At Lynnwood Dental, we provide diagnostic, preventative, and restorative dentistry to the entire family. There is a strong connection between your oral health and the health of the rest of your body. We recommend an exam and cleaning every six months in order to keep you healthy and detect problems early. If decay is present, we have several natural looking solutions that will give you a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.
Exams, Cleanings, and Periodontal Maintenance
During your appointment, your hygienist will provide a thorough exam of your teeth, gums, tongue, lips, and an oral cancer screening. X-rays may be taken at this appointment to diagnose decay between your teeth and any other abnormalities of the bone around your teeth. Measurements between your teeth and gum tissue may also be taken.
Periodontal Maintenance is required when bacteria and plaque buildup cause inflammation that leads to a loss of the supporting gum tissue and bone around your teeth. X-rays may be taken at this appointment to diagnose decay between your teeth and monitor the level of bone that supports your teeth. Measurements between your teeth and gum tissue may also be taken to evaluate the status of periodontal disease. In a periodontal maintenance appointment, an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove calculus and plaque from below your gumline. The pockets between your teeth and gums may also be irrigated with a prescription antibacterial agent. Finally, your teeth will be polished and flossed, leaving you with a bright, fresh smile.
For patients that have periodontitis, initial periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing is performed first. Periodontal maintenance is then required every 3 months to maintain health and prevent further irreversible damage.
Fillings, Crowns, and Root Canals
If decay is found during your exam, we have several natural looking solutions for you. It is important to have the decay treated as soon as possible to prevent its spread, which leads to more costly treatment. When small areas of decay are removed, this area is filled in order to maintain the health and structure of the tooth. We offer tooth-colored fillings that match the shade of your natural tooth so that there is no obvious difference between your natural tooth and your filling.
If the area of decay found is large, or if the tooth has an existing large filling already, a crown is required to cover the entire tooth, restoring it to its natural shape. This crown will also be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth so that it is not easily noticeable.
Sometimes, if decay is extensive enough, a root canal is necessary. The soft tissue inside the inner chamber of the tooth and the nerve are removed. This area is then filled to prevent further decay.
Implants, Bridges, Dentures, and Partials
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. This procedure has become the standard for replacing one or more missing teeth. We work closely with specialists in the area for the first half of the procedure in order to provide you with the best care possible. After integration of the implant, Dr. Boren will work to create the crown or denture that fits onto the implant.
Bridges are another option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They are non-removable and tooth-colored to match the rest of your smile.
Dentures and partials are a removable way to replace missing teeth. They may or may not be stabilized by and attached to implants.
Do I Need An Appointment To Come In?
In order to provide you and our other patients with the best possible service and quality of care, we do ask that you call our office before coming in. If you are experiencing an emergency please call our office immediately and one of our staff members will assist you.