General and Family
Restorative & Reconstructive
General and Family
As your general dentist, Dr. Sutton will maintain your healthy mouth and watch for signs of potential problems. With regular check ups, x-rays and cleanings, we can detect risk factors and offer simple remedies while treatment is still conservative.
Tooth decay and gum disease are serious but treatable conditions that most adults will experience at some point in their lives. With our digital radiography, Dr. Sutton can identify early warning signs and suggest effective solutions.
Some examples of gum disease include gingivitis and Periodontal disease. Gingivitis ("inflammation of the gum tissue") is a term used to describe non-destructive periodontal disease. The most common form of gingivitis is in response to plaque adhering to tooth surfaces. This is called plaque-induced gingivitis, and is the most common form of gum disease. Periodontal diseases are those diseases that affect one or more of the periodontal tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum, gingiva. Many diseases affect the tooth-supporting structures but plaque-induced inflammatory lesions make up the vast majority of periodontal disease. In some cases, gingivitis never progresses to periodontitis. However data indicates that gingivitis always precedes periodontitis. Full mouth debridement, scaling, and root planing are required to prevent these gum diseases.
Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term covering inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, connecting the mandible to the skull. This disorder may result in significant pain and impairment. There are a variety of treatment approaches. The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to many of the conditions that affect other joints in the body, including arthritis, ankylosis, trauma, dislocations, neoplasia and developmental anomalies.
Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth topically or systemically in order to prevent tooth decay which results in cavities. Commonly, fluoride is applied topically to the teeth using gels, or mouth rinse.
Dental sealants are a dental treatment consisting of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth. This prevents cavities or other forms of tooth decay. Because the teeth in the back of the mouth (molars and premolars) have numerous pits and fissures on their biting surfaces, certain areas of these teeth are often difficult to clean even with vigorous tooth-brushing. To remedy this,sealants painted over pits and fissures in the chewing surfaces of back teeth will block food from being trapped and any carbohydrate like sugar being changed to acid by resident plaque bacteria thus preventing cavities. The dentist, dental hygienist or assistant first cleans and dries the tooth to be treated, then applies a thin layer of liquid plastic material on the pits and fissures of the tooth. After application of the plastic liquid, blue spectrum natural light is shone is used for a few seconds to cure the plastic. Some brands self-cure via a chemical process.After curing, the plastic becomes a hard, thin layer covering the treated portions of the tooth. Dental sealants may remain effective for five years or longer..
The dental bonding procedure utilizes a composite resin used for a variety of structural as well as cosmetic purposes. Dental bonding materials are like sculptor's clay. Your dentist may use a dental composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill gaps and reshape or recolor your teeth.
Tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in cosmetic dentistry. A child's teeth are generally whiter than adult teeth. As one ages the teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth. The enamel becomes less porous. Teeth also become stained by bacteria, foods and tobacco. Antibiotic medications can also lead to teeth stains and a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel. Bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching, and natural bleaching are some methods to whiten teeth.
We do both in office chairside whitening and a take home whitening. Our take home whitening is performed by applying a high concentration of carbamine peroxide agent(Lumibrite) to the teeth with thin plastic trays for a short period of time, which produces quick results. For faster results our pleasant chairside Whitening is the one you want to do. It can whiten up to 7 shades whiter in 60 minute. Our in-office bleaching procedures use a light-cured protective layer that is carefully painted on the gums and papilla (the tips of the gums between the teeth) which takes 30 minutes. Then you have bleach applied and sit under the light for 60 minutes.
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers. Their advantage is that they are stronger than most other kinds of veneers, so they may be made thinner. Unlike traditional veneers, there is no shots, drilling, or pain. They are also reversible. Lumineers have been known to last over 20 years.
A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over the tooth surface. They are used to improve the appearance of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. The two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer are composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory. Porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. We do both of these Veneers in our office.
White fillings are also known as composite resin. They are composed of a white plastic mixture filled with glass particles. Secondary decay is much easier to spot beneath white fillings and if damaged, they may be easily repaired.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which caps a tooth or dental implant and is usually bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns are made from many materials and are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns can improve the appearance and strength of teeth.
Crowning a tooth often involves creating a dental impression of a prepared tooth to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be placed at a later appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials such as firing porcelain or casting metal which is not possible to do inside the mouth. This is done at a lab outside our office by a dental technician.
Dental amalgam is the most commonly used material used for dental fillings. It contains a mixture of mercury with at least one other metal. Amalgam has been the restorative method of choice for many years due to its low cost, ease of application, durability, strength, and bacteriostatic effects. Amalgam is an excellent restorative material. It is relatively easy to use and manipulate during placement. Amalgam lasts longer compared to composite fillings.
a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gas may be administered for the patient to inhale, in order to depress the feeling of pain while keeping the patient in a conscious state. It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anesthetic and analgesic effects. The gas is mild enough to keep a patient in a conversational state, and in most cases powerful enough to eliminate the pain caused by dental work.
A root canal is a dental procedure to remove dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth. A dentist uses a needle to place numbing medicine at the site of the bad tooth. You might feel a slight prick when the needle is being inserted. The dentist uses a tiny drill to remove the top part of your tooth exposing the pulp. The infected pulp is then removed with special tools called files. The canals are then cleaned. Antibiotic medicines may be applied into the area to prevent further infection. The cleaned tooth area is then sealed with a temporary material. Later the tooth is permanently filled and a dental crown may be placed on top.