The fact that you have entered this very page, even if only curious, suggests that you might have some concerns about your smile. Not everyone needs a new smile. Many times we see patients with perfectly healthy teeth who are not interested in improving their less than perfect smile. That kind of confidence is very admirable. But if we don't quite like our smile, or we are interested in changing some things about our smile then let's see what we can do to find the smile we want.
Preventive dentistry is the cornerstone of our practice. We feel it is the most important aspect of maintaining a healthy, pain free oral condition. Prevention is not just brushing and flossing properly, it involves the decision process that dentists and their patients make regarding their current and future care. Preventive dentistry is helping patients avoid cracked teeth, tooth loss, infection, periodontal disease and pain, to name a few of the problems that arise from lack of dental prevention.
What is a pit & fissure sealant? How is it applied? The top surfaces of your teeth - where the chewing takes place - aren't smooth and flat. They are crisscrossed with tiny hills and valleys - called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up, safe from your toothbrush. Some of the pits and fissures are so narrow that even a single bristle from your toothbrush can't get deep enough to clean them out.
One method of preventing cavities from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a special varnish called a pit and fissure sealant. Sealants are a clear, acrylic-like material that helps protect against decay-causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Sealants are an intermediate preventive step in delaying or preventing tooth decay. Sealant material is quite durable. Depending on your chewing pattern, the sealant can last for a number of years. Your dentist will check to make sure your sealants are intact during your routine hygiene visits.
If you have any further questions about sealants, please ask us. Sealants are a proven technique that may be suitable for preventing decay. We want to preserve your smile, sealants help make that possible.
Restorative dentistry is changing rapidly. Just ten short years ago, we had about four choices of materials to repair teeth. Today, we have many more choices of materials and techniques. Reconstructive dentistry is a very advanced field. It requires extensive knowledge of all dental fields, modern techniques and equipment. Restoring the mouth to a healthy, pain free, attractive condition is the heart and soul of restorative dentistry. We can do this by utilizing many options. Options such as: tooth colored fillings, veneers, bonding, root canals, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, extractions, periodontal surgery and maintenance, partials, and teeth whitening are always a choice in our practice.
With ClearCorrect, Dr. Radcliffe can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.