Treatment Definitions

Dental care

Know more about our dental treatments

For more information on the dental services we provide to children and adults, see our common dental treatment definitions below. We have over 30 years of experience treating patients in the Toledo area!

Preventative dental care at Kastner Dental Care

Preventative care appointment is the key to promoting and maintaining good oral health in patients. We check for potential problems before they become large problems, and we clear away plaque and tartar from your teeth to maintain optimal oral health. Most patients require routine visits every six months, but some patients may require more frequent visits of 3 or 4 months to ensure proper care.

Comprehensive dental exams

We have the latest technology to provide you with thorough and comprehensive dental exams. 

  • Complete series of X-rays, including panoramic film and bite-wing film X-rays to diagnose tooth decay, bone structure abnormalities, and problems with teeth roots, such as tumors, cysts, or abscesses
  • Complete dental charting of all existing fillings, implants, and crowns
  • Charting of missing or extracted teeth
  • Charting existing decay and other needed treatments
  • Complete periodontal exam of the space between your teeth and gums to detect any periodontal diseases or gingivitis
  • Complete oral cancer screening to check for abnormal lumps or bumps in your glandular tissue, cheeks, lips, tongue, or palate
  • Complete evaluation of the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) to diagnose abnormalities or malpositioning of the jaw which may cause pain and/or teeth and bone damage

Digital X-rays

We utilize digital X-rays in our office to allow immediate viewing of dental images. Digital radiographs reduce processing time and can be enlarged or color enhanced for easier viewing and diagnosis. Digital sensors also allow for less use of radiation to capture images on the computer.

Composite restorations

Commonly referred to as fillings, composite restorations treat fractured, decayed, or chipped teeth both functionally and cosmetically. Glass-based composite material adds strength and durability to restored teeth. These fillings do not tarnish or corrode in the mouth, enabling leakage and promoting new tooth decay, like traditional amalgam (silver) fillings. See our policy on composite fillings.

Crowns, bridges, and veneers

Bridges fill spaces between your teeth to prevent drifting of teeth that can misalign your bite and cause even more tooth loss or jaw problems. Bridgework is an effective method for replacing congenitally missing or extracted teeth and involves preparing teeth on either side of the space to allow placement of a permanent structure.

Crowns cover the adjacent teeth as anchors attached to the replacement tooth placed over the empty space. Crowns can be used to cover fractured teeth, teeth that have a large filling that is breaking down, teeth that have had a root canal done, or teeth that have been severely decayed. Crowns strengthen and protect your tooth and can be used to enhance the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.

Veneers are used to enhance the appearance of your front teeth. They cover the fronts of your teeth and wrap around the sides and tips of the teeth. With newly available technology, veneers can be thinner and stronger than ever before. Patients need to be good candidates for veneers. If you grind your teeth, you may need a bite appliance to be worn at night to protect the veneers.

Periodontal therapy

Periodontal therapy is for patients with pocketing around their teeth that creates a difficult area for them to clean on their own. Frequent maintenance visits are required to ensure cleanliness and to prevent further gum and bone damage. Scaling and root planning are used to effectively remove debris deep below the gums. 

Dental implants

Dental implant restorations can be an effective alternative option for replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth. Implants can also be used to replace a partial denture, secure a removable denture, or support a bridge. Your dentist will coordinate this surgery with an oral surgeon or a periodontist for the placement of your implant. The permanent crowns are removed by your dentist three to six months after the placement of your implant. The complete dental implant procedure ranges from 3 to 12 months.
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