Phone: (817) 801-9311
M. Séhat, DDS, FAGD
Magic Dentistry

Common Procedures

Regular Exams and Cleanings | Bonding | Bridges | CAD/CAM | Crowns | Dentures | Digital X-Rays | Extractions | Fillings | Implants | Fluoride | Mouthguards | Root Canals | Sealants | Veneers | Wisdom Teeth

Regular Exams and Cleanings

Regular exams are an important dental health responsibility. During your regular exam you can expect your hygienist and dentist to:

  • Check for problems that you cannot yet feel or see
  • Look for signs of tooth decay, including cavities
  • Exam your gums for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease
  • Clean and polish your teeth

Regular exams take approximately 45 minutes and include cleaning, polishing, and rinsing to remove tartar and plaque. You will have time to speak to the dentist about any oral health concerns and ask questions about cosmetic procedures.

Patients are required to schedule an appointment in advance for their regular exams. For most people, a regular exam should be scheduled every six months.

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Bonding allows you to repair teeth that are slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked. It is a conservative procedure that uses white filling to cover teeth. Colors are available in a wide range to match individual teeth.

Some people choose bonding in place of amalgam fillings because the color is less noticeable than silver. Bonding can be used on back and front teeth. It is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can be completed within one office visit.

Bonding is not right for everyone and is easily stained. Bonding also breaks easier than porcelain veneers. Usually this breakage can be fixed.

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Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, maintain a patient’s facial structure, and alleviate stress when biting. They look natural and serve as a “bridge” between teeth. Bridges can be made from porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination of any of these materials.

Bridges are ideal in situations with a strong foundation. If there is a problem with a patient’s gums, other teeth, or bones a bridge might not be an option. Even if you have a missing tooth or teeth, do all you can to otherwise maintain your dental health to ensure you will be a good candidate for a bridge.

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The CAD/CAM program allows dentists to create customized fittings of crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and other dental restorations. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) make it possible to receive the most precise restoration possible.

CAD/CAM makes durable, well-fitting, and individual or multiple tooth restoration possible. The technology offers quick restoration and many patients have their replacement in as little as a single office visit! In no time at all you will have the smile of your dreams.

To learn more about CAD/CAM technology and how it can benefit you, schedule an appointment for a consultation with our office.

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Crowns allow you to improve or strengthen a tooth. They are often used when teeth are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are like a “cap” for your tooth. They are cemented into an existing tooth and become the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made from porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. Porcelain is the most popular choice because it is strong and mimics the translucency of natural teeth.

Crowns, which are called onlays when they provide partial coverage, are needed when a tooth is no longer strong enough to support a filling. Crowns are made outside of your mouth and inserted into place by the dentist. Your unique tooth impression is created and then sent to a lab where a technician examines all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. The crown is then sculpted so your bite and jaw movements function normally once it is in place.

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Dentures provide a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. There are full and partial dentures, both of which are removable. Full dentures are used by patients when all of their natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame and then connected to remaining teeth.

Denture wearers must care for their dentures just as they would their natural teeth. Cleaning and brushing is important and they must be kept moist when not in the mouth. It is also important to keep your remaining teeth and gums clean and healthy.

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Digital X-Rays

We are dedicated to providing you with the safest, most up-to-date, and most convenient treatment options for treatment. This means we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office. Digital x-rays offer several advanced imaging options, and are designed to save time and provide the clearest dental photos. Patients are exposed to lower levels of radiation with digital x-rays than they are with traditional x-ray technology.

We want to make your dental experience as comfortable as possible and we are happy to answer any questions you might have about x-rays or any other dental treatment.

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Sometimes no matter what you do, extraction of a tooth is necessary. Occasionally, baby teeth are misshapen or have long roots that prevent them from falling out when they should. If this is the case you should always have a dentist extract your child’s tooth.

At other times, adult teeth might have a lot of decay that puts surrounding teeth and the structure of the mouth at risk for decay. In this case, your dentist will likely recommend extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant. Other reasons for extraction include infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with wisdom teeth.

Teeth are sometimes extracted during normal checkups, but in other cases, an additional visit is required. To extract a tooth, the dentist must expand the tooth socket and separate the tooth from the ligament. Extraction is usually quick, but it can cause anxiety. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of extraction, your dentist can provide information, answer your questions, and if necessary, provide sedation for your appointment. It is also important to keep up with follow-up appointments because remaining teeth can shift after an extraction.

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Dental fillings are one of the most common corrective procedures. They can be made from gold, porcelain, ceramic, plastic, or composite material. The goal of a filling is to mimic the natural look of a person’s teeth. When a natural appearance is important natural looking composite resins are used, especially on front teeth.

There are both direct and indirect fillings. Direct fillings are placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites, and typically take two or more visits to complete.

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Dental implants replace missing teeth. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, they also help you maintain good oral health. Without a complete set of teeth, chewing and eating destabilize the bite and cause discomfort. Empty space can also cause shifting in your mouth and make you look older. Implants provide a safe, effective replacement for missing teeth, and if properly maintained, are capable of lasting a lifetime.

