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General Dentistry

At Ayrsley Family Dentistry, your long term oral health and well being is our top priority. Restorative dentists, Katherine Pak, DDS and Elaine McNeight, DDS utilizes the latest dental technology to unsure that patients receive the most comfortable treatment possible. We are happy to evaluate your dental needs and provide general services such as, routine cleanings, periodontal treatments, root canal therapy, tooth-colored fillings, crown and bridge work, dental bonding, and cosmetic recontouring.

 

  • Crowns
    • Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break.

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  • Bridges
    • This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material.

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  • Root Canals
    • When a tooth has decay into the nerve or the nerve has abcessed, root canal therapy may be indicated to save the tooth. We use today's modern instrumentations and techniques, and thus, root canal therapy has become very painless and quick, and often completed in one visit.

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  • Filings
    • Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because a new material fills the hole that decay left. Today, most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings and/or porcelain fillings called inlays or onlays. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly.

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  • Gum Disease
    • Periodontal Disease, or simply gum disease, are infections of the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. If gum disease is not treated, they can become severe and may eventually lead to tooth loss. Dependent on how advanced the gum disease, Ayrsley Family Dentistry will treat this disease starting with a special cleaning called scaling and root planning.

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  • Dentures/Partials
    • Today’s technology allows us to fully customize dentures to fit your mouth precisely and to exactly match the color of your existing teeth. A good fit ensures chewing comfort and added strength. If you have any questions about dentures, we can help. Please contact our office today. We offer full dentures, partial dentures and full over partial dentures.

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  • Implants
    • If you are missing a tooth or all of your teeth, implants may be the perfect thing for you. Implants are an alternative to a fixed bridge and/or partial or full removable denture. Implants usually involve two stages. Stage one is performed by a specialist (oral surgeon or periodontist) where he/she surgically places a titanium post inside the jaw bone.

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  • Extractions
    • You and Dr. Pak or Dr. McNeight may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced gum disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

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