General and Preventive Dentistry
Building and maintaining your beautiful smile is our goal. Together, we will develop a plan to ensure your smile is in the best care. Many of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Morton Dental Center is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Have you been putting off their removal? Morton Dental Center can help. At some point in your life most everyone requires that their wisdom teeth be extracted as a measure of preventive dentistry. A number of painful and lasting problems imessage waiting for activation can occur due to the arrival of wisdom teeth. With today’s dental technology this procedure has been improved to maximize your comfort and speed along your recovery time.
Before extracting your wisdom teeth, your dentist will administer a local or general anesthetic, based on your own needs and patient history. Then he will open up the gum tissue over the tooth, remove any bone covering the tooth, separate any connective tissue, and remove the tooth itself. If necessary, we will use stitches to close up the surgical wound.
In most cases, your recovery from wisdom tooth extraction will only last a few days. Your Morton Dental team will provide with you with detailed information on the do’s and don’ts of recovery, and you will be prescribed medication to manage any pain.
1 Year Old Exams
Do you know when your child’s dental care should begin? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good sign. For most babies, this occurs when they are between 6 months and 1 year of age. A simpler way to remember for your child is: first dental visit by first birthday. It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked. At Morton Dental Center your child can start their dental care right with a comprehensive one-year-old exam. As with dentistry for all ages, prevention is key. Call Morton Dental Center team today to find out if it’s time to begin your child’s dental care.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings or barriers that protect the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Usually, sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. Applying a sealant to your teeth can prevent cavities and the need for fillings, which must be replaced every six to eight years. Children especially benefit from sealants.
Tooth Colored Fillings
When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease or gingivitis) refers to the infection of the supportive tissues of the mouth due to toxic bacteria found in plaque. Many individuals suffer from some degree of gum disease, and if left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, break down of the soft tissue in the mouth and jaw and other significant health problems. Your dentist will assess your periodontal health and if needed, conduct the appropriate therapy to restore gums and supportive tissues. Your access to our advanced periodontal therapy programs is key to the restoration of your gums and to the prevention of future problems.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Morton Dental Center takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth – the pulp – when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or in some cases, a crown.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is an essential part of your visit to our office. During this screening we are feeling for any lumps and irregular looking tissue changes in your head, neck, cheeks and oral cavity. We also examine the soft tissues of your mouth looking for sores or discolored areas. Most of the time there is no pain involved until the cancer has gotten very large and may have spread. Early detection has a better chance for successful treatment.
Many individuals clinch or grind their teeth in their sleep. Not only does this cause damage to teeth, but also it can lead to headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders, and even snoring or difficulty breathing. A nightguard is a customized acrylic mouthpiece that protects your teeth and jaw while you sleep.
Dental injuries are possible in many sports, even low contact sports. The teeth, jaw, and other oral structures can be injured through accidental collision with either the ball or with another player; or, your child may clench, chip, or crack their teeth on their own during play. A mouthguard prevents such injury. And, mouth guards are not just for children with braces or other orthodontics.
It is important to ask Morton Dental Center to customize a mouthguard for your or your child, rather than buying a generic “boil and bite” mouthguard. We can ensure better protection and a proper fit for your child’s developing smile.