Root Canal Therapy
This is a procedure prescribed by a dentist to save the tooth and eliminate dental pain. It involves the removal of infected soft tissue (pulp) within the tooth and its replacement by the suitable neutral and biocompatible filling material.
The pulp of a tooth may become inflamed, infected and irritated due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and /or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma of the face. All these could potentially lead to irreversible damage to the pulp.
When pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots.
In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal a tooth can cause:
1. Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck or head
2. Bone loss around the tip of the roots
3. Pus drainage hole (sinus) from the side of the tooth and sometimes through the skin of the face.
What root canal procedure involves:
The first step is an assessment by a dentist which will involve a general oral examination and x-rays to determine the extent of the tooth damage. From the assessment, an accurate diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan is formulated which is then communicated to the patient.
Local anesthesia is then administered to numb the tooth. This is done to make the root canal procedure less painful and to ensure comfort to the patient is provided. Once numbness is achieved the root canal procedure is started.
The root canal procedure involves the careful removal of infected tissues by disinfecting the canal system with clinically safe medicaments and mechanical removal of infected dental tissue. This may be done in a single visit or multiple visits. The procedure is then finished by completely filling the canal system with inert filling material and placement of a permanent restoration.
It is an endodontic technique that involves the removal of a portion of the pulp, including the diseased aspect with the intent of maintaining the vitality of the remaining pulpal tissue. It is mostly applied to primary (milk) teeth. The aim is to remove the coronal part of the inflamed pulp while preserving the vitality of the radicular pulp, thereby facilitating the normal exfoliation of primary teeth.
DENTAL (ORAL ) SURGERY
How does oral surgery work?
A dentist’s main goal is to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, but sometime people may be in need of oral surgeries like tooth extractions. There are many forms of oral surgery that can help fix or prevent injuries, infections or even diseases. They are also available with purpose of reconstruction such as oral plastic surgery. Our team consists of highly skilled dentists that are more than qualified to perform some of the most complex extractions out there and when a case becomes too complicated, we have highly trained oral surgeon specialists to take over the procedures.
Common types of Oral Surgery:
- Extractions (Pulling teeth)
- Removal of wisdom teeth (disimpactions)
- Jaw surgery
- Dental implants
- Reconstructive surgery
- Bone grafting
- Oral pathology
This is a field in dentistry that deals with the management of diseases and conditions that affect the tooth-supporting tissues ( gum). The diseases that affect the gums are broadly referred to as periodontal diseases.
Periodontal diseases are groups of inflammatory conditions that affect the tissues that surround the teeth. If left untreated, these diseases could eventually lead to loss of teeth. In early stages, called gingivitis the gums are red, swollen, and often bleed easily. If at this stage (gingivitis stage), preventive or curative measures are not instituted, the disease could progress to periodontitis.
Periodontitis presents with irreversible destruction of the supportive tissue (mainly the bone) that eventually could lead to loss of teeth. The common cause of periodontal diseases is a dental plaque which progressively forms on the surfaces of teeth. In cases of poor oral hygiene, this plaque hardens and forms dental calculus. Treatment strategies are therefore directed towards optimal elimination plaque control.
Treatment options offered at our facility include
1. Oral Hygiene Instructions. This is a preventive strategy that is given to each and every patient that visits our facility. It involves the provision of information with regards to suitable oral hygiene devices and agents, frequency of brushing teeth, duration, and technique of tooth brushing.
2.Scaling and polishing. Scaling and polishing are two of the most common dental procedures intended for the prevention of periodontal diseases (gum diseases). Scaling involves the removal of tartar and/or stains from the surfaces of teeth. Polishing, on the other hand, involves smoothening of the teeth surface after scaling using fluoride paste.
3. Advanced cases of periodontal diseases may require advanced periodontal treatment which may require gum surgery. These treatment options are offered at our facility by our in-house periodontist.
This is the field of dentistry that deals with oral rehabilitation following tooth loss. Teeth lost due to decay, trauma, gum disease or any other cause can be satisfactorily replaced using removable prosthesis (dentures) as well as fixed (Permanent) prosthesis. This ensures patients who lose their teeth are able to enjoy their food, social life and smile like before! At smile avenue, Dr Ogada is specialized in this area and together with support from the other clinicians, we are able to provide world-class prosthodontic care to our patients.
- Complete Denture
- Removable Partial Denture
- Porcelain fused to metal crown & Bridge
Orthodontic services include:
-Traditional Braces (clear or colored)
-Overbite & Underbite Treatment
It is never too late to take advantage of orthodontic treatments. Orthodontics can help you build a better smile which will increase your self-confidence and benefit your social and professional life. Orthodontics doesn’t just help with looks, but it will also help you bite, chew, and speak better! Properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean which will result in a healthier mouth.
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems, including:
- Crossbite or Excessive overbite (where a space remains between top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed)
- Open bite
- Crowding or Excessive spacing (where teeth are spaced too close together or too far apart)
Types of Orthodontic Appliances:
In order to correct any bite problems, the teeth need to be moved. Here are a few ways we can gently move teeth:
- Small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth with a thin wire running through them.
