We offer multiple options for teeth whitening including a 1-hour in-office
whitening procedure as well as take-home whitening regimens. Call us to
find out which whitening regimen may be the best suitable for your needs!
Veneers are an excellent option for a cosmetic solution to address
dental problems such as discolored teeth, chipped or fractured or worn teeth and even
misaligned teeth. Veneers are individually created with a porcelain ceramic material that is tooth-colored and are then cemented to your tooth to achieve your ideal beautiful smile.
Ways to achieve optimal dental health include flossing at least once a day and brushing at least twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. It is also important to see the dentist regularly at least 2 times a year for professional cleanings.
During your comprehensive exam, you may have a tooth that has an area of decay, commonly known as a "cavity". In order to address this area of decay and heal your tooth, the area of decay is removed, leaving a space. This space is then filled with a "filling". We are happy to offer tooth-colored fillings, virtually making them unnoticeable. A cavity left untreated can cause additional, more serious dental problems which may lead to more costly solutions. If you have been told that you have cavities that need to be addressed, it is important to have them treated as soon as possible.
Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable appliances, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns and bridges may be made of gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all porcelain/ceramic material.
A crown or a "cap" is used to fully cover a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve a tooth's appearance, shape, or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to replace a missing tooth. A crown may be recommended to replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining, to protect a weak tooth from fracturing, to restore a fractured tooth, cover an implant, cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth, and to cover a tooth that has had a root canal.
A bridge is a restoration anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared to serve as supports to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Losing a permanent tooth can cause many serious problems. The remaining teeth may begin to shift because the support and chewing forces are altered. The opposing tooth above or below the lost tooth can begin to move up or down which can accelerate periodontal disease and more teeth may be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.
It typically takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown or bridge. During the first appointment, any decay is removed from the tooth and a build-up is placed. The teeth are carefully shaped and contoured, allowing for sufficient space for proper fit and appearance. Finally, an impression of the area is taken and a temporary crown or bridge is made and temporarily cemented. At the second appointment, the permanent crown or bridge is tried in to ensure proper fit before cementation and final adjustments are made as found necessary. The crown/bridge is then cemented with permanent cement.
There are multiple reasons for a root canal to be recommended such as trauma, physical irritation caused by deep decay or a very large restoration, bacterial leakage through microfractures, severe gum disease. These causes may result in inflammation and/or infection of the pulp tissue ("nerve"). Clinically, the irritation can result in a variety of symptoms, including swelling, prolonged sensitivity to temperature changes, or pain upon chewing. In other cases the infection does not have any clinical symptoms and is diagnosed with x-rays.
If we determine that root canal treatment is necessary, the affected tooth is isolated from saliva with a rubberlike sheet called a dam. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth and the diseased pulp is carefully removed. The root canal (s) is cleaned and shaped. Then, the root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed. In some cases, a temporary medication is placed in the tooth to reduce the infection and a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to keep out contaminants. Throughout the procedure, xrays are taken to ensure all infected pulp is removed and the walls inside of the canals are smooth.
After the root canal a crown is often recommended to protect the tooth from further fracture or contamination. A build-up material is typically placed prior to crown preparation to replace tooth structure that has been removed. When an extensive amount of tooth structure has been lost, it may be necessary to place a post in the root to stabilize the build-up material and better support the crown.
Whether it be that large decay has deemed the tooth unsalvageable or there is insufficient room for a tooth, such as a wisdom tooth, to erupt, there are multiple reasons for teeth to be removed. If you notice areas of your mouth that are causing bad odors or causing pain, it is important to be evaluated by a dentist.
If you have missing teeth, there are a variety options for tooth replacement. There are several types of dentures including a full/complete denture and a partial denture. Full/complete dentures are made with an acrylic material. Partial dentures may be made with a combination of metal and acrylic materials as well as a more flexible acrylic material. Dentures may also be made to fit over implants. Come in for an appointment to find out which kind of denture is suitable for your needs!
Scaling and root planing ("deep cleaning") is a procedure that removes irritants, much like a splinter from an infected finger. It is a recommended procedure for those who have developed gum disease. Patients generally experience little discomfort afterwards and the gums feel better. This procedure allows for the removal of contaminants, toxins, micro-organisms, plaque and tartar that have accumulated around and below your gums; all of which cause gum disease.
The root surfaces of your teeth are smoothened so the gum tissues can more firmly reattach. Several appointments to treat sections of the mouth at a time may be required. Often, changes can be seen immediately following a series of scaling and root planing sessions. After the procedure, previously red, swollen and bleeding gums begin to appear more pink and firm. When this happens it is easier and more possible to properly care for your teeth at home and help control the gum disease.
Inflammation of your gums caused by bacteria is one of the symptoms of gum disease. Research has shown that Diabetes is a risk factor for gum disease and conversely, research has shown that those affected by it have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels. Visit the dentist for a full dental exam. Find out if you have gum disease and learn how to address it if you do!
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