Comprehensive Dental Care
Dr. Garcia offers quality, comprehensive dental care. The first visit to our office will include a thorough examination, digital x-rays for proper diagnosis of cleaning and restorative needs, following by a consultation,, a cleaning (if possible), and treatment plan development.
In addition to preventative treatment, Dr. Garcia also offers the following services:
To discover how Dr. Garcia can improve your smile, contact our office at 919-859-5540.
When a tooth is fractured or decayed to the point that there is not enough natural tooth structure to support or retain any other type of restoration, a crown or cap is necessary. A crown covers the entire tooth surface above the gumline and restores its shape and function.
Simply put, periodontal disease is the loss of bone around the teeth. The root cause of bone loss is specific types of bacteria in the mouth and their by-products. Some people have these bacteria, some do not. Outside factors, e.g. smoking, can affect the prevalence of the disease. Periodontal means “around the tooth”. It is a disease that attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.
Dental implants represent the best of dentistry. In situations where a patient is missing a tooth or must extract a tooth due to fracture or decay, a dental implant is the best method of restoring the tooth to full function. They can also be used to support partial or complete dentures.
For patients who have developing teeth (children) or patients with high levels of the bacteria that cause cavities, fluoride provides an excellent barrier to help prevent decay.
Sealants are a wonderful preventative technique to help prevent tooth decay. Sealants are an easily applied plastic layer on the top surface of teeth. They fill in deep pits and grooves and prevent food from getting caught and causing tooth decay.
Fillings are used to repair a tooth that fractured either from decay or trauma. The dentist uses the restoration material to restore the broken tooth back to health so that it can be used again for everyday functions like eating and looking good in a smile. There are many different options for restoring teeth. Each has advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.
When a tooth has become fractured due to trauma or biting, or has large decay (cavities), it may become infected. Infection occurs when bacteria from the mouth gain access to the live portion of the tooth: the nerve. The nerve is located on the inside of the tooth. If you picture the roots of a tooth as cylinders, the nerve runs down the middle of the cylinder. The nerve is where the blood supply and sensation for the tooth are located. Once bacteria gain access to this blood supply, it will become infected. Infected teeth can be very painful and can have swelling in the surrounding tissues. There are two solutions to infected teeth: extraction or root canal therapy.
Some teeth cannot be saved despite our best efforts. In these situations, the teeth must be extracted. Difficult extractions or patients that have high anxiety levels may be referred to oral surgeons (tooth extraction specialists). We will review each case and make the best decision.