From routine cleanings and fillings to bruxism devices, Christopher H. Berkers, DMD is equipped to handle all your dental needs. To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
If a filling is not too big, Dr. Berkers may recommend having the cavity filled with a bonded resin filling. While these fillings are tooth colored and blend in with the natural tooth, resin fillings are important from a conservative “tooth saving” standpoint as well. Since these fillings are bonded (or “glued”) into the tooth, the amount of tooth that has to be removed is reduced. These fillings also do not “leak” as much as silver fillings.
Your oral examination includes a visual examination, medical history review, oral cancer screening, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will take x-rays for proper diagnosis, including bitewing x-rays for detection of proximal decay.
How many people hate the sound of the drill? Well drill-less dentistry is available Dr. Berkers’ office. This technology is best suited for small cavities in biting surface of teeth, and can often be performed without anesthetic. During air abrasion, an instrument that works like a mini sandblaster is used to spray away decay. During air abrasion, a fine stream of particles is aimed at the decayed portion of the tooth. These particles are made of silica, aluminum oxide, or a baking soda mixture and are propelled toward the tooth surface by compressed air that runs through the dental handpiece. Small particles of decay on the tooth surface are removed as the stream of particles strikes them. The particles of decay are then “suctioned” away.
A root canal is performed to save a tooth that has a damaged or infected nerve. A root canal is also sometimes necessary to properly restore a tooth to its original size and shape. Sometimes a post is then placed into the canal to support a build up that a crown may be put onto. Root canals are not and should not be painful. If a patient is properly numbed up, a root canal is the same as getting any other dental procedure. A crown is usually required over a root canal treated tooth so that decay does not “leak” back into the tooth. A crown is also usually necessary because these teeth often become brittle and dried out (because there is no blood and nourishment in the tooth), and a crown will help insure the tooth is protected from breaking or becoming reinfected.
It is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Patients with significant tartar build up may require a more significant cleaning (debridement or removal of heavy build up of tartar). Patients with tartar build up beneath the gum line that is contributing to periodontal disease may require anesthetic (numbing of teeth and gums) to comfortably scale the tartar off.
Typically, a tooth will need a crown when most of the natural tooth is gone, decayed, or cracked. There are a variety of crowns to choose from including all porcelain crowns (very esthetic), porcelain on top of metal crowns (not as esthetic but containing a metal base for strength), or all metal crowns (the least esthetic but easier to keep clean). Crowns are also needed to cover most root canal treated teeth, to restore an implant, and they are also sometimes necessary for partial dentures to work better.
Our office provides comprehensive dental treatment for you and your entire family! We treat all ages! We also provide most other dental treatments not listed here. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation or second opinion with Dr Berkers. Call us at (920) 766-9521 or Contact Us via the website.
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