Patient Comfort You are not alone if
you feel anxious about a visit to the dentist. At Dental Gallaria of Beautiful S, we
understand and share your concerns and strive to make every dental visit
comfortable for you. In addition to topical and local anesthetic, nitrous oxide
(laughing gas) is available for those patients who need additional pain relief.
If you would like to "sleep" through your appointment, IV sedation is
available.At Dental Gallaria of Beautiful S, we know that emergencies can occur at any time.
We can be reached 24 hours a day. With early morning, lunchtime and late
afternoon appointments, you can be seen at a time that is convenient for your
An integral part
of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tartar on a
regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual needs
and oral health. During each visit we will update your medical history, perform
an oral cancer screening exam, check your teeth for cavities, review oral
hygiene instructions and monitor your periodontal (gum) condition. Fluoride
treatments are provided for children under the age of 13 and for adults when
in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a
simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic "coating" is painted onto the
surface of the tooth. This effectively "seals" the deep grooves where decay is
most likely to start.
For patients who have crowded or crooked teeth, spaces between their teeth
or misaligned teeth and jaws, orthodontic therapy can help reduce the risk of
tooth decay, gum disease and trauma due to protruding teeth. The American
Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have an evaluation by seven
years of age. We also provide orthodontic treatment for adults.
remarkable procedure, implants can replace any or all of your teeth. The implant
becomes integrated with the bone and acts like an artificial root, which
ultimately supports a new tooth. The advantages of implants for patients with
dentures are denture stability, increased patient comfort and confidence.
Crowns can strengthen and protect the
remaining tooth structure and improve the appearance of your teeth. A "cap,"
"jacket" or "crown" will restore a broken, heavily filled or cracked tooth to an
ideal size and shape. This may also be recommended after root canal therapy has
been completed, as the tooth is more apt to fracture.
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses reshaping your teeth,
veneers or bonding, natural-looking tooth-colored fillings and bleaching.
Veneers are porcelain shells that are fabricated in a laboratory and fit over
the fronts of your teeth. Composite veneers or bonding work the same way; they
are made with composite (tooth-colored filling material) and can be done in a
single visit. Bleaching, or teeth whitening, is usually done at home but can
also be done in the office if faster results are needed.
Decay and Repair
Often a tooth will not start
bothering you until there is significant loss of tooth structure. With the help
of routine x-rays, problems can be detected earlier-before you experience a
While seldom painful
and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can
progress, undetected, to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. Early
treatment and prevention is essential. While periodontal disease is caused by
plaque, a number of other factors, including poorly fitting bridges, badly
aligned teeth and defective fillings, contribute to the development of this
The goal of modern
dentistry is to prevent tooth loss. When a tooth cannot be saved, extraction
(removal) of the tooth may be the only course of treatment. A panorex x-ray
allows us to see a complete picture of the alignment of your jaw, the
positioning of your teeth and whether there is sufficient space for your third
molars (wisdom teeth) to fully erupt. In addition, it is an excellent diagnostic
tool for evaluating the supporting bone for possible cysts or tumors. Most
surgeries, including impacted wisdom teeth, are performed at our facility;
however, the doctor may choose to refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon for more
A nonremovable bridge
can restore your teeth to normal function by replacing missing teeth. It will
improve the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in
position and can also help maintain the structure of your face and jaw.
Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth's pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes
infected or inflamed, root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth
or relieve severe pain, short of removing the tooth. Root canal treatment
consists of removing the nerve that lies within the root of the tooth. With
modern techniques, this is generally a very comfortable procedure. Our practice
performs root canals, when necessary, on all teeth including molars without
outside referrals. In rare instances when root canal treatment does not succeed,
retreatment and root canal surgery (apicoectomy) can be done in our office. Very
complicated cases will be referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist) as