Deep Cleaning

Periodontal disease damages the structure that holds your teeth (gum, bone & ligament) when there is a build up  of bacterial plaque, tartar and bone loss. Your teeth will move directly related  to damage. Often times periodontal disease will not show symptoms until a serious condition has been developed. Regretfully, the harm done to the teeth structure is hardly reversible. Good news is that if we detect the disease in a  timely fashion, we limit the extend of the damage and hopefully we can  even improve the condition.

What is deep cleaning or curettage?
It is basically the  periodontal scaling and root planning performed with an instrument called curettes. The purpose of the scaling is tartar removal then we smooth out the surface in order to leave your teeth clean.

Is curettage painful?
Depending on the periodontal pocket depth, the amount of tartar accumulated in the root surface and patient’s pain tolerance; the health Professional might decide to apply an anesthetic to make the procedure as painlessly as possible.

  • Performed by a Periodontal Specialist.
  • At least 2 appointments are necessary. 
  • Anesthesia is required.

The presence of oral cavities is a condition caused by an improper brushing technique, lack of oral hygiene and lack of dental floss use.

It is notable by the tooth tissue destruction caused by demineralization due to bacterial plaque acid generation. Acid is produced on your teeth by bacteria exposed to meals residue.

Resin filling is one of the most common treatments for oral cavities.

Resin fillings are a color match to your natural teeth and  provide good durability and fracture resistance in small and big teeth cavities. Resin fillings can be used on frontal/anterior pieces and molars.

Fillings an  excellent option for patients who favor a more natural appearance.

When is necessary to place a filling?

  • In the presence of cavities
  • On tooth fracture
  • For cosmetic purposes when replacing a dental amalgam for a resin filling

Advantages of the resin filling over a dental amalgam

  • Absence of mercury, metal alloys and toxic substances to the body
  • Aesthetic and natural appearance
  • Resin filling have a higher cost compared to dental amalgam (which is the only disadvantage) but still affordable and beneficial as was previously explained.
  • Performed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • More than one filling done per visit 
  • Anesthesia is required

A crown is placed to cover in its entirety a decayed tooth. Also, can be used to improve tooth image, shape or alignment.

Furthermore, a crown over an implant restores the shape and function of a missing tooth.

Regular crown raw materials are:

  • Metal-porcelain: Most widely used, it is porcelain cast atop a metallic frame.
  • Metal free porcelain:  These are ceramic crowns that lack of a metal frame. These are a little less resistant than metal porcelain crowns but offer a good aesthetic result.
  • Zirconium:  These are the most novel product in dental rehabilitation because provide a tremendous cosmetic and biologic similarity to natural teeth. Zirconium material allow us to replace metal frames  therefore if your gums suffer any changes there are no risks grayish tissue coloration. The zirconium oxide crown frame is a highly aesthetic, biocompatible and resistant material, consequently, risks of crown fracture  and metal allergies in susceptible individuals are minimal.
  • Performed by a DDS
  • Requires two appointments
  • In some cases an anesthetic will be necessary 

A dental implant is a small titanium or titanium-zirconium device placed on your maxillary bone to replace the natural roots of a missing tooth. The implant shall be placed on a same day surgical care setting using a local anesthetic. Usually, titanium material is well tolerated by the human body and it has proven to provide solid bone bonding.

Once integrated into the bone, the artificial root acts as base to put in place individual crowns or bridges for several teeth. The implant can also serve as anchor for a full set of dentures.

  • Performed by a periodontist specialized on implants 
  • Requires 4~5 appointments including the permanent crown
  • Anesthesia is required
Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes pulp ( tissue containing nerves and blood vessels) that has been negatively affected or infected by deep cavities, also by fractured tooth involving pulp or in some cases for protesic rehabilitation purposes; when a crown needs to be put in place.

This treatment is very important  because allow us to increase the life span of a toot within the mouth in spite its nerve has been removed.

Research studies have shown that root canal therapy has an approximated 95% success rate which is considerably high.

Some discomfort could be involved during root canal therapy that is why is recommended to be relaxed for the anesthesia to take place quickly and avoid pain. It is common for your tooth to experience temporary sensibility while chewing after  root canal therapy. Your tooth is under an adaptation period; it is advised not to masticate hard meals until the dental piece has been fully restored by your odontologist.

  • Performed by an Endodontic specialist
  • Required 1 or 2 appointments
  • Anesthesia is necessary

Veneers are a layer of ultra thin material, highly cosmetic, custom made to fit a particular patient placed over frontal surface of a tooth. This procedure could be the ideal option to improve  aesthetics of your frontal teeth. We just need to lightly shave down the tooth surface. Then the Dentist will take an impression of your teeth in order to prepare a mold and your veneers. Once finished; your teeth will look brand new.

Veneers in most cases are an excellent possibility to avoid the use of crowns, also useful for:

  • Close the gap between teeth.
  • Rebuild cracked or worn out teeth.
  • Cover stained or discolored teeth.
  • Change the shape and color of teeth.
  • Performed by a DDS 
  • Requires two appointments
  •  Anesthesia is necessary