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 Root Canal One way dental disease can result in pain is if the nerve of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected as a result of bacteria from a cavity. If that happens, the treatment is a procedure called root canal therapy. We first remove the nerve of the tooth and sterilize the “pulp chamber” it was removed from. Then, the tooth will be rebuilt using a dental crown for tooth longevity. (See more about dental crowns under Additional Services.)

Extractions When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, it may need to be removed. If an extraction is necessary, our office will provide all of your replacement options prior to removal of the tooth. These options include dental implants and fixed dental bridges. (See Additional Services for more information.)

Periodontal Therapy All of our patients are evaluated and monitored for gum disease. Here are some explanations of various gum diseases: Gingivitis occurs when a patient’s gums are inflamed due to an overgrowth of bacteria and dental plaque – but the teeth are not affected. Periodontitis develops when gingivitis has advanced to affect the structural components around the teeth. At this stage of gum disease, the gum begins to pull away from the teeth, creating periodontal pockets. As the immune system tries to fight off the bacteria, bacterial toxins and chemicals from immune cells break down the ligaments and bone that support your teeth, creating even deeper pockets. If not treated, it will ultimately result in tooth loss. If our highly skilled team diagnoses periodontitis, we’ll treat it with non-surgical treatment options, such as scaling and root planning, which requires we numb your gums with a non-injectable anesthetic (no needles) to ease the discomfort and therapeutically clean the “pockets” that developed. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth