Huntingdon Dental Care, LLC
Richard K. Wong DDS, FAGD
Comprehensive Family Dentistry: Delivering Quality Care For All Your Dental Needs.
Our services focus on prevention. We want to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy as long as we possibly can. Unforunately, sometimes things can go wrong, and we can help you with that, too. Here are some of the services we offer at our office:
Dental Cleanings and Exams
During a dental cleaning, a dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and remove any tartar or stains that are present on your teeth. During this cleaning, the hygienist may notice cavities and may recognize early stages of cancer, or disease states that may present itself in different forms in the mouth. The dentist will then diagnose your condition and treat it, or refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Endodontics/ Root canals
A root canal is a procedure that removes an infected, or dying nerve when bacteria manages to get inside the tooth. It does not remove the roots of your tooth, which is a common misconception. If you have thobbing pain that aches all the time, then your tooth will most likely need a root canal.
Typically the bacteria will burrow its way though the hard structure of your tooth to reach the soft, inner pulp that houses the nerve . Think about mice biting through your cardboard cookie box, so they can eat the cookies inside. Luckily for you, we can perform most root canals and get you out of pain very easily. Most of all, it is relatively pain-less and the earlier you are treated, the less discomfort you will feel after treatment.
An extraction is a procedure to remove an infected or an unrestorable tooth due to extensive decay of the mineralized tooth structure. Dr. Wong performs simple, as well as surgical extractions. If you have pain, then please call us and we will gladly take care of you and help alleviate your pain.
Teeth whitening can be done in-office or as a take-home kit. Our office will provide a take-home kit which includes a custom molded tray that is fitted just for you, as well as prescription strength whitenening gels. We will also give you instructions for use and provide any aftercare if necessary if you need help using your teeth whitening kit.
Dental Implants and Restoration
Dental implants are a form of root replacement therapy. It is necessary if you lose a tooth due to an accident, cavities or if you had a tooth taken out because it was non-restorable. An implant can be described as multi-purpose support for various restorations. One possible restoration is a crown/cap that replaces a single tooth. A second example is a bridge, where two or more implants can replace three or more teeth. Another example is stabilizing a denture, so it does not move unless you purposely remove the denture. It will definitely save denture wearers from embarrassment due to it falling out during the most inopportune times.
Bone grafting is a means to preserve bone or regenerate bone that has been lost over time. There are many terms under the grouping of bone grafting ranging from the simplest, socket preservation to more difficult, bone block grafting.
The best time to preserve bone is right after the tooth is removed/extracted, which is called socket preservation. Socket preservation is also the cheapest because the most amount of bone present is typically right after the tooth is removed.
About 40 (forty) percent of bone is lost if the socket is not filled with a replacement graft. Think of backfilling a hole after you dig out an area of your garden. Basically, we backfill the extraction site with the following alternatives: autograft, your bone; allograft, sterilized human bone; or alloplast, synthetic bone. By filling up the extraction site, we can preserve up to 95 (ninety-five) percent of the bone following tooth removal.
Partials and Dentures
Partials or dentures are great replacements for missing teeth that are both affordable and aesthetic. Partials typically replace a few teeth and use existing teeth as anchors, or support to prevent it from being dislodged during daily activities
A complete denture, unfortunately, does not have the support of any teeth, so it is recommended implants be placed especially for the lower complete denture to obtain proper retention and prevent excessive movement during chewing, or everyday use.
A crown, or cap, is a means to restore a tooth that is heavily broken down. Dr. Wong recommends a crown when more than 50 (fifty) percent of the tooth is missing. If the tooth exceeds that number, then there is a greater risk of catastrophic fracture of the tooth when you bite. The crown will give a 360 degree encirclement of the tooth preventing a fracture, where as the filling will just rest on the tooth and does not provide the structural integrity to prevent the fracture.
One analogy I like to share with patients that a filling is similar to a wedge when placed in the center of the tooth. A small one will not do much due to large support from the robust, and large amount of tooth structure around the filling. Now, imagine the wedge is much larger, then when you bite, the filling will serve as an axe head to cleave the tooth in half because the amount of tooth structure is so small it can not resist the splitting force.
A bridge is a procedure to replace a missing tooth, or mulitple missing teeth when there is a tooth in front, as well as in back of that space. These teeth will serve as supports to bridge the gap. We call these support teeth, abutments, and the fake teeth over the edentulous space, pontics.
A bridge can also be made between implants where two or more implants can support three or more teeth.
Veneers are a great way to cover intrinsic stains that can not be bleached, such as tetracyline staining or intrinsic stains acquired during the develoment of the tooth. People may also get veneers to straighten misalinged teeth. Veneers are more conservative than crowns and may also come in the no-prep variety which allows dentists to place a veneer without recontouring, or removing tooth structure.
Our dentist, Richard K Wong, DDS, will do everything possible to make each service pleasant and comfortable. Call us today at 814-643-4746 to make an appointment.