Fillings are done to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. Dr. Griffin prefers and recommends bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings instead of the silver amalgam fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and with minimal or no pain. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would require root canal treatment or extraction.
Bonding is similar to fillings but is generally used to describe the process of adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with a composite curing light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish.
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one tooth brush bristle into them. These grooves will develop cavities over time. So Dr. Griffin will clean the groove first then brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return the teeth and gums to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in to have Dr. Griffin evaluate your teeth and gums for any problems. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done with a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone and teeth which produces an image on special a sensor, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process. To not use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no way to detect infection or pathology that is not visible in the mouth.
We use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using up to 90% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer software, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns. Dual computer monitors in each room allow you to see what the doctor sees. This allows you to see the problems first hand and helps in explaining necessary treatment.
11501 Cumberland Rd., Suite 200
Fishers, IN 46037
Fishers, IN 46037