A healthy smile is usually a beautiful one, and vice versa, so we offer a full range of general dentistry procedures in addition to our cosmetic treatments. It is important that you begin with a good base of dental health. The purpose is to find, in their early stages, any dental issues that might be present before they have the chance to get worse.
This is achieved through regular check-ups and cleaning and early identification of potential issues. If you experience any minor or regular pain in your mouth, make sure you let us know so we can investigate it before it grows into a bigger problem. Usually, when caught early, the treatment is simple and low cost. From here we can explore different options with you to improve your smile if you wish. This might be as simple as teeth whitening or something more involved like crowns and bridges. We also offer orthodontic treatments, including options that are designed for adults and are almost invisible to the eye.
General Dentistry Treatments
- Dental Exams & X-rays
- Teeth Cleaning
- Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Teeth Grinding / Bruxism Treatment
- Root Canals (Endodontics)
General Dentistry - Treatment Details
When seeing new patients, we always begin with a dental exam, and then we ask that you come and see us twice a year for examinations. This is because a dental exam is the best way to catch decay in its early stages. Tooth decay can take hold and spread quickly, and no matter how careful you are with your oral health, chances are you may not notice a cavity. With modern dental technology though, we can find cavities that are not even apparent to the naked eye. During your exam, we will also check for cracks and compromised fillings, and examine your gums to determine if you have, or are at risk for, periodontal disease. Once the exam has been completed, we will either give you a clean bill of health and send you on your way or recommend a course of treatment for any issues we may have identified.
With modern dental x-rays, the discomfort and waiting are all but eliminated. Everything is done digitally, with a tiny camera that takes images of your teeth and the underlying structure and then delivers those images to a computer, where your dentist can see your mouth in great detail and even magnify the images up to 25x. Diagnosing dental issues is faster and more precise, and even environmentally friendly, since there is no longer a need to process films using chemical baths.
Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth. They do exactly what their name suggests, they fill a hole in the tooth that has been caused by decay, playing an important role in helping us to keep a tooth for many more years.
At King Street Dental, we do not use metal fillings – only composite (tooth colored) fillings. The main advantage of white fillings is their aesthetic appeal. They are matched with the color of your teeth so are natural looking. White fillings are mercury free, needs less tooth preparation (drilling), making composite a less destructive restoration. White fillings are bonded (adhesive) to the tooth structure and this allows the dentist to build-up chipped or fractured front teeth or even build-up badly broken down teeth.
Perhaps you still have some metal fillings. It is probably a given that you are less than happy with the way they look, and you may be wondering if it is possible to have them replaced. We can remove your old metal fillings, prepare the cavity, and install new, tooth colored fillings.
Long after our primary (baby) teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth, we get our third molars - a set of four permanent teeth which come in behind the upper and lower 12-year-molars. Third molars are called "wisdom" teeth because they generally erupt between 17 and 21 years of age, when we reach adulthood.
Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?
Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be a valuable asset to the mouth. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and problems develop that require their removal. For example, when the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth, they can become impacted - unable to come in or move into their proper place. They may grow sideways, emerge only partway from the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impaction occurs most often in the third molars of the lower jaw. After examining your mouth and taking X-rays, Dr. A. Reddy will discuss whether your wisdom teeth should be removed.
Extractions of wisdom teeth are performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who specializes in surgery and the removal of wisdom teeth. Before surgery, this dentist will explain what to expect, have you sign a consent form and give you personalized instructions to follow. Keep in mind these general items to help your surgery go smoothly.
Bruxism and teeth grinding is a common problem in a city where life and jobs can be very stressful. Relaxation methods like counseling or psychotherapy can dramatically reduce grinding. Other treatments may include muscle relaxants or physical therapy. Alcohol and caffeine can also contribute to bruxism and should be limited.
When bruxism is serious enough to damage the teeth or cause jaw or facial pain, our dentist can fit patients with plastic mouth guards to be worn at night, designed to prevent grinding during sleep. In some cases, replacing an old crown or filling or filing down a high surface can change the bite and help eliminate pressure.
A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth. Root treatment repairs and saves a tooth that is badly decayed or became infected. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. On the other side root canal spacing is naturally within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber, the main canals, and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals or to surface of the root. The nerve and pulp are removed during the root canal procedure and inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed as well.
Root canals have a terrible, undeserved reputation for causing pain. Root canals do not cause pain; they relieve it.
Almost half of adults have some form of periodontal disease. However, the majority of these people do not even realize they have it. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums, bones and periodontal ligament (attachment fibers that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw).
Periodontal disease is usually painless and silent, until its advanced stages. If left untreated, symptoms can include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between the gum and tooth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Our hygiene department has the most up to date methods in preventing periodontal disease. This includes periodontal screening tests. Our highly trained periodontal hygienist records the measurement of gum recession and evaluation of potential bone loss early on. Each visit these things are re-evaluated. Most importantly the cleanings and scalings are performed in the most meticulous manner. All this is done in a relaxed atmosphere catering to the patient's needs.