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Family Dentistry

Frame Center

We specialize in whole family dental care. Dr. Falls provides individualized and comprehensive care to patients of all ages. His thorough and compassionate approach puts patients at ease as he helps people achieve their optimal dental health.

Bonding/White fillings

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.

Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and false teeth are placed in between to fill the gap. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Bridges can restore your smile, restore your ability to properly chew and speak, help maintain the shape of your face, distribute the forces in your bite properly and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. The process of preparing your mouth for a bridge can take several visits as Dr. Falls prepares the teeth, creates a temporary bridge and finally delivers the permanent bridge into a patient’s mouth.

Sealants

Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (premolars and molars), to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are obvious candidates for sealants.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal disease or the disease of the gums and surrounding tissue is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. When left untreated, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) can spread to below the gum line. When the gums become irritated by the toxins contained in plaque, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue. Deepening pockets between the gums and teeth are generally indicative that soft tissue and bone is being destroyed by periodontal disease.

If periodontal disease is found, Dr. Falls may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment to help prevent pockets from developing. Occasionally antibiotics are necessary to alleviate infection that is found.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that often don’t fit well.

The process of designing a dental implant is quite complex and depends on the type of implant needed and the condition of the jawbone. The dental implant surgery occurs in stages and may involve several procedures including work that will need to be done by an oral surgeon. Dr. Falls works closely with the oral surgeons to which he refers his patients so that the process can run as smoothly as possible. The major benefit of implants is solid support for your new teeth — a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant. Because this healing requires time, the process can take many months. Dr. Falls has had great success with implants and has found that his patients are very pleased with the results.

Porcelain Crowns

When a tooth fractures or decays extensively, crowning a tooth is often needed to hold the remaining weakened tooth structure together. Broken or worn teeth can be saved from extraction when they are crowned. An analogy is a wooden barrel which has metal bands surrounding it holding it together and keeping it from splitting apart. Dr. Falls utilizes modern tooth colored ceramic crowns.

There’s a huge difference between the old metal restorations and our newer porcelain restorations that mimic the transluscence of natural teeth.

Root Canals

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural space within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory; to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.