In addition to providing periodontal treatment, our practice offers general and restorative dentistry services.
Dr. Bezik and our in-house general dentist strive to deliver comprehensive oral healthcare from one convenient location.
Receiving regular checkups and cleanings along with preventive services and routine restorations is essential to preserving the health of teeth and gums for a lifetime. From gentle cleanings to custom restorations like crowns and bridges, our team has your entire oral health covered.
Checkups and Cleanings
Checkups and cleanings are necessary for preventing oral disease and increasing the likelihood of early detection for conditions such as dental caries, gum disease, and oral cancer. Patients should visit our practice twice a year for cleanings and checkups.
A dental checkup is more thorough than some might think. In addition to looking for signs of gum disease or tooth decay, our dentist will use the latest technology to evaluate the health of tooth structure below the gums and even the jawbone. Not only do we look for common problems like tooth wear or inflamed gums, we screen for oral cancer – which can be fatal if not caught and treated early on.
Dental cleanings are another important component of enjoying vibrant oral health. A cleaning is the only way to remove tartar. This substance is the calcified form of plaque and when it collects along the gums, it can contribute to periodontal disease and ultimately expose the roots of teeth to oral bacteria and debris from food. Brushing and flossing alone is not enough to remove tartar. It must be scraped away with clinical instruments. During cleanings, our hygienists will screen for signs of gum disease by measuring the size and depth of periodontal pockets.
Beyond routine cleanings and checkups, there are preventive services a person can receive to strengthen teeth and protect against tooth decay. We offer two popular preventive services, fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Fluoride treatments are administered to strengthen tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is composed of strong minerals like calcium. When teeth are exposed to unnecessary force and pressure or acid, tooth enamel can become weak and worn down. Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods. When applied to the teeth in gel or varnish form, it can strengthen tooth enamel by replenishing its mineral content. Fluoride treatments are affordable and non-invasive.
Dental sealants are another method for protecting teeth from decay and damage. A sealant is a clear coating that is applied over the biting surface of teeth and hardened with a curing light. Dental sealants are typically placed over the molars because these teeth often have deep grooves and pits where bacteria and plaque tend to collect. Since molars are more likely to develop decay than other teeth, dental sealants offer extra protection from cavity-causing bacteria.
Even if a person practices good oral hygiene and receives regular dental care, teeth can still become damaged. When a tooth is diseased or damaged, a restoration is necessary because teeth cannot heal on their own. Our practice offers various types of restorations that address issues such as small cavities to chipped or broken teeth. Bridges are also available as a restoration for those who have lost teeth.
Fillings are used to restore a tooth affected by minimal tooth decay. When cavities are detected early on, a filling is most commonly used to protect the tooth’s structure and prevent decay from deepening. Placing fillings is minimally invasive and requires very little tooth preparation.
Dental crowns are larger restorations that fit over an entire tooth above the gums. Custom made, these types of restorations are ideal for repairing teeth extensively damaged by decay or a dental injury. Crowns can be constructed from a number of materials including metals and ceramic.
Bridges are a series of crowns that anchor to biological teeth to fill in the gaps of a smile affected by the loss of one or two teeth. Like a single crown, a bridge is custom made to the unique needs of a patient.
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Dr. Bezik is committed to providing advanced, state-of-the-art periodontal and implant related treatments in a relaxing environment to improve the general and dental health of our patients.