- Use brackets made of ceramic or plastic heals together by a slim archwire.
- These are hardly visible with the exception of the archwire.
- Similar to traditional metal braces, but they are bonded to the back of your teeth.
- These are not visible.
Removable clear aligners (Invisalign)
- Alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances.
- Consist of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth.
Retention and Orthodontic Care:
It is very important to wear a retainer as directed once your orthodontic treatment is finished. Teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations and wearing a retainer holds your teeth in their new position long enough for new bone and ligament to form around them. A retainer helps keep your gorgeous new smile looking good for a lifetime
PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE
Preventative dental care consists of all essential treatments that act to maintain the best possible oral health.
Routine visits help to keep you up to date on your oral health. Not only will these visits benefit your overall health, but our dentists will provide valuable information on how to maintain your own oral health at.
All patients should see their dentist at least twice a year to perform a complete dental exam that will include fluoride treatments, diagnostic x-rays, routine teeth cleanings and an oral cancer screening.
Preventative care is important for all people. It is especially important for young children to make habit at an early age because these practices will help to maintain clean, strong and healthy white teeth.
A routine dental visit may include a checkup/examination along with an oral cleaning.
The examination will help detect any problems you might have and will allow our professionals to determine the best possible route to take. The most common things our dentists look for are cavities, plaque, tartar and anything that seems abnormal on your teeth. The examination will also include a gum checkup. This will allow dentists to see the status of your gums and make sure that nothing abnormal is in sight. Once the examination is complete, and everything looks good, they will proceed to clean your teeth. Brushing, flossing and polishing of the teeth will be done and if tartar or plaque are present, the dentist will use a special tool to remove it.
Our team has family friendly, skilled professionals that will make sure you get the best treatment available. They will guarantee that they do everything possible to prevent any sort of oral disease development, as well as providing vital information on how to maintain a perfect oral hygiene.
Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day
- Floss as often as possible
- Try to rinse after every meal with either water or mouthwash
- Use dental fluoride
- Eat a balanced diet
Problems that Preventative Dental Care Can Help Prevent:
- Gum disease
- Plaque build up
- Tartar build up
- Oral cancer
- Bad breath
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening is perhaps one of the most common procedures recommended in cosmetic dentistry.
It is a quick and non-invasive treatment that is used to enhance one’s smile.
Treatments are convenient, affordable and universally valued by both men and women.
We provide great treatments with low costs and great results. That said, teeth whitening treatments are not permanent and require maintenance for a prolonged effect. This is a fast, simple and affordable treatment. We will guarantee excellent results and will provide instructions on how to properly maintain the beautiful-bright white smile that you deserve.
Take-home whitening kit:
We also offer take home whitening solutions for those who prefer to do it themselves. If you choose this to do it yourselves, we will provide you with a custom whitening kit that will allow you to whiten your teeth at your own convenience.
Reasons to whiten your teeth:
- Boost of confidence
- More attractive smile
- Healthier looking teeth
- If you drink coffee
- If you smoke
- If you have stained your teeth
- Maintain a younger look
- If there is a major event such as a wedding
Common ways your teeth get stained:
- Drinking tea
- Drinking coffee
- Drinking soda
- Eating sugary foods
- Lack of brushing your teeth
- Lack of flossing your teeth
- Trauma to your teeth
- Daily use of certain medications
- Chemical damage
CONSERVATIVE AND RESTORATIVE
Restorative dentistry is used to fix structural problems associated with your teeth, such as damaged or missing teeth. Dentures, crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays, and also dental implants are often used by restorative dentists to restore your teeth and their proper functionality.
Fillings are used to seal a small hole that has developed inside a tooth.
Fillings can help treat cavities or tooth decay and prevent further infection from spreading.
- There are two main types of fillings; metal fillings and tooth colored fillings.Each type may provide certain advantages and disadvantages in different situations.There are options with the choice of a metal filling, amalgam metal or cast gold metal.Tooth colored fillings, on the other hand, have three options to choose from which are composite, porcelain or glass ionomer.Types of Fillings:
- Amalgam: A classic silver filling that is made of mercury, silver, tin and copper. The combination of this metals creates a strong, stable and safe filling.
- Cast Gold: A gold filling that combines with other metals to provide a long lasting, strong filling.
- Composite: For those who want an invisible filling. Consists of a mixture of plastic and glass that bonds to the tooth itself.
- Porcelain: Strong, high-tech dental ceramics that are more lifelike than other fillings and don’t stain as composites can.
- Glass ionomer: Made from an acrylic and glass powder mix that acts as a translucent filling that release small amounts of fluoride to prevent tooth decay.
Sealants & Fluorides:
Sealants and Fluorides are used to help prevent decay from occurring on your permanent teeth. This is accomplished by placing an invisible plastic resin over the biting surface of the tooth to coat and seal it. Once sealed, the involved teeth are far less likely to develop a cavity or other forms of decay.