We Keep Our Patients Informed
While we strive to educate our patients about the health of their teeth and gums, we realize that general dentistry covers a lot of ground and there are many topics to address. For your convenience, we have outlined the questions most commonly asked of Dr. Stephen Eriksen.
Tooth decay is the result of an interaction between the plaque and bacteria in your mouth and the sugar from food and drink. An acid is created which will, over time, create a hole in your tooth. You can avoid cavities with proper brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups.
No. Dr. Stephen Eriksen recommends composite fillings, made of a tooth colored resin material. Composite fillings contain no metal and look just like the rest of your tooth structure, allowing the material to repair your smile without detection.
Yes. A crown is basically a tooth shaped cap used to cover your tooth structure. Crowns are sometimes called caps and can be placed over a weak, broken, or badly decayed tooth.
Dr. Eriksen can replace a single lost tooth with a partial denture, single implant or an implant supported bridge or denture.
We offer emergency dentistry. Dr. Eriksen is dedicated to preserving the health of your teeth and knows that injury or sudden pain can occur at any time, and usually happens after regular office hours. Ask about our emergency service the next time you visit.
Bacteria live in the plaque that accumulates on your teeth. Usually, this bacteria is cleared away with brushing and flossing but if left to thrive, will infect the gum tissue, damaging your gum tissue and bone.
Dr. Eriksen uses antibiotic therapy, deep cleaning, and laser gum disease treatment as alternatives to traditional gum surgery. Each of these methods can provide safe and effective treatment of your periodontal infection.