General Dentistry

 

Comprehensive Examinations and Cleanings

Even if you maintain good oral hygiene in your daily routine, regular in-office exams are essential for preventing disease and mitigating problems early on. During your oral exam, one of our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar missed during regular brushing. The cleaning will take approximately 30 minutes, after which your doctor will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. Comprehensive oral examines can help prevent problems before they become emergencies. Call Northwestern Dental Group today to schedule your appointment.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a condition in which the gums have begun to deteriorate and recede from the teeth. It is the ultimate result of untreated gingivitis and cannot be reversed, only managed. In addition to routine flossing and brushing, in-office examinations and cleanings can help prevent the onset of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the initial stage of the disease during which gums become inflamed and may bleed during brushing. Once gums begin to pull away from teeth and decay, teeth can loosen and even fall out. If you are experiencing sore, swollen or bleeding gums, contact Northwestern Dental Group immediately to receive an oral examination and treat the condition before periodontal disease permanently damages your gums and teeth.

Extractions

Extractions are performed in cases where the existing structure of your tooth cannot be repaired to serve its normal functions in your mouth. This may be the case if your tooth has sustained considerable damage or is positioned in a way that prevents treatment to your other teeth. Your dentist may also need to perform an extraction of your wisdom teeth if they have become impacted. During the procedure, a local anesthesia will be used to numb your mouth so that you feel no discomfort while undergoing treatment. We also utilize sedation dentistry to help patients who experience heightened anxiety over the procedure to relax.

Root Canals

Symptoms of a root canal infection include swelling of the gums and face, increased sensitivity to temperature, and severe toothache. If left untreated, the infection can result in abscesses and ultimately, tooth loss. The root canal procedure is used to treat severely decayed or infected teeth. The inside of a tooth contains a soft material called pulp a nerve that allows the tooth to feel sensations. If the exterior of a tooth becomes damaged to the point where the pulp is exposed, an infection may occur.

In order to save the structure of the tooth, your dentist will remove the pulp and clean the inside of your tooth. The only purpose of the nerve is to provide a sensory experience, so its removal will not affect the normal function of your tooth. The cavity is then sealed with a filling in order to prevent further damage. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a root canal, call your dentist immediately for emergency treatment.