Haven’t been to a dentist lately? Not a problem. With a comprehensive treatment plan, the patient will be able to decide which treatment options would best suit his or her needs.
Commonly known as “fillings” and “crowns.” This type of care is typically performed to treat dental disease and trauma. The treatment can be separated into two basic categories: metal or “tooth colored” restorations. There are multiple different materials that satisfy both of these categories; in general, “tooth colored” restorations focus on esthetics, while metal restorations typically last longer in the mouth.
Also known as root canal treatment or therapy. Root canal treatment is safe, predictable and often completed with minimal discomfort. Many times pain occurs prior to initiating root canal treatment, which is what brings the patient into the office in the first place. This pre-operative pain may not immediately subside following endodontic treatment. Accurate pre-operative diagnosis, post-operative instruction and proper medication help to alleviate any discomfort associated with endodontic treatment.
Without a doubt, this is the most important dental treatment. Dental cleanings and sealants are typical preventive treatments. These treatments are usually performed by dental staff other than the dentist, such as a dental assistant or hygienist. Without proper maintenance and oral hygiene, all other dental treatments will fail and require re-treatment. Routine cleanings and proper at-home care significantly increase the longevity of dental treatment, resulting in an overall drastic reduction in dental treatment expenses.
Dentures, bridges, partials and crowns are all considered prosthodontic treatment. Prosthodontic treatment is often performed in the final sequence of a comprehensive treatment plan, after all dental disease is under control. This can be frustrating to patients, because often times patients simply want a beautiful smile. Many times prosthodontic treatment is necessary to establish or rehabilitate the smile. More often than not, it is necessary to have all dental disease under control prior to completing prosthodontic treatment.