General Dentistry Services
Oral Health Examination
This involves a visual examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw to check for signs of decay, disease, bite misalignment, crooked or poorly spaced teeth, and other abnormalities. X-rays and TMJ disorder and oral cancer screenings fall into this category.
This is a basic preventive treatment that includes removing minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavities. It leaves teeth feeling fresh and clean. Getting a preventive cleaning every six months is ideal for most children and adults.
Gum Disease Intervention
Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis involve scaling teeth. This just means scraping off tartar below the gum line, where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planing (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).
Fluoride Treatment & Sealants
These preventive treatments are usually recommended for children to limit tooth decay. However, adults can also request these procedures. Fluoride gel is applied topically a few times per year. Dental sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars where tiny grooves in the enamel can’t be adequately cleaned by a toothbrush.
Root Canal Therapy
An infection in the pulp of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. Family dentistry includes root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filling or crown.
Extractions range from pulling baby molars that have splintered, to removing decayed or damaged adult teeth. A family dentist can also perform simple wisdom tooth extractions. This procedure is easiest to do before children reach their late teens.
TMJ disorder is a painful condition that affects the joints in your jaw, making it difficult to speak, chew, or even open your mouth. Dr. Ahlbrecht can treat TMJ disorder with a custom mouth guard that prevents symptoms from worsening and allows your joints to heal.
Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue around your teeth pull back and expose the tooth roots, leaving you vulnerable to gum disease and possible tooth loss. Dr. Ahlbrecht can treat mild gum recession through a scaling and root planing treatment, and advanced gum recession through a soft-tissue grafting procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
For most people, wisdom teeth cause considerable discomfort. To eliminate this and the risk of infection, our team performs wisdom tooth removal.
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