General dental care helps patients maintain their oral health. As a general dentist in Sarasota, FL, Dr. Melvin Benson is dedicated to assisting patients in finding the best solutions to their dental problems.
Dr. Benson works with Dr. David Schirmer to provide complete oral health services that serve as a foundation for the long-term stability of your smile. Routine dental care is an integral part of general dentistry. Scheduling biannual dental visits for a dental cleaning, professional evaluation, and digital x-rays can repair tooth and gum health.
Root Canals and Dental Fillings
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached a tooth’s pulp, causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. If the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal alone.
Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or a bad taste in the mouth. Some patients are unaware of the infection until they are seen by their dentist and have an x-ray taken of the site.
Dr. Benson or Dr. Schirmer will remove an infection from the pulp and disinfect the tooth’s canals. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals are filled with a special material to prevent further infections and help heal the tooth. We use the composite filling to fix decayed or fractured teeth.
In one appointment, we can remove the decay, clean the tooth, then fill the tooth to match the existing color. These fillings are aesthetically a great choice and will be unnoticeable among healthy teeth. A core build-up and crown are sometimes necessary to restore a tooth’s function.
General Dentistry Services in Sarasota, FL
Learn more about each of our general dental treatments that we offer to repair and maintain oral health:
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If you have a dental emergency, contact our office for immediate care. We can address multiple dental emergencies, including tooth pain, knocked-out permanent teeth, and broken restorations in-office. Promptly addressing emergency dental problems can prevent further oral health problems and complications.
As a family-friendly dental office, we see children and adults who require dental care. Sealants and fluoride are important aspects of regular dental care that we offer for children to strengthen their teeth as they grow. Our restorative and cosmetic treatments can also benefit our patients as they encounter dental problems over time.
Dental sedation helps keep patients comfortable and relaxed during their dental procedures. Sedation dentistry also benefits patients with dental fear or anxiety who require dental care. If you or a loved one have a fear of the dentist, loud noises, or dental care, contact us so we can accommodate you for your next visit and review your sedation options.
Sometimes patients may need a dental extraction to remove decayed and damaged teeth. If we cannot save a tooth with root canal treatment, we will recommend an extraction. Our team ensures that patients feel comfortable with local anesthesia and/or dental sedation during tooth extractions.
Request a Dental Consultation
Has it been some time since your last dental visit? Contact our office today at [new_patient_phone_span. You can also schedule a dental appointment with our team online. If you have any developing or current dental concerns, please let us know, and we will plan an examination. We’re here to help solve your oral health problems.