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Our Services

At Healthy Smiles Family Dental, we perform a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve.

By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, your Salem dentist, Dr. Na Xu, can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance.

Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you.

Click the links below to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.

Cleanings & Exams

 A patient of Na Xu, DDS holding an orange tooth brush.Professional Dental Cleanings
Professional cleanings performed by a certified dentist or hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist or dentist will:

•  Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.
•  Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indicator of gum disease.
•  Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.

Dental Examinations
Regular examinations help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Dental examinations generally include the following:

•  Gum Disease screening
•  Oral Cancer screening
•  Visual tooth decay evaluation
•  Visual gum disease examination
•  Gum pocket measurement and tracking
•  X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues

X-rays (Radiographs)
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with X-rays before they become problems can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:

•  Internal tooth decay
•  Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
•  Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
•  Impacted teeth
•  Teeth that are still coming in

At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, our dental team uses digital x-rays which have several advantages over traditional film based x-rays. They emit up to 90% less radiation, are ready for examination nearly instantly, can be viewed by the patient and dentist on a computer screen, and they are greener; no chemicals are needed for processing.


Sealants

Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.

Dental sealants are painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they are not permanent. They can last up to 5 years of normal wear before needing replacement.


Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Some warning signs of gum disease:
 A diagram of how gum disease can harm your teeth.
•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Red, swollen, tender gums
•  Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
•  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  Any change in the fit of partial dentures


Fillings

Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed. Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.

Reasons for dental fillings:
•  Restoring small to medium sized cavities.
•  Restoring a chipped anterior (front) tooth.


Crowns

Dental crowns are an effective way to provide stability and function to a natural tooth that may have experienced some type of damage, whether tooth decay, infection or a fracture. The crown acts like a cap to the top of your tooth, allowing you to keep your natural tooth's roots as long as they remain healthy. It is a great alternative for patients that have experienced damage to a tooth that cannot be restored with a filling or dental bonding. Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials, but the most common choice is the porcelain crown because of its ability to mimic a natural tooth.

Dental crowns can help in a variety of situations including:
•  Excessively decayed teeth that cannot be repaired with fillings
•  Fillings that have worn out or cracked
•  Broken teeth
•  Provide support to a tooth after a root canal


Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. We will discuss the best options for your particular case. The "traditional bridge" is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. These fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:
•  Fill space of missing teeth
•  Maintain facial shape
•  Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
•  Restore chewing and speaking ability
•  Restore your smile
•  Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance


Root Canal Therapy

A root canal becomes needed when tooth decay is so badly neglected it reaches the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is infected it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma such as a fracture can lead to the need for a root canal as well. In addition to being painful, untreated infections can reach the root tip and compromise the entire immune system. Symptoms of pulp infections may be:

•  Sensitivity to hot/cold
•  Sensitivity to sweets
•  Pain, especially when biting
•  Swelling
•  Bad taste in the mouth

A root canal procedure includes cleaning out the infected pulp, disinfecting the canals and filling the void with a rubber like substance to prevent further infection. Sometimes a crown is recommended to restore the tooth shape, look, and to strengthen the tooth structure.


Extractions

A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone that is damaged beyond repair. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth that may be impacted or create future problems of decay due to their positioning.

Many extractions can be performed in our Salem office; however, more complicated procedures may be referred to an oral surgery specialist that we work closely with.

Reasons for tooth extraction:
•  Severely decayed teeth
•  Periodontal (gum) disease leading to bone loss
•  Teeth fractured in such a way that it is impossible or impractical to repair
•  Badly positioned (impacted wisdom teeth)
•  Non-functional, or poorly functional teeth that should be replaced with a bridge, denture, or dental implant


Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent.

 A diagram showing how a dental implant works.At Healthy Smiles Dental, we are proud to offer our patients the opportunity to replace missing teeth with dental implants. This innovative dental procedure allows you to have full function of your mouth while preserving your jawbone. There are no other tooth replacement options that offer these benefits, making dental implants the number one way to replace missing teeth. Whether you are already missing teeth and have a bridge or dentures in place or you are exploring your tooth replacement options for a future procedure, we encourage you to learn about dental implants and their many benefits.


Dentures

Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. Dentures come in two varieties: partial dentures, and complete (or full) dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth are replaced in the mouth. For some of our patients, removal is the only option because the condition of the teeth have deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired.

Reasons for a full denture:
•  All teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing ability
•  Restore a natural looking smile
•  Traditional dentures can be an economical alternative to other procedures


Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding rebuilds chips and fills in gaps with a resin that can be colored to blend with the surrounding teeth. The bonding adheres directly to the surface of the tooth and is hardened in place with bright ultraviolet light. Cosmetic bonding is an attractive option because it:

•  Is cost effective
•  Looks natural
•  Improves tooth shape


Teeth Whitening

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are several ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed once a year and more often if you smoke and/or drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:
•  Discoloration caused by florousis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
•  Normal wear of outer tooth layer
•  Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
•  Yellow, brown stained teeth


Veneers

Veneers are very thin, tooth shaped pieces of durable porcelain, that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:
•  Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
•  Crooked teeth
•  Misshapen teeth
•  Severely discolored or stained teeth
•  Teeth that are too small or large
•  Unwanted or uneven spaces
•  Worn or chipped teeth.





 

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