Rachel Johnson dentist

Family Dentistry
 
Preventative
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Routine preventative dental prophylaxis appointments consist of scaling (removing soft and hard deposits, known as plaque and tartar) and polishing teeth. This appointment should be carried out regularly in order to prevent and control periodontal and other diseases, as well as monitor and detect any decay.

During a cleaning appointment, the hygienist will examine the tongue, gums, teeth, and all other areas in the mouth. The hygienist will also measure and record the attachment of the gums to your teeth (probing), in order to determine periodontal (gum) disease. X-rays will be taken to see any decay that is between the teeth, under an existing restoration, or just not in plain view of the naked eye.

The dentist will do an exam that consists of screening for oral cancer, checking for decay, then checking notes and viewing x-rays to decide what, if any, treatment needs to be performed. Any finding or concerns will then be discussed and the best treatment for each individual patient will be scheduled.
 
Composite Restorations
These "tooth-colored" fillings will restore the tooth back to it's proper form and function. Dr Johnson will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, clean the affected area, and fill it with a composite material. We are able to match the color of the filling to your tooth so its not visible when eating or speaking.
 
Extractions

If a tooth is severely damaged by decay or fracture and is unable to be restored, we do offer in-office extractions. We use gentle techniques and excellent post operative care for a safe and comfortable experience.

 
Dentures/Partials
office   Replacing missing teeth is an important part of a natural looking smile. We will help you choose the perfect shape, fit and shade of your dentures. Complete dentures are necessary to replace teeth when all the teeth in an arch are missing and a partial denture is there to replace missing teeth when you only have a few spaces to fill. A partial will actually use your existing teeth to help anchor it in place. We also offer a wide variety of implant retained dentures for added support.
 
Sealants

Sealants are used in addition to proper home care to help protect teeth against decay-causing bacteria. They act as a barrier and are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the molar teeth. There are no injections or drills usually involved in this procedure making it easy on young children.

 
Periodontal Care
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Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. However, gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.

More importantly, studies have shown an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in patients with periodontal disease. In addition, diabetics with gum disease are twice as likely as those without it to die from either heart disease or kidney failure. Furthermore, expectant mothers with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to deliver prematurely. It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why routine dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very important.

Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule routine dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.