Dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders, and diseases affecting the teeth, gums, and maxillofacial region of the body. General dentists provide services relating to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and the promotion of healthy teeth.
Braces are used to straighten teeth and to correct the alignment in the mouth. Several types of braces are available, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and invisible braces. The length of time spent wearing braces depends on the severity of the condition and the desired outcome.
While general dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating oral diseases, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s smile. Examples of cosmetic dentistry include bonding, cosmetic contouring, and tooth-colored fillings.
Periodontal disease, or advanced gum disease, is the most common reason for tooth loss in adults. To fight this infection, which is characterized by swollen, bleeding gums, patients are scheduled for a deep cleaning where the dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces.
As a parent, it is important that you establish good oral habits for your children. Your child’s first teeth are especially vulnerable to decay. For this reason, Dr. Graver recommends that parents schedule their child’s first dental visit somewhere between 18 months and 2 years of age.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is the process of removing infection and disease from the root of a tooth. If a root canal is not performed on an infected tooth, the infection could spread to the rest of the tooth and the entire tooth will need to be extracted.
Anesthesia/sedation dentistry is great for those patients with moderate to severe dental phobias. With the aid of sedatives, Dr. Graver can help patients overcome fear, strong gag reflexes, and/or history of bad experiences.
Extractions and Oral Surgery
General dentists save teeth – pure and simple. Dr. Graver can often be overheard saying, “Teeth are not meant to come out, which is why they are surgically removed.” In other words, Dr. Graver prefers to help you save your teeth, restoring them back to good oral health.