Michael Scanlon DDS, General Dentist in Raynham MA
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation is used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
A professional cleaning is the removal of dental plaque from teeth, in order to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis (inflammation of the gum tissue), periodontal disease (bone loss), and other health problems. Cleanings are recommended at least every 6 months.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under six years old, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps to speed up the remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of the teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can't reach.
Sealants are a dental treatment consisting of applying a tooth colored plastic material to one or more teeth (usually the 6 and 12 year old permanent molars when fully erupted), for the purpose of preventing dental caries (cavities) or other forms of tooth decay.
The concept of a "filling" is replacing your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or a fracture with a material to restore the tooth's function and esthetics. Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing natural looking smiles.
Bonding is a composite resin filling placed on the front and (sometimes) back teeth. Composites are the solution most commonly used in anterior teeth for restoring decayed teeth and chipped teeth. Bonding can also make cosmetic improvements by changing the color and shape of the teeth.
Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
Grinding teeth, age, large fillings, tooth decay and an improper bite, can all contribute to the wearing down, breakage or cracking of teeth.
A crown (or cap) is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold or porcelain fused to gold.
A bridge is a false tooth or teeth, otherwise known as a pontic, which is fused between two or more porcelain crowns to fill in the space left by a missing tooth or teeth.
Veneers are often an alternative to crowns. Veneers are very thin pieces of specially shaped porcelain that are bonded over the front of your teeth. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, have small holes or pits, chipped, and crooked. They are also used for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces.
Dental implants are a terrific way to fill the space of a missing tooth without having to use the healthy teeth on either side. They attach to the natural jaw bone and gum tissue and can be a stable base for crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are a two step process. You would first go to a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon for placement of the dental implant. Once the implant post has adhered to the bone (usually 3-6 months), you would meet with Dr. Scanlon to have him restore the tooth with a crown.
Dentures & Partials
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are typically made out of an acrylic resin which at times incorporates porcelain or metal for more structural support. There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are custom-fitted.
Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter, more youthful looking smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or to provide whiter, brighter teeth.
A mouthguard is often used to treat symptoms of TMJ. A mouthguard is a removable acrylic appliance used to minimize the effects of grinding the teeth (bruxism) or joint problems. It is usually worn at night.
A sports guard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over your teeth. It protects your teeth from trauma while playing sports.