Hygiene Visits – Our Most Vital Service
One of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is to obtain a teeth cleaning by a professional hygienist. Soft, sticky plaque can be mostly removed by regular brushing, but what’s left hardens into tartar. That’s beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates on the tooth surface as well as below the gumline. If you don’t remove plaque, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums later on. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Any filling needs to bond securely to the natural tooth structure to prevent bacteria, the cause of decay, from accumulating under the filling. Metal amalgam fillings have been the standard for a very long time and are a reasonable option, but white composite fillings are a better option for both front and back teeth. The composite material bonds very well to your tooth structure and minimizes the chance of future decay. Our filling material also matches the shade of the rest of the tooth structure so you retain your naturally beautiful smile. We only use silver-mercury amalgams in extreme situations where it is impossible to keep the tooth dry for bonding (ie. decay below the gumline).
Faster, More Comfortable Gum Treatment
Irmo Smiles uses the Picasso™ and Lightwalker™ lasers as a safe alternative to incisions made by a scalpel.
Lasers provide effective treatment in soft-tissue (gum) inflammation and irritation and gum recontouring. The laser is amazing with its versatility and use for both hygiene and cosmetic purposes. The less invasive technique means recovery time is much faster than with traditional methods and without any discomfort.
Crowns in One Visit
At Irmo Smiles, we make getting a crown easy for you by using the CerecTM system, a CAD/CAM technology that makes it possible to repair your damaged tooth with a crown in only one visit. Temporaries are no longer required. You receive the actual crown that fits like it was your natural tooth. And it is long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. For more information on One-Visit crowns, click here.