1820 Holland St. Jacinto City, TX 77029 713-455-7923
BASIC DENTAL INFO
FILLINGS Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. Teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings or dental silver amalgams. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly with a filling. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction. If you have a filling that has fallen out or that feels "different" to you call Dr. Brightwell today at 713.455.7923 for consultation and treatment. You don't have to wait until it hurts.
BONDING Bonding involves 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 chemically roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. 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 an electrical fiber optic light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
SEALANTS This is used to fill in narrow grooves in new permanent teeth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing, especially by children. 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 bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist or hygienist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy. There are two different ages children need this: around age 6 and around age 12. We will evaluate the teeth at each visit while you child is growing in their adult permanent teeth.
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 and keep them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can evaluate it right away. The treatment usually involves a "deep cleaning" or scaling and root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents as needed. 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.
X-RAYS This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention. Yearly you need decay disclosing xrays and every 3 to 5 years (depending on age) you need a panoramic xray that shows all your teeth on one xray.