Our office offers a variety of services to assess all your dental needs.  See below for a brief explanation of each service or ask our staff – we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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Veneers
Implants
Digital Radiographs
Cosmetic Dentistry
Bridges

Crowns
Invisible Braces



Dentures
Fillings

Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Root Canal Treatment
Sealants

Whitening

 

 

 

 

Veneers
Veneers are bonded porcelain coverings for the front of your teeth. They strengthen and beautify the teeth when you smile and talk. The color, shape, size can usually be changed to a customized appearance that reflects your personality. Teeth can be straightened. We can make modest changes or create a celebrity smile or anything in between!

The glass-like ceramic that forms the veneers closely resembles natural tooth enamel. This is because, much like real tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are translucent. When light strikes a natural tooth’s surface, it is not immediately reflected off. Instead, it penetrates the tooth enamel and reflects off the opaque tooth dentin that lies just beneath. This translucent effect is what gives teeth their luster. By replicating this, porcelain dental veneers provide you with a bright, natural looking smile.

Veneer usually involve two appointments. At your first appointment we will discuss changes you would like to see. After careful consideration, we will create acrylic provisional veneers that reflect our vision for your new smile. We will use these as prototypes to evaluate speech, size, shape, texture, and anatomy for your new teeth. Since you will wear the provisionals for two weeks you will have every opportunity to suggest and approve the design. We try-in the veneers at a second appointment. After you approve the results, we bond the veneers to your teeth.

The advantage of veneers over crowns are that you remove much less tooth structure. Studies have shown that this procedure strengthens teeth.

Please check our smile gallery for some of the before and after photos of our treatments. Many of these cases have veneers as part of a plan to restore the entire mouths function and esthetics.

 

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Implants
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.

Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, of course, they don't have to be taken out all the time.

 

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Digital Radiographs

Our office utilizes digitial radiographic images to detect decay, bone loss, dental abscesses, and other dental disease.

We place a flat sensor next to the area of interest. The X-rays hit the pad in the same way they hit regular film. But instead of developing the film in a dark room, the image is electronically sent direct to the computer screen mounted on your dental chair.

A major advantage of digital images is that exposure to radiation is reduced to 10% of conventional radiographs. This new technology reduces the level of radiation exposure to a negligible amount.

Another advantage is that the image is ready for viewing and diagnosising immediately on a the computer screen. You can see large images of the teeth, bone levels, cavities, restorations, etc. Since we can show you conditions in your mouth on the computer monitor it is easier to communicate recommendations for treatment.

 

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Cosmetic Dentistry
This can be anything done to correct imperfection in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it have it improved. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

No matter what age we will work with you to design changes based on our wide experience with any number of materials and techniques to make the improvements your desire.

At our office a wide range of cosmetic options are offered. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

 

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Bridges
This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. 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, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to "fall." As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before them, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.

 

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Crowns
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break.

Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

 

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Dentures
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.

The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.

 

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Fillings
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new a material fills hole that decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.

 

Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.

 

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Root Canal Treatment
Dentists usually refer to root canals as endodontic treatment. Endo refers to inside and dontic to tooth. So endontic treatment stands for treatment inside the tooth.

Inside the tooth there is a chamber which extends from inside the crown of the tooth and through canals to the end of the root. The contents of this chamber are soft and are made of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve tissue. This soft material called the pulp was originally responsible for forming the inside of the tooth. The chamber shrinks thorough out the life of the tooth.

When tooth decay progresses thorough the tooth so that it gets close to the pulp inside the tooth it can become infected. This usually leads to a tooth ache. The solution to this problem is to use special instruments to remove the infection and the rest of the pulp. After the pulp chamber and canals are cleaned and shaped they are sealed with a rubbery compound. Studies show success rates over 98 percent when the procedure is done to the standard of care.

The pulps inside teeth may also die due to physical trama, as the result of cracks and wear, or from the removal of decay. Usually they give warning of their decline by making the tooth sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids or pain to biting pressure. If these teeth go untreated they can abcess. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until we detect the abcess in a digital X-ray image or the person developes a swollen cheek or jaw. Again endontic treatment, root canal treatment, is very successful in treating these teeth.

Usually we recommend a bonded build up of the inside of the tooth and a crown after this therapy.

 

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Sealants
Sealants are used usually used on permenent teeth not long after they grow into the mouth. They seal the grooves that often are not protected by the hard enamel that covers and protects the rest of the crown. They do not protect between the teeth, but they are very helpful because most tooth decay in children and young adults begins in these grooves.

 

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Whitening
Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whitening 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 two methods of whitening: in-office whitening and tray whitening.

In-office whitening is an ideal procedure for anyone wanting immediate results. Because the entire procedure takes place in our office in about an hour, it is the perfect choice for busy individuals. In this process, a protective gel is applied to your gums to protect the soft tissue. A special light-activated gel is then applied to your teeth and a special light or laser is used to enhance the action of the agent. Finally, we take impressions of your teeth to create custom trays for at home touch-up, and give you instructions for keeping your smile bright. The result is dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.

Tray whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home to gradually whiten teeth. We will first take an impression of your teeth to create a customized clear tray that you will wear to whitening your teeth. 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 should be worn 30-60 minutes up to twice a day. 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.


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Invisble Braces

We straighten teeth with invisible braces from Invisalign. These are a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. We can straighten your teeth with out the wires and brackets seen with conventional braces. You can remove them for meals. So can get a beautiful smile without people even knowing you are having treatment.

For more information click on the Invisalign under our links section.

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