General Dentistry

General Dental Care,
West Lafayette, IN

  • Preventative Dental Care
  • Periodontal Therapy 
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root Canals

Preventative Dental Care

Dental Cleanings and Exams- Lafayette, IN

Preventative dental care is necessary to maintain a healthy smile for your lifetime.

Routine cleanings and examinations are recommended no less than every six months. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule allows for our experienced dental team to detect dental concerns in their infancy, allowing them to be treated before more invasive, and costly, conditions occur.   

At your appointment we will chart the health and condition of your gum tissues, provide a dental cleaning, take any required dental radiographs (X-rays), and conduct a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose tooth decay and other dental conditions. Doing this on a regular basis will allow for early detection of potentially harmful dental conditions while also offering you the option of a more proactive treatment plan approach.

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Periodontal Therapy

At your first hygiene appointment we will evaluate the health and condition of your gum tissues.  Based on this evaluation, it may be determined that you suffer from periodontal disease, the leading cause of adult tooth lose. 

Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums, which can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

-Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums
-Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
-Gums that recede or pull away from the tooth
-Loose or Mobile Teeth

Treating Periodontal Disease

If it is determined that you have periodontal disease, it is important to initiate treatment immediately to avoid its progression.  A common treatment plan may consist of six to eight visits to our dental office in West Lafayette, IN where “deep” cleanings are performed on the affected areas. If your case is severe, you may be referred to a periodontal specialist.

We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible while receiving treatment.  In more severe areas we may utilize a topical numbing gel, or even traditional anesthetic to completely block any uncomfortable sensations.  Additionally, our team uses the Cavitron system to ultrasonically treat areas, reducing the need for traditional hand scale instruments.

The first therapy visit will start in the most severely affected area of the mouth.  We will then continue around the mouth at future visits, but we will also revisit areas treated at prior visits so that they receive the benefit of repetitive treatment.  The repetitive treatment of severely affected areas is what contributes to more favorable treatment outcomes.

Once you have treated your periodontal disease, we recommend you adopt a more frequent hygiene maintenance schedule.  Most hygiene patients are seen every three to four months throughout the year.  This allows us to keep buildup from reoccurring around the teeth and the condition from reoccurring. 

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Tooth Colored Fillings

Fillings may be required if you have a cavity (carries, decay).  Cavities occur when the tooth enamel has been compromised and is most often detected on dental X-rays we take at your routine cleaning visits at our West Lafayette, IN dental office.  X-rays allow for the early detection of cavities before more harmful conditions occur.

Signs and Symptoms of Cavities

The most common symptom we see is a slowly growing pain or discomfort.  This discomfort may increase with changes in fluid temperatures or eating sweet or sticky foods.  If decay is allowed to progress, it may result in visible black spots on the surface of the tooth, however, a large number of cavities occur between the teeth and are invisible to the naked eye. 

Treatment for Cavities

The most common treatment for cavities is white tooth colored fillings, or resins.

Schedule your appointment at our dental office in West Lafayette, Indiana to ensure that your smile is free of cavities.  

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Dental Crowns

Bonded crowns are the right solution for worn, broken and damaged teeth. Custom lab craftsmanship, combined with CEREC 3D CAD/CAM technology are both strong and natural looking. Not only does placing a custom-fitted crown allow us to treat your teeth in a less invasive manner, it also lets us protect the remaining, healthy portions of your tooth. The end result is a stronger, healthy smile.

Creating a crown is now easier than ever, thanks to CEREC. This breakthrough technology allows us to place your crown in just one visit, often within 90 minutes. This saves you from having to make multiple visits to our office. The porcelain restoration is milled right in our lab.

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Root Canal

Those that undergo a root canal treatment report that the experience is similar to having a routine filling. The time leading up to the procedure, however, is anything but pleasant, comfortable, or routine. Symptoms signaling the need for a root canal include:

  • Tooth pain that comes from chewing or applying pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums

A root canal becomes necessary when cavities (decay) have penetrated through the enamel and into the center pulp of the tooth.  When this occurs, the pulp’s once sterile environment becomes infected.

Left untreated, the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue will continue to be a nesting ground for bacteria until one or more of a variety of unpleasant scenarios unfolds:

  • Swelling will spread from the area around the tooth to other parts of the body like the face, neck, or head.
  • You may receive bone loss around the tip of the root.
  • You may get drainage problems that may result in a hole in the side of the tooth that drain into the gums or cheek.

Contact our dental office in West Lafayette, Indiana to schedule an appointment.

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