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.
Crowns are also called "caps." These are full coverage restorations that cover all surfaces of your tooth. Crowns are used on teeth that have previously had very large fillings, cracked teeth, and posterior teeth that have had root canals. We are proud to work with a local lab that makes strong and beautiful porcelain crowns for our patients. Crowns are also used in cosmetic work to change the appearance of teeth.
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 and a porcelain crown that fits on top of it. 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.
If you are considering implants for your missing teeth, you should get a consultation soon. As time passes, more bone is shrinking. This may necessitate a bone graft and/or diminish the esthetics of your implant.
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.