Folsom Family Dentist offers a complete range of dental services to patients in the Boulder area. The following are a list of common procedures that we do in our office. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Bonding is the term used to describe the process of placing composite resin on tooth structure to achieve a different shape or color. Very minimal healthy tooth needs to be removed. Bonding is a great way to change the look of your tooth in one visit. Bonding, like composite fillings may need to be replaced from time to time due to staining or a loss of bond with the tooth.
Bridges are typically used to replace a single missing tooth. Although they can be used to replace more than one tooth, it will be up to the dentist to decide if the surrounding teeth and bone are going to be a good support system for new teeth. Bridges are basically crowns on either side of a missing tooth and a fake tooth in the middle. All three teeth are attached together and are cemented in the mouth. New technology and materials are making bridges stronger and more esthetic than in the past.
Invisalign™ is a type of orthodontic treatment that is popular with adults who would like to straighten their teeth but who do not want to wear traditional braces. Invisalign™ treatment begins with a consult appointment where Drs. Chelsea or Erin talks with the patient about their expectations and desires and discusses the options available. At the next appointment, impressions of the patient are taken and sent to the Invisalign™ lab where custom plastic aligners are made, which the patient then wears over their teeth. Each aligner is worn for two weeks, day and night and the number of aligners is determined at the consult appointment. For more information or to schedule a consult please call our office.
Partial dentures are used to replace teeth when there are some missing teeth. They are often made with a metal substructure to provide strength and increase the comfort for patients while chewing. Some people are candidates for dentures without metal and options will be discussed with the dentist.
Sealants are typically placed on adult molars not long after the tooth erupts. The first adult molars come in between 5-7 years of age and the second molars and normally around 12 years. The goal is to seal off the grooves and pits of the teeth to prevent bacteria from entering and causing a cavity. Sometimes the grooves on teeth go all the way into the second layer of the tooth making the possibility of getting a cavity very high. Sealants are very quick to replace and require no anesthesia. Sometimes very minimal drilling is required to remove any “sticky” tooth structure before placing the sealant. Even in these cases, using anesthesia is rare.
If you play a contact sport it is important to protect your teeth with an Athletic guard. There are multiple different types depending on the sport and amount of contact. Please call us for a consult.
Nighttime grinding and clenching is prevalent in a huge portion of our population. If you wake up with sore teeth, jaws, muscles or headaches, chances are you are either grinding or clenching or both! Night guards are a great way to give your muscles a break as well as protect your teeth from chipping or breaking.
Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause pain in the TMJ, which is the joint that connects the bottom jaw to your head. Symptoms include clicking and popping and can be exacerbated by grinding and clenching. Sometimes referral to a TMD specialist is required.