Preventative Dental Care

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A dental exam is a checkup of your teeth and gums. Most children and adults should get a dental exam every six months. These exams are important for protecting oral health.

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During a dental cleaning procedure, your dental hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This thorough cleaning may help you prevent cavities and gum disease.

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Dental X-rays are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. X-rays can help your dentist to identify problems like cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth.

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Fluoride is commonly used in dentistry to strengthen enamel, which is the outer layer of your teeth. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities.

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Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings that shield the chewing surfaces of your back teeth from harmful, cavity-causing bacteria.

Restorative Dental Care

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A filling is used to treat a small hole, or cavity, in a tooth. To repair a cavity, a dentist removes the decayed tooth tissue and then fills the space with a filling material.

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Dental crowns are caps placed on top of damaged teeth. Crowns are used to protect, cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem.

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Nerve Treatments

Sometimes bacteria enters the pulp of a tooth and causes an infection. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and the tooth is sealed to prevent reinfection.

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Dental extraction simply means removing an infected, decayed, or impacted tooth through the help of a dental professional.

Management of Traumatic Injuries

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

If you discover you have broken or chipped a tooth, don’t panic. There are many things your dentist can do to fix it. Make sure to see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.

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Knocked out tooth

Quick action can increase the chances of saving the tooth. Handle the tooth by the chewing surface area. Never touch the tooth by the root. If putting the tooth back in the socket is not possible, go immediately to a dentist or the nearest emergency department. Transport the tooth in milk, if possible.

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Tooth pushed into gums

The ideal treatment is to try and reposition the tooth back into its usual position. This is best done as soon as possible after the accident. With children, when the tooth is pushed deeper into the gums, or intruded, it may put the adult tooth at risk. Contact us as soon as possible.

Orthodontic Services

Available at our Chariton location

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.