General and Family Dentistry
If preventive care is not practiced, cavities, root canal, and gum disease are common results of neglecting your dental health. We offer both preventive care such as cleanings, screenings, filling cavities, treating gum disease, and perform root canals.
Common practices in preventive dentistry include:
- Patient education
- Professional teeth cleaning every six months
- Apply sealant to the teeth in the tiny cracks where many cavities start
- Professional periodontal maintenance for those with serious periodontal disease
Utilizing these recommended treatments, many serious dental health issues can be avoided and you should be able to enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile for many years to come.
Toothache? It could be a cavity. We offer safe and mercury-free fillings.
Fillings are needed anytime you develop a cavity or decayed area in one of your teeth. The hole that remains after the decayed material is removed must be filled to prevent the tooth from decaying further or becoming unstable.
Until recently, the only filling materials used for cavities, silver or a combination of metals and mercury called “amalgam” fillings. These choices aren't the most popular today for a variety of reasons. The first is that metal fillings are a dark color, making them more obvious than most patients would like. The second issue is that amalgam fillings contain mercury, which is a toxic substance if released into the body.
For all of these reasons, many of our dental family members in the Topeka area request tooth colored fillings made of an extremely strong and durable plastic resin.
Damaged, broken and missing teeth make you vulnerable to plaque bacteria and a misaligned bite. Restore these teeth and smile again!
Porcelain dental crowns can be used to partially or fully cover chipped, discolored, gapped or otherwise damaged teeth. Depending on the specific dental issues being addressed, porcelain tooth crowns and veneers can be used separately or in combination to cosmetically correct any aesthetically displeasing tooth and give you a beautiful smile.
Porcelain tooth crowns are porcelain 'caps' that cover the entire tooth, and then custom-shaped to mask the appearance of small cracks or chips.
The process for evaluating and prepping your teeth for porcelain tooth crowns or bridge begins after Dr. Stefania Caracioni makes a comprehensive evaluation of your dental conditions. Once Dr.Caracioni has examined your teeth, she will recommend and discuss with you a personalized treatment tailored to your goals and expectations.
Dental injuries happen.
A toothache can be the result of decay or dental injury. The sooner you see us the better. We will treat the issue as soon as possible so you can go back to enjoying your life. Without the necessary tooth repair, the tooth is likely to breakdown even more, resulting in pain and decay.
The main reason we want to see our patients is to prevent further damage. Each of these situations can lead to decay, pain, and even severe abscess.
Endodontic treatment or commonly known as 'root canal' is needed when the soft tissue inside your tooth becomes infected or traumatized. Inside each tooth is a living pulp. When the pulp is injured or diseased, the tissue dies and your tooth becomes infected, which can lead to tooth loss.
Dr. Caracioni removes the damaged pulp, seals the root canal and places a crown over the treated tooth for strength and protection. An infection in the root of your tooth, if left untreated, can become very painful. Dr. Caracioni is skilled and successful at saving significantly damaged, decayed or diseased teeth using endodontic therapy.
Most of the time, endodontic therapy is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Best of all, root canal therapy can save your tooth and your smile. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, contact Enchanted Smiles immediately to receive the advanced dental care you need.
Oral surgery may be required for a variety of reasons. Extractions may be necessary if a patient has:
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced periodontal disease that has created a pocket too loose for the tooth
- Cracked or broken teeth too damaged to repair with restorative procedures
- Bad teeth positioning (i.e. wisdom teeth removal)
Are dentures right for you?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to age, injury, or illness, dentures are a tooth replacement option that can help rebuild the function of your teeth and the overall health of your smile. Dr. Caracioni can recommend comfortable, natural looking dentures that fit the unique shape of your smile and restore function.
Dentures don’t just fill the gap in your smile left by missing teeth. They also restore health and function to your whole mouth, with specific benefits including:
- Clearer speech
- Improved chewing ability
- Better support for facial features and remaining natural teeth
- Renewed confidence and self-assurance
If your gums bleed when flossing or brushing, your oral health may not be as good as it could be.
Good oral health contributes to a more attractive smile and fresher breath. It can also be a good indicator of your oral and physical health. Gum disease or gingivitis can have symptoms such as receding gums, loss of jaw bone and bad breath.
The main contributing factors to gum disease are:
- Poor diet (too much sugar and starch)
- Poor oral hygiene
- Habits like smoking and/or chewing tobacco
- An improper bite or “malocclusion” that is damaging the teeth and bone that surround the tooth roots
More treatment is required for periodontal disease than a basic six-month cleaning and check-up. If you are concerned or have been told you have periodontal disease, please don’t leave it untreated.