If the innermost nerves and blood vessels of the tooth, known as the pulp, become infected due to damage or decay, Dr. Paul E. Brown or Dr. Christopher S. Baran can perform root canal therapy. During this procedure, we will create a small hole on the surface of the affected tooth, remove the pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, and fill it with a synthetic dental composite, before closing the hole and sealing it. We may also place a dental crown to protect it from further damage.
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Good oral health is important for patients of all ages. From a child’s first cleaning to restorative care for seniors, we provide a full range of dental care services to maintain the health of your smile. Drs. Brown and Baran recommend that children come in for an assessment by their first birthday to ensure that teeth are erupting properly, returning every six months for check-ups and cleanings. We can also use sealants and fluoride to protect baby teeth and create a healthy foundation for permanent teeth.
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While brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are important, attending routine cleaning and examination appointments every six months is also vital to maintaining your dental health. These visits typically last about 45 minutes. During your exam, one of our hygienists will clean your teeth to remove accumulated plaque and tartar. Our dentists will also conduct a visual assessment of your mouth to look for symptoms of periodontal disease, decay, or any other potential issues.
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Our team performs oral cancer screenings at your regular cleaning appointments. One of our dentists or hygienists will conduct a visual exam of your teeth and gums to look for spots, sores, lumps, or rough areas. If any potential signs of oral cancer are identified during your screening, we can conduct a simple brush test to collect cells for analysis. If your cells appear abnormal, Dr. Brown or Dr. Baran may recommend a biopsy.
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Patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea have difficulty breathing during sleep because collapsing throat tissue blocks their airways. This can cause you to repeatedly wake up throughout the night, causing drowsiness, irritability, and fatigue. At worst, obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening. To treat this condition, we offer oral appliance therapy. During treatment, patients wear a custom device that repositions the jaw and tongue so that air can flow properly.
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Severely damaged, decayed, or infected teeth may need to be extracted to preserve your oral health. In other cases, healthy teeth may be extracted for orthodontic purposes. If your tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Brown or Dr. Baran can perform the tooth extraction procedure using gentle techniques and local anesthesia. After extracting the tooth, we recommend that you avoid using straws or sucking on liquids to ensure that a blood clot can properly form over your gums. To replace the missing tooth, we may recommend placement of a dental implant and restoration.
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At Brown & Baran Family Dentistry, we use tooth-colored composite fillings, which maintain a natural look, while still providing excellent durability and strength. These fillings can be used to treat cavities, fractures, and chips. The dental filling process involves the removal of the decayed portion of the tooth, and placement of composite resin material to replace the lost tooth structure. Once the resin has been applied, it is hardened with a special light. We then refine the shape of the material to maintain your proper bite alignment.
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