Since 1997, Lakewood Dental Care has been striving to keep you and your family healthy with preventative dentistry.
Our MAIN Services
Dental Sealants and Fluoride
Dental sealants are barriers which act to prevent the formation of cavities. The occlusal force created by each bite during our meals will eventually weaken and slowly decay the surfaces of our molars. This is why when we apply sealants, it is heavily applied on the surfaces of the premolars and the molars!
Cleanings, sometimes called scaling and root planing, is a procedure where we remove the plaque and bacteria below the gums. We understand that sometimes brushing and flossing will lead to missed areas of the mouth--that’s why we’re here. By cleaning thoroughly beneath the gums, we will prevent bone loss that may loosen teeth in the future. In dentistry, it’s always better to catch a problem early!
Sometimes, deep cleaning is the right procedure for our patients. After your X-rays have shown bone loss and gum pockets, we like to direct our patients to a deep cleaning. It’s true that brushing and flossing will prevent this from happening, but sometimes these things happen. Deep cleanings will help treat gum disease and remove foreign bacteria lodged inside your gums.
Everyone knows that cavities are these holes in your teeth, but do you know how or why they form? Basically, in our mouths we have these bacteria which make acid. They do this by using the remnants of the food we eat (so that's why it's really important we brush and floss). Unlike our bones in our arms and legs, our teeth aren't capable of regenerating, but this is why we have fillings. Amalgam (silver fills) or composite (white fills) are placed inside the hole and reshaped to recreate your comfortable bite.
Crowns are placed over teeth which are deemed too weak to stand on its own. Sometimes when a tooth is worn down, or if there is a large filling with little remaining parts of the natural tooth, the integrity is compromised. This is where a crown will be perfect. Crowns essentially act as hard hats for your weakened tooth. They take the force from each bite, while your natural tooth remains safely inside!
A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that has been severely decayed or infected. Inside our tooth, we have a nerve. If this nerve has been introduced to foreign bacteria for an elongated amount of time, it may become infected. This is where the procedure comes in. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp (essentially the middle part of our teeth) are removed. We do this because of the bacteria may be lodged in there and if it stays there, they’ll create more problems! After the tooth is emptied out, we clean it and seal it to re-solidify the foundation of the tooth.
Extraction is the removal of teeth from the dental socket. There are many reasons extractions may come into play. The most common is that sometimes teeth become unrestorable. This may happen through tooth decay, periodontal disease, or even trauma. Other times, wisdom teeth don’t grow horizontally--in the business, we call this impacted--and they may ruin the alignment of your teeth! Extraction will be necessary here as well!
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)
TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. This is located near the front of your ear. This joint allows the mobility of your jaw going up, down, left and right! Sometimes, this area will hurt and after most procedures, we will massage this area to alleviate the stress caused by this area.
There are two different types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Understandably, partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are remaining inside your mouth!
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