Dennis D. Struve, DDS

 BASIC HEALTH


Fillings
Bondings
Sealants
Non Surgical Gum Treatments
X-Rays
Healthy Living





FILLINGS
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 the decay left. These days most teeth
are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin filings. Caught early enough
cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain 
and/or infection. The tooth could then possibly need root canal treatment or extraction.
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BONDING
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the
tooth to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay,
to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic
purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and
hold it. A gel is then applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent
is applied to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened
with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a
lusterous finish as a last step.
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SEALANTS
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by
brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate
plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow
even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want
that. The Dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it
possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your tooth healthy.
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NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All
structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not
healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of
a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that
are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the
tooth, loose teeth and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs
may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to
return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If
you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The
treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic,
along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum desease gets too severe it may need to be
treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the
first sign of a problem.
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X-RAYS
This is a focused beam of x-ray particles through bone which produces an image on
special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black
and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a
necessary part of the diagnostic process and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed
disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using 50%-70%
less radiation versuse conventional x-rays. Coupled with computer monitorying, digital
x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental
concerns. 
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HEALTHY LIVING

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151-A Ash Street
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-9597

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