Often the best way to prevent the need for reconstructive or cosmetic dentistry is to make frequent visits to the dentist for cleanings and regular examinations. It is far better to maintain healthy natural teeth than it is to undergo prolonged restoration; thanks to modern materials and technology, the results of general dentistry are more aesthetically pleasing then ever before. At the Center for Oral Health, we provide an array of general dentistry treatments to help ensure that you can enjoy your natural teeth for years to come.
- Periodontal Care
- Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
- Fillings, Inlays, and Onlays
- Crowns and Bridges
- Oral Surgery
- TMJ Disorders
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Halitosis Treatment
- Adult Sedation
When you think of going to the dentist, you probably only think about whether your teeth have cavities. It is important to remember that teeth are only half of the healthy mouth equation. Your gums are just as integral to a beautiful smile, and the staff at the Center for Oral Health are fully qualified to examine, diagnose, and treat an array of periodontal (gum) diseases.
Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is caused when plaque builds up around the base of teeth. This plaque is composed of food deposits and bacteria; eventually it will cause the gums to become red, swollen, and tender. Fortunately, gingivitis is treatable and can be reversed with a combination of professional cleaning and diligent care at home.
When gingivitis is left untreated, the disease may progress into a more dangerous stage called periodontitis. Gum disease is diagnosed as periodontitis once the infection and inflammation begin to affect the bone and ligament structures that support the tooth. Over time, periodontitis can cause dangerous abscesses, or weaken the teeth so that they loosen and fall out.
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or have become swollen or tender, you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease. The attentions of a dentist are critical, as periodontal disease will not get better or go away on its own. Please contact us today to get a thorough gum examination.
Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
Unfortunately, sometimes an infection in the mouth will damage a tooth�s pulp; this material, at the core of the tooth, supplies nerve endings and nutrients and keeps the tooth alive and healthy. If the pulp becomes diseased, the tooth will no longer receive nutrients and it will die.
A root canal is a procedure designed to remove the diseased pulp and avoid further infection and possible tooth loss. First, Dr. Rassouli will create a small hole in the crown of the tooth. After removing the damaged pulp and cleaning out the hole inside, he will fill in the hole with a specialized rubber material.
Despite common lore, a root canal should not be any more painful than any other kind of dental treatment. The doctor will thoroughly anesthetize the area before performing the root canal, and pain medication will be prescribed for the patient�s comfort at home.
Fillings, Inlays, and Onlays
Nearly everyone has had a cavity at one time in his or her life. At the Center for Oral Health, Dr. A. Anthony Rassouli and Dr. R. Jay Rassouli routinely use fillings, inlays, and onlays to repair the damage done by cavities. Most patients take advantage of the tooth-colored fillings and inlays offered at our practice; they are very durable and more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings.
The main differences among fillings, inlays, and onlays are their size and how they are created. Fillings are generally rather small, and are completed in one office visit. The doctor will remove the diseased area of the tooth and replace the missing material with a resin that has been matched to the color of the surrounding tooth.
An inlay is similar in size to a filling, but is generally crafted in a lab and made of porcelain. To treat a tooth with an inlay, the doctor must first make a mold of the area to be treated. A temporary filling will be put into place, and you will return to the office once the inlay is complete.
An onlay is created off-site, much like an inlay. However, it is larger than a filling or inlay and generally covers more than one cusp (point) of a tooth. To learn more about your filling options, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Crowns and Bridges
Sometimes a tooth will sustain more damage than can safely be repaired with a filling or an inlay. In these cases, the dentist will often suggest a crown, also known as a cap. Made from either metal or porcelain, crowns cover the entire surface of the visible tooth, strengthening it and protecting it from future infection and damage.
Much as with onlays and inlays, crowns are made in a dental lab from porcelain that has been carefully color-matched to fit in with the surrounding teeth. With proper care, a crown can last for years, or even decades.
Unlike many other dental practices, we are able to perform common oral surgery procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction and dental implant post placement. For many patients, the convenience of �one-stop dentistry� is their favorite thing about coming to the Center for Oral Health. You can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your dental care is being managed by only one group of people who work together to bring you the best treatment possible.
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the point at which the lower jaw meets the skull. You use it every time you talk, chew, or swallow; if it is not functioning properly due to tension or injury, you will probably experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sore jaw or neck muscles
- Frequent, unexplained headaches
- Pain in the ear
- Clicking or popping when the jaw is opened
- Inability to open the jaw completely
If you have any of these symptoms, you need to be examined as soon as possible. When TMJ problems are diagnosed soon after onset, they can usually be treated with simple remedies such as muscle relaxants, a temporary change in diet to soft foods, and avoiding prolonged gum chewing.
For more complex or advanced cases of TMJ disorders involving a misaligned bite, dental treatments such as full mouth reconstruction may help to solve the problem. To learn more about the role of the temporomandibular joint and to find out what to do in case of joint pain, contact the Center for Oral Health today for a consultation.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Dr. A. Anthony Rassouli and Dr. R. Jay Rassouli believe that everyone deserves teeth that look, feel, and perform their very best. Even if you haven�t been to a dentist for years and now have multiple dental concerns, it is still possible to completely �renovate� your smile with what�s known as a full mouth reconstruction.
The procedures completed during a full mouth reconstruction vary by person and may included such assorted treatments as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, or even dental implants. Since the Center for Oral Health can handle cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and oral surgery all under one roof, a full mouth reconstruction can usually be completed in two or three office visits for your convenience.
In addition to treating damage, decay, and imperfections, Dr. Rassouli can use full mouth reconstruction to treat TMJ pain associated with a misaligned bite. First they will make a mold of your mouth and determine which teeth are causing inappropriate pressure. Then, with the application of crowns and bonding, the doctor will change your bite to a more normal, less painful position.
Everyone experiences bad breath from time to time. However, for some people bad breath, or halitosis, is a medical condition that isn�t improved with teeth brushing, mouthwash, or breath mints. At the Center for Oral Health, we can help you to eliminate this embarrassing condition with medically proven techniques.
If you have persistent bad breath that doesn�t go away after you brush and floss your teeth, it may be indicative of a more serious dental or periodontal problem. Contact the Center for Oral Health today for a consultation and full examination.
Sedation dentistry isn't just reserved for major oral surgery. If you have put off a dentist visit because of anxiety or a gag reflex, it is possible for you to be sedated for just about any type of procedure. We use the safe, time-tested method of nitrous oxide for most of our sedations, and you can rest assured that we will make sure that you have all the information about your procedure that you need to feel comfortable.
From periodontal care to crowns and cancer screenings, Dr. A. Anthony Rassouli and Dr. R. Jay Rassouli strive to provide complete dental care to each of their patients. If you would like to learn more about the general dentistry options offered by our practice, contact the Center for Oral Health today to schedule a consultation.