Preventative Care Services
Dental exams/dental check-ups
During a typical dental examination at our office our practitioners will be inspecting all the soft and hard tissues that compose the different parts of your mouth. Our examination will allow the dentist to diagnose and treat any oral complications and to provide input regarding any available opportunities to improve your smile. As part of the exam the dentist and/or hygienist will take digital x-rays which are essential to detect cavities, tumors and cysts or other problems. They will screen for oral cancer, periodontal (gum) disease, and evaluate the condition of any existing restorations. Having regular dental examination every 3, 6 or 9 months as recommended by our team will enable you to address any problems and maintain optimal oral health.
Orthodontic treatment is a very common dental treatment these days, as people understand the need for well-aligned teeth and jaws to ensure proper function and an esthetic smile. Our dentists have taken advanced orthodontic training to evaluate each patient’s status and suggest treatment that may be beneficial or required. For children there may be potential problems with tooth eruption, bite, spacing or crowding, and jaw development. Adults are also encouraged to consider orthodontic treatment to optimize function and minimize destructive biting forces that can cause premature wear and tear on our teeth. Orthodontics can also maximize their natural smile.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Registered dental hygienists will perform dental cleaning for you and your family in order to remove calculus (tarter) and plaque. This appointment will also include a fluoride treatment and a teeth polishing treatment, if required. Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home, with daily flossing and brushing, can prevent many serious dental problems but these visits for professional cleaning are a key part of preventative maintenance. Our team will recommend a treatment frequency that is right for you.
Sealants are barriers that help prevent teeth for decay. They are plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surface of back teeth which are especially prone to decay. They are applied by thoroughly cleaning and drying teeth then applying the sealant which is hardened (cured) by shining a light. As long as the coating remains undamaged the surface of the treated teeth will remain protected. Sometimes intermittent follow up visits are needed for re application.
Restorative Care Services
A bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by connecting adjacent teeth with a custom fabricated bridge made of metal and/or porcelain. The procedure begins by reshaping the teeth on either side of the gap of the missing tooth then taking an impression in order to customize your bridge. Our dental laboratory then fabricates your bridge by attaching an artificial tooth to custom crowns. The bridge is then attached on top of the supporting teeth to fill in the missing tooth/teeth.
Dental crowns are used in cases where a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling. Crowns are made out of metal and/or porcelain. A crown completely covers the surface of a single weakened or damaged tooth or used to enhance the appearance of individual teeth (cosmetic porcelain crowns). The tooth getting the restoration is smoothed down to make room for the crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is sent to the dental lab for the crown to be made. A plastic temporary crown is placed over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. At that time any minor adjustments are made and the crown is secured into place.
A veneer is a porcelain restoration that is applied to your teeth in a two-step process. Veneers can be used to mask problems such as dark, discolored, stained, and crooked teeth. They can be used to reshape, realign or improve the appearance of a patient’s smile.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a common treatment for salvaging a damaged tooth that would otherwise be removed. Root canal therapy involves the removal of infected tissue and bacteria inside the root space to prevent the formation of infection, pain and swelling. After the tooth is disinfected internally it is filled and permanently sealed with a crown.
Tooth whitening, also known as bleaching, is a safe and easy process to brighten teeth and improve the overall look of your smile. We offer both take home whitening as well as in office treatments. It is very important to have your teeth examined and cleaned thoroughly prior to whitening to ensure any dental concerns are addressed first.
At home bleaching is a very safe, effective and proven method for whitening teeth. Our team will take impressions of your teeth and make a custom fit bleaching tray for you to ensure the best application of the bleaching solution. You then apply the whitening gel in the tray and wear them as instructed. Most bleaching is completed after about two weeks and can be touched up periodically to maintain your bright smile.
Some patients prefer an in office bleaching appointment. This process involves isolating the teeth and applying a specially formulated gel to the teeth. It is recommended to start any planned in office whitening with a take home treatment. Touch up can be done periodically as needed to maintain tooth color.
Dental implants are artificial roots, made from titanium, which are positioned into the jawbone in order to replace missing teeth. The implants are then capped with a crown or a bridge, resulting in a natural, esthetically pleasing smile. A specialist places the implant into the bone where the missing tooth is to be placed and at our office the final crown stage is completed.
Dentures and Partial dentures
For patients who are missing teeth, a common method of replacing them is with a complete or partial denture. These are both removable appliances made with acrylic for strength, and the partial dentures often have some metal clasps to anchor the denture to your remaining teeth.