All About Smiles understands that good dental care is vital to your overall health. Regular cleanings and preventive checkups are critical elements in achieving optimal dental well-being. Our team makes the check-up as thorough and accurate as modern technology allows.
Sometimes your smile is significantly compromised by gum disease, tooth decay, or missing teeth. Perhaps teeth have been damaged by an accident, or problems have developed with the passage of time, or maybe you suffer from problems that began in childhood.
Whatever the problem, whatever the cause, with 21st century dental technology, our team at All About Smiles can restore your smile to it’s best health. Our doctors are dedicated to overall dental health and know that with today’s dentistry, any condition can be treated. We strive to provide your smile with exactly what you need.
After some great improvements over the last few years, digital x-rays now offer exquisite diagnostic clarity with reduced radiation. This radiation exposure can be as much as 70% less. We are able to see enhanced images five times larger and with better detail than ever possible with conventional radiographs. The high-tech changes applied here are truly a great asset.
With our new i-CAT scanner, a state-of-the art diagnostic imaging system, we can take a scan of a patient’s head in less time than it takes to do traditional X-rays. The scan reveals a patient’s bones, providing detailed three-dimensional images from a comfortable seated position rather than the more common reclining position used with conventional scanner.
Our diagnostic capabilities are precise, allowing us to provide dental implants, analyze TMJ anatomy, and prepare for sinus grafting with accuracy, comfort, and assuredness. By taking 360-degree pictures of the head and reconstructing them into incredible 3-D images, we generate a life-like image of the jaw anatomy–all in less than twenty seconds. Using this information, we create a three-dimensional facial mask of the patient revealing the teeth, jaws, and skin that will allow us to appropriately coordinate a treatment plan for any and all oral surgical, orthodontic, cosmetic, orthopedic, or trauma cases. By obtaining a complete picture of the patient’s face and skull, we avoid any surprises at the surgical procedure step.
We are sure that you will appreciate the benefits of this incredible diagnostic tool, which allows us to have the results in three minutes and less radiation than with a two-dimensional x-ray machine.
The Diagnodent is a powerful new laser used for early detection and diagnosis of tooth decay. The Diagnodent also helps locate decay that may be hidden in the cracks and crevices of teeth. Early detection means less damage, pain, and hassle for you down the road. Please contact our practice today to learn more about the Diagnodent.
Some form of gum disease affects about 75% of adults over the age of 35. The most common form is gingivitis, which affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Bacteria turn into tartar and build up around the gum at the base of your teeth. This can irritate the gums and create pockets of bacteria between the gums and teeth. It may cause red, swollen and bleeding gums. If the bacteria aren’t brought under control, it may progress to periodontitis. This is an advanced form of gum disease where the plaque and tartar extend beneath your gum line. It causes the gums to recede from around the teeth and pockets of infection may form destroying tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Teeth may loosen and eventually fall out. Signs and symptoms include: loose teeth, swollen, recessed or bleeding gums, pus around teeth, unpleasant taste and smell, pain when eating hot, cold or sweet foods.
Periodontal disease is more than a problem in your mouth, it has been shown to be a causative factor in heart disease, stroke, low birth-weight babies, and other serious illnesses.
If you hope to keep your teeth for a lifetime you need to have healthy gums. Your gum tissues often reveal the condition of your bone underneath. If your gums are bleeding and infected, chances are your supporting bone may be suffering too. This may result in loosening teeth and eventual tooth loss. Seven out of 10 people have gum disease and often don’t even know it. Unfortunately, it cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with regular dental visits.
If just the gum tissues are involved, it is called Gingivitis but when the supporting bone is also infected it is known as Periodontitis. Both diseases are a result of bacteria in and around the tooth roots. If you are susceptible to gum disease, you might need to visit us for a professional cleaning every three to four months. This will help to keep the bacteria under control.