General Dental Treatment
Our dental practice provides a wide range of oral services for your whole family. The variety in treatment options we offer helps save you time and keep your dental care within one familiar practice. Dr. Jeff Hibbard emphasizes total preventive care for his patients, and recommends regular hygiene visits, regular checkups, and a consistent at-home oral health routine. For patients with existing dental disease, injury, or cosmetic dental needs, Dr. Hibbard and staff provide the highest-quality dental restoration available.
A “filling” is when your old, unsuitable tooth structure is replaced and restored. Materials called composites (white fillings) replace broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that may contain mercury and other toxic materials. With today’s advancements, your teeth can be restored to a more natural look and feel. Tooth colored resin or ceramic materials now replace unhealthy and unsightly metals used in the past.
White Fillings Vs. Toxic Metal Fillings:
Preferred by most patients and dentists, white fillings bond to the tooth and thus strengthen the tooth by restoring its original shape. Silver amalgams weaken teeth over time by creating fractures and make them more susceptible to breaking and cavities. Improvements in comfort, sensitivity to hot and cold, and appearance are all noted with white fillings. This is due to the fact that composites require less tooth removal and a small hole than their amalgam counterparts. Ceramic fillings have a stronger bond and last significantly longer than composite fillings. Therefore, switching your old metal fillings to white fillings can improve your comfort, health, and overall dental expenses.
Dr. Hibbard also offers bonding as a solution to repairing cracked teeth, reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth, hiding discolored areas on the tooth’s surface, and is generally used to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Composite material commonly used is either plastic or resin and is bonded to your existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Advantages to composite bonding:
It is quick, typically taking less than one hour.
It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure
It is relatively inexpensive
Resins come in a variety of tooth shades to provide the best matching color possible
Because composites are of realistic tooth color and can become discolored, it is important to brush and floss daily, and reduce staining elements such as coffee, tea, tobacco, and candy.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the center of the tooth, and then reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
Cavities are often the result of superficial decay of the tooth enamel. Over time, this decay can burrow deeper into the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth’s structure. When the decay reaches the pulp or the tooth becomes infected, a root canal (endodontics) helps preserve the natural tooth and saves the patient from needing a tooth pulled.
Common Root Canal Procedure With Dr. Hibbard
The patient undergoes anesthesia.
A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth
The tooth is opened so the infected or dead tissue can be removed.
The tooth is cleaned and repaired of cracks and canals.
The doctor then reshapes the canals, which are then filled biocompatible, nontoxic material
A temporary covering is used to cover the opening
A permanent restoration for the tooth is then put into place at a later time.
“Wisdom teeth” are your third molars and usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. When these teeth lack the space needed to protrude, it is known as impaction. Problems can arise when this happens, such as damage to adjacent teeth, crowding, and sometimes-even infection if the dormant tooth inflames the gum tissue. This can progress into serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth.
For more information on any of the above, call the office of Dr. Jeff Hibbard and his experienced staff will be happy to address your questions and concerns. Dr. Hibbard also treats patients in Clovis, Sanger, and Fresno, California.