General & Preventive Dentistry
Maintaining Your Oral Health
At Northcutt Dental, we recommend that every patient have a thorough, professional dental cleaning every six months. This allows us to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and also enables us to closely monitor your oral health. As a result, we can detect any new problems in their earliest stages, when they’re easily, conservatively and affordably repaired.
Using advanced dental technology, including the Cavitron and Piezo, we provide safe, effective and painless alternatives to traditional teeth and gum cleaning methods. The Cavitron and Piezo are ultrasonic scalers that use high frequency ultrasonic waves and water to gently clean away any bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and above and below the gum line.
Periodontal Care for Healthy Gums
At every dental checkup, we will monitor your periodontal (gum) health as well as deliver a thorough cleaning with ultrasonic scaler technology.
If you have any level of gum disease, we will promptly treat it. Gingivitis may be treated with ultrasonic scalers; more advanced gum disease will be treated with soft tissue laser therapy. The soft tissue laser will gently remove any damaged or diseased gum tissue and remove any bacteria below the gum line. This healthy remaining gum can then reattach to the tooth root, reversing the damage caused by gum disease.
Gentle Tooth Removal
We do everything possible to help you keep your natural teeth for your lifetime. However, it may be necessary to remove a tooth when:
- Periodontal disease is too advanced to save the tooth
- Decay has advanced too far
- A tooth is not strong enough to remain intact during root canal therapy
- A tooth may be cracked or damaged and require extraction.
We can replace the missing tooth (or teeth) with a dental implant, bridge or dentures. Minor extractions are gently completed in our office. If you need wisdom teeth removal or major oral surgery, we will refer you to a reputable oral surgeon.
Safer, More Precise X-rays
Larger, clearer and more detailed than traditional black and white film X-rays, full color digital X-rays give us a more precise look at the condition of your teeth almost immediately on a computer monitor, allowing us to diagnose problems earlier than ever before.
They are also safer for you, offering a significant decrease in radiation exposure. And since they don’t need chemicals or paper to be developed, there’s no waste which is safer for the environment.
Restoring Teeth to Health
If you have a cavity, we will restore the tooth with either an amalgam (silver) filling or a composite (tooth-colored) filling. Together, we will choose the filling that best suits your specific needs.
Intra-oral cameras have greatly improved the way we examine your teeth. Using a pen-sized camera, the intra-oral camera takes live video of your teeth and projects the image in real-time onto a monitor in the treatment room. This image is magnified, allowing us to better see and detect any decay, cracked or leaking fillings or other problems, and helps us diagnose and treat problems in their earliest stages.
Gently Saving Teeth
The reality is root canal therapy allows us to save damaged or decayed teeth. Prior to root canal therapy, these teeth would have been pulled and lost forever. With the latest dental technology and sedation dentistry, we provide root canals that are usually gentle and comfortable. Root canal therapy is not what it used to be. Gone are the days where they require multiple visits or are extremely painful. Now they are done in one visit and patients are normally advised to only take Tylenol or Motrin after the procedure. We do most of our root canals in office, however, special cases may be referred to a reputable endodontist.
Protection for Teeth Grinding
Do you wake up in the morning with a headache or aching jaw? You may grind your teeth at night – and that’s a problem. The teeth grinding and jaw clenching force is often 50% greater during sleep than it is during your waking hours. That can cause your teeth to wear down or crack. A custom-fit night guard can relieve many symptoms as well as help protect your teeth.
Protecting Teeth Against Decay
Easy and comfortable to apply, dental sealants are one of the most valuable advances in modern dental treatments today. Sealants help protect the back molars from bacteria, decay and cavities. First, the tooth-colored sealant material is “painted” on the molar, and then dried in place with a hand-held light. The procedure is quick, painless and the sealant usually lasts for years.