Gilmore & Marinaro Family Dentistry in Janesville, Wisconsin, specializes in general and pediatric dentistry to help you and your family maintain optimum dental health throughout your lives.

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New Patients

Please bring with you a list of current medications, your insurance cards, a photo ID, and your co-payments or deductibles. You will be required to fill out registration forms and medical histories prior to your appointment, so please arrive early.

DENTAL CLEANINGS

The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.  The instruments that may be used during your cleaning are electric scalers (or ultrasonic instruments) and finer hand tools called scalers and curettes.  Once all of the surfaces are smooth, the hygienist or dentist may polish your teeth using a slow speed handpiece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end and applies prophylaxis paste.  When appropriate, fluoride is applied to the teeth at the end of the cleaning.

FILLINGS

A filling is a dental restorative material used to restore the function, integrity, and shape of missing tooth structure typically caused from caries (decay) or external trauma. Amalgam (silver) fillings are resistant to wear but are dark in color, so are not generally used in visible areas such as front teeth. Composite resins are matched to the same color as your natural teeth and, therefore, have a more natural appearance. They are bonded to your tooth, however, they can wear faster than amalgam fillings.

CROWNS AND BRIDGES

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth.  It covers the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance.  Dental crowns are permanently cemented into place.  The tooth-crown unit that results is cared for and functions like any natural tooth.  Crowns can be made out of porcelain, gold, or a combination of porcelain and metal alloy (porcelain fused to metal crowns).

A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth.  A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth.  It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the space with a false tooth/teeth in between (pontics).

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment (or endodontic therapy) is a treatment of the tooth aimed at clearing infection and protecting the tooth from future infections.  Root canal treatment involves the complete removal of the pulp (nerve) of the tooth, cleaning, shaping, and decontaminating the hollow area, then filling that area to prevent any further infection.  Sometimes deep decay or trauma to a tooth may cause the need for root canal treatment due to nerve damage and infection.  Symptoms that the pulp (nerve) has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.  However, sometimes a tooth may be asymptomatic and still have infection present.  Regular cleanings and check-ups are recommended to prevent and detect these types of problems early.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, tooth decay, or any other reason.  A dental implant is a metal post that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw.  The implant needs time to heal, then is restored with an abutment and implant crown.  An ideal candidate for a dental implant has healthy gum tissue, adequate bone in the jaw, is free of periodontal disease, and has excellent oral hygiene.

BONDING

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth.  It is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using a “bonding” agent and a high-intensity curing light.  Dental bonding can usually be done in one visit unless multiple teeth are involved.  It is less expensive than veneers and crowns and requires minimal removal of tooth enamel.  However, bonding is not as strong as your real teeth and other restorative procedures such as crowns, and can chip easily.  It is also not as stain resistant as crowns.

EXTRACTIONS

Dentists try to prevent tooth loss whenever possible, but there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted, such as severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, infection or abscess, orthodontic correction, malpositioned teeth, fractured teeth or roots and impacted teeth.  The dentist will take an x-ray before a tooth is removed to study the shape of the root and its surrounding structures.  Based on the degree of difficulty, a general dentist may refer patients to a specialist called an oral surgeon for their tooth extraction.  Discomfort is common after an extraction, but should lessen within 3 days to 2 weeks.

SEALANTS

Dental sealants are a preventive treatment used to reduce the incidence of decay on permanent posterior teeth.  The dentist or hygienist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits of the posterior teeth making it easier to remove plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

NIGHTGUARDS

Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.  Nightguards can alleviate pain caused by TMD (temporomandibuler joint disorder).  Custom made nightguards are available after an impression of the teeth is made.

DENTURES

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.  There are two types of dentures available.  Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain and complete dentures are used to replace all teeth.  Dentures are custom made to resemble natural teeth.  The fabrication of a denture usually takes a few weeks and includes several appointments.  Comfort in wearing dentures is a main priority and adjustment appointments may be necessary for an ideal fit.

TEETH WHITENING

Teeth whitening has become the most requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry today.  It is a procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter.  It is a safe and relatively painless procedure.  Our office offers customized tray whitening, Crest Professional Strength Whitening Strips and Opalescence Whitening Trays.

PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

The gums, ligaments, and bone that surround the teeth are known as the periodontium.  Signs of unhealthy periodontium include; red gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth.  Any of these may be a sign of a problem.  With proper treatment such as deep cleaning or root planing, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state.