Where cosmetic dentistry focuses on the overall aesthetic appearance of your smile, our general dentistry services ensure the underlying health or your teeth, gums, and mouth. General dentistry aims to be preventative, heading off serious dental health issues before they become full-blown problems. It’s far better to remove a small amount of decay on a tooth and place a tooth-colored composite resin filling than it is to have to save a heavily decayed tooth with a root canal.
To stay on top of your general dental health, Dr. Winters employs the latest technology: digital panoramic X-rays, ViziLite oral cancer detection, CEREC in-house porcelain crown and inlay/onlay creation, diode lasers for gum treatment, and much more.
Here’s a list of some of our general dentistry services at The Hills Dental Spa:
- Professional cleaning and exams — Removing plaque and tartar needs to happen every six months to keep tartar from advancing under the gums.
- Removing decay and placing fillings — When we spot decay in a tooth, we remove it and place a composite resin filling. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings are invisible in the teeth.
- Gum disease — Gum disease starts as gingivitis, gum irritation caused by plaque buildup. When that plaque becomes tartar and is not removed, it begins to push under the gums. This is now gum disease. Root scaling and planing are the likely first step to remove this tartar and help the gums reattach to the teeth. From there, Dr. Winters may need to disinfect pockets that have formed and remove diseased portions with a diode laser.
- Dental implants — Far and away the best solution to replace a missing tooth, dental implants are anchored by a titanium base that is screwed down into the jawbone. The jawbone grows around it, making it a part of the jaw. A post and an artificial tooth are then attached to the implant. Implants can last the remainder of the patient’s life.
- Porcelain crowns — Dr. Winters uses porcelain crowns to save a tooth that has serious damage and is in danger of needing extraction. They also are used to anchor bridges. Thanks to our CEREC technology, we can place crowns in a single visit.
- Dental bridges — If a patient is missing a few teeth, a bridge can be used to replace the teeth. A bridge has a crown on the healthy teeth on each side of the “gap,” with artificial teeth “bridging” the gap.
- Laser dentistry — We use our diode laser to address soft tissue problems. The laser energy instantly vaporizes the tissue, closes the incision, and disinfects the area. This usually precludes the need for stitches, minimizes any chances of infection, and makes recovery just about pain free.
- Orthodontics — At The Hills Dental Spa, we can also handle patients’ orthodontic needs. We use the Invisalign system of clear acrylic aligner trays for mild to moderate needs, and Face Forward for larger creation of space and bite correction.
- Extractions — From a wobbly baby tooth to impacted wisdom teeth, we handle the full scope of tooth extractions, saving our patients from having to find an oral surgeon.
Neuromuscular dentistry — When your jaw is improperly aligned, it can lead to chronic pain throughout your face and down into the shoulders and neck. This is called temporomandibular joint disorder, and Dr. Winters has received special advanced training and actually teaches other dentists how to treat and diagnose this painful condition.