General Dentistry in St. Cloud, MN
Dental fillings replace lost tooth structure due to dental decay or fracture of the tooth. In advanced cases of lost tooth structure, porcelain or gold crowns and onlays may be required. In simple cases, the missing tooth structure can be replaced with dental fillings using composites or amalgam.
Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on your tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. With proper care, an endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.
An extraction may be required if a tooth has extensive decay, is abscessed, or fractured beyond repair. Our team will keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Occasionally, patients are referred to an oral surgeon for more complex treatment needs.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Your hygienist will clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and tartar, the hardened plaque. Plaque and tartar can contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Your hygienist will also provide an overview of proper flossing and brushing techniques.
Patients play an important role in preventive dentistry efforts as well. Self-care, such as twice daily brushing and daily flossing, is essential in ensuring that your teeth and mouth stay healthy. A good oral hygiene routine keeps your teeth clean between preventive dental appointments.
Preventive dentistry can result in less extensive—and less expensive—treatment for dental conditions that may develop and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.
A sealant is a thin, resin coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.