If you’re looking to dramatically transform your smile, it’s tempting to jump right into cosmetic treatments.
But if you have gum disease, cavities, severely broken teeth, or other dental damage, it’s important to address your oral health first. While a root canal or deep cleaning may not sound as exciting as one-hour whitening or other treatments to help you achieve a flawless smile, they can help protect your investment in cosmetic procedures and make sure your results last a long time.
At the office of Jeffery A. Spilman D.D.S. in St. Petersburg, FL, we offer a wide range of restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services in one office. Read on for ways to lay a sturdy foundation for your future smile makeover, and give us a call at 727-645-4727 for all your dentistry needs.
Get Gum Disease Under Control
Many adults suffer from gum disease but don’t even realize it until they stumble upon greater complications, like a receding gumline. There are two types of gum disease — the milder gingivitis and the more severe periodontitis.
Once gum disease progresses into periodontitis, which more roughly half of adults in the U.S. suffer from, it can be carefully managed. But it can never be fully cured.
Fortunately, Jeffery A. Spilman D.D.S. can help you get your gum health back on track if you have mild to moderate periodontal disease.
Gum disease is most often caused by bacterial buildup below the gumline. To treat gum disease, our dental professionals can clean under the gums using a technique called scaling and root planing. Before the procedure, we’ll numb the gums to ensure your comfort. Then, we’ll perform a deep cleaning of the gumline and area along the roots of your teeth using special tools.
If you’re experiencing gum recession, we can also examine the “pockets” created when the gum tissue moves away from your teeth. In extreme cases, we may refer you to a trusted periodontal surgeon who will partner with us to rehabilitate your gums.
When you visit us for gum disease treatment, you might find that some of your cosmetic concerns begin to disappear, since gum disease can cause red or bleeding gums and chronic bad breath. If you’ve noticed any of these signs of gum disease, give us a call at 727-645-4727 to schedule an appointment.
Fight Decay And Infection
No tooth bleaching treatment will correct discoloration of a tooth that has suffered severe decay or infection. If you’re looking to restore issues like this, you’ll have to get to the root of the problem.
If you have a tooth that has sustained damage from decay and infection beyond the enamel and into the soft inner pulp of your tooth, it’s likely you’ll need a root canal procedure to save it. A root canal procedure involves the removal of infected pulp — or the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth — and replacing it with a special filler. When you receive root canal treatment from Dr. Spilman, you’ll leave at the end of the first visit with a temporary filling and return for a final time to have a custom-made crown placed.
We know what you’re thinking: Root canals have a reputation for being painful and unpleasant. But that’s not the case when they’re performed by a seasoned professional like Dr. Spilman. In fact, the pain that’s associated with root canals is actually caused by the infection, not the dentist! Still, we understand that root canals can cause some anxiety, so we offer dental sedation to ensure your comfort.
If you’re experiencing pain or severe discoloration of a tooth, it might be a sign of infection. Call our office today at 727-645-4727 to schedule an appointment.
Say Goodbye To Cavities
Cavities are holes in the teeth that form when hardened plaque eats away at them. This doesn’t require a root canal, but it will need a filling to stop decay.
At our office, we’ll numb your tooth and create a small opening to allow us to remove all the decay in the cavity. Then, we fill the hole with a tooth-colored composite — not metal! — so you won’t even be able to tell you have a filling there.
The Road To A Perfect Smile Starts Here
If your smile wish list includes whitening treatments, dental veneers, or other cosmetic procedures, restorative dentistry will make sure your teeth are healthy enough to fully reap the rewards of cosmetic work.
When all is said and done, you’ll be able to enjoy your perfect smile knowing that not only does it look great — it’s healthy too.