General Dentistry in Aurora, OH
Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Custom Mouth Guards
Many sports require athletes to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth, and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
A night guard is designed to keep your back teeth separated as you sleep and your jaw in a resting state. This protects the teeth from damage and helps to relax the tense muscles, reducing or eliminating pain.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection. Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry
What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the blanket term for the typical services a dental practice provides. Our general dentistry services include oral evaluations, dental cleanings, root canals, extractions, scaling and root planing, mouth guards, and other services that help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Are General Dentistry services covered by insurance?
Most dental insurance plans cover all or a portion of general dentistry services. Each plan and provider may differ in what is covered, so it is always best to check with your insurance provider before receiving services. Financing is available to make out of pocket dental costs more affordable.
Do you provide General Dentistry for children?
Aurora Dental is a family dental practice treating patients of all ages from children to adults. We see patients as young as one year old for dental appointments. Babies should have an oral evaluation by their first birthday or within 6 months of their first tooth coming in.
Why do I need a mouth guard?
Mouthguards are used to protect the teeth. A mouthguard may be recommended if you grind your teeth or if you play sports. Children especially should wear a mouthguard when playing sports. Adults should wear a night guard if they grind their teeth in their sleep. We create custom mouthguards for patients that are comfortable and effective.
Does a root canal hurt?
Some of the biggest myths in dentistry revolve around the root canal. However, this procedure is performed with local anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain and it takes about the same amount of time as a routine cavity filling.