Every new patient to the office will receive a comprehensive dental examination. This examination includes a complete evaluation of the teeth and gums as well as a thorough oral cancer screening. During the initial examination, measurements of the gums will be taken in order to obtain a record of your periodontal health. This is a very important step as gum measurements are the most accurate way to diagnose periodontal disease. All findings are charted for future reference.
X-Rays are important in maintaining a healthy mouth and smile. Our office is equipped with the latest X-Ray technology for fast, safe imaging. Our new state of the art 3D panoramic CT machine can take a full mouth x-ray or CT scan in only 15 seconds!
Our highly trained and experienced hygiene staff have been helping our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums for the last 25 years. Our hygienists pride themselves upon performing thorough treatment in a comfortable and friendly environment. No two patients are alike and our team is ready to individualize the care given to each of our patients.
The dental cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis, is an integral treatment in maintaining a healthy mouth and smile. During a dental cleaning, our hygienists will remove all plaque buildups, provide fluoride treatment if indicated, and polish the teeth for a whiter smile. Once a year, we will take measurements of your gums in order to ensure your continued oral health.
Fillings and Bondings
Composite "white" Fillings have become the most popular and desirable treatment for restoring teeth with decay. Dr. Ferraro’s patients are always surprised when they see how natural white fillings can look. White fillings have the added bonus of being adhesively bonded to the tooth, allowing them to be exceptionally well sealed and resistant to future decay. These fillings are placed in a single appointment and are cured to 100% strength by the time the patient leaves the office.
When the front teeth become worn or have broken areas of enamel, a tooth-colored bonding is a very conservative treatment to repair the tooth back to its original shape and contour. Bondings are long-lasting and can be completed in a single visit.
Veneers and Crowns
Zirconium or porcelain veneers and crowns are great options for treating teeth with cavities and fractures while providing optimal cosmetic results. Porcelain or zirconium veneers and crowns can also be used to correct misaligned and misshapen teeth. Dr. Ferraro utilizes a team of highly skilled and experienced certified dental technicians to create beautiful, natural-looking porcelain and zirconium crowns and veneers.
When a tooth has a large cavity or has suffered physical trauma the internal nerve tissue can become diseased. In these cases, root canal therapy may become necessary to prevent infection or tooth loss. Dr. Ferraro uses the latest technology to perform root canal therapy in a comfortable and thorough manner.
When a tooth has become infected, decayed, or fractured, the best treatment for the patient may be to have it removed. Dr. Ferraro will take time to discuss post operative care for the healing extraction site as well as what to expect during and after treatment. Through the administration of a local anesthetic and nitrous oxide, the vast majority of patients find extractions to be quite comfortable.
Dr. Ferraro works alongside a team of implant specialists to provide his patients with dental implant supported restorations. A dental implant acts as an artificial root to support various types of dental restorations including:
- Single crowns
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
After a tooth is lost, the body begins to resorb, or dissolve, the bone at and around the extraction site. This resorption continues as one ages and can affect the shape of the jaws and, thus, the support of the facial tissues. When an implant is placed and restored, studies have shown that bone levels stay relatively stable over many years and facial tissues remain appropriately supported.
As we age, our teeth collect stains from the foods and beverages we consume. The good news is that these stains respond very well to our professional whitening agents. Depending on the degree of staining, Dr. Ferraro will recommend either a single in-office whitening treatment or custom molded whitening trays for home use.
Bruxism is the clinical term used to define the unintentional clenching and grinding of teeth. It is believed that one in five people have some form of bruxism. The most common signs of bruxism are abnormal wear patterns and fracturing of the edges of the teeth. Other symptoms include headaches, jaw pain, and tooth pain. Because bruxism usually occurs at night while we are asleep, patients are not usually aware that they even have the condition. It is believed that stress is a major causative factor. The most effective treatment for bruxism is the dental night guard. The night guard is a small appliance, similar in shape to a clear retainer, that acts to eliminate abnormal wear on the teeth and inhibit the clenching reflex. Because bruxism can eventually lead to Tempro Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction and generalized shortening of the teeth, it is recommended that a night guard be prescribed at the first signs of bruxism. Nightguards are custom fabricated for each patient so that comfort, effectiveness, and durability are maximized. TMJ splints are similar to nightguards but are used to treat dysfunction of the TMJ and/or the associated muscles and ligaments.