Services

Below is a list of services we provide. Click on a service to see a description.

Cleaning

Removing plaque and tartar, then polishing teeth. We recommend this procedure every 6 months, though some patients may require more frequent treatments.

Check-ups

Oral examination of the mouth and teeth. We check the teeth for possible cavities, cracks, and broken or leaking fillings. The mouth is examined for signs of infection and gum disease. Any joint problems (TMJ) are addressed. Patients are checked for oral cancer, which in most cases are painless and easily ignored in its early stages. The exam is done visually and with the aid of x-rays and intra-oral pictures. In most cases check-ups are recommended every 6 months.

Dental x-rays

X-rays are used to detect decay in teeth, and sometimes are the only way to find cavities between teeth before great damage is done. X-rays reveal dental abcesses as well as cysts and other growths. Our office uses only digital x-rays, which results in higher quality images and less radiation.

Whitening

Process of whitening natural teeth surfaces using a specially formulated peroxide gel. The gel is placed in a custom formed whitening tray, which is worn over night or, if preferred, several hours during the day. The gel is safe and will not harm enamel or dental fillings and crowns. The process takes several weeks and produces excellent results. Some offices use a "whitening light" to heat the gel and speed up the whitening. The "take home" procedure we use costs much less and produces the same results.

Tooth colored fillings

Our office will most often use tooth colored fillings to fix cavities and restore teeth. Known as composites or resins, these modern materials are actually bonded to the tooth surface, creating a stronger restoration. A major advantage over amalgam, or silver fillings, is that more natural tooth structure can be preserved in the process. This results in more conservative fillings and with early detection often no anesthetic will be needed. Also, there has been some concern over the mercury found in amalgam fillings and many patients have requested mercury-free fillings.

Crowns

Also known as "caps," crowns are used to cover and protect teeth. The indications for crowns include teeth weakened by extensive decay or fractures, large, failing fillings, and teeth treated with root canals. Crowns can also improve the appearance of broken or misshapen teeth. Crowns are made from various materials, depending on the particular need. Porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and full metal are options. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are often used due to their strength and cosmetic appearance of the porcelain. Your dentist will discuss the advantages of each type and choose which type is best for you.

Bridge

A dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is held in place by two or more crowns with the replacement teeth between them. It is bonded in place and is not removed by the patient. The appearance is natural and can be completed in as little as two visits.

Veneers

Veneers are porcelain facings that are used to improve the appearance of discolored, chipped, or crooked teeth. The thin facings (think of false finger nails) are bonded to the outside of the teeth. The results are beautiful, but natural. Both doctors are certified in the placement of Lumineer veneers, which in most cases can be made without removal of sensitive tooth structure and no anesthetic.

Dentures

Full dentures are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth, either upper, lower, or both. Impressions are made of the ridges, and several steps over a few weeks are needed to make the denture. Color and shape of teeth is customized to satisfy both appearance and function. There are several types of dentures: conventional, where all of the teeth are already missing; immediate dentures, where the dentures are seated at the time of extractions; and implant dentures, which are full dentures that snap in and are held in place by dental implants.

Partial Denture

Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth when some teeth still remain. They are held in place with clasps that slide onto some of the remaining teeth. Partial dentures are removable by the patient and can be made of a variety of materials.

Implants

Implants are the state-of-the-art method to replace one or more missing teeth. They are a permanent solution to teeth replacement. There are two stages involved. First an oral surgeon places the implant screw into the site of the missing teeth, and then we make a crown, bridge, or denture to fit on the implant. Modern implants have become routine and have a very high success rate.

Root Canals

A root canal involves the treatment of the interior of the tooth. The tissue on the inside of the tooth is called the pulp. The pulp is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and other cells necessary for the development of the tooth. If the pulp of a tooth becomes diseased, a root canal becomes necessary to alleviate any symptoms. A root canal procedure involves removing the pulp of a tooth, disinfecting the area, shaping the inside of the tooth and sealing it with a biocompatible material.

Night guards

Dental appliances used to stop the harmful habits of grinding or clenching teeth. Worn either at night only or sometimes during waking hours, these devices place the jaws in a rest position that stops teeth from grinding. Often this habit can also result in joint pain and damage, known as TMJ Syndrome.

Patient education

The doctors or hygienists will instruct patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as advice on diet and oral habit modifications.

Canton South Dental Group 330-484-6401 3702 Cleveland Avenue South Canton, OH 44707