We are pleased to offer the following services and technologies to our patients:
ORAL HYGIENE CARE
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. 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:
The following are indications of good oral hygiene:
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth.
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Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. To avoid cavities developing over time, the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy. Back to top
First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding. A gel is applied so the resin will adhere to the surface of the tooth. The composite is then placed on the tooth and the bonding agent hardens with intense light. The last step is shaping and polishing to give a lustrous finish. Back to top
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best, depending on the extent of repair, where in the tooth the filling is needed, and cost. Each filling material is briefly explained below:
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown (or "cap") may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated through root canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping. Back to top
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENT
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:
bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A
bridge is one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the
teeth on either side for support. This is an option for filling the
space created by a missing tooth. Bridge work is as much an
art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both
functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys,
porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match
your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on
requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.
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 ready and cemented into place.
Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene. Back to top
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 specialized oral surgeon.
For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be loosened with a tool called an elevator and then removed with dental forceps. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches. We will then provide you with care instructions to alleviate discomfort and ensure proper healing. Back to top
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may also grow in sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so you are asleep during the procedure.
After the tooth is removed, we will provide care instructions to ensure proper healing. Some pain and swelling may occur but will normally subside after a few days. You should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever. Back to topROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the pulp. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage. Once the pulp becomes infected, it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that indicate 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. However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. Back to top
receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to
support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent
oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the
long-term success of dental implants.
Mini Implants -- The problem: loose dentures or partials
Mini-implants are a recently developed implant system designed to provide denture stability for people who have no (or very few) teeth remaining. They were developed by IMTEC Corporation and were awarded FDA approval in 1999. Mini implants differ from traditional implants in two ways. As you may guess from their name, they are much smaller than traditional implants. Mini implants are also single piece implants; they do not have a screw hole into which other components can be attached. The portion of the implant which sticks out of the gums is shaped like a little ball, which snaps into a retaining socket on the inside of a denture. When several of these mini implants are used underneath a denture, the result is a very stable denture which does not move around, pop out, or require any type of adhesive to keep it in place. The denture still rests on the gum tissue, but the mini implants keep it from moving from side to side and up and down.
Due to their smaller size, mini implants can be used in areas where there is not enough bone for traditional implants. Because mini implants are less expensive to place than traditional implants, and we can usually modify an existing denture to work with the mini implants, using them is a more affordable option to stabilize dentures in cases where cost is a factor. A disadvantage to the mini implants is that the denture cannot be trimmed down like it can when we use traditional implants. Being that mini implants require the denture to be supported by the gums, the upper denture still must cover the roof of the mouth and the lower denture still has to extend to the floor of the mouth. Many denture wearers dislike the way an upper denture covers the entire palate so for them, a denture supported by traditional implants may be a better choice.
Generally speaking, more mini implants mean a more stable denture. Four mini implants are the minimum for the lower denture, and six mini implants are the minimum for the upper denture. We prefer to place as many as possible depending on how much bone we have to work with, but in most cases ten mini implants is the most we can place in the top or bottom arch. If you are wearing dentures and would like them be more stable, then mini implants are probably a good option for you. On the other hand, if you really dislike the way dentures feel and want to eliminate the plastic covering the roof of your mouth, then traditional implants are a better choice.
What about mini implants for people wearing partial dentures?
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 to take the place of natural teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.
A removable partial denture is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached go a gum-colored plastic base which is held in place in the mouth. A fixed partial denture acts the same as a removable denture, but it is cemented into place using adjacent teeth for support.
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. Although this may require some
practice you will adjust and enjoy the benefits a full mouth of teeth
NIGHTGUARDS AND MOUTHGUARDS
you have decided a guard is right for you, we will take an
impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a
custom fit guard. In most cases you can choose from a variety
of colors and styles. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.
Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten 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 two methods of whitening: in-office whitening and tray whitening.
whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in
the comfort of your own home. We will first take an
impression of your mouth to create customized clear whitening
trays for you to wear. Within a few days your trays will be
ready to be picked up and we will show you how to apply the special
bleaching material to the trays. The whitening gel trays can be worn everyday or while you sleep. At the end of
this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing
short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your
convenience to maintain your new smile.
We are proud to offer adult orthodontics using the Powerprox Six Month Braces System. The most common question patients ask is “how can you straighten my teeth in just six months?” Powerprox Six Month Braces uses time tested techniques combined with the latest in orthodontic materials and technologies to move your teeth quickly and safely. Many of the component pieces that make up SixMonthBraces have actually been used in orthodontics for over 60 years.
In order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all of our procedures. These new technologies allow us to treat dental cases with extreme precision, detect dental concerns at early stages, and provide stunning and customized restorations. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving only the finest and most advanced in dental care. We proudly offer and use the following advanced equipment:X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case. Back to topCEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech equipment allows us to restore damaged teeth with beautiful custom ceramic crowns in a single visit, completely eliminating the need for multiple appointments over a several week period. The process can create a ceramic dental crown, inlays, onlays or veneers using a variety of technologies including 3D photography and computer-aided design and manufacturing known as CAD/CAM (see below). Using an intra-oral camera, a photograph is taken of the tooth and the picture is loaded onto the computer. Using Computer Aided Design technology, the dentist is able to design the restoration and transform the image into a three-dimensional model. This valuable program then allows the dentist to easily calculate the appropriate restoration shape and size to create near perfect restoration. When the model is ready, a milling machine then creates the restoration using a high-speed diamond bur and calculated precision. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth using a resin material. The result is a beautiful and custom designed and produced restoration, made entirely to fit your mouth. CEREC crowns are metal-free and have been used for over 20 years. Back to top
CAD/CAM CHAIRSIDE RESTORATION SYSTEM
SOFT TISSUE LASER
ELECTRONIC CLAIM PROCESSING