Park Center Dental Care offers a broad range of general dental services to patients of all ages. Our dentists have the expertise and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the highest quality of dental care. With a warm and welcoming environment, patients of all ages feel comfortable and can ask any questions they have about their dental treatment.
Tooth decay and gum disease are some of the main reasons people need to visit the dentist. Plaque builds up on teeth over time. Should plaque form below the gum line, bacteria can invade and create a host of other dental problems. It is vital for the surface and areas between the teeth and under the gum line to be maintained and treated on a regular basis to ensure proper dental hygiene. Our dental staff will work with you to develop a dental hygiene and preventive plan that will prevent and treat any problems as early as possible.
Preventive Care (Dental Cleanings)
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by their dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Sealants are a great way to help prevent cavities in permanent teeth.
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Your dentist will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a routine dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Topically applied fluoride is not just for kids any more. It’s a simple and quick process and can be done during your routine cleaning. No extra appointment is necessary. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and is applied to your teeth. This strengthens the enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
When permanent teeth are significantly damaged, extracting the compromised teeth can, in some cases, help you return to optimal oral health. After discussing your various treatment options with you and deciding on an extraction, your dentist will perform your treatment in the comfort of our office. Your treatment will be:
- Completed in one visit
Following the extraction, it is important to replace the tooth to prevent problems with the surrounding teeth. You can discuss your tooth replacement options with your dentist during your initial consultation.
Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas is a safe, effective treatment offered to patients who have a fear of the dentist. This is a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen and has a calming effect on the patient. When inhaled, the gas is absorbed by the body, and at the end of the dental procedure, the nitrous oxide is eliminated from the body with a matter of minutes.
Migraine Headache Treatments
Muscle contraction and tightness in shoulders, scalp, jaw, and neck are traditionally linked to tension-type headaches. If these types of headaches prevent you from working or concentrating, you may be a good candidate for an appliance to prevent bruxism, or intense jaw clenching. This type of appliance helps your jaw muscles and head to relax. This is a medication-free option and can help stop pain at the source.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient’s oral and overall health. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 605-338-3577 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible.