Routine exams and cleanings are an important part of maintaining your oral health. At your appointment, we will:
Visiting our office every six months allows us to catch areas of concern early. Routine exams are offered by appointment only.
Deep cleanings (scaling and root planning) are for those patients with periodontal disease. In these cases, there is often bone loss, heavy bleeding around the gums, build up of calculus below the gum tissue or a combination. We routinely anesthetize the areas that require treatment so our hygienists can thoroughly and comfortably clean the areas of concern. The removal or reduction of these inflammatory factors can help the gum tissue reattach to the tooth.
We start seeing children within six months of their first baby tooth erupting. Dr. Dornblazer will perform a “knee-to-knee” exam with you and your child until they are old enough to be in our operatory chair for their cleanings and exams. We will clean your child’s teeth and place fluoride varnish on any erupted teeth. It is important to start regular dental visits with your child early to help prevent cavities and to create positive associations with coming to the dentist.
We place three types of fillings:
The vast majority of fillings we place are resin or composite fillings. Sometimes we place tooth-colored fillings with a fluoride uptake/releasing capability (resin modified glass ionomer fillings). This is done for someone who has a lot of decay and would benefit from the fluoride-releasing capability or in a case where we are using the material as a temporary filling until a final restoration is placed. These fillings are not as strong as resin/composite fillings, which is why they are placed in select instances.
The only time we place silver fillings is for patients with significant bleeding that cannot be controlled. In order to place tooth-colored fillings, the tooth must be kept completely dry. If a person’s gum tissue is bleeding, and this bleeding cannot be controlled, the only reliable, long-term option is a silver filling. A tooth-colored filling placed in an area where moisture is uncontrolled will quickly decay. We find silver fillings to be a good choice in instances such as elderly patients taking blood thinners where bleeding can be very difficult to manage or patients with periodontal disease who urgently require a filling before their periodontal disease can be addressed.