It’s important to care for your child’s teeth so that they can be free of tooth decay or cavities. Baby teeth hold space for the adult teeth, and cavities that start in a child’s baby teeth may later cause cavities in their adult teeth if the decay is not treated.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose to help you relax during your dental procedure. It is often called laughing gas and is used in our office to help adults and children have a more enjoyable, comfortable dental experience. Nitrous gas will not put you to sleep but your hands and feet may start to feel tingly and it may make your mouth feel numb. The results of the gas will wear off soon after the mask is removed, but children may need to be monitored for several hours after their dental appointment.
Tooth whitening is the process of improving the appearance of your teeth through the application of bleaching solutions to the enamel surface of the tooth. We offer an in-office bleaching or a take-home bleaching procedure. Our in-office bleaching procedure starts with an appointment that lasts about an hour, where stronger bleaching solutions are applied to the tooth surface under our supervision. Usually the patient is provided bleaching trays and a milder bleach to take home to complete the bleaching process. If a patient would like to perform the tooth whitening process entirely at home, then custom trays are constructed and a lesser strength professional bleach is sent home to use for a period of two weeks to lighten the teeth. Either method will produce a whiter looking, more esthetic appearance to your teeth.
A dental emergency is a situation that requires prompt attention from a dental professional especially if there is pain, swelling, or a tooth is knocked loose. Please call our office right away when an emergency occurs so that we can try to see you the same day. If your emergency occurs after office hours and we are closed, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible and arrange a visit promptly in our office. Please keep in mind if your emergency is threatening your life, please go to an emergency room immediately. If your jaw has been broken or dislocated, if your face or mouth has been cut and there is excessive bleeding and you are in need of sutures, or you have a serious infection or swelling that requires immediate treatment with antibiotics; please go to the emergency room first. A visit to our dental office can repair broken teeth and fillings, replace and secure a loosened tooth, or treat a non-life threatening infection by extraction or root canal treatment.
An endodontic treatment, or root canal is performed on a tooth that is infected or damaged by an accident, cavity, or is cracked. The damaged pulp is removed through a small opening on the biting surface of the tooth. The tooth is disinfected, then an endodontic filling and temporary filling are placed. A crown, or dental cap is usually necessary to protect the tooth after the endodontic treatment is complete.
Tooth extraction is performed at our office and the patient is administered a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding gum and jaw tissue. A patient may request that nitrous oxide is used during the procedure to help relax and calm them. Removing visible teeth is called a simple extraction, but teeth that are broken below the gum surface may also be removed at our office by a surgical procedure. Our patients who need removal of impacted wisdom teeth are usually referred to our local oral surgeon so that IV sedation may be utilized.