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Image of a dental professional explaining all the dental services to a smiling patient at Raptou Family Dental.From emergency dentistry and wisdom tooth removal to cosmetic procedures like Botox and dermal fillers, we provide a wide array of dental services. For expert care that meets all of your dental needs, turn to Raptou Family Dental.

Emergency Dentistry

Like all other health-related fields, dentistry also encounters emergencies. Emergency dentistry refers to the specialized branch dedicated to addressing unforeseen dental problems that typically require immediate attention.

For instance, if you are involved in an accident or a physical altercation, you might suffer from one or more knocked-out teeth. Such incidents are unplanned, as is the resultant damage to your teeth. In these situations, you may experience extreme tooth pain that cannot be deferred until a routine dental appointment.

Immediate medical assistance becomes crucial to prevent further deterioration of your dental health. This highlights the importance of emergency dentistry. It is essential to know of an emergency dental clinic that focuses exclusively on managing such urgent cases, ensuring you receive the necessary care in times of a dental emergency.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal care is a treatment protocol used to address gum disease. The term "periodontal" is derived from two Greek words: "peri," meaning "around," and "odont," meaning tooth. Collectively, periodontal pertains to everything surrounding the tooth, and periodontics is the dental specialty dedicated to the care and maintenance of the tissues surrounding the teeth. A common method for treating periodontal disease is scaling and root planing.

Scaling and Root Planing

The initial step a periodontist takes in treating periodontitis is deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This non-surgical procedure involves the use of handheld instruments or ultrasonic devices by our dentist to remove bacteria, tartar, and plaque, the primary contributors to gum disease.

The treatment begins with the application of local anesthesia to numb the areas around the teeth and gums. Following this, our dentist employs either handheld devices or ultrasonic instruments to meticulously remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gum line, and extending down to the periodontal pockets - a process known as scaling.

After removing plaque and tartar, our dentist then planes or smoothens the rough surfaces of the teeth to facilitate the reattachment of the gums to the teeth, a procedure referred to as planing. The treatment concludes with the administration of antibiotics to reduce the risk of further gum disease.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is focused on addressing the interior of the tooth, typically targeting the central part. During this dental procedure, our dentist will extract the inflamed and infected pulp from within the tooth and then thoroughly clean and disinfect the affected area. The removal of the inflamed pulp creates a void, which our dentist then fills using dental materials. These materials, along with a sealant, restore the tooth to its original functional state. Fundamentally, root canal treatment aims to eliminate bacteria responsible for tooth decay, prevent the tooth from becoming re-infected, and ultimately preserve the natural tooth.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal is a commonly recommended oral surgery procedure, essential for preserving oral health and preventing future complications with other teeth. Wisdom teeth, sometimes referred to as third molars, typically erupt at a later age, often when individuals are more mature, hence the term wisdom teeth. Scientific studies regarding the necessity of wisdom teeth have generally concluded that they are superfluous.

However, the decision to remove wisdom teeth is not made lightly but rather out of necessity. Removal is often required when a wisdom tooth lacks sufficient space to grow properly, leading to partial eruption. This can result in pain, infection, and various dental issues. At our practice, we sometimes recommend the removal of wisdom teeth even in the absence of apparent problems, anticipating potential issues that might not be immediately visible. This proactive approach aims to mitigate hidden complications that could affect dental health in the long term.

Botox and Dermal Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures primarily performed for aesthetic enhancement rather than for medical reasons. These treatments are designed to address concerns related to aging, such as smoothing out skin folds and wrinkles. Both Botox and dermal fillers are minimally invasive and administered through injections, but they differ significantly in their functions. Botox functions by temporarily immobilizing muscles, thereby reducing the visibility of wrinkles. On the other hand, dermal fillers add volume to tissue, giving a fuller, smoother appearance.

Beyond their cosmetic popularity, Botox and dermal fillers have practical applications in dentistry. They are used to address issues like temporomandibular disorders (TMJ) and to reduce the appearance of gummy smiles. TMJ is a condition that can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw and muscles. Botox injections are utilized to relax these muscles, providing relief. In contrast to traditional treatments like mouth guards, which can be uncomfortable, Botox offers a less invasive alternative for muscular-based dental issues.

Pocket Reduction

Pocket reduction, also known as flap surgery, osseous surgery, or gingivectomy, is a surgical procedure in dentistry. This term encompasses various minor surgeries performed by dentists to access the roots of teeth for the removal of bacteria and tartar. As suggested by its name, pocket reduction involves reaching into the pockets, which are the spaces between the gums and teeth.

This procedure is somewhat akin to scaling and root planing but is more intensive, often necessitated by advanced oral infections. Pocket reduction is typically considered part of a series of surgeries because it is often combined with other treatments, like bone grafts or tissue regeneration, tailored to your specific needs.

At our practice, the process of pocket reduction begins with our dentist conducting visual and X-ray examinations to evaluate the health of the gums, teeth, and underlying bone structure. If a serious condition is identified, our dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the surrounding areas. Then, our dentist will carefully retract the gums from the teeth to expose and address the underlying bacteria and tartar.

If you are experiencing any dental concerns or simply seeking to enhance your oral health and aesthetics, our team at Raptou Family Dental is here to provide expert care and advice. Call us at (614) 427-0449 for a consultation, and let us help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

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