Whether you need a simple filling or a more complex treatment, we work hard to make sure you are comfortable and at ease during your visit to our office. Dr. Balaci and the entire staff of Balaci Dental Group consider the long-term health of your smile to be their priority and are at the ready to provide for all your dental needs. Our office in Annville, PA, near Lebanon, PA, is equipped with the most advanced technology available, and our staff is highly trained in dental procedures to protect and restore your teeth with years of experience providing gentle and compassionate care.
Many of us have suffered from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. In fact, more than 80% of adults experience some form of gum disease in their lifetimes. Poor oral hygiene habits are the number one cause of periodontal disease, so good habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and keeping up with your regular dental visits are the best way to fight back against gum disease. If you have braces, bridgework, or other dental devices that make it harder to clean the teeth and gums, this is even more crucial! Even with regular brushing and flossing, certain risk factors, such as smoking, pre-existing conditions like diabetes, certain medications, stress, and even the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, can increase your likelihood of developing periodontal disease. There are many effective treatments we offer to help break the cycle of gum disease, as well as point you in the direction of good oral habits at home to prevent gum disease from developing.
For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by continued daily brushing and flossing at home, which can often reverse gingivitis if done thoroughly. Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, requires something called scaling and root planing (also known as periodontal cleaning, or deep cleaning) to remove stubborn deposits of plaque, tartar, and bacteria below the gum line, followed by the smoothing of the dental roots to remove and prevent further development of plaque and tartar. Your dentist will go over your treatment options after performing an oral exam and routine X-rays.
Some of the signs of gum disease are redness, bleeding, and inflammation/swelling of the gum tissue. If left untreated, gum disease can damage your teeth and the surrounding bone and soft tissue. Early stages of gum disease usually have milder symptoms, but as the condition develops into periodontitis, your teeth and bone tissue may start to show signs of more serious problems. Some of these signs include the following:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, swollen, or irritated gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth loosening
- Pain or bleeding during brushing, flossing, or chewing
If you are experiencing the signs of gingivitis or periodontitis or are suffering from pain or sensitivity in your teeth, please give our practice a call to schedule an appointment.
Tooth Decay & Cavity Treatment NEAR LEBANON, PA
Genetics, poor oral hygiene, and pre-existing conditions can all contribute to dental decay, but there are many ways to fight back to preserve your smile! Dentists are specialists when it comes to addressing tooth decay and the development of cavities, as well as helping prevent the spread of infections in your mouth. Cavities and tooth decay develop when plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth accumulates and settles into the crevices of the teeth. Decay and cavities can occur between the teeth, near the gums, or in the ridges of the back molars, and all teeth are vulnerable. The best way to avoid decay in the first place is by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and attending regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. Tooth decay can be addressed through treatment at our office.
Depending on your needs and preferences, your filling will either be an amalgam filling (metal filling), made of a combination of metals, or a composite resin filling (white filling), made of a type of plastic that matches your teeth.
- Amalgam fillings are made of a durable mixture of silver, copper, and tin that is bonded by a safe type of mercury. This filling material has been used successfully by dentists for decades with excellent results. There has been some controversy regarding metal fillings, but the FDA ruled that these fillings are completely safe for adults and children over age 6.
- Composite fillings are made of a very durable resin material (plastic) that matches your teeth perfectly for an invisible filling. This type of filling is great for patients who don’t want their fillings to be visible or those who want an alternative to metal fillings. Often, composite fillings are more expensive than amalgam, but the cost is often worth it for patients because of the natural-looking results. Also, unlike other types of fillings, they require less removal of your tooth structure. Many patients come to us to replace their old metal fillings with composite fillings.
Receiving a filling is a simple and noninvasive procedure that can be done in as little as 20 minutes in the comfort of our practice using a local anesthetic. Our dentists will usually consider fillings before other treatment option because fillings fill the damaged area of your tooth while leaving much of your healthy tooth intact. Fillings also help prevent infection or decay from spreading, eliminating the need for additional procedures later. Sometimes, chipped or broken teeth, or teeth that need a small cosmetic adjustment, can be treated with fillings.
Our team has years of experience treating dental decay for patients of all ages. We always use the best materials and most advanced tools to ensure your procedure is safe and comfortable, and your treatment has the very best chance for long-term success.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, a crown is an excellent option for restoring your oral function and the appearance of your smile. Porcelain dental crowns are tried and true options for patients requiring a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration for a damaged tooth. Crowns cover the tooth and strengthen it so that it can endure chewing forces without discomfort or further damage. We use porcelain crowns at Balaci Dental Group because this is the preferred material of the vast majority of patients and dentists due to its aesthetic benefit — non-porcelain crowns are often made of gold, silver, or even steel, which makes them highly visible in the mouth. Porcelain crowns are also an appealing option for patients with metal allergies.
A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment that can save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction — millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal procedures. When a dental infection spreads to the dental pulp inside of the tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels live, a root canal procedure will be performed to clean out the infection and prevent your tooth from being extracted. Family dentists, endodontists, and oral surgeons are the most qualified providers to evaluate your condition and determine if a root canal is required.
Sometimes, there are no symptoms when a tooth needs root canal treatment, but if you experience any of the following, it’s important to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible because immediate treatment is important to avoid severe pain or abscesses that may make a successful restoration more difficult.
Signs to look for include
- Tooth pain
- Sensitivity in a tooth to heat or cold
- Tooth tenderness when chewing
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling, drainage, and tenderness around the teeth and oral cavity
At Balaci Dental Group, we recommend endodontic treatment with a root canal when it is absolutely necessary — often after there has already been an attempt to repair it with a filling. Advancements in dentistry make root canal procedures quicker and more comfortable than ever before.
General Dentistry in Annville, PA
The skilled team of dentists at Balaci Dental Group provide a wide variety of services to restore your oral health and smile. Our team is happy to schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family in our welcoming state-of-the-art practice. If you require our services, or if you have any questions about our practice or what we offer, please give our office a call. One of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to guide you. We look forward to caring for you at Balaci Dental Group.