Rieker Smiles’ comprehensive dentistry practice allows you to maintain and treat the full oral health and hygiene of your teeth, gums and jaw. By serving the majority of your dental needs within one practice for all ages, we are able to detect and address problems early, while minimizing the requirement to see outside specialists. We emphasize total preventive care for our patients by providing high-quality services for oral health maintenance, while also restoring health impacted by disease, injury, and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. We stay abreast of advanced treatment technologies, utilizing the most effective measures serve your dental health.
|Composites / Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and from sugars in the everyday diet. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown - a large filling that caps a tooth. To treat tooth decay, we remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state.
The treatment of the soft tissue inside the tooth – endodontics – addresses conditions that often present themselves as pain. Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
• Inflamed/infected tooth
• Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
• Tooth decay
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
• Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Endodontic treatments include root canals, which are similar to having a cavity filled, usually producing minimal discomfort. As your full service, trusted service provider, we can address your endodontic needs.
|Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth which has been affected by damage or decay. A crown fully encases the tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance.
Dental bridges are utilized to fill gaps created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth/teeth filling the space between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental implants are alternatives for bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth. A dental implant replaces tooth roots in order to provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that match your natural teeth. We are happy to discuss the options available to address missing teeth, and will work with you on the best solution for your personal needs.
Removing a tooth may necessary to address severe decay or a broken tooth. Sometimes, an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days.
Gum, or periodontal disease, can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontics, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. Through regularly scheduled dental exams and good home hygiene practices, gum disease can be prevented.