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We offer the latest and best dental treatment to our patients including:

 

Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth, whether damaged by decay or fracture. The goal of the filling is to restore the tooth back to its normal function and shape. If you have tooth decay, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth structure, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, amalgam, composite and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:

Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold restorations are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.

Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear. Due to their long life, amalgam is the restoration of choice for posterior teeth. However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended in the anterior of the mouth where they may become visible during smiling or talking.

Composite (tooth colored) resins are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. Although white fillings may be less noticeable, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years and will require replacement. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. In addition, composite restorations can become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.

Porcelain fillings are also fabricated in a lab, however, they are bonded to the teeth, not cemented. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are slightly more expensive than the cost of a gold filling. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.

If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown may be recommended.

Crowns And Bridges

Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.

    Crowns may be used to:
    • • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
    • • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
    • • Restore a fractured tooth
    • • Attach a bridge
    • • over a dental implant
    • • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
    • • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Many materials may be used such as gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloys or all ceramic materials. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing, the surrounding teeth begin to "fall” and shift into the open spaces. This shifting may worsen the bite and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ.

Bridges and crowns are made by first taking an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge will be custom made to fit your mouth and match your natural tooth color. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed into your mouth until your permanent crown or bridge is made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, it will be cemented into place.

Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and by practicing good oral hygiene.

Whitening

Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients.

Our office offers take home tray whitening.
Tray whitening is a cost efficient way to whiten your teeth while in the comfort of your own home. The best part is that you control how white your teeth become. The first step is an impression of your teeth to create a customized clear tray that you will wear to whiten your teeth. Within a few days, your trays will be ready to be picked up. Before leaving, our staff will demonstrate the proper technique for the use and care of the bleach and trays. Depending on the type of bleach selected, the whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes a day for hydrogen peroxide or overnight for carbamide peroxide. The bleaching is completed once you are satisfied. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a tooth becomes infected. The most obvious reason for root canal treatment is when a cavity is allowed to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early). Although decay is the most common cause for root canal treatment, trauma is a strong second. Tooth trauma may be from a variety of sources. Trauma not only covers direct tooth trauma, but also trauma from deep decay that was removed some time ago. The trauma to the tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. If the tooth is viable (alive), the pulp becomes infected. However, if the tooth becomes necrotic (dead), the tooth may become infected as well. It is impossible to predict which teeth that have undergone trauma will require root canal treatment. In any instance of tooth infection, the infection may extend beyond the tooth roots and affect the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected, it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that the pulp 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. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

Root canal treatment is performed to clean out the infected material from the tooth and disinfect the canals. Another option to avoid root canal treatment is extraction of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a crown restoration is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.

Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures available: partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all the teeth.

A removable partial denture is used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic or nylon base which is held in place by the remaining teeth in the mouth.

New dentures may feel awkward or loose for the first few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you are comfortable eating and speaking. With some practice, you will shortly adjust and enjoy the benefits that a full mouth of teeth can provide.

Complete Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures available: partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all the teeth.

This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned into a patients mouth to take the place of where the natural teeth used to be. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

Professional Dental Cleaning

A professional dental cleaning is a hygienic visit that you receive from a dental hygienist accompanied with doctor's examination. Most hygienist visits along with a doctor's exam takes about 45 minutes. Hygiene visits are performed to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include removing the build up of plaque followed by a thorough polishing.

Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces. Hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand instrumentation.

Root planing: This is the process of cleaning pockets around the teeth to treat periodontal disease. When plaque and calculus is left around the tooth bacteria becomes trapped, causing inflammation of the gum. The prolonged exposure to the bacteria causes the naturally occurring pockets to deepen due to the loss of connections to the bone inside. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for bacteria deposits to become trapped and worsen not only gum, but bone loss.

Root planing involves removing the irritants through a variety of methods. Depending on the degree of difficulty, root planning may take several appointments and a local anesthesia may be used to prevent pain.

Polishing: This step in tooth cleaning involves polishing the surface of the teeth to not only remove any remaining plaque, but also make them shiny and clean. There are two kinds of polishing: air polishing and rubber tip polishing. Air polishing works by spraying high pressured water mixed with baking soda paste onto the surface of your teeth. This powered water washes away residue and plaque while baking soda removes stains. Rubber cup polishing uses a low-speed and gentle handpiece that contains a polishing paste made of abrasive ingredients ideal for removing stains.

Oral Hygiene Care

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

    These include:
    • • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
    • • Use dental products that contain fluoride
    • • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
    • • Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area
    • • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
    • • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams
    • • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

      The following are indications of good oral hygiene:
      • • Your teeth are clean and free of debris
      • • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
      • • Bad breath is not a constant problem

Night Guards and Athletic Bite Guards

Custom designed nightguards and mouthguards are made of either a hard plastic or soft plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as football, basketball, baseball, softball or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.

If you have decided a guard is right for you, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard for you. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.

Tooth Extractions

Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there still sometimes necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • • Severe decay
  • • Advanced periodontal disease
  • • Infection or abscess
  • • Orthodontic correction
  • • Malpositioned teeth
  • • Fractured teeth or roots
  • • Impacted teeth

After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.