Kimberly J Lake, DDS

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General Dentistry


Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings should be done at least twice a year, it will improve your oral health. During your dental cleaning appointment we will remove plaque and tartar buildup, polish your teeth to remove unwanted stains and fluoride treatment will be given. This will help strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent decay. We will also conduct a screening to make sure there are no signs of gingivitis.

Fillings

For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.

Crowns

A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Porcelain crowns are the most popular, as they resemble your natural teeth, are highly durable and will last many years if properly cared for. Made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, porcelain crowns give you a natural, long-lasting and beautiful smile.

Bridges

A dental bridge is used when a missing tooth must be replaced as a missing tooth can cause a variety of problems and affect the appearance of your smile A bridge is a series of crowns that are connected together and are fixed (non-removable) to a patient’s teeth. When teeth are missing the gaps that are left can cause the remaining teeth to shift as the jaw bone deteriorates. Bridges serve to prevent this from happening and to restore your smile and ability to eat

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that is done to save a badly damaged or infected tooth by removing the damaged part of the tooth and nerve and then filling it. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the “canal” inside of the root, which is then cleaned, filled and sealed.

Extractions

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.