Brookfield Patients Rely on Our General Dentistry
The primary goal of general dentistry is to help you preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, to ensure your optimal oral health and to keep you looking and feeling great throughout your lifetime. From routine dental check-ups, x-rays and cleanings to bonding, fillings, dentures, crowns and bridges and root canal therapy, Paul G. Culver, D.D.S. provides general dentistry for Brookfield patients of all ages. Modern dentistry offers a wide range of procedures to ensure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. These general procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:
Cleanings and Oral Exams
These keep your teeth and gums healthy and catch any early signs of dental disease. All new patients will be given an initial oral exam, which includes a visual exam, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
As an alternative to veneers, cosmetic bonding repairs small chips or cracks. During this process, a tooth-colored material that looks similar to your teeth’s enamel is molded and shaped and then hardened and polished.
Crowns and bridges are used to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth. Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, which are placed on the top of your teeth. Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth.
Dental implants are generally recommended as the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today. Permanently attached to your jawbone, they’re used to replace missing teeth and to prevent further bone loss.
Sometimes it’s just not possible to save a tooth. A tooth extraction is sometimes necessary to remove unhealthy teeth that could lead to other dental issues if left ignored. One of the most common extraction procedures is for your wisdom teeth (the third set of molars that usually come in between the age of 17 and 25).
Fillings, also known clinically as amalgams, are synthetic materials that are used to restore a portion of a tooth damaged by decay or traumatic injury. For a completely natural, healthy smile, you can’t go wrong with tooth-colored fillings.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are both used to fill teeth with larger cavities. Both are considered to be “indirect” fillings because they’re fabricated outside the mouth and then bonded to your teeth. An inlay fits within the little points or “cusps” of a back tooth. An onlay covers one or more of these cusps.
Oral Cancer Screenings
The best defense against oral cancer and other serious dental diseases is prevention. Oral cancer screenings are used to detect a dangerous disease that can be cured or reversed if caught early.
Orthodontic treatments are used to move your teeth into the right position. For those who want to align their smile without noticeable orthodontics, Invisalign® provides a highly discreet orthodontic treatment suitable for patients of all ages.
Porcelain veneers are used to repair larger chips or cracks or to reshape your teeth. Advances in cosmetic dentistry have made today’s veneers thinner and more natural-looking than ever before.
Complete and Partial (Removable) Dentures
If you have missing teeth, we can make complete dentures or removable partials for you. Designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, dentures are made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all of your teeth, while partials fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent your remaining teeth from changing position. Dentures improve your overall chewing ability and speech, while also providing much-needed support for your facial muscles.
Requiring 1-3 visits, root canal therapy helps restore teeth that have been severely decayed or damaged. Most patients who have root canal therapy with us experience little to no discomfort or pain and enjoy a restored tooth that can last nearly as long as their healthy originals.
Sealants primarily help prevent cavities and are usually recommended for children. Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of back teeth, making them resistant to tooth decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, require more expensive dental treatment later on or cause your child pain.
Brighten a faded or discolored smile with professional teeth whitening in our office, at-home or using a combination of both methods. While you may purchase over-the-counter teeth whitening products, teeth whitening offered in a dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile, often with more noticeable results.
If you’re experiencing pain near your ears, in your cheek muscles or in your jaw area that interferes with biting or chewing, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Disorder. TMD treatment can help alleviate your discomfort. Treatments may range from orthodontics to dental restorations, such as bridgework, and minor procedures involving cortisone injections to your temporomandibular joint.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is perhaps the second most prevalent disease after the common cold. Keep your natural teeth as long as possible with tooth decay prevention. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to prevent tooth decay, in addition to visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Call for an Appointment with Our Brookfield Dentist
Whether it’s time for a cleaning or you need an emergency root canal, you can rely on Paul G. Culver, D.D.S. for all your general dentistry needs in Brookfield and surrounding areas. Please contact us today to schedule your next appointment. Our compassionate, knowledgeable staff looks forward to making your next visit as pleasant as possible!