A tooth filling is done to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling becausea new material fills the hole that decay left. Today, most dentists treat a cavity-ridden tooth with a bonded composite resin filling that matches the tooth color. If tooth decay is not treated, it can lead to not only tooth pain but also an infection that would require a root canal treatment or extraction. With regular visits to your local dentist, cavities can be caught early enough to be treated in an easy and painless manner.
A Dental Sealant is a thin plastic coatings applied by a dental professional, which bonds to a tooth to protect from tooth decay. When the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits that are too narrow for a toothbrush bristle to reach, they will accumulate plaque. Over time, this plaque can develop into tooth decay that will lead to cavities and other tooth complications. Sealants applied by your dentist are durable enough to withstand many years of wear and tear while keeping your teeth in optimal health.
Bonding is the process of adhering composite resin material to the front of a tooth that has been chipped, decayed, fractured, or appears otherwise discolored. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is then applied to micro etch the tooth surface, while a primer/bond agent is applied to adhere the material to the surface. The material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. Lastly, the composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
If you need to alter the alignment of a tooth, close a gap between teeth, or repair damage done by tooth decay, a dental bond may be a good option. Whether you need dental bonds or another cosmetic dentistry option, we will provide the best and most cost effective solution for you.
A Dental x-ray produces an image on special film, which shows your dentist the overall structure of your teeth. Dentists as well as doctors use this familiar black and white film to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary component of complete dental health. Without regular x-rays of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, infection or pathology that requires immediate attention goes undetected.
Our office uses digital radiography (commonly called digital dental x-rays) which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation compared to conventional X-rays. At David Lester DDS, our modern digital x-ray technology coupled with computer monitoring, allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any of your dental concerns.
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth.
Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
You can pay for your office visits and any treatments by cash, check, credit or debit card at the time of treatment. We also accept most major dental insurances. To discuss your payment options or insurance coverage, please call (714) 532-6711.