Philip Calabro
(401) 726-5600
500 Newport Ave Pawtucket, RI 02861

Basic Health

Dentist Philip J. Calabro, DMD, Inc

Doctor Philip CalabroFILLINGS
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because a new material fills the space that the decay left. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth may need a root canal treatment or extraction.

SEALANTS
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves of the chewing surfaces on molars or back teeth. This procedure is done to protect the molars from decay. In most children and teens this is where most decay occurs. Applying the sealant is very eazy and quick. After the tooth is cleaned a gel is placed on the chewing surface. Then the tooth is washed and dried. Next, the sealant is painted on the tooth. Finally a UV light is placed over the sealant allowing it to harden.

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. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic. If the gum disease 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.

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, not using x-rays 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 versus 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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