Park Avenue Dental Center dentist will be happy to discuss them with you.