General Dentistry Treatments
Dr. Foleck provides all aspects of general dentistry to proactively monitor and address any issues.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Regular dental exams and cleanings are key to preventing more serious problems and keeping your smile bright. During a comprehensive exam, your dentist will check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other issues that visual inspection and X-rays may detect. A professional dental cleaning appointment involves the removal of built-up plaque, tartar, and stains through scaling and polishing your teeth above and below the gum line. Proper home care will also be discussed.
Dental emergencies require urgent treatment and quick relief. Dr. Foleck and our team provide emergency services during office hours and after hours as needed. Treatment may involve stopping bleeding from trauma, relieving oral pain from issues like infections, temporizing a chipped or cracked tooth, and stabilizing a knocked-out tooth until follow-up care. Prompt attention can save your tooth and prevent complications.
Dental X-rays allow Dr. Foleck to see below the surface to detect issues not visible during an oral exam, like small cavities between teeth or bone loss from gum disease. He uses digital radiography for precise 2D and 3D diagnostic images and to reduce radiation exposure. Based on your oral health and risk factors, Dr. Foleck will recommend dental X-rays at periodic intervals to monitor for problems.
Fluoride treatments strengthen enamel and prevent cavities by increasing mineral content in tooth structure. If you have a high risk of decay, your dentist may recommend periodic fluoride treatments often after routine cleanings. A fluoride gel or foam is placed in a tray that sits on your teeth for one to four minutes. During this time, the gel is absorbed into the enamel, where it promotes decay prevention and remineralization.
Dental sealants provide preventive protection against tooth decay in vulnerable teeth. Dr. Foleck applies these thin resin coatings to the pits and grooves of posterior chewing surfaces of teeth. The clear plastic sealants act as a barrier to keep out food and bacteria that can get trapped and cause cavities in those at-risk crevices.
When you have a cavity, our dentists use tooth-colored composite fillings to repair it. Tooth-colored fillings blend in naturally for an aesthetic result. After removing any decay, your dentist precisely fills the space to strengthen your tooth structure, seal it against further damage, and prevent continued decay. The composite material is sculpted and cured with a special light, bonding tightly to the tooth for durable, long-lasting repairs.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth often become impacted or erupt at an angle causing misalignment of other teeth. Our dentists can safely extract wisdom teeth to prevent pain, crowding, infection, cysts, and other dental problems they can cause if left in place. We will numb the area before making a small incision to visualize the obstructed tooth. Once exposed, your dentist will gently extract the tooth and stitch closed the site.
In some cases, a severely damaged, decayed, or fractured tooth cannot be repaired and needs to be extracted. Our dentists perform necessary extractions as gently as possible using local anesthesia to fully numb the area. The tooth is first loosened from the socket and then carefully extracted to minimize trauma to surrounding bone and tissue. Proper follow-up care will help the site heal properly.
Caring for patients of all ages, we provide a comfortable, kid-friendly environment for the entire family to make dental visits an enjoyable experience. Our friendly staff helps put children at ease in the office.
If the soft pulp deep inside your tooth becomes infected due to severe decay or trauma, you may need a root canal. Our dentists can gently access the pulp chamber and remove the inflamed or dead pulp tissue. They’ll debride and shape the interior of the tooth, then seal it, saving it from extraction. A crown protects the tooth from fracture after the nerve is removed to restore the tooth’s strength.
Gum disease can destroy tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss if left untreated. We provide advanced treatments to restore periodontal health. Deep cleanings remove plaque and tartar below the gumline in areas where pockets have formed. Lost gum tissue is replaced with grafts to prevent further recession and bone loss.