Dental Check-Ups & Cleanings
Most children and adults should have a routine dental visit including a check up and cleaning every six months. People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that we take into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up.
Coming to your regular check ups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit us on a regular basis.
After removing the cavities, dental fillings are inserted in teeth to restore the damaged or decayed tooth. This needed to remove damaged enamel and dentin (the inside layer of the tooth that can be damaged by tooth decay. The tooth is then filled with a composite, or tooth colored, dental filling to restore the tooth. After this procedure a damaged tooth can be used again. Tooth fillings might have to be replaced or topped up at some point, but that is usually a matter of years.
Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental whitening team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.
We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient's needs are different. One of the methods used by our practice is a gentle carbamide-peroxide gel-activated solution. Call us today for a whitening evaluation. Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white SMILE!
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance. This process generally consists of a minimum of 2 visits over a two to three week period.
Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care and routine dental visits, your crowns can last a lifetime.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. This is the ideal aesthetic solution for people who have lost teeth and still want a full, beautiful smile. A bridge may be necessary to:
- Safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
- Prevent shifting of the teeth. This can also lead to bite problems, jaw problems and/or resultant periodontal disease.
- Allow better chewing of food.
- Restore or maintian a beautiful smile.
- Support the muscles of the face and prevent a "collapsed" or "caved in" look.
Typically a fixed bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place. Fixed bridges can vary in length from the basic three tooth bridge - two anchor crowns with a filler or false tooth in the middle - to a bridge that restores up to fourteen teeth.
Our goal is always to fabricate crowns and bridges that look and feel natural. Our goal is that only you and your dentist know whether your teeth are natural, crowned, or part of a fixed bridge!
Veneers are thin, semi-translucent "shells" typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.
Common problems that veneers are used for:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits. Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentures and partials are removable prosthetics that can be taken out of the mouth. They usually replace many teeth. They support themselves partly on the gum and underlying bone, and in part on the remaining teeth if there are any. Dentures and partials usually require a period of adaptation, ranging from a couple weeks to a few months. In addition, they require adjustments from time to time. In fact the mouth, contrary to dentures, is alive, and continues to evolve. After a few years, dentures and partials are not stable anymore and new ones must be made.
Types of Removable Prosthetics:
- Complete removable (or denture): when there are no teeth left whatsoever, we replace them with a resin-based denture that has to be supported as much as possible by the gums and underlying bone.
- Partial removable (or partial): it is either a rigid metal-based or flexible acrylic-based prosthetic that supports itself on the gums and the remaining teeth with the help of clasps. It is slightly more stable than the complete removable denture because of the support obtained by the teeth.
There are basically two reasons why we might decide that you have a tooth, or several teeth, pulled. A tooth extraction might be necessary when a tooth is damaged beyond practical repair. Teeth that are not well positioned or nonfunctional may also need to be extracted.
Broken, cracked, or extensively decayed teeth should probably be extracted. The conditions that warrant extraction are usually so extreme that regular reconstructive work (i.e. fillings, crowns, etc.) will not be effective. There are several other factors that can play into the decision of pulling a tooth such as long-term treatment and cost of repair. Sometimes extraction is easier and more cost effective than reconstruction.
Some teeth require treatment of the nerve space between teeth. This procedure, called a root canal, can be complicated by damaged teeth, as indicated before. If a tooth's roots and nerves are damaged beyond the repair capabilities of the root canal, then extraction may be required.
Severe damage to the gums may also necessitate dental extraction. Advanced periodontal disease (or gum disease) is cause by the improper care of teeth. As gum disease gets worse, the tooth loses the support of the surrounding bone and becomes loose. The gums can no longer hold it in place.
In cases where the bone and/or tooth have become excessively damaged, extraction of the tooth is necessary.