MODERN DENTISTRY IN A FRIENDLY AND RELAXED SETTING.
FROM DENTAL CLEANINGS TO COMPLEX RESTORATIVE PLANS, WE CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE OPTIONS AND GIVE YOU WINNING RESULTS.
The preventive care you receive at your cleaning appointment is the absolute foundation of your dental health. It is at this appointment when both the hygienist and the dentist examine your teeth, gums, and oral soft tissues. The findings are presented to you and we discuss ways to treat any issues you may have. Preventive care includes cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, education, and digital x-rays.
We use various shades of tooth-colored composite for your fillings. Not only is it esthetic, it is the more conservative treatment when compared to the silver amalgam fillings.
Amalgam is held in simply by mechanical retention: we condense the pliable mix into the cavity preparation and it expands slightly when it hardens. To provide the retention that amalgam needs, tooth structure additional to the decay is removed by way of extensions, dovetails and undercuts.
With composite fillings, only the decayed area is removed. Adhesive is placed between the tooth and the composite is bonded to the tooth. If there is secondary decay (decay around an old filling) around an amalgam filling, the entire filling must be removed and a new, larger filling placed. Around a composite filling? Just remove the affected area.
In general, composites allow for conservative fillings and that helps maintain a tooth's longevity.
Veneers are layers of thin porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. They can dramatically change the color, shape, and even alignment of your teeth with minimum alteration to the enamel. Less than a millimeter is removed from the enamel of your teeth to accommodate veneers. Anterior teeth are normally the best candidates for veneers.
With advances in digital dentistry, patients are now able to preview their smile before their teeth are treated. At a smile consult, photos and a digital scan of the mouth are taken. The resulting plan is then presented in two ways: a picture with the proposed veneers and/or a 3D trial of the veneers in the mouth.
Dental implants are, in many instances, the best treatment option for missing teeth. Implants consist of a titanium "screw" that is surgically inserted into the area of the missing tooth , a porcelain crown that fits on top of it, and an abutment post that connects the two pieces. After surgical insertion of the implant, bone grows around the implant and fuses to it. This process takes 3-4 months and once completed, the implant is completely and solidly integrated into your jaw. A crown is then fitted for your implant.
Implants are often recommended as the best treatment because it preserves bone (without the long roots of a tooth to support, bone just shrinks and disappears), no adjacent teeth are altered (as they always are for bridges and partial dentures), and they feel like natural teeth.
Almost 98% of dental implants will last the life of the patient. This figure makes the choice of an implant versus a bridge the best value. Bridges are placed on natural teeth and are still susceptible to cavities. Implants are stronger than your own natural teeth and will never develop cavities.
Bruxism is the clinical description for teeth grinding. There are all sorts of stresses in our life that manifest themselves at nighttime while we sleep. We can clench our teeth or grind them. Oftentimes, the grinding patient is unaware of the problem. It's normally the sleeping partner who hears it or dentist who sees the damage.
Teeth affected by bruxism are flattened, fractured, and can lead to a collapsed bite. Teeth affected by clenching have crescent shaped indentations at the base of the teeth. These are areas where your enamel has simply sheared off or worn away due to the pressure and flexure of your clenched teeth. The effects of clenching and bruxism can both be minimized by nightguards. Nightguards are slim acrylic retainers that you wear in your mouth while you sleep. They protect the surfaces of the teeth and reduce the forces of clenching.
This is a procedure that is designed to save a tooth when it has experienced trauma through injury or extensive decay. In both cases, the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth die and can cause discoloration, pain, and/or infection.
Root canals involve the removal of the dead nerve and blood vessels. The canals inside each root of the tooth are cleaned of bacteria and filled. Depending on the condition of your tooth, you may need a crown to complete the root canal treatment.