From our youngest patient at two years old to our oldest at 95 years old, we take care of all our patients' dental needs. We do exams and cleanings, low radiation X-rays, flouride, deep cleanings, restorative dentistry (fillings, metal and porcelain crowns, veneers, bridges), root canals, extractions, and much more. Learn more about our basic procedures below.
Deep Cleaning: The deep cleaning procedure is also known as Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing, or SRP. This treatment cleans below the gumline to treat infected gums caused by tartar buildup. If your gums are red and swollen and bleed when you floss, you may require this procedure. If you see a lot of tartar buildup on your teeth, you may also need an SRP treatment. If you take blood thinner, please stop taking it several days before your appointment for SRP treatment.
Fillings: Fillings are made of a material called Composite Resin. It is used to fill fractures, cavities caused by decay, and to rebuild a tooth that has been worn down. Prior to filling a tooth, any decay is cleaned out, and the surface of the tooth is roughened chemically with etchant and physically with burs. The tooth is treated to better bond the filling materials. Then, the composite resin is layed down and shaped to match the original tooth structure. Becasue it comes in many tooth-colored shades, it is easy to match the material to look like a real tooth. The composite is then cured with a UV light.
Veneers: A veneer is a restorative tile placed over a damaged tooth. They can be used to cover up discollored teeth, cracks, and chips, or they can simply be used to improve the shape of teeth. Because they are made of porcelain, they are very long-lasting and natural-looking. Veneers are an excellent option for people who want to retain more tooth structure than they would with a crown procedure. However, if a filling can be done instead of a porcelain veneer, we prefer to do that in order to retain even more tooth structure. Please talk to Dr. Pan to find out if Veneers are right for you.
Crowns: Crowns are made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain and Porcelain-bonded-to-metal crowns are the same color as a natural tooth. Crowns require removal of a lot of tooth structure, so crowns are done only when a filling cannot adequately repair tooth structure. Crowns are used to protect weakened teeth, restore broken or decayed teeth, support teeth with minimal structure, or for cosmetic reasons.
Root Canal: A root canal is a treatment that is designed to save a badly damaged, decayed, or infected tooth. The nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed, and then the tooth is sealed shut. This preserves more tooth structure than a crown and is only used when the decay has reached the root of the tooth. It is important to note that a nerve is not needed for a tooth to function properly, as it only provides sesnation.
Implants: An implant is done to replace a lost root structure. It is shaped similarly to a screw and placed into the jawbone such that it bonds naturally with the bone. An abutment is placed on the implant, which supports a crown and connects it to the implant. This is a sturdy way to replace lost teeth.