Preventive Dentistry

Regular preventive dental appointments are an important step in your oral health routine. They help reduce the risk of periodontal disease while helping to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Preventive dentistry can also result in less extensive and less expensive treatment for conditions that may develop over time.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental exams and cleanings each year to prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. This gives your dental professionals an opportunity to look for signs of trouble before they have time to progress further. Your dentist may recommend more or less frequent appointments depending on your age, lifestyle, risk factors and general oral and dental health.

Patients play an important role in preventive dentistry efforts as well. Self-care, such as twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, is essential in ensuring that your teeth and mouth stay healthy.

Restorative Dentistry

At Fusion Dental Group, our highly-trained team of dental professionals provides a wide range of restorative dental services. We repair functional structures of the mouth affecting chewing, speaking and maintaining a relaxed and aligned bite. 

Restorative dentistry addresses a wide range of problems, including:

  • Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Infected or damaged teeth or gums
  • Deteriorating or damaged tissue
Your dentist will perform the exam and check for cavities and other conditions. He/she will discuss the results of the exam and answer questions about your recommended treatment or dental health in general.

Your hygienist will clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, and tartar, the hardened plaque. Plaque and tartar can contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Your hygienist will also provide an overview of proper flossing and brushing techniques. 

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A fluoride varnish is completed depending on individual risk for decay. Your dental professional will assess your risk and provide recommendations depending on your dental needs.

A dental filling is the repair of the crown of a natural tooth. It replaces the portion of the tooth that is missing or unstable due to tooth decay or fracture. Amalgam and composite fillings both have advantages and disadvantages. The type of filling your dentist may recommend typically depends on the situation and your priorities.

  • Composite fillings are white fillings designed to match the color of your teeth and are bonded into place. Composite fillings are more natural-looking than traditional silver fillings.
  • Amalgam fillings are traditional silver fillings. They offer similar benefits as composite fillings, but are generally used on back teeth where they will be less visible. Silver fillings have strength and durability which is critical on back teeth where chewing forces are greatest.

A crown fits over a tooth like a cap to restore it to its normal shape and size. In essence, it “resurfaces” and rebuilds the tooth. Crowns are often used when a tooth has lost its strength and structural integrity due to a larger cavity, fracture or excessive fillings. Crowns are used to restore teeth, attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth, restore fractured teeth, cover poorly shaped or colored teeth, and/or cover dental implants. Crowns are custom-made in a dental laboratory based on an impression made of your tooth. They are typically made out of a metal alloy, porcelain or a combination of the two. You and your dentist will determine the optimal approach based on the position of the tooth and other factors.

A bridge—also known as a fixed partial denture—replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth are missing. Similar to crowns, bridges prevent your teeth from shifting and close open spaces with a natural-looking artificial tooth. This reduces the stresses from your bite by replacing the missing tooth and helps maintain the shape of your face. Bridges come in both fixed and removable options. Your dentist can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Root canals are typically needed when an untreated cavity progresses rapidly and spreads to the pulp of the tooth. The tooth pulp is made up of blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves. Once the bacteria of decay have reached the tooth pulp, it can be extremely painful. If your dentist determines that a root canal is the best solution for you, the procedure can typically be done with minimal discomfort and often keeps you from losing the tooth.

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Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and bones that hold the teeth in place. Gum disease can affect patients of all ages, and even the healthiest of smiles can be at risk. Gingivitis is the initial stage of this disease, and, if treated at this stage, gum disease can often be prevented and reversed. However, if left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and unsightly changes to the soft tissues around the teeth. The good news is that gum disease is relatively easy to prevent by maintaining proper dental hygiene (brushing and flossing) and making regular dental visits.

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Veneers are thin, tooth-colored coverings that are custom designed and permanently bonded to your tooth. The purpose is to protect the surface of damaged teeth. Veneers have other benefits including durability, an improved smile, and little to no removal of existing tooth structure. Veneers protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatment. Made out of state of the art porcelain, veneers mimic the properties of enamel, creating a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Someone who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

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These fillings, commonly known as “white fillings” are a metal-free restorative option. They blend in with your natural teeth and will not crack the remaining tooth structure.

TMJ disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

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Dental emergencies can happen at all hours of the day and night. In order to keep every tooth we care for safe, we offer some guidelines on what to do in every situation. And if that isn’t enough, we always have a dentist on call seven days a week to handle any after-hour emergencies for our current patients.

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