Services at Rabon Family Dentistry
The highly experienced, board-certified dentist and friendly staff at Rabon Family Dentistry provide a full range of cosmetic and general dentistry services. We have close working relationships with many area dental specialists for professional referrals, such as orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and periodontists.
Services provided by the Rabon Family Dentistry dental team include:
comprehensive examinations, digital radiographs (x-rays), prophylaxis (cleanings), periodontal evaluation, fluoride treatments, home care instructions, sealants, teeth whitening, tooth extractions, crowns & bridges (porcelain, porcelain to metal, and gold), implant crowns, partial dentures, mouth guards, night guards, and tooth colored restorations (fillings).
A comprehensive oral examination is a thorough evaluation and recording of the extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues. This would include the evaluation and recording of the patient's dental and medical history and general health assessment. It may typically include the evaluation and recording of dental caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, occlusal relationships, periodontal conditions (including periodontal charting), hard and soft tissue anomalies, oral cancer screening, etc.
Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)
There are certain diseases of the teeth, gums, and oral structures which cannot be identified by a simple visual examination. Our office recommends a complete series of digital radiographs on the patient's initial visit. After the initial visit, digital radiographs are made on an as need basis.
Daily brushing and cleaning between teeth with floss or interdental cleaners are necessary to remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and creates toxins that irritate the gum tissues and causes dental decay. When it is not removed it can harden and form into calculus or tartar. A professional cleaning in the dental office by our licensed dental hygienists is the only way to remove tartar and maintain good oral health.
Periodontal screening is a simple technique that helps the dentist evaluate the condition of the periodontal tissues around the teeth. It is designed for early detection of gum disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition in which the tissues that surround and support the teeth are attacked by bacteria. Periodontal disease if not treated can result in tooth loss.
Fluoride helps fight cavities by strengthening the outer layer of tooth enamel on your teeth. It's important to use fluoride toothpaste every day. If a patient's teeth need extra help in fighting decay our dental hygienist may suggest additional fluoride in the form of an office fluoride treatment or a take home prescription strength fluoride to apply every day. By following up your fluoride treatments with good dental home care and healthy nutrition, you should be able to say good-bye to cavities for good.
Home Care Instructions
Following the prophylaxis (cleaning) by our dental hygienist all patients are given thorough instructions in preventive dentistry and the proper home care of the teeth and gums. This may include proper tooth brushing and flossing. It may also include use of interdental cleaning aids, fluorides, mouth rinses, toothpastes, and bridge and partial denture cleaners. The dental hygienist will also discuss decay causing foods and other causes of dental disease. Clean teeth will not develop dental cavities or gum diaease.
A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where decay occurs most often in children. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone areas of the back teeth from dental decay.
The loss of a permanent tooth is unfortunate at any age. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair due to dental decay, accident, or periodontal disease, it may need to be extracted (pulled). We have many years experience in oral surgery and the extraction of teeth. A radiograph is always made before determining if the tooth must be removed. Instructions are always given to the patients following an extraction and we are always happy to follow up if the patient has post operative problems.
Many patients desire to whiten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, injury or aging. Rabon Family Dentistry offers convenient solutions for those wishing to take the step towards a brighter, more beautiful smile using whitening agents.
Crowns & Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements which help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to the existing teeth and do not come out. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned at home.
Crowns are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size or color of teeth. They can support broken or weak teeth or those with large fillings; provide a smooth, strong, attractively contoured surface for stained, misshapen or otherwise abnormal teeth; and aid in the implantation of bridges and other implants.
Dental implants offer a smile that feels and looks like natural teeth. A surgeon places the implants into the bone below the gum tissue. As the bone heals around the implant, it fuses and serves as a base for the replacement crowns. After the implants heal and fuse with the bone, the patient returns to our office for construction of the implant crowns. Patients wishing dental implants must be in good health, have healthy gum tissue, and have adequate bone to support the implants.
Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Partial dentures are removable appliances to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures may be made from all plastic or a combination of plastic and a cast metal framework.
Anyone who participates in contact sports should wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth and mouth from injury. When someone has a blow to the mouth or head, teeth may be broken, loosened, or completely avulsed (knocked out). Any of these injuries can permanently effect the teeth and mouth. To prevent this from happening, always where a mouthguard while playing sports.
Many people grind their teeth at night. Grinding or clenching the teeth is called bruxism. A night guard is a custom fitted mouthpiece that a patient can wear at night. While it will not prevent night grinding, it will protect the teeth from damage and unnecessary wear.
Tooth Colored Restorations (fillings)
Tooth colored restorations are used to replace tooth structure which is damaged or missing due to dental caries or dental accidents. They are bonded resin-based composite materials and have the approximate appearance of the tooth structure they are replacing. Bonded resin restorations contain no metal or mercury.
Sometimes a patient may need specialized dental treatment. We have close working relationships with many area dental specialists, such as orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and periodontists. When such a case arises, we are happy to refer a patient for more advanced special dental care.