Preventive dental care is the key to an attractive and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. It is the foundation of having good dental health and an attractive smile. This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. We take it seriously, and so should you. “Healthy Gum Does not Bleed!” If you have swollen, bleeding gum, you may have periodontal disease. And the sooner we eliminate this problem, the better.
Unhealthy gum are a red flag, warning of future tooth loss and the potential for stroke and heart disease. Most people think they have healthy teeth and good dental hygiene, but in reality… Most American adults show signs of serious gum disease. In fact, this is the real reason why most people lose their teeth (not tooth decay as you might think). The solution is treating and preventing any bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease by having regular preventive care visits (at least every 6 months).
Periodontal disease-silent and deadly
Periodontal disease can go on for years without pain and without detection unless specific examination procedures are performed. Visual oral examination by itself (even by a dentist) will not reliably detect periodontal disease until it has reached an advanced stage. Early detection and adequate diagnosis require measurement of pockets with a periodontal probe. Effective prevention and treatment is available, but the damage caused as the disease progresses is irreversible. Signs of periodontal disease – bleeding gum, redness of gum tissue, swelling of gum around the teeth, breath odor, receding gum, mobility of teeth.
This is the treatment of the interior of the tooth when the nerve has experienced degenerative changes, to provide an environment where the tissues surrounding a root are free of inflammation. The problem with tooth infections is that once a nerve tissue has started to degenerate and bacteria is present in the tooth’ , there is no way for the body’s defenses mechanisms to get at them effectively. The result is that the nerve space provides a cozy cave-like location for bacteria to persist, possibly causing and abscess with pain and swelling.
Many people have silver fillings placed into their teeth because they had “cavities”. These silver fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed. However, over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times the tooth. This is easily seen as soon as a patient opens his or her mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment for the patient. At Watertown Dentistry we can provide you with composite fillings that are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, all ceramic bridge is an excellent alternative to removable partial dentures or dental implants. By attaching natural looking artificial teeth between two dental crowns on the adjacent teeth, Dr.Hanna is able to give your smile a wonderful, functional and aesthetic improvement, all ceramic bridge are not prone to the slippage of removable dentures and are less invasive than dental implants.
With so many advances in modern dentistry, fewer people need to wear full dentures. If you have older dentures or think you may need dentures, you’re in luck. Denture technology has never been better. These are not your mother’s dentures. As people age, dentures can cause wearers to look older than they really are and can cause pain when chewing. We can replace worn out dentures with custom made, state-of-the-art dentures that blend with your skin, hair and even eye color. Your dentures will look as natural as possible.
Crowns can be used for cosmetic dentistry procedures or to seal teeth after root canal treatment. By using the highest quality dental crowns we can be sure that the root canal will never need re-treatment and your teeth will remain strong. In other words, your smile will stay healthy and stronger longer. Today’s dental crowns are much different thanks to new technology. Dental crowns can be fabricated to reflect light like natural teeth. These crowns are the highest in quality, and therefore give you the best results.
Today we have exciting new biomaterials that can give your smile a lift without invasive treatments. Ultra-thin porcelain veneers can correct chipped, weakened, or discolored teeth. No more yellow. No more gaps or embarrassing chips. And veneers can return real structural integrity to damaged teeth, while leaving them looking as good (or possibly better) than the originals. Veneers are custom made to fit over your natural teeth, with a finish more translucent to blend in with surrounding teeth. So people won’t notice your tooth, they’ll simply see your beautiful, natural smile.