The American Dental Association recommends a biannual dental cleaning for every member of the family! During your dental cleaning, we will remove tartar build up and stain that accumulates on your teeth. We will also give you home care instructions to keep your teeth clean and healthy until we see you again. During your dental exam, the doctor will review current x-rays to determine if there are any small cavities that are growing between teeth or deep in the grooves. We will also check your gum tissue and bone height around your teeth to assess for signs of periodontal disease.
Sometimes, dentistry cannot wait. If you have a toothache or a chipped tooth, we will see you the same day you call us. During your exam, we will determine what is wrong and provide a written treatment plan with clear pricing that is easy to understand.
We love kids at Ross Bridge Dentistry. We are a family practice and start seeing children at the age of 1 years old or sooner if any questions or problems arise. We have TVs in every room and finish every appointment with a prize and a balloon. We highly recommend the episode of Daniel Tiger where Daniel Gets His Teeth Cleaned to familiarize your child with the what to expect during his or her first visit to the dentist!
At Ross Bridge Dentistry, we only use composite filling material. This means no silver fillings ever at our office. Fillings are a great way to treat cavities that can form in teeth. As soon as we notice a cavitation in the tooth, we recommend a filling. The smaller the cavity is when we treat it, the smaller the filling will be. Fillings are always smaller, cheaper and less sensitive when completed at the first sign of decay.
There are many reasons you may need a crown or bridge. Typically if a tooth is too broken down or fragile for a filling, we will suggest a crown in order to protect the remaining tooth structure and stabilize the tooth. If a tooth breaks, there is often not enough tooth structure for us to fill. This means we will likely have to do a crown. If a tooth has a visible fracture line, a crown may be needed to protect the tooth from potentially fracturing in half at an inopportune time.
If a tooth is infected, we need to remove the source of the infection. This is done by preforming a root canal to take out the infected nerve of the tooth. This is a virtually painless procedure that will allow the tooth to remain in your mouth and preserve your smile. Root canal treated teeth are always more fragile than vital teeth, therefore they will need to be crowned after completion for the best possible outcome.
When a tooth is cracked or non-restorable, we are here for you. We are able to take out most teeth at the office. If the tooth removal will require surgery, we will typically refer you to a specialist.