Regular dental care is one of the best investments you will ever make. Regular check-ups include a cleaning and yearly x-rays. Occasionally additional x-rays will be required. Instructions are given to help aide you in the most effective methods for brushing and flossing specific for you.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. The Dr will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. We only use tooth colored filling material in this office.
A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. You may need a crown for any of the following:
have a cavity that is too large for a filling
have a missing tooth and need a bridge
need to cover a dental implant
have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
have had root canal treatment—the crown will protect the restored tooth
want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery (bone graft).
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Our office places Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Veneers are custom-designed shells that cover the fronts of teeth. They're thin and colored to blend in. Veneers cover up imperfections such as chips, tooth decay, stains or crooked teeth. They are made from Composite Resin or Porcelain.
Do you ever wake up from a night's sleep with sore teeth and jaws? You could be grinding your teeth. Other symptoms include muscle aches, enlargement of facial muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort, stiffness of the shoulders and neck, ear pain and sleep disorders. The teeth are adversely affected and show abnormal wear and mobility. This leads to fracture and loss of teeth. The best way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth wear and fracture is to wear an occlusal appliance. These are custom made, specially fitted plastic mouth pieces that fit over your top or bottom teeth.
If you are wanting to lighten the color of your teeth, it's best to schedule an appointment to find the right product for you. We currently offer customized at-home whitening products in our office.
We offer medication (in pill form) that you will take in office an hour before your appointment. It relaxes you enough that you are able to respond to simple commands (open, close, bite) but calm enough to not be anxious.
We use an Intraoral camera to digitally take impressions instead of the goop that you are used to. This not only makes the experience more pleasant for you, but the restorations come back more accurate.
Digital dentistry is any dental technology or device that uses digital or computer-based components instead of older mechanical or electrical methods. Computer-aided dentistry streamlines many processes and removes several formerly manual steps that can now be automated. Digital dentistry has also allowed for the earlier detection of dental diseases, such as earlier cavity identification