General Dentistry in Winter Gardens
General dentistry covers a wide range of dental services and procedures with a common goal in mind. We want to help you and your family keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Our general dentistry services encompass preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments to help you at every stage of your dental health. These services range from routine dental cleanings to more advanced procedures like root canal therapy.
Our experienced team is here to help you achieve an optimal level of oral health using state-of-the-art methods and technology. Call us today!
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Promoting Your Complete Wellness
There is a connection between oral health and your complete wellness. Untreated dental issues can lead to more complex problems that can interfere with so many areas of your life, including your health and self-esteem. Research studies have shown that there is a significant relationship between poor oral health and increased risk of developing serious health conditions.
When your teeth and gums are not functioning properly, you may not be getting the proper nutrition you need for good health. Additional oral problems can develop, including extra wear and tear on your teeth as you try to avoid chewing in the affected area.
Good oral health begins by promoting healthy habits and preventive care, starting at an early age. Dr. Uddin’s treatments are designed to promote long-term oral health for your family. Our family-friendly practice can treat all ages, including children who are seven years of age or older, up to seniors.
Protecting Your Smile with Preventive Care
Proper brushing and flossing are essential, but they can only do so much. The best way to maintain good oral health is through the regular preventive care that our practice provides. Our comprehensive dental exams include:
Professional dental cleanings are also an essential part of the preventive care services we provide. During your cleaning appointment, our registered dental hygienists will remove plaque and calculus from your teeth using specialized instruments. Your teeth will be polished to remove plaque and stains that are generally not removed through brushing or flossing.
For our younger patients, Dr. Uddin may recommend the application of dental fluoride and sealants. These are usually in liquid form and painted on each tooth to add a layer of protection. They are recommended to protect your children’s back teeth from debris accumulation that leads to tooth decay.
Dr. Uddin and our professional staff will advise you and your family of the best ways to improve and maintain oral hygiene. It is our goal to help you maintain your healthy smile for as long as possible. In doing so, we offer useful oral hygiene tips as:
- What type of toothbrush to use, manual or electric
- What kind of toothpaste you should use to improve your oral health
- Whether you should be flossing more
- Recommending fluoride treatments for our younger patients
- What foods to add to your daily diet for better oral health
- Behaviors that you should avoid that can negatively impact your oral health
Sometimes despite your best efforts at maintaining good oral health, you may require some type of restorative treatment to repair a dental issue. Depending on the problem, our practice offers a variety of procedures, including:
Fillings - Composite fillings made from acrylic and resin are matched to the natural color of the tooth to be repaired. The benefit of having a composite filling over a traditional silver amalgam filling is that they provide a more aesthetic appearance, especially for teeth in the front of your smile. They can be used to fix teeth that have decay, fractures, or cracks.
Crowns or Caps - The most popular type of crown is custom made from tooth-colored porcelain and designed to restore your damaged tooth to its standard shape and size. It helps protect and strengthen the tooth structure when fillings or other types of restorations cannot.
Bridges - If you are missing a tooth, a fixed dental bridge can replace it. A bridge uses two crowns that will be applied to two anchoring teeth that are on either side of the missing tooth (teeth). The two crowns are attached to an artificial tooth (teeth) to fill the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth.
Dentures & Partials - If you are missing some or all your teeth, you can restore your smile and ability to chew with partial or complete dentures. These are dental appliances that can last many years but may require adjustments or repairs due to normal wear. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in either your upper or lower arches.
Implant Restorations - Dental implants are a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. They provide a permanent solution to removable complete or partial dentures. Implants are strong and durable and will last for many years. They provide a more natural look and function like your own teeth.
Helping You Fight Gum Disease
Healthy gums are crucial to good oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, attacks the gums and supporting structures, including the bone that is needed to support teeth. It is caused by plaque, which is a sticky film comprised of food debris and saliva that harbors bacteria. If not removed, plaque will harden and turn into calculus (tartar) that cannot be removed through brushing. When left untreated, plaque and calculus can destroy your gums, jawbone, and other supportive tissues as gum pockets become deeper and more infected.
Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss. However, studies have shown that it may be linked to serious conditions. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and problems during pregnancy are associated with bacteria and inflammation of gum disease. Your risk of developing periodontal disease is increased if you are a smoker.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Many people have gum disease without knowing they have it because it is usually painless in the early stages. Symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums
- Red and puffy gums
- Gum tenderness
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Shifting of teeth
- Pus around teeth and gums
Types of Periodontal Treatment
When gum disease is caught in the early stages, Dr. Uddin may recommend one or two regular cleanings to resolve it. You will receive recommendations for improving your daily oral hygiene habits and for keeping up with regular professional dental cleanings.
When gum disease has progressed to an advanced stage, a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing treatment is recommended. Scaling removes plaque, tartar, and infection both above and below the gum line. Root planing is the removal of buildup on root surfaces and the smoothing of those areas. These treatments help your gums heal and reduce pocket depth. Your risk for developing gum disease can be decreased with:
- Regular preventive care, including professional cleanings
- Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits, including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing
- Eating a balanced diet
Root Canal Therapy
Often, root canal therapy is used to save a tooth that has experienced severe damage from injury or decay. As a restorative treatment, it could help prevent the extraction of the affected tooth. During a root canal, the tooth’s pulp, including its nerve, is removed, along with any decay. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, and infection-fighting medicine is placed within the root canals. Dr. Uddin then seals the tooth to prepare it for a crown that will further protect the tooth from damage.
Emergency Dental Care
One of the goals of general dentistry is to prevent the need for emergency dental care. However, sometimes dental emergencies do occur, and they can be very painful and frightening. Most require immediate treatment.
Call our office to make an appointment for emergency dental care if you or a family member:
- Has a toothache or abscess
- Cracks or breaks a tooth
- Loses a filling or crown
- Dislodges a tooth
- Has a loose tooth
- Loses a permanent tooth
The sooner you can get an appointment with our office, the better the chance we can save your tooth. Prompt treatment helps prevent pain from worsening and infections that jeopardize your physical health.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Certain foods, drinks, medications, and habits like smoking can discolor your teeth and diminish their appearance. Our practice offers several cosmetic options that can enhance the appearance of your smile and give it back its bright, white, and healthy look.
Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, is a non-invasive dental treatment that can change the color of your natural tooth enamel. Because this treatment only works on natural enamel, existing crowns, old fillings, and other restorations may need replacing.
The most popular method for dramatically whitening teeth is a home tooth whitening system. The process involves two appointments. During the first appointment, impressions of your teeth are made to create your custom, clear plastic whitening trays.
At the second appointment, you will try on your trays, and adjustments to their fit will be made when needed. You will receive care instructions on how to use your whitening kit. Often, you will use the trays with a special solution twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for several weeks until the desired level of whitening is achieved.
The effects of teeth whitening are not permanent. Therefore, you may need a touch-up every few years or more often if you smoke or drink wine, coffee, or tea.
Porcelain veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They are thin, yet durable pieces of porcelain that are custom made to fit your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth and can be used to treat many types of dental issues, including an alternative to dental crowns in some cases.
Porcelain veneers can be used to create a uniform and white beautiful smile by resolving such problems as:
- Severely stained or discolored teeth
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
Because veneers are very durable, they can last for many years. However, you may need to replace them at some point.
Our Goal is Your Best Oral Health
Dr. Uddin and the professional staff at Enhance Dental Care are devoted to improving and maintaining your and your family’s oral health. We will help you understand your current conditions and help you develop the best treatment plan for your dental needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get started!
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