Dr. Geroski and his staff understand the value and importance of continued education and training. Using state of the art equipment and technology allows us to provide you with optimal, up to date dental care and outstanding service.
Bonding is the use of tooth colored filling materials and porcelains to repair teeth, to replace broken or missing parts of teeth, to cover stains and discolorations on teeth, or to reshape and change the color of teeth by a process of bonding or sticking the filling to the teeth.
Intraoral photographs can be taken and computer processed to both store as a record and to study for diagnosis.
Crowns are fixed covers or caps that structurally support teeth. They can be gold or porcelain (tooth color). Crowns (they are tight – do not come in and out) are used to repair teeth that have been badly broken, that have root canal fillings, that are malformed or discolored or that need a better bite. The tooth is trimmed , impressions (molds) are taken, the crown is fabricated to fit over the trimmed tooth, the crown is then cemented or bonded to complete the restoration of the tooth.
Part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care.
Dentures are removable sets (sometimes called “plates”) of teeth that replace all the teeth in a jaw. They can be upper, lower, or both. The teeth in a jaw are all removed, the jaw bone may need to be shaped properly with a minor surgery, impressions (molds) are taken, the bite is measured, the denture is fabricated, the denture ( they do come in and out) is placed and home care instructions are discussed.
Our office uses Digital X-Rays (Radiography) exclusively. This highly technical procedure has dramatically changed how dental problems are diagnosed. Digital X-Rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-Rays and the electronic image can be projected on a monitor in seconds. This process is safer and more comfortable for our patients. Digital Radiography can be magnified and copied or e-mailed to insurance companies or referring doctors instantly. Since there are no chemicals needed to develop films, Digital X-Rays are better for the environment as well.
Fillings are one type of treatment for the repair and restoration of teeth which are broken, decayed, malformed, or treated with root canal fillings. Fillings usually involve numbing, drilling or reshaping the teeth. The filling (silver, or tooth color) is then bonded or placed in the area to be restored.
Front teeth which are stained, discolored, broken, or malformed may be aesthetically improved by bonding porcelain facings over the front of these teeth. These porcelain facings are custom designed, baked, and fabricated to fit over the front of the teeth (similar to the way a fake fingernail is placed over the nail) and are bonded as described above .
A coating that is either clear or tooth colored that helps fight tooth decay by filling in the deep grooves of the back teeth. Tooth, gum, and jaw numbing is normally not necessary and rarely required.
Gum treatment involves many different procedures depending on the severity of the gum (periodontal) problem. Gum treatment may involve the cleaning of teeth, the cleaning of roots by root planing, the surgery on gums so that the teeth roots and bone can be cleaned, the grafting of gum to cover exposed roots, the reshaping of the gums to help them be more healthy, the prescribing of medicines for the gums and bone, the teaching of how to take care of teeth and gums by brushing, flossing, water picking, using mouth rinses, and the discussing of diet and harmful habits.
Partial dentures are removable sets (sometimes called partial plates) of teeth that replace missing teeth in a jaw that still has other teeth in that jaw. Anchor teeth are shaped, impressions (molds) are taken, the bite is measured, the partial denture is fabricated, the partial denture ( they do come in and out) is placed and home care instructions are discussed.
A procedure where a titanium rod or post is placed by a Surgeon, or Periodontist in the patients’ jaw to replace a missing tooth. The jaw heals around the implant, after which the Dentist fabricates a precision adapter and crown to fit over the implant which completes the missing tooth replacement.
Dental treatment that correct teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk at being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease and cause extra stress on the chewing muscle that can lead to headache, TMJ syndrome, and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked and not in their correct place can also detract from one’s appearance. The benefits of Orthodontic treatment includes a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
Retainers are used to help keep or hold teeth in place so they do not move (usually following orthodontic treatment). Retainers can be either fixed (do not come out) or removable. They can be used to hold teeth that have never had orthodontics or braces.
Root canal treatment is the treatment of a tooth that is sick, abscessed, severally broken, too long and in the way of the bite, hurting due to a pulp stone, or hurting for other reasons. A small entry is made into the tooth and the little tunnels or canals (where the nerve and blood vessels live) inside the tooth are cleaned and reshaped. A filling is placed inside these little canals to seal them off from germs (hence the term “root canal filling”). Most of the time a root canal filling is the only treatment that can help save a tooth with the aforementioned conditions. A crown is then often recommended as the final restoration.
When the Doctor or Patient thinks another opinion is helpful or when the patient will be better served by a specialist providing the treatment a referral is recommended.
Oral Surgeon – surgery, biopsy, teeth removal
Periodontist – gum surgery, gum treatment
Endodontist – root canal filling
Orthodontist – braces
Prosthodontist – crowns, bridges, dentures
Pedodontist – children’s dentistry
Oral Pathologist – biopsy, disease diagnosis
Oral surgery is the removing of teeth, root tips, sick gum, fibromas, mucoceles, cysts, and other mouth lesions; the reshaping of jaw bones, muscle attachments, and tooth roots; and the placing of implants and bone grafts. Gum (Periodontal) surgery is the placing of gum grafts, implants, the reshaping of gum and jaw bones, the guided regeneration of new bone, and the cleaning of roots.
Using a custom tray, somewhat similar to an athletes’ mouth guard (but thinner and smaller) filled with a bleaching gel material which the patient wears for several hours each day. This procedure is a comfortable and cost effective method of altering the color of a person’s teeth. This procedure can be done at home.