Regular Exams and Cleanings
To maintain optimum oral health, it is important to have your teeth cleaned and examined every six months. During your exam, we will:
- Check for any problems that are undetectable to the untrained eye
- Look for tooth decay or cavities
- Inspect your gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Perform a thorough teeth cleaning to remove tartar and plaque build up
Another reason to visit our office every six months is that doing so gives you the opportunity to ask Dr. Hahn any questions you might have about oral health, available treatments, and dental procedures. Contact our office today to schedule your exam and cleaning.
Bonding is a conservative solution for chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. A filling that matches the appearance of your natural teeth is “bonded” to your tooth to improve its appearance. Bonding can also be used to fill cavities and is much less noticeable than silver amalgam fillings.
Bonding is a more affordable option than other cosmetic treatments and in most cases can be completed in one office visit. While the affordability is certainly a perk, be aware that bonding can stain and is less durable than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, the bonding can usually be repaired in one visit.
A bridge is a customized dental device used to replace missing teeth. In addition, bridges help you maintain your face shape and strengthen your bite. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, alloys, and porcelain. Keeping your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy is key, as the bridge is supported by these structures.
Crowns are used to strengthen broken or worn teeth and to improve their overall appearance.
A crown (sometimes called a cap) is cemented onto the surface of an existing tooth and becomes its new outer surface. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, but porcelain crowns are often preferred because of their natural appearance and strength.
When a crown is necessary, Dr. Hahn will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab. There, a dental laboratory technician will assess your bite and jaw movement and then sculpt a perfect crown that will allow you to function normally once the crown is placed.
Dentures are removable structures that are used when you are missing teeth. Full dentures are used when all of the teeth have been removed and partial dentures are used for smaller sections of missing teeth. Full or partial, dentures require daily care – just like your own teeth.
At Family Dental Choice, we are proud to offer Pala Digital Dentures. These state-of-the-art dentures use 3D technology to create a perfect fit in less time than conventional dentures. Conventional dentures take up to five hours of chair time and an average processing time of 30 days; Pala Digital Dentures typically take only one hour of chair time and are processed in ten days. The fit is more precise than conventional dentures, resulting in comfort like never before.
There are many reasons that Dr. Hahn may recommend a tooth extraction: a misshapen baby tooth, extreme decay, infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with wisdom teeth are just a few examples. If you require an extraction, we will do whatever we can to ease your fears and eliminate pain. To avoid complications such as compromised jaw function or shifting teeth, we may suggest orthodontics or tooth replacement after your extraction.
When you have a cavity, Dr. Hahn will repair it with fillings. While traditional fillings were made of such materials as gold, porcelain, or composite materials, newer fillings are made with ceramic and plastic materials that match the appearance of your natural teeth. This is especially important when the fillings are being placed in the more visible areas of your smile. Because of the drilling involved in preparing the tooth for the filling, some patients break out in a cold sweat at the mere mention of the procedure. Family Dental Choice is committed to making your experience anxiety and pain-free, so be sure to discuss your concerns before the procedure begins.
Fluoride isn’t just for children; it helps prevent cavities and tooth decay in patients of all ages. The procedure is simple and takes only a few minutes. For some, the hardest part is waiting 30 minutes to rinse, eat, or drink after the treatment. The frequency of your fluoride treatments will depend on your individual circumstances.
If you are missing teeth, your teeth can shift and wreak havoc on your teeth, jaw, and face. This can be avoided by replacing your missing teeth with implants. An implant is a replacement tooth that looks just like your natural tooth, is permanent, and can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Implants can also be used to anchor partial dentures, which make them more stable when talking or chewing. With dental implants, no one will ever guess that your smile isn’t 100% natural.
Mouthguards aren’t just for professional athletes, they’re for anyone involved in contact sports. There are three types of mouthguards: premade, “boil and bite,” and custom-made. Dr. Hahn can create a custom mouthguard that is suited not only to your mouth, but your particular sport, as well. Whichever type of mouthguard you chose, make sure it is comfortable, easy to clean, tear-resistant, and easy to breathe with. If you’re unsure how to select the right mouthguard or how to wear it properly, we are happy to help you in order to protect your smile.
If you ever wake up with jaw, ear, or head aches, you may have a condition known as “bruxism,” which results from persistent clenching or grinding of the teeth. During waking hours, those who have bruxism are aware when they’re doing so and can stop. At night, however, they are completely unaware that they are clenching or grinding. In those cases, a nightguard may be necessary to prevent cracked or broken teeth. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Hahn will use a soft material that fits your top or bottom are, preventing contact with the opposing teeth.
If you have a tooth with a diseased nerve, we may suggest root canal treatment. This involves removing the affected nerve, cleaning the tooth’s interior, then filling the cavity with a composite material – all to prevent you from losing your tooth. Not only can tooth loss cause your other teeth to shift and your jaw structure to weaken, it can also lead to costly and involved procedures in the future. This can all be prevented by electing to have a root canal. With proper care, the restored tooth can last a lifetime.
No matter how often you brush, sometimes it’s impossible to get those deep grooves and hard-to-reach spots on your teeth. Even those with impeccable dental health sometimes require the help of sealants. Sealants are clear resins that are “painted” on and bond with your teeth, smoothing the surface and making it easier to clean with regular brushing. While sealants are more frequently used on pediatric patients, Dr. Hahn also treats adults, depending on their particular needs and concerns.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, veneers can be used to correct imperfections, allowing you to be confident in your smile. Veneers are thin “shells” made from materials that mimic the color of natural teeth. To prepare for the treatment, Dr. Hahn will take an impression of your teeth then send it to a lab where your veneers will be created. Once your new veneers are placed, you may wish to avoid foods and drinks that stain in order to maintain the beauty of your new smile.