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General & Preventive Dentistry

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Regular Exams and Cleanings

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral and overall health. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not have symptoms (yet)
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay or other irregularities
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Provide a safe, comfortable and thorough teeth cleaning

Your first visit to our office will include a thorough dental exam by the dentist to order to make an initial assessment. A preventative plan will be presented, where you will come in for regular check-ups that include X-rays, if needed – SAFE digital x-rays.

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to discuss with the doctor any questions you may have about your oral and overall health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next exam and cleaning.

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Sealants

Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Dental sealants consist of a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on the surface of your tooth. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth, and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure after the permanent teeth have erupted and as a way to prevent tooth decay. However, adults also can receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.

Sealants last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.

Fluoride

Depending on your oral health and your Great Hill Dental doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or twelve months.
A fluoride treatment only takes several minutes to complete. Upon completion, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least thirty minutes, so that the teeth have time to absorb the fluoride successfully.

Digital X-Rays

Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options, are designed to save time, create clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.

Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fillings

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, and composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, usually are used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are placed straight into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They may include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites.

Bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed on your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your tooth, and because it can come in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it will closely match the appearance of your natural teeth.

Tooth bonding also can be used for tooth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, let your doctor know. The bonding generally can be easily patched or repaired in one visit.

Call and make your appointment in Braintree today – you’ll be glad you did! We look forward to seeing you.

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