Germantown Dental Care offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more about specific services.
- Cosmetic Contouring
- Crowns and Bridges
- Specialty Dentures
- Cosmetic Fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
- Root Canal Therapy
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Implants
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, and diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth. A high magnification intraoral camera aids in detecting problems at an early stage.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. The implant becomes integrated in the bone during the healing process and acts as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Crowns & Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable partial denture, which you can take out and clean, only your dentist can remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridges. Appliances called implant bridges are attached to implants placed in the bone.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal, or when a tooth is fractured.
Get whiter teeth fast with professional teeth whitening! Teeth whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of many patients with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.
Products like tobacco, coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-The-Counter Products
Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel. Over the counter bleaching products can also be somewhat effective but they are limited by the fact that they are not as concentrated and not custom-fitted. For that reason they also take much longer to work.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals. When bacteria, usually from decay, invade the nerves in these canals they become painful and begin to die. Removing the dead tissue from inside the canals is the solution for this problem.
Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth, but the two most common causes are teeth grinding (bruxing) or a dying nerve – both of these problems require prompt attention.
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling. In the case of a knocked out tooth, if possible, wipe it off gently and put it back in immediately. Time is critical here. If this is not possible, keep it moist with your own saliva, or milk. Either way contact our office as soon as possible.