General Treatment

The caring expert dentists at Sunbury Dental provide a wide range of traditional dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontic services to patients in the Sunbury, OH area. Typically we can provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to a specialist. This flexibility saves you time, and keeps your dental care within one all-inclusive practice. To start with, continue reading below to learn all about our general treatment options.

Dental Examinations

The Sunbury Dental team thoroughly examines your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, X-rays may be taken. If there are any signs of tooth decay or other issues, we will recommend treatment options and make notes of conditions that might require future observation. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided at this time, along with suggestions on how to best care for your teeth. 

Routine Teeth Cleanings

You should schedule a routine teeth cleaning with your local dentist twice a year. During these routine teeth cleaning visits, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, particularly from places where your toothbrush can't normally reach like the areas underneath the gum line and between the teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to better protect your teeth once you leave our Sunbury office.

Fillings

Tooth fillings replace damaged or decayed tooth structure with a restorative material. There are several different types of filling materials Sunbury Dental uses, including:

●      Silver Amalgam: Silver was once the most commonly used material for dental restorations, such as fillings. However, today many patients do not like the look of silver fillings, and prefer something more aesthetic.

●      Gold Fillings: Gold fillings are very durable, and are able to last 10 to 15 years. The main drawback to gold fillings is the cost of the restoration, since gold is a precious metal.

●      White/Tooth-Colored Fillings: New tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer lasting, and very aesthetically pleasing to our Sunbury patients. These fillings bond directly to the tooth and can even be custom color matched to your teeth exactly, giving you the most natural-looking smile possible.

Crowns

A dental crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials. The treatment plan for a patient receiving a dental crown usually involves:

●      Numbing the tooth to remove the decay

●      Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown

●      Making a physical or digital impression of your teeth in order to create the custom crown

●      Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it to the tooth while the custom crown is being made

●      Removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made crown onto the tooth

●      Ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, then cementing it into place

Once the dental crown procedure is complete, proper care should be taken to ensure the crown remains in good condition and the teeth and gums remain healthy. Given proper care, the crowns you receive at Sunbury Dental can last a lifetime.

Bridges

A bridge fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent the shifting of teeth, fix bite problems, or ensure the strength and integrity of surrounding teeth. Sunbury Dental has a variety of dental bridge solutions. These include: 

●      Fixed Bridges: These are the most popular type of dental bridge and consist of a filler tooth attached to two crowns in order to hold the bridge in place.

●      "Maryland" Bridges: Commonly used to replace missing front teeth, these dental bridges use tooth-colored metal bands, which are bonded to surrounding teeth.

●      Cantilever Bridges: These bridges utilize two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth. 

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed tissue from inside a tooth, reshapes the canal, and replaces it with strengthened filler. The reasons a root canal may be necessary are

●      Dental injuries

●      Severe decay

●      Infection in the tooth pulp

●      Inflammation in the tooth pulp

If left untreated, the above issues can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure. Root canals can typically be completed in one visit, although more extensive cases may require another appointment. You will also be able to drive yourself home after these appointments.

Tooth Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are necessary if:

●      A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth

●      The tooth has suffered extensive decay or trauma that cannot be repaired

●      The patient has gum disease

●      The tooth is impacted (usually this occurs when the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” erupt and the jaw does not have enough room to accommodate them)

Depending on the complexity of your situation, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.

Contacting Sunbury Dental

Sunbury Dental is proud to offer these, and many other quality dental services to patients in the Sunbury area. If you would like to visit our office, contact us directly or use our online form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to providing you with the best dental care in town!