If you have had dental check-ups at regular intervals and found at
one appointment you had a large cavity, you may be wondering how it
became so large so fast. Most likely the cavity was there, but wasn't
noticeable on X-rays or with visual examination.
Dr. Bielawski uses the laser scanner to find a cavity when it is in the beginning stages. It pinpoints the problem earlier so the proper treatment can be given sooner. Some cavities are even reversible if identified early, and Dr. Bielawski will place them "on watch" instead of immediately placing a restoration.
As children's teeth are more susceptible to cavities, we advise a
quick and easy treatment that will help them keep their teeth for a
lifetime. The back teeth are difficult to clean with all the grooves and
contours. With one thin application of a dental sealant, these teeth can
be protected to greatly reduce the chance of decay setting in.
Each molar is thoroughly cleaned and one thin coating of this mineralizing sealant is applied. It is not noticeable, being clear or white in color. To bond the sealant to the tooth's surface, Dr. Bielawski uses a curing light. This is the entire procedure that takes just minutes and does not require a shot, drilling, or tooth removal. It is an easy preventative technique that takes just minutes, but can provide adequate protection to help children and adolescents keep their adult teeth for a lifetime.
We offer a fluoride treatment to reduce the chance of cavities. Fluoride will combat the acid that causes decay. It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste on a daily basis, but having one application of this fluoride varnish will also make a big difference in caring for your teeth. It is well recognized that this naturally occurring mineral is very effective in protecting your teeth from decay. It is an easy and painless treatment that takes only minutes and provides a long-lasting defense.
Medical research has proven that gum disease has an overall effect on
your health. A connection has been made between the bacteria from gums
that circulates through your bloodstream and affects vital organs.
Serious conditions with the heart, diabetes, and stroke have been linked
to chronic and severe gum disease.
Please take our recommendation to have your teeth cleaned by our hygienist seriously. When you allow plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth, you risk the chance of gum disease developing. Regular brushing and flossing will not remove it. Keeping your teeth very clean adds more to your health than just a healthy smile – it promotes good health and vitality throughout the body as well.
Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) is a problem that puts unnecessary wear and strain on your teeth and jaw joints. This usually occurs when you are stressed or while asleep. With a custom-made nightguard that we can provide, you can maintain more of your natural teeth structure and relieve other symptoms that may occur. For best results in lessening the distress to your teeth, fillings, and jaw joints, nightly use of this oral appliance is recommended.
It is a little known statistic, but nearly 5 million teeth are lost every year because of athletes who have no or inadequate protection to teeth while playing sports. We provide custom-made mouthguards that will fit properly and give the necessary protection. The mouthguards you buy in the store are all one size. They are neither secure in fitting over your teeth nor do they provide adequate defense against injury and trauma.
We can help to prevent gum disease, cavities, and damage to teeth. Give us a call today at (860) 693-8314.