Building and maintaining a beautiful smile for life requires a specific plan, together with ongoing care. The best defense against the perils that can damage your smile is prevention. With general dentistry and other treatments, your team at Johnson Dental will help you keep your beautiful, complete smile year after year.
Periodontal therapy refers to caring for the gum and bone structures that support your teeth. Without a healthy foundation, your ability to keep your teeth throughout your lifetime could be at risk. Ironically, this branch of dentistry is the least recognized – despite the importance of periodontal health – and many people unknowingly neglect their gums. This can result in infection and disease without ever knowing about it.
Your periodontal therapy at Johnson Dental includes periodontal measurements to determine the extent of any affected gum tissue, as well as a gentle procedure to remove any build-up of bacteria from beneath your gumline. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to receding gums, tooth loss, and other health problems.
You can ensure the health of your gums and supportive structures at Johnson Dental. Your access to our advanced periodontal therapy programs is your key to the restoration of your gums and the prevention of future problems.
Root Canal Therapy
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are comfortable – especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before having the procedure done. Your dentist at Johnson Dental takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective, while also 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 cleans 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. Then, the tooth is properly restored with the placement of a permanent filling to seal off the root canal system. Finally, a crown is fabricated to additionally seal off the root canal system and to protect the weakened remaining tooth structure.
Every effort is made to keep all your teeth, as it is always the best and preferred solution. In the instance where a tooth cannot be saved, it may be recommended to extract the tooth.
If you need a filling for a cavity, or if you are embarrassed about your smile because you have dark, silver-amalgam fillings on your back teeth, you may be interested in tooth-colored fillings. A tooth-colored filling has a special, tooth-colored resin that is strong and virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings present several advantages to you compared to traditional silver fillings. First, Drs. Aaron and Kristi Johnson are able to blend composite shades and shapes that match your original teeth nearly perfectly. Second, the resin bond actually serves to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and creating a seal that provides insulation against temperature changes and leaking. You may even want to replace all of your old fillings – broadening and brightening your smile in the process!
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 an acrylic mouthpiece, customized by Drs. Aaron and Kristi Johnson, which protects your teeth and jaw while you sleep.