Comprehensive Dental Care for the Smile You Deserve
At Drs. Falbo, Monday, & Graziani, PLLC, we offer a range of general and cosmetic dental services in Charleston, WV and Hurricane, WV to patients of all ages. Our doctors have the skills and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatment.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:Routine Dental Cleaning
We suggest that every patient should come in for a dental cleaning every 6 months or as recommended by your doctor. During the cleaning, our team will remove plaque and tarter build up from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. In addition, our team educates you on how to maintain your smile and therefore your oral health between visits.
Dental x-rays are a great diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan. Digital dental x-rays deliver less radiation than conventional dental x-rays.
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Our dental staff will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Works in two ways:
As a topical fluoride it helps to strengthen the patient's teeth once they have erupted by getting into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, helping to make the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.
Systemic fluoride strengthens teeth that have erupted, and those that are still developing under the gums. Systemic fluoride is gained from most foods and our water supply. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Usually, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years.
Sealants are a very efficient and successful method for preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. Sealants are primarily placed on permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth. They are maintained throughout childhood and can last into adulthood. Sealants are a flowable resin that is applied to the deep pits and fissures of teeth, protecting the teeth from the harmful acids and plaque buildup commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring only a short visit with our office.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available and your doctor will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your doctor will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Dental implant reconstruction consists of restoring dental implants that have been placed by an oral surgeon. This process entails constructing dental implant crowns, fixed bridges, and fixed or removable complete dentures.
Veneers are a thin porcelain or ceramic restoration that is applied and bonded to the front of your existing tooth structure. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for correcting gaps between teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth, or discoloration resistant to dental bleaching.
When applied to the tooth, a veneer is virtually undetectable. Due to its thin nature, the veneer will take on the natural coloration of your teeth and allows us to be quite conservative in removing tooth structure.
At your initial visit, your doctor will examine, diagnose, and discuss the appropriateness of veneers for your smile. At your next visit, our team will prepare your tooth by removing and roughening the top layer of your tooth to create room for the veneer. An impression will then be taken to create a model of your teeth. This model will be sent to a dental lab where the veneer will be fabricated. Before you leave our office, a temporary veneer will be created to be worn during the fabrication time of your permanent veneers. At your delivery appointment, all aesthetics of the veneer will be checked, including color, fit, and shape. Pending your approval, the veneer will be permanently placed in your mouth.
Care and maintenance for your new veneer is simple. Regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing will help keep your veneer free of plaque and buildup. If you clench or grind your teeth, we will strongly recommend a night guard to help protect your new veneer.
In the past few years, many silver restorations have been replaced with tooth colored fillings, resulting in a smile you can be proud of, and which looks completely natural. Your doctor will discuss restorative options with you and recommend what is best for your individual situation.
Do you wish you had a brighter, more radiant smile? Then professional teeth whitening may be right for you! Teeth whitening can remove certain stains from:
- Tea, coffee, wine, and soda
- Certain medications
- The natural aging process
- Tobacco use
Soon after starting treatment you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with your doctor to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening!
Dentures and Partial Dentures
A denture or a partial denture is a dental appliance that is placed in your mouth to replace missing teeth or, in the case of a complete denture, replace all of your teeth. A denture also provides support for your cheeks and lips. Most dentures can be fabricated as a conventional denture or an immediate denture. A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the gum tissues are given adequate time to heal. An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after extraction, and the gum tissues heal under this temporary denture.
The base of our dentures are all made of acrylic. An upper denture is made of acrylic that is the color of your gum tissue and covers the palate or roof of your mouth to allow for adequate suction and stability. A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for your tongue. A partial denture is made to replace missing teeth where other natural teeth remain. It can have a metal framework with clasps that attach to your remaining teeth or it can be a soft, flexible partial that does not require a metal framework.
With normal wear and tear, a denture or partial denture will need to be replaced or realigned to keep it comfortable and functional. Due to the extraction of your teeth, the gum and bones on the ridge of your jaw will, over time, recede and shrink. This change in their morphology is what leads to the replacement or realignment of your denture or partial denture.
Regular dental exams are still important for denture wearers so that oral tissues can be checked for disease and/or change.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when decay has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist help to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at either of our locations and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. Should you call during after hours, call our regular number and our voicemail will inform you of how to get in touch with us.