Composite Fillings (Cavity Repair)
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Crowns are prescribed when a tooth or teeth are too badly decayed, broken or cracked to be easily restored with a filling. Crowns are normally needed for teeth that have had root canals. They are also placed on dental implants to replace missing teeth. Crowns can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused to a gold substrate for strength and beauty. However, with new technology, crowns can be made entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results.
To restore chipped or cracked teeth, bonding uses composite resins to attach materials to the surface of the tooth. An enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of the tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured and polished, repairing the tooth.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the tooth to its full function.
A root canal is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and need to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space.Bridges can be made from three types of material: solid gold for reliable long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and beauty, and high-strength metal-free porcelain for optimum cosmetic results. With proper care, your new bridge will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment
Laser Procedures Lasers provide instant results with painless procedures and easy healing. Simple, effective and safe, this procedure creates a perfect, harmonious gum line. Teeth that appear small or short can many times be “lengthened” by recontouring the gum line using the laser.
While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treatment of oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving a patient’s smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures:
- Composite Fillings
- Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Bridges
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
Lasers provide instant results with painless procedures and easy healing. Teeth that appear small or short can many times be “lengthened” by recontouring the gum line using the laser. This procedure is used to create a perfect, harmonious gum line in relation to the lips and teeth; Simple, effective and safe.
When it comes to replacing one or more teeth in your mouth, a dental implant is often the treatment of choice and is also one of the most conservative treatments for tooth replacement. Implants are biocompatible posts that replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are physically and biologically designed to attach to your jaw bone and become the foundation for a natural looking restoration. Implants restore the natural beauty, function, and health of teeth. Your new tooth or teeth will have excellent stability and strength, and will look and feel like your natural teeth.
Bleaching: We offer the latest in bleaching treatments. Bleaching can whiten your teeth by removing the discoloration of coffee, tobacco, and aging. Naturally yellow or darker teeth will benefit greatly from bleaching! Home bleaching requires an initial visit to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure and for fitting of special custom made trays for your teeth. These thin, comfortable trays hold a special gel that usually whitens your teeth over a period of 7-10 days. You can wear them overnight or more often to speed up the process.
- Soft transparent trays are filled with whitening gel
- The trays fit tightly over your teeth and are worn for the prescribed time
- The transparent trays can be worn overnight or during the day
- Within the first treatment you should notice results that will continue to improve with additional use
We use only the latest in comfortable care for your teeth and gums. We are knowledgeable about how to keep teeth their brightest, and how to maintain cosmetic work for health and beauty. We take great care to create the gentlest cleaning experience you have ever had and at the same time provide superior treatment for your gum problems.
To enhance your dental experience we offer Sedation Dentistry (also known as sleep dentistry) which will help you sleep comfortably while your teeth are cared for. With sedation dentistry, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort; chances are you won’t remember the treatment at all. We track your heart rate and oxygen levels to carefully monitor your reaction to the sedation medication and treatment with your utmost care as our priority.
This represents the state of the art in cosmetic dentistry today. Porcelain veneers are handcrafted to create beautiful porcelain covering for individual teeth. They are as strong as your own natural teeth and can be a permanent solution to most cosmetic dental problems. They will not discolor over time and resist chipping or fracture. Porcelain veneers will successfully treat gaps, chips, excessively small or large teeth, discolored or “antibiotic” stained teeth, or even straighten misaligned or crooked teeth in as little as 2 visits.
Periodontal Infection Therapy
If you are experiencing any of the systems listed below, we recommend you schedule a cleaning and exam so we can better understand your needs.
- Bleeding gums (blood on toothbrush even with gentle brushing of the teeth)
- Bright red or red-purple appearance to gums
- Gums that are tender when touched, but otherwise painless
- Mouth sores
- Swollen gums
- Shiny appearance to gums
The goal is to reduce inflammation. The teeth are cleaned thoroughly by the dentist or dental hygienist. This may involve various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
Careful oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning. The dentist or hygienist will show you how to brush and floss. Professional tooth cleaning in addition to brushing and flossing may be recommended twice per year or more frequently for severe cases. Antibacterial mouth rinses or other aids may be recommended in addition to frequent, careful, tooth brushing and flossing.