We provide general dentistry services as well as prosthodontics and implant dentistry. Quality specialty dental treatments cannot stand alone. Providing quality general dentistry is its foundation. All sound restorative dental treatments must be done only after disease control phase of dental treatment is complete. General dentistry establishes healthy and infection-free mouth first. Then restorative/implant dentistry can achieve its goal: excellent prognosis.
Dr. Koh is not only a specialist but also a dentist. An experienced dentist in all general dentistry. If you are looking for a place for quality general dentistry, this is the right dental office. We emphasize our specialty area like implants, crowns, dentures and cosmetic dentistry but, a lot of our patients have been served with general dentistry by us.
Cleaning & Gum treatment
Brushing and flossing go a long way in keeping your mouth free of bacteria and disease; however, it is highly recommended that you come us for regular cleanings and checkups to ensure that your oral health is in good shape.
We are able to clean those tough-to-reach spots that normal tooth brushes do not do a good job of cleaning, and they can check for any cavity or anomalies before they become too severe and therefore more expensive.
We believe that your mouth should be free of infection before we start any restorative phase of dental treatment. If you are in need of treatment for gum disease, we will take care of it first to prepare a sound foundation for a successful restoration.
Cavities are infections on your teeth caused by bacteria. When the food, saliva, bacteria, plaque is not cleaned off from your teeth, the acid that is produced starts to eat away at your tooth and causes what we know as cavities. Your mouth has to be free of these infections to ensure a proper restoration.
We will take clean and take care of your cavities with effective, natural-looking filling material, which does not contain mercury. Our fillings are basically all white fillings. There are two different type of fillings.
After the removal of decayed tooth structure composite resin is packed in the hole with a bonding agent. It is set in the mouth under a blue curing light. It is most widely form of filling and works great for small to medium size cavities.
Indirect fillings – inlays & onlays
When the size of cavity is extensively large or deep an impression is made after the hole is prepared. And the restoration called inlay or onlay is made in the lab with gold or ceramic. The hole is temporized with a temporary filling and patient is dismissed. After several days the restoration is cemented into the hole using a dental cement.
Inlays & onlays provide excellent support where the damage of the tooth is quite severe. While composite resin shrinks during setting inlays & onlays are fabricated in exactly desired dimension outside the mouth without distortion. Composite resin filling sometimes cause post-treatment sensitivity but inlays & onlays rarely do so. Inlay & onlays are conservative treatment where significant amount of tooth structure was damaged since it doesn’t require filing down of the tooth as much as in the crown preparation. They last longer the the usual fillings. However, they require multiple visit and more expensive than the filling.
Extraction & Bone graft
When is an Extraction Necessary?
Tooth removal may be necessary if a tooth is so severely damaged or broken to the point that it cannot be repaired with just a dental restoration, such as a crown.
Diseased teeth sometimes require extractions when they are not savable. If they remain in the mouth, the disease has the potential to spread to the neighbor tissue. Extractions and infection treatments are mandatory to prevent further damage of the surrounding oral structure.
Extraction and Bone Loss
Bone loss is a common consequence of losing teeth. A significant portion of bone loss takes place within 3 to 6 months of tooth removal. In the first year after tooth extraction, 25% of bone is lost, and this bone loss continues to occur.
This bone loss occurs in the bone surrounding and supporting the tooth, known as alveolar bone. Alveolar bone forms the ridges in which the teeth are embedded. These ridges atrophy both vertically and horizontally, and as a result, your gums start to recede as well.
What Socket Preservation Does
A socket or alveolar ridge preservation procedure involves placing a bone graft materials into the socket, where the tooth once was.
The goal of socket preservation is to improve the appearance of the remaining teeth and gums, and to make the process of getting a dental implant (at some point down the line) less complicated.
Implant and Bone Graft
Getting a bone graft right after a tooth extraction can often (but not always) avert the need for bone grafting before dental implant surgery.
With the technology out today, we are now able to extract teeth, place implants, and insert bone graft material all in the same day.