At Greyling Dental we believe quality dental care is vital to your health. The health and function of your smile are important to us. We hope to earn the right to provide quality dental care to your entire family.
Restorative Dentistry is the practice of preserving and restoring teeth that are decayed, damaged, missing or traumatized. At Greyling Dental, we offer services for the following needs:
Periodontal (Gum) Therapy
Periodontal Therapy is necessary if you have periodontal disease beyond gingivitis. First we use a local anesthetic to decrease discomfort so that we can properly clean around your teeth. This is often called a deep cleaning or scaling and root planning.
It is possible to have periodontal disease without any symptoms. Your gums and bone health are the foundation to your overall dental health. Research suggests that there are many links between periodontal disease and other systemic health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia and increase risk during pregnancy. It is also advisable to get a periodontal evaluation before any surgeries to reduce the risk of post-surgery infections.
These tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to metal fillings. They allow us to be more conservative and help you maintain a bright, natural looking smile by using a material that matches the color of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays are often used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or wear. They are typically placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth or molars. These durable fillings are often used when the amount of lost tooth structure is more than what a regular filling can replace but less than what you would need a crown to repair.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns (or caps) are restorations that are placed over a tooth when there is an extensive loss of tooth structure and conservative restorations are inadequate to restore form and function to the tooth. A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth using the surrounding teeth as support.
Dental implants are a great alternative to bridges and dentures when you need to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth when replacing one tooth. A bio-compatible titanium post is placed in your jaw bone which attaches to your bone over time. After a few months the implant can be restored with a crown, bridge or denture.
An important part of maintaining oral health and a great smile is replacing missing teeth. When a tooth or teeth are missing, your existing teeth can shift making it harder to chew properly or clean your teeth which can potentially cause periodontal problems, decay and further tooth loss. Removable partial dentures and full dentures replace missing teeth and help improve chewing, provide support for the lips and cheeks and may even improve speech.
Root Canal Treatment
If a tooth is extensively decayed, infected or symptomatic, many times it can be saved with a root canal treatment where only the nerve of the tooth is removed. Your tooth and its root remains and can be fully restored with a crown to match the rest of your teeth.
As dentists we generally want you to keep all your teeth for a lifetime! However, there are some occasions where we may recommend a tooth be removed.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): Laughing gas aids in relaxation if you are an extremely nervous patient and is quickly eliminated from the body within 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped so there is no "hangover" effect and you can safely drive home.
Digital x-rays: The x-rays are captured by a digital sensor and transferred immediately to the computer. This reduces processing time and most importantly, reduces a patient's radiation exposure.
Intraoral Camera: This allows the dentist and the patient to view a magnified picture of the teeth and gums. With this small camera we are able to take pictures and show you what we see in your mouth to allow you to better understand and become more involved in your oral health care. Also, it's a great way to see before and after pictures of teeth that have been restored!