Implants are made from metal and porcelain and look like a natural tooth. Implants feature two main parts: the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root and the tooth-colored crown that is cemented onto the implant. Implants allow you to feel confident in your smile, even if it is no longer 100% natural.

Some patients receive implants to anchor dentures into place. Lower dentures tend to shift with talking and chewing, so implants are used for partial dentures to create a stable base with a natural appearance.

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Fluoride is used to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. It is also effective for preventing plaque build up and strengthening the tooth’s surface. Fluoride treatments take just a few minutes and are used for children and adult patients. Following treatment, patients might need to avoid rinsing, eating, and drinking for about 30 minutes to allow teeth to absorb the fluoride. Fluoride treatments can be recommended by your dentist every three, six, or 12 months.

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Laser Dentistry

Laser therapy is used to provide patients with a comfortable dental treatment experience. Treatments allow a dentist to deliver quick, comfortable treatment in a precise manner.

There are both hard and soft tissue laser treatments. Hard tissue treatments include cavity detection, dental fillings, and reducing tooth sensitivity which our office does not offer. However we do offer Soft tissue laser treatment which include gum reshaping, gum surgery, and improving muscle attachment.

Benefits of laser dentistry include:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Comfortable treatments
  • Reduced chance of bacterial infection

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Protection for your smile playing sports or participating in other risky activities is essential. Mouthguards make it possible to protect teeth and gums from injury. The American Dental Association recommends athletes wear mouthguards that are designed and fitted by a dentist or orthodontist.

There are three types of mouthguards:

  • Pre-made
  • “Boil-and-bite” fitted
  • Custom-made

Your mouthguard should be tear-resistant, comfortable, and well-fitted to your mouth. It is also important to keep your mouthguard clean. Your dentist can help you choose the mouthguard that is best for you. He or she will also give you tips to ensure you are wearing it properly once it is fitted to your mouth.

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Root Canals

The term “root canal” often strikes dread in a patient. The truth is for most people, root canals are not all that painful. The root canal procedure was designed to protect diseased teeth.

When a tooth cracks or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and develop into an infection. In severe cases an abscess forms and the swelling and pain is unbearable. Left untreated, infections in your mouth can injure your jawbone and be detrimental to your general health.

To save a tooth, the infected tissue must be removed through a root canal. Root canals typically require one to three dental visits. Your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) begins by removing the infected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled.

In cases of severe decay your dentist might recommend placing a crown to strengthen and protect the affected tooth. As long as a patient cares for his or her teeth and gums it is possible for a restored tooth to last a lifetime.

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Even people who are fastidious with dental care have areas inside of their mouth that are difficult to reach. These problem areas can develop buildup that eventually leads to tooth decay. Sealants provide extra protection for these hard to reach areas so you reduce your risk for cavities and other problems.

Dental sealants are made from plastic resin that bond with the grooves in a tooth’s surface. Once a tooth is sealed it is smooth and less likely to be at risk for plaque buildup. Brushing and dental care are more effective once sealants are installed.

Most first-time sealant candidates are children with permanent teeth, though this is not always the case. Sealants are used as a preventative treatment to protect teeth from a young age. Your dentist will help you determine if sealants are right for you.

Sealants last approximately three to five years, but there are instances in which they last much longer. The sealant must be fully intact, so if yours comes off let notify your dentist as soon as possible.

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Veneers allow you to correct flaws in your smile and feel confident about your appearance. They repair gaps, chips, stains, and misshapen teeth by creating a natural, “perfect” smile. Veneers are thin shells that are custom-made for each patient. They are constructed from porcelain or other strong, white material and cover the front of your teeth.

The veneer process includes creating a unique model of the patient’s teeth and sending it to a dental technician to create the set of veneers. Prior to placement, your dentist will prepare your teeth to ensure proper adhesion. Veneers are stain resistant, but NOT stain-proof. Once you have veneers, you must be careful when drinking tea, coffee, and red wine, and it is advised you not use tobacco products.

Veneers are natural looking and can be a safe, affordable, and effective way to improve your smile. Ask your dentist for more details if you believe veneers might be right for you.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are molars located in the back of your mouth. They usually erupt during the late teens or early twenties. In some cases, wisdom teeth are impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When this occurs extraction might be necessary. Wisdom teeth, impacted or otherwise, can cause gum tenderness, swelling, severe pain, and headaches. They can also be difficult to care for and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early 20s because for many, the roots are not yet fully formed and the bone is less dense, making for easier removal and shorter recovery time.

To remove a wisdom tooth your dentist will start by numbing the area. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, a portion of the bone might need to be removed. There are ways to remove the tooth in portions to minimize bone removal. The healing process following wisdom tooth extraction varies from case to case.

If you have questions about wisdom tooth removal or you are anxious about the process, speak to your dentist about how he or she can make the experience more comfortable.

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