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OrthodonticsA frenum is a piece of tissue in the mouth that extends from the lips and the cheek to the gums. There are several different frenums in the mouth that attach to the inside of the the lip, inside the cheek and to the bottom of the tongue. Becauase frenum plays a very minimal role in tongue function and facial expression, a frenectomy procedure is completed without causing any functional problems. A frenum may cause rotation and a disastema (gap) between the central insicors. In certain cases, the frenum can prevent the front teeth from staying together after orthodontics has been removed.
Dental BondingBonding is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Resin CompositeComposite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
VeneersComposite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.
CrownsA crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.
PulpotomyDental caries (cavities) and traumatic injury are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp therapy. Pulp therapy is often referred to as a “nerve treatment,” “children’s root canal,” “pulpectomy” or “pulpotomy.” The two common forms of pulp therapy in children’s teeth are the pulpotomy and pulpectomy.
Root Canal TreatmentA root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp (nerve and blood supply) from the central part of the adult tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler. It is warranted when the cavity burrowed into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
DenturesSometimes a baby tooth gets knocked out or has to be removed due to dental disease. The child may be without the anterior teeth for quite some time depending on the age of the child. Placement of a pedo denture helps with the appearance and self esteem of the child.
Tooth WhiteningOur office offers whitening trays for safe and effective whitening at home over a period of 1-2 weeks. You will get an impression taken of your teeth and your trays will be fabricated from the impression. You will return to the office 1-2 weeks for tray try in and delivery of the trays. You will be given a solution kit of whitening gel to take home with you. Whitening Gel gently breaks down stains on your teeth to put the sparkle back in your smile! We also recommend occasional touch-ups with the take-home gel.
Cosmetic DentistryOur practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
General DentistryUpon graduation, she worked as an Associate Dentist practicing general dentistry. The last 4 years she has worked in a pediatric dental office providing excellent dental care to her patients. Dr.Bettagere is very compassionate and enjoys working with kids. She strives to provide the best dental care for each individual with a gentle touch and a kind heart. Her philosophy is to provide the best care possible and to treat every patient as she would want herself and her family to be treated.
Space MaintainersSince primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, infants with missing primary teeth or infants who prematurely lose primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to hold the natural space open. Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. Missing teeth should always be mentioned to your family dentist. The way your child cares for his/her primary teeth plays a critical role in how he/she treats the permanent teeth. Children and adults are equally susceptible to plaque and gum problems—hence, the need for regular care and dental checkups.
Fluoride TreatmentOur goal for children under 3 is to make dental visits quick and easy. We will provide a thorough examination and talk with you about any issues of concern while your child plays nearby. With each subsequent visit your child will gain confidence, and trust will most likely increase. After age 3, we will begin preventive care visits which include examination, cleaning, fluoride treatment and appropriate radiographs. (AAPD)
Dental SealantsA sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities in children are found. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth.
Dental ExaminationRegular dental check-ups and preventive dental care provide your child with a healthy smile. Plan your child’s first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the first birthday. Consider it a “well baby checkup” for your child’s teeth. (ADA) It is recommended to brush your child’s teeth twice a day and floss daily.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Tooth ExtractionsSome teeth are diagnosed as non-restorable due to gross decay or abscess. At this time an extraction is recommended. If this is the diagnosis and determined treatment, the dentist will prepare you for the procedure.
Gingivectomy and GingivoplastyYou will be numb following your gingivectomy. Numbness may last for up to 2 hours following the procedure. Please take care as to not bite or chew on your lip or cheek as a painful sore may develop and require several weeks of healing time. It is recommended to take Ibuprofen or Tylenol for any discomfort that you may experience. It is normal to experience some discomfort as you will have had an injection and your mouth will have been open for an extended period of time. A soft diet is recommended for the next 1-2 days. You may want to wait to eat until your numbness wears off to minimize any trauma to the soft tissue. Warm salt water rinses will help soothe irritated areas. Gentle brushing to the area is recommended to keep the area clean so it will heal faster.
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